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I've always wanted a pair of spy sunglasses that record stealth video but they run upwards of $300. So here's how to make your own that work great, record color video AND audio! Watch the Test Results in the video!


 
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Step 1: What You Need...

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1. Micro Color Spy Camera that records audio and has an optional 9 volt power clip. GET IT HERE
Specs:
NTSC 380 TV Lines
2 LUX
Effective Element: 510x492
Viewing angle: 30 ~ 35 degrees
Automatic Iris, Exposure with adjustable focus
Viewing Distance: 50 mm to infinity
Full Motion Real Time Color Video without delay
Operating Voltage: 9-Volt Battery or AC-DC +8V 200mA Power Adapter
Operating Duration by Battery: 10 hours on Duracell or Energizer Alkaline Battery

2. 1 Pair Solar Shield Polarized Sunglasses. I picked a size Medium ($19.95 + tax - Walmart)

Step 2: Tools...

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1. Soldering station
2. Hot glue gun
3. Wire Strippers/snips
4. Heat shrink tubing
5. 9 Volt battery
6. Small Camcorder

Step 3: Prep the Camera...

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First trim back the molding on the camera to reveal the wiring. My camera had 4 wires. 1 for Video, Audio, Power and ground. That came together at 3 connectors. (The ground was connected to the ground wires on the video, audio and power line). I tehn cut the wireing about 4 inches from the camera leaving enough wiring on the other end.

Step 4: Extend the wiring...

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Now we want to add some wire to each line to extend it about 3 feet. After marking what each line is, solder one length of wire to each of the 4 cut lines coming from the camer. Add some shrink tubing and then solder the other ends of the new wire to the connector end.

Step 5: Installing the spy cam...

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The Solar Shield glasses are great because there is plenty of room to install the newly wired camera in a far corner and secure with hot glue. Clean the glasses good before you install the camera because you are not going to be able to access the lens area again once installed. Then secure the wiring along the arm of the glasses. The black shrink tubing gets concealed perfectly.

Step 6: Connect the camera...

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I chose a Sony Camcorder that I already had (DCR-H32) because of it's size, it has A/V inputs and shoots MiniDV. You can easily hide the wiring down the back of your neck and in your shirt and then down into a pocket in your pants, inside a jacket pocket or anywhere else. Add the 9 volt battery clip and you are ready to shoot some spy footage!

Step 7: Color Video AND Audio

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This setup shoots great color imagery for the price as you saw in the video and pretty clean audio. You could also include the audio wiring in the main strand and use a lavalier microphone attached somewhere on you, but I was mainly interested in the video. There's my Covert Spy Sunglasses for around $40! Enjoy!
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bakestechshop9 months ago
So cool
pucksurfer1 year ago
Do you have video of some footage or a couple pics or something?
pucksurfer1 year ago

does the tint of the glasses affect the video footage?

KarenZH2 years ago
I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So cool! I found these sunglasses: http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/solar-shield-fits-over-plastic-sunglasses/ID=prod6015959-product?V=G&ext=frgl_Google_Personal_Care . Do you think it is fine if they are not mirrored on the other side?
And do you know it it is possible to connect it to a Flip camcorder?
AAAAAAHHHH!!! I just bought the mini pinhole camera when I found out my Canon camera only has an output. I'm trying to find a way now to hook it up to my PSP, which has an input for a camera.
platinum154 years ago
YOU. ARE. SO. COOL!!!!
cheesynerd7 years ago
would the SONY HANDYCAM DCR-DVD308 camera work? I found one pretty well priced. I just cant tell if it has A/V.
every handycam has a/v out i think that the oldest models of the HDD ones didnt have but the dcr-dvd308 HAS A A/V OUT (i know becouse my father has it.. i have Sony HandyCam DCR-DVD109 and it has A/V out too ...
a/v out won't record to the camera though, it will let you connect to a tv and watch previously recorded video. am i correct?
Yeah you're correct.
P.S Sorry that I haven't responded since 2 years or so, but I have been busy dealing with those million problems life has to offer (school, got sick and went to hospital stuff like that) and forgot about the spirit of DYI, but I'm here again.
I think my Sony DCR-DVD109 has only a/v output wright? :S
Kipkay (author)  cheesynerd7 years ago
Any camcorder that has audio/video inputs via RCA connectors will work.
fox311 Kipkay7 years ago
hay, Can I used a (computer-camera) pleas........ ¢;☼↕$∙σ
Mario1 fox3116 years ago
nope
webcam?
monkeys985 years ago
just on bridel568's comment you could desgise the cord as one of those things you attach to your glasses so that they can hang around your neck.
McGyver25 years ago
These are awsome! NOw just to make a small enought TV to put in the toe of my shoe...
can we just use and extension cord for av (one side female other side male)?
and what would i need to record with? my camcorder isnt capable of the mode. for cheap?
Rye7 years ago
Is there any way to get a camera like that without buying it on ebay? I'm 13 and I'm limited to what my parents will(and won't) let me do.
Mario1 Rye6 years ago
Yes, there is you can go in some "spy" websites (write in google telephone silencer) and you will see some spy sites the order is mailed to you or ppl delivers it to your door you just pay him and sign a document i'm 13 too (i buyed my Sony HandyCam DCR-DVD109 with my mom from a tech magazine :D )
Yeds Mario16 years ago
You're thirteen, and that's why you wrote buyed. It's bought. :P I'm joking, I'm thirteen as well.
NetReaper Yeds6 years ago
aren't we all?
no, we are not all 13 maybe a vast majority of you are but, I am 14 big difference
I had no idea there were so many younglings. I'm 22.
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Mario1 Yeds6 years ago
I wrote buyed, because english is my 2'nd language :)
mman1506 Mario16 years ago
11 but have a very high iq
With the ability to use capitals and full stops.
Rye Mario16 years ago
Thanks
on your door bell dog alarm there where those audio video sender reciever could you use those in stead of carrying the camcorder (are they battery powered)
NetReaper6 years ago
wait, so the red wire is for power? how do you connect it to a 9v battery clip? doesn't the power need 2 wires?
The way some composite cables can work is by having the shield - and the middle is +
I'm not sure about the 9v battery, is that for the camcorder or do you connect it to the power cable?
The 9v battery is to power the spy camera, as it needs a source of power to produce an image. The camcorder itself should already have it's own power supply.
I see, I'm getting my mini camera in a week. Can't wait, I'm mounting it in a pair of sunglasses so I don't have to take a picture every second second.
thanks, that explains it
2 wires, positive and negative
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