Here is a pure gold rarity "“ a cheap spy DVR camera that doesn't suck! I've been looking for a good portable Spy Cam for a long time (ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies). Anything that met my 640×480 avi video requirement was simply too big, required big batteries, or High Level Spook Clearance (I jest – don't taze me Bros), and anything that was close to portable has been pure ass in terms of resolution and/or frame rate. Sifting through piles of crap was beginning to wear on me, until I came across an item that seemed too good to be true. Read on for a detailed review.
A new ebay listing advertised exactly what I wanted, a 640×480 30fps lithium ion rechargeable battery powered USB connecting microSD card (4GB and 8GB) discreet DVR Spy Cam. Skeptical as always, I checked out the sample vid and their ebay rating. My expectations were low, but the only consistent complaint that came up was horrible communication and poor instructions, no negatives on the actual technical prowess of the gizmo, errr gadget… Being an avid exploiter of cheaply made Chinese crap I was not intimidated by that. I boldly ordered the gizmo and received an email that my toy shipped from Hong Kong by mail. Mere six days later I received the Hong Kong Air Mail package which contained a sturdily constructed Spy Cam DVR USB stick thingie. It came with a 4GB microSD card, USB adapter (for charging and offloading) and the tiniest MicroSD/USB reader I ever seen. The piece de resistance was a User Manual, written in an abhorrent parody on the English language, yet close enough to be usable. Right off the bat I noticed a couple of "typos" on the unit itself. The switch that was supposed to select between the Audio and the Video (with Audio) recording modes was instead labeled RECORD and REPALY (WTF?!) accordingly. Funny thing, the manual also referred to those buttons by RECORD and REPALY (again WTF?!). That aside, the unit performed flawlessly, recording voice (with a super sensitive mic) or video with voice in beautiful 640×480 resolution and storing it on the microSD card in a usable format. I was able to get solid hour and a half of video on a single battery charge. The unit was small, durable, and even came with a clip that allowed it to be attached to a pocket. The happy Chinese Spy Stick is guilty of excessive LED lights use "“ it's supposed to be a friggin Spy Cam, not a Christmas tree, It also requires a fair amount of light for optimum quality, no real surprise here since most pinhole type cams get grainy at low light level. In conclusion, if you are man or woman enough to navigate past the crappy manual and the mysterious REPALY label, for about $22, this little Spy Cam is a total gem.