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This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

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What SD CARD should I buy?

If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for's some.


VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

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"HD" Spy Pen Video Review

I've put together another video review for a spy camera  - the big difference this time is that the camera records in HD (1280x960 30 fps). I imagine that this will be the same camera unit that is fitted inside the HD Spy watch - so the review might help if you are interested in that device too.

I'm pretty happy with the way the review turned out - the pen itself, well that's another story, but you'll need to watch the video for a full explanation. Let's just say that not all HD is really HD.

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Reader Comments (9)

About the pen, i have the same but only with the chinese manual and USB cable. Are you know how to change the video resolution? I want to record in 640 x 480...
And also, i haven't the driver CD: can you send me the PC Cam driver?
Thanks for the answer.

July 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLopex

I've had a look at the manual today and you can't change between 640x480 and 1280x960 - The box mentions both resolutions because both the 'Basic' and the 'Plus' model are supplied in the same box.
Unfortunately I can't send you the driver as I don't currently own a PC that can read 8cm discs (I'm all slot loading Macs).

July 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTechmoan

Ok. Thank you for the answer...

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLopex

Thank you for your review, it is great. A little late for me though, as this will be my 3rd camera so far, when it arrives in the next week or so. I'm looking for a HD one, and the first pencam I bought was a black one, 640x480, 30fps, I think it is equiv to your keyring cam, definitely better than my 2nd pencam, which is like your one but black/silver instead of black/gold. It does 1280x960 but qlty is bad, just like yours. I had big hopes for the BPR-6, as they mention 2Mpixels, but it seems it is just another $30 down the drain. If you find a good one please, please let me know. Thanks again and keep doing these reviews...we need them!. Richard.

August 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrichard

I am using this pen but the audio and video are not synchronized. Any suggestions? Thank you.

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

hello techmoan. did you purchase your hd pen spycam from ebay? if so from which seller? thank you in advance

May 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterballer

Hi, as I saw at ebay, there are also slightly different pens available, recording in 1280x720, eg. not only upscaled 640x480 resolution. Have you ever tested one of those pens? KR, Jo

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterschluchtla


December 15, 2011 | Unregistered

Can only take pictures and record audio
Cannot video record. Any sggestions

July 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGOVENDER

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