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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)

I see some adverts for the 0803 talk about a MkII with an improved heatsink.

Is this true? is there an improved version with a better heatsink?

If yes, any pictures or easy ways to tell them apart?

Many thanks.

September 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIan

Well every one that puts that to rest 0803 dash-cam failed stuttering at this moment letting battery run flat Amazon says because we have had passed 28 days plus two weeks amount of days they cannot refund us only the makers E-prance can and getting a answer from them its like pulling teeth well just have to Wright it off as a large set meal for 4 and find something else as a dash cam any idea's what to try next

September 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternoggie

Hi Noggie, I asked Amazon about "FULFILLED BY AMAZON" and received the reply printed below. According to that you should not be referred back to the seller if fulfilled or sold by Amazon. The responsibility under UK law for goods being fit for purpose rests with the seller not the manufacturer. As e-Prance appears to be the manufacturer I believe there is a good case to say Amazon is effectively the seller. I suggest asking Citizens Advice who answer for Trading Standards.
Amazon's email:
"Hello,

From your email, I understand that you wish to know if you are required to contact Amazon or the seller if you intend to return an item which is fulfilled by Amazon.

I'd like to inform you that Fulfilled by Amazon (usually referred to as FBA) means that an item sold by a Seller is stored in, and dispatches from, an Amazon.co.uk Fulfilment Centre.

Rest assured, amazon.co.uk also handles all customer service for Fulfilled by Amazon items rather than referring the customer back to the Seller.

If you've any item which is sold by a seller and fulfilled by Amazon and you intend to return it, please let us know by replying to this email the order number and we'll be happy to assist you further.

Should you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us back anytime and rest assured that we will do everything we can to help a valued customer like you.

We value your business with us and we are looking forward to serve you more in the future.

I hope this helps. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Did I solve your problem?"

September 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Jenkinson

Recently purchased the Mini 0803 from Amazon and had to return it while giving it a one star. The unit & screen intermittently froze upon turning it on and it then emitted an extremely loud rapid beeping noise that would not stop until the internal battery wore down. It's a shame as the video quality for day & night was very good.

September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCommtech

mine crashed this evening on the way home and would click continously, about 2Hz, and you have to hold the power down for at least 15 seconds to force it to turn on.
it was quite hot - even the USB connector was hot!

I let it cool down for 10 minutes and then it worked fine. I think I will have to get Joovu to swap it over because I am also seeing the low battery problem. There are lots of reports of people having at least one swap before they get one which works reliably.

September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul M

Purchased my 803 from E-Prance fulfilled by Amazon as per my earlier posts, sent it back within the time scale as i had a recurring problem where the item just went into standby. Bought another from another source and now i had it for a good month and so far so good :)

September 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLoganfire

Any news on a firmware update chaps? The most recent I've seen doesnt address any of the current issues.

Last update details I found here:

https://forum.dashcamtalk.com/threads/mini0803-firmware-update-to-0812-version-megtech.6859/

September 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeteW

just finished installing a 0803. turn on ignition and get power to the unit as charge light comes on but the unit doesn't come on automatically, have to push the button. what have I done wrong?

September 26, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterleacliff

just finished installing a 0803. turn on ignition and get power to the unit as charge light comes on but the unit doesn't come on automatically, have to push the button. what have I done wrong?

September 26, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterleacliff

I think I had to turn my on once with the button and back off again before it would work off the ignition.

Check the settings too in case there is anything that needs to be turned on.

September 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDan

I think I had to turn my on once with the button and back off again before it would work off the ignition.

Check the settings too in case there is anything that needs to be turned on.

September 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDan

The camera is great but when mounted on Range Rover screen (quite an upright screen the camera can see its own bracket! Only just but not the point, additionally a flashing high visibility blue LED followed by a red one (just like a Fire engine, police car or ambulance) is a very poor choice of colours for the indicator lamp and its too bright.

September 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Makin

thank you dan for your comments. I tried turning it off and on and I believe the settings are correct. still getting red charge light when ignition turned on but unit isn't turned on. if I manually turn it on, it does shut off after the ignition is off. ????

September 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterleacliff

Not sure then leacliff, sorry - these are the settings on mine.

Resolution: 1080p
Quality: S.Fine
AE Meter Mode: Centre
WDR: On
Flicker: Auto
White balance: Auto
EV: 0
Contrast: Standard
Sharpness: Standard
Recycle: 1
Video Rotation: Off
Motion Detect: Off
Auto power off: 3 Min
Power off screen: 1 Min
Stamp: Date/Time
G Sensor Sensitive: Close
G Sensor Calibration: Close
GPS: On
Language: English
Software version: FW20140812 V1.0

October 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Searching for "Mini 0803" on eBay (US), I found many listings for cameras that look like the one reviewed by Techmoan, but the pictured items do not have the name "E-PRANCE" on the box or on the camera above the display. There is also no picture of the round quality control sticker on the bottom of the camera. Some of the eBay sellers have more than 99% positive reviews with many reviews for the "Mini 0803" cameras.

Are these cameras on eBay without the '"E-PRANCE" name the same quality camera? Are they factory rejects in some way? Could they be from a mistaken production run with some uncorrectable flaw? Are they perhaps a "white box" item from the same source as "E-PRANCE" for re-branding by distributors?

I am feeling queasy after ordering one. What should I look for when it arrives?

October 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSamuel

Some of the pictures show a little round QC sticker. I'm still nervous.

Is(/are) Shenzhen MEG Technology Co. Ltd the only actual manufacturer of the Mini 0803 camera? It's listed under the Ultimate Series of DVR Camera. If it is, then "E-PRANCE" must be a rebranding distributor.

website

October 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSamuel

E-Prance is just a reseller who brands their name on devices they sell sometimes. I think the 0803 is made by a company called MEGtech

October 6, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi,
I've just bought the mini 0803 car cam very happy with the product
I thought you'd like to know I've got a battery extender (cigar shaped) from a shopping channel some time ago,
And it works with mini 0803 thus making it a portable camera in you wish
I'm testing it now on continuios record with batt adapter connected, 16gb micro card
I'll ket you know how long the recording is before the sd card is full
Rec - 1080p or before the ext battery runs out
Cheers I hope this is of interest to you
Thankyou. J wareing

October 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

which channel did you buy the battery ,? this could be useful as the internal battery is useless .

October 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterchris

Hi Chris it was Qvc "the halo charger" Halocloud.com
However the channel do sell an alternative battery, x2 called hipstreet
Powebanks about the same price Hope that helps
Also did a test on my mini 0803 continuios recording useing "halo" battery
ot 2hr 20mins from it 1080p fine recording.
Thankyou
Keep up the good reviews.

October 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

My 0803 had been working beautifully over the past 3 months - apart from the occasional bout of electronic pulsating. Then last week on an extremely hot day, I drove to the shops & had to park in the blazing sun for +- 30 mins. I then drove to another shop & on switching off the engine, the recorder started pulsating. It was so hot I couldn't hold the camera in my hands & had to wrap it in a handkerchief in order to press in the power switch. On reconnecting the camera it was dead, apart from the red charging light staying on. At home I plugged it into my PC, but it remained in the same condition, with just the red light staying on. After about 30 mins the red light went off, so I plugged it back into the car mount to see if there was any change, but there wasn't. Later that afternoon we drove to friends & on leaving them 3 hours later, Eurika, the recorder burst into life again!. And it's been fine since. So possibly the camera needs many hours of cooling down after it's overheated? Hopefully mine is not an isolated case!

October 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterClive Gaunt

thinking of getting ine of these and i just wanted to ask what memory cards people are using; class 6 or class 10? (i dont honestly know the difference between them) but thinking of getting a 32gb version of one.

October 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMeee

You'll be fine with either. The higher the number, the faster the card. Sometimes class 10 cards can cause issues so you might be better getting a Class 6.

October 11, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Mine seems to stop and restart recording for no reason, regularly locks, gets very hot which seems to be related.
Am likely to send it back to Joovu for exchange, and hope a replacement is better.

October 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul M

Having watched your excellent review of the xxxx dash cam I turned to Amaon UK to purchase one. I have decided that the non GPS unit would be most suitable for me. However, I found making my selection difficult. At 74 I am finding is happening more often than not! For example below are 2 of Amazons items.

1)Blueskysea Free Gift Gel Pen + Ambarella A7LA50D Chip Super HD 1296P Mini 0801 Pro 0803 Dash Car DVR Camera Blackbox +Mini 0803 car dash cam bundle (Mini USB) hard wire adapter cable & 12v to 5v(DVR+TF8GB+Cable)

2) E-PRANCE New Ambarella A7LA50D Chip Full HD 1296P Car Dvr Recorder Mini 0803 (Upgrade Mini 0801),No GPS Logger...

Are they the same camera being sold by different Vendors or am I about to fall into a deep muddy hole?

Any constructive advice will be most welcome.

David in Scotland

October 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterD W Edgar

Hi. Which AV out csbke do I need to purchase for this camera

October 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNvdice

Hello Mat,
a million thanks for your reviews. I own a 16 yrs old wonderful 6 cylinders mercedes, and needed cameras to help defend my case if I am ever involved in an accident. God knows how often I was involved in a "near miss" here on the small roads of the south of France without anyone in view to testify in my favour, and I am left alone to attend to my high heart beat.
As of now, I am almost safe. I bought for the front camera, the 803 with GPS from your amazon link, it was delivered to my daughter, living in the UK: they would just not send the part to France, well, so far so good. I also bought the Mobius from Eletoponline (delivered free to my home in France). All my wires are neatly hidden behind the rubber door profiles, everything works well, I am absolutely happy with my setup.
Now, that leads me to another question, and I guess I may know why you have not yet tested rear view cameras. Leviathan Holdings (http://www.ebay.com/usr/leviathan_holdings?rt=nc) makes a very good review, but then, I don't want to spend $300+ for a camera, and I would agree (with the notable exceptions found in your blog) a lot of cameras are pure garbage. Would there be a chance you test one day a couple of them to see if there are any that work well for a "reasonable" price?
Anyway, Mat, you do a wonderful job with this blog, kudos, and keep up the good work
best regards
Andre

October 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndre

Does anyone know what the correct 3M sticky pads are for this camera? I need to move it and lost the spare; been Googling for ages and found about 20 different products like "Bostick Tough Tabs" and "Sellotape Outdoor Sticky Fixers", "Command Poster Mounting Adhesive Strips" and so on, but nothing that looks exactly like what came with it. Any ideas? Thanks!

October 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJon

this is a reply to David Scotland,
I bought my mini 0803 from Combi UK 1646 on Ebay ,I have the GPS base but quite honestly I find it useless !!! better off without it,this is a uk company and if you have an issue you can contact them directly ,I found them to be very helpful.I have had this unit for about three months and it seems to be ok,I travel up North and do about a round trip of 400 miles in Hot temps and cool ,it performed satisfactorily , it cost a little more but I received it promptly, there are a few fakes floating about out there therefor choose wisely , I also bought the 1080 G1WH from China on ebay from estore009 ,this unit took about three weeks to arrive,I use it on the rear window,the results are very good for a middle of the road dash cam,sharp video can see the reg no's as cars overtake,I paid £47.00 for this and a 32gb mini card, however both cams are still on test,so far all's good, hope this is of help, it is up to you where you buy and how much you are willing to pay.

October 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I have one of these cams but in my Fiesta I get a lot of dashboard reflection in the picture, does anyone know where I can get a polarizing filter to fit this lens please?

October 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

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