I have a lot of small cameras to get into tight shots, but a lot of them really fail in quality. There are some action cams that work great, but are not for sending a signal out to a live stream. The Mokose C100 is a camera that does both.
In this video, I unbox and set up the camera. Bonus footage at the end as I have it set up over my drums – the place I planned for it to go.
About the MOKOSE C100
This is a 12 MP camera running off the Sony Exmor R CMOS. It will run 4K 30fps in HDMI and record mode, and up to 1080p 60fps if you use as a USB web cam.
The camera also is supported in Windows, Mac, and Linux, so you can improve your Zoom calls.
The lens with this model is a C/CF mount 6-12mm manual zoom. This means you have to adjust as you go – no automatic sensors or gears inside to adjust focus.
The camera does have some internal options, including Digital zoom, exposure, white balance, and more. You can also change from a 50Hz to 60Hz video, photo mode, or playback the videos you recorded on the TF card (256GB card max).
Chapters in the Video
- 00:00 Intro
- 2:00 Review policy
- 2:17 Unbox the C100
- 7:15 C/CS Lens
- 9:54 USB webcam setup
- 13:23 HDMI connection
- 15:01 Secret hidden footage
Using the Remote
It does come with an IR remote, so you can have the camera in the rafters and still be able to adjust some of the settings. The remote runs on a CR2025 battery, and can also adjust Digital Zoom, audio, and turn the camera off (but it won’t turn it back on).
Connecting the Camera
You can connect to a computer with the USB to USB-A cable. The USB cable also can be the power source if you connect HDMI. Keep in mind, it will take the USB-A video over the HDMI if the USB is not connected to a power bank.
There is a microphone on the camera, but no microphone input jack. For me, that is not a big deal, as I usually run audio separate from video. Audio will run through USB and HDMI options.
Initial Thoughts – MOKOSE C100:
Setup was easy. If you understand how to manually focus and set exposure, you’ll be fine. Keep in mind, those thumbscrews can be used to tighten position of the lens. They can also fall out when loosening.
I do see a slight difference in USB to HDMI, especially when running in 4k mode. Still, the USB camera has a solid look, and your video will impress coworkers on a Zoom or Skype call.
Missing is a back display, so you can only use it running blind if not connected to a PC or HDMI source. Buttons are a little clunky in back, and the TF card should be able to support 512 or better, especially with a 4K video recording option.
The Sony Exmor sensor (circa 2013) really makes this $164 price worth it. You can get the C100 here.