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(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 


Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi


DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

Yi Ultra 2.7K
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
Drift Ghost X

My favourite USB battery power Pack

This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

Two digit Led display shows battery level


What SD CARD should I buy?

If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




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'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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The Mini 0801 - Tiny 1080p GPS Car Camera with an LCD Screen

UPDATE 2014 - be sure to look at the New Improved 0803 Model HERE.

I finally have an answer for the people who ask me which Dashcam I use…. it's this one.

Up until this point whenever I finished reviewing a car camera, I removed it from my car and boxed it up again. This is the first camera that's earned a permanant place on my windscreen.

There are a couple of reasons for this - firstly one thing that shouldn't be underestimated is the WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor). I may be perfectly happy to live with a big piece of electronics hanging from the windscreen - but it's not completely down to me. The truth is though that I'm just as unhappy with anything messing up the car, however another more important concern is theft. Leaving an expensive device like a BlackVue camera in the windscreen is just not a good idea. To the average drug addict looking in car windows for something  to fund his next fix, you may as well have just left £50 on the passenger seat. However I'll be damned if I'm going to install and remove a camera every time I go for a short drive to the shops, I know that after a while I would get fed up doing it and leave it under a seat, and of course that's when something would happen.

However all those concerns are behind me because I've finally got a small car camera that appears to perform as well as any of the large devices that I've tried but that can be discretely mounted in a car and forgotten about.

Just prior to this camera's arrival I was thinking about how to permanently install the Mobius camera in my car and I still think that this would be a good alternative option if you can find some way to mount it, but I find that the design of the Mini 0801 fits better with my requirements.

You can download Sample Clips HERE 

You have a choice of sellers, 


ebay options for UK buyers

ebay store in USA

Amazon US

Amazon UK

If you want to download the Windows only GPS Playback software I used in the video - here it is.

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Reader Comments (650)

Great review! I think I picked the right camera if Techmoan himself is using it as his full time camera! :) There will be a firmware update to change recording from .TS to .MOV. If you search google for DashCamTalk Smallest Ambarella Car DVR, go to the first hit,
and jump to page 31 and you'll see what I dug up on this so far. I also have a CPL mod in the works if you jump to page 32. I'll be sharing the 3D printed file you can print to any local hobbyist via the makexyz portal. Also, there is no need to display ANY stamp on the screen when RegistratorViewer app has the option to embed the gps .LOG data info into the new clip you generate. Until the new firmware update comes out to change .TS to .MOV i'm using VideoReDo to instantly convert the H.264 .TS container to .MP4. (1 second flat, lossless change) You can also tell RegistratorViewer to generate a .SRT subtitle file and then import that to Youtube as a CC (Closed Caption) That way you can turn the text on/off.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

I'm glad you got round to reviewing this and that you're happy with it! If it was due to my suggestion a while back, then I'm doubly chuffed.

I'm using this in my car as well except my mic was awful. I ended up removing it and soldering a mic from a spare handsfree set. works fine now.

The mic is actually positioned below the small hole on the top of the camera, for future reference.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Too bad price went up to 98.43€ (before it was only 75€) without GPS and 117.37€ with GPS...

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShinju

I didn't even think to look at the mini DVD disc that came alone with my 0801. The playback software shown in the review is on it. <~~~ 16m41s mark

So yeah it's not all that great, you're much better off using the free RegistratorViewer app. It's similar but with WAY more options and full GPS image maps from every known provider.

Note that Google Maps isn't in the Quick List, you have to pick View, Maps, Google Maps. (or just hit F3)

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

@Shinju You're right about the price going up, I only paid $108 USD for:

Mini 0801 Ambarella Black Box Car DVR With A2S60 + OV2710 + Full HD 30FPS + Optional GPS/8GB for Backup + Free Shipping
(GIVOE Sales on AliExpress)

They have raised their prices already as well! If you search eBay for mini 0801 you'll see a few other sellers.

GIVOE is the only one that's confirmed they are shipping the new September firmware though. (records in .MOV instead of .TS)

I have a feeling this camera in it's latest revisionn will be selling fast now that the bugs are worked out. The first batches months ago had audio drop out issues. The last remaining bug was recording in .TS instead of .MOV as advertised. I guess there was some problem in the way they recycled old files and .TS was more reliable to use until they overcame the issue. That's why all the marketing out there says MOV even though it comes with a firmware that only records in .TS

It's all hashed out here, I posted the conversations I had with GIVOE.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

Great review, like always.

I was just checking out some car cameras yesterday, so this came exactly at the right moment. Finally a camera that has a simple mounting, so you can easily take it out from the car.

Also the GPS receiver is finally compact and small, no extra wires needed.

Probably I will buy one from AliExpress.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndras

Terrific review of the sort of camera I've been waiting for, Matt! (I might not have been paying attention but don't remember if you said if it cycles recording - I expect it does though)

I think - but anyone know - that this is the same camera on ebay. Seems very reasonable for £61 and free postage.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

@Voyager03 Yes that's the same camera, I actually bought one that exact one from the exact eprance buyer. After learning it only recorded in .TS even though their original description said .MOV I started investigating on
What I found is posted in great detail here:

As you can see Aliexpress (Givoe) confirmed they are the first to get updated models with new .MOV firmware.
eprance said they don't have the new .MOV version yet so you'll get .TS
The firmware updates are not universal across all cams either, so you're better of buying from Aliexpress (seller Givoe)
I made a quick link since so many people are asking.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

Thanks Jazjon.

I think I would be more comfortable dealing with a seller on ebay than Aliexpress, just because I don't know anything about it!

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

@Voyager03 I forgot to answer your main question, yes it records in 1 to 5 minute segments and auto-recycles the oldest unprotected file automatically. So yes it cycles recordings. I think you get about 7 hours per 32GB microSD card. eprance is a good seller, but keep in touch with them so they can get you the new firmware update once/if it's ever out. They are great with communication. Apparently this camera is made at more than one factory so the people that code the firmware might be more or less talented per location. Recording to .TS was a work around because an .MOV bug caused problems which were apparently finally fixed. It's unclear if the factory eprance buys from will have this fix out any time soon though. Several trusted people on DashCamTalk have confirmed Givoe is a legitimate trusted seller on AliExpress. I'll post my own confirmation that things went well once my new 0801 arrives next week. (with latest September H.264 .MOV firmware) I'll post raw sample files to dropbox.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

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