Spy Pen Instructions

Camera Pen User Manual ~ Tips & Tricks, by Sherlock Hones

Sherlock Hones Spy Pen Instructions <== PDF Fast & Easy Instructions

Easy to Master your Spy Pen with these step by step instructions, tips and tricks!

Get to know your camera pen! After a little practice and testing the waters, you’ll be a pro! Have fun with your missions and sleuthing adventures!

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Sherlock Hones Spy Pen

This compact camera pen (Cam Pen/pen) produces high‐definition videos and high‐quality photos. It is also a fully functional ballpoint pen.

The Cam Pen is an innovative gadget that is perfect for kids (age 7+) and adults. These instructions and tips will show you how easy it is to “master” your Sherlock Cam Pen.


  • Your new Cam Pen is a sensitive piece of equipment.
  • Try not to drop it or allow water to get inside your pen.
  • Do not “force” the USB Cable or SD Memory Card in/out of your pen.

Your Sherlock Hones Cam Pen will last a LONG time with care and TLC!

A little TLC goes a long way! The spy camera pen is a delicate instrument. Do not force things with the spy pen, instead take gentle, yet firm measures when using your spy pen and it will perform wonderfully for years of fun!


A. Charging Your Cam Pen (First time only, charge for 4 hours—thereafter, it’s usually a 15‐minute recharge)

  • Plug the USB cable into the pen’s camera USB port and plug the other end into your computer USB port (see illustration). First‐Time Charge 4 Hours!
  • Disconnect the pen from your USB cable/port once the charge is complete.
  • A fully charged pen will have about 1.5 hours of recording time.


  • Recharge your pen as needed — only takes approximately 15 minutes to recharge your pen.
  • Your pen’s indicator light will blink while recharging, but once fully charged, it will shift from a blinking light to a constant solid light. That’s it!
Camera Ports Cards Cables & Connections

Camera Ports Cards Cables & Connections

B. Insert the Micro SD Memory Card

  • Gently, but firmly, slide the micro SD card into your pen slot (see illustration). You should feel solid resistance when the SD card is fully inserted into the pen. About 1/8” of the SD card will show when it’s inserted correctly. You are now ready to use your pen.
  • Note: The Cam Pen will not work without the micro SD memory card. All recordings/photos are stored on the SD card.


  • Ensure the micro SD card is pushed in completely or it will not collect data from the recording session.
  • The indicator light will blink red to indicate an SD card error. (This typically means the SD card is inserted improperly.)
  • Your SD card’s memory capacity (2GB ‐ 4GB ‐ 8GB ‐ 16GB) will determine how much data can be recorded while using the pen.
  • Your pen has a rechargeable lithium battery that can hold about 1.5 hours of recording time for both videos and photos.
  • Recharge your pen as needed, usually takes approximately 15 minutes. (See “Recharging Your Cam Pen instructions, above.)


  • Power up your pen by pressing the On/Off Button on the top of the pen (see illustration) for 2‐3 seconds. (To power off, press On/Off Button for 6 seconds.)
  • Check the indicator light to ensure the pen has powered up properly. A SOLID GREEN indicator light will show the pen is on and in READY MODE.
  • READY MODE means you can start taking videos/photos.


  • From READY MODE start recording by pressing the On/Off Button for 2‐3 seconds.
  • Check the indicator light. The light will blink several times to indicate that recording is about to begin.
  • Once recording begins the indicator light dims to a slow and steady blink. It should not attract attention during a recording session.


  • Be sure that the camera lens (see illustration) remains unobstructed during the recording session.
  • To produce clean, clear recordings, hold the pen as steady as possible during recording sessions.


  • To stop recording, click the On/Off Button once.


  • For multiple recordings, simply toggle from recording to stop recording to recording again.
  • Once finished recording, remember to power OFF your pen by pressing On/Off Button for 6 seconds.


  • Take photos with one quick click to the On/Off Button.
  • The green indicator light will blink once to indicate that it has captured the photograph and returned to READY MODE.


  • Unscrew the top of the pen to expose the USB port (see illustration).
  • Connect the USB cable to the pen and connect the other end to your computer.
  • Wait for the pen’s SD memory card device icon to appear on your computer desktop. (Or look to your computer’s removable drives for the SD card.)
  • Double click on the icon/removable drive to open and download the video footage/photos onto your computer hard drive.
  • Best viewing is done directly on your computer, not directly from the pen. Just copy the cam pen’s files (photos & videos) onto your computer before viewing.


  • You can erase all videos and photos from your pen’s SD card by clicking on each video/photo and pressing the delete key on your computer’s keyboard. Once all videos/photos are removed, your SD card is ready to record and take more videos and photos.
  • Be sure you are looking at the files on your SD card (removable disc folder) and not those stored on your computer.
  • Use the same method to erase your computer files (video/photo) or save them to review over and over.


  • Connect the USB cable to the USB port of the computer.
  • Open the removable disc folder and you will find the “time.txt”.
  • Revise the time and date in this file “time.txt” and Save it. Next time, it will show the correct time when you take videos/photos.


  • If your pen is unresponsive and you have not charged it for awhile, recharging your pen should remedy the problem. It needs a charged‐up battery to handle recording videos easily.
  • Download your recordings and images onto your computer before viewing them. The data transfer speed from your pen simply isn’t fast enough to accommodate real time viewing; it will cause the footage to appear choppy.
  • Some computers may not have software programs that will easily play your recordings. You may wish to download the most recent version of VLC Player. It can be downloaded for free at http://www.videolan.org.

What’s In the Box?
Spy Pen Camera, USB Cable, Micro 2GB SD Memory Card and User Manual
Use the PDF for the FAST & EASY way to master your Sherlock Hones Pen! We are here to make your sleuthing days with your spy camera pen fun!

Use your spy gear responsibly. Knowing the laws of the land can help keep you out of trouble when using any Spy Gear and Surveillance Equipment.

Audio Surveillance Equipment ~ Being Aware of the Laws of the Land

Notable: The Sherlock Hones Spy Pen has been intentionally re-engineered to eliminate the ability to record audio. Audio surveillance recording falls under federal and many states wiretapping laws and can also be considered a violation of the Fourth Amendment of the USA.

Audio only or audio/video devices that are disguised to look like something that is not designed to record sound” could potentially get you in big trouble.

Audio Surveillance Equipment: These devices are generally prohibited by law, because they are primarily useful for the purpose of the surreptitious interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications (i.e., eavesdropping or wiretapping), such as audio only or audio/video devices that are disguised to look like something that is not designed to record sound.

For your personal protection we have chosen to create the safer Sherlock Hones Spy Pen for all spy enthusiasts. Secret agent missions should be a fun quest without threat of breaking the laws of the land. We’ve got your back.

Sherlock HonesS py Pen Instructions – (PDF). Easiest way to Master your Spy Pen with step by step instructions and more tips and tricks!

We are here to assist you with your spy camera pen. Please feel free to contact us (contact@sherlockhones.com), if you need further assistance.

24 Thoughts on “Spy Pen Instructions

  1. thomas r carter on November 21, 2013 at 11:35 pm said:

    i bought one of your pens from amazon and it did not come with the sd card. i am sending it bck to them. i would like to reorder but i am concerned that a new order would also be missing the sd card.Would it be possible to get an sd card directly from you?

    • Sherlock on March 20, 2014 at 6:32 pm said:

      All our spy pens have the chip everytime! So, if you want one order here on Sherlock Hones and we will ensure you’ll have the chip and the secret SH will be hidden on the backside of the pen… that is our mark, so if you don’t have the mark you got dupped on Amazon by another company pretending to be Sherlock Hones. Sorry about that, but let us know about the mark!

    • Sherlock on April 16, 2014 at 8:57 pm said:

      Hi Tom, all our Sherlock Hones Spy Pens come with the chips. Be sure when “add to cart” it is Sherlock Hones as the brand you are buying from Amazon. Sherlock Hones Spy Pen

  2. Thabani on April 12, 2014 at 7:12 am said:

    How much does this pen cost?

    • Sherlock on June 16, 2014 at 9:40 pm said:

      Ususally, $48.98, but its on sale for $38.98 on Amazon.com. Search for Sherlock Hones and you’ll see our spy pen fast and easy. Get ’em while supplies last. Sherlock

  3. pooja on April 16, 2014 at 8:15 am said:

    how to insert memory into spy pen cam 16gb 4 megapixel………….

    • Sherlock on April 16, 2014 at 8:43 pm said:

      The very best way is to take your spy pen with you to the store where you buy your 16GB Memory SD Card, as all chips are not created equal. We have found that some 16GB chips do not work, but another brand works great. So, we always advise going to a story with your pen in hand and can be tested right at the store before you buy your chip!

  4. Brad on June 13, 2014 at 1:05 am said:

    I purchased on of these devices and I am having a problem where both the red and blue lights are on at the same time. The pen is unresponsive and the reset button doesn’t fix this!
    Please help!

    • Sherlock on June 24, 2014 at 9:16 pm said:

      Hello Brad,

      I am sorry to hear you are having trouble with your spy pen and you are most correct in that the red and blue lights should not be on at the same time and giving you trouble. And the reset pinhole can cause trouble by sometimes not fixing some issues for me, too. Can you use our contact form to send me the full name you used to purchase your spy pen on Amazon or use your email account with Amazon to reach me there? I am always checking any messages from my customers daily within Amazon! I try to check our website frequently, too, but sometimes I get behind.

      I am sorry to be so late in getting back to you on this but rest assured Brad, I’d like to take care of this to your 100% satisfaction. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

      Thanks Brad, Sherlock Hones

  5. Dylan on June 16, 2014 at 6:42 pm said:

    My spy pen stopped recording after 5 min the first time and 10 minutes the next time…Both times it had a full SD card too. How can I get it to record for a longer time, such as 30 min or longer?

  6. Panda on June 21, 2014 at 4:15 am said:

    My spy pen didnt come with a SD card 🙁

    • Sherlock on June 24, 2014 at 9:12 pm said:

      Hi There,

      You say you did not get an SD Micro Memory Card? Can you check the backside of your spy pen and see if it has the SH mark for Sherlock Hones? I suspect it does not, because we are meticulous about packaging our spy pen with all the right gear placed into the black pouch. This makes me very curious. Please let me know.
      Thanks, Sherlcok

    • Sherlock on July 1, 2014 at 4:36 pm said:

      Hello Panda,

      That is truly impossible since we upped our quality assurance teams catch point measures to package 10 spy pen kits at a time and if anything is left on the table the whole 10 are opened up and gone through again. So, we are pretty sure this cannot ever happen, which is our goal. Check to see if you have a SH on the backside of the spy pen, let us know, because if it does not have our mark, then it did not come from us. But be sure to let us know because we can dig deeper on this issue for you Panda.

  7. Can this pen be used as a web cam?

    • Sherlock on March 9, 2018 at 5:40 pm said:

      Video and images with the spy pen. It will record for 1.5 hours before you need to recharge the spy pen, so even tho it could be used as a web cam it will not record long enough for your needs even tho you can recharge and recharge the spy pen, 1.5 hrs is not long enough to do the web cam thing. Sherlock

  8. Andy Maldonado on January 5, 2017 at 8:56 pm said:

    I recorded tons of videos and took multiple pictures i downloaded about 2-3 types of AVI file readers and nothing seems to work i can only see the first video i ever recorded and i can only see one picture i took but the the rest seem to have some kind of error saying

    “Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The Player might not support the file type or might not support the codec that was used to compress the file.”

    I need help is there anything i can do to see the videos i recorded or pictures i took??? please reply as soon as possible please

    • Sherlock on March 9, 2018 at 5:38 pm said:

      Download the VLC free software program which can play all video’s from the spy pen. Its a good program. Sherlock

  9. Salman on January 10, 2017 at 4:27 pm said:

    Can I use my spy pen when my pen is charging with power bank?

  10. richard villena on February 16, 2017 at 8:13 am said:

    can usb cable of spypen is also used to charged in 220v electric?

  11. Louis on April 9, 2017 at 3:02 pm said:

    Is it neccesary to remove de SD card when charging the pen?

  12. Leanne on May 15, 2017 at 6:33 am said:

    Mr Sherlock let me ask you something can I use a 64 gigabyte SD card

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