Instructions for a Chewing Gum Camera

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Instructions for a Chewing Gum Camera
Chewing gum cameras are much smaller and more compact than regular cameras. (reflex camera image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from

Most people won't notice you taking pictures with a chewing gum camera. This camera records video and audio files, yet is no bigger than a small pack of gum. When recording, users have the option of taking sound video or recording audio alone. The camera has no internal memory and requires a micro SD memory card in order to record and save files. Make sure that you stop any recordings before you turn the camera off. If the camera is turned off while it's still recording, the video and audio files won't be saved.

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Things you need

  • Micro SD memory card (128MB to 4GB)
  • USB cable

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    Plug the USB cord into the slot at the bottom of the camera. You can also connect the chewing gum camera to a charging adaptor with a USB port.

  2. 2

    Press the power button to turn on the camera. A blue LED will light up to indicate that the camera is on. A second red LED should also begin flashing. The red LED will remain on while the camera is charging.

  3. 3

    Leave the camera plugged in for approximately three hours while it charges. Disengage the camera from your computer the same way you would a flash drive memory stick.

  4. 4

    Insert the micro SD memory card into the labelled slot on the side of the camera. Push it all the way in until you hear a click. This click indicates that the micro SD is properly inserted.

  1. 1

    Press the large "Record/Stop" button on the chewing gum camera's face. Hold it until the red indicator LED activates. After a moment the blue LED will also light up, indicating that the camera is on standby and ready to record.

  2. 2

    Position the camera so the lens is aimed toward your subject and then press the "Record/Stop" button a second time. As the camera begins recording, the blue LED will flash on and off.

  3. 3

    Press the "Record/Stop" button a third time when you've completed your recording. Pressing the button saves the recorded data onto the micro SD card.

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    Slide the "Hold" button on the side of the camera into the top position. The red LED will turn on, and then the yellow LED will turn on and begin flashing continuously. The camera will record audio files while the light is flashing.

  2. 2

    Slide the "Hold" button to the bottom position to end the recording. The file will automatically store in the micro SD card.

  3. 3

    Press the "On/Off" button to turn off the camera. Always make sure that you've finished any recordings before turning off the camera.

Tips and warnings

  • When the camera is plugged into a computer it operates in the same manner as a USB flash drive. You can view files that are stored on the camera then delete or save them.

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