Some might call it a digital camera, but Swann's Micro DVR does have certain qualities that recommend it to our inner spy
. All the basics are covered: there's a color camera, LCD screen and 128MB of memory, but the Micro DVR can handle a 24 hour shift with its 24 hour Li-Ion battery and ability to use external USB memory sticks to supplement its paltry amount of included storage. You can also run the unit off of its AC adapter for seriously long-term stakeouts, and the camera's AVIs and JPEGs can be easily transported to your PC with the included software. Sadly, this Micro DVR is not for budget espionage, demanding a hefty $899, but there's a price that must be paid for fugly spy gear of questionable usefulness.