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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.

 

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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)

Dave, 720p at 30 frames per second gives you the same field of view as the 1080p mode. Only 720p60 has the narrower FOV.

July 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMedd

Just bought the Mobius for a dash-cam. To make this as inconspicuous as possible to me I am making a custom mount to fix the cam behind the mirror. The risks I see are from the summer heat in the south-eastern USA (150 degrees F inside the car). So We'll see how well the mounting bracket holds (stuck w. 3-M "extreme" mounting tape) up as well as the camera with regard to the heat.

July 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDogburrito

Amazing review Matt, as they all are. I have followed your reviews for ages and having ordered from joovuu it is exactly as you describe "finally" they have put feedback to excellent use. The quality is amazing, in good light even quick movement close past the lens produces perfectly focussed sharp images if you freeze the video playback. Just love this camera, perfect for the car but a lot more too, almost a shame to only use it for that.

Anyone considering using in a car, check the angle of the windscreen and visualise how any suction mount would work. I found mine is at a very steep angle and a mount I bought has the camera a long way from the glass so you get reflections. I will look at this again and maybe make something up.

One feature request - I don't know how to contact the manufacturer but you appear to have their ear - would be during record to have a protect function. So, say, pressing the "M" button would make the filename PROTECT_0001.MOV and when the camera deletes the old recordings it would ignore these. In that way if you see something you want to keep you can rest assured it will still be there and very easy to find even many days later after the rest had been over-written.

Just love this camera. Many thanks for bringing it to our attention. Having showed people at work three of them have ordered too.

July 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterslimgym

slimgym, pressing the 'M' mode button during video recording marks that file as read-only, and is not overwritten during loop record mode. See p4 of the manual.

Also take a look at the adhesive windscreen mount which has a lower profile than the suction cup version, so would bring your camera closer to the screen.

July 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTonyM

Ahh fantasitc! I scanned the PDF manual before posting and didn't see that, plus it appeared to me pressing M while recording didn't seem to do anything. So it already does it. Even better :) I shall look at the other mounts. Many thanks for your prompt and helpful reply!!

July 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterslimgym

Hi
Can you please tell me how I can update mobius camera using a mac.
Is there any other software available for the mac

July 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

hello john, page 7 "manual firmware update".
http://www.mytempfiles.info/mobius/MobiusManual.pdf

Regards

john

July 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the other John)

@Gareth
I know what you are saying, sounds like there is a bit of self advertising going on here.

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvilution

@ Evilution. I'm suspicious when someone chips in about how good some shop that has never been heard of before is mentioned. They might be fine and all that but I'd rather buy from Techmoan's links. That way I hope he will get a few pence from each click to help him!

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

In response to the last few comments, I make it a policy never to post on forums like RC Groups, FPV Hub and this one (until now!) as it can easily be construed as spam or self promotion. The earlier comments were not posted by me as I'd rather let the word be spread by satisfied customers.

I have sold over 200 Mobius ActionCams so far and the only authorised re-seller in the UK, so if Matt chooses to add me to his links, then great, but I respect his decision either way.

Thanks
Chris

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWebbex

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