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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 


Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi


DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

Yi Ultra 2.7K
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
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.


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)

As always - great review. Damn all this choice!.

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

The only worry I have about this style of DVR is that, having purchased an A8 last year in a very similar package, it causes massive interference with the car radio. The aerial for the radio is a wire running vertically down the centre of the windscreen and placing the DVR in the 'normal' position is a no-no.

I don't suppose many (if any) of the Chinese DVR's are subjected to emissions testing (CE marked) and it's that which is causing the problem.

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPete

So, the GPS is built into the mount shown in the review? There is no separate GPS hardware to mount on the windshield?

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

It seems that the link to get to the downloadable sample clips isn't functioning.

"The connection has timed out.

The server at is taking too long to respond."

Is there a full URL to the downloads in Dropbox?

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterambroseliao

I think the issue might be at your end.

June 17, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

You're right! It is. Thanks. I just tried it on another ISP and it works.

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterambroseliao

Another first class review Mat,

I'am running two 0801's at the moment one front and rear they are excellent and working perfectly, but I have been considering buying an 0803 to run up front for it's improved low light performance and going by your review it's a big improvement over the 0801 so I think I'll order one.

One long was the delivery from Amazon i.e. was it UK stock or sent from China.

Thank you very much...

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKlippie

I was lucky to find one of the versions of the camera - the 8GB with GPS was available as a Prime (UK Stock) option - so I got it the next day. If there isn't any UK stock at present, it may be prudent to delay your order until new supplies arrive to avoid any potential import duties.

June 17, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

The 1296p was definitely taller in VLC media player on my PC. Hard to say though since the clips weren't at the same time - if there was more area covered or if it was streched a little. Maybe if you recorded something that was more static than the sky to see if more was in the frame.

Nice to finally see the new models coming out with the better video processing.

p.s. I think the worker said, "The virus was loaded onto this one". lol

June 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbman

Fantastic review Matt, but hasn't bothered me in the slightest, my Mobious lives in my shirt pocket ( I am a bus driver) and it is it's ultimate mobility that I love.
I really don't like the pad to stick to your windscreen, I got a fantastic suction pad tripod mount from China for my Mobious, £1.83, use it, take it off, and put it away !

June 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris Coleman

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