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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

SJCAM M10+
 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
A119
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Yi

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

Do any of these cameras accept 24v as an input? I'm interested in getting an 0803 for a commercial vehicle but these things usually have a 24 lighter socket.
It will often say on the plug - my Samsung chargers can take 24v as an input voltage for example and it says so on the barrel of the plug.
Are there any such markings on the 0803, do you know?
Thanks,
Paul

July 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

All these cameras operate on 5V - the power adaptor converts the vehicle voltage down to 5v. I'm not sure if the 0803 supplied charger will convert 24V to 5V, but if it does't you can always pick up a 24V usb convertor. Do an ebay search for '24V usb'. Then you need to add a lead like the one I linked to a couple of comments back.
If you want an out of the box solution - the Vico Marcus 3 I tested recently had a 12v/24v to 5v adaptor lead.

July 14, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Well Techmoan, you just saved me £30 on my car insurance, for so many years companies have just laughed at you when you mention dashcams when quoting. Swiftcover were the best price, but when I mentioned the camera I got another 10% (£30) off the price.

Back to the subject of cameras, I have an 803 and so far very impressed with it.

July 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGordon

Thanks for the reply, TechMoan. I've ordered an 0803

July 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Hi. You advised me to buy a longer lead and connector rather than extending the existing lead to the 0803. The parts arrived today and I have got the camera fitted and working. Many thanks I would never have been able to work out the equipment required. So glad I seen your reviews. Regards John

July 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Harvey

John,

Glad it worked out in the end.

July 15, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Gordon,

Happy to help. That's two of us with Swiftcover now due to their Dashcam discount.

July 15, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

My 0803 arrived a few days ago. I installed the GPS mount to my windshield (windscreen) last night and am letting the adhesive cure for a few days before I attach the camera.

July 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I'm in the process of installing my 0803, but for my car( Kia Sorento) the power cable to the cigarette lightersocket is much too short, if I, m to hide it.
Can I get either
a) a simple extension cable that'll make up the 1metre or so shorfall ...or....
b) another power cable ...still longer....with connections suitable for wiring into the fuse box....although I DON'T want the camera live when the ignition is off.
Anybody got any suggestions??

July 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRob McClair

@Rob McClair I use these parts:

Power Supply: http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00A6LEN2Y/

Extension: http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B001TH7GUU/

and the data cable that came with the cam.

This way the Cam has power and i can still charge my phone.

July 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher

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