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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.

 

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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)

I just came back from filming and I have major problems with the mobius. They are now saving only the last clip. I spent 1 hour driving and I lost everything except the last 3 minutes. I updated to the latest firmware just before going, look like it broke something.

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhilippe

@ Philippe

Oh dear, is that on both of them?

I think they mention on the RC forums that you can revive them quite easily. See my earlier link.

Most people use the GUI interface and its quite easy. Obviously I know you cant connect to your PC because you have windows 8.

Sorry to hear that you wasted an hour. Hopefully an easy fix.

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Newton

I think it's power related, one mobius that was plug by itself did ok and the other one that was sharing a dual usb power cable with the dr32 did not work, and I now realize that the dr32 made choppy video. So tonight I will shot my night clips with 3 cams (only have 3 separate usb power cable). I will have The dr32, the mobius with wdr and the mini 0801. And I will do another run for the day videos tomorrow, too bad, the conditions were perfect today and got some great fall scene with multi-colors threes. BTW, be warn that people look at you like you are a weirdo when you drive around with 4 cameras in the windshield!

Here's the picture of the setup in my suv

http://s7.postimg.org/qq7jazkrf/cams.jpg

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhilippe

Good news if its power rather than firmware.

The mobius needs at least 1amp to run, just to its self. Thats how my first one went out (possibly or heat, cant be sure).

I ran a dual USB port car lighter charger, but didnt realise that each socket stating it was 1amp each was actually shared over each port. So I only was giving it half that it required. Something about micro discharges by the battery if it is any lower than that and it fires the battery's life span.

Great picture. If you have an accident, it will be well documented. On the bad side, it may be that you cant see where you are going.

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Newton

I just got my new Aliexpress-Givoe Mini 0801+GPS+8GB Internal today.

No more dead/stuck pixals. (100% clean CMOS censor)

Firmware came with 20130903 (same 12.5Mbps 102MB per 1 minute)

Audio is BETTER/Cleaner (no more rattle/static when driving over bumping roads) I think they improved the mic slightly.

It came set to the wrong language so be prepared to hunt up down in the menu blindly until you figure it out lol.

I used floss to remove my old base, and a razor blade + Goo-Gone to remove the residue.
I also removed the GRAY double stick tape that comes on the new base and used m own BLACK doublestick tape instead.
(looks much better from the outside, total black profile)

The internal 8GB is cool, if I eject my 32GB microSD card it automatically starts recording on the internal 8GB card.
In the playback section you can copy a file from one card to the other card.
You can pick which card is recorded to by default on the main menu. They use the words "inner card" and "outer card"

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

I've got my mini 0801 yesterday, but I am left wondering if I received a copy of the real one or if it the real one. The one I got yesterday only have 2 cables. one with the mini to standard USB cable and the power cable that pug into the car. then there is no way to tell if the unit that the camera must be pug into is the GPS or not. There should have been a way to tell them apart by looking at them. Will I just will have to wait until l I get it set up then I know.

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAsborn

If the base has a slight (very slight) weight to it, it's GPS.
If it feels hallow and super light it's the non GPS.

If it's GPS, when you plug it in you'll see the icon of a GPS Satellite in the upper right.

You'll see .LOG files generated in the GPS folder of the microSD card

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

@ Jazjon, thank you I will check for those thing. I just need to get the micro SD card now and get it set up.

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAsborn

I have a first video of the mobius vs mini 0801 test up on youtube. The first video is daytime and it will be clickable and will link to full screen untouched 1080p sample of each camera soon, but my internet is very slow and it took 6 hours to upload this 1gb video, so check back on this channel later this week for night test and more, I will not post update here cause I don't want to hijack or spam this comment section. This is not as good as I wanted to do first but my macbook is slower to render video than I was expecting, so no crazy montage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWgKEP5r4NM&feature=share&list=UUWAhsMO5NMC6o516xSUBF1g

September 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterphilippe

Hallo fellow readers,
A have a question: did anyone of you come across another mounting system for this camera. The thing is I would like to use it for recording while travelling in a rented car abroad. Using the 3M adhesive would not work in such situation.

I hope someone has a solution!

Wim

September 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWim

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