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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.

 

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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.

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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 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

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