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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.

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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.

 

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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 (650)

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 www.ojocam.com 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

Hi,
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

http://dashcamviewer.com 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

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