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Mini 0801 Dashcam Review

The previous dashcam I reviewed was very good, but the Mini 0801 is even better. This is the smallest dashcam available with an LCD display, GPS, G-Sensor and 1080P recording. It can hide discretely behind the rear view mirror without being disruptive. For example, the WS300W I reviewed would not fit behind the mirror on my Audi, but this one fits in there with room to spare.

  • Records 1080P HD Video at 30fps & Audio
  • 5MP CMOS Sensor
  • Accurate GPS Data Logger
  • 3 Axis G-Shock Sensor for Accident Data
  • 1.5″ LCD Viewing Screen
  • 120 Degree Viewing Angle
  • Records Time and Date Stamp
  • MicroSD Card Slot (32GB max)
  • Ambarella A2s Processor

I’ve had this on my car about 2 months now and the video quality is very clear and  sharp both day and night, better than other dashcams I’ve tried. At night the image is very clear and noise free thanks to the 5MP sensor and Ambarella A2s processor used on more expensive cameras.

This camera is very small, easily fits behind most mirrors and can hide discretely without anyone knowing it’s there. In my Smart Car, it is not visible from the drivers seat and partially visible from the passenger seat. My only complaint is it has a bluish LED to tell you it’s on but not bright enough to be seen past the mirror. If it’s distracting to you, a small piece of black tape will take care of that.

The camera uses 3M double-stick take to attach the mount to the windshield.  The power cable connects to the mount, not the camera making it easy to unclip the camera without lose camera position. What’s also nice is that it’s very small, maybe 1″ square make it less conspicuous. The mount is sturdy, does not move and the camera stays in place quite well.

The windshield mount also contains the electronics for the GPS. The GPS is used to not only track location but also logs speed. It takes under a minute to acquire a satellite signal. You have the option to display the speed on the recorded video, but may work against you in an accident, so best to let it store the information separately.

It also has a G-sensor that logs if you are turning, accelerating or stopping and how hard your are doing so. For example, it can show that you did try to avoid an accident.

You will need to get a MicroSD card. The manufacturer recommends at Class 4 or 6 card and to avoid Class 10. What I found with a Class 10 card is it worked fine, but occasionally when the card was full, it would stop recording. With a Class 4 or 6 card, it worked consistently all the time. It could be that a firmware fix is already in place that resolves this, but to be safe, use a Class 6 card.

Inside the box you get a CD with software, a manual, an extra double stick tape pad, a USB cable, a 12V adapter with a very long cable, the windshield mount and the camera. I had no problem running the cable through the headliner, down the a-pillar, under the dash for a clean install.

I tried the software that came with the camera, and it worked OK, but not as well as Registrator (free) which seamlessly played clips together, showed Google maps with the video and had a nice graph of speed travelled. As you can see, the camera is shorter than the 12V adapter.

Videos

To see them at the full 1080P resolution, you must click on the icon with 4 corners to see the video full screen and then it should automatically go into 1080P viewing, if not click the gear icon and select 1080P. Word of warning, some browsers have issues with embedded YouTubes. If you click on the heading, it’s a link the YouTube page with the video.

Day Video

Night Video – Hollywood and Vine

Registrator Video

Camera Configuration

Now onto the technical bits, how to configure the camera. You turn the camera on or off by pressing and holding the large button on flat end of the camera for a few seconds. It chimes to let you know it’s there and turning on or off. Reassurance that it’s working. When the camera is plugged into power, it powers itself on automatically, like when you start your car.

The first screen you get is the recording screen with the image the lens sees, in this case black because I set it down on table to take picture of the screen. The upper left is a large blue dot, that means the camera is on but not recording. If it was recording, it would be red. You can turn recording on/off with the top button on the right.  There’s other information showing you what resolution you are recording at (FULL HD means 1080P), what date and time is, how fast you are going and that the SD card is place. The number 3 means it’s recording in 3 minute segments, this is configurable.

If you hold the upper right button for a few seconds, it goes into the setup screen. There’s nothing really to change here, the defaults are setup as most would want, like FULL HD. You use the top and bottom buttons on the right to scroll up/down and you use the center button to select an option.

Scrolling down there’s more options, again nothing that I changed here.

Scroll down more and there’s menu options you should change like Time Setup and Auto Power Off. Auto Power Off is where you specify the amount of time to record after you turn the car off or unplug the device.

Time is pretty self explanatory, you set the time you want to see on the video. Use the up/down buttons to scroll to the number you want and then press the center button to take you to the next field.

Viewing the Recordings

The files are stored on the microSD card as .MOV files and can be played back using the included software. What I would recommend that makes this easier is a free program called Registrator Viewer that I show in the video above. It lets you open a series of files and then gives you a timeline to make it easier to find recordings and displays Google maps along side the video. It also lets you view videos that span separate video files and then export a selected start/end points as one video file. Videos that span a file do not lose any frames and the transitions are invisible.

Conclusion

I’m very impressed with this little camera. It’s incredibly small, especially when you consider it has a color LCD screen. It hides well behind the mirror in all my cars and not visible from the drivers seat and barely visible from the passenger seat. From outside you see light gray 3M pad. Some people found black double-stick tape that is less visible. Some people say you can see the white letters that say 1080P and put black tape to cover it. I find that it’s not all that visible. I had it running for 2 months and never even thought about it or noticed it was there other than the chime when it first powers up.

It also reduces my stress levels driving because people cut you off and do stupid things and I think to myself, I have this all being recorded, they won’t be able to talk their way out of this one.

The pluses for this camera are;

  • Price – good HD quality for the price
  • 1080P  resolution at 30fps
  • GPS Logger
  • G-Sensor
  • 12V adapter has a very long cord to allow you to hide the wire

Price – currently $109 shipped from Wrightwood Surveillance. Click HERE for the link.

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James Ericcson
James Ericcson
1 year 4 months ago

I recently had an issue with blown (12V) Hyundai Sonata 2014 car charger fuse for which the mechanic faults the Mini 0801 Dashcam. I used the dashcam without any issues for over a year before this happened. Do you think the camera is to be blamed (I only chargie a phone from the second car charger port)? Thanks in advance!

David
David
1 year 5 months ago

yes, it does

Chih
Chih
1 year 5 months ago

Hi:
Does that export data include the speed ?

john
john
1 year 7 months ago

I have a red dot on my screen that gets bigger and smaller, bigger and smaller every other second, what does this mean? anyone know?

Digital Shift
1 year 7 months ago

What’s up, this weekend is nice for me, since this point in time
i am reading this wonderful educational piece of
writing here at my house.

Tom
Tom
1 year 9 months ago

networkCameracritic
Do you use a dashcam and if so What model
I have 4 of them and in the process of using the video for a accident where someone ran a stop sign and hit me and trying to sue.

Im looking for one with built in GPS I seen many reviews here https://dashcamtalk.com

just curious if you had anymore experience it any new ones

thanks
great site

Patrick
Patrick
1 year 10 months ago

Look at them”Stamp” values…you should be able to change what’s shown on the video here.
In my manual, it’s item 4.16

Susie
Susie
2 years 4 days ago

Have recently purchased a mini 0801 dash cam but can’t work out how to stop it displaying the speed on the recorded video. Can anyone help?

Cheers

Susie

TelBoy
TelBoy
2 years 27 days ago

I have the 0801 with GPS, with a Samsung 32GB Class 6 micro SDHC card, but I can’t get the street maps up when I play back the video files (although I do get text files with the GPS co-ordinates in plain text). I have downloaded the GPS Logger that came with the camera (and also Registrator Viewer as a ‘fail safe’) and when I play the clips I get the video OK, but a red Error message ERROR: No corresponding GPS file. Slowly going mad trying to figure out what the problem is – but I did see a brief message on here some entries back indicating that my car’s own GPS (Audi A6) might be preventing the 0801 GPS from working correctly. Is that a possibility? Is it rectifiable?

Patrick
Patrick
1 year 10 months ago

You need to ensure that you have both the .MOV and matching .log files in a folder that Registrator Viewer can access.
Recordings are in pairs

Eg
C:\videos\test\gps5530.log
C:\videos\test\AMBA5530.MOV

The actual file structure on the SD card is different, but so long as you copy both the folder named ‘gps’ and the folder named 100MEDIA , you’ll get the movie and gps log that matches

Fleecy
Fleecy
2 years 1 month ago

I have my camera for a week, it stop recording when I stop, like traffic light, halt to pedestrian or wait for my turns?

John
John
2 years 19 days ago

Sounds like you are running the motion detection “on”, just turn that setting off.

Mom
Mom
2 years 1 month ago

I have a dash camera for a week, is it normal that it will stopping recording when the car come to stop i.e. traffic light or halt for pedestrian or wait for the way out?

Patrick
Patrick
2 years 1 month ago

If its recording, just press the down arrow to stop it recording. The. You can go anead and edit the settings.

Alan Lloyd
Alan Lloyd
2 years 1 month ago

I have set my 0801 camera in motion detection mode. So now when I switch it on it is recording. This means that I cannot get back into the menu to change anything. Any ideas?

john
john
2 years 19 days ago

When you first turn it on you can hold the OK button to get into the menu before it starts recording.

Ron
Ron
2 years 3 months ago

Can you provide more details about the “Motion Sensor”? If the camera is, for example, hardwired to stay on the whole time, does the camera start recording when it detects movement?

DavidC
DavidC
2 years 3 months ago

Been using the cam for a few months now and am very impressed. I believe I’ve discovered a bug today that is not too serious as long as you’re aware of it… As designed, when the vehicle is turned off, the camera continues to record for 10 seconds, then shuts off. Should you restart the vehicle after the 10 seconds have gone by, it will begin to record again. The problem is if you restart the vehicle before the 10 seconds have passed – let’s say after 8 seconds. Within 2 seconds the cam will shut off … even as you drive away! It will stay off until the next vehicle off/on cycle.

mark davidson
mark davidson
2 years 4 months ago

hi I have just bought 0801 with gps set it all up, set loop for 3 mins
but after being out for a test after the first 3 min it stopped recording I’m using a 32gig class 4 Kingston card has a 4 on the card but on website I bought it from it says 8 so either 4 or an 8 also firmware ver:20140604

Patrick
Patrick
2 years 4 months ago

I’ve had the unit for a week and I’m quite impressed. Reading the comments made ,e check – and despite setting the date and time to my location, London, it comes up as about 7 hours later on the video – that’s China time – so I wonder if there’s a Made in China issue here?

I want to power directly from the battery – I’ll wire through an LED switch on the dash. I can get 12V to 5V car adaptors which are 3Amps but I’m told this will blow the camera as it draws 1amp. Has anybody done this?

Patrick
Patrick
2 years 3 months ago

I have no issues … Seems the time issue was user error….oops. I’ve hard wired the power using a Dashcam unit
http://thedashcamstore.com/dashcam-installation-kit-5-volt-usb-plug-mini-fuse/
It’s dead easy to install and I’d guess it took me maybe 5 minutes. I run a Jeep Wrangler, so needed to cut a hole in the fuse box under the hood for the fuse adaptor cable, and seal it…which took maybe 1/2 hour. Most cars have their accessory fuse box under the dash somewhere, so it’s an easier install.
Issues so far: none

Garrett
Garrett
2 years 4 months ago

Have you had any further experience with this dash camera or any others? This one appears to be the most discrete out of the two you’ve reviewed. I’m really interested in getting this one (mini 0801), however, I would love to hear your current review/thoughts on this camera after having used it for several months now (or your thoughts on any other dash cam you’ve been able to test since then).

I’m really looking for 1080p resolution and being small/discrete. Something that would be able to record to an external box elsewhere in the car would be a plus. For example, not recording directly onto the camera in case someone tries to take/yank the camera out of the car. Any thoughts?

KINGSLEY
KINGSLEY
2 years 5 months ago

Is it possible to track this mini 0801 or 0803 from the google map once it is on without having access to the device or memory card?

Andy
Andy
2 years 5 months ago

Have you heard of any problems with using the car charger for power? I set my camera up and all was fine, but within 24 hours the car charger stopped working and now I can’t power my cam until I get a new charger. Just wondering if its a bad charger or something with the camera.

Eric
Eric
2 years 6 months ago

I purchased my 0801 from Amazon and it did not have a disk with it but it worked fine until I changed my car, purchased another GPS base unit and now it stops recording and also shows this error (ERROR NO CORRESPONDING GPS FILE)
I am also not sure what you guys mean by REGISTRATOR SOFTWARE or where to find it and instal it so could you please enlighten me

david.michaels@comcast.net
david.michaels@comcast.net
2 years 6 months ago

Definitely use the Registrator software. I had similar problems with the supplied software. Mine showed my location as somewhere in the Middle East. It was resolved with Registrator.

Joshua
Joshua
2 years 6 months ago

I just purchased this camera on eBay, after reading a few reviews and seeing the videos on YouTube.
I think the video + audio are great. The LCD is gray also.
No issues with mounting or hiding behind my front mirror.
Wires tucked along headliner, pillar and still have another foot slack.
My question or issue is with the GPS and Mph.
I purchased the GPS option and have set to GPS Data and MPH in the respective menus but when I playback using the default player I get an error. (ERROR NO CORRESPONDING GPS FILE)
On the SD I see a folder called GPS and many files with lat and long coordinates so I’m pretty sure the GPS tracker is working. I’ve formatted the SD, and defaulted the cam. (Then set back mph and GPS settings.) another drive around the block and then checked sd on my PC. Same error.
I have not tried the registrator software .. Yet.
Has anyone had this issue as well.
Wondering if I should return and ask for a new one.
My firmware data is later than anything I’ve seen on this blog.
(Firmware:20140414)

Any replies are welcome and thank you.

Paul
Paul
2 years 6 months ago

I have one of these in my car, but seem to have a problem with the time. i set the correct time on the camera before putting it into the GPS Dock in the car. as soon as the camera gets power from the car the time changes on the camera. not sure what is going on, anyone else found this

other than this the camera works great and picture quality is good even on the lowest setting.

Eric
Eric
2 years 6 months ago

I have a class 6 & 10 32g which sd card would you recommend

Eric
Eric
2 years 6 months ago

Mini Dash Cam 0801 – Problem my one just stops recording since I changed cars and bought a new GPS base unit
Could it be the Base Unit is faulty or The Camera has packed up – when watching on the Car GPS Player it comes up ERROR NO CORRESPONDING GPS FILE where it stops recording

Eric
Eric
2 years 6 months ago

I have the Mini Dash Cam 0801 and it was working absolutely fine until I changed cars purchased a new GPS base unit stuck it to my windscreen then got my local garage to wire it direct so that it operates when ignition turned on but for some unknown reason it either just stops recording or it might say on the wee screen “restore files “Yes – No”
The other thing that happens when I am viewing the files on my Lap Top when it comes to where it stopped recording a notice comes up the Car GPS Player saying “Error No Corresponding GPS File”
Has anyone any idea what this is – is it a dodgy base unit or a fault in my camera unit

Cheers

Dave
Dave
2 years 8 months ago

I have a curious question that might be off the wall 🙂
about the mini 0801 dashcam

Is it possible to plug a 1TB mass storage device to the USB port and record continuously
for weeks worth of recording

Or option number 2
I have a HD 4 channel mobile dvr, If plugged into the av, will it still record in HD from the av
out with all the screen display options (speed, location, time, date) ?

0

David
David
2 years 8 months ago

I’m using 20131202 firmware.
Has anyone else had a problem with motion sensor at night? Often, AT NIGHT ONLY ,recording stops until there is a more dramatic “change of scenery” ahead. Then it resumes recording. Other than that, I think this camera works great, but this is of concern to me.

Thanks,
David

Steve King
Steve King
2 years 9 months ago

I recently purchased this camera and have two issues, when the camera is running the blue light flashes blue and red. Is this normal? It’s very distracting. Secondly, I can’t review any recordings on my computer. Wat am I doing wrong?

Mike
Mike
2 years 9 months ago

Hi
I have had my 0801 for a few months now and I still have a problem with the camera not over recording files when the sd card is full.
The camera came with the firmware 20131026 and when the sd card was 3 quarters full I got the error messages. I read up on this and did an upgrade(3 or so weeks ago) but was 20130924, this weekend the same has happened again, after reformatting the sd card,(card wiped all files) the camera records as it should, no issues, travelled about 100-120 miles.
Will the 20131230 update firmware sort this ?
The camera has been recording fine as it should with no issues with the sd card when up to 3 quarters full.
Card used is Samsung class 6 32g and recording on full HD with 3 min loop files.
Mike

Kent
Kent
2 years 9 months ago

Anyone ever use these things to face the other way ? . . . . to record if and when someone breaks into the car ?
I’ve been thinking of rigging something like this up, perhaps a RaspberryPi based system, something that would perhaps alert me by wireless of a break-in. It’s have to be very discreet and have some kind of motion detection.

Max
Max
2 years 11 months ago

Hi networkcameracritic,

Thanks for the review! I found that there was another, release 2.0, of this camera.
The info sheet says it has an improved night recording due to the new sensor OmniVision OV2710 as well as 140 degrees view angle. The internal memory has increased to 8GB.

I was wondering, maybe this improved device was worth your time for another great review?

Thanks!

Hal Lasell
Hal Lasell
2 years 11 months ago

Hi. I’m not quite sure how I stumbled across it, but I’ve really enjoyed and appreciated your blog.

You’ve made several positive references to registrator, so I found and downloaded it. However, prior to running software from an unknown site, I always run Google safebrowsing diagnostic. Check out the results (run it as follows, substitute any site name you wish):

http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=registratorviewer.com

…the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2014-01-04.
Malicious software includes 8 trojan(s).

FYI, Google says it hasn’t visited your site in the past 90 days. Perhaps some external links might drag the search engines in?

Anyway, thanks for the effort and a very happy new year to you.

Rick
Rick
2 years 11 months ago

I’m interested in purchasing a camera like this for my car. I do have a question, can I leave it on all he time? What I don’t want to do is, get in my car, start it up, then turn on the camera to start recording. Is it automatic? Will it turn on and start recording when power is applied? My cigarette lighter does cut power off when the car is off. So, I assume I would get about 10 minutes of video of my garage wall before the internal battery dies?

Thanks,
Rick

onlinetechadvice
2 years 11 months ago

Hey NetworkCameraCritic,

Long time reader of your blog, I have purchased cameras based on your reviews: HDB3200CN and the Hikvision 3MP bullet. However I noticed you never tried Geovision? I have the GV-CAW220 and it is quite good.

Another reason I am writing this post is because I found something new that you all might be interested in, Its a mini wifi doorbell with built in IP Camera. Its called SkyBell WiFi Doorbell. Looks cool, but at $200 its a hard purchase for me right now. Would be more attractive at $100-$150. Don’t know if you can contact them for a sample and let us know how good it is. http://www.skybell.com/product/skybell-device/

Thanks.

Onlinetechadvice

bricor
bricor
2 years 11 months ago

May have missed it but does it record over the old footage or just stop recording when the sd card is full?

KK
KK
2 years 11 months ago

Crap. Just ordered the other one from Wrightwood on Black Friday as a Christmas gift. Didn’t even see this one available. Wonder if they’ll let me upgrade.

Big D
Big D
2 years 11 months ago

What size microsd card(s) did you use? The 32gb? And did you fill a card(s) to full? How many hours were you able to capture for that or those cards? Was there difference in the file size used day vs night recording?

Mark
Mark
2 years 11 months ago

There have to be more settings that that. I assume there is an accelerometer threshold for starting recording, a pre-record buffer setting (record the ten/fifteen/thirty seconds before a shock event), resolution settings, etc.

Also, is that correct that it’ll have the camera running but not recording? Or is it continuously recording, but won’t write protect a recording until a certain G threshold or manual panic button press? There is a manual “panic button” recording mode, isn’t there?

Is the LCD the only visual output? No LEDs, just onscreen indicators? Is the LCD on continuously? Rather, is it showing a camera view all the time? That sounds like it would be distracting while driving at night.

Are there any screenshots of the desktop software like you have with the IP cam reviews?

Carlton
Carlton
2 years 11 months ago

This looks like a much more compelling camera compared to the previous dash cam you reviewed. Thanks for the review.

Ed
Ed
2 years 11 months ago
I have owned one of these for several weeks now and absolutely love it…but…some of these cams, mine included, have a problem when recording audio with the video. When the card became full after 5 or so hours, there would be a Low Speed Card error that would cause the camera to shut off every couple of minutes. Re-formatting the card would eliminate the error, until the time that the card became full again. Some microSD cards were better than others in eliminating this error. It was found that the recording error could not be duplicated with merely filling up the card with a static scene at home…the recordings had to have motion and include the audio portion to re-create the error. The most recent firmware revision (20131202 as of today) has corrected that problem. What firmware revision are these cameras shipping with? Mine was shipped with 20131026 and I had to upgrade the firmware (a very simple process…the firmware is copied to the root of the microSD card and the camera recognizes it at bootup). Again, not all of the cameras have this problem (I have read that there are at least 4 companies manufacturing this camera in China).… Read more »
Ron
Ron
2 years 11 months ago

Buell, didn’t see it in the review, and a quick google search claims battery life is about 10-15 minutes. Is that what you found?

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