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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)

I am currently evaluating (and rewriting the Instruction Book!!) a 0803 that I purchased from E Prance (via Amazon), but I haven't fitted it to the car yet, as I have two issues, which I hope are only software, or a faulty sample:
1.When running via the charger (with a fully charged internal battery), it will shut down in about 10 seconds after disconnection from the charger, instead of the time set in the menu.
I had it initially set to 1 minute (the default), but tried all the other settings as well, with the same result
Unfortunately, resetting to factory defaults and reformatting the card, has not fixed the problem.
2.With normal in-car operation, as per your YouTube review of the 0801 (at about 6.51 minutes in), where you were impressed with the seamless playback, there being no gap, or interruption, between files. Unfortunately, with my 0803, playback is not seamless, there being a very noticeable gap between each file.

E Prance are currently looking into this and will be sending me a software update

June 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Millns

John – with regard to your first point, that’s just a mis-interpretation of the intention behind this menu option.
The camera will always shut down a few seconds after the power is disconnected. The power-off menu option is to specify how long the camera will stay on without any activity after it has been manually turned on by pressing the power button, is running on battery power and is not recording. (Basically it’s determining how long the camera will wait in standby before shutting down). It might not be how you would want it to work... but it is working

As far as your gap between clips – are you definitely using a good quality class 10 micro SD card....because that sounds like the kind of thing that would happen if a slower card was being used. If you have tried multiple class 10 cards from different manufacturers with the same results, please ignore this.

June 18, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thank you for your reply.
On point 1, What you have said makes perfect sense and I can now understand why the Instructions need rewriting, as it doesn't make that point clear at all!
It is also interesting to note that E Prance didn't point this out when I contacted them.

On point 2, I think there is some confusion on card types to use, as everything I have read (and also the Instruction Book), state that Class 10 is too fast. So, to be safe, I ordered the 0803 package that included a 32Gb card, in the hope that I would get something that works correctly!!
What do you advise?

Incidentally, my unit doesn't have 'E-Prance', or '1296P Super HD' printed on the case (just 1080 Full HD) and the Firmware is one step on from yours
'FW20160607 V1.0', and still has the Mic mute bug.

June 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Millns

To determine the cause of the gap in the clips (or just to satisfy your curiosity) it would be worth trying to record onto a SD card (class 10) just to see what happens. Class 10 will be fine (and given the 1296p bitrate, probably recommended) for this camera. I'd also try 1080p30 and 720p30 to see if you get the same result when a lower bitrate file is being recorded.

June 18, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I am curious that you have not reviewed dual camera DVRs. I am considering cameras for two cars, the first a Prius and I don't know if I should get a rear facing camera fitted to the back screen as well as the windscreen camera. Do you think it worthwhile to go to all the trouble of fitting the wires or is most of the benefit gained from the front facing camera?

I also have a convertible and would like to fit a single unit with two integrated cameras (there appear to be several on the market) so that I can face one forward and the other back to video behind the car.

I am just interested in fitting and forgetting - clear picture day and night. Easy to use and compact/discreet. Will you be reviewing these two types of DVR? Or are you happy to make a recommendation?

June 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDr Risk

I'm always looking for decent dual cameras but there don't seem to be any around. I've got one on order at the moment, which might be OK, but we'll have to see.
The cameras where two devices are on the main unit are for filming in front of, and inside the car....not behind. They are useful for taxi drivers.
These are my previous dual dashcam reviews

June 19, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

2 weeks back I got mini0803. I also noticed the software bug with mute functionality. Another bug with my camera is when it has any protected file the recycle function don't work and camera stop recording after card is full. Is it the same case with yours?

June 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterchangamangaliay

2 weeks back I got mini0803. I also noticed the software bug with mute functionality. Another bug with my camera is when it has any protected file the recycle function don't work and camera stop recording after card is full. Is it the same case with yours?

June 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterchangamangaliay

knew you'd will do a video on the 0803, and I knew that I had to wait for a great review!
Thanks to your advice four months ago I bought the 0801.

The noise that you hear in the audio track, most likely, is caused by the electronics of your car (alternator, ECU, injection control etc.) I mounted, and I suggest that you fit an RC filter and some ferritic masses between the 12 V socket and everything that mounts in the car; this is not for a perfect DVR audio, but to shield and protect the electronics of your car.

June 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEmilio

Thanks for the comments and links on dual dash cameras.

I need one for an E type roadster and assume because the car is quite small (distance between windscreen, driver and rear of car) I could place one of the dash mounted two lens cameras high and on the near side so that it would pick up both front and rear events. Do you think this would work - I was considering the 2.7 Inch rotatable Screen Dual Camera Car DVR on Amazon (

In general people are really nice when I drive this car but very occasionally I get some aggressive behaviour which is why having a 360 view would be useful. Cheers and keep up the good work!

June 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDr Risk

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