The SQ11 has three main modes that can be accessed using the mode button. Once the camera has been powered on, the LED indicator will give a solid blue light to show that it is on standby to record video in 720p.
(solid blue) 720p
(solid blue and red) 1080p
(solid red) Photo
Pressing the MODE button at this point will toggle through the three camera modes in standby. The LED indicator can be read to tell which mode you are in. Solid blue as stated before is 720p video. Press the MODE button once, and you will see solid red and blue lights. You will now be in 1080p standby. Pressing the MODE button a second time, you will see a solid red light. You are now in photo standby mode.
Recording Video and Taking Photos
While in either 720p or 1080p video modes, pressing the POWER button once will cause the LED to flash a few times before going out, and the video recording will start. The camera automatically saves videos every 5 minutes if left alone in this state. Pressing the POWER button again will stop recording and save the current video. You will return to video standby mode.
When in photo standby mode, the POWER button is also used to take photos. The LED will flash once to indicate that the picture has been taken.
This mini video cam comes equipped with motion detection recording capabilities. To turn this on, navigate to either 720p or 1080p video standby modes, then hold the MODE button for 3 seconds. The camera will enter a motion activated recording mode. It will record for a 1 minute interval once motion is sensed.
Night vision assisting lights can be toggled on and off at any time by holding the POWER button down for 2 seconds. The LED indicator will flash red 2 times to show that the IR night lights have been turned on and will flash 3 times to indicate that they have been turned off.
However, the power of these night vision LEDs is poor. They don’t provide much illumination under dark conditions unless your subject is up close to the lens - no more than a foot or two. Don’t expect much here.
The SQ11 can be used as a webcam while hooked up to a computer via the provided USB cable. Once plugged in, press the power button once, and it will switch from charging to webcam mode. It will shoot video and take photos in 720p when used this way.