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    Post Mobius ActionCam

    I wanted to start a thread here for specifically using the camera as a helmet cam whilst cycling.

    The guys behind the firmware updates have released a new version of their tool. It enables some pretty good enhancements the camera specifically sharpness, exposure, colour options and white balance.

    I have the Wide angle B lens at 1080p and 30fps, these were take before the firmware update I guess time for some footage.

    Night Time:


    Day Time/Rain:


    How I mount mine:





    Just some Zip ties and I use the supplied cradle.

    Quick thoughts:
    It's HD at 1080p, it's pretty easy to read number plates. It's about the same size as a matchbox and it's pretty cheap compared to bigger cameras at around £45. It's not supposed to be waterproof but it seems to handle Welsh stormy rain without issue. If it breaks it isn't the end of the world and easily replaced.

    Useful Information: The Mobius ActionCam Support Thread @ RC Forum
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    A Waterproof case has just been announced for preorder from the people at JuuVuu more information here:

    http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2072785

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    Is this really £45? Wow! Ok so its not as small as a GoPro, and the footage ain't as good, but I dont think GoPro footage is worth £200 more?

    What battery life like? Is this basicly the cheap mans GoPro, any other cameras I should be looking at under £50, always wanted a action can but could never stomach the cost but this might change that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnthonyMcEwen View Post
    Is this really £45? Wow! Ok so its not as small as a GoPro, and the footage ain't as good, but I dont think GoPro footage is worth £200 more?

    What battery life like? Is this basicly the cheap mans GoPro, any other cameras I should be looking at under £50, always wanted a action can but could never stomach the cost but this might change that!
    Around £45 on eBay direct from China and £60 from UK resellers.

    Battery is about 2 hours on a full charge although this seems to go down quicker on colder days.

    The feeling of not wanting to because of the £200 price tag is exactly how I felt.

    For a useful review with better quality footage check out this one:

    http://www.techmoan.com/blog/2013/7/...p-micro-c.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScuzUK View Post
    Around £45 on eBay direct from China and £60 from UK resellers.

    Battery is about 2 hours on a full charge although this seems to go down quicker on colder days.

    The feeling of not wanting to because of the £200 price tag is exactly how I felt.

    For a useful review with better quality footage check out this one:

    http://www.techmoan.com/blog/2013/7/...p-micro-c.html
    Deffintly looks good, have just seen his video reviwe, I'll see what else is out there but this looks pretty good, might have to get one.
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    There is also the SJ1000 that I have. The review is also on Techmoan.

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    I just want to add that another key point to me about this cam is the active development behind it.

    The software keeps getting better and better and more functions keep getting added. Motion detection among other settings such as colour options.
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    I've been thinking about this one after watching Techmoan's review, but I have the SVC200 cam that he recently reviewed and I like it (I am uncomfortable riding with a camera that isn't 100% waterproof). Also I really like having a cam with a screen on it, which the SVC does. I have some older 808 #16 cams that I use for sport use (duct taping them to cheap model rockets, other such fun) and I'm sure this is a really nice cam. Had I gotten one of these first, I might not have gone through so many other cams (including the GoPro white, which I don't think puts out any better video than any of the other cams I've had, including the SVC200, and has other problems).
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    The screen would be handy for positioning but that's about it. Its really simple to just use an OTG cable or pop the SD card into your phone to view clips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnthonyMcEwen View Post
    Is this really £45? Wow! Ok so its not as small as a GoPro
    Mobius is smaller and much lighter than the GoPro, 59mm (61mm with the lens) (L) x 35mm (W) x18mm (H) weight 39g.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hartsu View Post
    Mobius is smaller and much lighter than the GoPro, 59mm (61mm with the lens) (L) x 35mm (W) x18mm (H) weight 39g.
    Just for comparison:


    Mobius: 61mm (L) x 35mm (W) x18mm (H)
    GoPro Hero 3 Black: 59mm (L) x 41mm (W) x 21mm (H)

    It also sits flat as opposed to the gopro
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    So first usable footage which I can use as a base on the new 1.33 Firmware:

    Night:



    Day:


    Lens: "B"
    Artificial Light Frequency: 60 Hz
    Wide Dynamic Range: On
    Video Data Rate: High
    Video Frame Rate: 30fps
    Video Resolution: 1920x1080 (1080p)
    Field of View: Wide
    Sharpness: 0
    Exposure: 0
    Contrast: 0
    Saturation: 0
    Color Options: Normal
    White Balance: Auto

    Notes:
    The main thing I noticed with this footage is that when I'm passing some bright headlights it doesn't seem to adjust properly and blacks out almost every thing else.

    I think that could be the WDR setting at work. I'm not sure really. Tonight I'm going to record some footage and turn WDR off to compare.

    From the RC forums: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=6057
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    turn off WDR, it will lessen over expose. but you suffer sudden darkness, or step down the exposure slider until you get what want, do 2 steps at a time, -2 -4 and so on.
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    Thanks for update on the waterproof case ... beats having to make one out of a tick-tac box

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    But isn't the file output in .mov format? That will take up a huge chunk of my drive space in time, but its compact design make me want to get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aidzbelty View Post
    But isn't the file output in .mov format? That will take up a huge chunk of my drive space in time, but its compact design make me want to get it.
    What does the file extension have to do with anything? MOV, AVI, MP4, they're all just envelopes for your video and audio. What causes them to be large is the bitrate that the camera records at. An hour long MOV recorded at 15mbps is no longer than an hour long AVI recorded at 15mbps.

    Besides, you don't save files unless you need them for something. You put it in car mode, throw in a 16 or 32GB card, just turn it on and off at the beginning and end of the ride and charge it as needed. You only pull files off if something occurred during the ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
    What does the file extension have to do with anything? MOV, AVI, MP4, they're all just envelopes for your video and audio. What causes them to be large is the bitrate that the camera records at. An hour long MOV recorded at 15mbps is no longer than an hour long AVI recorded at 15mbps.

    Besides, you don't save files unless you need them for something. You put it in car mode, throw in a 16 or 32GB card, just turn it on and off at the beginning and end of the ride and charge it as needed. You only pull files off if something occurred during the ride.
    Ok point taken..

    Have been waiting for a waterproof case for this to be available in the US because I wanted to have another camera aside from my SVC-200, and it has been sitting in the wish list for months. Is it true that they're saying the wide-angle version is better for night rides than the standard one?

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