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My favourite USB battery power Pack

This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

Two digit Led display shows battery level

 

What SD CARD should I buy?

If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

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.

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

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.

 

VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

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)

@Yoseph

If a seller writes shipped than I must be able to track my order!
Within 14 days no reply to 10 emails, 2 phone calls, 2 opened cases - Normal? - No way
Shown tracking number is a fake, verified by NZ Post

I think I shoot to slow with this bastards
http://offthenet.co.nz

September 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWiliam

I have tint a UV tint I installed on my front window which greatly reduces heat. I can't put an adhesive on it. You think it's okay to put on my mirror? I currently have the mirror mounted DVR and I have to put silly putty to stop my mirror from drooping down because the DVR mirror is too heavy. It's one of the ones you first reviewed.

Wondering if this is also heavy that it'd maky my mirror droop down.

September 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPenelli

@Wiliam

Your post of 26 September refers. Please see comment of 27 September by Richard Radon on the YouTube site under the Techmoan video for the Mini 0801.

Looks like people should be wary of this 'Off The Net' site.

September 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

Hi all. I really need some technical help, I and am hoping them someone here will be able to help me. I have my Mini 0801 for a week know, but for the pass two days I notice it started to give problem. when I start the car it will start recording, but after a few seconds or a few minutes it will stop recording and the LED will be solid red or blue. I try unplugging it from the car turn it off and restart it , but this don't always work. Do anyone have any idea what is the problem and how to fix it?

September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAsborn

@Asborn

I have the same problem and just posted a few troubleshooting ideas. It seems to be a common issue and we need to figure out the pattern/solution

http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/index.php?threads/smallest-ambarella-car-dvr-a-k-a-mini-0801.1001/page-36#post-27070

September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

Ok thank I am checking it out. I also did the same thing you did, I format the card in the Mini 0801, when the traffic light was read and in work after that up to my 50 mini drive. On returning from my destination it work for part of the way. I unplug it then turn it off and plug it back up and it work again. So there is some issues that really is going on with it. Next week Friday I will buy a new card of a lower class and see how that work.

September 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAsborn

I noticed several people posting complaints about slow delivery and inability to track shipment. The China Post Air Mail tracking is worthless. For my order, tracking showed "No Result" although the Ali Express web site said tracking would be available in 2-3 days. At 8-9 days, still no China Post Air Mail tracking result.

Suddenly on day 9, Alibaba "My AliExpress" page (without going to outside tracking site) showed "Arrival Scan" and "Out for Delivery". The US Postal Service made the delivery; certified mail, signature was required. There was also 7 days delay between order placement and emailed shipping notification. I imagine most of these sellers shipping from China are using the same China Post Air Mail service. The lack of visibility is frustrating, but outside the control of the seller.

My camera from Givoe worked for less than a day. It worked fine after I unpacked it and charged the battery the first evening. I tried recording and the various menus. Worked fine. Today, the LCD is screwed up. Image is shifted to right side of LCD and left side shows bars. The shifted visible image fragment is wrong resolution, as if zoomed in.. No apparent reset button.

Contacting Givoe about getting a replacement. Gary

September 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGary C

Gary -- take a look at the user manual -- its right at the bottom of the box, you may have missed it.
A long press on the big button on the end is reset - hopefully that will fix your problem!

September 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

Mine has FW version 20130903 -- there is no "Beep" menu entry.
Anyone know how to get rid of the annoying sound effects?

September 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

@Philip
The Beep Control was removed when they added .MOV recording capability. I was told it's being re-introduced in a future firmware. They have a limited amount of memory in which to fit GUI options. For more details read through the last several weeks worth of this thread:

http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/index.php?threads/smallest-ambarella-car-dvr-a-k-a-mini-0801.1001/

Firmware 20130924 is being tested at this time, but no released yet.

P.S. My delivery took awhile too but I expected as much. If you need the camera right away upgrade your shipping to anything other than the free China Post. You get what you pay for basically even with shipping.

September 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

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