Everyone has their own motivation for buying a hidden camera. Monitor a baby sitter, prevent employee theft, catch a cheating spouse, and so on and so forth.
If you know you need a hidden camera but not exactly how to buy one, it’s best you first get acquainted with the different types available today:
Though a hardwired hidden camera can seem inexpensive upfront, there will be other expenses required to capture a decent video, and it’s not very cheap overall. But if you have new construction, you might consider running wire for this one alongside other essential home security devices, such as a smoke detector, a motion detector, etc.
This kind of hidden camera relies on day-to-day objects in the house, such as an alarm clock, with the transmitter sealed inside and a separate receiver for the video. You still need some type of a recorder to save the video that comes from the camera. These systems can still be purchased everywhere these days, but are on the road to being obsolete just like hardwired cameras.
Self-recording hidden cameras are considered revolutionary in the world of covert surveillance. These systems have built-in DVR that saves the video to an SD memory card. In most cases, these hidden cameras use motion activation to save you memory as well as time spent reviewing the video. Back in those days, you had to spend hours going back and forth, fast-forwarding and rewinding and back, trying to get to those few times when the subject appeared.
To be able to use a remote camera properly, you’d need to be in a place where there is stable and high-speed Internet access. If you install your device in a 4G-covered area but the Internet connection from where you’re watching is poor, you can purchase a 4G-compatible hidden camera. Although the price still high up there today, it will surely lower as this wireless technology extends coverage.
These systems transmit and receive video from your hidden camera through your wireless router’s Wi-Fi signals. Or, in some systems, the PC can be used as the recorder while the camera sends the video over the wireless connection. You can view the video anytime either way.
This one is almost self-explanatory. These cameras are literally worn on your body or at least hand-held for you to record footage. They can be made to look like a necktie, a book, a teddy bear – in fact, anything. The possibilities are infinite.