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Sony AS100V

Drift Stealth 2

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DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
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A118 Wedge Cam
DrivePro 200
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(The Mobius also works as a dashcam)
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This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

Two digit Led display shows battery level

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 and experienced too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. 

NOTE - Some cameras work more reliably with Class 6 Cards as a Maximum (The Mini 0801 is an example). A lot of cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB - so don't just buy the biggest card you can - read the specs in the manual first. 

VERY IMPORTANT. These links go to the product, but not necessarily to the Amazon Direct supplier. I recommend selecting from Amazon themselves not the reseller storefronts..even if it costs a bit more. 

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Sunday
Jun152014

Mini 0803 - Probably The Best Mini Dashcam with a Screen

Here is my review of the Mini 0803 Car DVR, in the video you'll also see a brief low-light comparison with the old Mini 0801. Low light is the area where the biggest advancement can be seen over the older model - but there are other improvements too. 

As I've already made a full review of the Mini 0801, I decided to keep this video as brief as possible, and didn't test every option fully. I have a feeling that the video quality might be improved still further if the settings were tweaked a bit - perhaps the 'Super Fine' mode adds grain to the image. These are all things you could experiment with yourself if you buy one from one of the links below.

As the Mini 0803 is a good camera for people looking to get their first dashcam, I've included a brief dash-cam overview in this video - for a more detailed newcomers guide to dashcams - Click Here. 

I ordered mine from Amazon as I've been having a few issues recently with Chinese dash-cam orders getting returned back to the seller by Chinese customs. Perhaps it's an issue with the exportation of devices with built-in lithium batteries...but whatever the reason, you may find that Amazon is your best bet for a quick and hassle-free delivery with buyer protection as well as the possiblilty of returning the camera if it's faulty.

Downloadable Sample Clips - Click Here

Purchasing Options

(I bought mine via Amazon in the UK)

 

Amazon UK  Amazon US

ebay US (store) ebay US (search)   ebay UK   ebay DE   ebay NL

ebay AU   ebay FR   ebay ES

Additional info:

It is possible to manually lock files by pressing the down arrow when the camera is recording. The G-Sensor will do this automatically when it's triggered.

I bought mine via Amazon Prime UK. It arrived the next day. Not all the camera configurations are available with Prime....so have a browse around Amazon or ebay for a configuration and delivery option that is most suitable for you.

The Mac & Windows  Dashcam Viewer software is available here.
http://earthshinesw.com/dashcam-viewer/

The popular Windows GPS Playback program Registrator Viewer can be downloaded here.
http://www.registratorviewer.com/index_en.html

IMPORTANT UPDATE (Overheating issues) - OCTOBER 2014

I've received a number of reports from people who live in hotter countries that have experienced overheating issues and failures with the 0803. Due to the short time that I use any one camera for and the lower temperature where I live, I haven't had any issues myself but I would now recommend you avoid the 0803 if you live in a hot country.

Final Update - April 2015

I've heard so many negative stories about the reliability of this camera - I no longer recommend it at all.

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Reader Comments (399)

nice review as always
I wonder whether this camera could be set up to shoot at 6fps and thus become a rather useful stand-alone cctv camera?

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlagerstarfish

Did I miss your posting of the "Shine Software link" so us Mac users can download/use Map/Viewer/GPS Software?

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBB

Another great review.

Does it (or any others) have an event button where you can press a button while recording to lock in that recording?

I'm not sure if I'm keen on the mount as it is harder to move between vehicles.

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMainsail

http://earthshinesw.com/dashcam-viewer/ - BB, this might be the link you're looking for ? Mat, good review as always. Waiting for an Mini 0801 to arrive, they seem to be having a clearance sale on them due to the arrival of the 0803. Is it still recommended to use a Class 6 card instead of a Class 10 in the new 0803 ? Also, the photos in the Amazon link show the lettering on the 0803 housing as being 1080P. Another photo of the menu screens shows a firmware version 20140322 . Or are they just using stock photos they already have ? A side note, I did purchase an TCL SVC-200 for dual usage, motorcycle & car. You were correct in not recommending it for use as a dashcam. Keep up the good work, Art.

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArt

Mainsail - Press the down arrow to manually lock a clip, I would buy a different camera if you wanted to move it between vehicles (or buy a second mount - which is possible).

June 17, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I think a Class 10 will be fine in this camera (it might need one anyway for the higher bitrate of the 1296p mode). I'd imagine that the adverts are using a lot of stock photos. I still see my thumb holding up the original 0801 in a lot of adverts. That thumb is better travelled than I am.

June 17, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Class 10 cards are no issue for the 0803, later firmware versions for the 0801 are also now ok with Class 10 cards

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjokiin

I bought an 0803 this week from Eprance, my camera has the 1080p lettering on the body.

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Matt, have tried contacting you via twitter, I have a DR32 that has died - no power, display, anything - computer doesn't identify anything as being plugged in when you use the USB. Have you heard of any other issues like this with the DR32? Don't want to replace it until I know for definite that it is only fit for bin!

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBobby

Hi Mat,

Brilliant review as always, excellent video edit, the camera looks good too, shame about the sound, if they sort the sound recording out, I would be more interested.

Cheers again

Daz

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

As always - great review. Damn all this choice!.

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

The only worry I have about this style of DVR is that, having purchased an A8 last year in a very similar package, it causes massive interference with the car radio. The aerial for the radio is a wire running vertically down the centre of the windscreen and placing the DVR in the 'normal' position is a no-no.

I don't suppose many (if any) of the Chinese DVR's are subjected to emissions testing (CE marked) and it's that which is causing the problem.

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPete

So, the GPS is built into the mount shown in the review? There is no separate GPS hardware to mount on the windshield?

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

It seems that the link to get to the downloadable sample clips isn't functioning.

http://ovh.to/JuVriJS

"The connection has timed out.

The server at ovh.to is taking too long to respond."

Is there a full URL to the downloads in Dropbox?

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterambroseliao

I think the issue might be at your end.

June 17, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

You're right! It is. Thanks. I just tried it on another ISP and it works.

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterambroseliao

Another first class review Mat,

I'am running two 0801's at the moment one front and rear they are excellent and working perfectly, but I have been considering buying an 0803 to run up front for it's improved low light performance and going by your review it's a big improvement over the 0801 so I think I'll order one.

One question...how long was the delivery from Amazon i.e. was it UK stock or sent from China.


Thank you very much...

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKlippie

I was lucky to find one of the versions of the camera - the 8GB with GPS was available as a Prime (UK Stock) option - so I got it the next day. If there isn't any UK stock at present, it may be prudent to delay your order until new supplies arrive to avoid any potential import duties.

June 17, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

The 1296p was definitely taller in VLC media player on my PC. Hard to say though since the clips weren't at the same time - if there was more area covered or if it was streched a little. Maybe if you recorded something that was more static than the sky to see if more was in the frame.

Nice to finally see the new models coming out with the better video processing.

p.s. I think the worker said, "The virus was loaded onto this one". lol

June 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbman

Fantastic review Matt, but hasn't bothered me in the slightest, my Mobious lives in my shirt pocket ( I am a bus driver) and it is it's ultimate mobility that I love.
I really don't like the pad to stick to your windscreen, I got a fantastic suction pad tripod mount from China for my Mobious, £1.83, use it, take it off, and put it away !

June 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris Coleman

I am currently evaluating (and rewriting the Instruction Book!!) a 0803 that I purchased from E Prance (via Amazon), but I haven't fitted it to the car yet, as I have two issues, which I hope are only software, or a faulty sample:
1.When running via the charger (with a fully charged internal battery), it will shut down in about 10 seconds after disconnection from the charger, instead of the time set in the menu.
I had it initially set to 1 minute (the default), but tried all the other settings as well, with the same result
Unfortunately, resetting to factory defaults and reformatting the card, has not fixed the problem.
2.With normal in-car operation, as per your YouTube review of the 0801 (at about 6.51 minutes in), where you were impressed with the seamless playback, there being no gap, or interruption, between files. Unfortunately, with my 0803, playback is not seamless, there being a very noticeable gap between each file.

E Prance are currently looking into this and will be sending me a software update

June 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Millns

John – with regard to your first point, that’s just a mis-interpretation of the intention behind this menu option.
The camera will always shut down a few seconds after the power is disconnected. The power-off menu option is to specify how long the camera will stay on without any activity after it has been manually turned on by pressing the power button, is running on battery power and is not recording. (Basically it’s determining how long the camera will wait in standby before shutting down). It might not be how you would want it to work... but it is working

As far as your gap between clips – are you definitely using a good quality class 10 micro SD card....because that sounds like the kind of thing that would happen if a slower card was being used. If you have tried multiple class 10 cards from different manufacturers with the same results, please ignore this.

June 18, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thank you for your reply.
On point 1, What you have said makes perfect sense and I can now understand why the Instructions need rewriting, as it doesn't make that point clear at all!
It is also interesting to note that E Prance didn't point this out when I contacted them.

On point 2, I think there is some confusion on card types to use, as everything I have read (and also the Instruction Book), state that Class 10 is too fast. So, to be safe, I ordered the 0803 package that included a 32Gb card, in the hope that I would get something that works correctly!!
What do you advise?

Incidentally, my unit doesn't have 'E-Prance', or '1296P Super HD' printed on the case (just 1080 Full HD) and the Firmware is one step on from yours
'FW20160607 V1.0', and still has the Mic mute bug.

June 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Millns

To determine the cause of the gap in the clips (or just to satisfy your curiosity) it would be worth trying to record onto a SD card (class 10) just to see what happens. Class 10 will be fine (and given the 1296p bitrate, probably recommended) for this camera. I'd also try 1080p30 and 720p30 to see if you get the same result when a lower bitrate file is being recorded.

June 18, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I am curious that you have not reviewed dual camera DVRs. I am considering cameras for two cars, the first a Prius and I don't know if I should get a rear facing camera fitted to the back screen as well as the windscreen camera. Do you think it worthwhile to go to all the trouble of fitting the wires or is most of the benefit gained from the front facing camera?

I also have a convertible and would like to fit a single unit with two integrated cameras (there appear to be several on the market) so that I can face one forward and the other back to video behind the car.

I am just interested in fitting and forgetting - clear picture day and night. Easy to use and compact/discreet. Will you be reviewing these two types of DVR? Or are you happy to make a recommendation?

June 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDr Risk

I'm always looking for decent dual cameras but there don't seem to be any around. I've got one on order at the moment, which might be OK, but we'll have to see.
The cameras where two devices are on the main unit are for filming in front of, and inside the car....not behind. They are useful for taxi drivers.
These are my previous dual dashcam reviews
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X16kiyDtTms
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WwuZn8J6IA

June 19, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

2 weeks back I got mini0803. I also noticed the software bug with mute functionality. Another bug with my camera is when it has any protected file the recycle function don't work and camera stop recording after card is full. Is it the same case with yours?

June 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterchangamangaliay

2 weeks back I got mini0803. I also noticed the software bug with mute functionality. Another bug with my camera is when it has any protected file the recycle function don't work and camera stop recording after card is full. Is it the same case with yours?

June 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterchangamangaliay

knew you'd will do a video on the 0803, and I knew that I had to wait for a great review!
Thanks to your advice four months ago I bought the 0801.

The noise that you hear in the audio track, most likely, is caused by the electronics of your car (alternator, ECU, injection control etc.) I mounted, and I suggest that you fit an RC filter and some ferritic masses between the 12 V socket and everything that mounts in the car; this is not for a perfect DVR audio, but to shield and protect the electronics of your car.

June 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEmilio

Thanks for the comments and links on dual dash cameras.

I need one for an E type roadster and assume because the car is quite small (distance between windscreen, driver and rear of car) I could place one of the dash mounted two lens cameras high and on the near side so that it would pick up both front and rear events. Do you think this would work - I was considering the 2.7 Inch rotatable Screen Dual Camera Car DVR on Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/rotatable-Screen-Camera-Logger-Sensor/dp/B008ES75ZS).

In general people are really nice when I drive this car but very occasionally I get some aggressive behaviour which is why having a 360 view would be useful. Cheers and keep up the good work!

June 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDr Risk

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