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BODY WORN CAMERA → PEN CAMERAS, SPY PEN AND MORE

FACTS ABOUT PEN CAMERAS & ALIKE: SAME OUTSIDE, DIFFERENT INSIDE
In China, many products are copied and distributed by many different manufacturers. Exact same housing and packaging for the camera are shared among many different manufacturers to cut down the cost. The quality of these kinds of items varies tremendously, from a total junk to, in some cases, even better than the original. So whether it's an original, a copy or a knock-off, you will never know what is inside of the unit.
Our team uses strict guidelines to test all new products as they appear on the market. Our dedication to quality means that only small percentage of those products will be sold by our company. We also have agent in China who searches for reliable products thus filtering out any poorly made or knock-off items. To understand better how spy cameras are made and distributed, please refer to: distribution diagram


Please Note: We no longer include a plug-in charger for our spy pen. The charger is made by a different manufacturer and there were some quality problems that caused the pen camera to malfunction. Best way to charge is by USB port on your PC.

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DVRP-4G
3.0 MP, (25f/s), Spy Camcorder Pen

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3.0 MP, (25f/s), Spy Camcorder Pen

- Built-in 4GB memory.
- Camera: 5th Gen. 3MP CMOS
- Recorder: 640 x 480
- Frame rate: 25f/s
- 1024 X 768 still picture capability.

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Spy Camera Video Clip Sample 1 Sample 2
Specifications $79.00

 

ON SALE
$129.00


DVRK-4G
Body Worn Camera Spy Pen and more Keychain Camera



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Ultra Mini DVR Key Chain Camera

- Removable 4GB TF card.
- Camera: 2MP CMOS
- Recorder: 640 x 480
- Frame rate: 30f/s
- 1024 X 768 still picture capability

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Spy Camera Video Clip Sample 1 Sample 2
Specifications $89.00

 

ON SALE
$129.00


DVRSW-8G
Body Worn Camera Spy Pen and more Underwater Camera



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5.0 MP, (30f/s), Mini Underwater Sports Recorder

- Be able to work underwater 20 meters.

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Spy Camera Video Clip Sample 1 Sample 2 Sample 3
Specifications $99.00

 


DVRK720-4G
Body Worn Camera Spy Pen and more HD Keychain Camera

(1)

5.0 MP Ultra Mini DVR Key Chain Camera
New Generation 5 MP CMOS Sensor

- Removable 4GB TF card.
- Camera: 2MP CMOS
- Recorder: 1280 X 720
- Frame rate: 30f/s
- 1024 X 768 still picture capability

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Spy Camera Video Clip Sample 1 Sample 2 Sample 3
Specifications
  • Sensor: CMOS 5M Pixel
  • Max Memory: 16 (4GB included)
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$99.00

 

ON SALE
$159.00


DVRP-8GAHD
Body Worn Camera Spy Pen and more HD Spy Camera

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5.0 MP, (30f/s), HD Spy Camcorder Marker Pen


- True HD camera.
- MOV format.
- HDMI output can connect to a HD TV directly

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Spy Camera Video Clip Sample 1 Sample 2 Sample 3
Specifications $99.00
Discontinued



DVRL-4GA
Body Worn Camera Spy Pen and more Lighter Camera



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Ultra Mini DVR Lighter Camera

- 4GB TF memory.
- Camera: 2MP CMOS
- Recorder: 720 x 480
- Frame rate: 30f/s
- 1280 X 960 still picture capability

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Spy Camera Video Clip Sample 1 Sample 2 Sample 3
Specifications $99.00

 


DVRB-4G
Body Worn Camera Spy Pen and more Button Camera

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2.0 MP, Body Worn Button Camera
Simple operation, Large control buttons in front.

- Built-in 4GB memory.
- Camera: 4th Gen. CMOS
- Recorder: 640 x 480.
- Frame rate: 25f/s
- The camera is totally self-contained with built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Learn more about this Body Worn Camera Spy Pen and more 2.0 MP, Body Worn Button Camera.

Spy Camera Video Clip Sample 1 Sample 2
Specifications
  • Sensor: CMOS 2M Pixel
  • Max Memory: Buil-in 4 Gb
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$129.00
Discontinued



DVRF-4G
Body Worn Camera Spy Pen and more Flashlight Camera

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Compact DVR Flashlight Camera
- Optional macro focus available for taking pics of an ID card. Easy snap picture & video. IR built-in

- Removable 4GB TF card.
- Camera: 2MP CMOS
- Recorder: 640 x 480
- Frame rate: 30f/s
- 1024 X 768 still picture capability

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Spy Camera Video Clip Sample 1 Sample 2
Specifications
  • Sensor: CMOS 2M Pixel
  • Max Memory: 16 (4GB included)
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$149.00

 


DVRWW-8G
Body Worn Camera Spy Pen and more Watch Camera

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3.0 MP, Body Worn Watch Camera
- One touch recording
- Night vision (5ft range)
- Water proof
- Fully functional


- Camera: 3MP CMOS
- Recorder: 1280 x 720.
- Frame rate: 25f/s
- The camera is totally self-contained with built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

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Spy Camera Video Clip Sample 1 Sample 2 Sample 3
Specifications
  • Sensor: CMOS 3M Pixel
  • Max Memory: Buil-in 8 Gb
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$169.00

 


DVRW-4G
Body Worn Camera Spy Pen and more Underwater Camera



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1.3 MP, (30f/s), Mini Underwater Recorder
- Water proof
- Underwater operation up to 50ft deep
- Audio
- Good for sports activities


- Camera: 4th Gen. 1.3MP CMOS
-resolution:736x480
- Frame rate: 30f/s
-Water proof
-Underwater operation up to 20m deep
-Audio
- PC compatible
-1.5 ~ 2 hr battery life

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Spy Camera Video Clip Sample 1 Sample 2
Specifications
  • Sensor: CMOS 1.3M Pixel
  • Max Memory: Buil-in 4 Gb
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$179.00

 


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Q&A
SPY PEN AND MORE QUESTIONS
Can a pen camera or alike detect motion and record?
Recording method for pen cameras are manual & continuous, except for our new DVRP-4GM, DVRP-8GM which can detect motion and record. Also we do carry other mini cameras that can detect motion at: Motion Detection Camera & Economical Motion Recording Cameras
Can a pen camera or alike focus automatically?
Pen cameras or alike, are equipped with fixed focus lens. It has focusing range of 1 ft to infinity. However since there are no macro focus control, as the object gets closer to the pen camera from 1 ft, the video will become more blurry.
Can the pen camera or alike work in a very low light?
No, all these types of cameras have to use CMOS chip that works with less battery power consumption. The draw back is light sensitivity. [e.g.: (Restaurant: Yes), (Bar: Maybe), (Movie theater: No)] However, so far, best pen camera at low light camera is DVRP-4GM, DVRP-8GM which can also detect motion and record.
Does a pen camera work with a mac?
Yes, pen cameras such as DVRP-4G, DVRP-4GA & DVRP-4GM will work with a mac and will recognize as a removable drive. However, there were some issues with file structure being corrupted, if so, you will need to format the pen drive with a PC.
Does the pen actually write?
Yes. It is fully functional writing black ink pen.
How can I reset the camera when it freeze?
If the camera freeze or malfunction, you will need to reset the camera. There are 2 holes on the back of the camera. One on the top is the light indicator and the other at the bottom is where the reset button is located. You will need to insert a small paper clip to press the button while the camera is “ON”. If the camera will not turn on at all, reset the camera when the camera is plugged in to a PC.
Please insert the clip straight in and slowly so it does not damage any other component.
How can I view the recording from a pen camera or alike?
When you plug in the pen camera to the USB port on your PC, it'll be recognized it as an external memory device. Find the video file and play back with a media player. You can also copy, move or delete the file. We recommend using VLC Player for playback.
How do you adjust the time for a pen camera or alike?
You can set the time and date have it show on the playback.
Here is an example for one of our pen camera (DVRP-4GA):
1. Open ‘notepad’ or ‘wordpad’ program. Write numbers that represent the time and date. You must use all 14 digits & use military time format.
Example: 20080929100828 would be:
2008(year) 09(month) 29(day) 10(hour) 08(minute) 28(second)
2. Save the txt file as: time (extension: txt)
3. Plug the Pen camera to your PC, Copy the "time.txt" file to the root folder of the pen camera.
4. Remove the pen camera from your computer, turn the power off, then turn the power back on, the time is now set. (if you are successful, the time.txt file will disappear)
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How do you clear up the memory in a pen (or like) camera?
Please connect the camera to your PC. Your PC will recognize as an external memory device. Right click on the drive then click on 'property' to see how much memory you have used. If most of the memory is used up, you will need to erase some video files to clear up the memory, otherwise, the camera will shut down after few seconds.
How do you find the drive for the pen camera or alike, once connected to the PC?
When you connect the pen camera to your PC, the pen camera will be recognized as a removable storage device. If the camera is not detected automatically, please use "Windows Explorer" (window key + "E") to find the drive.
How do you take a still shot with a pen camera.
You will first set the pen camera in a still shot mode (only available in certain models). You now can press the button on the top to take the picture. Still shot has no automatic control, all manual.
How long does the battery last on a pen camera or alike?
Depending on the model, a pen camera will last 40min ~ 1.3 hours on a full charge. You can also use the auxiliary battery holder to make it last more than 12 hours (compatible only with certain models: DVRP-4GM, DVRP-8GM).
if i run the camera until the internal battery becomes deplete, will the video still be there?
Yes, the camera will save right before it shuts down.
Is internal rechargeable battery for the pen camera replaceable?
Internal battery is replaceable but you have to send it in for us to change. However you can recharge the battery over 1000 times.
Is there any way to disable audio recording and just get a video recording with this camera?
The microphone for the camera is permanently built-in but you can rip the audio recording off from the video using: http://sourceforge.net/projects/virtualdub
Is your Pen Camera different than others?
Yes, they all look the same since the pen housing is bought from a housing manufacturer, but what each companies put inside is different.
What is the battery life on standby and recording mode for pen cameras or alike?
Since the camera and the recording module is on all the time regardless, the battery life is about the same between tho two modes.