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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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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)

@Jazjon, I forgot to ask, is there a web site you that you can find firmware update for the Mini 0801? and if so, how do you update the firmware if there is a firmware update?

September 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAsborn

Is there an option to turn off the LCD display or is it always on?

Thanks.

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCowmissing

The screen auto shut off by itself, but the blue led is very bright and keep flashing while recording, you might have to mask it with a sharpie

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYoseph

Yoseph, Thank you for the information. I'm looking at purchasing the one with the GPS option. I'm lost with all the options, can someone explain the run down and purchase options? Are there just two models one with a GPS and one with out? I was looking around and I see a few more option that some websites are selling. Thank you.

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCowmissing

@Cowmissing

If you're in the UK then think carefully about where you buy from.

The feedback to Techmoan's 0801 video on the YouTube site indicates that 4 people in the UK have been hit with >£20 import duty fees ... a nasty surprise for the unwary.

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

Yes, I saw a 15% GST fee. What is that? No, I'm in the USA. Any suggestions on where I can purchase this from? Even on eBay they are all coming from "China".

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCowmissing

If I were in the USA, I'd probably buy through Amazon, in which case the seller is E-Prance.

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

I have to warn people who want to buy through the "Off the Net" shop. I ordered my mini 0801 on 08.09.2013 and paid full. Until this days nothing arrived. Send many emails to them, leave messages on phone and no one replied to me. My status shows shipped, but the tracking No. is a fake. The New Zealand Post claimed the tracking No. as invalid. I opened criminal complaint for credit card fraud against "Off the Net". So be warned and do not orderyour cam through this terrible shop. NO CUSTOMER SERVICE IS ALSO A CUSTOMER SERVICE - The law with catch you.

September 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWiliam

I don't know this shop (and can't find it on google) but any international order can take up to 6 weeks to arrive and it's not the seller fault. I think you are a little quick on the gun.

September 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYoseph

I ordered my on ebay. It take 12 days to from China to NY. It is working very well.

September 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAsborn

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