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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 


Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi


DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

Yi Ultra 2.7K
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
Drift Ghost X

My favourite USB battery power Pack

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 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.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




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'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.

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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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 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.

The popular Windows GPS Playback program Registrator Viewer can be downloaded here.

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 (400)

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 - 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


June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

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