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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.

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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)

Hi Mat,

Watched your reviews of dash cams in general, and this mini camera in particular. I ordered one from the site in NZ that you recommended. Camera arrived about 10 days later. I had it wired into the car directly, with the wiring hidden except for the couple of inches dropping down from the rear view mirror that connect to the camera. Got a class 10 32mb card as per your recommendation, formatted it in the camera and started recording! I'd like to take the opportunity to thank you for the reviews and to let you know that this camera (without optional gps) more than meets my requirements. I took out the memory card and stuck it into my MacBook Pro and up popped the clips. Picture was incredibly sharp by day and at night. I have been recommending your reviews and this camera to everyone who asks me "What's that thing?". Again, many thanks. Larry.

September 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLarry

Philip,
Thanks for the suggestion. I didn't notice that the on/off switch causes reset, if pressed for a while. Unfortunately it was not effective in restoring normal LCD function. I do not look forward to an exchange situation likely to take a month.
Thanks, Gary

September 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGary C

Just got mine from E-Prance on E-Bay. $105 (£65) all in shipped to the UK. Noted on package as "Car Parts - $10" so no customs random check charge. Took 3 weeks to arrive which is great given it was "Free shipping via China Post". So far very impressed. Just need to work out how to make the wire as hidden as possible inside the car ;)

September 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterchaz-d

My mini 0801 is not working anymore after only 4 weeks of use (always on 24/7). Look like it's unable to write to memory card fast enough, the video is slow and more than half the frame are skipped. I have 2 genuine sandisk 32Gb class10 cards (from the gopro website) and two 64Gb lexar class 10 from walmart and they all do the same thing.

Back to the dr32 for me

September 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYoufermont

@Youfermont

If you look at the instructions.
http://dashcamtalk.com/cams/mini0801/Mini%200801%20User%20Manual.pdf
Page 4 says
"Please use high-speed TF card meeting the specification of TFHC. (CLASS 4 or above, Class 10 may cause some problem because the speed of card is too fast, it is better not us class 10 card)"

September 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

But they were working fine up to this week, will try some old class4

September 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYoufermont

Thanks again for sharing a great review.. Looks like this is the one for me.

Did think about something that may make it stand out a little at night.. does the LCD screen glare against the back of your rear view mirror? Can you turn the display off?

Thanks

September 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRich

The screen turns off after 60 seconds for me. (it's a GUI setting)

September 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

After spending more than 400$ in a year on Chinese dashcam (v2000gs, dr32, 2x mobius and one mini 0801) I just ordered a Vico WF1. I hope this one will be the good one, every one of my Chinese cam have issues like poor night shooting, refusing to connect to PC, error writing to cards etc etc. I will have a review on my youfermont YouTube channel when I received it, can't post link here cause I do not want to spam techmoan blog.

October 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteryoufermont

FYI: It's now confirmed that the Mini 0801 is perfectly stable if you use a Class 4 microSD card.

If you use a Class 10 it will shut down or lock up once the card is full and overwrite/recycle begins.

So again, only use a Class 4 microSD card in the 0801. (for .MOV firmware)

See the usual thread for the latest developing news.
http://dashcamtalk.com/forum/index.php?threads/smallest-ambarella-car-dvr-a-k-a-mini-0801.1001/page-41

October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

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