A Quick Overlook of Cameras – Your Cheatsheet

April 1, 2019


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Various Types of Hidden Cameras

Everyone has their own motivation for buying 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’re sure you want to buy a hidden camera but not exactly where or how to start, it’s always good to know your options first:

Traditional Wired

The cost of a hardwired hidden camera does seem attractive in the beginning, but if you consider all that you need, it’s hardly worth the total cost. 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.


With this type of hidden camera, regular household objects are used (for example, an alarm clock), with the transmitter installed inside a separate receiver capturing the video from the camera. 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-recording hidden cameras are considered revolutionary in the world of covert surveillance. Such systems have an internal DVR that saves videos onto an SD memory card. These systems often use motion activation, which saves you not just memory space but also time when you review 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.

4G Wireless

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 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. In any case, remote access to your video will be possible any time.


Most of this one is probably self-explanatory. You literally wear this type of hidden cameras on your body or at least hold it with your hand while recording. They can be made to look like a necktie, a book, a teddy bear – in fact, anything. The possibilities are infinite.

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