UNBOXED: Reviewing the Conbrov T33 Mini Spy Camera
In the world of home security camera systems, there are tons of options out there for consumers, many of which can be ultra-high powered and incredibly feature-rich. That may be just what some users are looking for, but the price tag and required level of technical expertise may just be a bit much for others. That’s where a product like the Conbrov T33 Mini Spy Camera can fill a certain need.
What’s notable, first and foremost, about the device is its size. The T33 is a very tiny camera that’s cube shaped, and stands just under an inch-and-a-quarter tall and weighing maybe a pound. The lens on the front of the device is a 110-degree wide angle lens that can record up to a full 1080p HD resolution—including at night with its night vision recording mode, which will initiate automatically. The camera can record in those low-light situations with clarity up to 33 feet away.
Listed for a discounted $59.99 (normally $99) on the company’s website seemingly forever, the mini camera is about as simple as they come, technically speaking. There are two buttons on the top of the camera that give the user the ability to place the device in one of two modes: manual recording or motion detection recording. In motion detection mode, the camera will be triggered by anything that moves within the frame up to 16 feet away. Amazingly, the company claims that when the camera is in motion detection mode and on standby, the 1,000mAh battery can last upwards of a year. When in manual recording mode, the battery will last roughly 6 hours during the day and for 3 hours when in night vision mode.
The Conbrov T33 cam records to a basic microSD card that gets inserted into the back of the device. The one quirk here is that the card has to be formatted in FAT32 format for the camera—though you can easily convert those files to mp4s when you plug the card into your computer, or whichever video format you prefer. Additionally, the camera can support cards that range between 8GB and 32GB in capacity. All footage is stored locally, so you don’t have to deal with trying to download video from the cloud or paying for a subscription service. However, when you realize that the motion detection clips take up a solid 200-300 megs (roughly a third of a GB on the high end), you realize that you’ll end up filling up that memory card real quick. The T33 does support loop recording, so when your card does fill up, it’ll just continue recording right over that old footage—which can be considered a good and bad feature depending on if you’ve had the opportunity to watch through that old footage already or not.
Memory card issues aside, the footage does come through really clear and vivid from what I was able to see. Motion detection worked as it should, and the clips were very easy to transfer and watch in a relatively quick manner. One of the first things that you’ll very obviously note when watching the footage back, though, is the lack of audio. The T33 does not have an internal mic built into it, which means you’re left looking at moving pictures with no sound. Again, this is the type of thing that’s not the end of the world but could be a missing feature that’s a deal breaker for some consumers.
Something that Conbrov ought to be applauded for with the T33 spy camera is their willingness to include a few different accessories in the box that make life a lot easier. For starters, there’s the magnetic support stand. Complete with a 3M padded base, you can place this thing essentially anywhere and have the T33 supported at almost any angle. It works great if you’re looking to use this as a low-tech dash camera solution, or if you need to mount the camera to a wall or ceiling. Additionally, there’s the card reader, which is an underrated accessory, considering how crucial it is to the file transferring process. And then there’s the pin that fits perfectly into the port where the reset button is located—another underrated accessory that comes in handy more than you’d really like it to.
All in all, the Conbrov T33 Mini Spy Camera is a budget security cam that has some cool features baked into it. While it is a lower-tech version of some of the other security cameras you can find on the market, the video quality and ultra affordability may stand out enough to some users to make this thing well worth it.