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Monday
Jul082013

The Mobius Camera - The do-it-all mount-anywhere 1080p Micro Cam

Here's my review of the Mobius Camera. This camera has been in development for some time and clearly the manufacturer has listened to user feedback from the buyers of the #16 808 cameras and incorporated many of their requested features into this model.

There isn't too much to add here - this is a pretty comprehensive video that covers most features of the camera. I suppose the only thing I didn't go into was the webcam function. I'm not interested in this myself since all my laptops have had a built in webcam since 2009, but a webcam function can come in useful if you need to refocus the lens and view live video on your PC screen at the same time. As I mentioned at the beginning of the video the manufacturer included a tool to enable you to refocus the (unglued) lens. I know of people who use the keyring cameras mounted on their model trains who will find this very useful.

I also never tried the time-lapse function, which automatically takes photos at your specified interval. You can see these options on screen during the configuration section of the review.

The only negatives I can think of are the narrow FOV in the 720p60 mode (720p30 has the same FOV as 1080p30) and a lack of water resistance, although there may well be accessories released in the future that address the latter issue.

Due to the constant revisions the manufacturer makes to the camera, the features I have shown here could be updated in the future, but even if there are no more changes, I'm very happy wth the camera as it stands today. It never gave me a moment of trouble during the weeks I was testing it. Never once locking up or shutting down on it's own, so for me this has been a totally reliable little camera.

I'm trying to guess what crazy questions I'll get asked, so I can answer them first.

So...

Motion detection? - Latest Firmware has this option (Info added Jan 2014)

Looped/Recycled Video? YES

Can this be switched off? YES

What is looped/recycled video? - See My Beginners Guide To Car Cams Video HERE

Can the Timestamp be turned off? YES

Finally to answer a common question from people who didn't watch the video. - No the silver arrows on the camera are not buttons, they are a heat sink and being aluminium are also not magnetic. Press Play on the video to learn more.

If you have any more questions, you should get all the answers you need from the links below.

To BUY ONE (on ebay) Click your country below

US   UK   NL   DE   AU   AT   CH   IE   ES   FR   NL   BE 

I've also put some Amazon links below.

 

 

The Windows Configuration Software and Manual can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE

To Download SAMPLE CLIPS - CLICK HERE

(Wait a few seconds for the samples link to load)

Chuck Lohr's detailed Mobius Page is here

RC Groups.com Forum pages about the Mobius are here

The Downloadable Instructions and configuration software are available from here

I know people are going to ask me whether they should get this or an SJ1000, but they are very different cameras. You'll need to decide yourself what features are important to you. The LCD Screen, Waterproof Case, Ultra Wide angle lens of the SJ1000 or the true 720p60, reduced-fisheye lens and easy mounting options of the Mobius.

DIMENSIONS - Just thought I should add this info.

The Mobius is 6cm front to back, 3.5cm wide and 1.7cm thick.

 

 

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Reader Comments (918)

Just bought this from www.minidvcameras.co.uk, great service from friendly staff and delivered next day. I would highly recommend purchasing from these guys as you don't have to wait weeks for a HK seller. The camera is much smaller than I expected with a small windscreen mount so easy to hide.

July 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKevin Smith

I got the camera now and using two cards with two config files does work, just it requires the following steps:
- Put the syscfg.txt in both cards read only so the camera wont delete it when it loads the settings
- When you swap memory cards you need to do the load-settings thing (M+power key for a while), but it takes just a few seconds to do

The time/date wont stay correct this way as Techmoan mentioned but its not a problem for me as I keep the date overlay disabled anyway. It allows for pretty easy switching between dashcam use and action camera use, though it would be nice to be able to skip the second step (but it may be impossible to do). This is with firmware 0.35.

July 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHodgepodge

@voltx. Thanks for the tip re VLAN. Playback is very smooth and the video is amazingly clear. The VLAN movie creator is not currently available to download, so do you have any other suggestions? Can you get editing packages on PC sub £50? Btw any doubters on this camera - just buy it. Its the best car dvr I've owned -number plates of passing traffic at 30mph are clearly readable. I'm going to buy another for recording the back of the car - perhaps I can wire up the video feed as a reversing camera?? BTW it arrived from HK within 6 days!

July 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterterry

Is it just me or do the posts mentioning the "minidvcameras" seller look suspicious?

July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGareth

@terry I can't suggest any as I don't have experience with them. But you should try the one available from/for your OS first.

If you are using Windows, there's Windows Movie Maker; you can download it for free from Microsoft. If you are using Mac OS X, there's iMovie. Included with any Mac purchase (bundled as iLife).

If they are not enough for your needs, might try some from this list (from Freeware or Commercial list): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_video_editing_software

July 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentervoltx

For free Windows video editing, try Lightworks. Even the free version looks amazingly sophisticated.

(I'm another Mac users so have not used it - and iMovie is fine!)

July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

@Gareth. Not sure what you mean by suspicious. I too ordered from Webbex and found Chris to be very helpful. He has updated the windscreen mount photo now since there is an official Mobius one rather than the off-brand one he had before.

Very glad I bought this little camera. It's so much better than the Winy V300HD (Livue LB100) I bought last month.

July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTony

@Gareth. I don't know why Webbex look suspicious. I bought mine from them. Ordered 1.30 pm arrived 9.00 am next day. Postage was £4.00 Strangely when.I tried to order a spare mount at the same time, that put the postage up to £10.00 so I didn't bother. If you google Mobius camera you will find Webbex, they are based in Church Stretton in Shropshire. There is a contact phone number. on the site. As to the camera it's great. I used it on a cycling helmet mount for another camera on a rough track. The mount put the camera forward of my helmet & the camera bounces up & down a lot, however there is no jello. I have now moved the mount onto the top of the helmet, I think this will stop the bouncing motion. Battery life is just over 80 minutes.

July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Techmoan - GREAT review. Useful and accurate with a dab of humor. Really appreciated!
I use a great program called vmware fusion on my mac to run PC software. The mSetup config software works well with it

Just got my Mobius and have a few suggestions for the manufacturer (who seem to listen through you)
1) add a little loop for a string / leash, tether. Useful in action sports
2) add a feature to disable the back led independently from the top led
3) 720p should be the same view field as 1080p. That is appropriate for more hours on the flash card.
4) it would be nice to have lower number (10 or adjustable) of fps. Again - allows more hours on same flash card
5) make battery level indication available when connected to the computer
6) bluetooth connection for aiming with smart phone (I know this is hardware change, and non trivial)

Firmware: 0.35
1) the current firmware does not work as webcam. I wanted to do that to adjust aim
2) no motion detection yet.I can't wait for next update.

July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDave

Dave, I had the webcam working as a live video stream on 0.35, albeit with Win XP professional at work.

I found the rear led only partially useful as it's on the wrong side for right-hand drivers.

July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTonyM

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