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Sunday
Aug212011

KGB Marker Pen Spy Camera  

There really isn't much to say about this camera that isn't somewhere in the review itself. Although this isn't the perfect camera for me, I know that there are quite a few people who are looking for a camera with some of the features of this one. 

I have had a few people enquire as to whether the lens assembly in the HD808 #11 or Jumbo 808 can somehow be turned at a right angle without snapping the connectors (it can't) - well the KGB camera already points at a right angle to the body. It can also be easily mounted to the side of a helmets by strapping some duct tape around the casing. Some people might find the ability to monitor a recording live via HDMI to be invaluable. The photo quality is surprisingly acceptable and the ability to do looped recording is always welcome. So overall then, not a complete waste of time, but the narrow FOV seals it's fate for me. Another one for the drawer.

If you want to buy one from Chinavasion Here is the Link

if you want to get hold of the Magnetic Fisheye Lens I used in the video - Here is the link to the product on Dealextreme.

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Reader Comments (15)

Have been eagerly awaiting the next review,& once again very interesting & entertaining.Your videos keep improving in production quality! Im wondering when your next going to get the chance to use your new map!I'lll be looking out for it,lol.Thanks once again for your efforts!

August 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGunnerMilligan

Thanks for another great review. I was wondering if you know what resolution it streams out of the HDMI when you're in the "live view" mode?

August 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames

@Techmoan: Hello, do you think your little fisheye would fit the #11 ?

August 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarlito

Comprehensive and concise as usual, thanks! :)

August 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChieftainY2k

@Carlito You would have to glue it on permanently.

August 22, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

yes but is it working? (no vignetting?) and what is the size of the metallic part to be put on the camera?

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarlito

@ James - Re resolution, I'll get back to you on that one.

August 23, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Carlito: Look at the video review, he has tried to use the fisheye lens on the #11, but it does not fit without glue. You can also see the size of the ring compared to the camera. I think its really huge for a small camera.
Maybe you can build the camera in another housing/cover. So you can fit the fisheye lense properly and make the camera more easy to use for you.

@Techmoan: Really another lovely review. I like the quality of your reviews. You are objective but also a bit subjective. Very Interesting.
I still cannot see why some people dont like them, or find it boring.

Keep on making this kind of reviews!

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRutger

@ James - The TV output resolution is 1280x720 at 60hz.

August 25, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks!

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames

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