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Defender ST101 Covert Pinhole Color Security Camera Pen with 4 GB USB Memory (Discontinued by Manufacturer)


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  • Video camera and DVR in a discreet, functioning ballpoint pen
  • Looks and writes with a normal pen - no one will know you are actually recording
  • Pen unscrews to reveal a USB drive that you can connect to your PC or Mac
  • Stores up to 3 1/2 hours of high resolution of video at a time, which can be archived on your computer
  • Built-in Lithium polymer battery can be charged via USB port


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 5.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: ST101
  • ASIN: B005HGBDBC
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Aug. 18 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,469 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Amazon.ca Product Description

Unleash your inner secret agent with the Covert Pen DVR! This discreet gadget allows you to covertly record high resolution color video and photos directly to the pen's built-in USB memory. It looks and writes like a regular pen, so no one will know you are actually recording! This is made possible by a micro DVR (digital video recorder) that is built into the pen. Simply press the button on the bottom of the pen to begin capturing footage or images. The possibilities are endless. This camera pen is easy to use and features a pinhole camera, making it ideal for undetected recording. When you are finished recording, simply unscrew the pen to reveal a standard USB drive. Just plug the drive into a USB port to view or transfer your captured footage, making it easy to archive or email the 640x480 AVI files. Connecting the drive to your computer will also recharge the camera pen, or you can use the included wall charger. The built-in Lithium polymer battery will last over one hour of continuous use per charge, giving you plenty of recording time. In addition, this fully functional ball point pen provides smooth writing with black ink that can be replaced with three included refills. The Covert Pen DVR is the perfect answer to discreet and undetected recording.

Product Description

Unleash your inner secret agent with the Covert Pen DVR! This discreet gadget allows you to covertly record high resolution colour video and photos directly to the pen's built-in USB memory. It looks and writes like a regular pen, so no one will know you are actually recording! This is made possible by a micro DVR (digital video recorder) that is built into the pen. Simply press the button on the bottom of the pen to begin capturing footage or images. The possibilities are endless.

Capture Images in Convenient JPEG Format
Discreetly capture photos in JPEG format to store easily on your PC or Mac and share online.

Record Video in .AVI Format
By recording in .AVI format the file is standard and editable. The file is compatible with mainstream video players and can be used on PC or Mac. Playback on your computer or USB devices has never been simpler.

Easily Switch from Photo to Video
If you choose to switch your mode of recording simply open the pen and flick the switch. This protected switch ensures that you do not change recording modes while you are capturing important footage but is still convenient enough to be discreet.

Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
Connect the Covert Pen DVR to your USB port to recharge the built-in lithium polymer battery. Record for over an hour with a full battery charge.

Sleek & Stylish
Fashioned in a desirable contemporary style, this Covert Pen DVR is classy and discrete. This is a pen you will want to use anytime even when you are not recording.

3 Pen Ink Refills
Feel free to jot down notes anytime. The 3 included refills will keep your pen functional to the unsuspecting eye while you use it again and again.

24/7 Lifetime Live Customer Support
Our customer support team can be reached by phone 24/7 or by email and live web chat services, so you always have access to an expert.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denis Lachaine on Jan. 22 2013
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Purchased this product as a Christmas gift (2012). The person whom i gave this too gave it back to me citing that it did not work. After charging the product for over a 24 hour period and trying to get it to work, came to the conclusion that the pen does not work. It does not even come with an operating manual to explain how to capture photos and videos. I would like a refund and return this product promptly.
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By Allen on Aug. 22 2013
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video record quality is good, but pic catch quality is not good. also cannot record voice. to change the record mode is not convinient.
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Amazon.com: 31 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Fun and Easy To Use, Not Practical for Covert Use Jan. 25 2012
By Someone Else - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't own a cell phone, so this pen has been a fun way for me to always have a camera on hand. It's very easy to use, requiring only the information in the little booklet that comes with it. I would have given it three stars except that it doesn't work very well as a pen. The ink flow is too unreliable to be worth the trouble of trying to use it.

I've found the quality of the photos and video to be pretty decent if the lighting is good and the pen is held level while photographing. Any angling of the pen, close-ups, or low light results in blurry and/or useless photos, which means it wouldn't be too helpful for a real spy. Also, you have to hold the pen vertically at eye level to be sure that what you're seeing is roughly what you're photographing. This would make you look mighty suspicious if you were trying to be secretive.

One thing I've found inconvenient is that you have to unscrew the two halves of the pen to switch back and forth between video and still shots. Also, that switch is tiny and hard to operate, and might be prone to breakage with frequent use.

If you want a fun toy that's easy to operate and handy to carry, this might suit your needs. Even if you decide against it, the company might be worth looking into for other products because they have 24/7 live support.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Better Alternatives Abound Jan. 2 2012
By C. T. Mikesell - Published on Amazon.com
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Is a camera pen cool? Definitely. Can you have fun with *this* camera pen? Possibly.

As advertised, the Defender ST101 Covert Pinhole Color Security Camera Pen (with 4 GB USB Memory) takes still pictures and video. Provided your lighting is adequate, your pictures will be adequate, too. Nothing glorious, but they'll do the job. The video is choppy, but being able to clip the pen to your pocket and stroll around with the camera running is easier than holding your cell phone and walking around (or maybe it's just me that has that problem). Sound, of course, would have to be added in post-production.

You can surreptitiously photograph people/things, though concealing the amber/blue light may be an issue. I've taken random candid shots and pictures of notes on a whiteboard and they came out "good enough." Nothing I couldn't have done (better) with a cell phone, but the USB was a handier option than Bluetooth or cable syncing with my computer. That said, I suspect most potential purchasers will be plenty happy with the technology they already own rather than add this pen/camera/USB drive to their kit.

If you're not prone to buyer's remorse and/or your therapist doesn't have your secret agent obsession handled with medication or hypnosis, give the camera pen a go. Otherwise content yourself with the more-powerful options you likely already own. (Likewise, although the pen works just fine, any halfway-decent clicky pen is just as good at a small small fraction of the price.)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A perfect camera to record things you shouldn't! Feb. 17 2012
By Bill Garrison - Published on Amazon.com
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The only reason you are going to want to buy this pen/camera is to record things you shouldn't, whether it be spying on your kids or other unsuspecting people, or using it for your own private use. The picture is surprisingly clear, and the date and time stamp are easy to set (open the files on your computer and click "WriteTime.")

Their are few problems with the pen however. One, there is no sound. And two, there will always be a blue light on when the camera is filming. So, your pen will be discovered if you aren't careful where you put it.

This is a nifty camera you can put to good use or just have a lot of fun with. Oh, you can also write with it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Didn't work Feb. 22 2013
By Brett Pauls - Published on Amazon.com
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I ended up having to send this back, which thankfully went well. Upon receipt, I found this to be a cheap product, that even if it worked I woud have been dissatisfied with. It is obviously from china, with comical spelling mistakes all over the packaging. A phrase comes to mind, "you get what you pay for."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
***OK, I guess*** May 18 2012
By Dana Y. Bowles - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this because it seemed so James Bondesque. Just a cool little clandestine piece of technology to play around with....so for me it was fine. There is a light that indicates when you're recording, so one would have to be careful with that, if the goal is to be sneaky. The memory is serviceable; it IS a small device, after all. I love the way the top half is a USB. It's a fun little device, but certainly won't set the world on fire.

DYB

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