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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.

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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 can't recall who makes it - and I'm not sure if I ever knew....in fact I'm pretty sure I never knew....probably.

November 2, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Mat,
Absolutely great presentation which allowed me to purchase the Mini 0806 in Australia with confidence.
Whilst using the cam I wanted to connect to PC. I downloaded Dashcam Viewer App and it seems to work well except I can't zoom in on plates etc. any help would be appreciated. Or can you recommend a better download to view my mini sd card?

November 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDreamcaster51

A lot of people use a piece of software called Registrator Viewer. I don't have too much experience with it myself, but it seems to be a favourite.

November 9, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

After watching your excellent review of the Mini 0806 I've just bought the latest (Ver 3 I think?) and I'm having trouble making the hardwire kit function correctly. I've fitted it to a 9 year old BMW750 and paralleled on to the wiring around the interior lights (about 50 to chose from!) in a very convenient area right above the rear view mirror.

When I drive the car the camera keeps resetting and then stays off. I then replaced the power with the supplied cigarette lighter power supply and the camera works fine. So I contacted Combi Marketing Ltd who I bought it all from and after 15 minutes of very helpful discussion we decided that the external supply must be faulty so he immediately sent me another.

The second supply has now been fitted and exactly the same problem. On and off every 15 seconds and eventually just stays off. I'm now guessing that the I've a12v supply in the BMW I've attached it to must be electrically 'noisy' and the rather cheap looking power supply can't regulate it properly - but as I say, that's a guess. Have you any experience of this problem and if so could you make a suggestion please?

Thanks

Len Jones

November 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLen

In reply to Len above,

You will find most BMW's use a Can-Bus system which will monitor the current drawn via its ECU. Taking a 12v feed from the light is a no-no as this is only supposed to draw low current and if it draws more than needed it will shut down the 12v to the wire as it will think it has a short somewhere.

The best way for this to work would be to find a switched ignition somewhere near the fuse box or even check to see if the cigar socket is a 12v switched line.

If not you can fit something called an ignigen that connects to a canbus link wire and then to a 12v perminant feed, which will then output a switched line. If you are from the north east, I would take a look and sort it out for you.

November 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJames Simpson

Hi, I have enjoyed reading your articles and appreciate the straightforward approach. I see there is a new mini , mini 0901 being offered by hddashcam.co.uk. Do you know anything about this new module (other than what is published) and anything about the company hddashcam, ie., is it reliable. The manufacturer is Skyhigh electronics in China.
Your view would be much appreciated
Regards
Julien

November 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJulien Brown

I purchased the first incarnation of the mini 0806 and other than a slightly dodgy connection pin on the screen mount I have had no problems
However I have contacted the company I purchased it from (joovuu) who tell me they no longer stock them because "they have reliability and quality problems".
Have you any knowledge of these issue?
Tom

November 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Thanks for that James, I'd love to take you up on your offer but I live in the South West, alas! Currently I'm still living with dangling wires to my cigar lighter. I even went to see my BMW dealer who admitted they have no idea where to attach it and would "make it up as they go" if I brought it in for them to do.

I'll get round to the job again when time allows but in the meantime I'm stuck with scruffy...

November 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLen

Hi Len,

What BMW do you have? Do you have access to a multimeter? When I was fitting stereos and hard wiring sat nav's to cars, the best place to find an ignition source would be directly from the fuse box. Now there are some fuses to ignore completely (ABS, Airbags, ECU), but apart from these, you could find either a fuse slot that has no fuse in that is a switched live, or join in with another fuse that is in use.

We used these neat little devices:

This would allow you to either tap into an existing fuse, and keep it fused and then provide you with a switched ignition, or just simply insert it into a blank fuse space that is an ignition live, insert a fuse and wire your dashcam to this.

But you will need to get a multimeter to find which is a stable switched ignition.

Cheers

James

November 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJames Simpson

Len,

For some reason the image didnt work:

Here it is again

http://g03.a.alicdn.com/kf/HTB17Z8EHXXXXXbAapXXq6xXFXXXG/MINI-ATM-Fuse-TAP-Add-On-Dual-Circuit-Adapter-Auto-CAR-Terminal-15A-Wholesales-Mini-Dual.jpg

November 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJames Simpson

Hey,

Great review! I wanted to clarify whether this will work with power through a USB (non data) cable - I don't have a spare 12v spot and don't want to commit to hard-wiring it.

Thanks!

December 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStu

Hi Stu,

It can be powered via a USB cable - that's how I've got mine setup.

December 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVaz

I bought 64G memory card for my new 0806 cam. When i try to view my footage it recorded only 4G and stop recording until I the car turn off and then on and keep recording another 4G.
Any one can tall me haw to record my full journey in my 64G. Thanks..

December 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJhon

Hi. This is a great review, thanks. I will be referring to it. Can you tell me if the 806 supports microSDHC? it says it supports microSD but that is an older format and most memory available now is SDHC.

December 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBrent

Hi it would appear the place you store the samples is no longer, just tried to download and got an error

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Yes I'll be re-uploading all the clips over the next few days.

December 17, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi. I have a Mini 801 as a rear dash cam. It gives off RF interference, which knocks out my DAB in my Mini. It is definitely the camera, not the leads or the mount. Any idea how to screen it? I have wrapped it in modelling lead which sometimes works.....

Many thanks

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercraig willson

You sure it's not the charger that's producing radio interference?
Can you run the camera on its internal battery for a while?

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaul M

I had a problem with FM interference on an A118 in the back window and found that the top 3 wires in the rear window were aerials. I moved the camera lower down. Interference gone.

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBazzza

Please do not get this, lack of support from manufacturer after May2015 update, they DO NOT CARE

December 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGarrick

Follower of Techmoan for sometime now and hoping an 806 user can help me out. My wife bought it for me and I can't seem to get it to record. As I wanted to set it up indoors, I plugged it into an adaptor with a cigarette lighter socket and as I set it up, presumed it would start recording but it didn't. Does the recording light stay steady or does it flash when recording?

December 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersapelesam

Hi Techmoan.

I'm contacting you as, judging by your YouTube videos, you are local to me in Wigan, plus you have the most descriptive and helpful YouTube videos going.

I have two Ambarella mini 0806 dashcams - one for the front of the car (purchased March 2015) and one for the rear (purchased August 2015).

Up until now, I've been very pleased with them both, but this morning for some reason, the one at the rear made a beeping sound and suddenly stopped recording (although it is set on 'loop').

It still switches on and I can go through all of the settings, so it is still working in that sense, but it will not record.

Have you any ideas as to what could cause this?

Regards

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGlass Man

Unfortunately these things do suffer from a high failure rate judging by the comments I receive. If you've tried reformatting the SD card and using a different SD card then you've exhausted all the potential remedies.

January 8, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Make sure you try another power charger (any standard micro USB cell phone charger will work) and, plug into the camera DIRECTLY - not into the base. There have been many failures linked to the shaky retracting pins and contact surfaces. If you're powering through the base, and the connection at the pins has worn (either from vibration, oxidation/corrosion, or weak springs) the voltage/current going to the camera will become unstable - resulting in data errors on the card. When the camera reaches one of those errors, it shuts down. The firmware is unable to handle corrupt data, and instead of skipping it, it powers off. Stupid, but that's what I (and others at dashcamtalk) have discovered. Formatting the card (in the camera) should stop the problem, but only until it generates more corrupt data.

SanDisk cards are also iffy with these 0806 based on others' experiences. Figures, because that's what I bought for all of mine.

Lastly, if none of the above solves your problem, you may have a dead/dying LiPo battery. They're cheap (about USD8) and relatively simple to change - though it will require a jewelers screwdriver set, a soldering iron, good eyes, and a steady hand. But very doable. If the battery dies, the camera will act flaky - generating write errors, and ultimately shutting down.

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered Commentererkme73

Hello Techmoan and erkme73.

Thank you both for your replies and help with my dashcam problem.
I swapped the SD cards around, which proved the problem to be the SD card in the rear dashcam and not the dashcam itself.
I tried to reformat my SD card, but had no luck, so bought a new SD card yesterday.
Problem solved!
Once again, thank you both very much for you help.
I would probably have thrown the dashcam out and bought a new one, if it wasn't for you!

January 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGlass Man

Glad to hear that solved your problem, Glass man. Corruption on the SD card will always cause shut downs. I would still focus on how the camera is powered, as that may be the source of the corruption. Hopefully that was the first and last issue you'll have.

January 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commentererkme73

Mini 806 users, help urgently needed. I have a 32g Samsung micro sd card in the camera, when I put it in the adaptor and into the card reader on my Sony laptop I don't seem to be able to download video, I think I am getting sound. Any ideas? Bought the card direct from Amazon.

January 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersapelesam

Bought the mini 806 and having no end of problems. Does anybody know why it might be recording sound only on to the mini sd card. Bought a 32g card via Amazon link so card should be OK.

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersapelesam

If you watch the clips back on the camera's built in LCD screen....and there are videos playing...the problem will lie on your PC (which can be resolved by installing the Klite codec pack).

If there is no video when you watch the clips on the LCD screen...your camera is knackered.

January 14, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Techmoan, brilliant review of the Mini 0806 Dashcam by the by.

I bought one with the GPS (Ambarella A2S60) and followed all the things on your video successfully. Everything fine for about 9 months. Noticed that the flashing blue light was going constant and that I was getting large gaps in recording. I've tried looking into it without success and have now noticed that I can't do anything with the up and down arrows anymore. It just puts either the lock sign on or a cactus like logo appears. So, I cant go into setup or anything else. I've still got the box and bits and bobs it came with, but have lost the receipt and record of where purchased, so I'm up that creek with no means of propulsion. Do you have an address where I can send it to for repair or is it a dead duck and fit only for target practise. Any thoughts please?

All the best.

Clive.

January 26, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterclive

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