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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)

Hi Len

This is now a few weeks old so is somewhat in the past. I can check if I still have it but to be honest I would not want to pursue this now. It just annoyed me beyond annoyed at the time that if I was relying on the footage for evidential reasons I would not be able to.

many thanks

September 19, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterfizz

I bought this and installed it hardwired after testing that it was working. Worked for 2 whole days and now only the blue charging light is the only thing that appears. The unit does not turn on at all. Does this sound like a battery issue? Is there a way to bypass the battery to test to see if it is just the battery? Or is this just a dead camera. Having used it only for 2 days this is pretty disappointing. When it worked it worked great and did everything I wanted it to. Its pretty cold here in the seattle area so I do not think overheating is the issue.

October 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterYogibear

I have changed cars and wanted to put my Mini 0806 in the new veh, hooked up and ran the wiring, all looked good, put in camera, turned on key, blue charge light came on then bugger, blue smoke from camera. I pulled it out of its base straight away and tried it on the computer, nope won't work any more. I went back and had a look at the wiring thinking I had made a mistake and crossed the terminals, nope all good there. Any ideas apart from a very expensive paper weight.
:-(

October 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRuss

i bought one of these ~3y back. i loved it. but in a year it started developing issues and gradually went into coma over next months. i blamed it on a card, which i replaced, and than on a hot climate, which i cannot replace as easily. if i press a key it wakes up for recording few segments and passes away again. than i saw this note about reliability issues, can confirm every word said here.

November 1, 2016 | Unregistered Commenteralex m

Hi there. I'm interesting to buy mini 0806 but my question is...what is the difference between mini 0806 and eyoyo0806 from eBay. Is the Ambrella chip A7 or??? Thanks

November 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSaint2006

Looks like mini0806.com is gone. Getting an expired domain message when looking for updates :(
Have to say, this is the most unreliable camera I've had.

November 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSkid

THIS IS MY SECOND 0806, I HAD TO RETURN THE FIRST ONE AS I KEPT GETTING A KLING KLING NOISE EVERY HALF MILE OR SO
THE REPLACEMENT DOES THE SAME CAN NOT FIND A WAY TO STOP THIS IT LOOKS AS IF I WILL BE RETURNING THIS ONE,

December 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDONDON

Hello,I bought this camera,but have not installed yet.Can I set this up in the menu,to continuously loop?And should an event happen,I can stop recording so it does not overwrite? Thanks let me know and great review.

January 4, 2017 | Unregistered Commentervinny

Hi Fellow moaners, re my KLING KLING noise I have two sd cards in the 0806 now, no more KLING KLING at last the camera
works as it should.
PS . good review from MAT

January 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDONDON

In order to move my Mini 803 between cars, I bought a small roll of velcro type, plastic adhesive tape to mount the dashcam to the window of each car.
This velcro plastic tape is the same stuff that my, toll highway, transponder uses, to attach to my car windshield.

I found this type of velcro type adhesive tape, on the internet.

January 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBill

The 0806 Unit is brilliant and love it.. Only downside is the slot in unit for the actual Camera.. After a while the pins get intermittent contact with the unit and its a pain as it will keep trying to restart, its not as if Im taking it out of the connector unit either regularly, but over time the weight of the camera and bouncing of the car driving causes the unit to have the intermittent contact to the permanent power units.... Apart from that Love this unit..

January 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRon

I bought an 0806 a year ago and so far have not had much luck. It does not record for more than 5 seconds and nothing on SD card when viewed on computer. Now it will not do anything perhaps battery is dead. Tried to get a computer tech to look at it but cannot figure why it is not doing anything.

What am I doing wrong? Thank you for any help or tips. Am not very tech savvy so need all the help.

Mary

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMary

The electrical connection in the mount for the whole 0801 to 0806 series is flawed. I have a 0806 and a 0803 in one of my cars, and I find myself constantly putting the power on/off to keep them going. I have already done the bit of paper trick in the camera side of the mount to make them fit better. I have thought of bypassing the electrical part of the mount with a jack plug type connection, but it just seems like too much trouble. Now how about a box that I can mount under the dash, and plug a few small cameras in. Hmm...

October 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTraction Tim

I bought a Mini 0826 (similar to the 0806 I believe?); it was fine for about six months, gradually more and more issues have arisen. Now all the sounds it makes are distorted, and all recordings and live display only show the brightest part of the image, the rest is extremely dark. Basically, avoid all of these series... :(

December 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSerg

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