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My favourite USB battery power Pack

This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

Two digit Led display shows battery level

 

What SD CARD should I buy?

If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

 
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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 (919)

Hoping for longer (or endless) recording time I bought a connector cable to reload the battery on the Mobius from regular wall plug. However, when plugged in the Mobius still records for about an hour and then stops recording and starts reloading the battery, which is pretty useless for my purpose. Why does it not keep the battery loaded?

January 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlsenor

My Mobius is not being recognized by Windows. This started happening recently. As a result, I cannot change the settings. (The error I get is "Windows does not recognize the USB device you connected".)

I have another Mobius which is recognized by Windows; so, it does not appear to be a Windows/software problem. Also, I switched SD cards between the two cameras and found that the cards are fine.

Also both my Mobius cameras are recognized by my MacBook pro. So, somehow Windows is recognizing one and not the other. I am completely puzzled. Can you help? Thanks.

January 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSamwoody

Buy a USB SD Card Reader (mine cost £1) and watch your troubles go away.

January 26, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

It's the internal USB connector.

Either buy the SD card reader or buy a USB hub.

You'll find Windows will see the Mobius if connected via a hub.

The disadvantage of a card reader is you can't change the firmware. With a USB hub, the camera works the same as having it connected directly.

Ultimately the choice is yours. The only other choice is a new camera which is an expensive solution especially as the USB connectors are prone to fail in this way leaving the Mobius fully operational but unable to be seen by the PC. So replacing the camera is both unnecessary, expensive and somewhat pointless when at some point it will fail again on the new camera.

January 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAl

Thanks, Al. Your tip was on the dot. Connecting the camera with a USB hub worked, although I cannot fathom why. I don't see the logic; if the camera's internal connector is the problem, why does it work via a hub?

Anyway, since it works via a hub now, my problem is solved.

February 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSamwoody

Thank you for the wonderful tip, Al.
Your suggestion solved my problem. I have some technical knowledge but I could not have figured out that using a USB hub would solve the problem... can't figure out the reason why it does either. But, sure it works - every time.

February 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSamwoody

USED AS CAR DASH CAM - V3 - C2 Wide Angle Lens

I did extensive research and read tons of reviews and watched loads of videos. Thanks to Techmoan I finally plumped for the Modius after reading the review.

My main priority was that I required good video and that it would be very small and easy to take out of the car as I had no intention of leaving it in when parked up.

This is an absolute belter of a camera that is so tiny (it really is) and is very light, I attach it by Velcro to the underside of my rear view mirror (and changed the setting to upside down in the easy to use software Msetup), for superb results, and just pull it off to take it with with me.

10 seconds to attach or dismount. The cable is tucked under the headliner around the windscreen and is well hidden.

Because it is so small and light I get a really good fixing with Velcro and do not need the extra screen mount that I purchased extra (just in case).

Bought it off www.minidvcameras.co.uk (the only UK authorised distributor for manufacturer??) to guarantee a genuine product, along with a 3M cable.

The Msetup software is so easy to use and I use a Class 10 32GB Transcend micro card with fantastic results.

JUST BUY IT - YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED !!!

February 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterUpnorth

Loved your review. I think you have sold me on it. One comment I would like to make - and it is not to do with your review - is that on eBay some sellers are quoting a size of 10.3cm x 6.8cm x 6.8. Is that the packaging size or are they being too smart for their own good? Majority of eBay sellers are quoting the correct size of 6.1cm x 3.5cm x 1.8cm.

I intend to use the camera on a specially adapted HO Model railway wagon. Have you heard of others doing the same? If so could you do a review for that type of situation.

Thanks.

February 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterIan

I am interested in this product and thinking of purchasing it as a permanent dashboard camera solution. I'm still new to dashboard cameras and not sure of their technical terms or capabilities, so apologies if my question doesn't make sense.

Does anyone know if this camera is capable of recording in offline mode, as in, when the car is parked and the engine is switched off? - Does it have the capability of detecting and recording at the point of when a car has been impacted when parked (eg. from an accident / hit and run incident / vandalism etc)?

March 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterManT

Man T:
Question 1: The Möbius can be set so it will start when external power is applied (normal dash cam mode) and also when the power/start buttons are pressed, so it will run on internal power when the ignition is off if you press the button(s) but you'd have to do that each time, and it would only run until the internal battery was exhausted. Alternatively you could wire it up to a permanent live power point and it would keep on loop recording indefinitely - in theory. In practice I'm not so sure this would be a good idea. Of course you could just put a switch in the circuit then just remember to switch it on every time you need it.
Second question: I don't think the möbius has that g-shock capability.
There are lots of other dash cams out there that will do these things, anyway. The möbius is excellent as a dash cam, given its good video quality and small size, but remember that it is an action cam first and dash cam second, so it doesn't have the functionality that dedicated dash cams do. In any event, you would really need two or even more cameras to fully cover all angles while stationary.

March 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGraham Smith

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