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SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

            

 
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Sunday
Jul012012

The 808 #18 - A Reluctant Review 

This camera can really be summed up in a few words. It is an 808 #11 camera with AV-Out. Unless you need AV-out you are probably better off getting the #16 camera instead. 

I am not going to link to any sellers of this camera. If you do want to buy one…you'll find it on eBay where you will most likely be importing it from China. If you are unable to find it using the eBay search function then I'd recommend also avoiding the camera as perhaps technology isn't your forte.

 

Links:

Tom Franks Invaluable thread about the 808#18 Cam on the RC Groups Forum

My old articles and videos about the HD 808 Keyring Cameras 

My original 808#11 Review

A follow up to the 808#11 Article

The 720p Jumbo (#11 With a bigger Battery)

My first 808#16 Review (a pre-production model with a few issues)

The 1080p Jumbo Review (Video includes a comparison with a fully functional 808#16)

 

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Reader Comments (20)

Regarding colour, which one reproduces it closest to what your eyes see? You mentioned the #18 is slightly more saturated and orange-y, but didn't mention which better represents what you see.

9 minutes into the video, you compared sharpness using the text on the ticket stand. I did notice that on the #18 you can at least make out the lengths of the individual words written in small font below "Tickets" whereas all you see on the #16 is a blurred line.

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterasam

@Asam - The more muted 808#16 is more true to the real colours that are seen with the eye. There is always a bit of difference between the sharpness on each of these fixed focus lens cameras....manufacturing tolerances means this can vary quite a bit. I think you could get a sharper version of either of these cameras...it's really just lucky dip.

July 1, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

So I bought one of these key chain cameras from ebay, they claim on the website that it is a #11. But it has the micro USB port and it came packaged in bubble wrap with the very same booklet that says "AV Out" I however received no AV out cable, just a normal USB type A to micro USB. My question is, did I receive a #18 that was sold as a #11? It was shipped to me with the time/date stamp removed. The camera also has some weird digital clicking the comes across the audio that hopefully ill be able to fix with a simple transistor mod, but that is another story...

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDime

@Dime it sure sounds like its the #18. I don't think you can get an #11 now...it's been replaced by the #18. Both the #11 and the #18 pick up annoying buzzes and noises on the audio track when they are near anything electronic.....like a car for example.

July 1, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hey Techmoan
i know you are mad on me. but somehow u also konw that this cam is my weak point and i really want to get it. its hurts me when i read this from you "I'd recommend also avoiding the camera as perhaps technology isn't your forte" Definitely you written it for me. You know when you really love some thing and get it easily its doesnt matters but in my case i cannot get it easily and i really matters for me. so plz send me your old and use any of # 808 cam instead of thorwing it in waste bin. i ll happly accept it bcaz it is so valuable for me. i assure you i ll pay for it to you. thanx. & bye

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnees Ahmad*

Hello, I was wondering if it is still possible to get the #16 camera somewhere? I was looking for it on eBay, but all I could find, was the #11 and #18 camera. I believe you mentioned your #16 was a pre-production model, so I guess they scrapped that and went for the #18 entirely. The best place to shop for those cameras is htinter.com, I guess, since there are so many fake or mislabeled key chain cameras floating around eBay; it's kinda frustrating and sick!
Fun fact: on htinter.com the key chain cameras are called "keychian camera". Just thought it might be funny.

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpolemon

@Polemon. 808#16 is always available from here, same seller I used and mentioned in the reviews of the #16. http://stores.ebay.co.uk/eletoponline365

July 19, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

New firmware is available for #18 camera which lets to everyone setting up the camera much professional and easier use. Photo about available new settings is here: http://i50.tinypic.com/w7kdhk.jpg

Maybe some people don't like the way by changing the firmware some times on this model but developing engineers are working continuously to make #18 camera functionality better and better. I like to experiment so new changes always make me happy :)

October 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTrending

Can it auto start/stop recording when connected to car charger and car engine on/off ?

October 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermike

Mike - watch video again, answers are all there!

November 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeelis

I wanted to let you know I picked up the 808 #18 (meant to get the #16) and with newer firmware/setup program it does just what I needed it to do, which is act as a manual car camera (alternate angles) and as a room monitor. Thanks to your reviews and Tom Frank's instructions in updating the firmware and getting the setup program for Windows, I'm having a great experience with it!

At the same time I bought the HD Drive Cam TFT and it's exactly as you described it. Now that these can be had so cheaply, EVERYONE should NEVER drive without a drivecam! I captured a near accident on the first day.

Thanks very much for your enjoyable and helpful reviews.

Right, then. For now, best regards from Iowa!
Danny

May 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDanny

Hi Tech, hoping u can help.
I've got two 808s I believe both are #3. They both don't seem to turn on. The LED does light up when they are plugged in. But that's about it. Is there something I can do to get working again? TIA!

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMrE

Hi Tech, hoping u can help.
I've got two 808s I believe both are #3. They both don't seem to turn on. The LED does light up when they are plugged in. But that's about it. Is there something I can do to get working again? TIA!

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMrE

Hi. I've followed your vids for quite a while now and even bought the 808 #11 and the mobius on the strength of them and your sample vids. Many thanks for all your efforts and concise reviews.

Now i need to impose. sorry there is always a catch with flattery. When i bought my 808 #11 it came with a usb cable which lets it charge and record. Upon ordering I asked the seller for a second cable and they just sent a standard usb. Do you know or where I might find the pin outs on the original cable so as to record and charge or external power really.

Many thanks,

Pass

November 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpasstormer

Pass,
It’s not something I’m familiar with - but if anyone knows this, it will be the chaps on the RCGroups Forum. I thought the #11 used a standard USB plug, but my memory isn’t the best.

You answer is probably somewhere in this massive thread….

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1362692

I’d recommend using the search facility to save you clicking through 659 pages.

November 8, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hello,

Does anyone know where I can get that DVR in the Background?

off the screen I got IKASU DVB/Monitor DV3-T and I've searched and searched but didn't find anything. So if anyone knows can you please send me the link

Thanks,

Tim

November 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Hi Techman.

Where and how can I download the config file to change settings on the No 18 808 camera? I am using an Apple Mac.

I have a black spot on the image which doesn't appear to be a piece of dust on the lens. Any ideas?

The Mic seems to have stopped working. Any ideas?

I look forward to hearing from you. Many thanks.

Hugh

July 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHugh

Hi Techmoan, first off, a massive thanks for all the excellent reviews you have done...it was as a direct result of your reviews that I purchased my #18, and I have not been disappointed with either the terrific camera or the superb service from hxelepro360 who I purchase it from (about 1 ½ to 2 years ago...so had lots of fun using the camera!).

Unfortunately, I am now experiencing problems connecting to my PC. I have an original HD #18 that has stopped showing/being recognised when connected to my PCs. I have tried connecting it to my Macbook and Vista/PC, no luck with either. the red light flashes as normal when connected and the light changes to yellow (as it always has) after I click the power button - this normally gets it recognised and accessible, but now nothing happens. I have tried removing and reinserting the sd-card, using a different usb cable and pressing the reset button, but nothing seems to be working. I have also checked the sd-card via a card-reader using the h2testw utility tool for checking the health of the sd-card,and that gave results of no problems

Any help or advice would be really appreciated,

Thanks

James

September 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJames

It just sounds like it's failing/failed to me...not much you could do to save it, if that's the case. It's had a pretty good run. You could always use a USB SD Card reader rather than attach it to your computer directly for a while.

September 12, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Nice one keep it up.

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