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Thursday
Feb092017

The Mobius 2 everything-cam is finally up to the job

It’s been a while since I finished a camera review. It’s not for a lack of trying, I’ve been testing cameras but most of them weren’t good enough to warrant spending the time needed to complete a review. 

The Mobius 2 was one of the cameras that initially didn’t impress. Upon its release last year the video quality was a noticeable step back compared to its popular predecessor. Six months later, it’s a different story. Finally the firmware has caught up with the camera and it’s now capable of producing some great results. Watch the video below to find out more. 

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The manufacturer is in Hong Kong and sells the Mobius 2 worldwide directly through ebay. Click your country below to be taken to the Mobius 2 on their store.

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

Also available from Amazon in the US

-----USEFUL LINKS------

Manual & Windows Software http://mytempfiles.info/mobius2/index.html

RC Groups Mobius 2  Forums Thread

-----SAMPLE CLIPS-----

Available here on pcloud

(Please do not stream these...they only play at full quality when downloaded and played locally)

 

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Reader Comments (28)

Good review. Have you found a ribbon cable extension for the image sensor? I'd want to mount the main body out of sight with just the tiny lens visible from the outside. I think you did that as a separate review for the original Mobius.

Have none of the manufacturers come up with a decent system with the image sensor connected to a dvr via a longer cable? As per your suggestion in the Sept 29 2014 Marcus review. If the image sensor part could be made IP55 then it could even be hidden in the front bumper or inside the radiator grille and not suffer from the effects of the windscreen. I would never fit one of the massive dashcams on the windscreen - with all their tentacles of wiring sprouting out of all edges!

Please keep the dashcam reviews coming. I'm still using an original Mobius and DDPAI M6 thanks to your reviews. Anyone who I have given a lift to in the car always loves the startup voice from the DDPAI.

February 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDave

I haven't looked into the idea of extension cables...it might be worth looking on the RCGroups forums...because if anyone has they have.

February 16, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Mat, many thanks for your continued techmoans!

Between the DDpai and Mobius2, which offers greater sharpness and lower noise (particularly in low light) in your opinion?

If anyone else has tried both, your views would be welcome also!

February 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAlejandra

@ MattER: how does the Mobius Mini compare to the Mobius 1 as far as video quality is concerned? especially in low light.

Does the Mobius 2 have better video quality than the Mobius 1?

February 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterOnno

Very helpful review as always - I have used your reviews as the basis of buying 2 cams already. I am looking at the Mobius 2 to replace my Mobius 1 which seems to have irredeemably given up the ghost. Can you help on one thing - the Mobius 2 manual makes no reference to the file lock feature which existed on the Mobius 1 (press the mode button while recording). Have they they omitted this feature on the Mobius 2, or have they omitted it from the manual accidentally?

February 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony

Unfortunately it's not something I tried. You might get an answer at https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/forums/mobius-2-m2.171/

February 23, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Re file locking - thanks for the link - I checked there and it seems it is not a feature which the Mobius 2 has, at least at the moment.

February 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony

Hello Mat,

first of all thank you for the great reviews you upload on youtube. they are very helpful and i always check whether you reviewed an item i m interested in.

i just purchased the mobius2 to use as a bike cam and although the image quality is great (1080p at 60fps), i noticed that when i pause the footage (i m using windows media player) the picture seems to loose sharpness so much so that car number plates are extremely difficult to read. i dont have this problem with the mobius1 which is still running strong. i bought the mobius2 for the 1080p 60fps capability however this issue left me a bit disapointed to say the least.

do you have any recommendations to solve this problem. is it because the M2 saves footage as mp4 and the M1 uses MOV?

thanks in advance

ruben

March 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRuben

Hi - can you please recommend some sort of cheap spy cam I can leave on my car dash overnight, as I have someone wandering about my yard / stealing things / possibly spying on me etc. It doesn't have to have night vision - I'll just leave the outdoor lights on. Just something that will film all night that I can play back on my laptop. I'm not sure if such a thing exists (not cheaply, anyway) but if you have any suggestions on something I could buy on ebay etc I'd be grateful. I am not tech savvy. Cheers.

March 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterML

Can I change the lens and use a lens extension cable like on the original Mobius camera? And can I swap the battery for a capacitor?

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDoug

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