Over the past few months I had to break out of my spy camera comfort zone and go from using my 808 Car Keys Camera to the Mini DV MD80 spy camera. The only reason I had to break from my comfort zone was because of the technical problems I had with an old 808 camera during surveillance. So while on a case I scrambled to charge and program the time in the Mini DV camera and I eventually used it that day and have been using it since.
Why have I continued to use Mini DV MD80 over the 808 Car Key camera?
I love the video quality on this camera. The video appears to be much sharper than any of the spy cameras I have used in the past. The video is always smooth and doesn’t get choppy when moved around quickly. The video comes out pretty good in low light conditions.
The size of the camera is equivalent to the 808 Car Key camera and is about the length of a thumb. The camera is small and relatively discreet in most videotaping conditions.
Easy to use
I only have to press two buttons and I am videotaping. There is no guessing as to whether the camera is operating correctly or not. The light is blue when it turns on and a red blinking light appears when the camera is videotaping. If you know me, you know I hate complicated spy cameras. It also powers off after a short while in standby mode to save battery life.
This spy camera comes with a variety of attachments. The camera comes with a couple of mounts that the camera can clip on to (though I haven’t used them). It comes with a rubber camera cover to protect the camera is case it is dropped. It has a small strap that can be connected to the camera which can be placed around your wrist. And last but not least it comes with a clip attachment which I use. I really only use the clip attachment so I can grip the camera better when videotaping. In the video review I attached the camera with the clip on to my visor and videotaped while driving and it turned out pretty good. So if you need something on short notice to videotape someone driving in front of you then this will come in handy.
What I Don’t Like About It
I Hate the Shape!
The shape of the camera makes it difficult for me to aim the camera properly in close conditions. If the person I’m videotaping is close to me I have found it difficult to aim the camera properly without drawing attention to myself. Truthfully if the shape wasn’t so awkward it would be the perfect spy camera in my opinion.
The Basic Specifications of the Mini DV MD80 Camera
- Video Format – AVI
- Video Code – M-JPEG
- Video Resolution – 720/480
- Frame Rate – 30 frames per second
- Memory Card – TF, Micro SD, Up to 32 GB (though you will need to recharge before reaching 32 GB)
- Battery – High Capacity Lithium Polymer Battery
I would definitely recommend this camera. This spy camera is inexpensive and works well. I have seen it priced between $10.00 and $20.00 on Amazon.
Until next time,