It's been over a year since I reviewed the Mobius Action Camera. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Mobius, this camera emerged in 2013 as a smaller, lighter, and cheaper alternative to GoPro models of the time…with only slightly lower performance specs. Adding a Mobius (well, two actually) to my camera bag drastically broadened my ability to shoot onboard video with my RC models. Thanks in large part to its $80 price tag and good performance, the Mobius gained wide acceptance in the rough-and-tumble world of quad racing…where cameras take a beating. The Mobius has also been embraced around the world as a dash camera, helmet camera, and all-around "whatever" camera.
Time and technology march inexorably forward and the Mobius has now been joined by other cameras with a similar form factor and price point, but improved performance. One of those cameras is the Foxeer Legend 1. While the Mobius tops out with 1080P video at 30 frames per second (FPS) or 720P at 60 FPS, the Legend offers those resolutions at doubled frame rates. Foxeer's little camera is also capable of 1296P resolution at 30 FPS and 16MP (4608 x 3456) stills. While those are impressive specs, image quality and ease of use are also important factors. Let's take a look at how the Legend stacks up.
What's in the Box
When I purchased my Legend, black was the only color available. Now they can also be had in orange, red, and green. These new colors should make the camera much easier to find when a mishap sends it sailing off to parts unknown. I've already had to tromp through a plowed field to find mine after the airplane it was riding broke up in flight. I eventually found the camera, but it sure would have been nicer to look for an orange needle in a haystack rather than a black one.
The Legend measures 74mm x 36mm x 17mm and weighs 50 grams. It has a built-in 850mAh Li-Po battery that is charged through a mini-USB port. A micro-HDMI port is provided if you want to connect to a monitor for live video feed. Playback of files through the camera is not an option. The camera accepts micro-SD memory cards up to 64GB.
Up front is a relatively large F2.5 lens that provides a 166-degree field of view (120-degrees in the horizontal plane). The lens is the leading edge of the camera, so it's just begging for scratches. I'm sure it won't be long before lens protectors are available through aftermarket firms and the 3D printing community.