Introduction: Covert Spy Sunglasses

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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!

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
NTSC 380 TV Lines
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!


GregW31 (author)2015-12-24

Amazon sells video shades as low as 20 bux complete ready to go with sound capture, Why try to reinvent the wheel?

tutdude98 (author)GregW312016-01-17

this was made in 2008

back then you couldnt buy them (they were too expensive)

msspurlock (author)GregW312016-01-17

I've tried those. They're junk. I'd rather source the components myself, and know how to do it. To me, that what Instructables is about. Besides, even if you do just buy them, what I need is a reliable pair that streams to my phone and uploads video files to Dropbox. In my sideline business, if I don't get the investigative footage, I don't get paid.

jvangurp (author)GregW312016-01-17

I like how it records to a camcorder, presumably with much longer battery life and maybe a longer recording capacity too.

zcheek (author)GregW312015-12-24

Why be on a Maker forum if you're not into making things for yourself? Sometimes the answer is simply "to see if I can."

M. A.G (author)zcheek2016-01-03

yeah but you dont want to be stupid about it.If you can get something better for cheaper why be a tweeker and make it? Its like try making a bar of soap? it'll take a week and tons of time and material all for $.59 product. thats just dumb

GregW31 (author)zcheek2015-12-24

Bro! I make and invent stuff all the time. I am a veritable invention machine. I even hold a couple patents and have designed and developed products that are in use all around the globe.
What I don't do is dabble in folly.
I will make things when it makes sense.
Example, I make my own bacon because I can make it for 80 cents per pound but I don't make my own cheese because it costs the same or more to make it than I can buy it.

LeonS5 (author)GregW312015-12-25

and how do you make your bacon

dvrnhll (author)GregW312015-12-24

Did you note that this was originally posted in 2008? What is commonplace and inexpensive today was not so almost 8 years ago.

M. A.G (author)dvrnhll2016-01-03

why then would we just get an email notice about an instructible as if it were new? I feel like i am now getting misinformed, bad info

GregW31 (author)dvrnhll2015-12-25

No, I didn't.
And that makes a big difference too.
The web is a weird archive, I tend to look at dates on news stuff and should have done so here.


myhoodlums4 (author)2016-01-17

on the plus side of this time warped post ~ you have all made it over 18!! lol

Kryptonite (author)2009-08-24

With the ability to use capitals and full stops.

M. A.G (author)Kryptonite2016-01-03

smart guys know that in the forum it does not matter everybody will understand his or her message regardless

Rye (author)2008-06-08

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 (author)Rye2008-07-25

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 (author)Mario12008-10-15

You're thirteen, and that's why you wrote buyed. It's bought. :P I'm joking, I'm thirteen as well.

NetReaper (author)Yeds2009-01-18

aren't we all?

Majafero (author)NetReaper2009-02-02

no, we are not all 13 maybe a vast majority of you are but, I am 14 big difference

M. A.G (author)Majafero2016-01-03

No that is an untrue statement. There is such a small difference between 13 and 14 that one could correctly say there is no difference.

B.J.S1 (author)Majafero2015-12-26

I'm 40 lol

bananite (author)Majafero2009-10-25

I had no idea there were so many younglings. I'm 22.

foxtrot4697 (author)Majafero2009-10-21


Colerunn (author)Majafero2009-02-03


Mario1 (author)Yeds2009-03-07

I wrote buyed, because english is my 2'nd language :)

Rye (author)Mario12008-07-27


M. A.G (author)2016-01-03

$300 ? If you searched for them on your favorite auction site you could have found some for roughly the same price you spent on all the stuff + or - $10.

M. A.G (author)2016-01-03

$300 ? If you searched for them on your favorite auction site you could have found some for roughly the same price you spent on all the stuff + or - $10.

madrasi (author)2015-12-28

Hi Kipkay I bought one of those mini cameras and sunglasses just like what you have in your video years ago but I never could figure out which wires are for what on the camera. It had 4 wires just like your but you never explained what color wire was for what. Would it be possible to get a description of the color code please?

Thank you

clazman (author)2015-12-26

Domino's travels can be monitored, like checking on bird stalking escapades. lol

cyberpigue (author)2015-12-25

Nice job. Keeping the mind employed is always worth the effort. I tear apart and repair cheap $13 fans before I go get a new one. With my time and labor it's not as cheap as a new one, but it is improved and more durable afterwards. You keep right on making whatever you want and filter out all of the negative comments.

pucksurfer (author)2014-04-03

Do you have video of some footage or a couple pics or something?

...there is sample footage in the video at the very beginning of the instructions.

corydj (author)2015-12-24

Not to be a buzzkill, but you need to be very careful with what your recording. Many states have privacy laws that you could be violating if you are recording someone, especially audio, without their consent.

In some states your okay if you are part of the conversation but others require you to tell the person you are recording them, regardless of whether or not you are in the conversation. Even in the states that don't require to to disclose, you must be part of the conversation (you cannot set the recording device down and leave) unless you are law enforcement and have a warrant.

About a year ago someone in my state got caught and charged with a misdemeanor and a $10,000 fine.

Bottom line, be sure to check your state's laws.

Jo-dan (author)2010-06-13

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.

rlfleming55541 (author)Jo-dan2015-12-24

great idea!!

bakestechshop (author)2014-10-02

So cool

pucksurfer (author)2014-04-03

does the tint of the glasses affect the video footage?

KarenZH (author)2013-06-16

I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

zen of zappa (author)2011-05-31

So cool! I found these sunglasses: . 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?

Football viking boy (author)2010-12-11

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.

platinum15 (author)2010-10-21


cheesynerd (author)2008-01-11

would the SONY HANDYCAM DCR-DVD308 camera work? I found one pretty well priced. I just cant tell if it has A/V.

Mario1 (author)cheesynerd2008-07-25

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 ...

cheesynerd (author)Mario12008-07-25

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?

Mario1 (author)cheesynerd2010-10-06

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.

Mario1 (author)cheesynerd2008-07-26

I think my Sony DCR-DVD109 has only a/v output wright? :S

Kipkay (author)cheesynerd2008-01-11

Any camcorder that has audio/video inputs via RCA connectors will work.

fox311 (author)Kipkay2008-05-22

hay, Can I used a (computer-camera) pleas........ ¢;☼↕$∙σ

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