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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)

You'll know best what fits in your car - sometimes you can only figure out the angles when you try and mount the camera in there. How the camera sits on the rake of the windscreen, whether the rear view is in the way - how you hide the wires - are all things that you'll really need to experiment with.

June 19, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Re the Chinese translation from the clip that was on the camera when you received it is as follows, "this one got faulty sound, send it to Matt at Techmoan".

June 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdrozd

Hi mate, can you use a micro SD to SD extender and record on a 128 GB SD card? I know 64GB micro sd card works (on loop too) just thinking of leaving on 24/7. Also you should review circular polarizing filters like the Fotga 37mm one, to stop reflections off the dash. All the best. Great site/youtube by the way. ;-) Al

June 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAl

Perfect. You've just answered all the questions I had regarding 0801 Vs 0803. The night footage of the 0801 looked reasonable but the 0803 is considerably better. I have a 1080p camera at the moment which has already helped in one accident (foreign lorry pulled out wide on a turn and trashed the side of my car) - but the night quality is poor. The 0803 looks like it will tick all the boxes.

Excellent video.

June 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Hi!Nice review as always! Anyone knows if the gps logger is compatible with the logger of the 801 cam?I have the 801 and would like to known if it is possible to use the preview one (it is the economic way). Thanks. Chorondus

June 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChorondus

Hi, love your reviews - very thorough. I wish you worked in an electronics store so you could review everything for us, especially TV's.

I'm torn between the 0803 and the GT680W. Have you ever gotten a chance to check out the GT? If you do another new dash-cam review that would be my vote.

June 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbeirwer

Re, My post on the 18 June, regarding gaps between clips:
As I didn't have a Class 10 Micro card, I had to order one (SanDisk Ultra microSDHC UHS-1), which has just arrived. Unfortunately, it doesn't clear the problem on my 0803, as the gap is still there in 1296P. I forgot to mention previously, that I had also tried 720P and there was a gap in that mode as well (again with both cards). So it looks as though I have a faulty sample to send back.

June 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Millns

Has anyone noticed either their 0801 or 0803 smell? Like an electrical smell if that makes sense?

Had two of these units and they both smell, the first was over powering when in the car!

June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJD

Love youre reviews Techmoan. Youve covered all the answers and angles of car dash cams ive been wanting to know. This mini 0803looks great but I am after a dual cam front and back dash cam and I could only find 1 decent but old review in 2012 you did on a front and rear dash cam aka i1000.
Please can you review more front and rear dash cams or recomend me a good one?
I mean in a car accident its mainly front impact and secondly being rear ended.

Thanks

June 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRay

Great review - I ordered the 0803 on the basis of the excellent 0801 review and thought 'newer is probably better'.

It's an absolutely fantastic camera for the price, but two extra things to note (for what it's worth) that I'm not sure were in the video:
- I mounted the camera behind the rear view mirror, but because I drive a tiny little car, the rake on the windscreen reflects the shiny shiny dashboard in almost every lighting condition. That said, it's still the best place to put the camera, I think.
- From the preliminary attempts I've made, it's not possible to edit together 1296p clips in Windows Movie Maker - 1080p works fine, though.
- Oh, and I was quite impressed with the quality of the internal microphone. Which doesn't count as an extra thing to note. I just like audio.

June 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjames H

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