PROS / This device has a 3-megapixel camera, which is better than normal for smaller, personal hidden cameras.
CONS / This hidden camera is disguised as a car door opener, but it won't actually function as one.
VERDICT / You may not be able to unlock the car with this hidden camera, but you will get high-quality footage.
Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been replaced by another product. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
Your friends will think that this device is just a key chain and won't expect that it is a hidden camera, but the Mini DVR Key Chain Camera will be recording their every move. The conventional design of the key chain helps it to blend in with your environment while recording color video and audio. This specific hidden camera doesn't come with any dual functionality; it can't be programmed to unlock your car, although it masquerades as a keyless door entry that will fool most people.
Because this device doesn't boast of dual functionality, you may not be able to carry this around with you and try to fool people that you are opening your door remotely. However, this hidden camera is very functional. It has a 3-megapixel camera, which means the quality of your images will be better than with other hidden cameras we have reviewed. The video is recorded in color with added audio, though recording audio separately is not an option.
The camera records at a rate of 30 frames per second and has a resolution of 1280 x 960 pixels. The camera also has the capability to take still images with this same resolution. All video is recorded in the standard AVI format, and the key chain hidden camera comes ready to be used with both PC and Mac computers.
The design of this hidden camera is actually one of the better features because it looks just like a standard car door remote. However, it can't actually open your door remotely. If your friends are around and you don't use this keychain remote to unlock the car, they may become suspicious. Just tell them the battery died. If the camera's battery does die, it is easy to recharge using the USB connection, which will also allow you to view videos and images on your computer with ease. The hidden camera does come with its own built-in DVR recording device, and it has a memory card slot that will support SD cards up to 16GB. In fact, this hidden camera comes with a 4GB memory card. You will get about 45 to 60 minutes of continuous recording time on one charge, and all video and images are stamped with the date and time.
With Spy Camera Specialists, you can expect exceptional customer service since they offer a variety of ways to help you. The best way is to chat with a live customer agent via the internet. They respond quickly and each person is trained to help troubleshoot and direct you to the right gadget you may be looking for. Additionally, you can call their office if you would rather not chat online. You can also visit their blog, which is updated frequently, as it will give you advice and tips on how to best use your hidden cameras.
The Mini DVR Key Chain is an effective recording device that is hidden within a device that looks to be a car door opener. Unfortunately, you won't be able to use it to actually open any car doors, but you can record high definition video and still images. The video will have audio accompanying it, and all recordings have a time stamp on them. So go ahead: "accidentally" leave your keys on your desk and see what is happening when you are gone.