– Max. resolution: 1920×1080 @ 30fps
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– Bit rate: 18 Mbps
– WDR Super Night Vision
– .MOV file format
– Very small size (61mm x 35mm x 18mm)
– Weight: 38g
– Angle of view: 116° or 132° (Mobius C)
– Time and date stamp on video
– Supports up to 32GB MicroSD cards as per manufacturer, users report up to 128GB
– Photo resolution up to 2304 x 1536
– Supports time lapse photo shooting
– Attachment sleeve with standard tripod mount
– Loop recording, auto on/off
– Interface: mini-USB
Mobius Action Camera Review
The Mobius action camera or sports camera is manufactured in China, as a successor of the 808 camera series. Measuring only 61 x 35 x 18 mm (2½ x 1½ x ¾ inches), it is about the size of a Tic-Tac box and small enough to be carried around on a keyring.
For a dashboard camera that records high quality 1080p video footage, the Mobius is very small and discreet. As you can see below, its video quality is great at daytime. With its WDR Super Night Vision feature, it records decent night video footage as well, if not quite as good as some more expensive cameras like the DOD LS300W for instance.
Note that this is actually a multi purpose camera, so if you are going to use it as a dash cam you will need to order a long cable and a car windshield mount (adhesive or suction) separately. Apart from using it as a dash cam, other popular uses of this product include using it on bikes, on remote controlled vehicles and drones, or even as a web cam due to its convenient size and form.
The camera comes with a removable “attachment sleeve” that firmly connects it to a standard tripod screw mount. This in turn can be used to attach the Mobius to the various optional mounting brackets available, like the above mentioned car mounts, a helmet mount, a bike handle mount, and of course to any tripod you may already own.
Being a sports camera, the Mobius also has an option to record 720p at 60fps. Unfortunately, this setting reduces the viewing angle to a meager 63 degrees, which is far too narrow for a dashboard camera. At a resolution of 1080p, the viewing angle encompasses 116 degrees, which isn’t much, but okay for use as a dash cam.
UPDATE:The Mobius is now also available with a 132° field of view. It is equipped with a different lens called the “C lens”, while the previous 116° one was called the “B lens”. The wider angle camera is also known as Mobius C.
The camera has two metal heat sinks, which can get quite hot when using the Mobius as a dash cam. Some users have reported that the camera can get too hot to touch. You won’t often need to touch a dash cam while driving, but still this is something to be aware of.
To achieve the smallest possible size, this camera comes with a minimum of hardware, so it has neither GPS, G-sensor, or a screen. A mini-USB port is its only interface to the outside world, which is also used to supply the Mobius with power. It does have the fundamental dash cam features though (loop recording, auto on/off, and date/time stamps on the video footage).
Configuring the camera is straightforward, just connect it to an Android phone or Windows PC and use the very user-friendly configuration software supplied by the manufacturer. Or if you are an advanced user, you can just edit the configuration text file. There are quite a lot of options: Pretty much everything is configurable, including the video format (you can even choose between 16:9 and 4:3). It is worth noting that the Mobius records video in .MOV format, which is superior to .AVI which most other dash cameras use.
For below $100, this camera offers great value for money (note however that the price does not include a car mount and cable, which will cost you an extra $20 or so). Great video quality, excellent discreetness and simple configuration make this a great buy, the only downsides being the heat production and the comparatively low angle of view.
According to the manufacturer, this camera will take up to 32GB microSD cards. However, a user has reported that his Mobius camera works fine with 64GB and 128GB memory cards also. He used SanDisk Ultra microSDXC Class 10 cards, formatted with FAT32.
Mobius Video Samples
For original HD video quality, watch on full screen and set the video resolution to 1080p using the cog icon in the lower right of the screen.
Daytime Sample Video for Mobius Action Camera
Day video quality really leaves nothing to be desired for a sub-$100 dash cam. The image is sharp and clear, with vivid, bright colors, and details like license plates are easily readable even from a distance.
Nighttime Sample Video for Mobius Action Camera
Night video quality is not the best, but above average and certainly acceptable for a camera of this price. While not all details are perfectly visible at all times, the overall image quality is okay and license plates are readable from up close.
Where To Buy
The Mobius Action Camera can be ordered from the following vendors (Mobius C where available):