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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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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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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 (400)

I noticed that I have a lot of reflection of the dashboard on the glass an thus on the Video. Much more than on your samples. Is there anything I can do to improve this?

July 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher

Not really - its very dependent on the angle of your windscreen and the reflectiveness of your dash. There are some impractical ideas like putting a non-reflective coating on your dash, or moving the camera. This camera is too small for a CPL filter. Look at my recent Transcend dashcam review to see how I get considerably more reflections in one car of my cars than I do in the other.

July 21, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Great review. I'm looking at buying an in car camera and the Mini 0803 looks like the one I'm going for. Just on question....

The unit is obviously powered by the 12v/cigarette lighter. However my car does not cut the power when the engine is off, does this mean that the camera will always be recording even when the car is parked up over night?

I did notice the option of a motion sensor to start the recording when the camera see's movement, this is the obvious solution and means that the Mini 0803 will constantly need to be powered. My questions are how much power does it draw from the car battery? How long will it take to flatten my car battery if the engine isn't switched on?

July 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSiTemps

I have an 0803 on the way, plus SD card :)

Though, a thought occurs.

G sensor is turned off, to prevent accidental locking (potholes, etc).
The camera is recording.
You have a bump.
A second or two after, but before you've pressed the button to lock the clip, it quietly slips in to the next segment/file - then you press the button.

Has it locked the recording of the accident, or afterwards, or both?

I suppose in most cases this is a pointless question -
- The ignition has been switched off - so it's stopped recording, and won't record over
- The shock has activated a cut-off switch in the car, turning off the electrics, and it stops recording
- It's a very minor incident and you're not far from home, so it won't be overwritten before you copy the file off

Maybe there would be the case where - for example - a van gets a minor bump early in the day, and then will be driving around with deliveries all day and the clip gets overwritten.

July 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Does anyone know if there has been a firmware upgrade to make the 0803 able to take a 64GB mico SD card?

July 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJake Enns

Hi techmoan! Do you know if there is a capacitor version of this 0803?

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNeuralgia

hi just bought 2 of these, installed the first one in wife's car, first problem noted seems to affect the dab radio. second problem due to the ford focus having a heated windscreen i think the wires within the screen affect the gps as the mapping data was all over the place i certainly don't remember driving through a shopping mall lol. tried the same camera in my car which doesn't have a heated screen and gps is more reliable. Also there is a software called qtplayer which installs on the sd card, Norton antivirus kills it straight away saying there is a trojan virus on it. Also i used the same dash-cam software in your review and it is +10mph out. having then tried registerviewer the mph is correct. so thats a software issue and not the camera

July 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermat

Hmm... has anyone else had an 0803 lock up? It was pretty hot today - I think the heat got to it and made it crash.

No noise when I press the buttons, the screen is stuck off and the blue light is permanently on - if I plug it in the red one will come on as well.

It is still pretty warm - well, got really - so it's in the fridge at the moment - I'd rather not have too much heat in a lithium ion battery for too long.

July 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Dan, I have had this to where it locks up, I dont think this as anything to do with the heat as this happened this morning. I had o wait till the battery in the camera went flat before restarting it again. This is twice it happen in the past two weeks so I think I am going to send my back and ask for a refund, bought my through amezon so I have up until the 6 of August to send back.

July 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLoganfire

Anyone know an easy way of removing the sticky lable thats attached to the wind screen so I can return my 0803

July 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLoganfire

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