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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)

Some models of mini 0803 and 0805 have the radiator against overheating. http://img2.taker.im/phpBB2/uploads/monthly_09_2014/post-122345-0-69016700-1411043229_thumb.jpg

You can install the cooler for better cooled 15x15x4mm http://www.ebay.com/itm/181479686973?rmvSB=true&autorefresh=true

January 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKeeper

Hi, I have had an Eprance mini 0803 since November and have been really pleased with it. Now it will not automatically record on start up with the ignition on. It used to! I just get the blue led light on continuously and after 1 minute, the unit powers down, (I have it set to power off at 1 minute). Any advice? Also, When connected to my PC, it just says "USB connecting". Is that normal? Any advice welcome.

January 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor Dean

dear Techmoan,
Thank you for your great reviews and videos. It helped me decide to buy an 0803 with new A70 chipset and I had it wired into my car. I drought the DVR in June 2015 and had it fitted when the new car arrived in September and have been using it since then.
When on long trips, I noticed that it locks up and it emits a fast audible beeping noise. Which only goes away if I hold the OFF button and then restart it.
Have you seen this before? It behaves like a software bug.
It has a mini-USB cable and connector so I would like to rev the software in case it is simply needs an update. I have written to the Supplier via the Amazon link in the meantime.

Once again, thanks for being interested and so focussed on this area - you are my default tech bench-tester by far :-)

If you can suggest anything or recognise the issue I would welcome the input.

Graham Porter - portergjc@msn.com

January 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGraham Porter

after seening the video of the mini 0803 I purchased the latest 0805. Excellent bit of kit but the instructions were so small a print I had to use a magnifying glass to read them, They must have been written for the 0801 as they bore no resemblance to the 0805,
Easy to download to my PC and good quality so am pleased so far

January 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterG hill

my trucks outlet doesnt shut off when i turn off my car, i just purchased this camera and was wondering if my trucks battery would be dead with the camera plugged in?

January 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStan10

Besides the known problem like making continous loud noise etc, the 803 is recording intermittently. The gap can be between 15 seconds to one minute which renders the unit useless. Does anyone have this problem? Can you advise how to fix it?

Cheers
Lim

January 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKN Lim

Lim ... i have had similar problems with intermittent recording and files or segments that won't play .. i believe the problem is in the quality and speed of your 32 gb mem card. i have tried 3 differnt mem cards and only one has worked todate... ric

January 30, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterricardo

Hi Ric

Thanks for the info. I use a Samsung 32 EVO. It does not show the class. Which particular card worked for ? I should try it out

Lim

January 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterkN Lim

hi Lim; i gotta whine a bit first and tell you that i tried the samsung class 10-read 24mbwith write 7mb; then the sandisc extreme with 45 mb read and 45 mb write-- all whith the same results.. i got files to record onto the cards but the playback would not be consistent after the first 30 to 40 minutes; althought the files were there, they would not play back; so then i tried the "expensive" san disk extreme plus with read and write at 80 mb; note all the cards above were 32gb and class 10... good luck; i thik this card info should have been in the specs for the 803...regards...ric

January 31, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterricardo

Thanks again Ric. I will give the "expensive" Sandisc a try.

Cheers
Lim

January 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKN Lim

No doubt this query is blindingly obvious to many of you but, as a new owner of the 0803, I can't work out why the normally blue light, bottom right, sometimes flashes red or alternate red/blue. Also, does it come with GPS built into the mount, or is that an add-on?

February 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterThe Tartan Tearaway

Hi Tartan Tearaway, My 0803 does the same thing. Blue flashing is recording, red flashing is charging the battery. I find it will flash red and blue for about 15 minutes then only flash blue for about the same time then flash both again. I assume it is just the battery constantly being charged as I don't think the battery lasts very long on its own. GPS is built into the mount. Great little cam.

February 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMargieInOz

Hi Tartan

With this program you can view your footage with GPS information, vehicle speed etc http://www.registratorviewer.com/index_en.html

Lim

February 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKN Lim

Hello sir,
Thank you very much for your so incredible videos about the dash cams !

May i know, when the nex mini 0806 will be on your site descripted and compared with your profesionnal point of view ?

Have a nice week-end

Didier from France

February 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDidier

I recently changed things a bit in my car so my 0803 is powered by a two port Anker charger, so I have a socket free to charge my phone.

I took the cable off the supplied charger and fitted a USB plug so I could use that with a port on the Anker charger. I was considering fitting a USB socket to the supplied charger so it could be used as a backup, but I decided to check it first and it turns out it outputs 5.6V (ignition off - ~12V input. I didn't check with the engine running and the input at ~14V).

This is 12% over 5V, which could have contributed to some of the overheating, crashing and battery ballooning issues people have mentioned with the 0803.

February 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Can anyone verify whether the date/time stamp can be configured to show GPS speed as well?

February 12, 2015 | Unregistered Commentererkme73

Hi got a problem with drive-eye dash cam (mini?) two week old at first worked fine, but now no google map, have the video screen running and can take shots ok, speed dial working, but no google ? have rebooted, and formatted sim card, it does store gps files
have yellow icon to show satilite connection, can any one can tell me what I need to check. Ta

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBob

What viewer are you using?

February 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSkysurfer

Hi Skysufer not sure what you mean about viewer, it's the standard player that build in the camera, as three screen, the video, the gps google, and the screen showing mph dial and lat & long. like I said it was running ok at first but now no google map tracking
Hope this helps Bob

February 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBob

How glad I am to have discovered Techmoan!

The reviews are quite superb, and little tips like including a bit of dashboard to aid exposure are priceless.
Keep it 'Lancashire Lad' ... and remember to avid M6 J27 and Standish in rush hour!
Kevin

February 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKevin Browne

Two Questions:
1. How do I stop my 0805 recording when I don't want it to?
2. No sound. How do I turn the mic on?

February 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBradRogers

Hi, I haven't read all the comments, but is there a suction mount for the 0801/3/5 units? I want to be able to move my dash cam between cars, and don't particularly want to stick the GPS unit to the screen, or have to buy another stick on unit.
Also, the unit seems to be quite stiff in the mount, so removing it to move to another car doesn't seem a good idea.

February 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

Andy, there isn't. I got this and hacked/bodged it.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/EPRANCE-Windshield-Dashcamera-Adjustable-Rotatable/dp/B00EXMUPXS/ref=pd_sim_sbs_ce_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1EMSTEHS4D3D9GHTTT9J

February 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Thanks for that quick reply Paul!
I was coming to the same conclusion.

What I might do instead is buy these suckers and put a piece of stiff flat plastic between, and then stick the 0805 base to that.
Could use 2, 3 or 4 suckers I suppose.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/45mm-Thumb-Screw-Suction-Cups/dp/B008B7XDDA/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1425065331&sr=8-5&keywords=screw+sucker

February 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

I too have been looking for a decent suction mount and am considering getting this one:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/321677785176?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
and cutting the top logs off, or this one:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171698343218?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
and adding a bit of metal to the Mini's sticky pad

another idea I have for is for a polarising filter - see here:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261763007130?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

nb: I don't even own an 0803 yet, buy ordered one yesterday from Amazon after discovering this superb review site.
Kevin

February 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKevin Browne

I bought an 0803 from e-prance on Amazon UK following watching this review - I wanted GPS, as well as a new rear camera (already had a Mobius).

I've moved my Mobius to the back window, and put the 0805 (which is what I actually received from E-Prance, 0805 firmware flashes perfectly, and fixes the various issues) in the front. The only issue i've got at the moment is occasionally it'll stop recording at random points for ~5 minutes.

An unintended (but nice) feature of RegistratorViewer is that if I plug both mobius and 0805 in together, the application plots 0805 location and speed onto the mobius clips - really really nice because you get disorientated looking at backwards facing video for a long time!

March 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterT0k

I bough this cam based on your review but after a day of filming a majority of the last recordings wont play and on the cam come up as invalid. what should i do ?

March 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJason

jason, from march 15... i had similar problems and i found that the only answer was to upgrade my 32 gb class 10 mem card to a scandisk "extreme plus" ; i tried the "extreme" and this was not fast enough- my recorder needed the 80 mb/sec speed on both read and write; the card is expensive but it worked; let me know if this solves your problem...regards..ric

March 15, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterricardo

I have a class 10/ultra-1 card, works fine.

But there are loads of fakes so you might have a crappy slow card which was rebranded.

See earlier posting - only buy from ebuyer, dabs, scan or amazon themselves, and not 3rd party/marketplace/ebay.
and not "sold by XXX fulfilled by amazon".

March 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaul M

I have a 32gb samsung memory card that was part of a bundle pack on Amazon

March 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJason

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