This started as a project to lift a small video camera in the air with a balloon. When I was searching ebay the sheer number of options available combined with the relatively low price prompted this multi-part series. I wanted to pick a couple of the most popular models and compare the quality to see how much of a difference there is between them. I’ll go through each camera in separate posts to give an introduction and some samples of the picture and video quality. Finally I’ll wrap the whole series up with a side by side video comparison of all 4 cameras at the same time. In the end it’s all just for fun.
Meet the contenders
Description – Mini Key Chain Spy motion Detection Camera Hidden DVR Camcorder HD Model – N/A Video Resolution – 1280×960 Still Resolution –2560×1920 FPS – 30 Battery – 240mAH Price – $11.95
Note – This camera is in the same housing as the popular 909 but has a higher stated resolution. This was the main reason I chose this particular camera. It is also worth noting that this unit can use up to 16GB card as some others stop at 8GB although battery would fail far before you would ever fill the card.
Description – 808 Spy Car Key Camera DVR Covert Video Spy-Cam DVR Sunplus Model – 808 #3 Video Resolution – 720×480 Still Resolution – 1280×1024 FPS – 30 Battery – 180~200mAH Price – $4
Note – This is a very popular model. It is similar to the one pictured above with lower resolution and stated battery power. It also accepts 16GB cards.
Description – Mini DVR U8 USB DISK HD HIDDEN Spy Camera Motion Detector Video Recorder Model – U8 Video Resolution – 720×480 Still Resolution – 1280×1024 FPS – 25~30 Battery – 300mAH Price – $11.77
Note – This is probably the most versatile of the bunch. The motion detection works well and this model accepts up to 32GB cards. It has a vibrating motor that I presume is to replace audible beeps but it sounds like an early 90s pager going off. It can be used as a normal thumb drive and transfer rates were very good which has been an issue with some of the other cameras.
Description – Mini HD 720×480 Button Pinhole Spy Hidden Camera Video Voice Recorder Model – N/A Video Resolution – 720×480 Still Resolution – 1280×960 FPS – 30 Battery – 300mAH Price – $13.50
Note – I haven’t used this one too much since it arrived. It supports 16GB cards and also has a vibrating motor. The buttons are rubberized and easy to press and it has a slightly higher rated battery. We will have to see if this translates into longer recording time.
Stay tuned for the upcoming video tests of each camera culminating in one final review. Who will win the Ebay spy camera showdown?
Part 1 – Ebay Spy Camera Showdown – Intro