For Christmas this year I bought the G007 Spy Camera from Sir Gawain, both to tinker with and to impress upon my grand kids how small, discreet and pervasive surveillance is becoming.

Before delving into the more playful aspects, I thought i’de review the different modes of operation that I found confusing in the manual. I like to download my manuals as PDF’s, especially when they’re small and easy to lose like this one. To my chagrin, when I visited the Sir Gawain website to search for a PDF manual my virus scanner went code red and got my attention with this alert:

Access has been blocked as the threat Mal/HTMLGen-A has been found on this website. Sophos support is willing to work with the Sir Gawain to remedy this alert if it’s an error.

I decided to pass on entering the site. Spies, counter spies, counter counter spies … it’s an opaque world where one is ever really sure whats going on. Instead, I scanned the G007 manual to preserve it before I lose it.

I purchased the camera on Amazon from Sir Gawain.

The G007 is quite small, 3/4″ cubed and has some nifty features including:

  • Infrared night vision
  • Motion detector to trigger video capture
  • High definition 1080 pixel or 720 pixel
  • Photo snapshots at 12MP
  • Loop recording

I found the instructions a little confusing when reviewing the various modes of operation and hope my steps below can be of help to others who may have had the same experience. If you have any suggestions to make this better please let me know.

Be sure you pay close attention to the LED lights near the Mode button while looking down at the top of the camera. You’ll notice different combinations of Red, Red and Blue and Blue lights to let you know what mode the camera is in.

To turn on the camera depress the power button for about 3 seconds. The camera will display a Blue light and power up into 720P video mode. Press the Mode button again and the camera displays a Blue and Red light and changes into 1080P HD video mode. Press the Mode button again, the camera displays a Red light and changes into 12M Photo mode. If you press the Mode button again the camera goes back to 720P video mode where this cycle repeats.

Once you’re in a Mode, you can start a video recording or snap a picture by pressing the Power button. The light flashes 3 times, goes out and recording begins. To end a recording press the Power button again.

To turn the camera off depress the power button for about 9 seconds until the light goes out.

To enable the motion detector mode or night vision (IR photography), start the camera into one of the modes described above.

Note: To start a recording in motion detector mode i’ve only been able to use video mode 720P or 1080P. Photo shooting doesn’t work for me. This seems reasonable to me, but contradicts the manual.

To enter night vision mode depress the Power button for about 3 seconds and let go. You should see the LED light flash 3 times. The manual suggests using your phone camera to look at the IR lights in from of the G007 camera, with my phone I can see the IR lights turned on.

Like with the other modes above, you start and stop recordings by momentarily pressing the Power button.

To turn off night vision mode, depress the Power button for 3 seconds and let go. You should notice the LED blink 3 times.

You can save the cameras lithium battery life by using motion detector mode. The battery is rated at approximately 70 minutes, but i’m sure that depends on use.

To enter motion detector mode select one of the two video modes, depress the Mode button for 3 seconds and keep pressed until you see the LED blink 3 times, then let go.

When you’re in motion detector mode the camera will record when motion is detected. In my experimenting, i found that the camera records about a 2 minute length of video. I’ve not yet tried to see what happens when a subject remains in the motion field after 2 minutes. I would guess that the recording turns off after there’s no motion for 2 minutes, but haven’t confirmed this yet.

To get out of motion detection mode press , then let go the Power button.

If you would like to extend battery life you might consider and external battery or power source. Here’s my external battery rated at 4000mAh:

AllPowers 4000mAh

I hope you found this article helpful. In a future post i’de like to show results of some IR photography and perhaps some experiments integrating the camera with a Raspberry Pi.

Mitch is a Thought Leader and an Architect at Steampunk where he contributes to delivering human-centered, secure digital, platforms. His work related interests span the gamut of: application integration, scalable secure clusters, embedded systems, and user interfaces. After hours you might find him dabbling in the hobby space with Raspberry Pi's, drones, photography, home wine making and other ferments.

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Mitch is a Thought Leader and an Architect at Steampunk where he contributes to delivering human-centered, secure digital, platforms. His work related interests span the gamut of: application integration, scalable secure clusters, embedded systems, and user interfaces. After hours you might find him dabbling in the hobby space with Raspberry Pi's, drones, photography, home wine making and other ferments.

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4 Comments

  1. Does this device have internal memory or do I need to micro SD card in order to record? Thank you.

  2. So i bought two of these. And I cannot figure out how to do anything but blink.
    I follow your instructions above. nothing
    I can push a button and watch something blink. But no idea what to do there after . I think it records but then there is nothing. My tech wiz nephew tried both. Walked away and said good luck.

    its seems improbable that both are defective, so need to challenge the user. All i want to do is turn it on, stick in our owl box, and record the owls. but after 2 hours…nothing. i have SD card in, i have full power. I am following the horribly written instructions that come with it. Follow the directions above ….again…I can make blinky lights work but no video…Confused

    1. Hello Rob,

      It was in hopes of improving the included instructions that I wrote this post, though it’s possible, with your help, that we can improve some more. If you would, please share how you are viewing the photos or video on the Micro SD card.

      Mine came with an adapter which allows me to plug the Micro SD card into my laptop, it’s also possible that your phone has an extra Micro SD slot where you might be able to view any picture on the card. There should have also been a small cable which was included with the 007 camera that would allow your to connect the camera directly to a computer or possibly, if you have a Smart TV, you could try plugging into a USB slot in the back of the TV.

      When experimenting with the camera I would advise starting with basic operations like just snapping a few pictures. After you take some pics connect the Micro SD or camera to a display device. Once you can verify the camera is working as you expect, move on to the more advanced features like: movies, motion detection and infrared photography.

      I’m guessing if the lights are blinking in accordance with the different modes of operation, the camera is probably ok. Keep a close eye on the return policy of where you purchased the cameras in case you decide to send them back. I’m guessing the chances of having two that are malfunctioning is pretty low.

      Please share what you’ve tried to view the content on the Micro SD card, I wish you the best of luck.

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