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Swann DVR-421 PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder

B&H # SWSW234PC2 Mfr # SW234-PC2
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You Pay: $19.99
Product Highlights
  • 2GB Internal Memory
  • 640 x 480 Video Resolution
  • 1280 x 960 Stills Resolution
  • Over 1 Hour Recording
  • Easy USB Connection
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Time & Date Stamp
  • Easy Web Upload
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Working Pen

While the Swann SW234-PC2 PenCam may look like any other pen there's one important difference - when you're done writing with it and tuck it back into your shirt pocket that's when this pen really goes to work. Inside this stylish ball point pen is a camera that records quality color video to a built-in memory stick with a 2GB storage capacity. With the touch of a button you can instantly switch from recording video at 640 x 480 resolution to recording still shots at 1280 x 960 resolution. And when you're done recording simply plug the pen into your PC's USB port for viewing its images and for uploading video to your favorite social networking site. This same USB port is also used to recharge the camera's internal battery, which lasts up to 90 minutes.

Video camera & DVR housed in a real, working quality ballpoint pen
Built-in microphone captures sound within a 3-foot range and is uploadable to your PC
Shoot color videos & upload to YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, Photobucket & more
Switch between photo & video mode with a touch of a button!
Create video history with time & date stamping
Easy backup - records over 1 hour & use USB memory stick to upload to PC
Long-lasting - built-in battery lasts 90 minutes & recharges via your PC's USB port
Compatible with Windows XP/Vista
Perfect for lawyers, sales people, law enforcement, mystery shopping, covert surveillance or internet fun!
Video
Video Format AVI
Resolution 640 x 480
Video Bitrates 450 KB/s
Photo Format JPEG
Photo Resolution 1280 x 960
Image File Size Approximately 150 KB
Recording
Audio Built-in microphone
Recording Mode Manual / Continuous
Frame Rate 15 FPS
Storage Type On board flash memory
Storage Capacity 2GB
Storage Time 75 Minutes
General
Record Time per Charge 90 Minutes
Battery Type Rechargeable Lithium-ion (not removable)
Charging Method USB via computer
Dimensions (WxHxD) 0.6 x 5.5 x 0.5" (15 x 140 x 13mm)
Weight 1.3 oz (37g)
Swann DVR-421 PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder
  • 3 x Ink Refill
  • Operating Instructions
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    SwannDVR-421 PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder
     
    3.4

    (based on 38 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (7)

    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (21)
    • Great picture quality (9)
    • Great sound (8)
    • Comfortable to operate (7)
    • Image stabilization (4)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (12)
    • Poor sound (8)
    • Limited zoom (7)
    • No image stabilization (6)
    • Poor image quality (3)

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries (9)
    • Travel (8)
    • Home movies (5)
    • Weddings (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (18), Semi-pro (6), Enthusiast (4), Pro videographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (12), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    INCREDIBLE PIECE OF EQUIPMENT

    I use the pen for undercover reporting, which isn't that often, but very effective with the PenCam.
    The quality in good lighting is very good. As you might expect, it tends...Read complete review

    I use the pen for undercover reporting, which isn't that often, but very effective with the PenCam.
    The quality in good lighting is very good. As you might expect, it tends to be grainy in darker settings, but still usable.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Pen Cam OK but not great.

    Although an innocuous little device, the shape of it becomes a problem, When it is in your breast pocket (I am from the UK) that would be your shirt chest pocket!! It...Read complete review

    Although an innocuous little device, the shape of it becomes a problem, When it is in your breast pocket (I am from the UK) that would be your shirt chest pocket!! It does not sit comfortably in one direction - it tends to skew either right or left and it also seems to aim a little high. This is OK for close call recording but still a bit hit and miss.Secondly, the results I have had with recording are rather dissapointing low res images and sound that is compromised by ambient audio transmissions - ie PA systems etc. Andt the date stamp function is manual and not always reliable. Overall, it is a fun piece of kit for the kids but there are more serious contenders available.

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    4.0

    Nice image and sound quality

    By Carlos

    from Brasil

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Swann DVR-421 PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder:

    General aplication. Just for fun.

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    4.0

    Great Spy Cam

    By Buyer at B&H

    from New York, NY

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Discreet
    • Easy To Set Up

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Safety

      Comments about Swann DVR-421 PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder:

      The video quality is good, the sound is kind of bad (that's why I did not rate it 5 stars) and the recording time in video mode is ok (1 hr & 11 min)

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      3.0

      good for price

      By joe

      from PA

      About Me Beginner

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Swann DVR-421 PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder:

            this pen is works well for its price. it took only a few days to ship and everything worked when it arrived. video quality is good and can be watched with most video players. picture quality is good but you have to be very still for them not to blur I could not take one without having it on my desk or on something I am to shaky

            however the audio is pretty bad it picks up sound but you have to be like right in front of it or talking very loud and even then there's lots static with it.

            but for the price this is a great buy and I would get it again.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            1.0

            this pen cam is JUNK Service poor

            By Robb

            from BC Canada

            About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Swann DVR-421 PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder:

                  I bought 3 pen cams all turned out to be JUNK. the on/off button jamed and unit quit..I complained to Swann and no reply...
                  If your 'overall rating' had black stars it would be a black 3
                  Only thing good was when it did work for the first few times it did have very good pictures and good sound...
                  The second PenCam was the same as the first.....worked a few times than button froze up and nothing would turn it on or off,,,,,,,so I got #3 Pencam.....and the same thing.i called Swann....no reply...I emailed Swann 3 times.NOTHING..as far as I am concxerned I would NOT buy anything from Swann ever.its all JUNK in my eyes and Ill tell anyone i know...

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  4.0

                  Put to good use

                  By Dave

                  from Calgary, Canada

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                  • Poor Image Quality
                  • Poor In Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Survelance

                  Comments about Swann DVR-421 PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder:

                  I use this product to monitor my desk at work. I've noticed things go missing after work every once in a while, so I purchased it in hopes of catching the culprit.

                  It works well and as described, however the only thing I would change for it since it has a small recording time.... is that they have a motion detector built in to automatically start recording once it detects movement. Thats my recommendation for people using it for surveylance. It's also a little weak in low light...... but thats to be expected since it't got a small aperture.

                  Would I recommend this to people? Absolutely! Good luck

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great Product

                  By Fitz

                  from Indianapolis IN

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Swann DVR-421 PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder:

                      This product is very easy to use. It has great quality. The plug and play feature is great no hassle with extra cords.
                      The user guide was very helpful.
                      I would purchase again. I wish it lasted more than 1 hour and 20 minutes.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Ok for the money, but I expected more.

                      By Mickey

                      from Denver, CO

                      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                      • Poor Image Quality
                      • Poor In Low Light
                      • Poor Sound

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Swann DVR-421 PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder:

                        I meet a lot of new people every day and PenCam helps me with remembering everyone.

                        Very easy to use but a little bit bulky and not completely reliable. For my needs it's ok, it's gonna catch the names and faces.

                        Sound tends to be choppy and it's poor in low light.
                        When it's on stand-by it would shut off occasionally. It get's unresponsive from time to time. Not even a reset button helps, I just have to leave it for a while.

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                        1.0

                        Works but sound is awful

                        By Dan

                        from San Francisco

                        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                        • Poor Sound

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Swann DVR-421 PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder:

                          This video recorder works, but on mine the audio was grossly distorted at any level, and lower level sounds were dropped out entirely, for example in a lecture the ambience and audience questions were muted to nothing. Worse than cell phone quality, no forensic technique would be able to recover this audio.
                          Sitting normally in a chair with the pen in a shirt pocket, the camera shot mostly the space above the speaker's head.
                          It started a new file after 1 hour of recording (1.27 GB). Battery lasted 1 hour 34 minutes.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          1.0

                          Not a great product

                          By Steve K

                          from RI

                          About Me Pro Videographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Swann DVR-421 PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder:

                                Sent this pen cam back, did not record video at all. My friend bought one same day and also did not work.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                4.0

                                "Smart pen now even smarter owner"

                                By oyaande

                                from New York,NY

                                About Me Video Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Good Image Stabilization
                                • Great Picture Quality
                                • Great Sound

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Swann DVR-421 PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder:

                                    The Swann communications Pen Cam is awesome. Just as advertised it is both a camera/pic pen and a writing pen. This is a survilence in stealth mode. For the price range you can not ask for more. The video is clear, the voilume is good and the transference for upload is just what I needed. The indicator light could be eliminated but this is a small issue. Just place a ink mark or black tape over it. Okay you have finished reading this opinion post- now go BUY this product!

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    1.0

                                    [...]

                                    By Nijaz

                                    from Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Swann DVR-421 PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder:

                                          This Made in China product is not workig at all. I'm follow all instruction what come with but this [*] is death. I'm try charge batery over USB but few of my computers not recognize this hardvare at all..Dont buy this, dont buy this, dont buy this...

                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • Yes

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                                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          Would buy again

                                          By Egor

                                          from New York

                                          About Me Casual User

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy to Use

                                          Cons

                                          • Poor In Low Light

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Home Movies

                                          Comments about Swann DVR-421 PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder:

                                          Using for fun.

                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • Yes

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                                          5.0

                                          Funny

                                          By Dominion

                                          from Almaty, Kazakhstan

                                          About Me Casual User

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy to Use

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Home Movies
                                            • Travel

                                            Comments about Swann DVR-421 PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder:

                                            Quite interesting device and useful for some specific tasks or jokes. Unexpectably good video quality.

                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                            • Yes

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                                            4.0

                                            Good product

                                            By D

                                            from MO

                                            About Me Casual User

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy to Use

                                            Cons

                                            • Needs a more stable clip

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Swann DVR-421 PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder:

                                              Great video and audio.

                                              • Was this a gift?:
                                              • No

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                                              4.0

                                              Works as described.

                                              By ganowanian

                                              from mt.clemens,mi

                                              About Me Casual User

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy to Use

                                              Cons

                                              • Poor Sound

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Swann DVR-421 PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder:

                                                Video quality is decent. Audio not so much.

                                                • Was this a gift?:
                                                • No

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                                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                 
                                                5.0

                                                "I would buy this product again andagain

                                                By jimmy

                                                from Texas

                                                About Me Casual User

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy to Use
                                                • Good Image Stabilization
                                                • Good in Low Light
                                                • Great Picture Quality
                                                • Great Sound
                                                • Great Zoom
                                                • Large Clear LCD
                                                • Zoom range/performance

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Documentaries
                                                  • HD Shooting
                                                  • Home Movies
                                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                                  • Movies/Short Films
                                                  • Travel
                                                  • Weddings/Events

                                                  Comments about Swann DVR-421 PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder:

                                                  it is great toy and fun to use it.the great thing about it , that you can have it with you any where you go.

                                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                                  • No

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                                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                                   
                                                  4.0

                                                  Wow

                                                  By Bennie Boy

                                                  from NY, NY

                                                  About Me Casual User

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy to Use

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Limited Zoom
                                                  • No image stabilization
                                                  • Poor In Low Light

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Travel
                                                  • Weddings/Events

                                                  Comments about Swann DVR-421 PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder:

                                                  I watched a demonstration of the pen being used[...] It is unbeleivable what technology can do today. The videos are clear and the sound seemed clear too. The pictures are relatively sharp. The only drawback is that you need to hold the pen steady while taking a picture, otherwise it comes out blurry. Also, the pictures dont come out clear in low light situations.But then again, it is only a pen and not an SLR, so how perfect can it be.Overall, its a cute gadget that is a nice accessory to have for those "moments" that you wish you had a camera for.

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                                                  • No

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                                                  1.0

                                                  Unimpressed

                                                  By Deviant

                                                  from Dublin, Ireland

                                                  About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                    Cons

                                                    • Didn't work

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • paperweight

                                                    Comments about Swann DVR-421 PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder:

                                                    Within two hours of opening the box I was emailing the manufacturer to arrange a return. Put simply it doesn't work. They are sending me a replacement and maybe it will be better (in that maybe it WILL work) but I'm not holding my breath. [...]

                                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                                    • No

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Gerat product and price!

                                                    By kris

                                                    from santa rosa, CA.

                                                    About Me Casual User

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy to Use
                                                    • Good Image Stabilization
                                                    • Great Picture Quality
                                                    • Great Sound

                                                    Cons

                                                    • Poor In Low Light

                                                    Best Uses

                                                      Comments about Swann DVR-421 PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder:

                                                      I ordered the DVR pen and it worked perfectly right out of the box. Cheap and Easy to use, records clear video and audio in a compact pen! You would never guess it was a mini DVR-looks just like a normal pen.

                                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                                      • No

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                                                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                       
                                                      4.0

                                                      Mini Pencam

                                                      By rbkmoreno

                                                      from N.Y

                                                      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Easy to carry
                                                      • Easy to Use
                                                      • Great Sound

                                                      Cons

                                                      • Limited Zoom
                                                      • No External Mic Input
                                                      • No image stabilization

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Documentaries
                                                      • Home Movies
                                                      • Travel

                                                      Comments about Swann DVR-421 PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder:

                                                      The quality is fine, I like to take with me anywhere, it's great!

                                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                                      • No

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