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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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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)

Quick question.. I bought this from Givoe a couple of weeks ago - it has a firmware update of 20230922 - the issue im having is that i can not get the gps to appear as a stamp. I purchased the GPS/TF32GB option and 8GB backup built in.

When i cycle through the display options, GPS does not appear, even though under the GPS category i have it set to "Open".

am i doing something wrong? Ive connected the GPS mount onto the camera itself and turned it on thinking it would acknowledge the GPS functionality but it doesnt appear to be doing so. Is there a trick to this?

Also, how did you get your DRIVER, DATE and TIME AND GPS to all appear on the video at once? i dont see where i can do that.

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertumbras

@tumbras

Sounds like you have the newest firmware yet! I assume you meant 20130922. (I'm going to ask Givoe for a copy)

I don't think you can display everything at once. I have two different options for the various stamps. I think "CAR" sill show the GPS data if I recall. I leave all my 0801 stamps off and add them later via RegistratorViewer
http://www.registratorviewer.com/index_en.html
It will let you pick the font, location, and size/color too. No need to "hard" encode the stamps, better to keep the video clean. All the details are in the GPS .log files.

I posted about your new firmware and question here:

http://dashcamtalk.com/forum/index.php?threads/smallest-ambarella-car-dvr-a-k-a-mini-0801.1001/page-57#post-28682

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

This is very interesting following this post, but what I find confusing, is that I keep hearing of firmware updates, but I do not even know where to go to look for firmware update for my Mini 0801. What site are you people going to for these updates? and when you you find them how do you install it on the Mini 0801? Am I missing something or misunderstanding something here?

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAsborn

@Asborn
http://dashcamtalk.com/

http://dashcamtalk.com/mini-0801/

http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/index.php?threads/smallest-ambarella-car-dvr-a-k-a-mini-0801.1001/
We are waiting for the download link from Givoe at Aliexpress and or eprance from ebay. As re-sellers they both have direct connections to the manufacturer & engineers. The Company that designed the camera, and Factory that makes them don't sell direct or even have a product page. Everything is outsourced through multiple solution providers. You get support from the person you buy it form, so it's best to buy from a recommended re-seller as per the FAQ page. The best support you'll find is crowd sourced via dashcamtalk. There is one other good site but it's all in Russian.

I'm currently waiting to get a hold of the 20130922 firmware

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

Thank you Jazjon.

October 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAsborn

Ah yes - the WAF rating. All too seldom ignored. And necessary if the said device is for the wife's car.
Congrats on the exceptional reviews.

October 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I take onboard Techmoan's comments about the negative aspect of having GPS. He chooses not to have the speed stamped on recordings.

But anyone seeing a latitude and longitude stamp knows that that means speed can be determined. So displaying latitude and longitude is almost as bad as displaying the speed.

So, can anyone please tell me if you have the GPS model, can you keep the latitude & longitude stamp off the video when recording, and just choose to access it (possibly along with the speed) on playback if you want it? Just like video cameras can record without a time and date stamp on the recording but if you press a button during playback, they will reveal it. The relevance is that latitude and longitude are recorded but are hidden from view.

Thanks

October 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMikeS

Hi,
I'm really interested in buying this camera but the eBay auction that's linked to has restricted postage to certain countries and doesn't post to Spain, which is where I live. I have found a seller on eBay by the name of "eprance", not "e-prance" who does do shipping to Spain. Bit confused as to why someone would have separate accounts! But has anyone bought from "eprance"? And would anyone recommend the model with 8Gb internal memory?

October 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEd

@Ed, check out this thread for talk on the confusion of e-prance multiple seller accounts.

http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/index.php?threads/look-how-e-prance-doing-the-business.2498/

I'm in the U.S. so don't have any suggestions on which re-seller to pick for Spain.

October 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

It doesn't explain why there are two very similar accounts on eBay, but I may go for the one on 'eprance' (no dash) anyway as they have it at a similar price with similar feedback

Ed

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEd

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