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(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 


Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi


DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

Yi Ultra 2.7K
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
Drift Ghost X

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.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




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'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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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 (650)

Hey guys,

I just received my camera today, and on the CD there were two applications: SPEED_UNIT_KM and SPEED_UNIT_MP. Probably the second one shows the speed in MPH. The problem is that I can't read the discs, the optical drives just sound like a passing by train.

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndras

You can download both apps here on the FAQ page.

You're better off using Registrator Viewer though. (way more options)

The Mini 0801 Forum section is here:

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon


Thanks for the links. I contacted givoe for the issue and they sent me the files in like 3 minutes. So great experience with them and I can only recommend them if anybody wants to buy the camera without a headache.

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndras

I use Registrator Viewer as Jazjon recommended, but the disk that come with my mini 1801 do not work on my windows 7 PC, the version download from the link also do not work on my PC. I tray compatibility mode, but still do not work. So I will take to Registrator Viewer it work well.

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAsborn

Anybody know any long term issues with this unit? Overheating, system failure, ect..?

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJacob

There is too much history to reply in one paragraph. You can read all about it here:

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

@Matt: Thanks for your efforts and reviews - much appreciated! Like many here at Techmoan, I want a fit-and-forget "flight recorder" that's as inconspicuous as possible, ideally invisible, behind the RVM. Based on your sensible review, the Mini 0801 seems to fit my needs best (mainly stealth and with quality video), and I've pretty much settled on getting two or three.

@Mike Newton: Did you find a supplier that'll ship to SA? Any suggestions?

@People In Hot Places (eg TX/AZ): Summers here in the Karoo are very hot, so I need something that will survive high temps. Is the Mini 0801 up to the job?

October 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArthur Williamson

Where can I find a Mini-B 5 pin male to female cable? The power cable is not long enough and I'm having a hard time running it to my camera. Also, I purchased a Class 10 Micro SD card, but the manual says to use a Class 4 or higher, but not a Class 10. Has any one had any problems with using a Class 10? Thank you.

October 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCowmissing

Read through the comments here, I'll post again though. Avoid class 10 cards or your camera will shut down after the card is full and recycle begins. The best card is the Samsung Class 6 card. (perfect middle ground)

More info on 0801 here:

October 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

Thank you for the information. This is my first car camera and I'm excited to make this work.

October 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCowmissing

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