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5.0 out of 5 stars Mini Dashcam, 23 Feb. 2014
This review is from: E-PRANCE® New Mini 0801 Original Ambarella A2S60 Chip 5M pixel CMOS Car DVR Recorder + High Resolution Full HD 1080P 30 FPS, OV2710 + G-sensor License Plate + H.264 + 135 Degree Wide Angle View + GPS Logger + Build-in 8GB Memory,Support HDMI/TV Out (Electronics)
A "carcam" is one of those things which can literally save you a fortune!! And the E-Prance 0801 is one of the best options out there. The intuitive menu system makes it very easy to setup.

Pros:
- Great image quality and wide field of view
- The screen aids in installation. This screen is invaluable when mounting the camera as you can see what the camera will record
- True 1080 HD 30fps recording (No upscaling as with so many others)
- Firmware updates. When first bought the recording file format was TS. A firmware upgrade addressed a number of issues. The most welcome being MOV file recording and VBR (Variable bitrate) which means that file size would be different when there is no movement, thus occupying less space.
- Plug and forget. This unobtrusive device will not distract you whilst driving
- Very fast GPS lock.
- Easy to install. Check your cigarette lighter first. If you can use the cigarette lighter when the ignition is off, than you will need to find an alternative source which powers when ignition is switched on.
- Tiny and discreet. Will not attract thieves.

Cons:
- Care needs to be taken when removing or refitting the unit to the clamp:
1. Unnecessary wearing of the contacts
2. Mount can easily come off due to the tiny mount holder footprint. Best leave unit in place and remove the micro SD card only
- Quality control. Had to change it twice before I got a good unit. This means that you would have to buy it from a reputable seller.

Considerations:
A class 6 card micro SD card maximum recommended. A class 10 could lead to undesirable video quality
A new identical unit should be released within the next month or so, and will sport the new and better Ambarella A7 Chip rather than current Ambarella A2S60 Chip.
Being a very popular camera, the market is littered with clones which sell at around 75% of the price on ebay. These are not up to standard, and firmware cannot be updated so beware...I've been there.

Bottom line: The E-Prance is probably best dashcam available on the market, and a great mini tool that can prove your innocence in case of an accident.
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