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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

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Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
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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.

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)

Hi everyone,
I installed my 803 dashcam in september 2014, just over a year ago, and was until now very happy with it. However, 2 problems have arisen over the last month, but now I missed unfortunately an event, ...
The two problems are:
1. about a month ago: the mike is now disabled, and I don't know how to restore it. There is no "mute" button, ...
2. more annoying: the blue dot is no longer blinking, means the camera is not recording anymore. I connected the camera to the computer, and indeed the files for the last 5 days are empty
Has anyone seen this before, and got an idea how to resolve the 2 problems?
thanks to all

October 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAndre

Hi everyone,
for those who might be interested, I solved my 2 problems, but cannot necessarily explain why it works OK now:
1. to mute the mic (and disable the same): press shortly on the upper arrow
2. I reformatted the memory card, and now it records OK
Life is beautiful, ... sunny skies in the South of France probably helped. At least, it keeps me in a good mood, whatever happens, ...

October 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAndre

Hello. Iv had my 0803 for 6/8 months. The electronic connection between the mount and the camra is sprung and looses connection while driving. As a result the camra turns off. Also, the camra doesn't always turn on with the vechicle. I have to turn it on manually if I don't hear the beep. Do you know of the region/ solution to these problems?
Thankyou for your time in this matter.
Good reviews by the way. Very informative l. Thankyou for that as well.

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEd

Saw your fantastic review, looked at all the great comments on the link from your youtube review, followed your link to ebay, bought the camera online and then read the last line of your review page where you said you no longer recommend buying it....

February 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterT Jones

Hiye, I have a 0801 dash cam and am thinking of buying a 0806 is my cable and gps adapter compatible to use with the 0806?

February 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJack

Hi, I want to fit this in the lexus. It does not have a cigarette lighter socket but instead a USB outlet. Can I buy a power cable with a USB end instead of cigarette socket? I bought a cable but it's data transfer and does not power the camera up.
Thanks in advance

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

My E-PRANCE 1296P Super HD car cam does not loop/recycle. When the micro SD card is full, it stops recording and says "Card Full". Can someone please tell me how do I make it recycle/loop. I've checked the settings and they are all correct. It least I think so. Thanks.
Paul

February 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Rodrigues

Regarding users questions about what class of memory card to use...

thinking of getting ine of these and i just wanted to ask what memory cards people are using; class 6 or class 10? (i dont honestly know the difference between them) but thinking of getting a 32gb version of one.

You'll be fine with either. The higher the number, the faster the card. Sometimes class 10 cards can cause issues so you might be better getting a Class 6.

I originally put a 32GB class 6 Samsung card in mine (which is an Ambarella A7LA50D Mini 0803), but the unit refused to recycle old clips when full, so every few days I had to delete all clips manually (well as a batch, but you know what I mean).

Of course, the eBay seller was less than useless, so on a hunch I put in a class 4, 16gb card. It's cured the problem with the dash cam not deleting and recycling old files.. so now I'm happy with it. Sometimes bigger and faster isn't necessarily better!

Other than that one issue, the unit is fine. Yes it runs a bit warm, but in England that's not a problem. I've also set it to turn the screen off after a minute, which I thought may help.

February 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterExpunk

My 805 has become 'loose' in the mount... I'm thinking of gluing it in place... Any other options?

July 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRob

I have bought ALL my Dash-cams based purely on your recommendations and they have all been as good as you stated.

My 0803 which I got in late 2014 is still working perfectly fine.

I live in a hot climate in Queensland Australia.

It is my main dash-cam due to its very small size and very good day/night picture quality. So its been running for almost 2 years and no problems. If I leave the car in the Sun, I generally remove it and put it in the glove-box, but there have been many days that I have been in a hurry and left it and it has still been working no problems after a full day in a hot sun. The only issue has been on the display screen which i think has been due to the interior heat and a small sliver of the left side of the screen has developed a slight frosty patch but it hasn't affected the recorded picture at all. If I could I would upload still captures from it from today to show you how good it is. Thanks for your efforts in testing. You have saved me $$ and time.

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGabriel

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