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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

 

 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
A119
DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam
Yi

Yi Ultra 2.7K
   
    MINI CAMERAS
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
    HELMET CAMERA
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.

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

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)

I've just placed an order for the Mini 0801 with GPS at Aliexpress Givoe.

I googled it, but it seems there is no official website for this product. So in that case, how do I get support, and how do I know if there is a firmware update? Or does it say such in the manual?

Sorry, I haven't received my order yet. So if I'm asking a question that has already been stated in the product manual, please excuse me.

Thanks in advance.

Gary

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGary

@Gary There is no product page. These best bang for the buck DashCam's from China often don't get firmware updates at all. This is why I stress and judge buying be based on what it delivers NOW, updates may not eventuate, there are two sources for this product, both use solution companies for the firmware, they're both capable of delivering a stable product but without some of the extras that others might achieve with the platform. (the .MOV bug for example) Both Givoe and eprance get A+ for communication so far if you follow the thread. I'll post and share any firmware updates they share with me, but we have to be VERY careful. The firmwares are different based on if you have GPS or the extra internal 8GB backup version. The firmware Givoe obtains from their solution company might not be compatible with the eprance sourced cameras. (turning your camera into a brick) The 0801 camera's might look the same, and have the same chips inside, but were put together by different factories, configurations and slightly tweeked revs etc. So again that's why I'm going hog wild with the communication on waiting to buy the .MOV version if you really want a fully compatible format. The firmware update for 0801's bought as .TS may or may not ever be released. I'm hopeful for everyone though since the firmware update is an option in the gui.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

@JazJon

Thanks for the prompt detailed reply. I've also emailed to Givoe sales to check. So, in any case, I guess I should not expect too much on the product support. After all, it's yet a cheap product.

Thanks.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGary

@Gary Glad I can help explain everything, it's a DashCam soup out there! So much low budget "junk" on ebay too. I only learned all this myself in the last few weeks. (dug deep) If you want to see a brand name example version of this camera at TWICE the price sold in Russia check it out here: (ProCam CX4)

http://www.aeextr.com.ua/product_301.html
&
http://procam.ru/catalogue/27-avtomobilnyy-videoregistrator-procam-cx4.html

Anyone that bothers researching complains it's too expensive and ends up buying the ebay or aliexpress models

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

Yep it is soup out there but it seems that models with AMBARELLA chips seems the best to buy.
Starting with A2 then A5 you can find now new A7 models in cheap camera (If I am not wrong Gopro use A7 too).
The A9 is the last chip availlable on the market and not included in cheap cams.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShinju

Sorry to repost so soon but here you can see chips in gopro:
GoPro Hero 3 Black chip A7 Ambarella
le Hero 3 white and silver A5S Ambarella.
A5S et A7 are build with CMOS 45nm Samsung.
A9 will appear on Gopro 4.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShinju

@Shinju. I read that if a DashCam isn't based on the XXX-A family, it's not designed for prolonged use in an automotive environment (keyword letter is A) I think A stands for Automotive. A5 has been around for a while but is being phased out, A7L-A range are purpose built for automotive use, the A5 offered ok performance but can suffer a bit in hot environments and had some other limitations, you'll probably still see A5 based product around for a while yet.

http://www.ambarella.com/products/automotive-camera-solutions.html

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

I'm pretty sure the field of view on the latest 0801 Rev 2 is 140 degrees, the 120º was the spec for Rev 1 many months ago.
Read this page: http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1001&start=250

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

Sure Ambarella has developed series for automotive but no dash-cam has it because it is surely too expensive and my post was only for pointing at Ambarella as a good chip. When you see so many solutions in Chinese stores, it is good to find a "leading developer of low-power, high-definition video compression and image processing semiconductors" (working with GoPro). So when you buy a product with their chip you have more chance to have satisfaction ;) Lifetime isn't the main target for chinese products.

See:
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-2013-Car-DVR-Camera-GS6000-with-newest-Ambarella-A7-GPS-Logger-G-Sensor-Full-HD/1247590064.html

The GS6000 has great chance to be a good product but I agree that A2S in the Mini 0801 is largely good enough for a Dashcar (Sure I will buy one of those because of the good video, design and the size). Sure A5S is good too (hero 3 white and silver). But if you are a little more geek (but not rich) you maybe will prefer the last product available at the cheapest price. A7 will ring a bell ! (A2<A5<A7<A9...)

So I am going to wait a test from you about the GS6000 A7 Ambarella ;) :) Or other products which are using the same base as Gopro Hero 3 Black.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShinju

Love the reviews.

I see the 3M mount back is permanent. How would I removed this if I wanted to install it in another vehicle? Also, my fleets are leased. How would I remove after the lease is up? Thx.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCowmissing

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