How to operate SQ8 Mini DV Camera : SQ8 Spy camera Manual

How to operate SQ8 Mini DV Camera SQ8 Spy camera Manual

The manual that comes with these camera’s is terrible so im going to clear it up for you with my own easy to understand SQ8 Mini DV Camera manual. Note: Videos are saved as avi files. I have added a video at the bottom of this article if you would prefer a visual demonstration.

SQ8 How to record in 720p?

720p Is lesser quality than 1080p but the files are smaller in size which is useful if you don’t need to record high quality videos. 720p looks perfectly fine on smaller screens like tablets and mobiles so unless your watching your videos on big screens like a 32″+ TV i’d stick to 720p recording.

  1. Press the On/Off button for a second until a steady blue light shows
  2. Now press the On/Off button again – We are now recording.
  3. Once you have finished recording press the On/Off button again and recording will stop and we will be back in standby mode.

SQ8 Camera – How to record in 1080p?

As i said above because of the difference in quality the size of a 1080p video is much larger and takes up more space on your SD card. 1080p videos look great on larger screens such as laptops and TV’s.

  1. While in standby mode press the mode button once – The light will be a mix of blue and red, this means we are in 1080p mode.
  2. To start recording press the On/Off button once. We are now recording
  3. To stop recording in 1080p press the On/Off button again. We have now stopped recording.

SQ8 camera – How to take a photo?

According to the poorly written manual this little camera takes 12mp pictures. I don’t believe this to be true and at a guess i would say its more around 5mp to 8mp.

  1. While in standby mode press the mode button – The light will go a steady red.
  2. To take a photo press the On/Off button once for each photo you want to take. So if you press the On/Off button 10 times you will have taken 10 pictures.
  3. To exit photo mode press the mode button once – this will take us back to 720p standby mode.

SQ8 Camera – How to use Night Vision Mode?

  1. While in Standby Mode press and hold the On/Off button for 2 seconds – The light will flash red.
  2. To start recording in night vision mode press the On/Off button. We are not recording.
  3. To stop recording in night vision press the On/Off button again. We have now stopped recording.

SQ8 Camera – How to use Motion Detection Mode?

  1. While in 720p standby mode press the mode button for 3 seconds – The light will flash 3 times – we are now recording in motion detection mode.
  2. To stop recording press the On/Off Button.

Motion Detection in 1080p

  1. While in standby 720p mode press the mode button – we are now in 1080p mode.
  2. Now press and hold the mode button for 3 seconds – the light will flash 3 times – we are now recording.
  3. To stop recording press the On/Off button.

How to charge SQ8 mini Dv Camera

Charging this camera is super simple. Just use the USB cable and plug it into the camera with the other end in your PC, laptop or USB plug. While charging it will flash red. Once it has fully charged it will remain a solid red.

How long to charge the SQ8 Mini DV Camera

According to the manual that comes with this camera it takes an hour to charge. From testing myself i have charged it from flat to full in around 45 minutes.

What if My SQ8 isn’t working?

If it isn’t working as it should then you could send it back and claim a refund or hit the little reset button. Resetting the camera could solve a lot of issues.

SQ8 Camera has a reset button
Hit the little reset button with a pin

How to Use SQ8 Mini DV camera – Watch Video

SQ8 Mini DV Camera Instructions

SQ8 Mini DV Camera features

1. Mini size for convenience and portability. Use it anywhere – at home, in the office, at live events, in meetings, etc.
2. High-def: 1080P and 720P
3. Use day or night with IR night vision
4. Adjustable 360 degrees
5. Motion detection automatically begins recording when it detects motion.
6. Connect to your TV to view footage.
7. 200mAh battery only takes about 1 hour to fully charge

SQ8 Mini DV Camera Specifications

Material: Zinc alloy
Dimensions: Approx. 2 x 2 x 1.6 cm (0.7 x 0.7 x 0.6 in)
Charging voltage: DC 5V
Memory: TF card, up to 32 GB (not included)
Interface: Mini 8 pin USB
Video coding: M-JPG
Video FPS: 30fps
Battery: 200mAh (included)
PC camera resolution: 320 x 240
Video resolution: 1920 x 1080/1280 x720
Video (compression) format: AVI
Image scale: 4:3
Player: Comes with operating system or mainstream player
Continuous video recording time: 60 Minutes
Compatibility: Windows ME/2000/XP/2003/Vista, Mac OS, Linux
Weight: Approx. 75g

Well you should be able to record some videos now without too much headache. I hope this article was of some use to you. Feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks!


  1. Chris

    I bought an sq8 camera off eBay and kept trying to get it to work thinking I was just misunderstanding the instructions. I have watched a couple videos now and I believe that the camera I got is defective. I have tried every way listed to get into different modes and no matter what once I turn it on it won’t do anything. If I press the mode button the light changes from blue to red then if I press mod or on/off it flashes purple? (blue/red together) it does this with every different way I have tried. My TV says there is no signal on USB or av mode.

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      So many of these little budget camera’s are sold that the odd bad one is inevitable. It does seem faulty since blue and red together is 1080p mode but the way you describe whats happening its clearly faulty.

      Request another be sent to you immediately – they shouldn’t make an issue of it and send one right out.

    2. Diego

      I have the same problem, I have tried to change the card, to reset the camera but it does not record. This is what happens to me: I turn on the camera and it has the blue light on, I click on the ON/OFF button to record, it starts blinking blu, then it blinks red 3 times and then it does not record anything. I do not understand why it blinks red, like if it has no card in. But the card is there because when I connect the camera to my computer I can see the TF card, empty….

  2. TH

    Thank you so much for the awesome tutorial on using this camera. The instructions that came with the camera are absolutely horrible! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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      You are welcome. I know what you mean with the instructions, when it arrived i was scratching my head for a while trying to figure what they were telling me. Im glad you understood my version.

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  3. Barry Woodland

    What an excellent set of instructions and video. many thanks and congratulations. I believe I can operate the camera now, but have several issues with the one I purchased apart from the very badly translated instructions. The IR night vision does not apper to work, because I get an extremely dark file when I record in that mode and I am unable to detect that the 4 IR lights are alight.
    I purchased the camera to use in night mode and at the same time in motion detection. Do you know if this is possible?
    I have contcted my supplier about the night vision.

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      Thanks for the comment. Disappointing about the IR Night Vision and i think you may have a faulty one there.

      Night vision and motion detection i don’t think work together and now i give it thought i don’t understand why they wouldn’t make it so. It seems silly to not have that function.

      I have looked around and gone over the instructions again to see if there are any clues but i’m finding nothing helpful.

      If you learn otherwise could you let me know?

      Thanks Barry

  4. David M Gronbach

    I’m hoping someone else has run into this… I purchased the camera from here:

    It only came with a usb cable and did not have the yellow S.Video plug. It does not record while charging though it is advertised as being able to do so.

    When I start recording in 720p mode, it stops recording after 10 minutes, starts a new file which is empty. I’m using a 32gb TF sd card. There is a folder called “VIDEO” and a text file called “time.txt” but nothing else.

    Does anyone know how to keep the recording going? I read something somewhere about putting something in the text file but it wasn’t clear.

  5. Marty

    Hi mate, thanks so much for this. When I try to use my camera it just flashes red/blue for a few seconds then turns itself off. From other sites it says the camera does this when it has no card in it, but it has a 64GB Mini SD in there. That I took from another camera so it should be formatted properly. Any ideas? Thanks for any help you can offer. All the best, Marty

    1. Marty

      Actually just pressed the reset button with a paperclip and all working. Thanks so much for the above, the instructions were just not going to work… 🙂

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        Ah great mate glad you got it sussed. I don’t believe i spoke about the reset button in the article or video, I’ve added it to this article now so thanks for that.

  6. Greg

    Hi Tom,
    Thanks for the wonderful video. I only received my camera yesterday and was also quite bamboozled by the manual that came with it.
    As I haven’t got a memory card installed yet, I haven’t been able to try it out, but looking at the other comments above I’m disappointed that it may not be able to do both IR and motion detection at the same time. The specific reason I bought it was to monitor my back yard at night as I’ve recently had unwanted intruders.

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