Whether you have a home office that you’d like to keep under control, or you simply want to know whether your kid is studying when he needs to, a spy pen audio recorder could be a great way of getting an extra pair of eyes. And at this point, you can find a lot of good ones on the market, at reasonable prices that are fairly wallet-friendly. Now, note that due to the laws in various states, most of them won’t record audio.

However, it’s not only that the market for a spy pen recorder is pretty big, but we’ve got a lot of brands jumping on the wagon without knowing what they’re getting into. At the end of the day, they will create a product that’s not really recommended for people to buy, for various reasons. If you end up with such a product, you’ll feel as if you’ve wasted your money.

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To save you from the trouble, we went ahead and made a list of spy pen recorder options that you can buy today. We’ll talk about the five best options, and then we’ll briefly discuss what some key features are and where your money should be going. Without wasting more of your time, let’s go, products first.

Best overall

Resolution: 1920 x 1080p Full HD
Field of View: 140 degree
Battery: 200mAh (70 minutes continious recording)

We’re kicking things off with a DZFtech Hidden Pen Camera, which is a moderately priced spy pen recorder that comes with everything you need in the box, and is a great option overall. It doesn’t cut any corners where it shouldn’t, which makes it our top pick.

First things first, the video is recorded at 1920×1080, which is pretty great. You’ll be able to easily distinguish details, especially when there’s plenty of light. The field of view is pretty good as well, so you won’t have to set it at extremely specific angles just to be able to capture everything you need. Overall, you get great video from the DZFtech.

The build quality is pretty good, too. It’s comfortable for writing, and it does work as a regular pen as well. What we loved most is the fact that at the price of only a spy pen recorder, you get a whole package. The pen uses a micro SD card to save data, and a 32GB one is included. You also get a card reader so you can transfer data easily, too, as well as four ink refills for the pen. If you’re after the best overall, this is the one to go for.

Best Budget Variant

Resolution: 1920 × 1080p Full HD
Memory: Support 32GB Micro SD
Battery:
Built-in polymer Lithium ( 60 minutes continuous recording)

If you’d rather get something that’s more wallet friendly than the DZFtech, the Yumfond spy pen recorder comes in at a tad over half the price. Note, however, that you won’t be getting any of the extras with it – no memory card, no card reader, and no ink refills here. But if you don’t mind this, it’s a great buy.

To begin with, you get 1080p video recording, which is neat. The six-layer glass lens keeps quality excellent, and the videos will have plenty of details. Battery life is decent, too, with 60 minutes of continuous recording time and a 120 minute standby time.

On the outside, the pen is pretty good. It has a clip that lets you clip it to your pockets for easier carrying, and it’s overall built pretty well. It’s comfortable for writing, and the lens is well hidden, so nobody will be able to see that it’s not really a pen they’re looking at. Of course, you’ll need to buy your own memory card, which does add somewhat to the price, but if you don’t mind that, the Yumfond is definitely the best budget option.

Best For Taking Pictures

Resolution: 1920 x 1080p Full HD Videos / 4032 x 3024p Photos
Memory: built-in 32GB
Battery:
400mAh (120 minutes continuous recording)

While the spy pen recorder options we spoke about just a moment ago all captured good video, sometimes you might want one that also captures pictures, and ones in a fairly high resolution. If this is the case, we’ve got a feeling you’ll love the NANSHIBA Spy Camera.

It’s a compact pen camera that records 1080p video, and can capture 12MP photos, which have quite a lot of details. When you look at the photos on a large screen, you’ll be surprised at how good the quality is. We have no complaints about the battery life either, because it goes up to 120 minutes of video recording. It can also work while plugged in, but this does somewhat defeat the purpose.

In the box, you’ll be happy to find a 32GB memory card to take care of your storage needs, as well as five refills for the pen itself. If you do need the photo capturing features, you’ll love the NANSHIBA, and it is definitely the one you should choose.

Best Battery Life

Resolution: 1920 x 1080p Full HD
Memory: Micro SD card (up to 64GB)
Battery:
 350 mAh ( 150 minutes)

People who get a spy pen recorder usually want it to be able to stay inside a room and record for a good while. In those situations, 30 minutes of battery life simply doesn’t cut it. If you want a lot more than that, you should go for the LKcare Spy Pen recorder.

Alongside the other great things it has going for it, it has a 350mAh battery that, when fully charged, can record for up to two and a half hours.

In terms of the camera itself, the LKcare captures both 1080p video at 30 frames per second, and it can capture 12MP photos, which are with very good quality. As far as the basic functionality of the camera goes, the LKcare has it covered. What’s also interesting is that you won’t need a memory card for it, because it comes with a 32GB one included, which is nice and not something you see everywhere. (1)

While overall the LKcare has a great set of features, it is undoubtedly the battery life that’s the hallmark feature of it. If you need more than average in that regard, it should be the one you order.

Most Complete Package

Resolution: 1920 x 1080p Full HD
Memory: Micro SD card (up to 64GB)
Battery:
 350 mAh ( 150 minutes)

With all of the cameras we spoke about above, something was “missing”. Whether it was a feature, or something you were supposed to buy extra, they all had their downsides. Well, even though it’s the priciest one on our list, that’s not the case with the JAMJAKE spy pen recorder. It covers all fronts, and covers them really well.

To begin with, you can capture both 1080p video at 30 frames per second, or you could capture 12MP photos. Both have excellent quality, and can be saved on a memory card. A 32GB one is included, so you don’t have to worry about that.

Battery life is great, thanks to the 350mAh battery that goes up to two and a half hours on a single charge. The build quality is excellent and even if you use it as a pen, it’s comfortable for extended writing sessions.

And last but not least, in the box aside from the memory card, you get five refills for the pen itself, as well as a memory card reader. Truly the most complete package of them all, with all aspects from less important to more important, covered really well.

Our Buyers’ Guide

Even though we narrowed things down to only five options, we still believe you should know what everything means so you can make an informed buying decision.

With a spy pen recorder, there are three things you’ll want to have covered. First, you’ve got the actual video recording, then comes the battery life, and last but not least, how easy it is to hide. As far as video recording goes, the standard nowadays is 1920×1080, which does give you plenty of details and a sharp image. The field of view should be respectably wide as well, so you can capture a larger part of the scene more easily.

Battery life is the next important factor, and anything less than one hour of continuous recording you shouldn’t look at twice. An hour is the minimum, with some options going as far as to record for two and a half hours on a single charge, which is impressive. How much you need does depend on how much you’ll be using the camera, so make sure you know that before you buy.

And last but not least, you should get a pen that actually looks and works like a pen. This excludes thick, non-functional models that won’t fool anyone. Instead, go for a slim model that you know can pass as a pen, even when someone takes a better look at it. The button at the top should be convincing too, but don’t worry, because all of the options we spoke about are really good in that regard.

To help you with the use of these products, here are spy pen instructions that might help you.

At the end of the day, it’s a matter of setting your budget, and then picking the one you like most from our list above, given it fits that budget. Simple as that.  

Resources

(1) – Megapixels in Photos – https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/megapixe-and-how-they-affect-photos-4125227