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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

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Xiaomi Yi

 

 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
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Yi

Yi Ultra 2.7K
   
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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.

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

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.

 

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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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)

As per my earlier post have sent back my so called 0803 back to amazon and there in the process of refunding me, I mailed them said that my 0803 was going into standby mode every few days so that good news. My next question is where else can I buy a 0803 and this time I was to make sure I get an 0803 and not a 0801 upgrade which means they just added new software. Also wanting somewhere that will provide a good customer service if I have any questions. Any suggestions?

August 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLoganfire

I'd be interested to know if all 0803s with 1080p printed on them have mini USB slots instead of micro USB. Also the converse,
Are people with the upgraded 0801s having more problems than those with 'genuine' 0803s?
CAN a software. Upgrade alone give higher than 1080p?

August 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Jenkinson

During a trip today my 0803 beeped and then beeped about three minutes later and turned off. It was not hot to the touch, the power lead was plugged into the cigarette lighter.

Any ideas? I've been using it daily for about 8 days with no problems.

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Was just about to fit the 0803 then reading another forum someone mounted it with M3 dual lock "velco" but stronger stuff anyone else done that. I was wondering if stability would be compromised?

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCashy

@Cashy,
If that is hook and loop tape you should be able to remove it fairly easily if it doesn't work. Worth an experiment. You could try with a cheap "poundshop" version first as the hook and loop joint should be the same.

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Jenkinson

@Andy. Cheers for that I've just heard this M3 stuff is supposed to be 10 time better than usual stuff but don't know if that's the hook and eye or the adhesive backing!!

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCashy

@Cashy,

Lol. Almost certainly the adhesive. My partner wanted a clock on our mirror. Problem was how to change the battery! Solved it by supergluing a few strips of velcro to mirror and clock back. Still up after 8 months!

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Jenkinson

I've recently purchased and installed the GPS version this camera (0803) in my car.
1. I have noticed that the camera is not a very tight fit in the windscreen mount, it moves quite a bit. However, there is no evidence of movement on the recorded image. Is this normal, if not I've still plenty of time to return to seller?
2. Has anyone found it takes some time to achieve a GPS fix?
3. I'm using Registrator software for playback. I've only used by playing back using the SD in my PC and not from the camera with SD fitted and via USB. Although there is a timeline displayed in the Registrator window the time and date do not show on the footage in spite of showing on the camera display when recording. I've not tried by connecting the camera via USB yet. Does the time/date display in the video window when connected by that method?
Any feedback much appreciated.

August 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

If you mean the time/date being burnt in to the video, that's a setting you need to enable on the camera.

August 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Looks like I'm going to ask FoxOffer for a refund. My camera turned off again today - even after I did the "shim" fix the camera. As I feared, it appears the Achilles's heal of this camera is the mount/camera connection.

August 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

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