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(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 


Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

Yi Ultra 2.7K
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
Sena Prism Tube

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)

I'm assuming that, on those download pages, 2 cards mean 'has internal memory' and 1 card means 'no internal memory'?

December 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

yes, 2 cards means internal flash and a card slot.

December 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul M


I came across one of your reviews of the 803 dash cam, I don't normally sit and watch the show all the way through but got to admit I did watch yours, mainly because you didn't drone on and on, so well done on that score.

You also sold me on the idea of the 803 but when I did some more checking found out there is an 805 on the market at much the same price, which appears to fix some of the issues you raised, so do I go for this or do I wait for the 806 which appears to be an due, which appears to me ( the complete novice ) a better unit is it going to be worth the wait? any idea when it is due?

December 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMac 1896

Follow up from my Dec 9th post. I discovered that there was a problem with my memory card. I changed out card and the camera works fine.

December 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSpenc

Very nice post i found all the important information which i want to get thanks for sharing this wonderful blog. keep it up

December 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDashboard Mount

You reviews are excellent. Just looked at the Mini 803 and you answered the expensive question about the internal memory; it's not needed.
With the speed bumps and the G. sensor ON I presume the SD card will fill up with LOCKED files. If this happens while out driving does the camera note that the SD is full? How do you unlock these files?.

December 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLyn Ray

Lyn Ray... Just use the registrator viewer (link in these posts), it's easy to un/lock the files. Best software for these little gems. I've been running an 803 for months (Manchester UK) & have no issues at all. Brilliant piece of kit.
Best for Christmas, y'all!!!

December 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPablo

if i am satisfied with the operation of my 803- is there any NEED to update my firmware (2014....)...thanks...ric

December 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterricardo

I'm struggling with my new Mini 0803. It can with a 32g mini card. When I play any clip back, the clip starts OK for a few seconds then all I get is a series of stills. The sound continues OK but the 'movie' isn't, its just stills. Also when power is supplied to the unit the light on the front next to the screen flashes blue to red for a few second then goes to flashing blue with no red. Is the problem with the 32g card?

December 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMax

The playback issues are most likely to do with your computer - install the K-lite codec pack.

Also try playing back from the camera via HDMI to see if the original files are fine.

December 23, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I would recommend that if your mini 803 is working well to not upgrade, just stuck with what you have.
You can only make things worse!

Mine was misbehaving, I updated it, it's now much better, I'll probably never upgrade it.

December 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul M

I just got my 2nd 803 camera from the Eprance Amazon page delivered on 122314. The firmware number is 20141101 V1.0. This appears to be the latest firmware and is not yet listed on the firmware sites such as
The new manual states that micro SD cards up to 64gb can be used....but I could not get a new Sandisk to work with its standard exFat. I tried to reformat the installed card using the menu in the 803. It said "processing" for perhaps a minute or so and then turned off. When I restarted, I got the same indication on the tiny top menu....showing a tiny micro SD card icon with RED across other words...the 803 still does not recognize a standard exFat formatted 64gb card. I have not tried to format the 64gb card with regular FAT.

December 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLarry A. Silva

to Max:
did you use registrator viewer to review the video?
for the blue/red lights flashing alternatively: that means it is recording (blue light), and charging at the same time (red light)
merry christmas

December 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndre

We will move to Malaysia, a "hot climate". If the mini 801/803 is not suitable, then what might you recommend?

December 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

Can you mix and match the 801 and 803 model with the GPS mounts? What I mean is can I attach my new 803 camera to my already fitted 801 GPS mount or not?

Also I can't seem to set the GPS unit (MPH) on the 803 camera.

December 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Just tried the 803 in my car - the GPS speed recorded on the video is labelled MPH but appears to be the KPH figure. How to fix that?

Also the DataKam player then shows a speed figure which looks like it has been converted from KPH to MPH so now it's below the true speed in MPH, if I switch Datakam to KPH it shows the correct figures for the MPH.

So clearly it's confusing both itself and the player software!

January 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

mini 803: well i thought my systems were working but i'm having problems. i have 4 dash cams all with different firmware dates but all after 2014-05 to 2014-11; my problem- when i view the files on my computer, from any and all 4 803's the first 7 to 12 files will play and then the remainder of the files are not accessible; the file information looks identical to each file ie the date and time is displayed as is the amount of memory for each file but when i click the file to play, as i mentioned, the ones usually at the beginning will play but not the others; i have also one batch that i recorded yesterday where i ran the recording for 8 hours and as i reviewed the files there were about 12 files in the middle of the batch that were playable and the ones at the beginning and the end were not accessible.... please help

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterricardo

Been using for 3 months and it is awesome. Question: I tried pressing the down arrow to avoid overwriting something interesting and it did ovewrite anyway... is it a long press or something like that? Tips on locking the footage chunks?

January 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRod

on my 801 I found I had to use two presses - first to wake the screen, then the second to lock it.

January 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlisdair

techmoan: i sent a post on jan 4 about trouble with my four 803's; yesterday i bought one fast (80 mb/sec class 10 32 gb ) card and it worked on one of the 803's ; i will try this card on the others; my first cards were class 10, 10 mb/sec, 32 gb; so my question-besides being a class 10 card, is there a minimum speed card that should be purchased for the 803's??...ric

January 6, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterricardo

Hi Ricardo

On some models the manuals will actually say that using a class 10 is a bad idea as it is to fast for the camera and it can cause issues in itself. I must admit I am not sure why this is as I did not fully understand the technicality of the reason but if I were you I would read the manual that came with your camera to check.

So in short there is sometimes a minimum and a maximum speed just as there are restrictions on the card being SD SDHC or SDXC so you should check in your manual what it suggests


January 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Hello, thanks for great review. I'm considering mini 0805 model. Do you know what's the difference from 0803?

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDim

need a manual that tells you some other info, like how to calibrate lwds, Need more detail on that.

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commenternick

Hi Techmoan,

I already know that this camera turns power on when we start the car. But... it starts recording automaticly?

Thank you for your help.

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMiguel

Hello Miguel,

Yes, the cam powers on and immediately begins recording the moment power is supplied.

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSdcinvan

This is the best video and review I have seen for dash cams. After seeing it I researched these in Australia, and found the new mini 806. Apparently the heating issue has been addressed with extra cooling vents. It doesn't have internal memory but allows 2 micro SDs to be inserted with a setting allowing a choice of card A only, card B only or auto which swaps from one to the other as one is filled. I think it takes up to 128gb in each slot. I ordered one and it arrived yesterday, so I have only done a small test so far to find out where is the best mounting point.

January 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Hi Sdcinvan, I have an 803 and love it but want to put another one rear facing too. Can you tell me where you purchased it in Australia and the cost please, thanks

January 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMargieInOz

Hi MargieinOz
I purchased mine online through SportGPS (
I ordered it on Sunday morning and it arrived in rural Victoria on Tuesday morning - very efficient service.

January 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Hi, can anyone compare the 803 with the 805 ?, is the 805 the upgraded 803 ?

January 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

Hi, Anyone that knows where can I find a battery replacement for my Mini 803? Some days ago unfortunatelly camera stop working, always prompted the message "Low Battery" when turned on, and some seconds after that, camera turned off. After disassembly the camera, I found that battery was damaged (probably it explodes, looks like a hot dog), so I was wondering if anyone has a way to find a replacement.

Battery was 3.7 V and 450 mAh

January 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEdwmos

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