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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)

And dashcamtalk won't allow me to view anything, says it's waiting for confirmation ? Too much of a headache.

May 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArt

Any feedback from someone who has brought the 0803?

May 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterZean

@May

Doubt you'll see any detailed discussion here as it is not a formal discussion forum - it's a comments section for commenting on reviews.

Check the dashcamtalk link I posted on May 11.
In depth discussion with samples going on there now.

If you have problems registering, contact them and ask for resolution to your issue here
http://dashcamtalk.com/contact-us/

May 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeter West

Hi there to all,
I am after a 0801 dash cam, which I would like to install on top of the dashboard instead of sticking it on the windsrceen. But this way the cam would be recording upside down, so it must have some sort of IMAGE INVERT or ROTATION function in the set-up menu. I know that some 0801 cams have this function in the menu but none of them mention it anywhere. Do you know which models/brands have this function. Thanks for any help anyone can offer.

May 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJimm

Have yet to see a genuine 0801 with an option to flip the video

May 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJokiin

Thanks for the reply. It must be the video I saw on YouTube was showing some type of fake model. You can check it out here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9xQ3VnHzvM

May 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJimm

The one in the video is a fake

May 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJokiin

Has anybody figured out how to remove the reflection off the windscreen when we playback, with the Mini 0801.
Just getting used to this DashCam I think they are a great idea, and what is the best media player to use on Windows 7 for playback.
Regards.

May 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve P

if you have reflection issues a polarising filter is the only way to deal with that effectively, a couple of threads on the dashcamtalk forum from people that have made them to suit this model

for playback either Registrator Viewer or Dashcam Viewer, either or

May 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjokiin

Hi there, I have noticed that most of these Dash Cams work by plugging them into the 12v socket
with the supplied plug, but some of these plug/adapters seem to reduce the voltage from 12v down
to 5 or 3v. Does this mean that they only work this way or can they be hard-wired directly into
the car's 12v electrical sytem ? One wouldn't like to wire the cam directly into the car's system only
to find out you have burnt up the circuits !

May 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJimm

They need the cigarettte socket adapter - or you will damage them.
Alternatively get a hard wire kit which has a reduction transformer with it.

May 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeter West

Jimm,

The camera uses 5v. The supplied adaptor plugs into the 12v Aux socket and the adaptor converts 12v down to 5v which then runs to the camera.

You can use another adaptor that does the 12-5v conversion like some of the small bullet adaptors.

You can hard wire the camera in if you want, just make sure there is a 12-5v converter inline.

The way I am going to do this is to get a mini-blade piggyback (just type mini blade piggyback into ebay) to tap into my already full fuse box, on the end of the piggyback I will wire up a 12v Aux socket which will connect to a bullet 12-5v converter then then use a standard usb lead. All this wiring will be behind the dashboard so I do not use my main aux socket (also my main aux socket is live all the time and I want the camera to switch on with ignition, which is why I shall piggy back off and ignition live circuit in the fuse box)

May 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterZean

I have fitted the 0801 Black Bullet to my windscreen and its working fine, I would now like to fit one to my rear window 5 door hatch so this is opened and closed quite often would the 3M semi permanent fix be the best for this or the sucker type I have noticed that the sucker type is quite a bit cheaper but I am worried that it may break away each time the boot door is closed.

have you done any tests on fixing to rear door windows

Thanks Bryan

May 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBryan

Hi Jimm,

Joovuu sell hardwire kids for the 0801 and 0803

https://joovuu.com/gb/accessories/108-car-camera-hardwire-kit.html

https://joovuu.com/gb/accessories/150-hardwire-kit-micro.html

They seem to be having some website problems today but they are good to deal with.

Hope this helps

Vodka_redbull

May 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVodka_redbull

One thing I would suggest is replace the existing Player with RegistratorPlayer which can be downloaded free from DATAKAM it really is a brilliant application and can easily replace the existing player that comes with your 0801 Dash Cam - once downloaded just drag it in to your Dash Cam drive

May 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Many thanks to all of you for your very helpfull comments.
Jimm :-)

May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJimm

Can playback/video review be done on a mac ? I am not looking to buy the GPS add on. Thanks

May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCanopy

Hi Matt

i came up with a wonderfull solution to have everything one needs in video monitoring while driving.
that is if you use your ipad / ipad/ android as the recieving LCD

how about getting a Back up parking camera, as well as any other possible cameras with AV out (even GW1) and then connecting them into a WIFI reciever that allows you to monitor them all on your android, iphone or ipad., use Velcro to attach it to the car, the ones for guitar pedals on ebay, (if your ok with that , easy to remove) and your set.

Is there a multi camera WIFI receiver though????

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFatlip

@Fatlip
A wifi camera with an android and/or ios app to receive and record already exists.
They are very expensive though, considering they are using what appears to be a standard low resolution reversing camera and they give no details or sample video.

Look here

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LAND-ROVER-DEFENDER-Iphone-and-Android-Wifi-Reversing-Camera-Kit-DLS024-/371063354787?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item56651975a3

http://www.dls-uk.co.uk/reversing-camera-and-monitor-kit-defender.html

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeter West

Here's the app.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.goscam.sightwifi

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeter West

Seven/Eight months later is this still the camera you would recommend and use? I have been doing some research when I came across your page.
I was recommended to get the RoadHawk HD but its pretty pricey compared to this one you have reviewed (Thank you for the in-depth review)

June 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

I've just purchased this camera but use a Mac. Any suggestions what the best programme would be to use for playback? Thanks

June 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterrmolly

@rmolly, I use a mac, and one of the commentors on this thread a few pages back posted a link to a piece of software called ojocam, which I've downloaded and use. I find it very good, it might be worth a look.


Found the post, it was from cxrider

Good news for all you Apple OSX users. There is a new viewer available for the 'mini 0801, its currently a beta release and will require further development, but its a start.

https://www.ojocam.com/content/ojocam_player_0318_beta.zip

It supports OSX 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9. Any feedback, please let me know.

March 26, 2014 | CXRider

June 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDH

DH Thanks for that, much appreciated.

June 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterrmolly

DashCam Viewer works on both Mac and PC
http://earthshinesw.com/dashcam-viewer/

June 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

How do you update the firmware on the mini 0803 ? I have down loaded the file which was released on the 7 June 2014.

I bought my 0803 from JooVuu, it arrived 2 days after the order was placed. Very happy.

June 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersteve

just the firmware bin file on the card, nothing else, turn the cam on and follow the prompts

June 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjokiin

@steve on June 10th

Can you share the link to the firmware released on 7 June please?

Thanks

June 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNeil

Quote from Steve 10 June 2014

" I have down loaded the (mini 0803 firmware) file which was released on the 7 June 2014."

Anyone else found this firmware release please and if so can you post a link to it?

Thanks - N

June 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNeil

I am interested in buying the Mini 0803 dash cam but I am wondering whether to upgrade to the Mini 0803. Can anyone advise me and if I an advised to go with the Mini 0801 can anyone advise which manufacturer because I have seen some stating that they are manufactured by E PRANCE.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJSJ

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