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This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

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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.

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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.

 

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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)

@Mike Newton

The Mini 0801 & Mobius are top of my dashcam wishlist. I'll soon be giving my girlfriend a hint as to which I'd prefer as a birthday present. Still not decided, but it'll probably be the Mobius.

Both cameras offer excellent video quality for the money. I've seen many video clips from both, & I'm more impressed by Mobius performance overall, especially at night.

Your misfortune with the Mobius is a pity, however, you're not representative of the typical owner experience. Thousands of Mobius cams have been sold (over 3,000 by Eletoponline alone), with only a handful of problems reported.

One Mobius vendor ... Spytec ... stated on the dashcamtalk site a day or so ago:

'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'.

My main reservation about the 0801 is that, though small, it's still visible from outside the car. Attaching it to the windscreen in front of the rear view mirror doesn't make it invisible. If your car is usually parked on the street overnight then, sooner or later, you'll find a shower of broken glass on your car seats, & the 0801 will be gone.

Personally, I would keep the Mobius. Perfect for a near-invisible stealth installation.

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

One of several new dashcams Jokiin is working on are rumored to be totally stealth. The DVR box will be completely out of site. The front and back camera's will be small and routed via long tucked in wires to the hidden DVR box. That's the ultimate stealth right there. Details should come in the next few weeks. He's only hinted on what he has in the pipeline. He's coming out with high quality single sized systems as well. That's who I'm keeping an eye on.

VicoVation has potential too. Check out their WiFi enabled WDR Cam.
http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/index.php?threads/new-product-out-now-vico-wf1-wifi.1474/
http://www.vicovation.com/product.asp?IDno=18&lang=en
The only reason it doesn't have GPS is the chip only supports WiFi or GPS (not both)
Next generation chips will over come that problem. Hopefully price comes down on WiFi cam's. I'd love an iOS app though!

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

@JazJon,

These new cameras being, say, four times the price of the Mobius & 0801?

As you know, the Mobius lens & camera body can be separated via wire .... choice of two wire lengths available.

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

Well if anything is worth paying MORE for it's WDR & WiFi. (iOS/Android app)
The mini 0801 is my "starter" cam, and I plan on upgrading to something more advanced late 2013 or early 2014.

The Mobius lens separation mod sounds cool, but I'd rather wait for a true dual wired cam DVR system.

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

@JazJon

Thanks for your reply. I didnt ask Matt because I dont think he's played with the mobius as a car camera any length of time over the month mark. If Im wrong Matt, please chip in.

I will keep an eye on these new cams. Im going to those links now.

I agree with Russ331, the price point needs to be low and quite frankly picture is the most important element. Gps isnt essential to most people as long as you know where you are. In an insurance claim, whilst useful, not essential.

Also I dont want to have to play around with it via a mobile app either, just plug it in and forget about it. After all the best tech is tech that you can forget about and just does what it does. Less is more.

As for a dual lens cam, ive always wanted one, but after i set up a separate cam in the front and back i Realised until reliability is proven, i like having two separate units running. The latest firmware for the 0801 that locked up after the memory card was full would have been a nightmare on a 3 hour drive with no camera working at all.

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Newton

@JazJon

OMG that Vico-WF1 looks awesome!

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Newton

I really like your thorough review on this camera, well done. I'm having a bit of a problem sourcing the camera though. The only local company that imports is asking R2647.00 (about 220 Quid) and that is just a rip-off. I have found a source (joovuu.com) that can supply it at 70 quid, but apparently they don't ship to South Africa. The NZ link (Off-the-net) also seems to have a problem as they don't even correspond. Do you have any ideas where I can source one without the GPS?

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDave

Try aliexpress dot com. Look for a supplier called Shenzhen Givoe.

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

@ russ331

thanks for your earlier response, i managed to miss that somehow.

I think going along with you point about not really wanting to leave the camera in the car ( i fully agree) for security reasons amongst many is a good point. I hope that as JazJon says there is hopefully a stealthy one in the pipeline....

.... all these firmware updates for the 0801 and mobius are quite laughable and frustrating. The latest Mobius updates have made the white balance too high and Im damned if I get get the older firmware where they hadnt messed it up.

I just wish the mobius had the camera on the side instead of me having to cut a hole it it and swing it round. I think they missed a trick just not making it a square, it would have been a bit smaller then too.

Ironically i do leave my Prestigio 300 as rear camera in the car all the time, just a black square with a magnetic bracket doesnt attract suspicion and looks like i had added a fog light into the rear window. Its bullet proof with the right memory card in it and works up to massively high temperatures without a peep.

So im leaning towards older tech with proven reliability a little bit. So I will see how my modded mobius fares and test the water again soon i guess.

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Newton

@Mike Newton,

Just had a look at the Prestigio 300 on UK Amazon. Nice camera, well liked by owners.

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

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