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Swann Communications PenCam DVR Video Camera & Recorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and image quality. The portability and usability also get good feedback. Many are critical about the reliability and resolution.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Swann Communications PenCam DVR Video Camera & Recorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analysed 11 user reviews of Swann Communications PenCam DVR Video Camera & Recorder from The average user rating for this product is 2.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on

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price, durability, resolution, reliability

45% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: ESKY High Resolution Hidden DVR Mini Video Camera & Recorder

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Communications PenCam DVR Video Camera &


Somewhat compilcated to use. Small CD Rom would not fit in full size CD\/DVD player on computer. But you do get very nice and clear pictures & video with this pen. Instructions print very small hard to read.


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its a cool piece


Fantastic great tou

Accurate","Compact","Discreet","Easy To Set Up","Sensitive


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What more could you ask for?


Usable right out of the box! In these days, not typical to get something like this for such a good price. A Bargain!

Compact","Discreet","Easy To Set Up","Good video quality","Memory Self Contained

Low Voice Quality

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You get what you pay for


The idea of this Pen is great, but the 1st 3 pens I got were broken, the good news is that Swann Stands behind their products. the better news was that J&R paid for my return shipping all 3 times.

Poorly made

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Fantastic product. Everyone needs one.


I have already recommended this product to all my family. I will be purchasing another one soon. I will continue to shop with your company. Thanks for prompt and excellent service. Angie VGJ

Accurate","Discreet","Easy To Set Up

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works great


plug n play

Compact","Discreet","Easy To Setup

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Smooth pen


Use it for fun and it\'s very unobstrusive.

Compact","Discreet","Easy To Setup


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a multi-tasking pen


small & discrete. maintain a visual log of to-dos


Easily Avoided

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Does what it says . . . sorta


It works but for somereason only with a 3vix plugin that I had to install for Quicktime. Now it looks like that\'s the only format it will work with which will be extra expense if I don\'t want to have watermark pasted over video

Works right out of box

Not Quicktime friendly

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Great item!!!!


Great item. I used it to video the snowstorm from my car and it took great videos.

Easy to Use","Good Image Stabilization","Good in Low Light","Great Picture Quality","Great Sound


Product Specifications

The Swann PenCam DVR Mini Video Camera & Recorder is the gadget you have been looking for. The stylish looking black ballpoint pen has hidden talents as it contains a pinhole video camera so small you almost can¿t see that it¿s there. Its ingenious design means that inside the pen is a 2GB USB memory stick that can be plugged straight into your PC¿s USB port for easy backing-up of up to 3 hours of recorded video footage at a time. What¿s more, you can use the USB port recharge the pen¿s battery to give up to 45 minutes of life before needing recharging again. The PenCam records AVI video files which are compatible with Windows XP and Vista. Once backed-up upload your videos to you favorite websites, such as YouTube, Facebook, MySpace and more. The PenCam DVR is perfect for sales people, lawyers, law enforcement, mystery shopping, covert surveillance or internet fun. It¿s an affordable business person¿s accessory or a cool gift idea.