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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.

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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.

 

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.

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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)

As always, an awesome review. I've already placed an order for the Mini 0801 (with GPS) and its on its way. However, I'm in a dilemma - I don't know what capacity of class 10 micro-SD to buy. What is the maximum memory this dashcam supports? This is one thing that wasn't covered in your review. Would be really helpful if you could shed some light on this.

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArcher2645

@Archer2645

The Mini 0801 manual recommends the use of Class 4 cards not Class 10.

I suggest that you browse the Mini 0801 thread at the dashcamtalk site. Most of the recent comments relate to problems with cards, firmware & hardware. Of course, people with problems post about them, the majority of owners doubtless don't post because they don't have a problem to resolve.

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

I have a Mac with OSX 10.8.5 Is there an operating system requirement for this device (needed either for updating firmware or for viewing video)? I'd prefer not to have to purchase VMWare or Parallels just because I'm interested in buying this device. Thank you.

November 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBIR

@BIR: Check out these threads for viewing/merging/editing videos via Mac

http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/threads/mini-0801-mov-player-with-gps-tracking-for-mac.2494/

http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/threads/video-merging-software.334/#p25648

http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/forums/mini-0801.37/

You can always play each clip one at time or as a playlist in VLC Player. (free app)http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html

Firmware is done by coming the bin file to the root micoSD card.
http://dashcamtalk.com/mini-0801/#Firmware_Update_Instructions

November 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

Today I found that my Mini 0801 is dead. The display is on, with all the icons, but no video image (background completely blackout). Please refer to the link below for photo captured. I've tried to format the SD card. Still no good. And there is no reset pin hole that I can reset the camera. So what should I do? Please help!

http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/threads/help-my-mini-0801-is-dead.3002/

November 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Uploaded a video:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/fa1d6o

Check out to see how dead it is ...

November 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGary

@BIR: Check out these threads for viewing/merging/editing videos via Mac

http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/threads/mini-0801-mov-player-with-gps-tracking-for-mac.2494/

http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/threads/video-merging-software.334/#p25648

http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/forums/mini-0801.37/

You can always play each clip one at time or as a playlist in VLC Player. (free app)http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html

Firmware is done by coming the bin file to the root micoSD card.
http://dashcamtalk.com/mini-0801/#Firmware_Update_Instructions

@Gary
Assuming the lens is clear (didn't see you show the front) it appears to be a hardware malfunction. I'd return it for a new one. If you push hard enough some re-sellers will even refund the return shipping cost.

November 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

@JazJon

Yes, the lens is clear. I'm in contact with Lia of GIVOE Sales, who asked me to upload the video for their checking. Hope they will sort it out.

Thanks!

November 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Hey Gary,

I had the exact same issue. When I wanted to make a video for givoe the camera slipped from my hand, and hit the table from about 1cm height. Not it works perfectly, it even cycles videos in the class 10 card...

November 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndras

Hi Guys
I have ordered one of these from E-prance, (E-PRANCE New Original Ambarella A2S60 Chip Mini 0801 5M pixel CMOS Car DVR Recorder + High Resolution Full HD 1080P 30 FPS, OV2710 + GPS Logger + G-sensor License Plate + H.264 + 135 Degree Wide Angle View£¬Support HDMI/TV Out )

If I buy separate mounts for different cars, do I have to buy the gps ones to have the gps feature or can I buy the none gps mount and still have the gps feature???

November 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTim

@JazJon, Thanks for your reply regarding my inquiry about Mac OSX compatibility. I watched your video on updating the firmware, but I did not see anything in it related to the process on your computer. The firmware update instructions are suggestive of a PC environment (e.g. .bin file). So, if I were to insert my microSD card into a card reader connected to my Mac, and drag/drop the file from my Mac to the card, should that process work cleanly in a Mac environment? Thank you.

November 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBIR

@BIR, yes Mac OS X can read/write FAT32 no problem. When you plug the 0801 in via USB Cable it auto turns into mass storage mode. (like a USB hard drive) All you have to do is place the firmware update file on the root of the card.

Firmware Update Instructions (I added more detail in parentheses)
http://dashcamtalk.com/mini-0801/#Firmware_Update_Instructions

Format the MicroSD Card
(via the 0801 menu)

Copy the firmware file(s) (.bin) onto the root of the MicroSD Card
(either plug in the 0801 via USB cable, or use microSD/SD card reader)

The camera should prompt to update automatically (yes/no)
(insert microSD card into 0801, when you power up you'll see the above)

After the firmware update is completed be sure to delete the files or you will be prompted to update again
(just format the card once again via 0801 menu)

November 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

This is a very nice camera, and works great. However, the instruction manual is a p.o.s. and without Techmoan's video, I doubt I could have ever figured out the settings. One point I'd like to make; if you have an older computer with ancient graphics card, use the 720p setting to record. The 1080p setting causes the video to be very choppy and freezes. The 1080p does play perfectly on my TV, but not on my 10 year old computer. The 720p video plays fine, and the difference in quality is quite minimal.
Thanks Techmoan! Your video was a great help!!

November 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCurt

Hi All,
I just ordered this http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00F2GMWCG/ref=pe_385721_37038051_pe_217191_31005151_3p_M3T1_dp_1 which includes GPS + 8G, Can anyone confirm they come with the latest firmware ?

Thank you

November 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNamster

Hi! Very good review (as usual). I'm deciding about buying this camera and I got a silly question…

Does it rotate 360º? I would like to mount it upside down (on/off switch on the right side). This way the lead from the camera would be with the photochromic rear mirror lead.

Otherwise, I'll have to keep searching… :-(

BR!

November 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRafael

I waited for more than 45 days for this item to arrive and it didnt! Eprance from ebay refunded full price of the item. Pity I couldn't get it delivered to Malta!

November 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Gatt

Hi,
I have read that the Ambarella 0801 has problems with a 10 Class micro SD card.
They suggest you use a Class 6 or 4! Can anyone confirm?
Regards
specki14

November 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterspecki14

I have no problem with a class 10 card. That's what Techmoan installs on the video, and what Aliexpress sells with the camera.

November 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercurt

I'd now recommend a class 6 card due to issues people have with class 10s not recycling when full. I don't think I used mine enough to get to experience this problem first hand...but I've no doubt it exists. I've been testing other cameras since, so haven't used the 0801 in a while.

November 6, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I'm glad I listened to my intuition and canceled this purchase before it shipped. This cam had great promise to be a big seller but it seems like just won't invest the time and money to help it reach the potential it could have.

November 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeute

I just bought this camera along with a few Mobius cameras. I'm looking for a good dash cam and bought these two brands based on your reviews Techmoan. Thanks! I must say though, the video quality of this mini 0801 is not that great. I mounted the Mobius and 0801 on a board and walked around the yard. The Mobius is FAR better than this one on my test. The 0801 has newer firmware from September and creates the .mov format. I wonder if there is something up with the firmware because you seemed quite pleased with the picture quality of the 0801 when you too have experience with the Mobius. Hmm? I'll do some reading and see if I can figure anything out but the quality of the video is a bit disappointing. Oh, also the quality of the audio is terrible as compared to the Mobius again.

If anybody has any recommended settings to improve this please do reply :) I have just tested the camera basically out of the box and haven't messed with any of the settings in the camera.

November 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrent

I would agree with Brent that the night view is not that great. The quality won't be improved until the A7 based processor upgrade is available. Anyone know when it is coming out?

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLawrence

Joovuu. Anyone got a phone number for them? Couldn't find one on the website. I'm very mistrustful of a business without a phone number. How can they provide customer service?

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHe his

Not sure what happened to my previous comment, but oh well - here it is again! I finally got my cam last week from ePrance (no dash...) took a month! I got the internal 8Gb version with GPS in the end - wasn't that much more expensive. I tested it out on a usb outlet and all seemed fine. It's installed in my car now but I haven't had a chance to drive it out of the underground car park this week but I'll give it a shot this weekend. Hopefully my 32Gb card will arrive before then. Well just to confirm that the other ePrance seller isn't a shark really....

November 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEd

Incredibly informative and useful videos. Thank you very much.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercotton

Hi,
Anyone know how I can get my 0801 (8Gb gps) to show up as a removable device? It won't show up! I can confirm the firmware is 20130922 if that helps.

Ed

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEd

Duh... I figured it out

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEd

The sample videos show Date/Time, GPS, speed and Driver number.

Which "stamp" setting did you use to capture this data directly to the .MOV file on this camera?

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterClay Boswell

Hi there, what does the 8GB built in memory do? Do you need the micro SD card if it has 8GB built in?

Thanks!

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNeil M

Neil, the 8gb is for recording. in this case, micro sd card is optional. Some people add more storage to have longer recording time.

Hope this helps.

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLawrence

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