If you’re looking for an action camera that can capture your extreme sports adventures, the Mobius Action Camera is a great option. This camera is small and lightweight, so it’s easy to take with you wherever you go, and it has a wide range of features that allow you to capture stunning video and photos. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at the Mobius Action Camera Review and its capabilities.
This camera is a great deal for $70. This camera is easy to use and has excellent video quality.
Manufacturers are constantly improving the firmware. New features and bugs are constantly being addressed. The current firmware is fine. I’m happy with it. It has been completely reliable so far.
Because of its compact size and lightweight, the Mobius 1080P HD Action Camera makes it easy to transport. You can attach it to a keyring or put it in your pocket. This camera is also used on my mini quadcopter.
The audio is clear and clean.
When recording in daylight, the video quality is excellent. It could be better at keeping the video quality even in low light conditions.
The heat that is generated when recording videos is also something I dislike. Two pieces of metal heat sinks are located on the camera case’s surface. They can get very hot after recording for a few minutes. It is not too hot to the touch.
It did not have a display screen, menu, or live video out display. It’s very similar to the GoPro, but it provides a simple menu display as well as wifi access so that you can see what is being recorded on the phone. As an accessory, a small LCD screen backpack is a nice idea. You can use the AV cable to view the image on the LCD screen.
I’ve seen videos with the Mobius using lens A (normal angle lens), and they have a very low angle of view. This is why I bought the wide-angle version of the lens (lens A). The wide-angle lens will make the corners darker than the center of the image.
They could also make water resistance or provide an accessory water-proof bag like the GoPro. It would be great!
Mobius Action Camera Review
This camera measures only 61x35x18 mm in dimensions. The camera comes with an optional “attachment sleeve”, which can be attached to any standard tripod screw mount. This allows the Mobius mount to attach to other optional brackets, such as the helmet mount or bike handle mount.
The Mobius can record 1080p at 30 frames per second or 720p at 60 frames per second. This setting is limited in its ability to film at a very narrow-angle, which I don’t enjoy. Important to note that Mobius records video only in.MOV format. This is not the same as AVI or MP4, which is common with other cameras.
Mobius Action Cam also has the ability to take photos and time-lapse photos. Simply press the shutter button. Although the photo quality is not great, it’s still acceptable.
It features a mini USB port for data transfer and connection to GUI. The USB port can also be used to power the Mobius (an external power source is required, not a computer USB).
The GUI makes it easy to configure the camera. Simply connect the camera to your Android phone or Windows PC, and then use the configuration software supplied by the manufacturer. Almost everything can be set up, including video format, exposure, and white balance.
Wide Angle Lens
This video will show you the impact of the wide-angle lens.
Functions and Buttons
The Mobius Action Cam came without instructions, so I will only explain the basics. This thread contains almost all the information about the Mobius Cam.
The Mobius Camera does not have an LCD screen, so you will need to refer to the manual to learn what the buttons do.
There are three buttons: the Mode button (M), shutter button, power button. The “M” button (Mode) is used to switch modes. The Shutter Button allows you to take photos or videos. Mode 1 defaults to 1080p at 30fps, while Mode 2 is at 720p @ 60fps. The LED color will change when you press the mode button. Here are the meanings.
- Yellow LED is still on. The camera remains in mode 1 and on standby
- Yellow LED flashes indicate that the camera is in mode 1. It records video at 1080p 30FPS.
- Blue LED is still on. The camera is currently in mode 2 and is set to standby.
- The blue LED flashes to indicate that the camera is in mode 2, and recording video at 720p 60FPS.
- Red LED is on – The camera remains in photo mode
- Once the red LED flashes, it means that the camera has taken a photo.
- The green LED is on – Charge the battery
Mobius Software Configuration GUI settings
These are the most popular settings in the configuration software.
There are three movie quality settings: Super, Standard, or Low. These will adjust the recording bit rate to suit the frame size and frame rates. The Super setting, also known as the “High” setting within the GUI, has a 1080p-30fps video resolution.
It gives an average bit rate of around 18,000kbps and a high-detail and moving scene. The low setting, which is 720p-30fps video, gives you approximately 5,800 kbps at the lowest end.
There will be five video recording cycle times settings: 3, 5, 10, and 15. Plus “Max”, which will save/continue the video. Unless the card is full or the battery is dead, the Max setting will record up to 4GB of files.
The actual recording time will depend on the settings of frame size, frame rate, and movie quality. In less than 30 minutes, you can reach the 4GB limit. Set for super quality at 1080p-30fps.
Loop Recording will record until the card is full. To make space, delete the oldest clip from the card. This mode takes between 3 and 5 minutes. To work, you must adjust the clip length. When a recording is being made, pressing the mode button in this mode will mark the file as “write protected” when it is saved. It won’t overwrite. However, the file can be manually deleted. Movie Flip (180 deg. Rotation) will record a movie right-side-up when the camera is mounted upside-down.
Movie Sound can be used to turn off sound or remove soundtracks from video files. This allows you to save space if no sound is needed.
Photo capture mode with frame sizes up to 2304×1536, 1920×1080 or 1280×720 (no conversion).
Time Lapse photos that show delays between images of.25* and.5* at intervals of 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, or 60 seconds. * Please note that the settings are below 1 second. You must have a photo frame that is at least 1920×1080 pixels. They will not have a date stamp, even if they are turned on.
- The recording LED toggle flashes on the top and back of the camera the recording mode LED.
- Toggle movie/photo stamp
- To prevent activation prematurely during handling, delay the power button
- Auto-record is when power is applied to the camera (useful for car recorder usage – no buttons needed).
- Charging on/off toggle when plugged in to a USB data port (useful with some external USB devices). TV-out (PAL/NTSC), which also includes a playback mode that supports audio.
- TV display ratio (4/3) or 16/9
- GUI program for Windows OS allows you to set the parameters and update the firmware.
The Mobius’ low price probably explains why you won’t find a lot of fancy packaging. The Mobius comes in a plain cardboard box that includes a USB cable, one hook-and-loop stickie, and a decent amount with a tripod mount and an accessory clip.
You may be able to get a USB charger for your electrical accessory outlet, depending on where you purchase it. However, we didn’t receive one with ours.
You can purchase the Mobius as a “Pro”, but it doesn’t have any significance. You can also purchase accessories, but the most important thing is the basic kit.
These features are not available at this price or at any other price.
- MSetup is a configuration utility program for Windows and Mac.
- You can adjust the settings for sharpness, saturation, contrast, and exposure.
- You can choose from a variety of colors.
- White balance offers many customizable options, including 3 custom settings
- You can adjust white balance and exposure and then lock them.
- A lens and battery that can be removed, but requires extensive surgery.
- The new Mobius Cams have a rechargeable LIPO battery of 820mAh. This is an upgrade from the 520mAh found in ours.
- Live video output (low resolution) and recording (requires an accessory cable).
- Continuous loop recording (for dashcam).
- Recording using USB 5VDC power.
- Configuration app allows for wide or narrow field of view options.
The Mobius Action Cam also features:
- Video: 1080p/30fps, 720p at 30, or 60fps.
- Video in H.264/AVC1 Codec. Saved in.MOV (rename files to.mp4 if necessary for your video editor).
- Still photo resolution: 2304×1536, 1920×1080, 1280×720 pixels
- Time-lapse still photo shooting: 0.25, 0.5, 2.0; 5.0; 10.0, 30.0; and 60.0 second intervals.
- MicroSD cards up to 32GB, with limited support for 64GB and 128GB.
- Recommended for Class 4 Kingston cards (less expensive).
- USB 2.0 is plug-and-play, no drivers are required
Start and stop
The Mobius doesn’t have an LCD screen. Instead, it uses three buttons, and 1 LED light to control everything. It can show red, blue, or yellow. The camera automatically turns on by default and begins recording video. This is most likely for a dashcam mode.
You can change this behavior in the setup configuration and, unless the camera is being used as a continuous loop (continuous loop), disable the auto-on record feature. Otherwise, you will end up with many short videos (if the video recording is stopped),
Our Mobius was set up to record the push of the first button. After about five seconds, one push of the button on the on/off switch turns the camera into standby mode (yellow LED).
To change the recording mode from yellow LED (1080p) to blue (720p) or still photo (red), press the middle “M” button. To record in any of these modes, press the record button.
It’s that easy. To turn the camera off, simply press the on/off key once. The LED will simultaneously flash red/blue, and the camera will shut off.
Video saved as.MOV format with H.264 codec at 1080p (1920×1080), 30fps, or 720p (1280×720), at 30, or 60fps.
Comparing 720p to 1080p, or 30 and 60fps, we didn’t find any quality differences.
The Mobius can take poor quality still photos at 72 DPI at the resolutions mentioned above. However, the photos can be processed in photo editing software to improve their quality.
There is some confusion about the lenses available for the Mobius. A “C” lens with a 132deg field-of-view is available. The retail stream of “B” lens cameras is still available; they have a lens with a 116deg view field.
The configuration software for the Mobius cameras has a wide and narrow FOV option.
Although we haven’t tested a B lens camera, it may be a better option. The C lens camera can show a lot of barrel distortion when the camera isn’t horizontally straightened or when close-ups are taken.
Cameras manufactured after December 4, 2014, feature an 820mAh battery. This is 63% more than the 520mAh batteries.
To indicate the battery level, the small red LED at the rear of your camera will light up.
The manufacturer recommends Class 4 Kingston microSD Cards (not included) of up to 32GB. Supported cards include 64GB and 128GB.
The camera records in mono (one channel) at a 32kHz sampling rate and 512kbps bitrate.
Mobius Camera Troubleshooting
The camera doesn’t record video
Instead of blinking, the rear LED is now solid red. You can also press the shutter button to flash the yellow LED once.
It is likely that you are using an SD Card that isn’t compatible with your camera. Some cards may not work correctly in certain batches. Sandisk 32GB Ultra (class 10) is a typical example. It did not work with earlier firmware versions. Try formatting your card or switching to a different card if you have problems with the firmware version.
The camera is not recognized by the computer, cannot take photos or videos.
The SD card may be full or corrupted. Use an external card reader to format your card, or you can try another card.
The Mobius Cam cannot be recognized as a webcam or removable disk.
The SD card has been formatted and installed, but the camera is not yet recognized as a removable device.
The operating system must run at least XP. A standard USB cable must be used to connect the camera. Attach another USB device to confirm that the cable is working properly. Use a USB hub. Use another USB port.
When the camera is not recognized correctly by the computer, the most common problem is defective cables.
Even if your USB cable seems to be in good condition, it is possible that the USB drivers on your computer aren’t working correctly. Before you turn on the computer, connect to the camera. Once the computer is turned on, the camera will be recognized as a removable drive.
DriveCleanup.exe (freeware) may also be used to resolve USB corruption issues.
SD card shows files as corrupted
All files on the SD cards that are connected to the camera as an external drive will appear corrupted. The cable is not working properly, or the USB drivers on your computer are corrupted. DriveCleanup.exe (freeware), may be able to fix USB corruption issues
The camera works but is not recognized by the computer
After connecting the camera to the computer, it can be used to take photos and movies. However, the camera cannot be recognized as a removable drive. The USB cable is defective.
Mobius Cam cannot be turned on, auto turn off after LED flashes
The blue LED on the camera turns on when I turn it on. It is then turned off. A short yellow flash is then followed by 15* yellow flashes or red flashes. 32* flashes are then very fast yellow or red flashes. The camera turns off.
*Flashes can be either yellow or red, depending on the firmware version. The sequence ends with three red flashes that may or not be visible.
The SD card has not been inserted, and the card is full or formatted incorrectly. Format the card, or use another card.
Before shutting down, the yellow LED blinks
The yellow LED blinks four times per second and then turns off very quickly.
The micro SD card has not been inserted properly; it isn’t properly inserted or is full. Insert the card with the gold contacts facing up towards the buttons. When inserting the last 5mm, there should be a distinct spring action and no friction.
The card should click when pushed 1mm into the body. Do not force the card and do not push it further than the maximum. The camera body should be 1 mm in depth.
The Mobius Action Camera is a great choice for anyone looking for an affordable and durable action camera. While it doesn’t have all the features of more expensive models, it still offers good quality video and photos. The camera is easy to use and can be mounted on a variety of surfaces.