Mobius HD Action Camera Review/Mounting
I’ve used cameras on my bike for around 6 years, now, eschewing the ‘popular’ (i.e. expensive) cameras in favour of the cheaper options. I’ve also found that the cheaper cameras are smaller, and so more covert to use.
Whilst looking for a new helmet camera, someone on a bike forum mentioned the new Mobius HD Action Camera.
It’s designed by the same people as the very first Keychain Spycam I used all those years ago.
It’s far smaller than the rest (although bigger than the Keychain Spycam), and a more sensible shape for most fitments than Go Pro’s and the like. It was also boasting some extremely impressive HD 1080p quality.
The more I read, the more I liked: 80 min battery life – but you are also able to record whilst using external power, great low light resolution, super-wide lens available as standard, and a promise that this is a camera FOR THE PEOPLE. As such, there is a user designed software set up package and the whole shebang is still being actively developed. And a good price of £50-£90 depending on where you buy from.
The only thing stopping me buying it was the lack of waterproofing or any cases for it. This makes it pretty useless most of the time for what I want it for.
Then, after keeping my eye on things for a few months, I saw mention on a forum that JooVuu have created a custom waterproof case for the Mobius – and so I ordered a camera and case.
The Mobius has been developed primarily for use on radio controlled planes and helicopters, because of its small size and light weight.
My ultimate plan was for something to use on the Formula Vee race car this season – and being able to use it on the bike would be a bonus.
Mounting it on the car won’t be an issue (I’m thinking on top of the roll hoop so it give a view ahead and down into the cockpit), but for the bike it posed more problems.
As an initial test I used the supplied Velcro mount stuck on top of my helmet. This works fine, but wind noise is a major problem – and there is no external mic. In the waterproof case the wind noise is massively improved, but the overall sound is also far quieter, so you can’t hear much of the bike engine, for example.
The problem was trusting the extra weight when the camera was in the waterproof case…
I ordered a few new mounts, deciding I’d use a permanent stick-on mount screwed into the camera.
As you can see, this took me back to the whole Go Pro situation of looking like a damned Telly Tubby with the camera sticking out the top of my head!
I couldn’t live with this, so found some sturdier Velcro, unscrewed the bolt mount from the waterproof case, and went back to the tried and tested Velcro method.
This is still far less covert than an MD80 hidden behind my tinted visor, but it’s just about acceptable.
All seems pretty stable using just the Velcro up to speeds that wouldn’t be legal off a race track, but I’m sure there would be an upper limit where things might depart company, but it would take a lot. How fast to RC planes go, anyway? 120mph plus?
So the Mobius Action Camera itself is well impressive. File size is quite large (about 1.4GB per 15 minutes), but not too bad in comparison to other action cameras. You would be wise to choose a 32GB card for it, though. Incidentally, the software program will allow you to set recording to chunks of 10, 15 or 20 minutes. There is no gap between the files. There is also an ‘max’ option which will record up to 4GB to each file, but I found reviewing footage could freeze – probably down to my system limitations than anything with the camera, and all footage was useable.
The only fault I can really find is the picture is a bit blurry/pixelated in the bottom right hand side. It just looks like there’s something on the lens, but is such a small area it’s not a worry. Also, the spare lens covers supplied with the JooVuu case are pretty scratched up (See comment below – I now know there is a protective sticker you’re supposed to remove- doh!). You can’t see any difference in picture quality when using the case, and I’m sure dropping a quick email to JooVuu’s excellent customer support would mean a few replacements being sent out – I haven’t done this as it really isn’t an issue.
I’d definitely recommend the Mobius Action Camera to anyone, and the fact that it is still being developed for the end user by Mobius and third parties like JooVuu is extremely impressive, and bodes well for the future of this fantastic camera.