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

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

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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.

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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.

 

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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)

Mobius 2 M2 looks good, but I'd be happy to have the following confirmed as it's too early to find details in any forums.

- Loop recording working with cards 128 - 200GB?
- Is audio quality as good or better as Mobius 1? Some reported some muffled sound. (Re: Amazon USA)
- What about the heat dissipation if you don't have the tripod screw attached (hence, no heatsink)?
- Any chance to have exFat in later firmware releases?

Best,
Sean

September 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSean

Hi Matt,

since there is so much interest in the Mobius 2, I would really like to know if you were able to take a closer look at the cam.
It's been a while since the cam has been released, so maybe the manufacturer has already done some fixes.
I really loved your review of the first Mobius. There is so much confusion with the actual specs of the cam and its functions, so I hope that you are going to show us some footage and inform us soon the way you always do!

Many thanks!

October 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaBu

Hi,

I've been using the mobius as a dashcam for several months now and happy with it.
Although it seems that many times when I start the car the mobius doesn't do anything, if I turn the car contact off and on it then starts recording perfectly.
It is continously powered so I don't understand the problem.
Anyone any ideas??

October 30, 2016 | Unregistered Commentertom

There is a Mobius with the lens turned 90 degrees, meaning the camera sits vertically ( i've haven't seen a Mobius 2 with this option, but it's early days ). This gives a much more streamlined look on a helmet ( bicycle or motorcycle ), compared to the mounting on top. However if it sits vertically, is the field of view not partially obstructed by the helmet, especially with the wider angled 1080p format which you advise ?

November 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

I suppose I have to answer my own questions then ! One change for the mobius 2 is the ability to change camera configuration ( mounted in the flat or vertical position ). Regarding the obscured angle, I suppose you just need to position the camera forward enough to miss any case.

November 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Another great review back from 2013. Has there been anything similarly small, possibly dual (front and rear) that I could consider.
Malcolm

December 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMalcolm Alexander

I foolishly did not look at later posts after viewing the video. It seems that this little camera is doing well and presumably one would have two if a rear camera was needed, which I fgeel would be good. What's the latest price on these and have owners hard wired to the fuse box or seperate battery? Malcolm

December 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMalcolm Alexander

Hi. My Mobiuis V3 is set for instant start and stop recording, at temps around 4deg C it will not start up. Connecting the power lead results in the green L:ED showing for around 30 secs -using a SuperCap- the rear red LED does not show at all. Once eh car warms up sometimes reconnecting the power lead will make it start recording, other times it needs a reset to start recording.
It has the latest FW. I am using it as a dashcam with a lens extension lead.
I am really at a loss with this problem, I've bought new S/Caps and Battery but to no avail. It works perfectly indoors where its warm!

Any suggestions?
Thank you

Alan W.

January 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAlan W

I have had two Mobius 2 cameras and they both were great at first, especially due to their compactness and light weight. But both of them failed after a year or so, with the yellow light blinking no matter what I did. One thing you might do, Matt, is run follow-up polls of people who have bought the cameras you rate. You reviews of new, out-of-the-box products don't address reliability.

Mobius is still producing this model, and i wonder whether the reliability has improved.

July 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJohn S. Allen

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