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Getting started with the Infragram Point and Shoot

by abdul with warren |

abdul was awarded the Basic Barnstar by iolanthe82 for their work in this research note.


So you've just opened your Infragram Point & Shoot! You'll notice that it's based on a commercial product called the Mobius Action Cam, so all of the guides here apply to any other Mobius Action Cam.

For more guides on using your camera, see Infragram Point & Shoot activities or all Infragram activities for more ways to use your hacked camera. And since Public Lab is a collaborative, open-source community, we also ask that you share your own ideas, improvements and workarounds and work as step-by-step activities for others to try!

Take a picture

There are three basic modes to the camera, which you can switch through with the M button, and each shows a different color on the main LED.


(Artwork based on: this note by @mathew)

Once you've loaded the custom white balance in the config file (see below) and charged up the camera, you're ready to use it -- just turn it on, press M twice, until you see a RED light. Then you can use the "Shutter" button which looks like: __, to take photos. The red light will blink.

Note on firmware: If you bought your Infragram Point and Shoot from the Public Lab Store then it is very unlikely that you will need a firmware update. But if you are modifying your own Mobius Action Cam, you may need to update your camera.

Installing the filter

To install a lens with a modified filter (or any lens) into a Mobius camera, you will need:

  • the camera
  • your new lens
  • a size 0 philips screwdriver and
  • a small hex screwdriver.


For step-by-step instructions on changing the lens or swapping a filter, see this guide; it should take about 15-25 minutes:

After you've put everything back together, you may need to update your camera's software.


Your Mobius camera may need the latest firmware installed. Follow these instructions to update your firmware:

Configuration & white balance

Distinct from the firmware update is the config file, which lets you set things like the timelapse interval (if you're doing timelapse) and the white balance, which is critical for using the Mobius as an Infragram camera.

To change the configuration (including the essential white balance adjustments), see this activity:


Once you've changed the lens, you may need to refocus the camera. Follow this activity to make focus adjustments:


Title Author Updated Likes
Question infragram kit @marfisistemidroni over 1 year ago
What is the ideal white balance for the Infragam Point and Shoot? @abdul over 1 year ago
Can anyone help me troubleshoot my NDVI imagery? @abdul over 1 year ago
How to process images using a mobius with an IR lens? @miguel_rosas over 1 year ago
Correct Config. File & Trobule shooting2 @will123 over 1 year ago
Infragram Point and Shoot Plant Cam @alexrfholland over 1 year ago
Question: Infragram point & shoot image @ino almost 2 years ago
Initial results and resolution of timelapse mode issue: PL Mobius Infragram Point and Shoot @patcoyle over 3 years ago

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This is so great, Abdul!!!

One note -- the lead image shows a blue-filtered image, whereas the Mobius uses a red-filtered sensor. So perhaps the lead image should be something closer to one of the "sky-blue" looking images in this post:

Or perhaps the lead image here, which uses the #19 Rosco "fire" filter currently in the Mobius Infragrams:

@iolanthe82 awards a barnstar to abdul for their awesome contribution!

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