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Mini Spy Cam Pen HD Hidden Camera DVR Video Recorder + 2GB SD Card USB Charger
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Mine works. It takes both video and stills.
The microphone seems to work OK as well.
When clipped into a shirt pocket it is well positioned to take pictures.
Shipping was fast.

Cons: Mine did not come with instructions so I had to Google around to find some. Otherwise it came with everything you see in the picture above.

The device has to be held very still to get usable pictures. Given its shape (long, skinny, round) that's a little harder to accomplish.

I tried to take an hours worth of video on two occasions but both times I wound up with about 35 minutes worth. The 2 GB card was not full, perhaps the battery was pooping out but I forgot to test it before plugging it into the computer again.

The micro SD card that came with mine was previously used, it had a number of files on it. I reformatted it and it seems to work fine.

Other Thoughts: Recording quality is about what you would expect, all things considered. It is a very inexpensive device.
It saves video in 10-minute increments, more or less, so you wind up with multiple files for a single recording session.

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CarKey #808 Hidden Cam DVR Micro Camera 808 Portable Car Keys Spy Keychain camcoeder TIG-808
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cheap. Seems fairly well made, all things considered. It works, and it does as good a job as you have a right to expect given the price.
It's quite small and feather-light.
Will take both video and stills.

Cons: Orange LED stays on when it's in still-photo mode.

The micro-SD slot is double thick; it has a tiny metal tray that the card slides onto BUT there is room to slide the card in below the tray whence it can fall into the interior of the device. I know this because it happened to me; I had to open the body of the device to retrieve my SD card (two very tiny screws gave me access).

Instruction sheet that came with mine was written in Engrish and with poor photos to illustrate the features of the device. It took a small amount of Engrish-to-English translation and some trial and error to understand the instructions. Even then they were a tad incomplete.

You will not get usable videos or stills while this camera is in motion while taking them so keep it very still.

Other Thoughts: I have used the device twice (besides playing with it at home) and found that it saves video in 10-minute increments thought it doesn't seem to miss a beat in doing so. A half-hour video will be saved in three 10-minute files.

Low-light performance was poor as might be expected but under good lighting conditions it takes acceptable pictures and video (again, all things considered). Microphone also does an adequate job.

I saw a bit of video that I didn't recognize at first but it was from the inside of my shirt pocket. I dropped it in my pocket while still taking video and it actually seemed I could see the inside of the pocket as it looked up toward my face.

Surface of device is matte black and sort of rubberized. It looks like an ordinary car-key-fob that unlocks doors and turns alarms on and off thought there are no labels or icons on the device at all. I would like to see a plug, or cover over the USB port as such car-key devices don't have USB ports. There are 4 buttons on the top of the device; the back pair are just dummies but they contribute nicely to the overall impression of the device.

Mine shipped from China and took two weeks to arrive which is about right for standard China-USA parcel service. It also came with a USB cable but no wall-wart. It charges off the computer or you can use another standard little wall-wart I suppose.

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Mini Spy Cam Pen HD Hidden Camera DVR Video Recorder + 2GB SD Card USB Charger
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is an addition to my earlier review:

My item also shipped with both a wall charger, a car charger, and a very short USB cable.

Both chargers were the type that you plug the USB cable into.

Cons: AS stated earlier, my device was received without the instruction sheet but it can be found online with a search.

Other Thoughts: The USB cable for this device "appears" to be the "USB 2.0 A-Male to Mini-B 5pin Male" type but you need to verify that before buying a longer cable or extension cable for it.

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Display Name: James K.

Date Joined: 07/22/03

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  • Last Review: 07/18/14
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