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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.

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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.

 

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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)

how many hours can this cam record with a 32 GB card?

June 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenters

FILESIZES:
In 1296p mode the filesize is about 730MB per 5 minutes ~ 3.5 hours
In 1080p mode the filesize is about 510MB per 5 minutes ~ 5 hours

j

June 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjames

Hi
Can I ask you clever people for advice.
just got my 0803 - version with GPS without internal memory - love the quality and all seems fine apart from the fact that camera does not switch on every time I start the engine. It happens randomly . In majority of times I have to manually disconnect and reconnect quickly to see the blue light and screen to come on.
I tried 3 different power points in my car - via USB or straight from the cigarette lighter socket. Still no luck.
Do you think it might be faulty ?
thanks in advance

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLuka

Hi,

What do you do with the cameras after you finish evaluating them?

thanks

Martin

July 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

Better Mini 0803 User Manual
When I was evaluating this unit (re my posts mid June), it soon became obvious that the supplied manual had 'some' limitations (to say the least!!) and I ended up with a misunderstanding of the 'Auto Power Off' function, which didn't seem to work as expected. This turned out to be due to a UK supplier wrongly stating that this unit had a 'Parking Mode' and I had thought the auto power off function was to do with that.
My second issue was the distinct gap between my clips during playback (which didn't fit in with the review). After playing around with different class cards (to no avail), this turned out be down to the supplied Qt Player, which cannot provide smooth, seamless playback from multiple files.
I eventually found that files played via the Registrator Viewer player, or inserted into a video editing package (such as Pinnacle Studio 15), gave seamless playback, as per the 0803 review.
So, for those people still struggling to figure out the functions from the supplied manual, I have rewritten it and hopefully it is now more comprehensive and accurate.
It is available here:
http://dashcamtalk.com/mini-0803/#User_Manual

July 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Millns

Hi, brilliant review of the mini 0803 and I got one from Joovuu based on your review. The unit is working just as you noted and I use the dash cam viewer for my iMac. This might have been mentioned somewhere else so apologies if I missed it but I found that iMovie can import and play the videos from my mini 0803 very easily. So there was no need to buy another viewer, unless of course the viewer i did download from earthshinesw.com has enabled something to make it possible...

July 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTom

The only reason to use Dashcam viewer is to show the video alongside the GPS data.

July 4, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Sorry if this has been asked before, but does anyone know if an 0803 without GPS can be changed to a GPS version just by buying a new GPS mount?

July 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCodger

Codger, yes the unit 803 is the same, it just has the GPS receiver in the mount, or not.

July 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMainsail

There seems to be a few versions of this from E-prance.

I have had 2 in my hands now, one has E-PRANCE and 1296p silkscreen on the unit and a dark lens with some form of coating and and the other one says 1080p with a clear lens with no coating. And no E-PRANCE logo. Both from same seller and both in identical boxes with same firmware.

July 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTheBay

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