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What is a Spy Pen and How to Use It?

A spy pen is a functioning ink pen that also has a video camera above the pocket clip. The operator of the spy pen records video with the pen clicker button. The video can be accessed via a computer. The spy pen is a great covert tool; however, there are some disadvantages to using a spy pen.

The Spy Pen Camera

The camera lens on a spy pen is located directly above the pocket clip.

spy pen camera
Saving a Pen Camera Video

Typically, recording and saving a video file on a spy pen is easy. The clicker button that usually opens the writing tip will be the recording on/ off button.

spy pen video recording

Click the button and the spy pen starts recording. Click the button again and the spy pen stops recording, saving the video as a video file.

If you want to know if you are recording and saving video files correctly, the spy pen will let you know. On the backside of the pen will be a recording light.

spy pen rec light

The spy pen can have internal memory for saving video or use an SD card via an SD card slot in the spy pen.

spy pen USB

To view the video, plug the spy pen in a computer using a USB cable and you'll be good to go.

Why Use a Spy Pen: Advantages

The biggest advantage for using a spy pen is the recording height:

  • It is weird looking to hold a covert recording device five feet up with your hand.

  • A spy pen sits naturally in a pocket at that height, which is great for recording head on.

This is done by keeping the pen in your front pocket. You can secure the spy pen and prevent it from moving too much by clipping it in your pocket with a plastic card.

covert pen

Keep the spy pen among other pens to help disguise it.

The Functioning Ink Pen Camera

The use the spy pen as a regular writing ink pen, just twist the tip.

pen ink

Spy pens will usually have replaceable ink cartridges.

The Disadvantages of a Spy Camera

There are two main problems with using a spy camera:

  • The spy pen is big and luxurious looking.

  • You cannot move the pen around without moving your torso.

About the Author

Peter Sandru

Peter Sandru is an Instructor & Co-Founder of NDIL with over 15 years as a Professional Private Investigator. Peter has spent more than a decade conducting investigations and security operations throughout the world, primarily for corporations, law firms, and government agencies. Peter has assisted in the creation of numerous investigative & security training programs in various capacities.


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