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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)

Harry - the real solution is probably to throw it away.

I have the same issue, as do many others.
Turning off the sound is not really a viable solution, its a hack.

I didn't buy a piece of junk that you have to hack to get it to mostly work, but am not getting very far with the seller (GIVOE).

Pity, its mostly there, but obviously didn't have enough development time before they rushed into production.

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

Cheers guys- I will try the 16gig class 6 card to see if this resolves the issue and also squeeze the connector to firm it up.
My wife will be pee'd off with this camera if she has to fiddle with it!

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHarry

Hi there all i have one like this and i have some problem like others here have. i am using sandisk 32GB class 10 but when i try to record full HD is doesnt record smotthly it will jump evry second when second changes like 1,2,3,4 and so on but if i am recording 720p IS OK . any solution !!!

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKahli

Kahli: I think the only solution is to upgrade the graphics card in your computer, or get a new computer. I can play full HD on my TV or on a friend's newer computer, but not on my 10 year old Dell. 720p plays fine, and the difference in quality really isn't noticeable since you are filming through a windshield anyway. Just go with 720p.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercurt

New December firmwares! They have variable bit rates and new MPH

20131202

http://dashcamtalk.com/mini-0801/#Latest_Firmware

Both versions support GPS just pick whether you have the extra internal memory version or not

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

I updated the 0801 mini with dec firmware- now has 16gb class 6 card- All seems well.
Tried the same thing on my wife's 0801 mini- Now the camera does not even turn on. I am really upset! Frustrated as I can't get the camera on!
Any suggestions.?

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHarry

Harry, does the led light even turn on at all?

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlawrence

Hi Lawrence,
The blue light comes on and stays on with nothing on the screen and no noise from the speaker.
When I plug usb in to PC-> nothing. I even tried putting the card into card reader to PC and reformat card with new firmware on it. Then transfer back to the cam and try again.
Nothing works. There must be some way of getting this thing to work. I e-mailed e-prance and they are not really helping as yet .

I had the 20131026 firmware-NO1-SPIF-TB15.zip before and wanted to put on the 20131202 firmware on. During the process the camera stuck in processing mode for 15 mins then never came back on after that.

Feel like trowing it in the bin! Waste of money.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHarry

it sounds like the camera is bricked due to firmware update failure on the unit.

Here is what i found on the internet: http://dashcamtalk.com/mini-0801/#Unbricking_the_Camera

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlawrence

EPRANCE MINI 801
I have just received one of these fine units and duly set in up in the car. I should point out that I am not very practically minded but all seemed to work quite well. So to my problem.
I have videoed a car run and the quality is great- however!
My video has been split into 1 minute segments, so no constant streaming.
Clearly I have a wrong setting but with my poor knowledge of electronic anything, I am at a loss.
Can some kind soul put me out of my misery.
Many thanks.
Rick
P.S. A huge thanks to Techmoan for the review.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRick Haynes

How do you turn off the Speed display as this seems quite important as you say its inaccurate and I should imagine if you were to play a clip back to the police and it erroneously states you are doing 40 in 30 zone your going to be in deep doo doo?

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterM O'Callaghan

Rick,
All dash-cams record in segments - the SD card gets filled up with the segments and then when it’s full the oldest one gets deleted and replaced by the next clip. That way it can record forever.

I cover this in my Beginners Guide to Dashcams video
http://www.techmoan.com/guide-to-dashcams

You can alter the length of the loop segments in the menus ...goto 14:00 mins in the review.

However these cameras have a bug so that if you choose the OFF setting in this menu then the camera will only record up until it has a 4GB clip and then stop recording. You’ll have to start the recording again at this point. For that reason you should set it to 5 mins maximum length and then it will keep recording.

December 16, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

This sounds Great. Wonder if it will work on most touchpad type tablets with the correct connections. this would be for a larger viewing area of course.

December 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTSKRICH

I want to thank Techmoan for his sharing on youtube of information and test reports for all dash cams, I have purchased one of these, without GPS as I don't need to record my postion on map (or speed), and set it to record without time on display as it's not relevant to measure my progress in time against roadside landmarks. Also have muted the sound - don't need to record the radio.

I do like the compact size, and the removable option (although I worry whether the fittings may become loose over time) without the need to fiddle with the power supply. The image is fine to me, at this time of year I do most of my drivng at night and it picks up the area illuminated by the headlights (xenons) very well.

The Camera has been fitted very high up in the winscreen behind rear view mirror and presently I'm leaving it in the car 24/7. The recorded image does pick up a little of the partial shading on the windscreen however this has not affected the recorded image. I find the little "startup" and "shutdown" tunes to be reassuring so I know the camera is working correctly. As I have placed it on the driver's side I have taped over the rather distracting blue flashing light, however I do find myself taking a quick look at the image as I drive off before the screen goes blank.

December 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSmileyman

Hi, I know that the firmware issue has been discussed a thousand times, but I've got firmware version 20130922 - it's the one that encodes to .mov files. My camera's the 8Gb GPS one. However, on my first run it displayed "Card error 10" or something like that and stopped working when the card was full. I have the Samsung 32Gb class 6 card that was recommended. Can anyone shed any light on this issue?

December 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEd

@Ed, put on the new December firmware. I've yet to see anyone report the camera failed on the latest firmware. I think they finally got it right! http://dashcamtalk.com/mini-0801/

December 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

@JazJon, I've tried to update the firmware but the camera doesn't do anything! I've renamed it several times according to the list but no avail... :-(

December 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEd

@ed if you didn't buy it from. E-prance or Givoe its possible you got a different non standard hardware revision from yet another factory with different specs. Return it or live with it by disability audio which usually helps.

December 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

Hi there, I saw this review of yours. Its really useful but was wondering is this the same model that you reviewed?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mini-HD-1080P-In-Car-Dash-Camera-Video-Register-Recorder-DVR-Cam-G-sensor-/321282433632

Because it looks exactly the same and is 1080p except has no LCD screen. Is it the same company and camera technology?

Thanks

December 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRavi

I bought a CRD511 camera which is identical from Bess Essential (Australia) for A$120 including postage. The gps did not work. It was replaced immediately no problems. The next one I got had been checked and set up by Bess and it worked well with excellent picture quality - could read number plates easily. However after a week the gps on this stopped working. It was pretty hot that day and I suspect this could have contributed to the problem. No problem Bess refunded all the money including the postage when I decided to try some other camera. Conclusion: camera quality excellent, gps not reliable, Bess service excellent. They do sell other more expensive cameras but I have a wife who frowns upon the expensive toys.

December 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonR

This preview sold it to me I have sent for one off Amazon. I thought about using 'Bluetac' as a temporary fixing while finding the best place to mount it on my windscreen, that should hold it for a bit until I find the right spot.

Thank you Techmoan for some brilliant reviews, very professional in presentation no 'uming and erring' and fully descriptive.
I went through all your similar priced cam reviews before settling on this one.
Bobkat.

December 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBob

Hi,

I just found your blog. Great stuff, found out that my significant other apparently "lost her marbles" buying me one for christmas that you reviewed (cheap 30 bucks thingie =), but it wet my appetite

Anyway, I am on the fence with this and the mobius. When I pause the day samples of the mobius I can see the number plates of oncoming traffic, but on the samples of the mini 0801 that is not always the case. Does anyone have any experience with this? Is the mobius superior here?

December 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJacob

I made the mistake of not carefully noting all the details and purchasing from one of the suggested links and instead purchased a Mini HD 1080P 0801 Ambarella A2S60 Chip Car DVR Cam Blackbox OV2710 G-sensor GPS from ebay seller hk-to-world. It turns out to be a poor quality fake. Heck even the mount is different which should have been a red flag to me. Oh well a lesson learnt. Hopefully this helps someone else avoid making the same mistake.

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Priest (Aushiker)

@Andrew Priest (Aushiker)

Check out:
http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/threads/how-to-identify-a-fake-mini-0801.3436

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

@JazJon Thanks for the link. Bingo ... my camera which only cost me $20 so not a huge lost is the first one in the thread. About to place an order for an E-Prance one.

@Bob thanks for the suggestion of using bluetack.

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Priest (Aushiker)

It seems the sample videos in the link is of bad quality? They are better once I download them, but still not great. Some in the YouTube video are better, but I would like to see those in original quality. Does anyone else have original video samples, preferably with oncoming traffic (I want to be able to pause and see number plates)?

Thanks.

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJacob

Hi, if doing an install of this unit into my car, I've just the 12v cigarette socket off the USB lead to solder into my car, then thought the output might not be 12v as it's going to USB, so my question is can I put 12v directly into this lead or will it need to be 5v like USB?

Kind regards,

Liam

December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiam

LIam, don't do that! :) If you know how to solder you can get something like this and solder your + and - wires onto a gizmo like this and then plug your camera into this. They sell about a thousand different variations of this. I"d make sure to get one that is rated to at least 1 amp. I have these but didn't feel like soldering so plugged it into a socket I bought and stuck it all behind the dash out of sight :)

http://www.meritline.com/usb-griffin-car-charger-for-iphone-4-3gs-3g---p-72452.aspx

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Black-USB-Charger-12V-120W-Car-Motorcycle-Cigarette-Lighter-Power-Socket-Plug-/280899181620?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item4166e55c34&vxp=mtr

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=12v+socket+motorcycle&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR4.TRC2.A0.X12v+socket+lighter+power&_nkw=12v+socket+lighter+power&_sacat=0

Just some examples for ya :)

December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrent

Hi Brent,

I work with electronics every day being an IT engineer, I just wasn't sure if the unit was designed to handle a wider range of voltages or if they just used the USB socket for convenience and put 12v through the cable. I was just going to out a 5v regulator inline if it takes 5v

December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiam

Ah, Liam, that is a good point. I'm not sure if it can handle the wider range. I looked at the box and manual and didn't see a mention of it. Usually if it doesn't mention it, it means NO. LOL But, with this Chinese stuff, it is probably hard to say :)

December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrent

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