Most helpful critical review
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
You get what you pay for...but maybe that's okay
on February 13, 2014
Hopefully, anyone reading up on this realizes this is not a high end device. It's not even a mid-level device. It's a cheap little camera with no interface crammed inside of an inexpensive housing which is also a functional pen. It's supposed to have audio, but I can't get it to work on my unit. It's a toy for discreetly (or surreptitiously) shooting video of low to mediocre quality without drawing attention to oneself.
The instructions are difficult to follow and there's definitely a learning curve to achieve operation. Basically it comes down to this: hold down the button for [x] seconds until you see [color] on the LED indicator, then hold down for [x] seconds until it blinks, then your operation has begun. Not easy to remember and not easy to figure out if you're even recording until you plug it in to a computer.
A couple technical details not covered anywhere else. The video format is MJPEG. It does indeed shoot at a resolution of 1280x960 - an aspect ratio of 1.33 which is used...where? I have no idea. Also, there is no way that I have found to remove the time/date stamp from the video. Fortunately because of the strange aspect ratio, the stamp can be cropped using various editors, or using my method - telling Handbrake to crop to the center, removing 120 vertical pixels from each side.
It also comes with a Micro SD Card adapter not mentioned in the description when I purchased it. It claims to come with software, but I received none in the box that came with mine. I'm not sure what the function of the software would be anyway. It pops up as a USB device on my employer's Windows 7 machine and does the same on my 10.6.x and 10.9.x Macs at home.
I'm not very happy with the video quality, but I've seen worse. My first test was to shoot video from the camera/pen from my breast shirt pocket while I picked up a cup of coffee. The resulting video wasn't a cinematic masterpiece but you can tell what's happening around me.
I'd buy it again even though I can think of no practical application for other than goofing around with it for a few hours.