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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)

Thanks for the super fast answer, I assume it will be reliable storage. If so, I'll get the 16GB or the 32GB internal if it's available. Thanks Lawrence!

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNeil M

Only 8GB of internal memory is available. I bought two cameras from aliexpress.com. ---- http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Mini-0801-Ambarella-Black-Box-Car-DVR-With-A2S60-OV2710-Full-HD-30FPS-Optional-GPS-8GB/858074589.html

Great prices and free shipping.

Also, I bought a 32 GB Class 6 card, as per the review.

http://www.amazon.ca/Samsung-Standard-MicroSDHC-Memory-MB-MSBGB/dp/B00EC7BOBG/ref=sr_1_17?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1385393404&sr=1-17&keywords=micro+sd+32gb+class+6

Because I'm a bit worried about the reliability of such an inexpensive camera {I bought two}, If the slot for the SD card fails, I can use the internal memory, basically I'll have a second source to record footage.

I'll try to remember to come back here in a few months and give an update. {It might take a month to get it and then a month or two to get a decent amount of info before I give a review/ opinion.}

Thanks for the reviews Techmoan and to Lawrence for the answer.

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNeil M

Hi Neil, the downside of internal storage is that, if it fails, you need to replace the unit or add a micro sd card to the unit.

The benefit is that you can easily expand the storage by adding a micro sd card. Say, if you choose the model built-in 32gb storage, you can expand the total storage to be 64gb by adding a 32gb micro sd card.

So, i would go with micro sd card unless i need more than 32gb of storage.

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLawrence

Hi,
I took my cam 0801 at the weekend for its first test run. It's really nice and very discreet behind the mirror. Here's a short summary of the weekend!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=

I'm definitely interested in some of the polarizing mods though!

November 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEd

Thanks again Lawrence. I ordered two brand name, class 6 cards and two cameras, one for each of my cars. I'll try to remember to come back here in a couple of months {it might be 4-5 weeks before I get the cameras, then I want to get used to them and get some time on them to see if they're stable etc}. Reliably is my main concern, I would pay a lot more for a proven camera but I can't find any reviews after long term use.

Anyway, thanks Lawence and Techmoan!

November 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNeil M

Hello,
thank you for the great review. I recently bought Mini 0801 directly form ePrance via eBay. I lik that camera very much. I t is small but very nice and full with features. I love it. However, I have an issue that you might help me with. I did all the settings recommended by you in the video but for some reason when the micro sd card gets full camera stops recording. I have the loop video setting set to 3min, display-off after1min.
When I start my car camera starts recording for a few moments and then stops. I noticed that I have to manually force it to starts recording by pushing the OK button. Can you help me with this issue. Your help will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance.

Ryan

November 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

This is a know issue with Class 10 cards (see the earlier comments) - use a Class 6 or Class 4 Card instead.

November 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I use a class 10 card, but simply re-format after using for a while. If it stops recording when full, I'll never know it.

November 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercurt

There seem to be some stability problem with this mini 0801. Just about two weeks ago I replace my 32gb class 10 card with a 32bg calss 4 micro SD card. and I am still having this problem where it will stop recording or just turn off completely. I have to unplug the thing a number of times and then try to force it to record. Or if it just stop recording, but remain on I have to manual force it to start recording by pressing the Ok button. This is the only thing that I find very annoying with this cam, but other then that it is a great car cam. but will sure will love to find a two channel car DVR with a unit that hold the SD card that you can hide away out of sight. Anyway as for the Mini 0801 I will really like to see an improve version.

November 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAsborn

There is a new Mini 0801 in the works, with WDR (night vision) It's being talked about in the DashCamTalk forum.
(no release date yet)

If firmware 20131026 doesn't fix your stability issues, and Class 4 or 6 cards don't help either, you have one more option.

MUTE the recording so it's recording video only. It's been shown that when you record video only, it's 100% stable. If you startup the camera in mute mode, you can turn the recording back on a few minutes later if you really need it and it will continue working as well. (so remember this work around)

November 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

There is a new Mini 0801 in the works, with WDR (night vision) It's being talked about in the DashCamTalk forum.
(no release date yet)

If firmware 20131026 doesn't fix your stability issues, and Class 4 or 6 cards don't help either, you have one more option.

MUTE the recording so it's recording video only. It's been shown that when you record video only, it's 100% stable. If you startup the camera in mute mode, you can turn the recording back on a few minutes later if you really need it and it will continue working as well. (so remember this work around)

November 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

@ curt - You will be really mad if something happens in front of you and find out that your camera stopped working a week earlier. Get a class 6 card from a brand name and only record video for the most reliable camera possible.

@JazJon thanks a bunch for all of your posts. This latest one really helped a lot with my concerns about reliability. Do you or anyone else know if someone has had this camera for a long period? I am really interested to know how long they'll last.

Thanks.

November 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNeil M

Thank for the tip Jazjon I will remember that walk around solution, and as soon as that new cam is out I will be anticipating your review of it. Thank you once more for you help.

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAsborn

Hi, I was wondering what you used to hold the wires in place?

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpuzzled

i m living in a very sunny and hot country well the outside is really bright
comparing to the one your showing in this video our sun is about 3 to 4 brighter
so is it gonna be a problem or is there a camera you'd recommande
and can it function in the heat ?
it get's to 40°c in here

thanks

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMounir

@ puzzled, Techmoan just tucked the wire inside/ around his trim inside the car, that's all you need to do. You might have to use a flat head screw driver to pry the trim just a little to fit the wires but it all should go easily.

@ Mounir I don't know if any camera, no matter the price can stand 40 C temps continuously. This is a fairly cheap item, don't expect it to last for a year in that sort of heat. The camera will create it's own heat from use but an external temp of 40 C is A LOT to ask! You most likely will replace your camera sooner than the rest of us.

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNeil M

@Mounir,

You need a camera that uses a capacitor instead of a battery. A suitable model is the VicoVation TF2+ which has an operating temperature of up to 75degC, & a storage temperature of up to 85decC.

November 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

Hi, Can someone please HELP??? when i am playing my recordings back on my computer the video does not seam to move but just gets stuck, though the gps is working fine!!!! please someone tell me whats wrong? i have the samsung class 10 32Gb card inside is the clas 10 to fast or something???

Thanks Stewart

December 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterstewart roper

@ stewart roper The class 10 cards have had issues and it's recommended to use a class 4 or 6 card with this camera. I don't know if this would solve your problem with running the files on your computer.

December 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNeil M

Thanks I have ordered a class 6 to see if that works.

December 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStewart

Stewart Roper: In my case, it was because I have an older computer and graphics card. HD or 1080 would not play, just got a frozen picture. The solution was to record in 780p. That plays fine, and I use a class 10 card.

December 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercurt

Thanks Curt will investigate.

December 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStewart

Curt you was right. Thanks.

December 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStewart

Anyone know of a playback software compatible with Mac?

December 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJacob

Jacob I just take the micro SD card out of the camera and plug it into my iMac. It will first open iPhoto. Just close iPhoto and open the SD card file on your desk top. Double click the video you want and it will play on quick time player.

I don't know of any software for Mac that will let you use all the GPS location information. I used BootCamp and loaded Windows 7 so if I need to see all the tracking information I can switch over to it.

If you do find software for Mac post it so I can get it also. Thanks.

December 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Im more looking for a software that will string all the video clips together so i don't have to do it manually. I found this one (Roadhawk HD) but can't get it open more then one video. http://shop.roadhawk.co.uk/roadhawk-hd

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJacob

Two questions:
1). How do we determine if the specific DVR-0801 has the support for MOV files? In other words, how do we check the firmware version and what version includes the MOV support.
2). Do you know if newer versions of firmware supports MPH (miles per hour) instead of KPH?

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRickT

@RickT
1) I'm pretty sure any firmware September or newer is .MOV (unless you get the CRX Russian branded one)
2) I was told they don't have enough room in the firmware to add both KPH and MPH so they picked KPH

I'll ask both of your questions be added into the FAQ page
http://dashcamtalk.com/mini-0801/

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

I bought 2 of these after seeing your review.
I love the camera and its size.
However after I hardwired them into my car and the wife's- I have discovered that the camera does not automatically record the journey every time- I have to remove and replace/re-insert the power lead from the GPS unit on the windscreen and then it may start working(recording)

Have you found this? Is there a solution?

Harry

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHarry

@Harry, read through all the comments here and the forum over at http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/forums/mini-0801.37/

You'll see the problem is when the card is full and recycle mode begins. The easy fix is to mute the sound so it only records video.

Upgrading (or downgrading) the firmware fixed the issue for others.

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

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