Things To Consider Before Getting A Spy Camera
Last Updated on by Gabriel Goddy
Keeping up with the activities that go on at home when you’re away, can prove difficult. However, if you are able to connect the spy camera in your home, you’d be able to keep tabs on the events that happen at home. In this guide, we’ll be discussing the topic ‘things to look out for in a spy camera’. Read through this guide if you’re interested in finding out.
Benefits of Spy Cameras
When asked the question, “Why would you need a spy camera?”, we can easily answer with, “Why not?”. After all, we have a right to know what is going on in our home and at our business and a hidden camera can give us that information quickly, easily, and affordably. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons you might need to buy a hidden camera:
- Home Security- even if you already have an existing home security system, a hidden camera can be used as a backup system in case an intruder disables the main CCTV system. With a hidden camera, you can still see what is going on in your home or at your business and record every second of the action.
- Nanny Cam- for the most part, nannies take very good care of our children. But if you suspect that something is not right when you are at work or on a date night with your spouse, a hidden camera can help you know for sure and help you protect your children and keep them safe. Read our tips for buying a nanny hidden camera.
- Nursing Home- our elderly parents deserve a safe and comfortable place to live during their retirement years. We are always hearing about elder abuse at nursing homes and we hope that it isn’t happening to someone we love. Make sure it isn’t by installing a hidden camera in their room and record everything that happens when a caregiver is with them.
- Cheating Spouse- if you suspect your spouse of cheating, install a hidden camera in your home and be sure. Capture all of the action in HD video with sound and record it directly to an SD card or to your mobile device. Don’t risk your marriage by making accusations. Be sure with a hidden camera!
- Children and Pets- keep tabs on your children and pets while you are at work or out shopping and know what is going on in your home. Do your kids have friends over that shouldn’t be? Are your pets on the furniture or chewing up your favorite pair of shoes? A hidden camera will let you know for sure.
- Flatmate Stealing- if you are suspicious of a flatmate who might be going into your room after you leave the house or stealing from you, a hidden camera will help you catch them in the act.
As you can see, there are many reasons to buy and install a hidden camera in your home or business. Now, let’s see how to choose the right one.
Uses of Hidden Spy Camera Videos
Wireless and mini spy cameras are used for many purposes not limited to child care. Hidden camera devices are used within your home when cleaning, hiring animal sitter services, and other home security surveillance purposes. Most spy camera shops point out that the leading reason for purchase is to monitor caregivers.
Where To Install Security Cameras
The first question to answer is, where should you install your security cameras? Here’s a list, in order of importance:
- Ground-floor doors and windows:
Obviously, burglars can most easily enter homes the exact same way that homeowners do: through doors or windows on the ground floor. It’s important to have cameras on all your ground-level doors and windows, both inside and outside.
- Main stairs or hallway:
Any centralized area where burglars would have to pass through to access most of your home should also be surveilled; this is most likely a hallway on the first floor or a stairway leading up.
- Common areas:
You may also want to secure areas that you commonly use, like a living room or kitchen.
If you have a driveway, it’s important that you monitor it with an outdoor camera, as this is another commonplace that thieves will sneak through to enter your home.
Secure both your front and back yard with outdoor cameras, as these can be good hiding places for thieves, especially if your landscaping is overgrown.
- Second Floor:
Do you keep jewelry or other valuables upstairs? While we don’t recommend placing cameras in bedrooms or bathrooms for privacy reasons, be sure to secure a main second-floor hallway with an indoor camera; it’s a great way to provide more video evidence if you end up involved in a criminal investigation.
Although it’s less necessary to monitor a basement as opposed to the ground level and outside of your home, if you keep valuables there, it may also be worthwhile to add a security camera.
What to Look for in a Hidden Camera
The location where you plan to use your hidden camera will determine the best product for your needs. Think about: Will the camera be outside or exposed to the weather? Does it need a wide-angle view to capture the whole room? If it’s motion-activated, does it need technology to rule out false alarms? You’ll be able to narrow down your selection as you define which features you need.
- Record time
Some hidden cameras only capture motion-activated clips, while others record continuously. Look into which method your camera uses, as well as whether the video footage is stored on a memory card or uploaded to the cloud. If it goes to a memory card, most cameras rewrite over existing files once full, so make sure you check footage regularly or risk losing it.
- Motion Activation:
A camera should start recording as soon as motion is detected and store that footage somewhere that can be accessed for a period of time. This is sometimes referred to as event-based recording.
- Smartphone Alerts:
A good security camera should offer customizable alerts that are sent to a smartphone or tablet.
The higher the quality resolution video a camera records, the more detail you’re going to see. Most of today’s cameras offer full high-definition (HD) video (1080p or 2 megapixels). Super HD (1440p/4 megapixels or 2K) and ultra HD (8 megapixels or 4K) are increasingly popular as they produce sharper, clearer images. Full HD will be fine for most people, but if you want to zoom in close on a person’s face or license plate, look for super or ultra HD and an 8x or 12x digital zoom lens.
- Night Vision:
Outdoor security cameras should have night vision with a good range. Cameras don’t see as far at night as they do during the day, and night vision range varies from about 30 feet to 300 feet. Look for a camera with night vision that has a range of at least 50 feet. Color night vision is also an option on some higher-end cameras.
A built-in microphone allows you to hear as well as see what’s going on. A speaker for two-way audio is a good upgrade so you can also talk through the camera to whoever is on your property.
Most cameras store their footage in the cloud (a remote server connected to your camera via the internet). Local storage is also an option for some, either on a microSD card in the camera or a separate connected hard drive.
- Field of View:
The wider the field of view, the fewer cameras you will have to install to cover your entire property. Look for a field of view between 130 and 180 degrees.
You want your cameras to be noticeable to potential burglars but also look attractive when mounted inside or outside.
- Privacy Features:
If you’re concerned about privacy, look for a geofencing feature that will turn a camera off when your smartphone is in the house and back on when you leave.
- Security Features:
Two-factor authentication is an important security feature that helps guard against hacking. This means you have to confirm it’s you logging in to your account by using a second method, such as a phone call, email or text message.
- Advanced Features:
A built-in siren or floodlight can act as an extra deterrent, and enhanced software capabilities such as the ability to set activity zones, differentiate people from animals, recognize faces, and zoom and pan give you more control over what your camera sees.
Smart wireless cameras can communicate with smart home systems to give you extra features, security, and convenience. When integrated with Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Home ecosystems, for example, you can use voice commands to pull up security footage on a smart speaker with a screen or a compatible TV.
Some security cameras also integrate with smart locks to allow for secure in-home deliveries. Cameras that work with Apple HomeKit will let you view them through Apple’s Home app as well as store your footage using HomeKit Secure Video, a good option for those concerned about privacy.
Having gone through the things you should consider before getting a spy camera, you won’t mistakenly get a spy camera that wouldn’t serve you. Do not hesitate to get a spy camera for your home