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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)

not a known issue, talk to your reseller about warranty options

April 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjokiin

After reading that one or two purchasers of this cam had problems with viewing results on their Windows 7 pcs I'm wondering if there's an inherent problem here. I'd be obliged if any Windows 7 folk out there could reassure me.

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjonnor

Win7 is no issue, inability to playback files is almost always a codec problem, Registrator Viewer supports the 0801 with no additional codecs required on Win7, other players can clash with this and break things though

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjokiin

@jonnor
What is it you are worried about

- not being able to transfer the files from a camera to a PC?
- not being able to view the movie files in a standard windows video viewer?
- not being able to view the files in the special viewers, such as Registrator Viewer, with details of speed/gps location etc?

There are links here in the review as well as on other forums, where you can download the actual files off a camera to test out.

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeter West

Thanks Jokiin - much obliged

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjonnor

Thanks for the 5v Reply. Does anyone know how much current the unit pulls. I want to make sure that the 12-5vdc converter I get will handle the current of the camera and ALSO my satnav etc.

Looking for a dual USB port 12-5vdc converter and most 2.1A rated on eBay are fakes and by reading the negative feedbacks they all see to catch fire or smoke heavily indicating that they are cheap components and could cause your car to catch fire.

So what is the current draw of the 0801 please

April 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterZean

Had this device for about three months now and still working fine. Very impressed with video and audio quality. However, not impressed with current driver software - W8 or specifically W8.1 will not recognise the camera at all. Fortunately I have W7 on a dual boot system which does work. Are there any drivers out there that WILL work with W8 - becoming a bit of a nuisance having to reboot the computer every time I want to view the camera content.

April 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteroldbuffer

@oldbuffer do yourself a favor and get a cheap USB card reader, the camera (any of these cameras really) makes a very poor card reader at the best of times, pop the card out into a reader and you'll have much faster access to the files and a lot less trouble and one less reason to have to dual boot

April 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjokiin

@zean
Which country are you in.

I was looking to buy a dual USB power adapter for the car for my satnav and one of these, but like you see so many 'fire' comments they are worrying.

There are a some UK companies that sell the (supposedly) genuine versions for not much more than those on Ebay, and I guess they UK legislation means they have to be genuine and conform to EU standards before being sold.
One such company is not far from us and I'll call them on Monday to check out the spec.
http://www.iphonefixuk.co.uk/31a-dual-twin-2-port-usb-in-car-charger---usams-for-iphone-5-1870-p.asp

April 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeter West

@jokiin
Been there done that. Trying to avoid removing the microscopic sd card every time. The card retaining mechanism feels flimsy at best of times and one day, I'm sure the sd card will finally fail to lock in place - then goodbye camera. Not sure whether the individual video files will work with the Registrator Viewer app including the GPS facility. Maybe they will but I've just deleted all the camera files - will check again when I have something to view....

April 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteroldbuffer

Hi there, will it record on battery alone and if so for how long?
Thanks.

April 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbernard

@bernard 10 to 15 minutes maybe, car cameras are meant to be powered by the car, the battery is primarily for file save and shutdown purposes, it's not meant to run for any length of time from the battery, higher spec cameras don't even have a battery

April 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjokiin

Probably around 15-20 minutes continuous usage .

April 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteroldbuffer

Bought one and have it full time in my van - it works great.

Question - any reason why I cant mount it looking through the screen of my Yamaha motorbike? It's qd so if I have to leave the bike parked up I can take it with me and behind the sloping screen I reckon it is completely out of the rain in the event of being caught in a shower. I've just ordered a spare gps base to try it out and if it's successful I'll get the wiring kit so that it powers up with ignition on.

Cheers

Wooder

April 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWooder

@ Wooder

It might work but i am worried that the camera is designed to take the windshield slope under consideration. It might or might not work on the slope screen on the motocycle.

If it works for you, can you please email me a picture? Very interested to see it works on a motorcycle.

April 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLawrence

Lawrence

My Yam is a TDM which, being a adventure tourer type bike, has a more upright screen than a sports bike. Is it the angle of the slope that concerns you? I've held it in the approximate position that it will be in when fitted and it will point in the right direction no problem. Or is it that you think there will be reflections because of the screen angle? Anyways, I should have my spare gps base in a couple of days so I'll keep you posted

Cheers

Wooder

April 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWooder

Wooder,

It sounds that the camera should work in that situation. Thanks for keeping us updated.

Lawrence

April 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLawrence

Bought it. Downloaded driver(s).
No .exe file, only .sys files.

No idea how to install driver(s).

Can someone help?

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkenn

Why do you need drivers? It's just removable storage. Like a USB memory stick.

May 3, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Car cameras make poor card readers, better to pop the card out and put it in a proper reader, will access the files much faster

May 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjokiin

This goes back to my original post regarding failure of W8/8.1 to recognise the Car Cam using the USB lead. It's fine removing the SD card, but as I also mentioned, the retaining mechanism is very flimsy and eventually removal/replacement of it will probably lead to failure to lock the card in - thus rendering the camera pretty u/s. The USB lead, in my opinion is a much much more robust method of connecting the Cam to a computer. So back to my original query - any chance of a driver for W8 sometime this decade?

PT.

May 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteroldbuffer

Joouuv say their camera are going through UK customs as should be here tomorrow to next tuesday.

May 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterZean

"Joouuv say their camera are going through UK customs as should be here tomorrow to next tuesday."

Praise be to the Lord! I have been on Backorder at JooVuu for this unit since March. Damn thing better be worth it...

May 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterO Patient One!

I'd be interested (as I'm sure others will be) in hearing how you get on with it.
Have you been following the comments about it at the dashcam forum?
The latest comments (last of 17 pages) are here
http://dashcamtalk.com/forum/threads/mini-0803-coming.4701/page-17

May 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeter West

Appreciate the heads-up Peter. I was not aware of a new thread about the 0803 ... Ill subscribe to it.

May 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterO Patient One!

Where can I find a User Guide or Operations Manual for the Mini 0803? Thanks.

May 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKal Biro

hi all any ideas on this post. my 0801 has been working fine since had it. its on firmware 2014116 and uses class 6 16gb genuine Samsung sd card . it loops fine but i have just noticed the locked files i had have all now been wiped following the loop process. surely this should not occur ?

May 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

I have a question about the different choices available in the 0801. There appear to be 4 choices, GPS or no, and built in 8GB memory. What advantage is there to having an internal memory ?

I'm also wondering if there's been any information on an 0803 model ?

Thanks, Art.

May 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArt

@art
Have you see this
http://dashcamtalk.com/forum/threads/mini-0803-coming.4701/page-17

Lots of info about the 0803 - which is about to be shipped

May 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeter West

Peter, thanks for the information. I've been to that site, and now signed up for it as well. One drawback to the internet is, IMHO, too much information. I'd decided on the TCL SVC200 for several reasons, multiple uses and availability from a local store, as the Coleman Conquest. I'm unable to make up my mind for more than a day it seems. Techmoan has provided valuable insight which, again, makes me over think the situation. I think I'll go ahead with the TCL SVC200 for now, just have to remember to turn it on in the car. And yes Matt, I have watched the toaster video. Where did you get it ?

May 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArt

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