for test purpose

Download here:
http://www.mini0806.com/firmware/0806firmware-150512.zip

update log:
1, improved card switching
2, removed Parking Guard menu provisionally. (which caused some battery flating problem)
3, added half Time Zone
4, updated the button defination on some interface.
 


Comments

Teymur Aliyev
05/14/2015 9:10am

Hello. my 0806 works well, but i have a little issue. my 0806 is connected directly to car 12v, so it works 24/7, and after 3 days + of recording (72 hours+) it freezes and shuts down and didnt record anything until i manually restart it. before the changing firmware, after 3 days the 0806 has freezed directly without any shutdown. how can i fix it? thanks

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Alejandro Alvarez
06/22/2015 10:32am

I am having the same problem!

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Rakddon
08/08/2015 7:16am

I have the same problem!

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Mark B
09/15/2015 10:51am

I have the same issue, except that it's not always 72+ hours. Missed someone stealing a few things from my truck because of this... :(

Default options with date/time/GPS overlay enabled. Time zone/time/date set, no other settings changed. Also tried enabling motion detection, but it always records anyway...

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Hidden
11/18/2015 1:18am

Same problem here.

Must be an internal counter that runs out after X power on hours or Y minutes recording. Is this ever going to be fixed?!?

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marc saville
01/03/2016 5:47am

i am also having the same problem!

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BillMan
02/13/2016 6:32pm

The easy fix would be to have it so this device auto reboots every 8 hours. Than it turns back on and rexords, you would miss out on 1 minute recording time, but this would be better than having it freeze

Daimian Williams
05/15/2015 2:33am

Very happy to see this - Will be testing tonight!

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Daimian Williams
05/15/2015 6:02am

GPS locks within 30secs!!

Card B was full, didnt swap to card A though...

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06/06/2015 2:00pm

I have the same problem with my two 0806 cameras. Both will not switch to the memory card in slot A. All the SD cards are 32GB Class 10 quality cards. All the cards have been formatted both in the camera and via my laptop with no luck. Both are set to auto switch.
I love the discreteness of the camera and the play back is fine. I can only hope they fix the problem with slot A before too many people find a better product.

Chris
11/08/2015 1:29pm

Same problem, the only way to get it to record on card A is to remove card B.
Even with the settings set to card A only it still records to card B and loop records on B when full.

05/15/2015 3:11am

Half time zone! (Half-hour offset?)

Woohoo!

I'll test this tomorrow!

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05/15/2015 5:00am

I like this update very much! I think it is one of the best

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Pedro
05/16/2015 2:34pm

What do you like best about it? Almost nothing is improved compared with the last version.
Card switching improved? No way
Boot sound switch = gone

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05/16/2015 4:22pm

At least it shows the correct time now! (No auto daylight savings change though)

Pedro
05/15/2015 8:59am

Why again removed the chime muting?

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Pedro
05/15/2015 12:16pm

Is this firmware based on the firmware 150128 instead of the firmware 150323?

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kwplee
05/15/2015 11:15pm

1. Still have problem to compatible with 2x128gb c10 cards! When camera is turned on, it seems ok and starts recording. But after a very short moment, the camera has warning 3 chime sounds all the time when driving.
2. Card slot setting is AUTO, and the camera recording on slot B. After changed it slot A only, not one single video file is recorded.
3. Playback the video files, over 85% of them are corrupted and not full 3 min default setting. Some video files as short as 23 seconds, missing frames still existing when using 128gb c10 card.

Will try 2x64gb c10 cards tomorrow.

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kwplee
05/17/2015 4:19am

1. Tested the mini0806 with 2x64gb EVO cards today, the result is very disappointing.
2. After insert the two cards, then using the camera's own format function, only slot B could be formatted, all old video files in slot A card were untouched. The slot A seems not function.
3. Default 3 min segment length setting, I had a 25 mins trip this morning, total 17 segment files recorded. Only ONE file is full 3 minutes and it is a corrupted unreadable file as well, all other video file sizes vary from 3 seconds to 2:38 minutes. The breakdown is as below:
1x3s - readable
6x16s - all readable
2x25s - all readable
3x33s - all videos freeze after playback 7s
2x50s - 1 readable, 1 freeze after playback 5s
1x1:28m - blackout
1x2:38m - blackout
1x3m - blackout
The whole 25 minutes journey, the mini0806 only successfully recorded not more than 161 seconds video.
4. Return trip using slot A only, only 1 file recorded. This very 1 video file was not the trip related, it was accidently recorded things when I adjusted the camera setting. So, slot A failed to record anything at all during the return tip.

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Pedro
05/17/2015 4:53am

Try to format your cards with usb disk storage format-tool and choose fat32. You can find the tool here:
http://www.authorsoft.com/usb-disk-storage-format-tool.html

Tim
06/22/2015 3:46pm

Hi there,
Can anyone help me?
Have had my mini 0806 for a little over a week now (bought new) i hardwired it into my car on an 'accessory' circuit. It work well for a few days then noticed it wasn't always starting up when i switched my car on. Firstly i challenged tested my wiring and then the power circuit but cant fault it.
So I've now plugged it into my computer but my computer will not recognize my device, 'USB device not recognized'.
Have tried to follow all the online notes/Youtube and Direct USB 'Bricked 0806' firmware upgrade etc, but because the camera will not be recognized by my computer i cant connect it to the software and start the up/downloads.
I have left it in the Default settings and have formatted the supplied 128g sd card before used as directed in the used manual.
Is someone out there able to help me as Im currently stuck with a $300 paper weight.
Thanks in advance.

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Frans
12/19/2015 5:13am

I had the same problem only few seconds sometimes not even recording and now after updating the camera only gives a bleu light don'record anything en even when connected to the computer is doesn't show up
The seller say's it a software problem and have to pay € 50 and will mis the camera for 10 weeks or even with the holiday's more
Only used it for one day

very disappointed
Frans

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kwplee
05/17/2015 6:48am

1. Both 64gb cards have been previously formatted with larger than 32gb fat32 software when using 150323 firmware. My point is this new 150512 firmware hasn't solved the card switching issue properly yet. And also the missing frames issue since day one I bought this camera with original 150128 firmware not fixed, my Samsung high speed u1 EVO cards didn't get any advantage in video file writing. Even using Toshiba u3 Exceria 32gb high speed card still has the same missing frames issue. Needless to say normal c10 cards can do better jobs! My other Panorama IIs camera has no issue at all, always full 3 minutes segment files with no error. The only reason I bought this camera is I like its discreet form factor, but the missing frames issue is a big handicap.
2. Your suggested format-tool keeps freezing every run, uninstalled with no doubt.

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Dan Marz - Sydney, Australia
05/20/2015 7:56am

First impressions - not good for what should be a nice gadget

Bought the mini806 brand new yesterday ($279 AUD) and straight out of the box with late 2014 FW the audio did not record and GPS took ages to lock in. Uh?

With the latest May 15 FW installed these problems are fixed, but... now 180 degree flip text is the right way but the image is upside down. It does however record the right way up. Before some clown gets clever, of course the unit has been turned upside down too.

Plus now I get a stupid regular 4 beeps and screen alert showing "collision warning" WTF! I have turned shock and movement off and it still blars at me. There is no setting for Collision Alerts, so what's going on? Is this a future FW upgrade without a menu setting?

Unfortunately this unit and its FW is still half baked and I am not happy. One day this unit might be a great gadget, but today it is a pain in the rump!

BTW I am an electronics engineer so I am not your regular chump.

Is anyone at mini0806.com listening???? If so, reply to your own forum!

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05/21/2015 6:15am

Hi Dan,

Sorry to hear you having issues.

Re: the 180 degree flip - It sounds like you might have the video resolution set to HDR 1920x1080P setting. Try using the 1920x1080P 30FPS setting (non HDR option) should work fine. I think its an Ambarella bug on HDR setting which they are working to resolve.

The collision warning could be because the LDWS (Lane Departure Warning System) setting is turned on. You can try turning that feature to off and it should stop.

If still fails, I managed to restore defaults and then set the camera up again to my preferred settings. (Just dont use the HDR 1920x1080 option if you want to flip the screen 180 deg :)) and leave the LDWS setting on off.

Had similar issues so hope this helps :)

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Michael
05/25/2015 12:19pm

I purchased my mini 0806 about 3 weeks ago. I noticed that it would not record any longer because I had to reformat my SD card. The card became full and would not record. Do I have to always reformat my SD card? I thought it would record over the oldest sections.

Please explain.

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05/26/2015 7:44am

No, you shouldn't have to re-format the card, as it should write over the oldest captured video.

Maybe try re-installing the latest firmware (copy onto root of microSD and restart camera)

Make sure you Reset To Defaults before modifying your config to suit.

Let us know how it goes.

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05/26/2015 7:44am

No, you shouldn't have to re-format the card, as it should write over the oldest captured video.

Maybe try re-installing the latest firmware (copy onto root of microSD and restart camera)

Make sure you Reset To Defaults before modifying your config to suit.

Let us know how it goes.

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05/26/2015 7:44am

No, you shouldn't have to re-format the card, as it should write over the oldest captured video.

Maybe try re-installing the latest firmware (copy onto root of microSD and restart camera)

Make sure you Reset To Defaults before modifying your config to suit.

Let us know how it goes.

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05/26/2015 7:44am

No, you shouldn't have to re-format the card, as it should write over the oldest captured video.

Maybe try re-installing the latest firmware (copy onto root of microSD and restart camera)

Make sure you Reset To Defaults before modifying your config to suit.

Let us know how it goes.

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MAVERICK
05/26/2015 7:44am

No, you shouldn't have to re-format the card, as it should write over the oldest captured video.

Maybe try re-installing the latest firmware (copy onto root of microSD and restart camera)

Make sure you Reset To Defaults before modifying your config to suit.

Let us know how it goes.

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Artur
05/26/2015 2:13am

5 weeks later and for no reason, second 0806 is dead. False economy.
Get something branded guys and stop wasting your time.

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gh
08/17/2015 9:54pm

Try buying from a firm that tests the cameras before sending them out. Dashcams Australia run QA/QC tests on every unit.

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Alexander Merniy
05/26/2015 7:50am

Does 0806 synchronise date and time from GPS?

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MAVERICK
05/26/2015 8:07am

Yes, just make sure you have the correct time zone offset selected.

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Radu
05/27/2015 3:39am

Since i made this update i have issue with recorded sound. It is like a boom boom sounds, a metal sound or something like this on the capture. I dont know why, but isnt normal.

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05/27/2015 11:35pm

in case Markus forgot to mention it....
No, you shouldn't have to re-format the card, as it should write over the oldest captured video.

Maybe try re-installing the latest firmware (copy onto root of microSD and restart camera)

Make sure you Reset To Defaults before modifying your config to suit.

Let us know how it goes.

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05/28/2015 1:14am

Good advice!

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Derek
05/29/2015 12:48am

I have mine 180degree flipped, but I hate that the date and time stamp are in the top left corner--- any way to get those back down to the bottom right corner?

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Dave UK
05/31/2015 9:09am

Only problem I seem to get regardless of firmware version is the camera randomly turns off? Why is this? Most annoying. Thinking about getting rid of it if this cannot be resolved in the near future and upgrading to the Blackvue system as my colleagues us that without problem.

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jstn
05/31/2015 3:27pm

Was interested in buying an 0806 but after reading these issues, I think I'll pass and find something else... too bad because it seemed to be a great little camera! :\

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06/01/2015 5:57am

Car switching is not working.

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Robbo
06/01/2015 10:22am

This works great fro me, connects to gps in seconds but as mentioned by someone earlier still not switching to the second card when the other becomes full

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06/01/2015 3:39pm

The latest firmware seems to be an improvement, at least I can choose the correct time-zone now!

But, card switching still doesn't work, and occasionally it just shows a blue screen, saying USB connected, whilst plugged in to its car mount. (Doesn't record in this state)

It is a pity, because this cam is so close to being great (small form factor, great image quality etc) - but it's unreliability makes it questionable for its intended purpose.....

Maybe employ more firmware developers?

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sachse
06/02/2015 3:13pm

Every write corrups the filesystem.

Using 64GB c10 sandisk card on slot A or B.

Steps to reproduce:
- format card with FAT32: mkfs.vfat -vv -n CAM -F32 /dev/sdc1
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mkfs.fat 3.0.27 (2014-11-12)
Boot jump code is eb 58
Using 32 reserved sectors
Trying with 64 sectors/cluster:
FAT12: #clu=1948299, fatlen=5760, maxclu=4080, limit=4080
FAT12: too much clusters
FAT16: #clu=1948241, fatlen=7616, maxclu=65520, limit=65520
FAT16: too much clusters
FAT16: would be misdetected as FAT12
FAT32: #clu=1948003, fatlen=15219, maxclu=1948032, limit=268435440
Using sector 6 as backup boot sector (0 = none)
/dev/sdc1 has 64 heads and 32 sectors per track,
hidden sectors 0x8000;
logical sector size is 512,
using 0xf8 media descriptor, with 124702720 sectors;
drive number 0x80;
filesystem has 2 32-bit FATs and 64 sectors per cluster.
FAT size is 15219 sectors, and provides 1948003 clusters.
There are 32 reserved sectors.
Volume ID is 65888bdd, volume label CAM .
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- disconnect from USB and reboot
- start cam (lets create directory structure and copy the player)
- power down the cam or wait until it's turned of by empty battery
- check the filesystem: dosfsck -a -w -v /dev/sdc1
---- 8< ----
fsck.fat 3.0.27 (2014-11-12)
Checking we can access the last sector of the filesystem
Boot sector contents:
System ID "mkfs.fat"
Media byte 0xf8 (hard disk)
512 bytes per logical sector
32768 bytes per cluster
32 reserved sectors
First FAT starts at byte 16384 (sector 32)
2 FATs, 32 bit entries
7792128 bytes per FAT (= 15219 sectors)
Root directory start at cluster 2 (arbitrary size)
Data area starts at byte 15600640 (sector 30470)
1948003 data clusters (63832162304 bytes)
32 sectors/track, 64 heads
32768 hidden sectors
124702720 sectors total
Reclaiming unconnected clusters.
Checking free cluster summary.
Free cluster summary wrong (1948002 vs. really 1947963)
Auto-correcting.
Performing changes.
/dev/sdc1: 4 files, 40/1948003 clusters
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- after every write the free cluster summery is wrong!!!

Sometimes after a few recorings the dirty bit is also set.
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fsck.fat 3.0.27 (2014-11-12)
Checking we can access the last sector of the filesystem
0x41: Dirty bit is set. Fs was not properly unmounted and some data may be corrupt.
Automatically removing dirty bit.
Boot sector contents:
System ID "mkfs.fat"
Media byte 0xf8 (hard disk)
512 bytes per logical sector
32768 bytes per cluster
32 reserved sectors
First FAT starts at byte 16384 (sector 32)
2 FATs, 32 bit entries
7792128 bytes per FAT (= 15219 sectors)
Root directory start at cluster 2 (arbitrary size)
Data area starts at byte 15600640 (sector 30470)
1948003 data clusters (63832162304 bytes)
32 sectors/track, 64 heads
32768 hidden sectors
124702720 sectors total
Reclaiming unconnected clusters.
Checking free cluster summary.
Free cluster summary wrong (1905696 vs. really 1832044)
Auto-correcting.
Performing changes.
/dev/sdc1: 38 files, 115959/1948003 clusters
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Next issue: files will be overwritten (firmware 01/28/2015 not fixed until current version)
---- 8< ----
-rwx------ 1 root root 147062784 Mar 18 19:54 AMBA0001.MOV -rwx------ 1 root root 147062784 Mar 18 19:54 AMBA0001.MOV
-rwx------ 1 root root 377880576 Mar 18 19:59 AMBA0002.MOV -rwx------ 1 root root 377880576 Mar 18 19:59 AMBA0002.MOV
-rwx------ 1 root root 356909056 Mar 18 20:04 AMBA0003.MOV -rwx------ 1 root root 356909056 Mar 18 20:04 AMBA0003.MOV
-rwx------ 1 root root 63045632 Mar 18 20:05 AMBA0004.MOV -rwx------ 1 root root 63045632 Mar 18 20:05 AMBA0004.MOV
-rwx------ 1 root root 168034304 Mar 18 20:31 AMBA0005.MOV -rwx------ 1 root root 168034304 Mar 18 20:31 AMBA0005.MOV
-rwx------ 1 root root 42074112 Mar 18 20:32 AMBA0006.MOV -rwx------ 1 root root 42074112 Mar 18 20:32 AMBA0006.MOV
-rwx------ 1 root root 21102592 Mar 18 20:43 AMBA0007.MOV -rwx------ 1 root root 21102592 Mar 18 20:43 AMBA0007.MOV
-rwx------ 1 root root 230948864 Mar 18 20:46 AMBA0008.MOV -rwx------ 1 root root 230948864 Mar 18 20:46 AMBA0008.MOV
-rwx------ 1 root root 63045632 Mar 20 16:43 AMBA0009.MOV -rwx------ 1 root root 63045632 Mar 20 16:43 AMBA0009.MOV
-rwx------ 1 root root 84017152 Mar 20 16:44 AMBA0010.MOV -rwx------ 1 root root 84017152 Mar 20 16:44 AMBA0010.MOV
-rwx------ 1 root root 20971520 Mar 20 18:54 AMBA0011.MOV -rwx------ 1 root root 251920384 Mar 21 18:27 AMBA0011.MOV <-- This file from 20th of march was overwitten on 21st of march!!!
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bill
06/19/2015 5:07am

watch out for fake sandisk cards. my first two cards i chose were allegedly sandisk, they would record about 7GB of video and the rest of the files were irreversibly corrupt.

no firmware fixed it, but a change to genuine samsung cards fixed it.

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Steve
06/02/2015 3:13pm

Hi. Great product! I have a few suggestions hopefully you can take on board.
1. There should be an option to mute the start up chime and/or change the chime to single pip.
2. Motion detect mode should have the option to recognise that power is supplied by the engine running (voltage increase?) and switch to normal recording mode. otherwise the recording can shut down when the car is stationary e.g waiting at lights rather than parked.

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William
06/08/2015 3:19am

I agree Ignition sense.
When vehicle starts: Starts recording
Ignition loss: Motion Only

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bill
06/19/2015 5:11am

they do a special base for this mode. the problem is the camera runs off 5 Volts and is supplied with a regulator. consequently there is no way the camera can reliably detect a change in battery voltage as all it sees is regulated 5V coming in.

if the motion detect worked properly and also used audio detect (as a running car will always make some noise) then this would be great as i could leave it on all the time as i have a second vehicle battery that runs accessories.

Oleg
06/03/2015 12:51pm

I purchased 3 dashcams mini 0806. Two at Diggcam.com (shipped from China) and one at Amazon (shipped from United States). All 3 cameras freeze and do not respond. I can turn them off only by pressing power button for 20 seconds. I tried firmware from March 15 and May 12. Updated firmware didn't help. Please advise.

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Christer
11/19/2015 2:35pm

Same here - I bought two from a verified seller on ebay and didn't get around to installing them until a few days ago. One freezes and crashes after displaying the boot graphic, the other works fine (apart from memory car slot A not being used, even if slot B is empty)...

Really starting to regret the purchase and wish I'd gone for something else.

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supermoe
06/03/2015 2:38pm

If you have a single card, do NOT leave it set on Auto. It hangs trying to find the card in the empty slot. Set it to Card a/b only and it will loop record fine.

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Fun
06/08/2015 2:29pm

I have purchased another set which arrives recently. is it possible to copy over the unit firmware to my older unit (bought in April 2015) that is behaving unpredictably after i have upgrade to the latest firmware?

Can someone guide me please. thanks in advance

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Alex
06/08/2015 11:00pm

Wrote new firmware. Same situation as with previous. Record goes only to B and does not switch to A after B is full.

When do you fix this big problem?

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Joe
06/10/2015 6:42am

I bought the 0806 in April 2015. Unit worked great, then all of a sudden it powers on then shuts off. I have to manually turn it on only to have it turn off again 30 seconds later. Any Ideas?

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Dave UK
06/10/2015 1:55pm

Thats what mine does, the way I clear that problem is to clear the memory card/cards by re formatting them on my PC then the problem goes away again for a few weeks. Pain in the @rse but as no moderator on here who works for the manufacturer answered me when I queried this problem recently its the best you can hope for!

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Dave UK
06/10/2015 1:55pm

Thats what mine does, the way I clear that problem is to clear the memory card/cards by re formatting them on my PC then the problem goes away again for a few weeks. Pain in the backside but as no moderator on here who works for the manufacturer answered me when I queried this problem recently its the best you can hope for!

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Dave UK
06/10/2015 1:56pm

Thats what mine does, the way I clear that problem is to clear the memory cards by re formatting them on my PC then the problem goes away again for a few weeks. Pain in the backside but as no moderator on here who works for the manufacturer answered me when I queried this problem recently its the best you can hope for!

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Joe
06/11/2015 7:29am

Dave UK ..
I ran the latest firmware update (http://www.mini0806.com/firmware/0806firmware-150512.zip) and formatted the SD card. It worked like a charm for now. Lets see if it starts shutting down now,

Joe
06/11/2015 7:29am

Dave UK ..
I ran the latest firmware update (http://www.mini0806.com/firmware/0806firmware-150512.zip) and formatted the SD card. It worked like a charm for now. Lets see if it starts shutting down now,

Joe
06/11/2015 7:29am

Dave UK ..
I ran the latest firmware update (firmware/0806firmware-150512) and formatted the SD card. It worked like a charm for now. Lets see if it starts shutting down now,

Joe
06/11/2015 7:30am

Dave UK ..
I ran the latest firmware update (firmware/0806firmware-150512) and formatted the SD card. It worked like a charm for now. Lets see if it starts shutting down now,

Dave UK
06/11/2015 7:36am

Joe

I did that a few weeks ago - it will be ok for a couple of weeks until the card decides its full then will start playing up again, thats when you will need to reformat the card to make things happy again. And again. And again. Every cuople of weeks Im afraid. I am currently trying out using just one card in slot B and have changed my settings on the camera to read slot B only instead of Auto card select to see if that makes any difference. Failing that I am going to try to send my camera back to the eBay seller and get a refund as this is getting to be a joke. I will then buy the Blackvue twin system as my driving instructor colleagues seem to have no problems with that.

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Dave UK
06/11/2015 7:37am

P.S. I like the way you cannot even leave a comment on here without it even coming up with an error message!! Says it all really.

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Joe
06/11/2015 8:51am

Dave UK I switched from slot B to slot A. I will set it to default that card slot and maybe add another card. Lets see how long this lasts.

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Rob D
06/12/2015 1:15pm

Help! I finally unbricked my 0806 using the youtube video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB2E0YB8564

Boots up fine with an old firmware version, but refuses to detect FIRMWARE.BIN despite being in the root of the memory card?? I see no option to update the firmware

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Aalexander
06/13/2015 3:12am

Hi, usually after work one hours cam do not turn off when i turn off key ignition or disconnect the power cord. Blue LED continues to shine until the battery is discharged. Hard reset and format card i did.

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Vito160
06/14/2015 4:52am

I have just fitted the 0806 and done the May Firmware update, would anyone advise if I should carry out the previous updates also, cheers

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06/14/2015 5:49pm

No, the latest release offers all of the previous updates.

Cheers.

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Vito160
06/15/2015 10:55am

Thanks Maverick I thought that would be the case but as it only took a few seconds to update thought I had better check

Cheers

Tye
06/17/2015 10:48pm

I just bought the 3rd gen 0806. Sandisk ultra 16gb cards a+b . Unit randomly shuts down. Latest may firmware. Not hardwired yet.

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Fun
06/21/2015 3:36pm

Do NOT buy this product.

I am getting sick and tired of waiting for a fix.

Very lousy and unreliable product.

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radu
06/21/2015 9:57pm

u're right. My third mini0806 camera just crashed. in just 2 months.never buy this. it is sad that a theoretical good camera have not support.

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06/27/2015 8:09am

I have had my mini 0806 for about three weeks now and have had no issues other than I can not get it to update to the latest firmware, I believe I followed the instructions correctly but as of right now I don't see an issue using the current firmware.

Te video quality is great with the exception of some windshield glare from my vehicle so I just installed the "cpl" filter and from the videos Ive seen online this should take care of it, I took my old dashcam and mounted it in the rear window and the first day I did that I was able to catch a guy on a motorcycle pass me at an intersection using the bicycle lane and it was fun to piece together a video showing him coming up behind me and the passing me.

I am using one 128 gb card which I needed to download "Macrorit Disk Partition Expert Free" in order to format it to fat32 as windows will not format anything that large to fat32.

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Jacafate
06/28/2015 10:38pm

Nice Camera but when will it work as expected. Please release a good firmware.

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Nicola
06/29/2015 5:49am

Please FIX the auto switch card A-B, i use two 32GB Cl10 card on slot A and B.
Record goes only to B and does not switch to A after B is full.
When do you fix this big problem?
Best regards

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Todd
06/29/2015 7:36pm

I have the same problem, I have it set to Auto and it just records to B and never switches to A card. I'm using (2) 64GB Class 10 Sandisk cards.

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RADU
07/09/2015 11:55pm

what about a new update? i regret for buying this camera. BIG price for a small china bullshit. The camera stops when it wants, the recorded sound is interrupted, the second slot card not record, the quality in low light, especialy night, is execrable. I will not recomend everybody for buy this dashcam.

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Nicola
07/12/2015 5:56am

I think there is no one who develops this software. This product is already dead.

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Pedro
07/12/2015 6:44am

They are preparing for the next cash-cow I think.
Even the most simplest fix for the Boot sound menu isn't released.

Why are we writing here I wonder, there is never ever 1 answer given or reaction placed by the developer / manufacturer

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Annoyed Customer
07/16/2015 6:10pm

Please release new firmware or you will be getting another return! What's the point of having a dash cam if it only works half the time!

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mattMatt
07/19/2015 9:29pm

I've been trying to update the firmware but for some reason it never fully installs even though it says it does. I'll transfer the firmware file onto the SD card, the camera reads it, installs it and reboots. Then it reads the firmware AGAIN and does it over again. Anyone have this problem?

I've also noticed that it's starting to shut down on it's own on random times. Any reason why? Does that happen when the memory card is full?

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07/20/2015 3:59am

mattMatt - this is what it's supposed to do - once the update says it's successful, you need to delete the update file, or the next time the camera boots it will see the update file and want to update again.

Just format the card or delete the update file and you'll be good to go.

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matt
07/21/2015 10:25pm

Thanks! I actually did delete the file and just wasn't sure if it was the "right" thing to do. Thanks for the reassurance.

But yah, I'm noticing that it's shutting down on its own a lot more now. Any idea why? I only have one micro SD card in there. Maybe it's full now?

matt
07/21/2015 10:26pm

Thanks! I actually did delete the file and just wasn't sure if it was the "right" thing to do. Thanks for the reassurance.

But yah, I'm noticing that it's shutting down on its own a lot more now. Any idea why? I only have one micro SD card in there. Maybe it's full now?

matt
07/21/2015 10:26pm

Thanks! I actually did delete the file and just wasn't sure if it was the "right" thing to do. Thanks for the reassurance.

But yah, I'm noticing that it's shutting down on its own a lot more now. Any idea why? I only have one micro SD card in there. Maybe it's full now?

mattMatt
07/21/2015 10:28pm

Thanks! I actually did delete the file and just wasn't sure if it was the "right" thing to do. But the thing is, after I delete the firmware file and check the firmware version, it's still listing the old firmware version #. That shouldn't be right?

But yah, I'm noticing that it's shutting down on its own a lot more now. Any idea why? I only have one micro SD card in there. Maybe it's full now?

mattMatt
07/21/2015 10:28pm

Thanks! I actually did delete the file and just wasn't sure if it was the "right" thing to do. But the thing is, after I delete the firmware file and check the firmware version, it's still listing the old firmware version #. That shouldn't be right?

But yah, I'm noticing that it's shutting down on its own a lot more now. Any idea why? I only have one micro SD card in there. Maybe it's full now?

mattMatt
07/21/2015 10:29pm

Thanks! I actually did delete the file and just wasn't sure if it was the "right" thing to do. But the thing is, after I delete the firmware file and check the firmware version, it's still listing the old firmware version #. That shouldn't be right?

But yah, I'm noticing that it's shutting down on its own a lot more now. Any idea why? I only have one micro SD card in there. Maybe it's full now?

Dave
07/21/2015 9:56pm

Mine just kicked the bucket. In the middle of a drive just started beeping and hasn't stopped since. Even when out of the power it still just beeps. No screen. Power button does nothing

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MAVERICK
07/21/2015 10:23pm

Dave, remove both SD cards and press and hold the power button - this has happened to me, but will NOT shut off/reset unless the SD cards are removed.

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Dave
07/22/2015 4:51pm

Well, in my case the cards were not in the device as I was taking some videos off the card to post to roadshamer.
Forgot to put the card back in before driving out.
Power button is having no effect, held it in for more than 10 seconds.

MAVERICK
07/22/2015 6:53pm

Sorry Dave, maybe press (and hold) the power button and the 'menu' button to do a hard reset. I can't remember as it has been AGES since mine froze. (It's written on here somewhere)

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MAVERICK
07/22/2015 6:58pm

Nope, take both cards out, and hold down the power button for 20 seconds, to perform a hard-reset.

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Nigel Hourigan
08/06/2015 10:39pm

Glad I checked this out before buying one,I can see there's a quality issue.Back to reviews for me until I can find a reliable cam.

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MAVERICK
08/06/2015 10:48pm

I understand your trepidation Nigel, but I have to say I am very happy with mine.

The image quality is excellent, and barring a few things I'd like to see implemented in a future firmware release, the camera is great.

A camera with similar image quality from a competitor would cost 3 or 4 times more.

I know, I researched extensively before buying the 0806.

Cheers.

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Nigel Hourigan
08/07/2015 12:49am

Maverick thanks for the quick response, do you have to use two SD cards,is it necessary and how do they handle summer heat.

Rick
08/07/2015 2:14am

Nigel, at the moment, as the camera does not switch between cards, it is useless to use 2 SD cards, so no - one is fine.

Also, the 0806 features extra cooling vents/holes, and I have not had a problem, I have it mounted in front of the rear-vision mirror, under the tinted section at the top of the windscreen.

As I've said, I'm happy with mine - the only 'problem' I've had per se, was a lockup, but a quick hard reset fixed that.

Cheers.

Todd
08/07/2015 8:01am

I'm totally happy with mine too, and it's in a hot car. I have two SD cards and I have the card switching problem, I just reformatted them as Fat32 and seeing if that fixes the issue. But to have a cam in the car for those just in case times this works great.

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Bryan
08/25/2015 11:25am

I've been using mine for over six months now (still on 20150320 V1.0 firmware), and it's been working flawlessly. I only have a single 32 GB SD card (slot A), but that gives me around 4.5 hours of recording at 2550x1080 30fps (21:9), Super Fine.

Regarding heat, my 0806 Mini just made it through its first Summer in Raleigh, NC, where daytime temps exceed 95 degrees on a regular basis. Most afternoons, the interior of the car can reach 160 degrees, and I've had zero problems with the camera.

I did add a fuse splitter and a permanent 5V power source connected to the Accessory circuit.

The only glitch I've ever seen is some of the video files (3 min segments) are marked as Read-Only when I didn't push the button to save them. It's pretty random, and I've not figured out a pattern as it will happen in the middle of a series of videos. For example, a 15 minute drive requires 5 three-minute videos, and two of them will be marked as Read-Only.

I just open a command prompt, change to that directory (i.e. E:\DCIM\100MEDIA), and then run the attrib command: "attrib -r *.*" which will remove any Read-Only file attribute bits.

I don't have two SD cards, so cannot speak to that issue.

Nigel Hourigan
08/07/2015 2:46am

Thanks Rick. I think I will give one a go.I have been checking the reviews but kept coming back to 0806.

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Rick
08/07/2015 3:20am

Good luck Nigel - if only they employed good firmware developers or released a new firmware that enabled card-switching, and perhaps eliminated the (albeit rare) lock-up, the camera would be perfect.

Just remember, if you ever turn it on, or jump in and start the car, and the unit is beeping (even when unplugged), you have to remove the sd card/s and hold the power button on the end until the unit turns off. (20secs?)

That has only happened once to me, in over 6 months, but it was a pain in the arse, because if you don't remove the sd cards, the bloody thing won't reset or turn off.....

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Nigel Hourigan
08/07/2015 5:28am

Thanks for the tip Rick will make note of that , I have just ordered one from SportGPS here in Australia

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toja
08/07/2015 8:27am

I also am very pleased with the quality of the recording camera.
It has excellent sharpness and FullHD at 45fps is ideal.
I too am waiting for the new FW and service switching SD cards.
But I have a feeling that there is a problem with this HW unsolvable.
mini807 is heralded with just one SD card.

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Gomes
08/11/2015 3:11pm

hello, has anyone fixed the camera randomly shutting down itself issue? I have two 0806, front and rear, both having this issue. I have the late january firmware. I would like to know if this firmware fix that problem. Any help really appreciated.

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eyespye
08/15/2015 8:06am

I have a front facing camera and had random beeping and stops recording. I have 2 cards. Latest firmware from above link too. I guess when card is full and tries to record it to next card and stops because it can't switch. Maybe the loop doesn't work on one card either.

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toja
08/15/2015 3:15pm

Read the posts above.
Then you will understand, that still does not switch between the cards.
Use only one card and setting on only A or B, depending on where you have inserted the card

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Gomes
08/16/2015 6:25am

I noticed when the camera starts switching off itself randomly is when the memory card cannot loop record due to a bug. Formatting the memory card in the camera setup seems to resolve the issue for a while until the card is full and all starts over again. Did anyone manage to overcome this issue and fix it permanently?

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Damir
08/17/2015 1:07pm

c/p
We scheduled to update the mini0806 firmware on every Friday.

Please link to the new updates

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Sporty
08/17/2015 5:42pm

My Mini0806 also has the random-shutdown problem.

After some period of time, it will randomly turn itself off. After turning it on again, the battery shows that it's fully charged, the temperature seems normal (below 100 degrees F), and there are no errors or any other indications of problems. It happens regardless of which charger I use -- and I've tried several. It will even happen while sitting stationary on my desk.

The period of time before the random shutdown has varied between about 30 seconds and about 90 minutes.

This makes it so unreliable that it's effectively unusable. I mean, how can I rely on it if it's going to turn off randomly?

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eyespye
08/17/2015 5:46pm

I agree. i'm already researching other dash cams. I tried cleaning the contacts that go into the battery to make sure its ok. Can we revert back to an old firmware?

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Alex Savo
08/27/2015 11:40am

Problem of a casual stop of record arising more often during the operation of the camera in the "normal mode 2304*1296px (16:9) 30fps" mode. With the "sport mode 1920*1080px (16:9) 45fps" mode or below, such problems aren't present. Probably the problem is caused by inability of a memory card to accept the volume of video content corresponding to the "2304*1296px (16:9) 30fps" mode.

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MAVERICK
08/17/2015 6:33pm

I have the latest firmware, always 'Reset to Defaults', after firmware upgrade, and I have only had my dash cam lock up once. (When I started the car, the dash cam beeped.

This only needed removing of the sd card, and holding the power button in.

Since that time, my 0806 has been solid and reliable.

Maybe reflash the firmware, reset to defaults before specifying your preferred settings, and try again?

Let us know how you go!

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Bertrand Zidler
08/24/2015 1:47pm

I have had this camera for just a few days and several things do not seem to work as well as on the demo. When the usb cable is plugged in from my computer I get a blue screen saying "USB connected" and I cannot access the menu or anything else. It also seems to offer 2 different menus with different options. All this is a little weird. Lastly, I would have preferred a normal mp4 format instead of this Quicktime .mov output which is ok on Apple but not with vlc on Linux. It plays a bit better with Kaffeine though, but is still not perfect.

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Mike Collins
08/27/2015 5:29am

I had that too, but as I don't have it any more, I think it was due to poor operation on my part. I got the blue screen, and it wouldn't go away when I disconnected the USB. It wouldn't even power off - it was compltely frozen till I held the power button in for about 15 seconds, That made it power down, and it has been OK since. At that time, I had some very cheap SDXC cards in it, and I think they may have been partly responsible. I have replaced them now.
I still have issues with the QT Player - but that's a different story.

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Alex Savo
08/27/2015 10:28am

The blue screen says that the device is connected to the computer in the mode of direct access to memory cards. That the camera operated normally, it is necessary to connect an USB cable in the plug not on the camera, and on its second part (that that with GPS antenna). It is also possible to power the camera a cable of not having communication with the computer - for example from phone charging block. In these cases of the blue screen won't be.

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Mike Collins
08/27/2015 5:47am

The card switching issue has been reported since the camera was first sold. Can anybody report that it works correctly with the latest firmware?
Will the company produce a firmware with a new version of QtPlayer that reads in MPH?

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Nigel HourIvan
08/27/2015 3:24pm

I have had the 0806 for a couple of weeks, installed one card only,a
Samsung Evo 64gb and have left the firmware as supplied,so far so good no
problems.I have left the Video on 2560x1080 30fps 21:9 ( cinema mode ) on Superfine,
I find it easier to drop the card out and use the supplied card
reader leaving the camera in place and hopefully save wear on the
connections.
The Gps can take a while to kick in tho.
Also using Registrator Viewer on my Windows 7 Comp to view the results.


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Nigel HourIvan
08/27/2015 3:26pm

I have had the 0806 for a couple of weeks, installed one card only,a
Samsung Evo 64gb and have left the firmware as supplied,so far so good no
problems.I have left the Video on 2560x1080 30fps 21:9 ( cinema mode ) on Superfine,
I find it easier to drop the card out and use the supplied card
reader leaving the camera in place and hopefully save wear on the
connections.
The Gps can take a while to kick in tho.
Also using Registrator Viewer on my Windows 7 Comp to view the results.


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Nigel Hourigan
08/27/2015 3:21pm

I have had the 0806 for a couple of weeks, installed one card only,a
Samsung Evo 64gb and have left the firmware as supplied,so far so good no
problems.I have left the Video on 2560x1080 30fps 21:9 ( cinema mode ) on Superfine,
I find it easier to drop the card out and use the supplied card
reader leaving the camera in place and hopefully save wear on the
connections.
The Gps can take a while to kick in tho.
Also using Registrator Viewer on my Windows 7 Comp to view the results.


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Nigel Hourigan
08/27/2015 3:21pm

I have had the 0806 for a couple of weeks, installed one card only,a
Samsung Evo 64gb and have left the firmware as supplied,so far so good no
problems.I have left the Video on 2560x1080 30fps 21:9 ( cinema mode ) on Superfine,
I find it easier to drop the card out and use the supplied card
reader leaving the camera in place and hopefully save wear on the
connections.
The Gps can take a while to kick in tho.
Also using Registrator Viewer on my Windows 7 Comp to view the results.


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Nigel Hourigan
08/27/2015 3:22pm

I have had the 0806 for a couple of weeks, installed one card only,a
Samsung Evo 64gb and have left the firmware as supplied,so far so good no
problems.I have left the Video on 2560x1080 30fps 21:9 ( cinema mode ) on Superfine,
I find it easier to drop the card out and use the supplied card
reader leaving the camera in place and hopefully save wear on the
connections.
The Gps can take a while to kick in tho.
Also using Registrator Viewer on my Windows 7 Comp to view the results.


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Nigel Hourigan
08/27/2015 3:22pm

I have had the 0806 for a couple of weeks, installed one card only,a
Samsung Evo 64gb and have left the firmware as supplied,so far so good no
problems.I have left the Video on 2560x1080 30fps 21:9 ( cinema mode ) on Superfine,
I find it easier to drop the card out and use the supplied card
reader leaving the camera in place and hopefully save wear on the
connections.
The Gps can take a while to kick in tho.
Also using Registrator Viewer on my Windows 7 Comp to view the results.


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Nigel Hourigan
08/27/2015 3:46pm

Woh !!. Sorry about the multiple posts,kept getting an error message,maybe admin can remove them.😕

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MAVERICK
08/27/2015 3:51pm

Yep, that's happened to all of us!

Just remember when you click post, and it comes up with the error, it DID actually post....
I hope your 0806 is as flawless as mine! (I do have the latest firmware though)

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Mike Collins
08/31/2015 7:32am

Maverick, you say your 0806 camera is flawless. Are you using two cards in it? Does it switch between them when the first is full? I also have the latest firmware (150512), but the card switching in my camera does not work. If yours does, then I will assume that mine has a hardware issue, and will send it back.

Mike Collins
08/28/2015 5:03pm

I have loaded the latest firmware (150512), and can report the following:
I have two 64GB cards in the camera, and left it powered on continuously for two days and nights.

a) The auto card switching does not work. It filled card A, then looped on card A, but card B remained empty apart from QtPlayer - but video directory on that card remained empty.

b_1) If I power on the camera (on its own battery) and press and hold the Up button, it shows me all options. The card choice is set to Auto.
b_2) If I power off the camera then power it on again (on its own battery) then press and hold the Down button, it shows me the video clips that it has taken. If I press and hold the Down button again till the video clips go away it shows, in red "No Files". If I now press and hold the Up button, it shows me only a few options -
- File protect operation
- Auto play
- Delete file
- Copy file to another card
- Choose card.

No other options!

If I select Choose card, the Auto is not present - only card A or card B can be selected.

I'm starting to wish I had never bought this camera. The video is certainly good, but the firmware is so flaky! It really is about time the card switching issue was solved. The reason why I bought it was because of the massive storage, but until now, the only way it can all be used is to manually switch it to the other card, but there is no indication when the first card is full.

I'm not happy!

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RayGun
08/28/2015 7:10pm

My camera is recording the first 20 or so segments good, than after that they are corrupt. I have two sim cards and the 2nd card has not been used at all. Its been three months since a firmware update has been issued. Are you planning any further firmware updates? When?

Thanks Dave

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Mike Collins
08/31/2015 7:22am

RayGun, I get the impression that the manufacturer does not monitor this board. If you find a way of getting their attention, please post it here.
When I got my camera, I bought a couple of very cheap, unbranded 64GB, allegedly class-10 cards on Ebay. I found that I was unable to format them in a PC, but when I put them into the camera, they seemed to format OK, and I used them (?) on a long trip. The "?" after "them" is because the camera only uses one card. When I got home again and looked at the cards, one of them was still empty (because card switching doesn't work) and the other had some of the journey on it, but only a couple of hours, then the rest was corrupt - so a similar problem to yours. The fault, however, was the cards. I replaced them with a couple of Samsung 64GB Class-10 cards (also from Ebay for £12.50 each), and now the recordings are good, and I do not have corruption. Unfortunately, only one card records, as the camera firmware does not switch cards when the first one is full. I'm very disappointed in this, and waiting for new firmware.

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RayGun
08/31/2015 9:06am

Thx, I'll get a good SIM card & try again. Probably only buy one till someone says they get the second card working. Very disappointing :(

RayGun
08/31/2015 3:06pm

Ordered an Samsung EVO 64GB MicroSD card. Will update on how it works in a few days. Only buying one till someone says they can use both card slots successfully.

Mike Collins
08/31/2015 3:27pm

RayGun, I think the camera will use both cards, but they have to be switched manually, and apart from putting the cards into a PC, I don't know any way of knowing when the first one is full. In the menu, you can select card A or B (or Auto). The problem is that Auto is supposed to switch when the first one is full, but it doesn't work. Leastways, not on mine.

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Mike Collins
08/31/2015 4:15pm

Folks,

I have found a web address for the 0806 manufacturer.

http://www.mini08.com/

Move the mouse to the right-hand side of the screen, and click the 0806 link
Click About Meg, and select Contact Meg.
There is a list of e-mail addresses to write to.

I have written to the Support address. You could try one of the Sales addresses. If they get several enquiries for a code to fix the card switching issue, maybe it will spur them into action. They don't seem to be reading this board.

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RayGun
08/31/2015 6:40pm

Thanks Mike, Great work. Sent an email to support. lusia@megcn dot com . Hopefully they will fix the card switching issue.

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RayGun
09/02/2015 2:39pm

It completely quit today otw home from work. Nothing but black screen. Going to try and return it to the Ebay seller. Not going to hold my breath. I never heard back from lucia . Hopefully I can get my money returned and find a reliable dashcam. Again very disappointed. ;(

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MAVERICK
09/02/2015 4:14pm

Are you sure it's getting power? Could the battery just be flat?

If yes, remove the sd card/s and hold the power button in for 20 seconds - this will perfoms a hard reset and hopefully get it back working for you.

Let us know how you go.

Cheers,
Rick

MAVERICK
09/02/2015 4:14pm

Are you sure it's getting power? Could the battery just be flat?

If yes, remove the sd card/s and hold the power button in for 20 seconds - this will perfom a hard reset and hopefully get it back working for you.

Let us know how you go.

Cheers,
Rick

RayGun
09/06/2015 3:14pm

Thanks Maverick, Holding the power button for 20 seconds recovered my camera. Still waiting for the new sim card to come in the mail. hopefully that will cure the corrupted file issue.

Nigel Hourigan
08/31/2015 6:31pm

I'm using a Samsung Evo 64gb in slot B and so far have no problems,I am not to concerned about using two cards so I haven't tried as the one card loops. Also I haven't updated firmware as it's working ok so far.
I did notice that there wasn't any video quality improvement between Fine and Superfine so switched to Fine.

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Mike Collins
09/03/2015 5:38am

I haven't heard from the maufacturer either. I'm also considering returning the camera.
I originally saw the review on YouTube by TechMoan. He has mentioned a couple of times in his videos that he has been sent cameras to review, as he has made a public platform for himself, and I'm sure that a good review by him will reach a wide audience, and be very good publicity for the manufacturer. Consequently, before I found the details of the manufacturer, I asked, in the comments to his video, if he could find out when we could expect a firmware update, as he seems to have their ear. He responded by blocking comments to the video - for which I was also very disappointed! I can understand that he is given a camera, which he assumes to work according to its specification, and he can't review every little function and whether it works or not - but I would have expected him to take an interest in defects that are brought to his attention. His action fell a long way short of "friendly"

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Mike Collins
09/06/2015 1:53pm

I have written to the manufacturer again - to the manager this time, as I did not get any response from the service desk. I also wrote to the seller from whom I bought the camera. As a seller, they may have a more assertive voice with the manufacturer than I have. If we can't get an improved firmware, I intend to return the camera, as it does not do what I bought it for. While I was on the Megcn site, I discovered something - there is a player that is better in some respects than Registrator Viewer. Well, it has pros and cons.
Go to www.megcn.com/en/ and click Service/Firmware Program and download "Ambarella Player -Mph -English"

If you load a lot of video (a couple of hours, say) into Registrator Viewer, it takes ages to go through all the clips (especially if they are still on the SD card), to assemble them into a contiguous file for viewing. The map shows the entire journey over the 2 hours selected. There is a chart of what speed you were doing all along the way, with peaks in speed annotated. You can set R.V. for KPH or MPH, and the video is quite hi-res. It is possible to change playback speed to 4x, 16x, 64x, but when I played with this, it locked up my PC so badly that I couldn't bring up Task Manager, and the ONLY thing I could do was to hold the power switch till it powered down.

The Ambarella Player is different. If you load a lot of video, the 3-minute clips are maintained as separate entities, which the viewer will select one at a time. The voyage shown on the map covers only the distance covered by the individual clip. The video does not appear to have as good a resolution, but you don't have to wait while it assembles the video clips - it is ready to go as soon as you load them. Probably because the video is lower res, it plays more smoothly (on my PC, at least - maybe yours is faster). The speed graph is missing, but there is a speedometer on the screen that shows in MPH. There is a strange little graph that shows X, Y & Z, but I don't know what it's for. "Y" goes up and down a lot, but does not seem to indicate speed. "Z" sits at zero all the time (altitude? I was on Anglesey, so close to sea level), and "X" is not visible. Still, for general viewing, I think I prefer it to R.V. for ease of use. A bit less functional, though.

Incidentally, TechMoan has re-enabled comments on his video, but my query has been erased. I guess he just wants to do reviews, and not get involved with the issues of those who buy on his say-so, which is fair enough.

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RayGun
09/06/2015 3:11pm

Great work again Mike. I'll download the player and check it out. I was able to recover my camera thanks to Maverick's suggestion. My EVO sim card still has not arrived. I contacted the Ebay seller and asked them for a refund and they have requested I send them pictures of the non-working camera. Not sure how that will help but will gladly send them. If the EVO sim card works I'll keep the camera and just use one card until they upgrade firmware. I sent TechMoan a message through youtube and he didn't reply. I kept it friendly and asked him to contact MEG and see if he could get us some customer support. On the Meg site there is a message board. I asked when is the next firmware update for the 0806. Hopefully someone will give us an answer. Thanks Dave

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Mike Collins
09/06/2015 3:38pm

"I sent TechMoan a message through youtube and he didn't reply. I kept it friendly and asked him to contact MEG and see if he could get us some customer support"
That's basically what I did too, but I don't think he liked it much.

"On the Meg site there is a message board. I asked when is the next firmware update for the 0806"
So did I.

"Hopefully someone will give us an answer"
Let's hope - but don't hold your breath.

Hugh Bomford
09/09/2015 11:23am

Mike - I have downloaded Ambarella Player but cannot figure out how to install it. Please can you provide some advise. Thanks.

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Thomas Ordon
09/06/2015 3:32pm

i have 2 cameras one has firmware 320 and other other 504 cant seem to find out .lso the 504 firmware shuts off sometimes and can take forever to get a gps lock or no time in a metal car port

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Hugh Bomford
09/08/2015 7:11pm

The Mini 0806 is a reasonable piece of kit. It is unfortunate that the developers do not seem to value their product enough to induce long term loyalty from us - the consumer.

If they took a leaf out of the book of the Valentine One (radar detector) people they could dominate the market because there are a LOT of rubbish dash cams out there and despite the 0806's problems - all of which seem to be software based problems and therefore fixable - I would like to be a loyal customer. The 0806 developers could do everyone a favour and keep up with what is written on this board and respond accordingly.

My views.

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Mike Collins
09/09/2015 6:18am

I had a response from the manager of Megcn, which I have copied below. I invited him to update this forum (and sent him the URL), but apparently, he has opted not to. He is Chinese, so it is possible that replying to mails etc involves a translator. Anyway, here is his reply ...

"Thanks for choosing mini 0806 camera.

"The program was designed to start to record on card B in priority every time when the camera was power on; and switch to card A recording after a FULL cycle on card B. If the camera was power off before a FULL CYCLE on card B, it will start a new cycle on card B from next starting.

"We tried to improve this to a code-able control but the programing logic is very complex and multivariate, we asked Ambarella help on this but still not approved.

"We are still trying."

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Hugh Bomford
09/09/2015 11:12am

Thanks Mike. If you are able to I think that if you can explain to him that this forum (which must have been set up by the developers) does provide some very good feedback and suggest that interaction with their customers can benefit them in the long run. I can only reiterate - this company should take a leaf out of the book of Mike Valentine (Valentine One radar detectors) see http://www.valentine1.com/About/ in which is this very pertinent statement:
"You won’t find the Valentine One Radar Locator or any of our other products in stores. While retailers are highly motivated to make the initial sale, our success depends on long-term customer satisfaction. We take full responsibility for everything we make. Should a customer ever have a problem, we want to know immediately"

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Mike Collins
09/09/2015 1:15pm

I'm not in a privileged position with Megcn. Any one of you following this forum could have done it. All I did was to write to them, using the contact method that I copied in a previous post. First, I wrote to their support person, then, when I didn't get any response, I wrote to the manger, who sent me that reply after a few days (I think it was about a week)

When I replied to him, my mail was friendly, and covered a number of subjects, including a recommendation for them to follow the forum, and to update it with their intentions. I also expressed some reserve about the time taken to fix the card swap issue, and said that the impression was that nothing was happening.

If you want to contact them, more people writing may spur them into action, or it could have the opposite effect and cause them to block communications. I suggest that if you write, remember what you know of the Chinese ethic, and be polite. Let's not alienate them. Also, in case there is difficulty understanding English, try to keep the language simple.

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Hugh Bomford
09/09/2015 1:36pm

Thanks Mike. Totally agree with your advise. Will write to them.

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Mike Collins
09/09/2015 1:31pm

The Ambarella software - it comes as a zip file. I just clicked the CarGpsPlayer.exe, inside the zip, and it brought up a dialogue box saying that I should extract the files. The dialogue has a button to do the business. I clicked it, and it extracted them to a different folder in my downloads folder. So now, I have ...

Downloads
- AmbaPlayer.zip (the installation file that was downloaded)
- Amba Player MPH EN (folder)
- CarGpsPlayer.exe
- lots of other files and folders

It doesn't install to the registry, so if you want to get rid of it, simply delete the folder. You won't have to Uninstall it.

To run it, simply double-click the CarGpsPlayer file from your Windows Explorer, and it runs. Leastways, it does on mine. If you want to have an icon on the Start bar, use New/Shortcut, and make a shortcut on your Start Bar.

To open the files from your camera card, click the icon to the left of the arrows at the bottom of the screen. Select the files and click Open.

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Bruno
09/09/2015 8:04pm

I use RegistratorViewer from DATAKAM (russian, but they have translated version). Very good App. I recomended http://datakam.com

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RayGun
09/09/2015 8:24pm

My browser isn't translating the Russian site. Which link is for the English version?

RayGun
09/09/2015 3:44pm

I got the new Samsung EVO 64 Gig sim card and that fixed my corrupted file problem. I tested on my 3 hour round trip to work and back today and everything came out great. I'll try it tomorrow with a higher resolution and frame rate. The CarGPS Player worked awesome. Thanks again Mike Collins for the update from MEGCN.. I'm now planning on keeping the dashcam and hopefully they will update the firmware so we can use the 2nd slot automatically. I'm going to run one sim card until another update.

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Nigel Hourigan
09/09/2015 8:49pm

So going by what the Manager of Megcn stated was that the only time card (A) will start recording is after card (B) has been in continuous recording until full,without switching OFF,only then will it trip over to (A). So if you do only short journeys it will just keep looping on (B).

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Mike Collins
09/10/2015 4:54pm

Nigel, that's not the way I understood it. He said ...

The program was designed to start to record on card B in priority every time when the camera was power on; and switch to card A recording after a FULL cycle on card B. If the camera was power off before a FULL CYCLE on card B, it will start a new cycle on card B from next starting.

So it seems to me that the intended sequence is (though it doesn't work as intended) ...

With two virgin cards
Record on card B
If switched of/on, continue filling card B
When card B is full, switch to card A

What he doesn't say is what happens when card A is also full.

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Nigel Hourigan
09/10/2015 6:39pm

Mike I'm reading a full cycle on card (B) as one continuous recording without powering off, if on a journey for instance you stop for a break switching off the car ( unless you have it hard wired ) then a new cycle will start on (B) again.
Why it starts with card (B) and not (A) is strange.

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Mike Collins
09/11/2015 1:06pm

Hi Nigel, I think the reason why it starts with B is because it is designed to be mounted on the right side of the rear-view mirror, pointing to the right of its mount. That puts B at the bottom, where you can get it out easily. Most cars in the world have left-hand drive.

Now, if it has been recording on B, and you switch the car off, then continue later, would you want it to start recording on A? I must say, I'd rather it continued to fill B (as it does), so that when I put that card into a computer, it will have chronologically arranged video, from the time the card was formatted to the time it was removed from the camera. I know that's how mine works, which suits me just fine.

It would suit me better if it started recording A when B was full, but it doesn't. It loops on B and starts overlaying the oldest video. A never gets anything on it other than the QtPlayer. Maybe they'll fix it one day.

When reading Megcn's comments, remember that English is not his native language. My interpretation of it was what I said. If that's not your interpretation, you may be right, but considering what would be desirable, I don't think they would have designed it to chop and change between the cards every time the camera is power cycled. We'll just have to accept that we interpret his comments differently.

The way it is currently, it is the same as a camera with only one slot. True, you can make it use card A if you select it, but you could equally pull the card out of B when it has filled, and stick another one in. In fact, you could have a glove box full of them! The only problem with that is that there is no indication (that I know of) to say when card B is full.

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Chris
09/17/2015 9:50am

I have firmware 20150128 and noticed the motion detect rarely functions. I've had the mini0806 installed for 2 days now, I have it set for high motion..on my daily commute to work through traffic, 50minute commute did 4 minutes of recording.

I don't want to update the firmware if there are other glitch's. I only have 1 32GB card so I'm not worried about the switching card problem..just want to know if the motion detection has been fixed..keep in mind I'm not looking for parking mode, just want all motion recorded...btw I have the cam powered by a PMP

If motion has not been fixed..is there a resolution that I can select, that will record at least 8-10 hours of footage on a 32GB card?

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MAVERICK
09/19/2015 5:16pm

I had this happen to me too, Chris - and I too incorrectly thought the recording function would only work on a trip if it had detected movement.

A quick re-flash fixed this, in that the recording starts as soon as the power is supplied (turned ignition on, or on accessories) and finished soon after power is disconnected. (ignition off)

Further to this, I strongly recommend the latest firmware, it has been solid and stable for me.

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Graham Wheelwright
10/06/2015 5:50am

When you power the camera on, at the very bottom of the monitor screen to the right of the date it shows you the remaining recording time for that card. When you start to record this information is replaced with elapsed recording time.

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steven b
09/23/2015 12:32am

Is there any more firmware updates coming.
my camera wont loop record
it constantly freezes
Parking guard has been removed!!

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Alydor
09/24/2015 4:53am

Any updates guys? It has been a long time since last update was released.

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Mike Collins
09/24/2015 2:33pm

I looked on their web site yesterday, but it doesn't seem to have been updated for a very long time. The only mention that the 0806 gets there is the fact that it exists -nothing about firmware at all. One thing that I did notice is that the 0801, 0802, 0803, 0806 are all advertised as having dual card slots. I don't know the specs of the other cameras, but what's the point of having two cards if it only uses one? My guess is that the intention was to have card switching from the outset - though I think they just moved to Amberella chips for the 0806, and the manager's e-mail said that there was a complication with the chips.
Does anybody know if card switching worked with the previous cameras?

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Graham Wheelwrigh
10/06/2015 5:53am

This is an error. If you look at the specs for the older models on Amazon or Ebay they are only listed as having one card slot.

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Graham Wheelwright
10/06/2015 5:55am

This has to be an error on the website. If you look at the specs for the older models on Amazon or Ebay they are only listed as having one card slot.

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Victor Enriquez
09/27/2015 8:56am

Hi, Im new on this.
I see there are many updates. Do I have to install one by one or only the last one?
Do I only have to put the unzipped file in the SD?
thanks
Victor.

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Mike Collins
09/28/2015 3:44am

Hi Victor,
Just install the last update at the very top of this page. It's the latest and greatest - though still not great enough to make the camera perform to the advertised specification. The card switching doesn't work. I suggest that if you want to fill more than one card (for example on a long trip), then just select card slot A or B from the menus (whichever one is pointing downward, so you can get the card out without taking the camera out of its mount), then simply change the card manually when you think (or calculate) that it is nearly full. There's no indication that it's full.
Oh - another thing - there are some very cheap 64GB cards on YouTube. They are actually bad 64GB cards that were sold as smaller capacity, with most of the 64GB disabled - then somebody discovered how to re-enable the full capacity. Problem is, the disabled bytes were disabled for a good reason. I tried them, and they don't work. If you read through this page, you will see a number of people who have fitted them and thought their camera was bad. Use good cards. Samsung 64GB cards seem reliable.

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Mike Collins
09/28/2015 3:47am

Sorry Victor - I said there were cards on YouTube. I meant to say they are available on Ebay. Don't get them. They're crap.

Nicola
09/29/2015 8:50am

I solved shutdowns sudden. I formatted the sd card from PC unchecking quick format and now it works perfectly

Chris
10/02/2015 2:25pm

I've updated to the latest firmware..after 3 days if loop recording powered by a PMP, the camera freezes and stops recording, screen also cannot be turned on at this time. I need to hard reset and it's good again for 3 days. I'm going to try doing a format ans avoid doing the quick format to see if that helps

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Mike Collins
10/04/2015 3:23am

Chris, have you tried doing a hard format on the card? Nicola tried it (above), and it solved the same problem you're having.

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Steve B
12/13/2015 9:19pm

What does PMP stand for? Thanks!

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RayGun
10/04/2015 6:19am

Most of my problems were solved with the EVO 64 sim card. Wanted to share a video from my trip to work on Friday. Almost hit 4 horses. https://onedrive.live.com/?id=68E8176F9FA031D4%21176&cid=68E8176F9FA031D4&group=0&parId=root&o=OneUp I stopped and chased the horses back to the ranch and woke the owners who were grateful.

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Graham Wheelwright
10/06/2015 6:01am

I couldn't find that video clip, have you deleted it?

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RayGun
10/06/2015 6:34am

This link should work. Sry for the bad link.

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=68E8176F9FA031D4!176&authkey=!ACORmpI1a2AqxYI&ithint=video%2cMOV

Graham Wheelwright
10/06/2015 9:16am

Yeah, that one works, thanks. That could have caused a nasty accident, good work. I always use my main beam whenever i can on unlit roads, because you never know what's up ahead and a lot of wildlife is nocturnal.

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Chris
10/04/2015 7:10am

Yah, I did a hard format on the card yesterday morning and set it to record..only time will tell.

I'm wondering if it might be my card..I had a Mini0805 before this and it to would freeze up on me..but I've never done a hard format until now.

Um using a Samsung 32GB Class 6, that was recommended by SplashEtech for my Mini0805 that I just swapped over to my Mini0806 after a quick format

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Graham Wheelwright
10/05/2015 1:18pm

I've had my mini 0806 for a week now and overall am impressed with features and video quality, and it seems to get a gps lock within about 3-4 minutes. However, on a journey today the card stopped recording on three occasions in the space of about an hour, with only the blue power light on, and i had to manually turn it back on with the power button. I'm not sure at this point whether it's a software or hardware issue (e.g. the mounting contacts). Obviously, if it can't be relied on to record at all times it will have to go back.

I don't understand the instructions to format to FAT32 for cards over 32GB, since from what i can tell from the internet FAT32 only supports cards up to 32GB! Moreover, the only formatting options available on my pc are for exFAT and NTFS. I'm using a 64GB Samsung Evo card, and it looks as if it came preformatted in exFAT, either that or the device formatted it using this. It's worked ok until today using exFAT, but could this be the source of the shutdown issue (no freezing up and need for a hard reset as others have experienced btw)? Do you have to use some third party software to format in FAT32, and if so can anybody recommend any?

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Bertrand Zidler
10/05/2015 11:33pm

I think there is no need to reformat the card. The default exfat is all right. It is possible that the card is full. Try to erase all files. On my cam the same thing happened when the card was is slot A. Try to move it to slot B.

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Graham Wheelwright
10/06/2015 3:51am

Hi Bertrand, thanks for your reply but the card was only about two thirds full and I was using Slot B. I wonder why the manual says to format to FAT32, which is now quite an old file system and the manual would only have been written about a year ago.

Mike Collins
10/06/2015 8:08am

My card is Samsung 64GB formatted ExFAT, and it seems to be working well. I have just driven about 7 hours from N Wales to Basingstoke, and it filled about half of the card. I was impressed, as I was expecting it to fill the card.

Graham Wheelwright - thanks for the tip about remaining / elapsed recording time. I had not realised that.

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Graham Wheelwright
10/06/2015 8:59am

Hi Mike. Mine worked ok for the first week and recorded about 5 and a half hours without any issue. I'm just reformatting the card in FAT32 using USB Storage Format Tool 5.1 as recommended by someone else on this thread so i'll report back. I can see that reading through the thread quite a few people have been having issues with unpredictable shutdowns so i think i can probably rule the hardware side of things (contacts etc.) out, and i'm hoping using FAT32 does the trick, although the thread does seem to suggest that some of the recording modes might be the cause of the issue. If the reformat doesn't work i'll try changing my preferred resolution of 2304x1296 16:9 back to the default 2560x1080 21:9, although i don't really like this letterbox (cinema) mode. Somebody commented re the format tool i'm using that it freezes up and i'm just wondering whether they gave it enough time because it takes a few minutes for something to register on the progress bar, and the whole process, which has just completed, took about an hour for a 64GB card.

I totally agree with others that the lack of feedback from the actual manufacturer to this forum, and the lack of updates since May, is very lamentable, and this lack of aftercare for customers will inevitably impact on future sales, but perhaps they don't care because maybe production can't presently keep up with demand anyway (the laws of capitalist economics i suppose, people don't really care unless they're taking money off you).

Rather strangely, mine, which according to the supplier is third generation, came with a software version dated 150511, which is a day earlier than the one cited here.

The revamped mount looks to be a massive improvement on that supplied with earlier versions, and illustrations on the uk version of this site indicates that the severed gps connection issue has been eliminated by eliminating this wire altogether and incorporating the connection into the printed circuit. I'm quite impressed with the gps capability of this unit, which is extremely accurate, correlating with the video to the point of showing a turn into a roundabout at the exact moment the video displays this manoeuvre.

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Graham Wheelwright
10/06/2015 9:03am

PS. the fact that 7 hours video only filled about half of your 64GB card tells me that you are using a considerably lower resolution than i am, and maybe this is a pointer to the shutdown issue. Could you tell me which resolution you're using? I have opted for a high resolution after watching the Techmoan YouTube review, which showed pretty conclusively that the ability to read number plates using lower resolutions is seriously reduced.

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Chris
10/06/2015 9:34am

Actually the resolution is a good point..I'm running 1920x1080 30f.think I can record 8+ hours on my 32GB card

But I'm having problems with camera freezing(blue and green light on but screen off and no recording or response to pressing power, need to hard reset)

I've done a hard format on my card and today is the 3rd day, so only time will tell if the hard format vs quick format solved my issue... Buy I am wondering about this resolution possibly causing an issue.

What res are you guys running and any issue with freezing/shutting down/stop recording? Also what card and class, did you do a quick or hard format?

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Graham Wheelwright
10/06/2015 10:42am

See my post two above yours for the card and resolution i'm using. I have just done a hard format, the card won't be used until tomorrow at earliest, and then will get some extensive use over the next week or so, so i'll report back and would be grateful to learn whether the hard format of your card resolved your issues.

Quirky as it seems, the manual does specifically state formatting cards over 32GB in FAT32, and it is overall very well written so this partly eliminates the likelihood of poor English. It's just possible that a failure to follow this is the cause of some of the issues experienced by some of the posters here.

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Graham Wheelwright
10/06/2015 10:51am

PS. I'm using a Class 10 card (Samsung Evo 64GB).

Chris
10/06/2015 2:36pm

Got into the car leaving it for 8 hours..it froze..so I've narrowed it down to somewhere between 40-50 hours of recording is when the cam freezes...that with a hard format card.
I just changed the resolution, see if that helps, otherwise I still have warranty on this with a local supplier so its gonna go back for a refund

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Steven b
10/07/2015 1:35pm

This camera is absolutely the worse ebay purchase i have ever made. Constant freezing and not recording. Ive tried various cards and settings as everyone in above comments has done also but it should not be this difficult to get a camera to record while driving. Im going to spend the weekend putting as many bad reviews about this product online as possible. No one seems to want to help from the manufactures so i assume they have realised they have sold everyone a lemon and have now done a runner.

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Nigel
10/07/2015 4:05pm

I have had mine a few of months now using it on the highest setting with a Samsung 64gb evo card,also no updates to the firmware and so far have had no problems even tho there were two days this week of 35c.
I haven't updated the firmware because it worked and I didn't want to risk getting any problems,as I don't think you can go back .

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10/07/2015 5:14pm

Maybe that's a pointer. Maybe they screwed up with the latest firmware, in which case their lack of effort to rectify it is a disgrace. I will be giving my camera a good run-out over the next two weeks whilst i'm travelling around and will report back as to how it performs following a hard format.

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Hugh Bomford
10/07/2015 6:14pm

I have been using mine for around 9 months now. I have not updated the firmware. I share Nigel's views. It is on all the time that I am driving and when parked. I have had a couple of times where it freezes - you notice the red light is on full time. Once it was cured by turning on and then off (mine is hardwired in) and the other 2 times I did a format using the devices menu

The thing that I would really like fixed is the daylight saving - for New Zealand we need a 13 hr option not the supplied 12.

As I have said before I think it is a good device for its price. It is well designed compared to other devices that I have seen. It is discreet which is what I want - maybe bigger devices are better? - I don't know.

My experience with the people who sell these devices is not good - I deal with an on line marketer in Australia and they are useless - still waiting for a lens filter to be supplied to me which was paid for and has not arrived and only got a response when I made a complaint through PayPal

I hav edealt with the people who make and market the best radar detector on th emarket - Valentine 1 - their service and backup is A1 and I would hold them up as a very fine example of how this dashcam could be manufactured and supported but I cannot see that happening if the manufacturers of this devise do not listen to the end users - us - as there is a lot that they could learn from this discussion and they would go a long way to restoring loyalty and confidence in their product if they would listen and communicate with us

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Graham Wheelwright
10/08/2015 2:39am

And there's also a lot of damage that can be done to future sales by disenchanted customers.

The jury's out as far as i'm concerned. As i say, some intensive testing over the next few weeks so will report back. There's a lot to like about this camera but all this falls by the wayside if it's not reliable.

I'm not convinced about the filter. It may well reduce glare but possibly at the expense of optical quality and the ability to read number plates. I need to do further testing yet, have only had the camera for just over a week so take this with a pinch of salt for the time being.

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Nigel
10/08/2015 3:46am

I found that the white mark on the filter which supposed to be positioned at top to be slightly off, so suggest you hold it up to computer screen and turn between your fingers to find right position.You will see it go dark.

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Graham Wheelwright
10/08/2015 4:21am

Now there's a surprise! That's a lot of faffing about, especially as it will get disturbed every time you remove the camera from the mount. Ok, i know you can paint another mark on but this shouldn't be necessary. I've also read reports that it darkens the image a bit at night too, so again might reduce the chance of reading number plates, which is a primary reason for me getting this camera. As i said, a bit more experimentation is needed before i make any final judgements.

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Chris
10/08/2015 4:59am

I'm also giving up on this POS.. The amount of fiddling and testing I have to do just to try and get this camera reliable is becoming a waste of time.
If I pirated something and had to spend my time messing around with it..I wouldn't mind because to me that would be considered "testing"...but that is not the case, this camera was bought and is not a clone/fake. A days worth of figuring out adjustments and setting should be all thats required. I've messed around with this way too long just because I liked the compact size and video quality(when is doesn't freeze or shut off)..
Seller I bought from has a great return policy, so I'm actually sending this back(locally) and picking up a BlackVue.. Something at least that has support, something the entire Mini series does not have!!

It's to bad, because I really like this camera when it worked..

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Demelo
10/14/2015 7:01pm

Preciso de um vídeo ou cometário de alguém que tenha usado a imagem na tela do multimédia como faço?

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THOMAS ORDON
10/14/2015 9:23pm

IM DONE WITH THE MINI 806
IT WAS A GREAT IDEA BUT THEY CHEAPED OUT WITH PLASTIC HOUSING AND SMALL HEATSINK.. AND LOW END GPS MODUAL. WHY OH WHY.. THEY COULD HAVE HAD A GREAT PRODUCT.

IM BUYING THE PHILIPS DASH CAM 2 OF THEM ONE FOR THE FRONT ONE FOR THE REAR.. AT LEAST PHILIPS WILL STAND BEHIND IT AND IT WILL WORK
IF I COULD RETURN THE FINAL ONE I HAVE I WOULD BUT I MODIFIED THE HOUSING TO DISIPATE HEAT BUT THAT ONLY HELPS SO MUCH..

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THOMAS ORDON
10/14/2015 9:23pm

IM DONE WITH THE MINI 806
IT WAS A GREAT IDEA BUT THEY CHEAPED OUT WITH PLASTIC HOUSING AND SMALL HEATSINK.. AND LOW END GPS MODUAL. WHY OH WHY.. THEY COULD HAVE HAD A GREAT PRODUCT.

IM BUYING THE PHILIPS DASH CAM 2 OF THEM ONE FOR THE FRONT ONE FOR THE REAR.. AT LEAST PHILIPS WILL STAND BEHIND IT AND IT WILL WORK
IF I COULD RETURN THE FINAL ONE I HAVE I WOULD BUT I MODIFIED THE HOUSING TO DISIPATE HEAT BUT THAT ONLY HELPS SO MUCH..

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THOMAS ORDON
10/14/2015 9:24pm

IM DONE WITH THE MINI 806
IT WAS A GREAT IDEA BUT THEY CHEAPED OUT WITH PLASTIC HOUSING AND SMALL HEATSINK.. AND LOW END GPS MODUAL. WHY OH WHY.. THEY COULD HAVE HAD A GREAT PRODUCT.

IM BUYING THE PHILIPS DASH CAM 2 OF THEM ONE FOR THE FRONT ONE FOR THE REAR.. AT LEAST PHILIPS WILL STAND BEHIND IT AND IT WILL WORK

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10/14/2015 9:24pm

IM DONE WITH THE MINI 806
IT WAS A GREAT IDEA BUT THEY CHEAPED OUT WITH PLASTIC HOUSING AND SMALL HEATSINK.. AND LOW END GPS MODUAL. WHY OH WHY.. THEY COULD HAVE HAD A GREAT PRODUCT.

IM BUYING THE PHILIPS DASH CAM 2 OF THEM ONE FOR THE FRONT ONE FOR THE REAR.. AT LEAST PHILIPS WILL STAND BEHIND IT AND IT WILL WORK

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10/14/2015 9:24pm

IM DONE WITH THE MINI 806
IT WAS A GREAT IDEA BUT THEY CHEAPED OUT

IM BUYING THE PHILIPS DASH CAM 2 OF THEM ONE FOR THE FRONT ONE FOR THE REAR.. AT LEAST PHILIPS WILL STAND BEHIND IT AND IT WILL WORK

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10/14/2015 9:25pm

IM DONE WITH THE MINI 806
IT WAS A GREAT IDEA BUT THEY CHEAPED OUT

IM BUYING THE PHILIPS DASH CAM
AT LEAST PHILIPS WILL STAND BEHIND IT AND IT WILL WORK

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10/14/2015 9:25pm

IM DONE WITH THE MINI 806
IT WAS A GREAT IDEA BUT THEY CHEAPED OUT

IM BUYING THE PHILIPS DASH CAM

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10/14/2015 9:25pm

im done with the mini 805 806 and future ones..
buying philips dash cam

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10/14/2015 9:25pm

im running away from the mini 805 806 and future ones..
buying philips dash cam

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10/14/2015 9:26pm

im running away from the mini 805 806 and future ones..
buying philips dash cam

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10/14/2015 9:26pm

POS

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Mike Collins
10/16/2015 3:40pm

WellI guess that was important enough to warrant saying it 11 different ways!
Enjoy your Philips dash cam. It'll be interesting to see how much they "stand behind it"..That wasn't my experience with an MP3 player with a design fault.

Toby
10/15/2015 7:18pm

My 0806 only functions sporadically. Sometimes it will just turn itself off and need the power button pressed to boot it. Sometimes it can't even get turned back on. It just beeps and does nothing until the battery is dead.
I've tried updating firmware, but this doesn't work at all - it says it has updated successfully, but when I check the version, it's the one it came with.

Without the bugs, it would be great, but given that it only works sometimes, it's a POS waste of money.

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Graham Wheelwright
10/17/2015 4:51am

Well, i finally got the mini 0806 hardwired and it survived the trip to North Wales from Bristol, approx 200 miles, recording every minute of the journey. There was a problem with picking up the GPS signal at first, i temporarily reconnected the cigarette lighter adapter and the signal was locked very quickly, then when i reconnected the hardwired lead the lock was maintained. Great stuff. A few days later we went out on a day trip, approx 40 miles, and again no problem, even quickly locking onto the GPS signal whilst hardwired. Again, great stuff.

BUT THEN........

At the beginning of the return journey the camera froze twice within the space of a couple of minutes and required a hard reset. Although all of the return journey was recorded, the sound was missing on two files. The following day i turned the ignition on, and got a blue power led on the camera but nothing else, except a very faintly shining green light. Nothing else. Every attempt to bring the camera back to life has failed: various hard resets with and without the dimly shining green light on at the beginning, running the internal battery down until completely dead, charging the battery up on the pc. Nothing works.

I notice one or two others on here have had similar problems with their camera dying after a few days. If anyone has managed to bring the camera back to life in similar circumstances i'd be grateful for their advice, but i fear something has died in the circuitry within the camera. I am notifying the seller and will try one replacement before giving up on the camera myself, but if anyone knows of another way to bring the camera back to life other than holding the power button down for 20-30 seconds i'd be grateful to know.

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Slick Nick
10/21/2015 6:41pm

Hi,

This is my first dash camera, so I hope my review / feedback / comment is helpful. For additional background, I am an IT professional who occasionally transports computer equipment to/from data centers upwards of up to $1,000,000 at a time. The company I work for keeps me and the vehicles I rent/drive insured in a manner to cover the equipment in event of an accident that comes out to be cheaper than if we were to re-box the servers and networking gear back up, then insure and ship via FedEx, UPS or other carrier. So this camera is just an extra help if an incident occurs and to keep me cognizant of my behavior and actions so that I attempt to drive safer. When I am not moving servers (which is only a few times a year when the company need arises) I keep the camera in my personal vehicle.

I suppose I am lost in regards to this company. The camera seems like a well built product. The concepts it aims to deliver seem robust, but overall, it fails to deliver.

Mine arrived with the latest firmware, which to me is a good sign that I have a recently developed hardware model (or was possibly updated by the seller, but it did not show signs of use or that the box was even opened) yet still seems to be plagued with the biggest issue here, it fails after just a few days of operation forcing me to manually perform a reset on it by holding the power button. I even tried reinstalling the firmware just in case, no change.

I also has the camera crash / shut off and just continuously beep at me until I reset it. This issue happened the moment I plugged the SD card in (while it was powered on). Maybe that is simply a result of poor coding in regards to what happens in a particular event when the card is pushed in, as I did attempt to repeat what happen, and could not reproduce the issue.

Aside from the product, the website is terrible and does not live up to its promise to "update the mini0806 firmware on every Friday". Many large companies don't update firmware that often as even if they did, consumers don't want to have to install updates every Friday, or even own something that needs to be updated frequently. Maybe I am taking that statement out of context. Who knows. Regardless, the website is named after the model of a single camera and not after the company name, something that is a little misleading nor is the website named after the product line over all (maybe consider purchasing a DNS name along the lines of "minidashcam.com" or "minicarcam.com" - if I was smart, I would buy it and resell it to you - lol). Also, the download for the latest firmware says "for test purpose only", what does that mean? Should we not install it? Lucky me, mine came pre installed with this firmware as stated before.

I suppose I am confused as this site seems to be run like the camera is designed for everyone to contribute to updating the firmware much like an open source developer community. The company or website admin seems to run the show unprofessionally and leave the consumer confused and disappointed with the quality and product. The site seems more like a blogger site about the camera. I literally emailed to ask if I was in the right place (even though it does tell me in the manual to come to this website, I was still shocked by the website quality). If a website can't be coded to look professional, what makes me think that a camera can be coded with any quality?

Would I buy this product again? Yes, but only because it is cheap with adequate quality. Otherwise, keep in mind, you get what you pay for and may need to troubleshoot your camera every few days. Be sure to pay attention to the colors of the indicator lights.

Also, it would be nice to see this camera have a new mount developed for it that uses a suction cup. I had to rig up a design to connect the camera to a quality suction cup so I could easily move it from car to car; cheaper than buying additional GPS bases/mounts.

Mini company, try listening to the wants and needs of the consumer or you will lose to business to other companies. Make a good name for yourself.

Maybe even look to make a 2 channel camera that can look forward with the same (or better) quality as you have today, and a fish-eye lensed camera to monitor people in the car (to see if they are texting or distracted). However, it may need 4 SD cards for that and you should likely get the 2 SD card switching programmed correctly first before developing a newer model with more cameras and SD cards integrated in one unit.

Just a few thoughts.

Thank you for your time,
Slick Nick

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Mike Collins
10/23/2015 4:47pm

Slick Nick - save your time. The manufacturer doesn't read this forum. I once wrote to him directly, and I got a response. I answered, telling him that he really needed to look at the comments on the forum, but there has never been a peep from Mini here.

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Mark
10/23/2015 5:07am

I'm not a techi so here's my best description off what I'm experiencing. Camera worked great for 2 months and then stopped erasing old videos and recording new. I'm running the card Amazon showed when I bought camera, Transcend Premium 300x 32GB. I can also no longer view or erase video files from the card on my PC. Could the card be the problem?

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Slick Nick
10/23/2015 7:11am

Yes, your card is most likely the problem. Easiest thing to do is reformat it; this will cause you to lose all data, but will be easy. In the camera options, the last option or two on the list is a reformat option. (Just google how to reformat an SD card if you plan to use your computer). If it doesn't let you format, although rare, some cards have a sliding lock (much like older floppy disks or like the tab you'd break out of a VHS tape) that could be locked to prevent data from being deleted or overwritten.

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Mark
10/25/2015 7:17am

I replaced the a new SanDisk card and units working fine.

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Shanan
10/26/2015 7:10am

Hi all,

Any help in this matter is greatly appreciated as I spent quite a bit in getting this and installing (hard-wiring it for $30 extra)

The problem: Every time the camera starts, it says 'New Firmwire found' - After I say install and finishing it successfully, it would say it again as I start car. Nothing is being recorded during trips.

When I open the SD card in computer, all it has is the 'firmwire.bin' and DCM folder.

Steps taken:
- I've used the exFat method to format the card and install.
- I've tried to press on the power button for 20 seconds after removing the SD card. However, there are 2 instances

1. When I keep pressing power, camera starts and stays at camera mode (not recording since SD not inside)
2. When I start pressing when Camera is on, it just shuts down

Both instances, it doesn't seems to do anything to re-boot.

Any additional help is appreciated!

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Daimian Williams
10/26/2015 7:12am

Shanan, You will need to delete the firmware.bin file from the card once you have successfully upgraded. If the file still sits on the card, it will try to upgrade each time.

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Daniel
11/02/2015 4:25pm

I have a Mini0803 that I have very few problems with other than premature battery failure (won't hold a charge for long). I am able to view the .MOV files with VLC player or Quicktime player no problem.

I purchased a Mini0806 and files it records for the first few days are OK but after some unknown event happens the files cannot be opened by VLC or even the qtviewer, and the GPS files are filled with a continuous stream of
yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

I am changing from the 128GB Class 10 generic MicroSD to a SanDisk 64GB to see if it makes a difference.

I am not able to upgrade to this firmware, it says it failed.

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Daniel
11/07/2015 10:55am

The SanDisk SD card did improve things. The movie files and the GPS files are readable. I chock this up to bad SD cards.

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Simply driver
11/04/2015 11:39pm

Dear all,
Yes, time after time I read the posts here and on dashcamtalk, and looking for mini806 updates, firmware upgrade: I would love to have perfectly working device:)
My experience with mini806 is, fortunately, very positive. I own it from the second bunch the item was released, probably more than 9 months. The camera works straight out of the box, the high quality microSD 32Gb cards are put in device. Yes, the only one card is practically working, because of cards switching problem (or stupid logic implemented). I have also installed custom firmware that allows high video bitrate recordings.
Camera is removed from dock practically every second day, has been in operational position from several seconds to several hours of continuous driving, have got hot sun, and is connected to permanently installed cheap China 12v/5v power convertor.
What I must say – my mini806 works without any problem, gives good quality picture and gets GPS fast. I am very happy with this dashcam despite many (relatively) negative responders. To be precise, I had two “problems” occurred during whole period of usage. First, due to G sensor function, the card was filled completely by locked files, so the recording simply stopped. I finally turned off the G function as it does not give me any added value. When I need to lock the scene, I push the button. Second, I had to reformat the card once by computer when the card failed being formatted by the camera. That’s it, no any other problems so far. The only wish is that the camera could produce even better picture (as in most similar cases) and do proper switching of the cards. Good luck!

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Simply driver
11/04/2015 11:39pm

Dear all,
Yes, time after time I read the posts here and on dashcamtalk, and looking for mini806 updates, firmware upgrade: I would love to have perfectly working device:)
My experience with mini806 is, fortunately, very positive. I own it from the second bunch the item was released, probably more than 9 months. The camera works straight out of the box, the high quality microSD 32Gb cards are put in device. Yes, the only one card is practically working, because of cards switching problem (or stupid logic implemented). I have also installed custom firmware that allows high video bitrate recordings.
Camera is removed from dock practically every second day, has been in operational position from several seconds to several hours of continuous driving, have got hot sun, and is connected to permanently installed cheap China 12v/5v power convertor.
What I must say – my mini806 works without any problem, gives good quality picture and gets GPS fast. I am very happy with this dashcam despite many (relatively) negative responders. To be precise, I had two “problems” occurred during whole period of usage. First, due to G sensor function, the card was filled completely by locked files, so the recording simply stopped. I finally turned off the G function as it does not give me any added value. When I need to lock the scene, I push the button. Second, I had to reformat the card once by computer when the card failed being formatted by the camera. That’s it, no any other problems so far. The only wish is that the camera could produce even better picture (as in most similar cases) and do proper switching of the cards. Good luck!

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Simply driver
11/04/2015 11:39pm

Dear all,
Yes, time after time I read the posts here and on dashcamtalk, and looking for mini806 updates, firmware upgrade: I would love to have perfectly working device:)
My experience with mini806 is, fortunately, very positive. I own it from the second bunch the item was released, probably more than 9 months. The camera works straight out of the box, the high quality microSD 32Gb cards are put in device. Yes, the only one card is practically working, because of cards switching problem (or stupid logic implemented). I have also installed custom firmware that allows high video bitrate recordings.
Camera is removed from dock practically every second day, has been in operational position from several seconds to several hours of continuous driving, have got hot sun, and is connected to permanently installed cheap China 12v/5v power convertor.
What I must say – my mini806 works without any problem, gives good quality picture and gets GPS fast. I am very happy with this dashcam despite many (relatively) negative responders. To be precise, I had two “problems” occurred during whole period of usage. First, due to G sensor function, the card was filled completely by locked files, so the recording simply stopped. I finally turned off the G function as it does not give me any added value. When I need to lock the scene, I push the button. Second, I had to reformat the card once by computer when the card failed being formatted by the camera. That’s it, no any other problems so far. The only wish is that the camera could produce even better picture (as in most similar cases) and do proper switching of the cards. Good luck!

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Simply driver
11/04/2015 11:40pm

Sorry for tripple comments :) This is due to stupidly programmed website.

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Joe
11/12/2015 9:19am

When the sound recording is off, how can i turn it on? I can't find it in the settings menu.

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Graham Wheelwright
11/12/2015 11:26am

It's mentioned in the instruction manual. Just press the Up button.

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Graham Wheelwright
11/18/2015 3:30am

I had my dead camera replaced and so far the replacement is still working - but with some issues. Will report back on this shortly. In the meantime, however, it might be a good thing if people list what video resolution and what brand of card they are using, and whether or not they are having issues with their chosen settings. I'm beginning to suspect that some of the issues (e.g. the camera freezing) might be down the the micro SD cards not being up to the job of coping with the high bitrates on the higher resolutions. I am using a Samsung Class 10 64GB on max resolution (2304 x 1296; 30fps; 16:9)

I was expecting a new model to have been released in time for the Christmas market. So far this hasn't happened, so that makes me even more annoyed that the company have not continued to support this one. Reading between the lines i'm guessing that they contracted somebody from the UK to provide updates on this site and that the contract simply ran out leaving us all hanging.

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Mike Collins
11/18/2015 9:48am

I'm using 1920 x 1080 45fps. with a Samsung 64GB, class-10 card. I have two cards, but as card switching doesn't work, I have one in and one out of the camera. They take a long time to fill, so I just check how much is left from time to time and replace the card, and keep the old one as reassurance in case I get served a speeding ticket. The camera performs faultlessly. My only grumble is that GPS lock can sometimes take up to 5 minutes if the car has been off the road for a few days. If the car has been used within the last hour (for example when leaving a supermarket car park), it can still take a couple of minutes, though sometimes it comes into lock quickly.

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Mike Collins
11/18/2015 9:53am

Personally, I get the impression that this forum is completely independent, and has nothing to do with the manufacturer. Apart from the comment that I posted from the manufacturer some time ago (he responded to an email from me), I don't think they have ever appeared on this web site.

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Graham Wheelwright
11/18/2015 10:59am

I take your point re updates Mike, but the guy who has posted some of these updates goes by the name of Nigel, who i think was also responsible for writing the surprisingly well written User's Manual, so this is possibly a guy from UK/US.

You seem to be one of the very few on here who hasn't experienced any issues, so maybe your chosen resolution is a clue. I chose the highest possible resolution on the strength of the YouTube review by Techmoan, who pointed out that the ability to read number plates deteriorates considerably with the lower resolutions. However, i can't say i can read number plates that well anyway unless in slow moving traffic, oncoming traffic traffic travelling at speed is just a blur, so would consider trying some of the lower resolutions. How are you finding the quality of the resolution you are using, which i notice has a higher frame rate and which might therefore be better for oncoming traffic? Alex Savo makes the observation in the thread above, back in August, that the freezing of the device seems to happen mainly in the high resolution mode, so maybe there is something in this.

I'm now going to post my thoughts on the replacement 0806 that i've now been using for best part of a month. This will appear as a separate post below this.

Graham Wheelwright
11/18/2015 12:02pm

As per my post of 17th October, my original mini 0806 died after a few weeks. The vendor (UK-based Hashtag Products) kindly sent out a replacement with no hassle, even to my holiday address. Below are my thoughts after approx. three weeks use of the replacement camera.

1. This time i didn't hardwire (for the time being), just to be absolutely sure that this wasn't the cause of the problem. I used the power outlet adapter supplied with the camera. It's possible that this actually improves the ability to get a gps fix, owing to some of the trailing wire not being hidden behind trim, but this might just be that the gps mount supplied with the replacement camera is slightly more sensitive. Generally speaking i get a gps lock within 3-5 minutes, which i find satisfactory (you can always sit with the car idling for a while if you need this feature from the start of your journey). The gps logger is also very accurate, for example showing on the map that you are negotiating a roundabout at exactly the same point as this is displayed on the video footage.
2. On the very first day of use, after initially working fine, towards the end of a journey of approx one and a half hours, halfway through the last 5 minute clip, the screen turned green. Recording was still taking place but the visuals were totally 'greened out' except for very bright objects such as car and street lighting. This 'green screen' issue has happened once since, this time after about 4 hours of hassle-free recording. Once the problem arises each successive clip will exhibit a green screen until you power off and back on again. You will not be aware of the issue unless you have your screen turned on, therefore what you assume to be good recordings could turn out to be completely useless. The best solution is to set the screen to be permanently on rather than timing out (you can still turn it off manually with a brief press of the power button). A side benefit of having the screen on is that drivers behind you seem more likely to keep their distance; it's possible that, because dashcams aren't yet that prevalent, some drivers think you are driving an unmarked surveillance/enforcement vehicle.
3. The camera has stopped recording on a few occasions. This happens unpredictably, sometimes after a few minutes, sometimes after a few hours. You need to glance at the recording LED from time to time to make sure it is still flashing (it would have been more consistent if both the recording and gps/mic LEDs flashed when in the on or off state, rather than the red LED flashing when the camera is recording but the green LED flashing when the camera does NOT have a signal).
4. Even more inconvenient than the preceding issue, the camera has frozen on probably about ten occasions. This tends to happen when you power off, and is only resolved by a hard reset (a 20-30 second press of the power button). Sometimes the display remains on, sometimes you're just aware of the issue because the red and/or green LEDs remain lit. You need to check that the camera powers off correctly each time you switch off the ignition. For the camera to freeze like this so many times in just a few weeks of use is to me totally unacceptable.
5. The blue LED is completely superfluous. You know the power is on by virtue of the red recording LED, so the blue light tells you nothing, it just adds another pretty colour. Moreover, the blue LED is particularly bright, and quite distracting in the dark on an unlit road. Somebody suggested blue-tac to hide the LEDs. I actually find the other two LEDs useful, but plan to paint over the blue one with a thin coat of black vehicle touch-up paint (if possible so that the blue light continues to show through but only faintly).
6. I agree with an earler poster that the LDWS system is 'flaky'. Moreover, the LDWS setting seems to apply to both the LDWS and Forward Collision functions and there isn't a separate setting in the menu for the Forward Collision function. Furthermore, the last software upgrade has disabled the ability to select three different speed triggers for this function. This has imo reduced the functionality of it and i can't for the life of me work out why they should have disabled this option. The warning triggers far too easily, and if i had the choice i would choose it to work just for high road speeds as per the suggestion in the manual. However, if you play about with the two adjustable reference lines under the LDWS Calibration setting in the menu you can, by lowering the two lines, arrive at a point where you don't get too many false alarms, although the trade-off is that it will only flag potential forward collision incidents when they are already very close.
7. As mentioned in posts immediately above this, I am using a Samsung 64GB Evo Class 10 card and a high resolution of 2304x1296, 30fps, 16:9 ratio. It's possible that this particular card, or maybe micro SD cards in general, cannot cope with this high resolution/framerate combin

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Mike Collins
11/18/2015 1:16pm

Graham - "You seem to be one of the very few on here who hasn't experienced any issues"
I think that's just one of those human things - the ones who are not having difficulties have not had the need to go looking for a forum. I'd probably be one of the silent majority too if I had not had difficulties at first. Now, I get an e-mail each time somebody updates, so I look at it.

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Graham Wheelwright
11/18/2015 5:02pm

Yes, I guess you have a point there.

Graham Wheelwright
11/18/2015 12:05pm

Whoops, it looks like the last bit of the email above was stripped out, so i'm posting it again below:

As per my post of 17th October, my original mini 0806 died after a few weeks. The vendor (UK-based Hashtag Products) kindly sent out a replacement with no hassle, even to my holiday address. Below are my thoughts after approx. three weeks use of the replacement camera.

1. This time i didn't hardwire (for the time being), just to be absolutely sure that this wasn't the cause of the problem. I used the power outlet adapter supplied with the camera. It's possible that this actually improves the ability to get a gps fix, owing to some of the trailing wire not being hidden behind trim, but this might just be that the gps mount supplied with the replacement camera is slightly more sensitive. Generally speaking i get a gps lock within 3-5 minutes, which i find satisfactory (you can always sit with the car idling for a while if you need this feature from the start of your journey). The gps logger is also very accurate, for example showing on the map that you are negotiating a roundabout at exactly the same point as this is displayed on the video footage.
2. On the very first day of use, after initially working fine, towards the end of a journey of approx one and a half hours, halfway through the last 5 minute clip, the screen turned green. Recording was still taking place but the visuals were totally 'greened out' except for very bright objects such as car and street lighting. This 'green screen' issue has happened once since, this time after about 4 hours of hassle-free recording. Once the problem arises each successive clip will exhibit a green screen until you power off and back on again. You will not be aware of the issue unless you have your screen turned on, therefore what you assume to be good recordings could turn out to be completely useless. The best solution is to set the screen to be permanently on rather than timing out (you can still turn it off manually with a brief press of the power button). A side benefit of having the screen on is that drivers behind you seem more likely to keep their distance; it's possible that, because dashcams aren't yet that prevalent, some drivers think you are driving an unmarked surveillance/enforcement vehicle.
3. The camera has stopped recording on a few occasions. This happens unpredictably, sometimes after a few minutes, sometimes after a few hours. You need to glance at the recording LED from time to time to make sure it is still flashing (it would have been more consistent if both the recording and gps/mic LEDs flashed when in the on or off state, rather than the red LED flashing when the camera is recording but the green LED flashing when the camera does NOT have a signal).
4. Even more inconvenient than the preceding issue, the camera has frozen on probably about ten occasions. This tends to happen when you power off, and is only resolved by a hard reset (a 20-30 second press of the power button). Sometimes the display remains on, sometimes you're just aware of the issue because the red and/or green LEDs remain lit. You need to check that the camera powers off correctly each time you switch off the ignition. For the camera to freeze like this so many times in just a few weeks of use is to me totally unacceptable.
5. The blue LED is completely superfluous. You know the power is on by virtue of the red recording LED, so the blue light tells you nothing, it just adds another pretty colour. Moreover, the blue LED is particularly bright, and quite distracting in the dark on an unlit road. Somebody suggested blue-tac to hide the LEDs. I actually find the other two LEDs useful, but plan to paint over the blue one with a thin coat of black vehicle touch-up paint (if possible so that the blue light continues to show through but only faintly).
6. I agree with an earler poster that the LDWS system is 'flaky'. Moreover, the LDWS setting seems to apply to both the LDWS and Forward Collision functions and there isn't a separate setting in the menu for the Forward Collision function. Furthermore, the last software upgrade has disabled the ability to select three different speed triggers for this function. This has imo reduced the functionality of it and i can't for the life of me work out why they should have disabled this option. The warning triggers far too easily, and if i had the choice i would choose it to work just for high road speeds as per the suggestion in the manual. However, if you play about with the two adjustable reference lines under the LDWS Calibration setting in the menu you can, by lowering the two lines, arrive at a point where you don't get too many false alarms, although the trade-off is that it will only flag potential forward collision incidents when they are already very close.
7. As mentioned in posts immediately above this, I am using a Samsung 64GB Evo Class 10 card and a high resolution of 2304x1296, 30fps, 16:9 ratio. It's possible that this par

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Graham Wheelwright
11/18/2015 12:08pm

It looks as though i exceeded the posting limit, so here is the part of the email that was stripped out above:

7. As mentioned in posts immediately above this, I am using a Samsung 64GB Evo Class 10 card and a high resolution of 2304x1296, 30fps, 16:9 ratio. It's possible that this particular card, or maybe micro SD cards in general, cannot cope with this high resolution/framerate combination. I will try some lower resolutions and report back.

Overall, i share the view of many on here that the mini 0806 has an excellent form factor, and the revised gps mount is a big improvement too. It looks good, is also discrete, and delivers pretty good video quality at the higher resolutions. The features such as gps logging (which also allows you to have a very useful record of the speed you were travelling at any time) and, to a lesser extent the LDWS, provide what, on paper at least, is an impressive specification for the price. However, certainly with the resolution i have been using, the camera is very unreliable. The software just doesn't do the job effectively. Because the manufacture seems to have pulled the plug on further firmware updates and, moreover, provides no feedback to the issues raised in this forum, i cannot recommend this camera to anyone. I did a lot of research before buying, and the overall ratings on Amazon were favourable. I'm now left wondering how many of those reviews were fake. I'm stuck with the camera now, and will make the best of it for a year or two or until it stops working (whichever happens first, and i strongly suspect it will be the latter). When i get around to it i will post an Amazon review. Unless my experience of the camera drastically improves over the next few weeks with lower resolutions selected this is likely to be a 2* review, and at best i couldn't give it more than 4* due to both the issues i've had and the woeful lack of after-sales service from the manufacture. I hope that enough prospective buyers of cameras from this manufacturer see criticisms like this from myself and others that the manufacturer's sales are seriously affected, since this might encourage them to treat their customers with respect in the future rather than seeing them as mere cash cows.

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Mike Collins
11/18/2015 2:52pm

Graham (and anybody else reading the forum),
just for the record, I don't use LWDS - and power goes down on my cigarette lighter power socket when I switch off the ignition, and the camera sings a little song and powers down about 10 seconds later. My screen goes off about 60 seconds after the camera powers on.
As for clarity for reading number plates, it doesn't really count on my car. In order to hide the camera behind the rear-view mirror, it looks through a part of the windscreen that is not wiped by the wipers, so if the weather is poor (and I live in Snowdonia), it can be very distorted, and even if it's good, I have to remember to get out with a squeegee and clean the screen. It's a bummer, and I suppose I could put it somewhere else, but then it would be a lot more obvious to a passing opportunist.
My settings are :
Video res : 1920 x 1080, 45fps
Video quality : Fine
Auto exposure metering : center (sic)
Exposure compensation :+0.3 This is to compensate for the dimming effect of the polarising filter.
White balance : Auto
Flicker : Auto
Rotate Image 180 : On
Loop recording : 3 min
LWDS detection : Off
Motion detector : Off (this is used if your power socket is always on)
G-sensor : 3G
Power off delay : 3 min (it doesn't wait anything like that long!)
Screen off delay : 1 min
GPS stamping : Log only
Speed stamping : off
Choose card : A only. As I said, Rotate 180 is on, so slot A is toward the bottom, where I can get the card out without moving the camera.
firmware : 20150511

Right now, being as I brought it into the house to copy the settings, I'm going to leave it looking out of my window to find out who eats all my birdseed in the mornings. I think there may be a brontosaurus on the loose in the neighbourhood.

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Graham Wheelwright
11/18/2015 5:01pm

Mike, personally I would re-site it to somewhere the wipers reach. Mine is just to the right of the mirror. After all, it's pretty discrete, which is one of the main reasons i chose this model.

Your tip re the exposure setting to compensate for the filter is a good one, i hadn't thought of that.

You are right, the setting for 'power off delay' is a joke because it powers off in about 20-30 seconds at best, the so-called 'lithium' internal battery obviously can't cope with anything longer, another criticism i should have added to my list.

As an aside, i have recently come back from a holiday in the Snowdonia area (near Criccieth), a place we love and return to regularly. We were very lucky with the weather too!

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Tasmedic
11/23/2015 4:29pm

I'm very angry you removed the parking guard. I bought this camera because my car keeps getting damaged, and mainly for the parking guard. I was amazed when the manual didn't agree with the menu on the camera, and we now have "AV out" instead of parking guard.
Please put the guard back in. If you're worried about flat battery, then please just put in a menu option to disable the parking guard.

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Mike Collins
11/24/2015 4:10am

Tasmedic, you can be as angry as you like on this forum,but the manufacturer doesn't read it, or if he does, he certainly keeps stum about it! I made an update to say how to contact the company - I tried tech support first, but I didn't get a response, then I tried the manager and he wrote back. See my updates 08/31/2015 4:15pm and 09/06/2015 1:53pm.
If you want your complaint to be heard, I suggest you follow that route.

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Bill Jasch
12/01/2015 5:51pm

Hi everyone... Well, it looks like we all have the same issues. I mainly bought this for the HUGE storage capacity (256GB is monstrous when you're only used to 32GB). It took me 4 weeks to fill up a 128GB card (I only drive maybe 1-1/2 hours each day). Great little camera, but card switching doesn't work from B to A (just like most everyone's). When B gets full, an alarm/bell goes off and the recording doesn't loop. I'm going to try a reformat on the 128GB card and use A slot only to see if that will record & loop correctly. Honestly, I'd just be happy if one of these slots will do 128 the way it's designed. I don't use the GPS or motion features, so I can't offer any additional info. Yeah...maybe a future firmware update may correct this, but it looks like the manufacturer hasn't offered anything new in 6 months. If I find anything helpful, I'll contribute further.

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Bill Jasch
12/17/2015 1:17pm

Just an update... I'm going to try 2 NEW Samsung EVO 128GB cards. My previous SanDisk took a "dump", I think...(it's taking forever to perform a format - not the quick one). I'll contribute further when these fill up.

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Graham Wheelwright
12/20/2015 3:05am

Bill, a full format is very slow, certainly with the software I have, so it may not be the cards at fault. However, a quick format using the utility on the camera only takes a few seconds.

Mike Collins
12/02/2015 6:19am

#Bill Jasch : "maybe a future firmware update may correct this"

Don't hold your breath. From the reponse I got from the manufacturer, I gather there is an incompatibility issue between card switching and the Ambarella chip. See my update above (09/09/2015 6:18am)

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PetrS
12/10/2015 1:29pm

I have problem, after a few months, camera stopped recording (Red led stopped flashing). I formated both cards 64GB and 128 GB, but without any impact on noerror functionality. I restarted it, but again - no impact. As I see this discussion, vendor or manufacturer has no aim to repair these problems. What can I say for other customers , don't buy this product! Maybe good idea for this product, but again wrong engineering.

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Graham Wheelwright
12/20/2015 3:02am

PetrS, a full format is very slow, certainly with the software I have, so it may not be the cards at fault. However, a quick format using the utility on the camera only takes a few seconds.

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Graham Wheelwright
12/20/2015 3:04am

PetrS, a full format is very slow, certainly with the software I have, so it may not be the cards at fault. However, a quick format using the utility on the camera only takes a few seconds.

POSTSCRIPT: apologies, whilst vaguely relevant to your post, this was actually intended as a reply to Bill Jasch. D'oh! :-)

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Steve B
12/12/2015 9:34am

Hi
Any advice or comments about the following appreciated. I bought the Mini 0806 about three weeks ago. I have it hard wired for continous power 24/7. Understand the cards don't store B-A cards with "Auto" swap command selected. Ok with that.

There's a couple other quirks I've noticed. Although mine is connected 24/7 it records only when parked and not when the car is moving. The red light is blinking at all times too. Is there something
wrong with the camera or is there a setting that turns off the recording when the car is started and in motion?

Also, the camera sometimes stops recording when card is full with Format card Red meassage. Other times it appears to loop fine. Notice sometimes movie segments are missing while driving. Does that have anything to do with a setting? Other times the camera just turns itself off.
Haven't been able to determine why.

Anyone have a bit of insight or shared experience?

Thanks in advance!


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Graham Wheelwright
12/12/2015 9:50am

I can't comment on your first problem Steve B, but with regard to the second one I suspect it's an issue whereby the card can't cope with the high bitstreams. I have issues where the camera is unpredictably freezing and requiring a hard reset. Try using a lower resolution mode. I'm currently experimenting with various settings and will report back in due course. See my posts a little bit above these for further comments.

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Steve B
12/12/2015 12:12pm

Thanks for that advice about reducing the resolution to prevent freezing or the Mini 0806 turning off.

Why would the Mini 0806 record ok while the car is parked but suddenly stop recording after the car is started and while driving then start recording again while parked?

Steve B
12/12/2015 12:13pm

Thanks for that advice about reducing the resolution to prevent freezing or the Mini 0806 turning off.

Why would the Mini 0806 record ok while the car is parked but suddenly stop recording after the car is started and while driving then start recording again while parked?

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Steve B
12/12/2015 12:14pm

Thanks for that advice about reducing the resolution to prevent freezing or the Mini 0806 turning off.

Why would the Mini 0806 record ok while the car is parked but suddenly stop recording after the car is started and while driving then start recording again while parked?

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Mike Collins
12/13/2015 4:43pm

Steve B, "Why would the Mini 0806 record ok while the car is parked but suddenly stop recording after the car is started and while driving then start recording again while parked?"

I don't know the answer to your question, but here's a possible explanation : The video that gets stored is compressed. If the car is stationary, and there is barely any motion in the camera, then compression can be very tight - for example,
step 1 : Get a frame
step 2 : Oh - it's the same, don't store it again, just repeat to the screen what is already stored
Repeat step 2 until something moves. If a cat walks past, there is still relatively little motion, as most of the picture stays the same, so all the non-moving part of the picture does not need to be updated in memory. You can see that while the car is stationary, the bandwidth requirement on the card is relatively low, so if it is a low-bandwidth or cheap card, you could possibly expect that.
Just my 2p, but it seems plausible. I originally bought a couple of 64GB cards on Ebay for next to nothing, and had dropouts etc. Then I replaced them with a couple of Samsung 64GB, Class 10 cards, and the camera has worked perfectly ever since (I just put card in at a time). See my entry of 11/18/2015 2:52pm.

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Steve B
12/12/2015 12:20pm

Sorry about the repeated posts. The website was giving me an error message every time I submitted the reply but posting the message anyways. I could not tell till I refreshed the browser. Ok I'm going to submit once then refresh to see if it works this time. Thanks

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Eric Y
01/01/2016 11:03am

My mini 0806 just started beeping 3 times and it then stops recording, what do the 3 beeps mean? What do I need to do to fix this issue. I have to power the camera off and back on to get it to record again, but it will beep and stop working after 5-10 minutes again?

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Graham Wheelwright
01/03/2016 4:50am

Have you tried reformatting the card?

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Eric Y
01/03/2016 10:28am

Yes, I reformatted the card, re-flashed the firmware, reset settings to factory default, and even tried a new card. Does anybody know what the 3 beeps indicate?

Bertrand Zidler
01/03/2016 5:31am

Mine is doing it when the card seems to be full. I connect it to my pc and delete all files, .MOV in DCIM and .log in gps. It works again after that. Deleting the files from the menu does not work. This camera is not very good, and the software is clearly buggy and not correctly maintained.

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Graham Wheelwright
01/03/2016 6:49am

There is no doubt that the software (and I think the hardware too) is buggy, My second camera has been working ok for two months now except for freezing unpredictably. I suspect that this is due to problems overwriting files and/or coping with the highest resolution settings, but am still experimenting and will report back in due course.

01/01/2016 3:43pm

Main issues with the camera:
- with USB attached it displays blue screen and does not allow accessing the camera menu. most aggravating as the internal battery dies in seconds after power on, so effectively I cannot access the camera menu! Also, while in USB mode sometimes it allows reading the cards, sometimes not. Then sometimes it remains frozen with blue screen after USB disconnect, sometimes not.
- Camera was out of focus out of the box. After noticing much sharper video from other users and spending hours researching, I disassambled the camera and adjusted the lens focus, problem solved, but it was not neasy.
- could not apply firmware update. After displaying the "apply firmware Y/N" dialogue, selecting Y and pressing the OK button results in no action. Software freezes all the time! Piece of junk and no support.

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Graham Wheelwright
01/03/2016 4:53am

You should be able to access the internal menu if you connect to your car via the cigarette lighter lead.

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radu
01/05/2016 12:50am

how did u solve the focus problem? Please detail the entire procedure.

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Bertrand Zidler
01/03/2016 5:25am

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Steve B
01/03/2016 10:37am

Tried everything to remedy problems before returning my Mini 0806 to seller for refund. Never worked right from day 1. Looking for a more reliable dashcam. Any recommendations? Happy New Year.

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Mike Collins
01/04/2016 3:05pm

If you're having problems, you could try writing to the manufacturer. I gave his contact details in a previous post. I wrote to him, and he answered.

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Steve B
01/04/2016 3:16pm

I did contact tech support at the company in China. Mr Lili answered all my questions and tried to sort out all the problems with Mini 0806.
Too many problems that non fixable that are related to unit/firmware to make it reliable in my opinion. Read all comments and suggestions here and on Dashcamtalk.com and found there was problems with many users. They are not addressing firmware updates and have released a new product.

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Graham Wheelwright
01/04/2016 3:55pm

Ah, yes, the 0807 has arrived, thanks Steve. Ha ha, look at this thread - the OP (manufacturer rep) doesn't even mention the 0806 in the list!!!

We should be posting on that forum and also on Amazon once the product launches there, discouraging people to buy due to the disaster that the 0806 has been and the appalling lack of manufacturer support that accompanied it.

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Graham Wheelwright
01/04/2016 3:55pm

Ah, yes, the 0807 has arrived, thanks Steve. Ha ha, look at this thread - the OP (manufacturer rep) doesn't even mention the 0806 in the list!!!

We should be posting on that forum and also on Amazon once the product launches there, discouraging people to buy due to the disaster that the 0806 has been and the appalling lack of manufacturer support that accompanied it.

https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/threads/first-batch-of-mini0807-will-be-available-in-july.11935/

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kwplee
01/04/2016 8:35pm

The 3 beeps indicate the cam is unable to write on your TF card, normal C10 card is not recommended. You need some fast writing speed card to cope with 0806, I prefer U1 or U3 TF card. I have tried 64gb Sandisk EVO card, some corrupted video files very occasionally but not often. The best result cards are using 64gb Lexar 633x and 64gb Sandisk Extreme Pro. No beeps and corrupted files at all. However I have given up this 0806 at last October because of its unsupportive manufacturer. I am using Dome D201 with Ambarella A12 chip now, better day and night video footages.

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Graham Wheelwright
01/05/2016 4:42am

Thanks for this useful advice re. cards, I suspected the cards were part of the problem. I have a 64GB Sandisk Evo at present, on the recommendations of others I thought this was up to the job. I might trade up to one of those you recommend when I can afford it and transfer the current card to my home security camera. Having invested about £120 in this camera by the time i'd bought the hardwire kit, card and polarising lens, I'm stuck with it for the time being, but am unlikely to buy from this manufacturer again in the future.

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SlickNick
01/10/2016 9:10am

Does anyone have a problem where it plays 3 quick sounds (sounds like a violin) and then shuts off? What is this, why is it doing it? It happens multiple times a day...

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Graham Wheelwright
01/10/2016 9:55am

That sounds like the standard shutdown tone. From my experience there are three possibilities:
1) You are losing power due to either a loose fitting cigarette connector lead or a poor connection within your hardwired circuit.
2) The memory card is full and you haven't configured it to overwrite in the settings.
3) The memory card is full and, due to other issues with this camera and/or incompatible memory cards as described elsewhere within this thread, instead of overwriting as it should (assuming you have configured it to do so within the settings, see 2 above) the system is freezing and then shutting down.

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Graham Wheelwright
01/10/2016 9:57am

Assuming there isn't an obvious loose connection, try reformatting the card before looking at other possibilities, such as a hidden fault in a hardwire circuit or a card that can't cope with some of the higher resolution settings the camera is capable of.

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SlickNick
01/10/2016 10:11am

I have read other comments about the 3 sounds and how it is related to the card or writing issues. However, I've had this camera for a few months now and it has worked fine. I bought the fastest card I could find. I can use the card all day long on the computer read and write, no issues.

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Graham Wheelwright
01/10/2016 10:14am

Even so, it might still be worth checking for loose connections, and if this doesn't resolve try a reformat.

kwplee
01/10/2016 10:24pm

Do yourself a favour next time when you are using your mini 0806, noting down when the 3 beeps sound goes off then examining your TF card video files. You should find some corrupted video files or video files no longer continuously playback in what your cam setting sizes (1m, 3m, etc). That was how I worked out the mini 0806 is a high speed writing speed requirement hunger dash cam. I have invested 2x 128gb normal C10 TF cards, 2x Samsung 64gb EVO cards, 3x Lexar 64gb 633x cards, 1x Sandisk 64gb Extreme Pro card, 1x Toshiba 32gb Exceria card. The best result cards are mentioned as above, you need minimum 95mb/s card to coup with mini 0806. At the end, don't forget mini 0806 is using Ambarella A7 chip and what TF cards of GoPro 4 are recommended!

Graham Wheelwright
01/10/2016 10:18am

PS. I'm guessing that the three beeps kwplee mentions above are not the shutdown sound that, from your description, you are hearing.

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02/13/2016 9:06pm

The three beeps indicate the card is full, has happened to me. Take the card out, format, put it back in and go again. (Or format in the device, but this doesn't allow you to keep the files you want)

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Alpina
02/14/2016 1:13am

I got rid of my bug ridden piece of crap after a year of ownership. I've bought the Blackvue 650 2 channel instead. Not one problem in the few weeks I've run it. Bliss. My mini 0806 is literally in the bin. Joy. Good luck to you lot. I will no longer be receiving notifications of all the problems from this page. I suggest you do the same, it's the only real solution. Turns out you do get what you pay for. Cheers.

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Graham Wheelwright
02/14/2016 2:43am

Another possible cause of unexpected shutdowns is the contacts between the camera and the mounting base becoming dirty. This is especially likely if the blue power light becomes duller and eventually flashes erratically. This happened to me, and a quick clean resolved the issue.

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Graham Wheelwright
03/07/2016 7:00am

Just a bit of feedback on the video resolutions as promised.

I suspected that the chosen video resolution was having some effect on the camera freezing, and i'm right. Basically, it seems that my SD card cannot cope with my chosen resolution of 2304 x 1290, 30fps 16:9, and was constantly and erratically freezing as per earlier messages. I've switched back to the default resolution of 2560 x 1080, 30fps, 21:9 and experienced no issues whatsoever over a period of several weeks. I don't particularly like this widescreen 'letterbox' format, but this is nevertheless still a high resolution mode. I am now trying a couple of the other higher resolution modes. Currently i have the camera in the next resolution down, 1920 x 1080, 45fps, 16:9, and will also try the next one down from that, 1920 x 1080, 30fps, 16:9 and will report back in a couple of weeks or so.

The card i am using is a Samsung Evo 64GB. Whilst it's a fairly fast card it obviously has problems with the 2304x1290 resolution, and maybe faster cards might be able to cope with this.

So at the moment i have a fully working camera, with no issues at all over several weeks. I can't comment yet for certain whether the camera freezes when the memory card is full rather than overwriting, but this is a fairly minor issue for me compared with the camera freezing unpredicatably, sometimes after just minutes of use, and i can cope with this. With a 64GB card that's over 8 hours of use, even at the higher resolutions, and obviously more with lower resolutions, before there is any danger of a system freeze due to full card.

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Graham Wheelwright
04/24/2016 6:13am

An update to my comments above:

The camera failed approximately a week after hardwiring it. This is exactly what happened to my original 0806, which was replaced by the supplier. I therefore suspect that the hardwire kit is delivering voltage spikes, there has been debate about this on the dashcam forums at https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/ Somebody suggested that some hardwire kits send vastly fluctuating voltages to the units and fry them. A suggested fix is to wire in an aux socket, cheap to buy on eBay, to the vehicle fusebox and then connect via the cigarette socket adapter supplied with the unit. You could wire into the fusebox with a simple piggyback fuse adapter, again readily available on eBay. However, for me, this is a case of useful knowledge too late since i now have a non-functional 0806. :-(

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Russ
07/15/2016 1:34pm

After I did the latest update. I lost my sound. I went into settings and where it was, the selection to turn sound on or off is GONE. I have no sound what so ever. Also, its hard to pause recording with the OK button because it starts recording itself again. 1 out of 10 times I am able to get into settings. Should I install an older firmware because it was working perfect before...

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Graham Wheelwright
07/18/2016 3:47am

I can't really help, Russ, since i never downloaded this update. My mini 0806, along with that of many others, has now gone to the great Chinese landfill in the sky, after wasting time and money trying to bring it back to life by taking it apart and installing a new battery. My advice would be, when you can afford it, to ditch the 0806 for something less flaky and better supported by the manufacturer. I am currently using a Mio MieVue 618. It has proved much more reliable so far and comes with free speed camera alerts (for most of Europe). Criticisms of the MieVue would be the suction mount being permanently fixed to the camera, the slightly lower video quality compared to the 0806 due to greater pixellation of complex images such as clouds, despite having a similar HD resolution capability to the 0806, and, most importantly, the fact that the camera heats up and crashes if left in a hot car, rendering the parking mode useless in such conditions. Having said that, it does at least have a parking mode that actually works in conditions other than this.

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