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Different Kinds of Hidden Cameras

We all have our own reasons for wanting a hidden camera. Keep tabs on the kids while you’re away, keep tabs on your spouse, catch an employee suspected of committing theft, etc.

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:

Wired

Although the cost of a hardwired hidden camera may seem tempting at first, as soon as you add up everything you need to capture a decent video, it’s just not worth it. However, if you have new construction and can easily access walls to run wire, then you may consider installing one, along with other basic home security devices like a motion detector camera, an exit sign camera, etc.

Remote

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. For purposes of documenting the video in the camera, you still need to use some form of recording device. Though such systems are still being produced and used today, they are nearing extinction as with their hardwired equivalents.

Self-Recorder

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. Such a system usually depends on motion activation so that you save time going through the video, and you save memory space as well. Before this system was created, you had to waste time going back and forth, rewinding and fast-forwarding, trying to catch those few instances where the subject would show up in the video.

Wireless 4G

Before you can remotely access a camera, you’d have to be in a spot where there is a consistent high-speed Internet connection. If you put your device in a 4G coverage area but you don’t have great online speed from where you’re watching, you can buy a hidden camera that offers 4G wireless capability. While the cost is far from cheap at this time, it will eventually go down as wireless coverage scopes wider.

Web-Driven

In a system like this, the Wi-Fi signal coming from your wireless router is in charge of sending and receiving the video which has been captured by your hidden camera. 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.

Body-Worn

Most of this one is probably self-explanatory. These cameras are literally worn on your body or at least hand-held for you to record footage. They can be a zipper on your blouse or a pen or even sunglasses – anything really. The possibilities are infinite.

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