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ThumbsUp! 4GB Pen Camera Recorder

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Quoting product code: A91TN


About this product


  • Fully working pen with covert built-in camera and microphone
  • Take pictures, video and audio
  • 4GB of memory built in for up to 90 minutes of recording time

Product overview

• Fully working pen with covert built-in camera and microphone
• Take pictures, video and audio
• 4GB of memory built in for up to 90 minutes of recording time
• Long life internal rechargeable lithium polymer battery
• Unscrew the top to reveal a USB connect to your PC
Special features
• Perfect for recording from a shirt pocket for discreet surveillance

What can I do with my pen camera?
It might look like an ordinary pen but the ThumbsUp! Pen Camera Recorder is more than just a writing tool. As well as a pen it can take photos and record images and audio all from the comfort of your top pocket.

How do I use the pen recorder?
Take great quality images up to 1280 x 1024 resolution. Film in real time with up to 640 x 480 video with built in audio. Recording’s as simple as clicking a pen.

What do I need to view my recordings?
No need to fuss about cables just unscrew the top off the pen to reveal a USB ready to go. With a great 4GB of internal memory you’ll be able to record up to 90 min of footage. When you’re done simply connect your pen to your computer to view your recordings.

Rated 1 out of 5 by from not excatly what it is described as not very easy to use all instructions not clear and so small unreadable chose for replacement but found out all in stock had no refills in package software also in Chinese
Date published: 2015-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great gift Great little product, bought two for my nephews. The camera quality is much better than I expected for the price. It records 1 and a half hours per full charge. Not bad! Overall happy with the purchase.
Date published: 2015-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it's okay for day only this spy pen is good for day use only but during night it's very limit to what it can see, e.g: if your walking around with very little street lights your spy pen can only see 1/2 less as what us can see in the dark but if there is good light around where your going then you should be fine but during the day it's clear as day. then pen will turn blue on the back to tell you it's recording now and that the only way to stop it is to let it full up the memory card or to unscrew the pen cap. the spy pen also works like any normal pen and it's a good way if your wanting to catch somebody out that is not telling you the truth or if you want to play a spy game with the kids and the family. your spy pen can take photos / videos and how to do this is by looking for the small clip on the USB Port of the pen and I know it's not easy to get but when you do using the left or right will allow it to take photos or videos, to take videos just put the clip on the left and the right for photos. to take a photo just press down the pen on the top and it will take a still photo for you or to make things more easy is to have everything on record only. for more help please ask a member of the maplin team or watch some of my videos
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't buy this item! This item (£30!!) is rubbish. The first pen I got didn't charge and had no refills. I then took it back for exchange and picked up another pen. The actual writing part didn't work. Very cheaply made
Date published: 2015-12-29
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Resolution 640 x 480
Frame rate 30 fps
Recording format AVI
Resolution 1280 x 1024
Sensor 1.3 MP CMOS
Ratio 4:3
Format JPEG
Built in audio Yes
Operating systems & format
Supported OS Windows 98/ 2000 / XP / Vista
Supported format AVI, JPEG,
Connection type USB
Internal memory size 4GB
External memory type N/A
External memory size N/A
Dimensions 150 mm x 15 mm x 15 mm
Weight 160 g
Charging / operating power 5 V USB
Battery type 180mAH high Capacity rechargeable Li-on Battery
Water resistant No
Recording time (from fully charged) Approximately 90 min

how manny pics can it take

Asked by: tiggy
There is no SD card in the unit. The memory is built in - size 4Gbytes (explorer shows 3.73Gbytes)
Answered by: JR234
Date published: 2017-12-30

The software CD ROM that comes with this does NOT have the TIMESET.EXE program on it as described in the instructions so all the video and photos come with the wrong timestmjap burnt in (1/5/2016) . Where do you get the timeset.exe program from????????

Asked by: JR234
You can get the software from the ThumbsUp website here:
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-12-28

Code: A91TN 4GB Pen Camera Recorder...Can or do you have these in a bigger memory capacity.....4 or even 8 hours recording please? Do you have a catalogue to browse through, as have no Internet connection at home. Regards and thankyou

Asked by: Coots
We do not offer a larger capacity version of this product
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2016-09-22

The cd rom doesn't have the time folder  Only pencam application, picture file of the instructions and an ai file you can't open. I can't reset the time stamp 

Asked by: Mike
This service is open for frequently asked questions, In order for us to best assist you with any issue you may have with a product please contact our technical team on the details below: 0333 400 9500 or email
Answered by: Darren
Date published: 2016-02-15

when I plug pen in to pc nothing appears to indicate what drive its in . I have tried removing pen and then pluging in again several times, no luck. Have tried putting disc in computer as it is a side drawer the disc does not work as it is to small.

Asked by: James
This service is open for frequently asked questions, In order for us to best assist you with any issue you may have with a product please contact our technical team on the details below: 0333 400 9757 or email
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2015-12-10

Does this film your writing and can you then download onto your computer?

Asked by: bigjed
I am sorry but the item in question does not support use in your intended application.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2015-12-27

How long does the battery last on continuous use?

Asked by: Alyourpal
From fully charged, it would last 90 minutes of recording.
Answered by: Brad
Date published: 2015-12-27

Will this work with MAC OS X? Do I need to preload software to the laptop to view the content?

Asked by: Davie
Only supported OS : Windows 98/ 2000 / XP / Vista.
Answered by: Neil G
Date published: 2015-12-27
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