I received a gift card from my father-in-law for Christmas, so I bought something I wanted instead of something I needed (isn’t that what most gifts are about?). I enjoy driving and taking photos, so what better way of combining those two activities than a dashcam? I was looking at a GoPro camera but the cost was prohibitive. While searching for lower-cost alternatives, I ran across the Mobius ActionCam for around $80. Further research revealed that this camera is very popular with the radio controlled aircraft crowd because of its small size, light weight, and good picture quality. I watched a couple of video comparisons (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wmIyD1fM4M is a good one), and while the GoPro was definitely more feature rich and easier to use, the Mobius is actually smaller than the GoPro and the video quality is comparable (at least on my computer). On to Amazon I went and a couple of days later my camera arrived!
I tried it out on a recent trip to Chattanooga and the results were impressive! Now I am going to have to buy another hard drive just to store the footage.
I used the camera for a while before I set it aside. I pick it up now and again if I want to shoot hands free video of something. It still works great, is light and unobtrusive, but is not always in my pocket like my cell phone. I picked up a handlebar mount for it, so I will take it for a bike ride to see what that looks like!