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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)

I bought one of these Mini 0801, it is pretty mint however once full it crashes i get a movie recover yes/no neither option resolves and i have to reboot and delete all the files or format? then it works until once again until full

February 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMr_Les

@Mr_Les That's a common problem on older firmware models. Upgrade the firmware
http://dashcamtalk.com/mini-0801/

Read here for more
http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/forums/mini-0801.37/

February 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

Your review of the Mini 0801 dash cam convinced me it is the one to buy. I have read many other reviews and watched many videos before deciding on the Mini 0801. Your excellent and thorough review of this and other pieces of kit are of great assistance to someone like myself with limited knowledge of the technology and a need to speed their money wisely.
I live in Canada and ordered the camera from Ojocam in California through Amazon.ca. I chose to order the GPS version without a memory card for $119 CND, I ordered a SanDisk class 10 Ultra 32GB separately for $28.89, shipping & handling is $5.54 CND for the lot, which at the going exchange is a total of £84.76.
The only down side for me with this camera or rather the accompanying software is I'm totally committed to OSX, iMac 27" and iPad,
After reading about the excellent customer service buyers have experienced from Ojocam I decided it was worth a try to email them and ask if a OXS version of the software would be available any time in the future. I wasn't too optimistic that I'd even receive a response, but pleasantly to my surprise I got a reply back almost immediately from Larry at Ojocam to say that, yes! they were currently working on a version in OXS and it will be ready for beta testing shortly. So good news for all those Apple users out there, making the Mini 0801 a great choice for all of us regardless of which platform we're operating on.

February 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCXRider

I bought a Mini 0801 last week and installed ith with a 32gig class 6 Samsung card. I find the playback jumps about every second which is very disappointing. Wouls it help by installing a higher class card? How do you get the on screen gps map? I clicked on the link suggested but my security software warned me not to install but I did but I cant find it.
Kit

February 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKit

I bought this model for my wife as she wanted to protect her car with something fairly simple to operate and install. 3 months on and she is very happy with it. She even managed to catch some vandals damaging a neighbours car whilst parked which proved how useful these cameras can be!

Steve

February 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteripixi v300

I have found that it's much more convenient to position the Mini 0801 behind the right hand side of my rear-view mirror (instead of the left as shown in the Techmoan demonstration). This makes it easier to remove the camera from the holder (if required) without interfering with the mirror. It can also be made even less visible by pulling down the driver's sun-visor. Although I only have a small car, the cable which came with mine (from E-Prance) wasn't long enough to be fed all round the windscreen to reach the cigarette lighter. I've also found that with GPS switched on the time displayed on the screen (and the subsequent file information) reverts to BST - not the time set on the camera. (You can see the time jump one hour as it picks up the GPS signal.) I've only been playing with it for a week and have yet to discover how to get the GPS maps to display. The instruction booklet doesn't give any information about this. I had also assumed that playback would run continuously if I wanted to view my whole journey, but it seems that I have to view each file separately in whichever time segment I had chosen - a bit annoying if I've selected 1 minute segments. So I've now set it to 5 minutes. Has anyone found a way to run all the files together for viewing a continuous film?

February 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLucyLastik

I purchased a Mini 0801 from fonestop on e-bay (very fast service) with both mounts, one with the GPS and one without.
Will the software for the GPS mount work in the mount with no GPS?

February 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterR B Wynne

@R B Wynne

Yes, it will work without issue.

February 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLawrence

FAO - LucyLastic

Format your microSD card (when in the camera), then remove it from camera, place in the adapter and connect to PC. Open that 'drive' and you will find the software within, named as DVR player. Open that program and download to PC. You may have to download Apple Quicktime as well. Thereafter, you can play back the videos within the GPS program installed, it should play continuously. DVR Player can be opened via a shortcut icon and a screen will be displayed. Click on the small square icon with 3 lines just above the word TIME and browse for your drive containing the videos from the camera, load them into the screen and play like a normal media player. The GPS will run at the side of the running video.

February 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

@Paul
Thanks for the great idea! It wasn't easy but using a knife carefully, finally I could manage to put the wire under the headlining.

February 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGabor

FAO Paul,

Thanks for those instructions Paul. Very easy to follow and I can now view the GPS maps. (Wonder why these instructions aren't included in the instruction manual???)

February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLucyLastik

Have been searching for a cam for a few months trying my luck to no avail with a couple of cheapies, one that didn't work on receipt and the second one of a different make that had poor video quality and was exceedingly plasticky. Came across a Techmoan review on youtube which I thought was solid and went to his website where I came across the Mini 0801 review.

Finally bit the bullet to buy a cam after a recent accident which was not my fault and persuaded the wife to buy me one for Christmas - best pressie for many a year! The camera lived up to its review in every way and was finally put to a long term test on a 1700 mile round trip from Devon to north Scotland in some very difficult driving conditions during night/day with heavy rain, driving snow and cold temperatures. Camera recorded all with excellent video and sound including the expletives when a random number of drivers appeared out of nowhere in driving snow with no lights on the A9 north of Blair Atholl!

Camera fits snugly behind rear view mirror with power cable running temporally round inside of windscreen, down pillar and beneath glove box - going to get it done professionally as door pillars have airbags fitted in them.

Slightly thrown when record ing light started flashing red/blue but assume this was recording over previous footage - manual makes no mention of it. Minor irritation of date/time code having to be reset each time (don't bother any more) just state it on switching ignition on and auto power up of camera - a little chime tells you when its recording.

A brilliant piece of kit for peace of mind at a fair price and very well reviewed by Technoan - visit his site at www.techmoan.com its well worth it as he produces solid review of cheap and expensive cameras with videos to back them up.

February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBermadoobob

See my original post on 10.02. My camera with GPS arrived last week when ordered from Amazon. I have tried 32G class 6 and 10 cards but the video still jumps about every second making a very jerky viewing. Can anybody help on this or is it normal. I cannot see the GPS coordinates on the top of the screen and my security wont let view the GPS map if I click on the player icon. No DV or HDMI leads or invoice were in the box so I am not sure how to return it unless I just send it back to Amazon.
Kit

February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKit

This camera does not record jerky video...so the problem almost certainly lies somewhere other than the camera. If your camera was faulty it just plain wouldn't work. It's extremely unlikely to function enough to record video...but only jerkily. I can't think of any electronic component failure that could create such an outcome.

Therefore my usual response to any similar queries is as follows...

Copy the files to your computer...don't play them directly off the SD card.
Try playing the files back in VLC (Video LAN Client).
Try upgrading the CODECS on your PC by installing the K-Lite CODEC pack.
Try playing the files back directly from the camera using AV out our HDMI leads (if this is smooth you know the camera is recording files perfectly and the SD cards are working well).
Failing all that, try playing the files on a friends PC.

February 12, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hello everybody. Good to read most of the straightforward comments, and grateful that people go to the trouble of advising other users. For those advisors who use abbreviations could I ask that just once in your comments you explain what you are referring to please? I have scant knowledge of techno information so would be grateful if advisors gave the full terminology once in their reviews so I, and I'm sure others, understand what is being explained. Small example: What is .MOV and .TS? Please don't abuse me for my lack of knowledge; this is not a moan as I always read advisory comments before I make a purchase, and find them to be extremely useful. So thank you all for your input, I appreciate it, and have now ordered the dash cam even though the jargon was difficult in places.

February 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHonkytonk

Ooooh, hello HONKYTONK (Shades of Dick Emery)

.TS = Transport Stream. This was superceded in more recent versions of software by .MOV. These are called file associations.

I don't know what the MOV stands for but apparently it is a video format designed by Apple and you may have to download their QUICKTIME software (free) in order to play it.

If in doubt about jargon, just put the question to GOOGLE and you will usually get the answer.

February 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

FAO Bermadoobob

The 0801 is a great little camera and the beginners guide to dashcams and the review by Techmoan is brilliant, very informative and well presented by someone who speaks English and not pidgin American.

I had similar trouble with the Date/Time setting but I think the answer to your query is in the Settings menu. On reaching the Date/Time section I too set it it up, only find that it changed the time by about 5 hours. I then tried again and realised that the first figure shown is not the Date or Time but I think a World Time adjustment, so I adjusted this figure down to '0' (indicating GMT?) and it seemed to cure the problem

February 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Hi, I picked up one of these from Amazon through Eprance. It arrived really quickly, about 5 days.
It is branded Jado, which seems to be the original factory and comes with the latest firmware. Unfortunately, the files are all in .TS and not MOV as shown on Amazon. This is an issue, but not a killer.
The video quality is pretty poor in my mind. Massive compression artifacts with even road signs being hard to read if not impossible. Car number plates can be read when the vehicle is not moving.
I have it set on full HD and a quick check shows that the file size on this setting is the biggest of the three.
Another issue that I had not read about, was windscreen reflection, there are loads of them.
I bought this based on the review, but now feel that I must have a dud. Not particularly impressed.
Anyone have any views?

February 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBig Al

FAO Big Al
If it is the latest firmware, I would have thought should display .MOV and not .TS. What is the latest firmware displayed in your setup? Mine is 2014 016 and the HD quality is brilliant.

There is some windscreen reflection and the only way to cure that would be to attach a small polaroid filter to the front of the lens. I have seen an advertisement for small filters designed for the cameras of smartphones at about £20. Haven't tried it myself.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

FAO Big Al

Ooops, sorry, ignore polaroid. I meant 'polarising filter'

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

@Paul
http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/threads/polarizing-filter-to-reduce-windshield-dashboard-reflections.2343/

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

Thanks for the responses.
My fimrware is the 20131230, so slightly older. I have had an email back from Eprance which stated the MOV was still giving issues. Very fast response. Please see below:

Hi Friend,

Thanks for purchasing from us.
My friend, please kindly be noted that most versions of this camera save the video files in TS format. The manufacturers had created a MOV version of this camera but the firmware had issues in performing loop recording and was less stable. The quality between MOV and TS does not differ but TS files can be more difficult to work with. For instance, they are not natively usable in the popular dash cam software Registrator Viewer. As of September 2013, the MOV firmware is now for sale. The previous TS firmware was very stable but the initial MOV firmware had some issues. The most recent firmware versions, while more stable are still causing issues for some owners. you can download the software player from the website as below or copy from the CD come with the package.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBig Al

intend purchasing this dash cam but my only concern is a few people say it is not compatible with windows 7 or 8 only on windows xp do you know if that is correct please. many thanks.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

FAO paul
This is the other Paul. The 0801 works on Win 7.. Haven't got Win 8, so cannot answer that

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

After your review I bought two of them, glad I watched your other review as I saved money due to not buying the one with GPS. I purchased mine from the UK rather than using Amazon that were shipped from china and would take 28 days to arrive. I used http://carcamwarehouse.com who incidentally are also The Black Bullet UK makers, ok the price was £89 over the Amazon £66 price but order before 3pm and you get it some one to two days later and the display shows mile rather than KM.
Result.
Keep up the good work.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJezzDangles

Hi i have been searching for a better product than the software delivered with my E-Prance HD 1920*1080P F90 Car Dvr Dual Camera, and have reviewed your comments regarding the CarGPSPlayer software you have used. I have downloaded and i can view my journey far better, however the GPS files which are .map are not recognised. Just wondering if there is a way to convert to a format that CarGPSPlayer can dispaly?

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

looking at getting the UK version of the mini 0801 which i believe is called a black bullet and has current 2014 firmware update. i see recent post stating 2 non gps versions purchased by jezz d and they have mph indicator as opposed to kmh. i take it you would need to purchase the gps version for the unit to display your speed?. (pardon my ignorance but its all new to me) would like to have speed indication on footage. thanks for any advice.

February 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

I was looking at the possibility of buy a second mini 0801 to place on the rear windscreen of my car, but its cost for it have gone up. My first Mini 0801 cost me only $110 US. Now I am for $159. US by E-PRANCE. can anyone tell me why is that? is in and updated version?

February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAsborn

FAO paul

I bought the Mini 0801 and it has the latest firmware with GPS etc. I did not have to buy any extra GPS software as it is contained within the camera and transferred to a microSDHC class 6 card when formatted (within the camera- not in a computer). Ordered via Amazon.co.uk and arrived 2 days later. Link below:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00F5WP7H4/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Hi,
the Mini 0801 does not have GPS. The GPS signal is obtained from the Base Mount Holder (GPS Logger) It,s an option when buying the Mini 0801.
Regards

February 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterspecki14

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