This is the case with the Mobius cameras, which we will test today. Cameras ? Yes, because the Mobius does exist in différent versions.
In reality, only the lens changes to offer a more or less wider vision angle according to your wishes.
Lens A : Vision angle 110°
Lens B : Vision angle 122°
Lens C : Vision angle 131°
The last version (Lens C) has been issued some days a go and will replace from now on the B version.
We will then compare in this test the A version and the C version which propose two interesting alternatives, wide angle and extra wide angle.
Apart of the lens, these two Mobius are strictly identical :
- Battery LIPO rechargeable intégrated (820mah) (recharge by mini-usb)
- Video: 1080P 30FPS FULL HD, 720P 60FPS, 720P 30FPS
- Codec : H.264/AVC1
- Photo: 2304 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, mode Time Lapse
- Mémory port microSD up to 32GB (Class 4 or more)
- Connexion to PC in USB 2.0 foradvanced configuration and up-date
- Real time vidéo outlet by USB ideal for the FPV (câbles arenot supplied)
- Mini size : 61mm (L) x 55mm (l) x18mm (H)
- Lightweight : only 38g (40g for the lens C)
- Webcam mode for PC
As you can see, on paper the Mobius has no cause to be envious of the most affordable GoPro . But as you know, a technical data sheet is not all and we will judge on the quality of the image.
The mobius is supplied in the altogether. You find the caméra, a USB cable, one support allowing to fix the caméra with a thread and a lens protection.
How to use the camera
The mobius has 3 buttons (start, Mode and Camera) and one led which indicates the actual status of the camera.The design is rather basic,we can simply choose one of the two modes and start the recording, thus taking into consideration how we want to use it , it is perfect.
The advanced setting of the Mobius is done by connecting it to your PC. Doing this we can also set the general parameters of the camera, the vidéo modes (résolution,recording format, …) and also fine tune up the image parameters.
The Mobius enables you to record your achievements in Full HD 1080p 30 images per second or in HD 720p with 60 images per second maximum.
In addition to the recording the Mobius is also able to return ananalogical video stream in real time, which is perfect for the FPV.
In this case, you will have to purchase an FPV cable kit, as they are supplied with the camera (roughly 3,50€).
However we have to point out that the video stream has a little bit more latency compared to a dedicated FPV caméra but it remains totally usable for the majority of pilots.
I have recorded short sequences simultaneously with the A and C lens version.
To point out that the color differences are mainly due to a different color setting of the cameras.We can see that the setting of the lens A version (left) offers better results , therefore we have applied it to both cameras.
Moreover this the configuration which is presented on the screenshot here before, I do recommend it.
You can judge by yourselves the quality of the Mobius. The image has a good sharpness, the colors are relatively accurate (from time to time a little bit too saturated), it is however looking rather nice. the brightness changes are well managed, however the blacklight darkens the image, a little bit more compared to a GoPro.
Apart of this detail, I find that the Mobius really offers performances which are very closed to GoPro.
Strengh and life time
An other point to take into consideration is the strengh. Our drones can eventually be subjected to violent crashes and the material must be resistant.
In this aspect the Mobius do not cause any problem. The version with the lens A is particularly strong as the lens do not come out of the body . Even a frontal shock should not dammage it.
The lens C is more exposed. A frontal shock would probably dammage it and it is recommended to install it a little backwards on your machine.
The good news are that all spare parts of the Mobius are easily available. The optical block for example (lens + sensor) will cost roughly 25€, a new battery 5€, …
You can even interchange the optical blocks between the A and C versions as the rest of the camera remains the same.
The other small advantage of the Mobius is the possibility to detach the optical block from the rest of the camera thanks to an extension cable which can be really practicle in certain configurations.
Our opinion on the Mobius
The Mobius has become a real reference since some months beside the model-makers and the drone fans and we do understand why !
Two times more lighter than a GoPro, the Mobius offers an image quality very closed to the image quality of its top-of-the-range competitor.
Inaddition when we consider that the Mobius costs roughly 70€, i.e 3x less expensive than the bottom-of-the-range GoPro ,it becomes ridiculous not to fall under the spell…
The new lens C offers a real very wide vision angle, the colors are very good and even if the distortion is inevitable, going through a retouching software will enable you to get rid of it.
Mobius cameras are available by Banggood for approx. 70€.