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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
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.
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13 and just as awesome as you all are.
I had no idea there were so many younglings. I'm 22.
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
Bridel5686 years ago
or you could disguise the wire as a ear bud headphone because what would happen if someone asked "why do you have a random wire connected to your glasses? and why does it run down your shirt?" with the headphone idea the wire wont be so suspicious and you would be less likely to get caught.
My reply: "Just my mp3 player, I modded out the earbuds so they're connected to my sunglasses."
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I guess in this day and age every one's wondering what that strange thing is you're hiding, and you're therefore the FBI and are taking surveillance footage of terrorists at work.
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?
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
demonbabi136 years ago
Ok, hopefully im not the only one with this problem. I like to go to a lot of concerts, but indoor venues are pretty against the "no video policy". I will still do this since in my area, people wear sunglasses outside. But is there a smaller camcorder you would reccomend? They dont check pockets but that thing is kinda chunkey and the slimmer it is the better. Also, since your recording to a dv/dvd, is it possible to start/stop it to make seperate tracks or am i better off slicing it into tracks?
meant to say inside.. everyone wears sunglasses outside
You could mount it in a hat, a tie or a general piece of clothing, or just hold it in the general direction of the stage.
I don't know about specific models of camcorders but if you go down to you JB HiFi or similar and ask around, just make sure it's got video/audio input. To stop and start you would just have to press the record button.
I want to make a paintball gun-cam out of one of these, but keeping a big camcorder safe will be hard
use a smaller, cheaper one or just find a video/audio inputtable memory device. then epoxy putty the crap out of it except the USB connector port. epoxy putty'll make just about anything indestructible.
peytonjr5 years ago
haha... you could put something like this on your cat to see what it does all day. maybe with a motion on switch so it isnt just all when the cat's sleeping
Darn!! My Camcorder doesnt have any Inputs or outputs, let alone a/v. To think I spent $350 on a piece of plastic.
1spartan955 years ago
Da Na,DA NA!
Domino is awesome XD.
bbglas0076 years ago
Would it somehow be possible to write direct to a usb drive or an sd card? That'd be wikid. I don't own a handy cam, they are quite pricey.
Derin6 years ago
The next time you do this,you could use 4 core phone wiring.Just an idea.
Renagade6 years ago
Hi, I just wanted to ask, what kind of video quality do the cameras have? see I want to make a sort of virtual reality thing for a project I'm doing...
its a little perverted recording people at the beach!!! peedo!
Let's get a little pervert-naming conventions corrected here. Pedophile ("Pedo") - one who loves small children... yes, like that. Voyeur - someone who "likes to watch" either through video, mirrors, windows, peepholes or otherwise. Let's all get a little learned here people... I know I wouldn't like it if somebody called me something I wasn't.
For sure.. :) I love being a pervert, but I ain't no pedo!
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