Excerpt: The first unit I ordered stopped working after about one hour of operation. I returned the unit to B&H and they quickly sent me a new unit that has worked properly so far. Thank you B&H! It took me awhile before I mastered the PenCam ON/OFF procedures. Unfortunately the manual was not only useless but it actually gave the wrong information. Once I understood how to turn it ON relibly, the pen operated according to specifications.
Excerpt: I bought one of these for recording examinations discreetly. Although I have my technique down pretty good for not drawing attention to myself and the pen does a very nice job of that. However taking photos can be unreliable, but not because you are working blind and can't really see what your doing (assuming your trying not to draw attention to yourself). The reason is that the shutter speed appears to be very very low, even in a well lit room.
Excerpt: BAD: CAMERA\pen not recognized by laptop - so I cannot even view what I have shot WORSE: BY installing the mini CD that came with the camera, there is now no audio when I play back videos recorded on other non-Swann cameras Thank you so much Swann for messing up my laptop Can you give me any reason I should buy any of your products?
Excerpt: I bought this as a fun thing to have...and the rebate made it VERY accessible. The images are pretty good, even in low light - though the resolution is not particularly fantastic. Video resolution is not much better - Not sure what the HD means on this - it's pretty grainy in regular room light. Figuring out the procedure for turning the pen on was a bit of a challenge - the directions are not quite accurate..
Pros: Compact, Discreet
Cons: Controls Are Inconvenient, Grainy In Room Light
Excerpt: Well made and easy to use, works well for what it is. No need for a micro SD adaptor, the reader fits into a standard USB which is nice. Comes with 3 ink refills as well!. I had to knock off one star because the picture does not look like 720 to me, it has the appearance of 480 stretched to 720 in my opinion...especially indoors with medium light. But.... All in all it is an amazing piece at a very fairy price.
Pros: Compact, Discreet, Easy To Set Up, Price Quality
Excerpt: Obviously I had expected more than what I actually got. It's a fun cam, but the thing is it is also hard to control since you've no idea if your shooting target is successfully captured in your video. The lens is narrow-angle. And, the frame rate is not authentic 30fps. It's only about 16fps or so. And most importantly, I feel uneasy shooting in public with it because it's not like "invisible". It's still something big that people can easily notice and be suspicious of.