Mokacam stuck to metal surface

Something very small is currently making big waves on Indiegogo. As the latest entry into the POV camera market, the Mokacam is taking aim at the big boys of the industry, boldly throwing around the term ‘GoPro killer’ in their marketing material. Whether you agree or not, the Mokacam certainly boasts some impressive specs and clever innovations.

The camera’s body is tiny (the Southern California based creators claim it’s the world’s smallest 4K camera), the resolution is huge and it offers a multitude of features without getting overly complicated. There’s an external screen available, and the Mokacam’s built-in magnet can fix the camera directly to metal surfaces or accommodate additional magnetic snap-on battery packs.

With 10 days left of their Indiegogo campaign the Mokacam is definitely generating a huge amount of interest, as it has already raised over seven times their funding goal of $50,000. Click past the break for all the details, including the Mokacam’s surprisingly low price tag…

Mokacam exploded view

The Mokacam’s impact and water resistant polycarbonate body measures 45mm x 45mm, with a depth of 35mm. Designed for simple operation, it uses two buttons- one acts as the power switch and start/stop button, and the other scrolls through the Mokacam’s settings and features. The tiny camera weighs in at just 79g.

As for hardware, a 16mp sensor sees the world through a seven layer glass lens to provide optimal clarity, color and detail. The Mokacam also has an integrated high-definition microphone, but there is no 3.5mm jack for external mics.

Mokacam stuck to car with magnet

Using an integrated magnet on its backside, the Mokacam can be attached to metal surfaces with no mounts required. The company says the super strong magnet will reliably secure the camera to a car driving down a rough road, and requires some effort to remove from metal surfaces. The camera also works with its own series of magnetic mounts, includes an adapter for GoPro style mounts, and has a standard ¼” threaded mount for tripods.

Mokacam with add on screen

An add-on screen is available for self-filming or framing up shots. The accessory screen rotates 270°, uses four top-mounted control buttons and contains its own internal battery so it won’t drain the camera’s internal unit. There’s also a waterproof case for the Mokacam which is rated for 60m depth, and can work with or without an external battery in place.

Mokacam snap on battery pack

The camera uses an internal 1000mAh battery, and larger 1100mAh magnetic battery packs can be snapped on to the back for some extra juice- even while the camera is still filming. The internal battery should last between 1:00 to 1:20 hrs depending on settings, and it takes about two hours to fully charge (same for the add-on screen and external batteries). Battery life can be monitored through the accessory screen or Mokacam’s smartphone app, but is curiously not indicated on the camera itself.

Mokacam sample photo

The Mokacam is capable of filming in 4K@15fps, 2K@15fps, or 1080p@60fps, 720px120fps and VGA@240fps, plus shoots still images (as seen above). The camera uses a 152° wide angle lens, but features a normal angle mode that digitally eliminates barrel distortion to produce a flat image. There’s also looped recording capability, plus a motion activated mode that automatically starts and stops recording when it senses action in its frame.

Mokacam features comparison chart

The Mokacam is WiFi capable as well, enabling you to control live streaming, zoom and time lapse functions through the smartphone app. Time lapse settings include 3/5/10/30 second, plus one and three minute intervals. The iOS and Android compatible app also allows instant wireless video uploading to your smartphone. Alternatively the device can also be controlled with Mokacam’s own wireless remote control which is mentioned, but not shown on their campaign page.

A Micro SD card handles file storage, and the camera can accommodate up to 64gb cards (card not included). A micro USB cable to charge the battery is included. Despite its impressive dimensions and features, the Mokacam is surprisingly affordable- It can currently be pre-ordered for $99 USD with a waterproof case and your choice of color (eventual retail will be $169).

The Mokacam carries a one year warranty and is available in Black, Gold, Blue, Pink or Silver. The first units are expected to ship out in February 2016. For all the details, check out the Mokacam’s Indiegogo campaign here.

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Allan Hunt
Allan Hunt
6 years ago

Amazing price! GoPro must be squirming about the erosion of their profit margins next year!

Myke
Myke
6 years ago

It’s a amazing price if you don’t care about specs! What your not see written here is that sensor is the cheapest smallest sensor with limited color depth / sensitivity. Decent 2k sensor will be superior in the quality department.

Jonnie
Jonnie
6 years ago

Bang on, Allan Hunt … perhaps this is another reason for GoPro’s stock price being monkey hammered lately.

bart
bart
6 years ago

The Session is now $199.99 USD. They dropped the pricing twice in the last couple of months and totally screwed us over on our month old inventory. dropped the retail way below our cost. thanks Go Pro! Nice to see some competition this will be good for the consumer.

elvis
elvis
6 years ago

this is awesome. now I get to watch my completely inept acquaintances ride the multi-use paths and “snowboard” in Ultra High Def!

Duch
Duch
6 years ago

I guess GoPro probably aren’t too concerned about a product that may or may not succeed to reach market at the expected date, yet at all. Running a successful indiegogo / KS / etc campaign is one thing, mass manufacturing a complex high tech product is another.

The 50 000 $ initial goal seems incredibly low.

And btw 15 fps can’t be considered video.

Allan
Allan
6 years ago

LOL @elvis. So true! The commercials and advertising show guys in wingsuits flying through 10′ gaps in mountains, then the consumer buys it and skis down a groomer. EXTREME!

Allan
Allan
6 years ago

4k at 15fps is garbage. I’d get a headache watching anything more than a snail moving.

booyah
booyah
6 years ago

I’d rather have it be twice the size with a bigger internal battery.

Wyndenwood
Wyndenwood
6 years ago

Why not compare it to a Polaroid cube?

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
6 years ago

GoPro margins will have to drop from 500% to 200% It’ll hurt but only in the off by so much..that’s just how electronics work

ascarlarkinyar
ascarlarkinyar
6 years ago

Battery life is nil on this junk box

Peter
Peter
6 years ago

The Veho Muvi is just $115 now.

( http://www.amazon.com/Veho-VCC-005-MUVI-HD10-Handsfree-Wireless-Mounting/dp/B004AP9FSE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1451514211&sr=8-2&keywords=veho )

It has a lot of features and accessories. The video quality is good in bright light.

Mark
Mark
6 years ago

Mobius actioncam. <$90. Over 2hrs batt life. 1080p. Size of a matchbox.

nightfend
6 years ago

I’ll stick with the Shimano action cam.

John
John
6 years ago

Like an other commenter already said: 15fps is not enough for most purposes, especially not for an ACTION camera. To call this a 4K action camera is bordering on deception.

At least the high-end GoPro model that they are trying to “kill” does 30fps at 4K, which is only barely enough for some purposes, but still pretty lousy for an action camera. Lower resolution with higher framerate is much more desirable, but then the unique selling point of the 16MP sensor becomes useless.

Stalin
Stalin
6 years ago

Funny how all of you are crying about it being15fps, If you had actually done any research, you would have known that they were working on the firmware that will make its video very useable at 25fps at 4k. Guess what (deleted), its available now and will be included upon shipping!

mokaSCAM
3 years ago

It appears this camera campaign is a scam — you can read more on our site mokascam.com, set up by people whose money Mokacam defrauded and didn’t deliver cameras.