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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. 

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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.

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

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Reader Comments (134)

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

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