Review: Mini 0826 1296p Dashcam from Gearbest

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Thank you @GearBest for providing mini 0826 for review.
Mini 0826 is available for $77.38 at Gearbest here: http://www.gearbest.com/car-dvr/pp_275913.html***************************************************
Review Summary: Will update after review is complete.
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Daytime video screenshots
Daytime videos
Night video screenshots
Night videos

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Specifications:
1296P Super HD
Display: 1.5 inches TFT LCD
Lens: Wide angle 135 degree
GPS tracker: GPS tracker
Image sensor: 3.2M pixel CMOS
CPU / processor: Ambarella A7LA50
Audio: Built-in microphone / speaker
Exposure compensation: -2.0EV to +2.0EV
Video resolution: 2560 x 1080 at 30fps / 2304 x 1296 at 30fps / 1920 x 1080 at 45fps and 30fps / HDR 1920 x 1080 at 30fps / 1280 x 720 at 60fps and 30fps

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Description:
This is supposedly improved version of mini 0806.
The size of 0826 is bigger than 0806 even though it looks similar.
0826 is much longer, thicker and overall feels heftier.
For side by side shots of those two, refer to @Chris Hunt's THIS post.

Features wise, not much difference as both use Ambarella A7LA50 chipset.
It also has GPS in the mount and ADAS features as expected.
0826 is priced much lower than what 0806 initially sold for.
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Mini 0826 quick unboxing video:


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Package contents:
The product box is much smaller than previous versions and is specifically printed for this model with its image and specifications on the box.
  1. Mini 0826 dashcam.
  2. Sticky mount with GPS.
  3. Micro USB car charger.
  4. Micro USB PC cable.
  5. CPL filter in a cute small box.
  6. 3M sticky tapes.
  7. Wire management sticky tabs.
  8. Lens cleaning cloth.
  9. Two white films. Not sure what they are for.
  10. Product manual.
IMG_0015-mini0826.jpg


Gearbest image of camera parts and buttons:


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Mini 0826 product box side by side with Amkov 7000S: IMG_0016-mini0826-Amkov7000S.jpg

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Mini 0826 side by side with Firefly 6S, Amkov 7000S, G1WH.
The rotating ring is very stiff so need to give it some force.
Front view:
IMG_0021-mini0826-Amkov7000S-G1WH-Firefly6S.jpg
Bottom view:
IMG_0022-mini0826-Amkov7000S-G1WH-Firefly6S.jpg

Side has power button:
IMG_0023-mini0826-Amkov7000S-G1WH-Firefly6S.jpg

Top view:
IMG_0024-mini0826-Amkov7000S-G1WH-Firefly6S.jpg

IMG_0025-mini0826-Amkov7000S-G1WH-Firefly6S.jpg

Back view:
IMG_0026-mini0826-Amkov7000S-G1WH-Firefly6S.jpg

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Tests to follow soon...
 

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In your images, it looks a little large for a side mounting. Can you check for vibration of the image while the car is idling with air con turned on, or just above idle? A few people had a vibration issue with the 0806 so hopefully this is not worse...

And check the record time on internal battery please...
 

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Looking at the pictures comparison seems that Mini will not remain so Mini regarding size.

enjoy,
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Looking at the pictures comparison seems that Mini will not remain so Mini regarding size.
Dashcam size should be considered in conjunction with the mounts. Once the other cameras have suction or adhesive mounts attached, they'll look far more conspicuous, i.e. less discreet than the Mini 0826.
 

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Yes, I know that. Too many times the mount was destroying a camera small size concept.

enjoy,
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I also noted them in my box and had no idea what they were for.
Hi CYL,

The idea of the 2 clear films is to make it easier to remove your whole camera including mount from your car.

You attach the clear film to your windscreen (basic instructions to do that are in the manual). Then attach the mount to the clear film, instead of your glass windscreen. Then you can easily remove the whole lot from your windscreen. Not sure if it adds any real benefit though as you still have the clear film stuck to your double sided tape.
 
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In your images, it looks a little large for a side mounting. Can you check for vibration of the image while the car is idling with air con turned on, or just above idle? A few people had a vibration issue with the 0806 so hopefully this is not worse...

And check the record time on internal battery please...
Will do.

I wonder if the mini 0806 mount can be used with this.
I still have that one attached in one of the cars but don't want to fry it without knowing they are the same.
 

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Usually the cameras are protected but you can check each pin of each mount which have Power and Ground.

enjoy,
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Hi CYL,

The idea of the 2 clear films is to make it easier to remove your whole camera including mount from your car.

You attach the clear film to your windscreen (basic instructions to do that are in the manual). Then attach the mount to the clear film, instead of your glass windscreen. Then you can easily remove the whole lot from your windscreen. Not sure if it adds any real benefit though as you still have the clear film stuck to your double sided tape.
Hehe... so we have to clean even more area instead of the small mount?
How does it make it easy to remove?
Does the film just peels off or it also needs the same scrubbing like VHB tape?
 

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The idea of the 2 clear films is to make it easier to remove your whole camera including mount from your car.
You attach the clear film to your windscreen (basic instructions to do that are in the manual). Then attach the mount to the clear film, instead of your glass windscreen. Then you can easily remove the whole lot from your windscreen.
How does it make it easy to remove?
I'm guessing that the clear film is less sticky than VHB but because of the large surface area the total holding force is still high enough.
But when it's time to take it off it can peel off more easily than VHB.
Possibly most relevant to people with a tinted layer on the windscreen?
 

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Will do.

I wonder if the mini 0806 mount can be used with this.
I still have that one attached in one of the cars but don't want to fry it without knowing they are the same.
0806 and 0826 mounts are compatible...it's the same mount.
 

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Hehe... so we have to clean even more area instead of the small mount?
How does it make it easy to remove?
Does the film just peels off or it also needs the same scrubbing like VHB tape?
Just peels off. It uses water to vacuum seal to the windscreen. No adhesive on the film at all.
 
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Folders and files:
Root folder has DCIM, gps and Player folders.
DCIM has 100MEDIA folder with video files.
gps has gps text files.
Player has video player software named QtPlayer.

Mini 0826 Folders and files.jpg

File size and VBR:
2560x1080p: Overall VBR is 16.8mbps with video 15.4mbps and audio 128kbps.
File size for 1 minute is around 120mb.
Mini 0826 files properties-2580.jpg

2304x1296p: Overall VBR is 14.9mbps with video 14.4mbps and audio 128kbps.
File size for 3 minute is around 320mb.
Mini 0826 files properties.jpg



gps file sample:
Code:
A,030116,193946.000,3936.5895,N,10506.9106,W, 0.0,1739.3M,-01.84,-09.19,+00.61;
A,030116,193948.000,3936.5893,N,10506.9370,W, 0.0,1739.0M,-01.23,-09.80,+00.61;
A,030116,193949.000,3936.5892,N,10506.9501,W, 0.0,1738.5M,-01.84,-11.03,+00.00;
A,030116,193949.000,3936.5892,N,10506.9501,W, 0.0,1737.7M,-02.45,-11.64,+00.61;
A,030116,193951.000,3936.5893,N,10506.9768,W, 0.0,1737.7M,-01.23,-11.64,+00.61;
Dashcam size should be considered in conjunction with the mounts. Once the other cameras have suction or adhesive mounts attached, they'll look far more conspicuous, i.e. less discreet than the Mini 0826.
Another difference is that the 0826 only has one microSD slot vs two in 0806.
 
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Daytime video screenshots:
Video is good and all areas are in focus.
Colors are slightly washed out.

2580x1080p screenshots:
AMBA0005.MOV_000010567.jpg

AMBA0007.MOV_000033791.jpg

AMBA0010.MOV_000039905.jpg

AMBA0011.MOV_000044246.jpg

Great sharpness all over the FOV:
AMBA0013.MOV_000024548.jpg

AMBA0021.MOV_000051021.jpg

2304x1296p screenshots:


AMBA0025.MOV_000020239.jpg
AMBA0025.MOV_000154007.jpg
AMBA0026.MOV_000045552.jpg AMBA0026.MOV_000092971.jpg
 

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