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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

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Xiaomi Yi

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A119
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Sena Prism Tube

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)

It's pretty easy to remove these sticky pads...I have to do it regularly whenever I've finished with a review unit. The easiest way is to saw them off with a piece of dental floss, and then if there is any sticky residue left, remove it with isopropyl alcohol.

September 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I have 2 mobius in my car and while I loved them at first, they now refuse to connect to my windows laptop to configure the setting and I find the general operation too confusing without a LCD. ( I have too many gadget to remember all the keypress for each).

I used to have a DR32 with better picture quality and easier setup but my windsheild is pretty short and with the mount the camera is too big. So I just ordered 2 Mini 0801, as they fit nicely between both of them in size and ease of use.

I was wondering if I can put a 64Gb card in those or is it limited to 32gb like others. And also, what is the file size of the clips, the sample are pretty big for such short videos. I need to be able to record 7-8 hours in 1080p, is that possible?

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhilippeFrechette

Is there a way to turn the screen off, so you don't have a "night light" in your car while you are driving?

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndras

@PhilippeFrechette I agree, having the mini screen is a must and is a top reason whey I went with it after the mini size. The Mobius was third in line of my choices when researching DashCams

The DR32 was my 2nd pick but I don't like how low it hangs down, you can see the camera out of the corner of your eye when driving then. The 0801 is the perfect size, price, and feature set/price point.

Nobody has confirmed a 64GB works with this. I know you can special format 64GB cards to work on other 32GB only model dashcams, but it's not guaranteed to work. 32GB is plenty. Since this is a 10MBps bitrate 1080P camera, that's 7.3 hours!

http://dashcamtalk.com/recording-time-calculator-added/


My last post didn't go through I was saying I'm pretty sure the 0801 rev 2 is 140 degrees of view, not 120. (from earlier this year) See this thread:
http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1001&start=250
(actually starts one page before that)

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

@Andras The screen turns off after 1 minute by default. (settable in options) The default beep noise is set to high. You'll see the screen and hear a chime when it's first turned on. If you set the beep to off you won't hear anything at all. I turned mine off. The flashing blue/red LED is enough for me to confirm it's recording. I only see the dim LED lights if I look around the mirror. It's not bright enough to notice at all if you have it behind your mirror out of site. So it's total stealth. You could probably mask the screen off too since it turns on for 60 seconds before auto off. By the time you start driving it's off though.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

@JazJon: thanks, exactly what I wanted to know!

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndras

Thanks for the great review as usual. I will buy this camera. I just have one question. If I remove the mount from one car, how do I use it in another one? Do I need to buy another mount?

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterUnni

@Unni
You need to buy a spare mount if you plan on moving this between two cars. The 3M sticky take is meant for long term semi-permanent mounting. The GPS unit is located IN the mount though, electrical contacts are made when you slide the camera into it for both GPS and power. You can get the same base without the GPS as well . (will be power alone then) This is nice because they can sell the same model camera with or without the GPS. You'll save $20/$25 USD without the GPS when buying everything as a package. I'm not sure if Aliexpress or eBay sellers offer the base as a single item though actually! You might want ask them if you can buy a second mount in your main order. The NZ site Techmoan bought his from is over priced.

I have an idea. The Camera can be powered from the USB port on the mount, or directly on the camera itself. I'm working with a 3D printer/designer soon to make a custom CPL filter base. (Polarized Filter)
http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=2343
I might go all out and design a model of a dummy base for everyone to re-print for general use. I'd share the 3D print file and you could print it at any local 3D print shop for $5-$10 USD via http://www.makexyz.com (this portal let's you in touch with local 3D printer owners ready to help for free/cheap) I met a nice guy in San Francisco. I'll see what I can come up with in the near future. I'll make one that requires another double stick tape, and one that has built in suction cup. (might be fun, I'll give it a go)

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

@JazJon
Thanks for the super quick reply. My situation is this. I am in US now, and will go back to India in a few weeks. So, the 3d printing option may not be possible.

I plan to use the camera when I am in US. Once I go back, I want to take the camera with me, and mount it in the car which I will drive in India. I have never used 3M tape before. Will it be possible to remove the tape from the device and stick another one?

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterUnni

@Unni, Mine came with 1 spare 3M double stick tape square in the box. I'm told you can remove the mount off the window using dental floss. Just pull the floss string slipped between the window and base to remove. If the sticky square looks like it's good enough to use again, you can then use a piece of wax paper (or the back left over of a shipping label etc) to preserve the "stick" for the next mount.

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

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