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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)

Great review - thanks!

I would like to set up motion detection so that when I'm not in the car - the DVR still records. Do you think it will be possible to hardwire the device to the fusebox? Does it take a lot of power?

Thanks in advance!

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Gatt

@Thomas Gatt
See this page:
http://dashcamtalk.com/battery-discharge-prevention/

More ideas here:
http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/viewforum.php?f=31

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

@JazJon

Thanks so much! Very helpful!

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Gatt

@Voyager03
I just saw the new wide-angle version of the Mobius is available for pre-order
http://joovuu.com/
They are based in the UK and have the Mini 0801 for sale as well.
He just posted on Dashcamtalk today.
http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1001&start=560#p25822

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

Joovuu say the wide angle will be 116° view.

Now, I have not actually measured it but I would be gobsmacked if my Mobius is not already doing pretty close to that. For me the Mobius is as wide as I need, much wider FoV than my Jumbo 808, and I struggle to understand what people want a much wider lens for.

September 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

@Voyager03,

The standard lens HFOV is about 85 degrees. For details see...

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=25880644&postcount=1984

September 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

I'm surprised that it is so shallow, I get the feeling that the images I get are wider than I would expect from a 24mm lens (on a old 35mm camera*). Could be mistaken, as I said I have not measured it.

If the replacement 'wide' lens is really $13 delivered I'll probably give one a go.

* a 25mm lens would have a FoV of 90° - while a 50mm (standard lens) would be 45° (roughly!)

September 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

@ JazJon

Im undecided as to if I should get this 0801 mini camera to replace my mobius or keep using it. I think you own both? I hope im right? Otherwise me asking your advise may be misdirected. ......


Ive looked through youtube but no one has done a comparison video side by side and the all important at night time for both of these.

I do wonder if the 0801 would survive in a hot car ( we know the mobuis doesnt and I can vouch for that as Im on my second one) but also the cold element worries me a little. Ive modded my mobius so the camera is now on the side and has a tiny profile. So much better. I always drive with air con on now so it keeps it cool.

I have a feeling from videos ive seen that the mobius is a better camera, but let down by the heat issues and hassle element of having to remove it all the time.

Is there much in it?

September 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Newton

@Mike Newton

Good quality video clips here...

https://app.dumptruck.goldenfrog.com/p/hB97JbTf3a

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/r21nnz6exj8v2u3/HSOg6mC9D5

In my opinion both cameras offer excellent video quality for the price, though the videos clearly show that the Mobius shades the Mini 0801, especially at night.

We definitely don't know that the Mobius cannot survive a hot car. Thousands have been sold (over 3,000 by Eletoponline alone), with only a handful of problems reported.

Your misfortune is a pity, however, you're one of a fraction of one percent of owners, & you cannot extrapolate your experience to suggest that it's in any way representative of the typical buyer.

One Mobius vendor ... Spytec ... stated on the dashcamtalk site yesterday:

'We've definitely sold over a thousand of these and mostly for dash camera purposes and have had to date no returns that I know of due to heat-related issues. The QC on these is generally very good. We get more defective returns on DVR-207s (which I think are considered here as more reliable). Though as other people have noted here, we should wait and see after a year how reliable it really is as a dash camera'.

September 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

@Mike Newton, I only own the Mini 0801 but I've been researching DashCams since last May. I'm very active on DashCamTalk.com

I think the 0801 is the best bang for the buck "today"

If you can wait a few months, and want WDR + WiFi, you should wait for new Ambarella A7L-A based cameras on the way to market soon.
http://www.ambarella.com/products/automotive-camera-solutions.html

The 0801 has been reported to hold up well under heat by several members on the DashCamTalk forums. I live in San Francisco so weather is mild. I've had a few hot days though and it keeps on trucking.

The new firmware increased Bitrate so daytime recordings are outstanding, very good now. Night time is average, but not too bad. I'm ready for a new A7L-A with WDR & WiFi + GPS + >64GB once they become available.

Go for the 0801, keep the box and sell it on eBay once something better comes out. (that's my advice)

September 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

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