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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.

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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)

I purchased mine on ebay but from a UK seller. It was sold to me as 3rd generation with the latest firmware and I am still in dialogue with the seller who initially was blaming the SD cards - however the SD cards are as per the user guide - class 10 (I am using Samsung 64gs). For anyone else interested, googling the problem seems to suggest this is a known issue and many users are finding when one SD card is full the camera will not swap to the other. I have now taken the full card out and hope to 'force' recording onto the blank card to at least confirm that can happen.
The camera itsef is otherwise a great bit of kit once you set it up and very discrete and easily out of the way behind the rear view mirror. The recordings are excellent. I had mine hard wired in and I have to remember to take it out (it is advised to remove it in very hot or freezing weather).
If the card swapping issue cannot be resolved then as long as it is recording then I'll probably stick with it until an update to the firmware sorts it out (which apparently the latest firmare was meant to do).

July 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFizz

I'ver posted a review of the Dazzne P2 used as a time-lapse camera:

https://vimeo.com/135216057

Check it out if you are interested.

August 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJan Curtis

I was just wondering if the Mini 0806 has an Emergency or lock file function button for locking files when an incident happens and you want to keep the file.?

August 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEzza

User manual is at

https://dashcamtalk.com/cams/mini0806/Mini%200806%20English%20User%20Manual.pdf

August 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFizz

Hi Matt, your description of the Parking Guard function was spot-on. That's exactly what happened to me in the supermarket car-park 2 days after my 118 died. What isn't clear (to me) in your video is "Does the Parking Guard work on the internal battery when the camera is not being powered?"

August 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBazzza

With Parking Guard set, will the 0806 work when there is no external supply to it, just on its internal battery? Is that enough to switch it on and film for a few seconds?

August 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBazzza

I would really like to buy a 3rd gen model of the 0806 but it's a bit of a minefield finding the right one - question is how do you differentiate between a 1st, 2nd and 3rd gen model of the 0806? - thanks for any info\advice

August 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGMan

What should i look for "brand" wise, i ordered a Monkon 0806 from Amazon but it would stop recording (fail to loop) when my 32gb card was full after its first full test run so has been returned to Amazon.

August 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSharpcroft

Hi, tnx for all the effort making these reviews.

Is there any "thrusted" ebay seller for the 806 cam?

August 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

EDIT

I meant to ask for thrusted china sellers on ebay.

Or is all 0806 on ebay "the real ones" Or does it exist fake models?

August 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

I went ahead and purchased the mini 0806 from a UK seller on ebay advertising it as 'the latest version'.

My question to the seller asking what generation the listing was prompted the following response: 'Our cameras are the latest generation. They were literally put together last week. There isn't really a 2nd and 3rd gen, it is just a name that sellers have given the camera to say it is the latest model, this is why it does not state a generation on our ad. Our cameras are the latest model.'

I don't intend to hardwire it (seems like risk) nor do I intend to use the parking guard (also seems as a risk). I reckon the recording footage for when the car is switched on and in motion will be enough for my requirements. I

guess the captured day and nighttime footage was enough to prompt to be buy. I will provide an update once I've mounted it in my Jaguar XF (I'm worried about how i'll run the wiring without it sticking out or looking ugly).

August 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVaz

I want a discreet camera and at the moment is either this or the A118 B40. GPS aside as I dont think I need it, which would be preferable?
Thanks

August 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRemo

Great reviews -- you are quite a helpful resource and I look forward to ordering through your link.

I fear that I must wait for the capacitor version, as I'm in Texas and the extreme temps fry these Li batteries.

Can I suggest that you do a piece just on dashcams with batteries compared to supercapacitors? It's an issue that you might be able to shed some light on, and possibly marry that to a refresh of some of your older cams?

Also, I've always thought that you should do a regular (yearly) wrap-up of dashcams with any updated data and comparisons... perhaps that's too much work...

Best regards from Texas,
David

August 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBabylonfive

I thought I'd provide an update on my scenario.

I went ahead and bought the mini 0806 (Mini 0806 Latest Gen A7 G-Sensor GPS Ambarella Full HD Car Security Dash Camera) from ebay for £85. It was advertised as 'the latest version'. I seperately bought a 64GB mini SD card (SanDisk Ultra Android 64 GB C10 48 MB/s MicroSDX) from Amazon. It cost £16.99 and came to £21 including postage.

I found that for my car the cigarette-lighter charger cable that was included was not long enough as the socket is behind the parking break as opposed to being just below the audio system. This meant that I had to pick up a 5M USB cord (5m MICRO to USB 2.0 Cable Sync and Charge Lead Type A to 5 Pin B Phone Charger) for £2 from ebay. I opted to go for a USB as it seemed cheaper and more available than a phone charger cord.

The kit is now installed in my Jaguar XF (2009) and works like a charm. I mounted it on the top centre-left of the screen and have the cabelling going across the top (it fit's into a gap) and then two inches or so down from the passenger a-pillar and then into a rubber trim on the front passenger door. From there it goes below the glove compartment and fits neatly along the centre console. I have it connected to a USB adaptor which sits in the cigarette-lighter socket.

I reviewed a short recording yesterday. The video quality was okay. It wasn't as great as the one shown in this blog but I reckon that's because of the time of day/lighting that I had. There also seems to be a reflection on the right side of the screen. I will probably need to get a filter to remove that but even without it the camera does a great job.

For a total of £108 the mini 0806 is definately worth it.

August 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVaz

I had a mini 0803 which went bad and replaced with an 0805 from GearBest. I think I'm going to buy an 0806 and put the 0805 into my wife's car.
GearBest often have discounts on dashcamtalk, so it's worth checking on that site for deals.

August 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaul M

I bought a Mini 0806 from Dashcams Australia. They undertake QA/QC testing on the units before selling any. That means I received a reliable, working 806. It is very impressive and I'm happy with it.
The weak point in the 806 is the GPS mount. The weight of the 806 is levered on the mount (weight is not directly under the mount). The four contacts consequently don't stay tight after a few months and the unit itself randomly thinks it's got a power off signal and shuts down. A slight lift with a finger stops the problem (making the contacts firm again). There's nothing wrong with the camera (it records happily when powered without the mount). Powering directly into the camera works but the GPS signal is then irregular.
Great dashcam but needs a bit of development work on the mounts. My car gets rather hot when parked and the unit should be removed to prevent it melting. Removal contributes to loosening the contacts.

September 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAussie

I've had a mini 0801 for a couple of years now and I must say it has been nothing but trouble from day one..I've tried everything

there is to try but still nothing but bother It only works when it wants to and switches off anytime without warning...

I regret buying this, try contacting the manufacturer, no chance...Typical CHINESE CRAP...Buy British Chinese should stick to

special flied lice.......

September 7, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterspotty dog

I am confused on how this is supposed to mount to your windshield. I have attached one of the red pads to the mount but it does not stick in the slightest to the windshield. What am I missing? And what are the little black pads included in the box for?

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

Try peeling the red backing off.

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBazzza

I'm thinking of getting the Mini 0806. I wonder if I had hard wired it, will it be able to continue to record what is going on (at least where the dash cam is pointing at) when I'm away?

September 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph7Yap

To Joseph7Yap - You can set it to record while you are away however - the instructions also say to remove the camera in hot or freezing weather. As the inner temperature of a car can be very high I have been removing mine all summer.

September 25, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterfizz

Hello,
If anyone is interested, you can find a suction cup mount for this dashcam:
http://thedashcamstore.com/suction-cup-windshield-mount-for-mini0801-mini0803-or-mini0805/
Unfortunatelly, you have to mount it without the GPS unit (see specs).

October 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCristian

Hello,
If anyone is interested, you can find a suction cup mount for this dashcam:
http://thedashcamstore.com/suction-cup-windshield-mount-for-mini0801-mini0803-or-mini0805/
Unfortunatelly, you have to mount it without the GPS unit (see specs).

October 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCristian

Hello,

I would probably buy a mini 0806 dash camera and I would like to know if it could be used to monitor my car while in parking lot.
Eventually please advise of other dash cameras more suitable for parking monitoring.

Thank you

October 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMarius

G'day from the top of the world. (West Coast Tasmania)

I bought five of these for the kids cars and my trucks, very glad I did, they work great.
Your video is going to be helpful as I haven't checked out the options much and now I can with a clearer view of them. Thank you.

You mention a slight rattle in the mounts with sound on. This annoyed me and I finally tracked it down, at least on my camera, the same sound caught on your video, it turned out to be the magnetic ring around the lens which is a little loose. I don't use sound any way so it doesn't bother me.

Also I stopped using the slip on filter as it didn't work for me. I was unaware that it needed to be set in the right place. Thanks, I will do that now.

Lastly, I am currently trying to fix a problem in one of my trucks where the camera is recording at different lengths and whenever it feels like it, so I get gaps in my recorded trip. This incidentally follows Murphy's rules and stops recording at vital moments. The cab in this truck shakes a bit on our wonderful roads an so at the moment I am looking at power supply issues with the plug in lead. I am thinking of going for a direct wiring option.

Thanks again and I would recommend these cameras.

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTas

Tas, I have 9 of these - 4 in each of my two of my cars and 1 in my RV. I bought all of them in no small part due to Mat's great review.

8 of the 9 are running on an alternate power source. Instead of powering each with the stock power adapter, I am feeding them off of a 12v to 5v 10A power adapter. It's a permanent installation. I only bring this up to say that since doing that, I have had virtually no issues.

The one camera that still uses the stock ciggy power adapter does exactly what you describe. I've narrowed it down to the following possibilities:

1) Cheap power adapter provide fluctuating power/current causing errors on the device (early shut down, corrupted files, intermittent recordings). Simple fix is to get a higher quality ciggy to USB power adapter and the appropriate length micro USB cable.

2) Dirty or weak contacts between the mount and the camera. I had some sort of adhesive or coating on one of my cameras that caused the screen to visibly flicker (slight dimming, not off). That camera was regularly shutting down on its own or even locking up. After removing the camera and the two screws that hold the base together, I was able to clean the contacts. Also verify that the pins on the mount (de)compress fully. I had one pin that failed to extend.

3) Power the camera DIRECTLY if possible. While it's tempting to power using either of the two micro USB ports on the mount, that only introduces another possible point of failure with the contacts.

4) The LiPo battery inside the camera is known to fail early. When it starts to go, the camera will shut off within a second or two of the power being removed from the camera - well before the last file has a chance to complete the finalization process. That will result in corrput files. With enough of those, the camera will begin to act snarky, stopping recording unexpectedly. Formatting the card (in the camera) will remove the errors, but with a failing battery it will progressively get worse. When the battery is completely dead, you may find your camera not wanting to stay on (or come on) at all. dashcamtalk.net has several postings on the type of battery to get, where to get it, and how to replace it. It's not difficult. I've had to do it on one of mine already.

5) There are a lot of reported issues with the SanDisk microSD cards and the 0806. Regrettably, I didn't learn of this until after I sourced 9 x 64GB UH1 SanDisk cards. Go figure. Some of the 0806 cameras have no issue. Others will randomly display "card size limit" errors (microfiche-sized red error message that lasts about 10 nano-seconds). The camera may recover and restart recording, or it may shut down. Formatting the card seems to solve the issues for a while, but it eventually returns. I may end up replacing the cards in the cameras that misbehave if it gets frequent enough. It happens to me about once every 3 weeks.

I encourage you to visit the dashcamtalk.net forum for the 0806. There's a lot of information about these (and other) issues. Still, I have zero buyer's remorse, and am happier with these 9 cameras than I've ever been with any of the dozens of previous ones I've tried.

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commentererkme73

@Tas The problem you mention with the last camera is describing exactly what would happen if you have the Motion Activation option switched on in that camera. Best check that menu out and turn the option off (if it is indeed on).

October 16, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Techmoan I have this camera and I had it hardwired by a guy who had done work for me before. The camera worked ok for a week or so but then stopped recording, blue light only stayed on almost like the camera had switched itself off. I deleted all the data of the 32G SD card and it all went fine for a few days then I heard it power off again for no apparent reason.I reformatted the card and changed the loop time from 3 mins to 1 min but im a bit stumped why its doing what its doing. Any ideas? Is the card just filling up and then switching the camera off? Is the camera faulty?

October 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris S

mini cam 0806
to operate the camera must be connected current wing?
You can broadcast live to a computer?
how it works in gps? You must be enrolled in a company?
The battery contains that recording capacity ?.
I hope you can help me with that information'm looking to install it on a trailer. where I need to monitor the inside without having direct energy.

October 26, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjorge leon

Hi there Mat,

I have to say I watch all your videos on YouTube. Anyway, I don't suppose you have any contact details for the makers of this camera, as I've had a little idea that I would like to pitch to them.

Thanks

James

November 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJames Simpson

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