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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.

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CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

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.

 

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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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Saturday
Aug312013

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 (649)

@ Russ331

Yeah, bit pricey and only 720p but reliability is why i still have it. To be honest, when i got it, it kept crashing and falling off my dash, so i kept on searching for another camera...

...turns out it was the memory card that kept making it crash. Unfortunately the falling off the windscreen is a common occurrence i have found not matter what cam it is (the 300 isnt that heavy). Though a good wipe with a cloth helps, but im dreading winter and moist windscreens. :-( Ive become a sort of ninja as without having to look I can catch a car cam in one hand as it falls off the screen like a sixth sense.

I have had about 5 in my time, so am quite well up on the subject. But I first came here and watched Matt's videos before making any choices. Thats the rule. lol

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Newton

@Russ331, Thanks for the info, I'll give Aliexpress a try.

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDave

First close call filmed with my new mini 0801 tonight. Quality is prette good I think.
http://youtu.be/CoeM47E2ut8

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhilippe

@Philippe, What firmware are you running? I'm glad you missed that near chain of events. I find myself driving safer knowing I'm constantly filming. Not a bad video especial with zero street lights in the mix. P.S. baba booey, Howard Stern rules too! :-)

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

I'm on 03092013, yes I'm happy with the night shot, even with a car facing me in the dark, the contrast stay fine and the lens has no blur at all

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhilippe

That video footage in the dark confirms to me the quality of the 0801 at night. Its about half as good as the Mobius at night with WDR on.

Good enough, but the question I was looking to be answered.

Glad you missed the incident.

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKeith

I have two mobius and they are not as good at night, to me the cashcam right now is the DR32, but too big. The mini is second and the mobius is third, mostly because of it's confusing operation and multiple drivers problems that I have with my win8 Laptop, the camera always refuse to connect to the same port twice.

Tonight, I'm going on a drive with all 3 camera to compare and will post a video tomorow to show the difference, might also include some keychain camera if I find them.

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhlippe

@Philippe,

Thanks very much for doing this 3 cam test. I look forward to seeing the results.

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

Tell me the settings you guys would me to set all 3 cams at and I will do a day and a night drive with all 3 cams on at the same time. I will post the video tomorow, if I figure out how to work with iMovie fast enough as I never did anything more than cropping and stitching vides with it. Or if someone can suggest a video software to me under 200$$ I would maybe buy it, I want to start playing with that this year.

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhlippe

@Philippe

Thats windows 8 not the mobius. The 0801 has had just as many firmware updates and has a fatal lock up with a full memory card in one of the latest firware updates. Poor JazJon has a video on youtube showing this.

When you do the testing, can you put the WDR on for the Mobius please.

Ive seen a report of a DR42, anyone know if this is a fake or the next generation version?

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKeith

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