To operate the spy pen video recorder, you would just have to press the button on top of the pen. When a yellow light comes on, it begins recording. Press the button again and a blue light appears. The pen now reverts to standby mode.
A spy pen video recorder operates on a lithium-ion battery which could last up to an hour and a half. To record for that amount of time, you would have to charge the pen for about three hours. The pen comes with a built-in memory of 2 GB and records 1.5 hours of video. Video resolution is at 352 x 288 and your video will be recorded at 15 frames per second. Should you run out of battery power while recording out in the field, you could use a charger powered by 2 AA batteries and you can revive the pen recorder after charging it for three hours.
The video recording format is MPEG4 or 3GP and the video files take up about 900kb per minute. Done with your recording, you could plug the recorder into your PC via a USB port and transfer the file to your hard disk for viewing or editing. You can play your recorded video through versatile freeware media players like the versatile freeware VLC or Media Player Classic.
While video recording quality is impressive for such a tiny device, the audio quality may leave much to be desired. The audio sounds metallic or robotic especially when it’s recoding a distant sound. But then you can’t expect superb audio like what you’ll get from a dedicated video camera. Still, if you’re recording at close quarters, the audio recording quality is quite acceptable.
At the moment, the spy pen video camera is compatible with a PC only and works with Windows 2000, XP and Vista. Some spy pens may not work with Windows 7. You would have to check the technical specs of your preferred model for compatibility. If you're interested in one that does, you may want to check out the 4 GB 640 x 480 spy video recording camera cam pen DVR.
The spy pen also doubles up as a flash drive in case you need to save data or files in an emergency.
The spy pen doesn’t mean that you should use it for spying purposes only. It would come handy in instances where you need to record interesting video clips without having to carry a bulky piece of equipment.