This spy pen camera shoots 1080p video, takes hi def pictures, records audio – and writes! Dick Tracy never had it so good!
No utility belt is complete without some sort of spy camera. Use your own micro SD memory stick to record up to 8GB of photos and videos with this spy pen camera. With each JPG weighing in at ~400k, that’s quite a few photos. And did I mention that this spy camera pen also writes?
In Camera Mode, press the button repeatedly to take pictures. Put the camera in video mode to surreptitiously shoot video. Just aim the pen’s clip in the direction you wish to record. Or place the pen in your pocket, clip facing forward, to record while you move about.
Photos and video are saved on a high-capacity SD card (not included). Connect a standard mini USB cable to the pen and it mounts as a drive letter enabling you to treat the contents of the micro-SD card like a regular flash drive. No drivers or complicated procedures needed. Just plug it in and copy your media to your computer.
The device has one discrete button, conveniently located at the top of the pen, that changes the camera mode. The camera operates in two modes: camera mode and video mode (see below).
Spy Pen camera instructions
Camera Ready Mode (take pictures)
Press the button and hold it for 2 seconds until the blue light comes on, then release the button. You are now in “Camera Ready Mode”. The blue light will stay ON solid while the camera is in “Camera Ready Mode”. Press button as often as needed to take photos.
Video Mode (shoot video)
While in Camera Ready Mode, hold the button for 3 seconds and the light will turn off. Release the button and the light will blink 3 times and then turn off. You are now in “Video Mode”. To turn off the camera: Hold button for 6 seconds until the light turns off (for 2 seconds), turns on (for 2 seconds), then turns back off. You may now release the button. The camera is now turned off.
To stop recording and change to “Camera Ready Mode”: Press the button once. The blue light will flicker briefly then come on solid, letting you know you are now in “Camera Ready Mode”.
To stop recording and turn off the spy pen camera, press and hold the button for about 5 seconds. The blue light will flicker briefly then come on (for 2 seconds) and then turn off. As soon as it turns off, release the button. The camera is now turned off.
Reset camera and erase all video and pictures
There are two ways to reset the camera and erase the contents of the memory stick. While the unit is off, press and hold the button for 20 seconds. When you release the button, the blue light will flash several times and will erase everything on the memory stick. The directories required for photo use will be left intact. The date will not be changed.
Alternatively, you can use a paperclip to press the reset button.
Setting the spy pen camera date and time
This spy camera can keep track of the date and time, recording the date and time in the file properties. The spy pen camera can also stamp the date/time in the bottom-right corner of the photos and videos. To set the date/time, use a text editor such as Notepad to create a text file named “time.txt” and save it in the root directory of the micro SD memory stick. The file should have one line only, containing the current date and time in the following format:YYYY.MM.DD HH:MM:SS X. Set “X” to ‘Y’ to include the time in the video/photo images. Use ‘N’ to prevent the time from being recorded on the video/photo images.
For example, the following will set the camera’s clock to January 5, 2016, 5:25:35 PM, and have the timestamp displayed in the bottom-right corner of each photo and video:
2016.01.05 17:25:35 Y
Once the file has been saved to the root directory of the micro SD memory stick, unplug the camera from your computer, turn the camera on and it will read the “time.txt” file, make the appropriate changes, and then delete the file.
- Stylish design
- Non-discrete near-invisible pinhole video camera
- Up to 32GB storage via micro SD TF card (not included).
- USB attachment to make it easy to transfer to computer.
- Can be used as a normal pen.
- Video record as well as taking still pictures.
- Built-in Mic
- Video resolution: 640*480 AVI format.
- Picture resolution: 1280*960 JPG format.
- User-friendly One button operation with LED indicator
- Real-time video and audio recording of date and time stamp
- Built-in high capacity rechargeable Lithium battery
- Recording Space : Video: About 500MB/30Minutes Photo: About 200KB/pcs
- Battery Charging Time: 3-4 hours for a full-charge (Via USB cable)
- Charging Voltage: DC 5V
- Battery run time: about 60 minutes