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My favourite USB battery power Pack

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

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

Two digit Led display shows battery level

 

What SD CARD should I buy?

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.

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

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.

 

VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however 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 price of a real item against the price of a fake.

To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through 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.

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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

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