DDPai Mini 2

The Mini 2 is cylindrical dash cam from the Chinese manufacturer DDPai.  This camera has nearly identical specifications  as the popular DDPai M6 Plus but there are some key differences.  The DDPai Mini 2 is based on the same HiSilicon Hi3516D processor and Omnivision OV4689 CMOS sensor as the M6 Plus.  This combination allows for 1440p at 25fps, 1296p at 30fps or 1080p at 30fps recording.  Bit rate is not the highest at approximately 10.5Mbps.

Video quality during the day is very good and at night it is good.  Like the M6 Plus, owners are quite pleased with the video quality from this camera.  While the night time video is bright, the footage is more grainy / noisy then competing cameras like the A119.

The camera comes with WiFi and G-Sensor  but no LCD screen.  A small remote button is provided as well. When pressing the remote button, the camera will save a 10 second clip (5 seconds before the incident and 5 seconds after) and sends this video to your smartphone automatically via WiFi.  Note that downloading the video clips via WiFi to your phone will save the files on the phone’s internal memory not on a phone’s SD card if available.

Like the M6 Plus, the Mini 2 comes with time-lapse parking mode which records 1 fps while the car is parked.  In parking mode the camera records at 20Mbps and draws approximately the same amount of power as if the camera was operating normally.  There have been some complaints that the camera runs hot during parking mode.

While there are extensive similarities between the Mini 2 and the M6 Plus, a few differences do exist:

  • The Mini 2 uses an adhesive mount while the M6 Plus uses a unique magnetic mount
  • The Mini 2 does not come with GPS
  • The Mini 2 does not have a CPL filter as an optional accessory
  • The Mini 2 uses a capacitor instead of a 250mAh Lithium battery
  • The Mini 2 has a more discreet cylindrical shape but unfortunately comes in a shiny silver color instead of black (size is small at 87mm x 43.5mm x 35mm)

Overall some advantages over the M6 Plus but also some disadvantages.  We would like to thank our members Yooshaw and runtohell121 for providing detailed reviews of this camera in our forum.

Dual Camera Capability

Like the M6 Plus, you can connect the Mini 2 with the Mini 1 via WiFI to work as a dual camera system. (NOTE: The Mini 2 or another M6 Plus will NOT work as a dual camera system – apparently you  cannot have 2 cameras with the same processor for this to work). This essentially creates a wireless dual camera set-up. You can pair the cameras by putting the remotes next to each other and clicking both 5 times.

Size Comparison

Our member Yooshaw provided the following photo comparing the size of the SG9665GC (left), DDpai Mini 2 (middle) and Mobius (right).

 

Known problems

Blocky parking mode

Some owners have complained that the camera records blocky video when in parking mode.  This typically happens in hotter temperatures and when recording at 1440p.  There is no known solution to this problem.

Camera Reboots

Some owners indicate that the camera will occasionally reboot while driving or in parking mode.  One possible reason is that when the camera overheats, it restarts.  No known solutions exist for this problem.

Sample Videos

Day Video

Night Video

Comparison Videos

A118C (left) vs DDPai Mini 2 (right)

DDPai Mini 2 (left) vs VIOFO A119 (right)

DDPai Mini 2 (left) vs VIOFO A119 (right)

Should I Purchase?

The DDPai Mini 2 has similar specs and video quality to the popular DDPai M6 Plus but with a cylindrical shape, no GPS and capacitor instead of battery.  At the lower price point of approximately $100, the camera at first site appears to be a reasonable buy.  However, initial reliability is a bit concerning especially if you are looking to use this camera in a hot climate.

See what other owners have to say about the DDPai Mini 2 on our forum.

Where to purchase for lowest price

Firmware

Note that firmware can be updated automatically with the Android or iOS app for this camera.

Specifications

 DDPai Mini 2
Price$100
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ManufacturerDDPAi
CountryChina
Specifications 
ProcessorHiSilicon Hi3516D
CMOSOmnivision OV4689
Channels1
Screen
GPS

G-Sensor
Wi-Fi
Parking Mode
Lock FilesAuto or Button
Video 
Max Resolution1440p 25fps
Max Bitrate (Mbps)10.5
Video FormatMP4
CompressionH.264
Diagonal Viewing Angle140°
Recording 
SD Card TypeMicroSD
Max Size (Spec)128GB
Max Size (User)128GB
Other 
Size (mm)87 x 43.5 x 35
MountAdhesive
Power Supply5V
Operating Temp-20°C to 70°C
BatteryCapacitor
Release DateAug 2016
AppsAndroid, iOS
Unique FeaturesTimelapse Parking Mode
Rating 
AdvantagesWiFi
Good video quality
DisadvantagesNo desktop player
Blocking / restarting when hot
Video Day
Video Night
Reliability
Size / Discreetness
Price
Available Support
Overall Rating
Final WordVideo quality is good but initial reliability is a concern if you are using this in a hot climate.

Published: Mar 2, 2017