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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2014
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I am really disappointed with this product. I did not charge. The SD card slot was so tight that the SD card split in half. As many other reviewers have mentioned, the "user guide" is really bad -- comically bad -- and unusable. I was unable to use this product and am returning it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2014
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Video is somewhat ok on this thing, but pictures come out very poor and out of focus. If anybody needs to take pictures of documents with this pen, it is almost impossible to get it right.
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on April 16, 2014
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It stop working after I week im ver disappointed and it does even write anymore so this needs to be worked on a lil more
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on March 20, 2014
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It locks up. The unit stays on until you run the charge down. Also, cannot get the video to work. I can play the video it came with (test video, I am sure), but, when I try to video, it will not play. I will not be able to use it... I guess you get what you pay for.
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on February 12, 2014
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This video pen keeps locking up and freezing. It is very unreliable. It was basically a waste of my money.
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on October 12, 2014
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I went through 2 of these devices before I switched to a different manufacturer. Each of the 2 pens I used lasted for no more than a couple of days. Given the other options available at a similar price point, I would expect at least minimal quality here, but no such luck.
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on January 4, 2015
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Poor quality, and did not work. Did not want to mess with a return to see if it was a bad pen that I got. However for the price you get what you pay for.
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on January 23, 2015
It worked fine for about two weeks then stopped working. I liked it when it worked. I wish I had paid attention to reviews. Not worth the money
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on August 3, 2014
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You get what you pay for,for 20 bucks what do people want,Q did not make the pen this is not James Bond.
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