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Avangard Optics USB Pen Camera

B&H # AVANP001 Mfr # AN-P001
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Product Highlights
  • Built-In Camera Recorder
  • Video, Audio & Still Modes
  • 4GB of Built-In Storage
  • Easy USB Connection
  • Stores up to 2 Hours of Video
  • 1280 x 1024 Still Resolution
  • AVI Video Recording - 352 x 288 CIF
  • Onboard Microphone
  • Rechargeable Lithium Battery
  • Replaceable Ink Cartridge

The Avangard Optics USB Pen Camera looks and writes like a regular pen but has a built-in camera that captures video and audio to internal flash memory. Clip it to a shirt pocket or keep it handy in a purse or handbag, so you'll have it ready whenever you need it.

You can easily switch between capturing video or still images, with an onboard LED indicator letting you see at a glance the camera's current operating mode. Video is recorded at 352 x 288 CIF resolution while stills are captured at up to 1280 x 1024 pixels. The integrated microphone also lets you record audio as well. With 4GB of built-in storage space, you'll have plenty of room to record.

A USB port, accessible by unscrewing the top of the pen, makes it easy to connect to a PC for viewing or uploading clips to the Internet. This USB connector is also used to charge the internal lithium-polymer battery which lasts up to 2 hours.

A standby mode saves battery power by automatically turning the camera off if the camera is idle for a period of time (5 minutes). An AC adapter is also supplied with the pen for charging the camera from household electricity. The ball point pen writes in black and uses easily replaceable ink refills.

Ball point pen with built-in camera and DVR
Easy switching between video and still mode
LED indicator shows current operating mode
Internal flash memory holds up to 2 hours of video footage
Easy USB connection to PC for viewing or uploading to the Internet
AVI file format for ready playback on a PC
Internal lithium-polymer battery lasts up to 2 hours on a single charge
Resolution Video: 352 x 288 CIF
Stills: 1280 x 1024
Memory 4GB
Holds up to 2 Hours of Video
File Format Video: AVI
Stills: JPEG
Microphone Range: 12' (3.7 m)
LED Indicator Video mode: blue light
Still mode: yellow twinkling light
Standby mode: yellow light
PC Interface USB
Battery / Runtime Up to 2 Hours
Operating Distance Minimum 1.6' (50 cm) from subject
Avangard Optics USB Pen Camera
  • USB Cable
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    Avangard OpticsUSB Pen Camera
     
    2.0

    (based on 5 reviews)

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        3.0

        How to replace ball point cartridge

        By Duke of the Dark

        from Saint Cloud, MN

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Discreet
        • Quite Covert
        • Sensitive

        Cons

        • Faulty
        • Very Poor Instructions

        Best Uses

        • Recording

        Comments about Avangard Optics USB Pen Camera:

        The enclosed directions are very very poor. No where does it tell how to replace the ball point filler. The video mode works fine but the still photo mode does not. Avangard needs to do a better job marketing this pen!!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        1.0

        Instructions in English, PLEASE!

        By steve

        from Broomall, PA

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Discreet

        Cons

        • Faulty

        Best Uses

        • Recording

        Comments about Avangard Optics USB Pen Camera:

        The instructions were extremely confusing, and I still cannot exposure still frame pictures, only video. This after much trial and error experimenting. The USB cable is also very fussy; it has to set e certain way on the device, or it doesn't make good contact. Overall, not a very satisfying experience.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Over priced, under performs

        By MMC

        from New York City

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Nice packaging

        Cons

        • Dysfunctional
        • Faulty
        • Low Quality
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

        • Writing postcards

        Comments about Avangard Optics USB Pen Camera:

        I recently bought three of these pens, one for me and two for colleagues. Very disappointed. The instructions are ridiculously incomprehensible (ie not written in real English). Once on the blink, inpossible to reset. Junk.

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          • video recording keychain

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          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Very disappointed

          By LVDO

          from Santa Barbara, CA

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

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                Comments about Avangard Optics USB Pen Camera:

                We are very disappointed in this product. The instructions are unclear and had to be re-read multiple times. This is a moot point however, as the product does not work at all. It was a Christmas Gift and so the huge disappointment is even more magnified.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                very good better than I expected

                By Sailormark

                from New Jersey

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Great Picture Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Avangard Optics USB Pen Camera:

                    The only thing negitive
                    I cannot figure out howto change date & time..

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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