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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful.
An excellent HD covert recorder, that blends into nearly any environment.
[[VIDEOID:6b2030653adbeab8924b34b6dd78895f]]As a professional investigator, I have used many types of covert video recorders, including pens. Every one that I have tried suffered from poor low-light abilities and image quality- except this one. The MiniCute HD Spy Pen is a great improvement over previous pen recorders that I have used. At 720p HD resolution, the video quality is noticeably better than most other "spy" pens on the market. Video is recorderd in true 1280X720, and the extra detail is apparent.
The camera does well in low-light, and it has an easy to use one-button interface. It is no larger than a typical desk pen, and hides itself well in many everyday environments. I have used this pen in all lighting conditions, and was pleased with the results (I was even able to make clear recordings of a fireworks display, in near complete darkness.). Color rendition was also good, and sound quality was very good.
The pen itself blends in easily to most everyday environments, and can is no larger than a standard desk pen. It can be used on a desk etc, as a stationary recorder; or held,carried, or worn on the person as a mobile recorder. Battery life is also much better than other pen cams that I've used, and I have been able to capture over an hour of video per charge. The on/off/selection button atop of this pen has a well-defined but silent "click" when pressed, and is not loose or troublesome. This MiniCute pen camera also comes with a 16GB microSD card pre-installed and formatted, and 6 roller-ball ink refills (a BIG plus, if you actually use the pen).
Overall, I am pleased with this camera's performance; and my only gripe, is that the activation button should be subdued, and not shiney- so as to conceal the fact that there is a switch at the top of the pen.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful.
By Richard B.
It is as expected and the other 5 star reviews are true, but there's one issue I've personally encountered: the camera "eye" can be moved around (turned and nudged up and down from the USB side if you unscrew the pen and grab the USB part), making the button on top of the camera itself not work if the camera isn't nudged upward into the pen enough (there's very little wiggle room, but that wiggle room decides whether you can press down on the button or not). At first I thought it wasn't working, but later found out that the reason it wasn't working was simply because the camera can be moved and requires adjustment. Other than that, it's a good item--very useful for on-the need to make pictures or videos. I hope this issue is remedied in future versions of this pen so that any play is eliminated. Refer to pictures to see what I'm talking about.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful. See all 108 customer reviews...
Great camera pen with an EXTRA bonus! What a nice surprise!
[[VIDEOID:fed210e3ab9bb8beee7f3c8f83d20196]] First and foremost, this is actually a nice pen to use even if you weren't going to be doing any recording or picture taking. It has a balance weight and smooth writing. This is really what I would be using this mostly on so that is important. I actually need this to be functional.
The second thing that impressed was the sound. Very clear and picks up all the sounds around you during the video recording. The sound is loud so even if someone was 10-15 feet away from you, you can hear them clearly on the recording.
The video is pretty good but meant for good lighting to get the clear picture. It gets grainy in low light but you can't expect much with 720p. I use the same on my quadcopters and this is just as good.
The nice thing about this package is they included the 16g TF card as well as 5 refills. Again for me, this is meant to be used as a pen first then a camera/voice recorder second so the refills are a huge plus and not having to use one of my other TF cards is appreciated. The best surprise is they also included a multi card reader USB. That wasn't in the picture on the bonuses so I was very happy to get it as my other computer didn't have a built in card reader, although I can just use the TF card adapter that is also included.
Last tip is Read the Instructions! Not perfect but learned how to put the correct time by reading the instructions. The turning off when on video mode is a little of a pain as the instructions weren't clear. The turning off while on picture mode is easy (hold down the button until the lights turn off). It is supposed to turn off automatically after 3 min but I don't like wasting battery. What I discovered from playing around is while on video mode (orange light), press and hold down the button and it will start blinking blue, then press and hold down again immediately and it will turn the pen off.
Motion detection is good but will trigger easily so I won't be using much as it may fill up the card quickly.
I received this item at a discount in exchange for an honest review. Can't wait for the 1080p version! This is pretty good and if you are into gadgets like this, it will be sure to please!