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This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

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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.

VERY IMPORTANT. These links go to the product, but 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 going rate for a real item against the price of a fake one that won't work.

As an example of the extent of the problem of fake goods online...In a recent survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold by 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
Jul052015

The Mini 0806 Dashcam Review - Better late than never.

Two false starts and over half a year later I've finally completed my review of the Mini 0806 Dashcam. It turns out that this one was worth the wait and if I didn't already have a K1S dual camera installed in both of my cars I'd definitely be using a Mini 0806 instead. 

For downloadable sample clips Click Here 

Purchasing the Mini 0806 - a few tips

I found the best deals for this camera are on eBay - Look for sellers offering the “3rd Gen” model to get the latest version. Check what's bundled - remember the CPL filter is usually an optional extra. The mounts come with or without GPS capability, so read the description carefully. Finally buy your own Class 10 MicroSD card from a reliable source, e.g. Amazon direct (not a marketplace seller) - I always have links to SD memory on the right hand side of this page and I've yet to buy a fake by following my own advice.

Click on your country below to see what offers are available where you live.

UK   US   AT   AU   BE   CA   CH   DE   ES   FR   IE   IT   NL

The 0806 is also available on Amazon - but I'd stick to ebay (above) for the best prices and bundles.

Amazon UK     Amazon US

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Reader Comments (132)

Is the mount the same as my 803, can it just slot into the 803 GPS mount and work OK so that I don't need to replace all the "hidden" wires and windscreen mount ?

July 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDoublediamond

at least im Germany you won't find bundles including cpl and gps. The best priceses are from Australia. Does that make sense, or am i missing something?

July 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMr well

Hi Mat,

Excellent review, as always.....like this one for sure, ticks most boxes for me, love the size especially...but is it me or is it still just a tad pricey?!

Thanks for listening

Daz

July 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

@ Daz, Yes the Mini 08** range seems to get more expensive with each iteration - it's definitely not a cheap camera.

@ Mr Well, I usually import cameras to get the best deals - rarely do I buy a Chinese camera in the UK - it's already gone through too many hands by that point. The one benefit in buying locally is the opportunity to send things back in the event of a fault - but I'm prepared to take a gamble.

@Double Diamond - I do not know the answer to this question, but if I do find out, I'll put the answer here.

July 5, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Another awesome review Mat, always sparks my interest when a dash cam is being reviewed and would say I'm a tad obsessed with them ;-)

Looks to be a nice little unit and like the fact it has an optional polarizing filter, nothing worse than capturing that "once in a lifetime" moment only to have the dash glare projected onto the windshield obscuring the footage, I know, I'm being a little overdramatic LOL. The deal breaker for me though is the mounting system, don't see it being a unit that lends itself well to transferring from one vehicle to another unless one purchases extra mounts (if that's possible), also, adapting to various mounting systems could be a challenge from my perspective. Right now my daily drivers are the DOD LS430W (front) and DR32 (rear) dash cams, they have been rock solid for well over a year and never think of leaving home without them, both have mounts that are easily adaptable so that in short order, I can have them up and running in/on whatever vehicle/equipment/area I choose, use a battery pack for those times a suitable onboard power source isn't available.

Regards,
Slivy58

July 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

@Mr well - The iTracker version of the 0806 on amazon.de seems to have a CPL and GPS. I just purchased it but it won't have a chance to check it out until my parents bring it to me (not in Germany atm) in a couple of weeks.

July 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEd

Thought I'd relay my dash cam story along with answering the question “why a dash cam?”...

Had an instance last January (Canadian) where a highway maintenance sand truck bombarded my car with rocks whilst I was heading to work, we were the lone occupants on that stretch of highway so was expecting the operator to be courteous and shut down his sander upon our passing but nooooo. Being that the truck was equipped with a belly/side sander that ejected towards the centerline/opposite lane I knew this couldn't be good, my assumptions were right, besides my dash cam picking up the gut wrenching sounds of multiple rock shots at high velocity (several side window impacts and many rocks exceeding my vehicles height), my once relatively pristine windshield was now severely pockmarked and looked like a marble game board not to mention the numerous paint chips.

Anyhow, shortly thereafter I took some photos of the damage, gathered the offending footage w/sound and emailed it to management in charge of our highways maintenance dept, even though this occurred at 3:00am in the morning and the stretch of road was pitch black, the dash cams video told the whole story making any doubts about my claims indisputable. I was offered restitution but chose instead to request that they look into ways of minimizing the impact of their actions on other motorists by better operator training etc, had this not been my “winter beater” I might have thought differently though.

Regards,
Slivy58
(DOD LS430W)

July 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

0806 is now £79 from Amazon


Affiliated links for Amazon UK & US are already in the article - Mat.

July 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNick

I've posted this question on the YT review as well, so apologies for the redundancy...

Can you confirm if hooking this up to a STANDARD usb cable (either a phone charger, or data cable connected to a computer) will cause it to power up and begin recording?

My concern is that their charger cable (with the ciggy adapter) has a different pinout than a standard USB cable. One of my other Chinese cameras (S2000) used a non-standard cable for the car. Connecting a normal USB cable to it, would power it up in a USB mass storage mode - where it would record. That meant I HAD to use the charging cable the came with it, which if broken (i.e. 2yo yanks the cable out) means no more camera.

July 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErkme73

Just to clarify, the 'non-standard cable' provided with the S2000 was a 12V ciggy adapter on one end, and a miniUSB on the other. It looked completely normal, like a regular charger. It just had non-standard pinouts.

When using a normal 12V USB cable (charger or pc data), it would NOT start auto recording, but would instead go into a USB mass storage mode.

July 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErkme73

Eric - Your youtube profile has replies turned off to your comments, so I can’t reply to you there.

Yes if you plug this camera into a normal micro USB lead and plug that into an iPhone charger (as an example) then the camera will turn on and start recording. Unplug the lead and the camera will turn off. Most cameras will go into memory card storage mode when plugged into a computer, and I’m sure this one will too.

July 6, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Techmoan, Does this 806 run on a battery or a capacitor ? not much point if its a battery as you can't replace it, the battery in my 801 died after 50 weeks, ojocam replaced it under their 1 year warranty , I doubt they will do it again next year

July 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDoublediamond

Mat - apparently my profile in YT doesn't allow replies. I've looked high and low to see how to turn it back on. Frustrating how things keep changing.

July 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErkme73

Figured it out. Of course, it's not a YouTube setting. It's that invasive, cancerous-like Google+. Thanks for pointing out that replies were turned off. Wouldn't have known otherwise.

July 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErkme73

@DoubleDiamond. Yes the 0806 runs on a battery. Discussed in the video at 16:00 and 16:30

July 8, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi, having difficulty choosing a seller from your eBay link, none seem to be stating 3rd Gen, some are saying latest gen?
Do you have a link to a recommended seller?

Thanks

July 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

I don't, but 'latest gen' sounds right. The earlier batches were from months ago and shouldn't be available any more. The fact that a seller says 'latest gen' shows that they are paying attention to what they are selling.

July 8, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Mat,

Great in depth review of the 0806, I've been keeping an eye on this one over on Dashcam Talk and after a shaky start people seem to be getting reliable camera's now.

My personnel view on the 0806 is it may be good but its too expensive I had planned on changing my 0801's for this new camera but at nearly twice the price it won't be happening.

I've just installed two new Mobius Lens C super cap cameras in my car to replace the 0801's a definite step-up in video and audio quality...nice little units I'am quite impressed.

Do you plan on a Mobius update review anytime since the new versions seem to be a good update from the original version.

Thanks again looking forward to your next camera review...Go-pro cube maybe.

July 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKlippie

Hi Techmoan,

We I started watching your videos 2-3 years ago looking at dashcams, I have bought a few things on your recommendation but I havent found a dashcam until now. I like this mini 0803 but I also like the Transend dashcam you reviewed on 7-7-14, they are both about the same price in the US, is there anything about either that gives it an edge over the other?

July 12, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteraxel

Mat - your review convinced me to pull the trigger. I ordered on from Amazon (Prime) to test - and found it to work SO much better. With the latest hacked Dashcamtalk firmware, it records at 40mbps and at the 21:9 FOV, it picks up EVERYTHING. I just placed an order for 8 more. Thanks!

July 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErkme73

Axel - they are quite different devices. I'd probably trust the Transcend to last longer as it doesn't have a battery in it - the battery in the 0806 will fail at some point. The Drivepro also has WiFi where the 806 has GPS. The 0806 is tiny but the Drivepro can be attached to a suction mount and moved from car to car - It's really your call on this one depending on what features you value.

July 12, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

yes it is a tough call, I also like the mobius as well. I was hoping you would settle the tie breaker. I am going to think about it a few days. than you.

July 12, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteraxel

well I thought about it and went with the Transcend, incidentally there is a new model out with built in GPS but I stuck with the older one as it has the video out cable I need to connect to my nav system and I really don't need GPS at the moment. thanks again.

July 13, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteraxel

Got the 806 on the Way,
ordered it last night, i too have the K1S installed.
Will Add to My Collections of Top Dash Cams. Mobius is another goodie.

Tech is Un-Biased & would find the Time To Remove/Replace the K1s he now uses when a better DashCam option is Available
that is why i stay tuned to his channel for up to date coverage on top dash cams on the market.

something is better than nothing, dash cams start at about $50 US

July 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEric Edwards

just last month i emailed the 0806 people just last month and they said their new camera will use a capacitor instead of a battery. Any clues as to when it might come out techmoan? I'd love to know!

July 15, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterstauf99

No clue, your guess is as good as mine on this.

July 15, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

First off good reviews , thanks for the work you put in.

Your comment regarding logging speed - (better not to & reasons understood) But if you record GPS time stamps and location , probably not that difficult to calculate the speed (I belive its how the GPS in a satnav does it)

July 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterThorSon

i found www.dashboardcamerareviews.com
DASH BOARD CAMERA REVIEWS
to be helpful un-biased information with regards to Many Top Dash Cam Setups, some have mentioned an obsession in getting the latest and greatest for the many reasons to have and own one such as claims for road hazard damages, evidence for the insurance adjuster.
This Particular Setup would make a nice Road Trip Adventure Cam due to the High Capacity Dual 2 Card Setup
Set it and Forget It, then make a home movie of it later.

the above Website has the 0805 as the Latest Model for 2015
with a detailed spec report and more about this dashcam.
Proof That Techmoan is Out Ahead of the Pack with his 0806 Review.

I Think He Gets them 1st as a Beta Tester From The Factory Floor Whenever Possible

July 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEric Edwards

I love this camera but it will not automatically swap to the other sd card when the first is full. Having googled the prob extensively it seems this is a known fault on some.

July 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFizz

Hi

I am looking at the 0806 aftter watching your review. I have seen a Chinese seller on eBay and this is in the description.....


2015Year Newest version:0806 20150128 V1.0

Is this the 3rd gen do you know?

July 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJon

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