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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)

I bought this camera in Australia and so far it is great. The seller gave me an extra GPS mount as I would like to put one in another car. I have managed to lose or misplace that extra mount, searched house,car, everywhere. Was advised to buy another mount from China but they keep thinking I am wanting to buy the whole unit and can't get a sensible reply. Anyone know where I can get another GPS mount only. I did get a strip of 3M adhesive, stronger then Velcro and placed one piece on the windscreen, the matching piece on the mount so can remove the whole unit from the windscreen avoiding having to constantly remove the camera from the mount and can put another piece of the 3M in another car, but would rather have the extra mount permanently installed in 2nd car.

October 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMargieInOz

@MargieinOz

These are available on Amazon, here is the link to the UK site.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/277-9505579-7890546?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=eprance%200803%20GPS%20mount

Probably the same available via the .com site for you.

October 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeteW

PeterW: thanks, I looked at amazon.com and they only have one with rather confusing info. Says it has quick release button? and a suction cup? but show picture of sticky pad. Amazon UK don't ship to Oz. Any other suggestions? Maybe able to buy here closer to Christmas but cost $45. Trying China sellers on Ebay who hopefully can read English!

October 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMargieInOz

the mount is a small cuboid block which you stick to the window, and the camera plugs into that (at least it does on mine, the GPS version).

the mount has a micro USB socket and passes power through to the camera through some contacts in the slot where the camera's "foot" slides in.

some people have had to pad the connector/slot to ensure the camera is a tight fit. It's not the highest quality thing.

October 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul M

@Paul, I already have a camera and mount but am trying to buy a 2nd GPS Mount only. It's a great little camera and I have no problems with the existing mount connection. Using 3M adhesive, like Velcro but stronger, lets me remove the whole unit, camera and mount, reducing wear on the contacts. I just want a second mount for another car.

October 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMargieInOz

Another camera ( X3000) which you reviewed did not turn off the GPS when switched off and discharged the battery, is this also a problem with the 801 or 803 ?

October 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHymer

has anyone tried interchanging the gps base of the 0801 and 0803? Are they compatible with each other? I'm using an 0801and wondering whether I can upgrade to 0803 without ripping off the mount and re-wiring as I've noticed the old one is mini-USB and the new one is micro-USB.

October 26, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersandpalm

@sandpalm

Yes they work, I have an 803 fitted to an 801 mount in my car and the GPS still works fine. Others on the forums have also reported no problems, the only slight issue is that the 803 feels a little 'rattley' in the 801 mount but this doesn't affect the footage from it.

October 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGordon

will this camera start up automatically if powered through the power socket only ? thanks

October 26, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterray mac

I recently bought an 801. I pressed the bottom button on a few occasions to keep a file when I saw something interesting during a recent long trip, but when I tried to download them after a few days they had been overwritten.

Is it the case that you have to press the button twice, once to wake up the UI then again to lock the file (rather than once per the manual)?

Can multiple files be locked and kept, or just the most recent?

thanks

October 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlisdair

Hi I will purchase a Mini 0803 in the coming days. My wife has a problem with judging the front of our vehicle when parking.
Can the Mini 0803 be mounted somehow to show the front of our vehicle and the wall of vehicle in front to give an approx idea of distance?
Thanks in advance
Adrian

October 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAdrian

I wouldn't use it for that. The wide angle lens in dash cameras makes everything look like its a lot further away.

October 30, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

when i plug my cam into pc i just get USB connecting and a blue screen..... any ideas anyone, not very pc clever so please be gentle

October 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterray mac

"when i plug my cam into pc i just get USB connecting and a blue screen."

That's correct - the camera will then appear as an additional drive on your PC so you can manage photos/videos.

October 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlisdair

Now we can move to the new version mini 0805 now which use the better sensor OV4689, better night video quality.
http://goo.gl/oKwuwA

November 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbill

given I'm really not impressed with the reliablity of the 0803 - lockups and crashes - I don't think I'll be spending any more money on another camera which will like as not use firmware from the same people.

November 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul M

are you sure you got a genuine 0803? I'm very happy with mine, and I did not get the impression from reading throughout this forum, that they have any special quality problems. Quality issues may always arise, but I am not under the impression that this manufacturer has any more problems than any other, I'd say probably less than the others.

November 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndre

Hi

Is there any confirmed e- bay sellers, that have the genuine A 0803/ 0805 ?
There`s quite difference in prices on the bay on these cams, so i guess some has to be " fakes" ?

John

November 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

go to amazon and select the camera sold by E-Prance (that is the manufacturer)
this is what is printed on the invoice:
E-PRANCE New Ambarella A7LA50D Chip Full HD 1296P Car Dvr Recorder Mini 0803 (Upgrade Mini 0801),With GPS Logger,No Internal Memory Model
Condition: New
Sold by EPRANCE
cheers

November 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndre

Tnx man :-)

I`ll check it out :-)

John

November 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

I have just unpacked my 0803 and started to format the 32GB uSD within the camera. After 15 minutes there is still "Processing" is dispalyed in red on the screen. How long does it take to format this (Samsung class10) 32 Gb card?

November 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdraco

Mine took a second or two.

November 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDan

I work in a firm with quiet a number of delivery vehicles and we had suffered from several crash for cash incidents. I was tasked with finding dashboard cameras to fit into our fleet. I read many a review and tested many products, it was Techmoan's review of the mini 0801 and mini 0803 that made me buy samples of each. We found that the lane departure system on the mini 0803 was actually really annoying and beeped too quiet and after you crossed the lane making it more of a gimmick than a real function, and we had some issues with the micro usb on the 0803 compared to the mini usb on the 0801
The picture quality we found very little difference between the two and these two were by far the best we could get in this price range (approx. £80 with gps). After the testing of about 7 different models we concluded that the mini 0801 was the best all rounder with reliability and installed them into all of our vehicles.
We did find that the manuals were badly written due to translation issues, but we liked it so much that we now get it manufactured for us under the brand DRIVE-EYE, with our own easy to understand manual, videos, diy hardwire kits and sell them in the UK. We do this because they have been a valuable asset to us and we want fraudsters or violent individuals to pay for their actions. We have even got it on the approved list of dash cameras on some insurance firms where they will give discounts of up to 15%.
Its your choice on which to pick, but we have put our money on DRIVE-EYE as we believe it is the best offering available.

November 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Thanks for the reviews. Bought a 0803 and fitted it yesterday in a Mazda CX-5. The cable is _just_ long enough (camera to right of centre screen). Very pleased so far.

November 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJayeyel

I began to use the 0803. I found some disturbing things:

- the blinking blue/red LED
- there is a beep in every minute (I selected 1 min recycle)

any suggestion?

November 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdraco

Hi Draco

The beep you refer to is the lane departure, on the mini 0803. It is very annoying and not very accurate. The manual set up is also not very helpful for adjusting it as you would have thought the lines would be vertical not horizontal. Its not a very good function as mentioned in my post, simply turn this setting off to stop this anoyance.

with regards to the blinking led, you want this as it lets you know it is recording properly

Chris

November 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

The light is really bright at night, though. It probably lights up the driver's face, too, to oncoming traffic.
I stuck a little bit of black insulation tape over most of mine, so I still have a tiny dot left visible night and day so I can check it is still recording.

November 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Hi Chris

your guess was wrong, the LDWS was turned off.
And when I open the car, the 12V socket turns it on but the video recording does not start, just the cam switches on and stays standby. Unlugging and then on again somethimes it starts recording but somtimes after 10 secons stops. Shall I send it back?

November 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdraco

I have just noticed that after switching on a low battery sign comes on for a second than a beep sounds and the cam stops recording but still the screen is on. Strange, I can not follow the behaviour of this cam, although I am an electrical engineer

November 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdraco

If the Mini 803 is probably the best dash cam with a screen but in October it is said to be prone to overheating . I now need to know what is the second best. I will be touring France, Spain and Portugal. I need a screen, seamless recording, good night time, and less than £100 so tha Vicovation is out of my price range.
Also can a camera be mounted on the dashboard instead of the windscreen. My motorhome has blinds that pull across in front of the screen

Allan.

November 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAllan

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