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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

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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)

@Wim,

Try googling 3M Dual Lock. This might be a suitable alternative to the supplied adhesive tape.

September 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

@Wim
If you peal off the 3M double stick tape that comes on the base, you will have a smooth plastic surface.
You could try a double suction cup like one of these. ($1.70 USD, free shipping)
http://dx.com/p/mini-double-sided-suction-cup-silicone-pad-for-mobile-phone-black-114639
http://dx.com/p/dual-head-silicone-suction-cup-stand-for-iphone-ipad-more-black-222111
http://dx.com/s/double+suction+cup
Also search eBay for Double Suction Cup (and sort by lowest price first)

Like russ331 said you can also use Dual Lock (which is like Velcro 2.0) but than you'll still have to remove the windows part.
(maybe a combination of the two?)

September 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

@Wim, here's another option Niko proposed.
http://dashcamtalk.com/forum/index.php?threads/smallest-ambarella-car-dvr-a-k-a-mini-0801.1001/page-33#post-26537

"Suction mount should be with quick and easy mount / dismount.
I would use dod ls300w type suction mount. File down tip from mount that goes into dash camera body to have flat surface on which 0801 bracket could mounted with 3M double sided tape."

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/2012-New-Best-Price-for-DOD-LS300W-Car-Camera-Window-Suction-Cup-Mount-For-GT300W-GS600/211153_908776736.html

September 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

My V1000GS died a few months ago and have been waiting for a fitting replacement, thanks Techmoan, just placed my order for this one and eagerly awaiting its arrival. Sadly they appear to be out of stock of the GPS device. Thanks for a great review as always and keep up the good unbiased no punches reviews, love it.

September 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStuartM

I am hoping that someone can help me here with the Mini 0801. After I set up setting the mini 0801 Friday I did some video test in the house and the video play back was playing smooth with out any jerking and the sound was also smooth. I install it in the car today Sunday morning and drive for about 15 or so minutes. After getting back home, I remove it from the car and play the clips on the PC and I was very disappointed with the play back jerkiness in the video and also the audio I was also disappointed after doing again a test in the house, and changing some of the video quality settings along with try it with out the audio, but the same jerkiness. I

I have an 32GB class 10 card in it. it was recording in1080 and 720p and the firmware is 2013090 and the last digit seem to be a 5 or a 3 if it not S. Also how do you get into the settings to display your seed when you want (on and off) and how do you show the GPS read out on the screen. Thank for nay help anyone can offer.

September 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAsborn

Sorry for the few typo error. I was asking how to get into the settings to display your speed when you want (on and off). for some reason I can not find the that setting and the GPS settings.

September 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAsborn

another question:

has anyone already seen any reliable review on new devices based upon the Ambarella A7LA chipset? And the same question for a device called HD-22 apparently made by Transfluent?

Has our Technical Conscience something in planning?

Look forward to any news.

Regards,

Wim

September 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWim

@asborn
Set the stamp to "car" and that displays speed. I prefer to leave all stamps off though and use RegistratorViewer (Windows only) to see GPS info and add as subtitle if it's something I upload to youtube. (let's you choose font, location, size and MPH too then.
When you said "t was recording in1080 and 720p" It can't record both an once. Set it to 1080P and leave it there. 720P is useless. If you're in the USA pick 60Htz, NTSC. It might not be jerky either it could be your PC. Try using VLC Player (free app) Also try using RegistratorViewer
http://www.registratorviewer.com/index_en.html

@Win All the experts are on DashCamTalk.com talking about the A7LA. Keep an eye out for user Jokiin. He's coming out with new camrea's soon.

September 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

Hi, can anyone post the electronic specs for this camera please? Thanks

September 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Gatt

Thank Jazjon. for helping with those setting for the Mini 0801. I had in on 50 hertz and the word car, I did not know that was the setting to turn speed on and off. and you are also right it was the PC. At the time of the actual viewing of the test drive footage the PC was was using a lot of memory for some back ground programs. My 30 minutes commute to work, and my 30 minutes commute back home from work, the videos play back smooth. I was very surprise by the audio quality I could here the radio very clearly. One more surprise I received is that at the 3g sitting for the G force sensors did not record none of the bumps in my commute as event. I must say I am very please and very satisfied with this unit for such a low prize. I will keep it until I find a unite that you hide in the trunk or under the seat and work with two came, but must have a great review. Thank again for the help.

September 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAsborn

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