Swann PenCam DVR Mini Video Camera and Recorder


Swann PenCam DVR Mini Video Camera and Recorder.

Product Features

Video camera & DVR housed in a real, working quality ballpoint pen

Shoot colour videos & upload to YouTube, MySpace

Facebook, Photobucket & more

Create video history with time & date stamping

Easy backup – records over 1 hour & use USB memory stick to upload to PC

Long-lasting built-in battery lasts 90 minutes & recharges via your PC’s USB port

Compatible with Windows XP/Vista, Windows Media

Player, RealPlayer & QuickTime Player

Perfect for lawyers, sales people, law enforcement, mystery shopping, covert surveillance or internet fun!

Video Format: AVI

Video File Size: >500KB per min



Product Specifications


Video Resolution 640 x 480 VGA


Memory Size        2048 MB ( Internal )

System Requirements

Operating Systems Supported         Windows XP, Vista


Environmental     Operating Temperature – Humidity



Power over Ethernet (PoE)               ,


Form Factor          Security Camera

In The Box             DVR4-420 PenCam DVR • Ink Refi lls x 3 • Operating Instructions

Dimensions           1.5 cm (W) x 1.5 cm (D) x 15 cm (H) – Weight 0.03 kg

Product Reviews

DVR: PenCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder – Apr 15, 2010


We’ve all fancied ourselves as a bit of a James Bond over the years and with the new Swann PenCam you’ve got the chance to conduct your own undercover investigations.

The Swann PenCam (DVR-421), as the name suggests, is a discrete camera built into the shell of a ball point pen.  The pen itself looks just like any other chunkier style pen and has a black gloss finish with silver detailing.  The pen writes very nicely (the review was written with it!) and doesn’t feel overly heavy.

All of the electronics and the camera are housed in the top half of the pen, and data is accessed through a USB interface that is found when the upper and lower halves of the pen are unscrewed from each other.  The pen house 2GB of memory which allows storage of up to 80 minutes of video (640X480 in AVI format) or thousands of images (JPEG format).  The internal battery allows continuous use of the device for up to 90 minutes and recharging is simply done by plugging the pen into a spare USB port.

Video and image quality are certainly nothing to write home about (as would be expected) and are on a par with mobile phone cameras, however the camera functions well in all sorts of lighting conditions and we were pleased that it worked well in relatively low light conditions.  The AVI files can easily be uploaded to common video sharing websites (YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, Photobucket etc) and although quite grainy, you can be sure that anyone featured wouldn’t have a clue about it!

Swann recommend the PenCam for use by everyone from law enforcers to mystery shoppers and we could easily see the benefits of such a discrete DVR device, however the pen is such a great fun little gadget that it will definitely appeal to most wannabe spys.

Swann Launches New PenCam™ DVR-421 Mini Video Camera & Recorder – Apr 15, 2010

Reviewer News

Make your own videos or photos and record to a built-in 2GB memory stick. The perfect business person’s accessory & a cool gift idea!

Swann Security, the global leader in “Plug & Play” security monitoring solutions, is pleased to announce the latest addition to its range of covert security devices, the new higher spec PenCam™, the DVR-421™.


This latest model features a sleeker, higher quality design combined with higher image resolution and better sound recording. Ideal for undercover surveillance and discreet monitoring or as a fun gift, the Swann PenCam DVR-421 cleverly conceals a Video camera & DVR inside a real, working quality ballpoint pen. With the PenCam, you can shoot colour videos & upload the files to YouTube™, MySpace™, Facebook™, Photobucket™ and other social networking sites. Perfect for lawyers, sales people, law enforcers, mystery shoppers, covert surveillance or internet fun!

Simply click the top of the pen and it begins recording! Place it in your shirt pocket, place it in your desk organiser or use it like an ordinary pen whilst at the same time recording your own videos and storing on to the built in 2GB memory stick. The PenCam DVR-421 features time and date stamping and easy back up. It is possible to record over one hour at a time then upload to a PC. The built-in battery lasts for 90 minutes and can then be recharged via a PC’s USB port.

The PenCam DVR-421 is compatible with Windows XP/Vista, Windows Media Player, RealPlayer and QuickTime Player

Technical Specifications:


Video Format: AVI

Resolution: 640 x 480 VGA

Video File Size: approx 25MB per min


Recording Mode: Manual Recording, Continuous

Record Time: up to 1.25 hours


Operating System: Windows XP, Vista

Internal Memory: 2GB

Backup Type: USB

Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium-ion

Charging: USB via computer

Battery Charging time: Approximately 60 mins

Recording time per charge: Approximately 90 mins

Dimensions: 140mm x 15mm x 12mm (5.5” x 0.59” x 0.47”)

Weight: 37g (1.3oz)

Box Contents:

DVR4-420™  PenCam DVR / Ink Refills x 3 / USB extension cable / Driver software / Operating Instructions