The Mini 0826 dashboard camera is one of the latest in the Mini camera series. This series of cameras have been popular sellers and always drive a lot of discussion on our forum. The Mini 0826 is manufactured by the Chinese company Skyhigh Electronics Co. Ltd. Note that Skyhigh does sell to other companies who assemble / rebrand this camera as well.
The Mini 0826 is not a dramatic departure from the previous cameras, the Mini 0805 and the Mini 0806. In fact the Mini 0826 uses the identical firmware as the Mini 0805. This suggests that the camera utilizes the Ambarella A7LA50 processor and Omnivision OV4689 CMOS sensor.
Video quality during the day is very good and night quality is good, recording 1296p on par with its siblings the Mini 0805 and Mini 0806. The most noticeable difference with this camera is the size and form factor. The 0826 is longer, thicker and feels more sturdy then the other Mini cameras (measures 80 x 46 x 39mm). The camera is stiff to rotate as well.
The 0826 has a rubberized coating which gives it a premium feel when compared to the hard plastic used in previous models. The mount is identical to the Mini 0806 mount and has GPS built in. A 1.5″ screen is included and the camera supports 1 MicroSD card (up to 64GB). Note that some models have an internal 8GB of memory as well, a useful feature if you forget to insert the SD card in the camera.
The biggest question with this camera is reliability. A quick scan of our Mini Series Forum and it is clear that past reliability has not been perfect (the Mini 0805 appears to have the best reliability out of the series). The larger size of the Mini 0826 could help in this regard, particularly for heat related problems.
Our member Sunny has shared some pictures of the Mini 0826 with the Firefly 6S, Amkov 7000S and G1WH.
Out of Focus
One of our members has received a camera that appears to be out of focus. The video below highlights the problem and you can read more about it in this thread. Unfortunately we are not sure if this is a widespread problem or not. Disassembling the camera and manually adjusting the focus would resolve it.
Ausdom A261 (top) vs Mini 0826 (bottom)
Mounting the Camera
Our member CheckYourLights has shared this picture of the Mini 0826 mounted (middle).
Should I Purchase?
The Mini 0826 is not dramatically different than its predecessor the Mini 0805. Video quality is about the same but the Mini 0826 has a better quality casing. However, the Mini 0826 is more expensive, larger and reliability is unproven compared to the Mini 0805. The Mini 0826 is a decent value but overall the Mini 0805 is a better bang for the buck. To see what other owners are saying, visit our Mini 0826 Forum.
Where to purchase for lowest price
This camera primarily sells for under $100 from a number of vendors:
WARNING! MAKING CHANGES TO YOUR FIRMWARE ARE PERFORMED AT YOUR OWN RISK. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR DASH CAM AS A RESULT OF THESE INSTRUCTIONS.
Firmware Update Instructions
- Format the MicroSD Card
- Copy the firmware file (.bin) onto the root of the MicroSD Card
- You may need to rename the firmware file to firmware bin
- The camera should prompt to update automatically (yes/no)
- After the firmware update is completed be sure to delete the files or you will be prompted to update again
CHECK TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A MINI 0805 BEFORE UPDATING. SOME VENDORS ARE SELLING 0803 CAMERAS AND CLAIMING THEY ARE 0805 RESULTING IN BRICKED CAMERAS WHEN UPDATING.
- 20160317_A7_826_ZX_1CARD_GPS.zip (from Skyhigh Electronics)
- 20160317_A7_826_ZX_2CARD_GPS.zip (from Skyhigh Electronics)
- Mini-0826 1card GPS 20151201_A7_826_ZX_1CARD_GPS.zip (from Skyhigh Electronics)
- Mini-0826 2cards GPS 20151201_A7_826_ZX_2CARD_GPS.zip (from Skyhigh Electronics)
The English User Manual can be downloaded here.
|Lock Files||Auto or Button|
|Max Resolution||1296p @ 30 fps|
|Max Bitrate (Mbps)||15|
|Diagonal Viewing Angle||135°|
|SD Card Type||MicroSD|
|Max Size (Spec)||64GB|
|Max Size (User)||64GB|
|Size (mm)||80 x 46 x 39|
|Operating Temp||-10˚C to 65˚C|
|Release Date||Dec 2015|
|Unique Features||Lane Departure Warning System|
Front Collision Warning System
|Advantages||Compact and discreet|
Good video quality
|Video Day|| |
|Video Night|| |
|Size / Discreetness|| |
|Available Support|| |
|Overall Rating|| |
|Final Word||The Mini 0826 is a decent value but overall the Mini 0805 is smaller and a better bang for the buck.|
Published: January 14, 2016
Updated: March 23, 2016