Choosing a hidden camera for your home can be confusing and challenging especially when there are thousands of hidden cameras available in all sorts of sizes. Some even may appear like your everyday household items and gadgets. There are nickel-sized mini cameras, spy camera necklaces, eyeglasses spy cameras, and also charging adapters with hidden cameras. So, how do you narrow down your search and ultimately find a hidden camera that will satisfy your needs? We’ve outlined a list of hidden camera criteria to help you in your search.
Size and Portability
There are small or mini hidden cameras out in the market. Some are palm-sized while others are as small as a penny. Their pocket size allows you to carry the device wherever you go. If you don’t intend to bring the gadget when you go out, you can go for larger options. As mentioned, there are hidden cameras that appear like your standard gadget. Take, for instance, Neolavish’s hidden camera clock with speaker. At first glance, it may look like your ordinary nightstand clock, but upon closer inspection, a tiny camera is tucked away hidden from plain sight.
Battery and Power Supply
The problem with mini spy cameras is that they have limited battery life. They can only stay on for about 2 hours. On top of that, their batteries are non-removable, which means you can’t replace it when it dies. Larger hidden cameras come with rechargeable 3000maH lithium-ion batteries. Majority of them are removable as well, which means you can swap a new one. You can also plug-in a large spy camera to a power supply, and leave it recording all day and night.
One of the most critical factors in choosing a hidden camera is the video quality. Resolution can vary from one model to another. Generally, you’d want maximum flexibility in selecting a resolution. Tiny spy cameras normally offer one standard resolution. Larger ones, on the other hand, allows you to choose a resolution from 480P, 720P, and 1080P.
Live viewing and Mobile App
Since hidden cameras do not come with a viewing LCD screen, you should look for a spy camera that allows live viewing via smartphone, tablet or computer. Search for hidden cameras with a mobile app. The app will let you watch the video live, take snapshots, and even adjust camera settings. Depending on the hidden camera and its app, you can receive alarms and notifications too.
Motion sensor and night vision
Another important aspect of shopping for the best-hidden camera is its built-in features, primarily motion sensor and night vision. These features allow you to capture footage even at night, and alert you if someone passes by. If you intend to use the hidden camera only at day time, you can opt for a hidden camera without these features.
Memory and expandability
Majority of hidden cameras support microSD. If you don’t want to delete video footages regularly, you should look for a hidden camera with loop recording. This feature, if turned on, will override old recordings when there is no space in the microSD. Another tip is to get a spy camera that can support up to 128GB microSD.
Set-up and customer support
Using a hidden camera is pretty straightforward. All you have to do is connect the device to your smartphone or laptop, and you can record and view footage within minutes. However, sometimes, you may need assistance. Look for a company that offers customer support. You can check Amazon to find out if a brand goes out of its way to assist. It would be best if you looked a brand that offers warranty extension.
Buying a hidden camera should always meet and satisfy your needs. Identify first where and when you are going to use it so you can narrow down your options. For instance, you want a hidden camera that you can also use as Bluetooth speakers as well. Then, it would make sense to get Neolavish’s wireless hidden camera with speakers. Our product is not only a spy camera, but its built-in stereo speakers also allow wireless listening via Bluetooth connectivity.