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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 (649)

Great review - I'd love to see it with a suction mount option though, as the sticky pads don't allow for it to be removed or repositioned.

September 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRuss

@ Russ The suction cup mount will be available within a week also on website. You can check back for the item. Hope this helps. Have a nice evening.

September 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLarry

I asked for, and was given a Mini 0801 camera for my birthday in mid-June this year.
It was easy to set up and the clips were of high quality.

In July we went on holiday to France in a Motorhome and the camera was used to record our journey and the places we stayed.
After a couple of days travelling I realised that the camera was only recording intermittently and the video segments varied in length.
I thought it might be a problem with the power cable and connections but my 'standby' camera, a DR32, worked perfectly okay using the same power cable.

Then the camera refused to record at all on some occasions and the picture quality deteriorated.
After about a week I stopped using the Mini 0801 and had to rely on my standby camera for the rest of the holiday.
When I was back home I tried the Mini 0801 on a few occasions but it was so unreliable and eventually stopped working completely.

The person who bought the camera as a present for me contacted the seller in China and, after sending the camera back to China, the seller has given a full refund, including p&p, which has arrived in a Bank account today – congratulations to the seller for their prompt and positive response.

These are the problems associated with the Mini 0801 camera – perhaps I was unlucky with the one I received -------

When on the external or internal card the camera would stop recording (when continually connected to the 12v plug) for an hour or so on a long journey and then restart itself.
The recordings, when set at 5 minute segments, varied from 5 minute setting down to a few seconds and the clips were all an irregular length.
The camera would not stop recording after the power was turned off until the internal battery ran out and became very hot.
Then the internal card would not record at all.
To turn off the camera the on/off button has to be pushed in for at least 10 seconds.
Sometimes pressing any of the three buttons fails to get any response from the camera.
The sound quality is abysmal.

September 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKeith

How much footage can you fit on a 32gb card?

September 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPandamedic

@Pandamedic it would be about 6 hours of 1080P video.

September 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLarry

hi i have had my mini 0801 for about 6 months now and had been working fine and have had gps logger on screen stamp. i decided to check accuracy today and on play back on tv horrified to see it was saying doing 50 whilst definitely doing 30 as i monitored it over set distance on speedo on my new ford focus. even showed me doing 35 when i was stationary at zebra crossing ! i have now taken the gps stamp off screen display. anyone experienced similar issue. and no i am not a boy racer. 54 years old and always had a totally clean licence. many thanks.

September 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterstroudy

thanks for sharing this nice interesting and helpful information.I like you post very much..It is really good post shared by you.please post more i am waiting your article..

September 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterF Mount Lens

Just received today my mini cam 801 / GPS / 8 Go as internal memory.
Firmware is 20140804.
The cam is operating correctly and I like it !
However, by looking at the format of the stored files, I found :
- .MOV files for Vidéo.
- .TXT files for Gps.
No more .MPEG-TS files for Vidéo. Nor .LOG files for GPS.
My question is : How can I track the recording files on a 'Car GPS Player' application type ?
Or: How can I manage such files in order to Track them on a dedicated software ? And which sowftware ?
Many thanks in anticipation of our next reply !

October 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDarlington works pretty well with the 0801

October 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpandamedic

Thanks, Pandamedic !
Are you sure that my recorded .MOV video files AND recorded .TXT Gps files are fully compatible with this software ?
Do you get such files formats on your 801 ?

October 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDarlington

It's what I use on my 0801 and works fine. It was also mentioned on one of techmoams youtube clips. Can't remember which video or cam he used in on though. It's a trail version and you pay $10 for the full unlocked version.

Hope that helps :)

October 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpandamedic

Thanks Pandamedic !
I tested the app. Okay for the video (.mov files), but it doesn't work for the gps tracking.
Only .txt gps files in my cam memory. No .log files.
Any kind help from someone ?

October 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDarlington

U have to buy the full version for the tracking

October 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpandamedic

Hi, Great review by Techmoan. I've had my Mini DVR 0801 for over a year now with no problem and I must commend and thank Jazjon for his info and link to "Free RegistratorViewer" app. It's a mega good piece of kit and so easy to use.

Cheers Techmoan and friends

John in Manchester. UK

October 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjohntee

Hi, I've got a few of these Mini 0801 cameras in my cars, they all start out fine but then after a while I get problems with the picture breaking up, all flickery etc. I reset to default settings, format the card and all seems fine again for a few hours but then the picture starts to break up again until I go through the same procedure.

Anyone have any ideas why? I've updated to latest firmware etc but still no change, wondering if it's the camera getting hot, memory card getting hot, memory card packing up?

Many thanks for any help, i'm a driving instructor and it's very frustrating to have caught a good teaching 'incident' on camera and then it be unviewable!!

October 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave Simmonds

@Dave, the flickering could be the result of low battery. Please try to fully charge the battery and see if the issue goes away. Please pay attention to the camera built in battery charge level when the issue happens.

Hope this helps.

October 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLarry

Thank you Larry, I did wonder this actually as I sometimes notice the battery indicator moving as if charging. I did change from plugging into the windscreen mount to directly into the camera with no difference. My cameras are 24/7 plugged into the 12v socket so they shouldn't ever discharge at all, but I'll certainly keep an eye on it, thank you :-)

October 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave Simmonds

Anyone know of an android app for viewing the footage and gps off the sd card for this camera? Got a viewer for the mac that works great but never seen anything for mobile device. My last blackvue had an android app that was great.

October 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpandamedic

I have two of these cams in my car (front and back), and in early September I updated both of them to the latest available firmware since they were unreliable. Even though I noticed a few improvements, the main issues persist.

First of all, here's what I want from any dash cam and why I decided for this model in 2013 after Mat's great effort describing it: Automatic start/stop with ignition; recording in full HD quality; high quality in day/night conditions; automatic recycling of storage space; reliable day/time stamp. Like Mat, I do not care about sound quality, I don't need GPS data, and having a display just comes in handy for setup and possible trouble shooting.

I am using 32GB SanDisk Class 4 microSD cards as recommended. I want to be able to pull the flash card minutes or hours after any given incident, copy it to my computer or tablet, and get a clear recording of what happened.

Now, these 0801 do exactly that for a little while after a fresh start and in-camera formatting process. But a few weeks later, I have hours of old video sitting on the chips and only minutes of new recordings. The newer ones suddenly show only the very first minute after starting the car. The date/time stamp has reset itself back to the first day in 2013. In other words, right now I have several hours of a long trip from early September of 2014, though from the last 450 miles driven in the past 3 days I have only about a dozen 1-minute clips with totally inaccurate day and time.

This happens to both cameras roughly at the same time. I am still hoping there is some weird setup option that can fix this, but I haven't figured it out yet. The manufacturer's support is not helpful at all.

So, these cameras are great as long as the do what they are made for and configured for. But being this unreliable makes them useless to the point that I have already started looking for replacements. After all, reliability is king here, or it's of no use in the first place.

If anyone has a few thoughts or fix available, I would greatly appreciate it!! Thanks for reading.

October 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I have just bought the mini 0801 non GPS model. Is it possible to add GPS by using a GPS mount and maybe updating the firmware and if so where can I download the firmware update.
Thanks Alan

November 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlan-C

yes you can just buy the GPS mount and update the firmware, you can find all the relevant detail on the dashcamtalk forum

November 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjokiin

Have bought the mini 0801 dvr. On the first use and playback of micro sd card on pc seems to work fine. Second use on a longer journey checked the footage again noticed that clips 01-39 said gps file unavailable but stil played in the left screen of dvr player. Clips 40-49 say gps file available but will not play the recorded footage. The camera wasn't touched from start of journey to end of journey. Why did the file data change on it's own. Can the recording be affected by lack of signal in certain areas of a journey.

November 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersmithdo


I have the 0801 GPS model.

Does anyone know how to switch off the speed display on my video clips. I'm only interested in the date and time, and still be able to look at where the video clip was taken on gps when looking at it on the software.

Only reason i don't want the speed is i've read reviews of it not being to accurate, and some people saying it was displaying over 50mph when they were only doing 20 odd mph.


November 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpandamedic

I have bought 2 of these cameras (one for myself, the other for my Mum after we had a BMW go head on into us at low speed). Just to let you know that they now have the option to switch between KMH and MPH. Scroll through the setup menu until you find the 'Velocity Units', press OK, switch to your preferred option, and press OK again.

November 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJames

I have just bought a mini 0801 and in the little leaflet in bold type it says don't load
a Class 10 mini SD card stick to class 6 or above. Any problems if you use a class 10 ?

December 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVern

How far can the mount be rotated on the camera? Far enough to allow mounting on dash instead of windshield?

December 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterwayne

@ Wayne

The camera has a 90 degree rotation angle. It is not recommended to mount the camera on dash board as it might have a bad GPS reception.

However, it is possible to mount the camera on dashboard as you can use the image flip feature which comes with the latest firmware.

Hope it helps. Thank you.

December 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLarry

Just taken deliver of a new 0801 and found the menus are very different to the handbook. Ots of functions no longer seem to be available the main one being you cannot remove the speed indicator. You only get a choice of Kmph or MPH. Thats very annoying. Also items. 14,16,17,18, I also find I cannot turn off the recorder. I press the centre button and the flashing red dot goes and seconds later its back on. I am not as impressed as I thought i would be. My other gripe is the cable. Why on erth didnt they fit it with a right angled mini usb plug so the cable didnt stick out. When I plug it into my PC it doesnt recognise it as an external drive either.

December 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJonB

only problem is bent light posts and straight roofs are also bent --- mobus the same thing look at videos and you will see

January 9, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjim

@jim that's quite normal for wide angle lenses, if you want a large field of view that's the trade off, it can be corrected post processing though, look for dewarp settings in editing programs

January 9, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjokiin

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