The 808 Keychain Micro Camera

October 15th, 2010 by WordPlop

If you’ve ever wanted a “spy camera” or a tiny camera for any purpose, now you can get one. The 808 Micro Camera is becoming very popular online right now, for the reason that it costs less than $10. And even at this price, the video results are amazing considering the physical size of the camera and its price.

There is so much information about this little camera that it’s ridiculous. People are using it for every purpose imaginable, from putting it on radio controlled airplanes and helicopters, to race cars, motorcycles, bicycles, helmet cams, and more. The camera is smaller than most car key fob remotes. It produces 640×480 video, although some models convert this to higher resolutions (that makes the video bigger but reduces quality and distorts the aspect ratio). The video quality is relatively very good, as seen on the previously mentioned website. Most models shoot at 30fps, which is also very good considering the size and price of this camera.

The reason this micro camera costs around $10 is that it’s made in China from unused cell phone camera parts. You can find it on eBay, where prices range from $6 to $50. The cheap ones are the same as the expensive ones, and the reason they’re so much cheaper is because they ship direct from China. The previously mentioned website lists some eBay sellers who sell the good version of the camera.

The #3 and #8 camera is the best. All current 9 versions of the 808 camera use different microprocessors and other components. If you want to buy the 808 micro camera, try to get one of these versions. The eBay sellers that sell these models are listed on the website, but don’t count on receiving the right version. I bought three cameras from user “linjiechong” on eBay, who at first said they were #3 cameras. I got all #8 cameras, one of which doesn’t work longer than about 10 seconds, the other takes very choppy and laggy video, and the third one seems to work normally.

The thing is that the 808 micro camera is so cheap that people don’t get too upset when one doesn’t work, they just buy a new camera. For the size and quality of the camera, at this price, it is worth it. I will be using it on a radio controlled helicopter, my motorcycle, and as a helmet cam for my mountain bike. And I’m sure there will be more uses for it as well.

This isn’t a review of the camera, it’s just an informational post to let more people know about it. You can use it in so many ways. The 808 micro camera is a great keychain cam, and if you want something like a helmet cam but don’t want to pay hundreds for something like a GoPro camera, the 808 video camera is the perfect solution. And if you destroy it, it won’t hurt your wallet too much to just buy a new one. If you have an 808 micro camera and have found a cool use for it, post it below.




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14 Responses to “The 808 Keychain Micro Camera”

  1. Revelation says:

    I bought something similar for $30 from a hobby shop near my work (I was told by someone to pick one up). 2GB memory on the card that comes with it, 30 fps, 640, can be set to turn on to audio. My problem with these is that, even on a full charge, they don’t last the whole day while I’m at work (on audio trigger). Thats when I want to catch my girlfriends doing crazy things in my house the most.

  2. John says:

    Man, I really tried to make a porn with this thing last night. It shot 4 mins, then just died. I was so pissed when I was all done. I got us into all sorts of positions just for the camera’s sake, thinking how awesome it’ll look when we’re done.

    Oh well. Gotta do it all again, I guess.

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  4. Ryan Taylor says:

    @John, how’s life being a virgin?

  5. therealgrape says:

    I have a simple question just about anyone should know this (except me). I got my 808 keychain cam and it came with quite vaugue instructions in English- I found out I need to get a memory card or disk or whatever and then go from there, does this sound right? Okay, well after installking the memory what exacyly do I do next and it said something about formatting it first. I am lost here lol and if snyone who knows what I need to do to record video and then upoad the video to my computer I’d be delighted to find out this info. Thanks in advance!!! :D

  6. Aaron says:

    therealgrape : you should find the correct usb cable and plug in your camera, right button and click format, choose fat 32, look on the link above in the article, it explains it all

  7. [...] Back in 2001 I was the proud owner and frequent user of a L’Espion Digital Dream keychain camera. It took terrible pictures (storing 20 on its 2MB memory!) but it was teeny and I could take it places normal cameras couldn’t go. My photos from that time are here. Now we have cameras on mobile phones such things aren’t necessary anymore, but I got a tingle of recognition when I saw this beauty, going by the somewhat incongruous name of the 808 Micro Camera. [...]

  8. Joe Black says:

    I bought one of those from http://www.techasus.com Camera I’ve received was very good build and record quality. To get best result you need to use at least class 4 memory card. Battery last for almost 2 hours and 4 GB memory card is plenty for more than an hour of footage.

  9. Bob says:

    Is there any camera like this that is gUaranteed to work

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  12. joe says:

    ji i baugt a dv cam for 20 $ but it never worked i baught another one
    i charged it and slipd the micro sd card i turn it on the light is on for 2 sec and the it turns off i tried like a 1000 time .


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