Capable of providing up to an hour of recording on a single battery charge, or up to 30-hours when connected to a compatible power bank, this product is easy to use and an effective model to own. It’s 300 mAh battery is easily recharged, and it can capture videos at 1080p at 25 FPS. It is also equipped with motion detection so that when it detects movement, it will begin recording immediately. And since it’s capable of delivering real-time alerts, users are always aware if something is moving where their camera is located. It also has 6 built-in IR LEDs that give it night vision capabilities.
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A Buying Guide To Hidden Cameras
Although hidden cameras, also known as spy cameras, have gotten somewhat of a bad rap over the past few years thanks to people misusing them, they are actually quite a useful tool almost anyone can use in some capacity. Having said that, let’s take a closer look at some of the things that people should consider before buying one of these cameras.
Step One: Consider The Hidden Camera Type
When it comes to hidden cameras, there are basically two different types. There are wired models and wireless models. Just about everyone is aware of wired models because they’ve seen them everywhere from grocery stores to their local convenience store. Basically, they are models which are hardwired to the recording device and/or to a power supply.
The second type of hidden cameras are models which operate wirelessly. Not only do these models typically have their own power source (normally it’s a battery), but they also contain a wireless transmitter in them that transmits its signal to either a cloud storage device or to the user’s phone.
So, you may be wondering which of these types are better and we’re going to tell you right now. Although we’re not going to pretend that the wired models don’t have their place and purpose, for most consumers the wireless models are the way to go. That’s because they’re easy to place, don’t require a whole lot of technical skill to set up and are relatively inexpensive.
Step Two: Consider The Resolution Of The Camera
The next thing that you’re going to want to consider is the resolution of the camera. Although the price of cameras usually goes up as their resolution increases, we feel that prices are cheap enough now that there isn’t a good reason for not going with at least a 1080p resolution. Anything below that is probably going to be pretty grainy and hard to see, so you should do yourself a favor and get a camera with a good resolution.
Step Three: Consider Battery Type
These types of cameras are powered by all different types of batteries, but our favorites are the ones that are charged with a rechargeable battery. These batteries may be extremely energy efficient nowadays, but you’re not going to want to have to buy new batteries for it all of the time, so get a model that has rechargeable batteries. They are easy to recharge and save you a ton of money on batteries.
Step Four: Consider Internet Accessible Models
The next thing to consider is whether the camera is accessible over the Internet. Being able to access your camera’s feed is a great way to check on things when you’re not at home. Although you would think that every camera made nowadays is Internet accessible, you’d be surprised at how many models don’t allow the user to access their feeds when they’re away from home.
Step Five: Consider Additional Features
Okay, now that we’ve gone over the basic features of a hidden camera, it’s time to look at some of the other features a user may want to consider. Cameras available nowadays can have a ton of features that cameras made even a few years ago didn’t have. Let’s take a look at some of these features so you can consider whether you need them or not. Before we examine these features, however, it’s important to say that not everyone is going to need all of the following features, so feel free to pick and choose cameras that do have the features you need and ignore the rest.
- Night Vision: Do you need to be able to see in the dark? If you do, then you’re going to want to find a model that has night vision. Just make sure that you purchase a model with an effective range of at least 12-feet for best results.
- Motion Activation: Do you want to avoid having to sift through hours upon hours of footage? Well, if you do, then get a motion activated models. These cameras don’t turn on until they detect motion in the room and they’re pretty handy to have around. Some models are not only motion activated, but can also send a message when they detect movement and turn on.
- Viewing Angle: The last thing you’ll want to think about is the viewing angle of the camera. Do you only need to see about 12 to 15-feet in front of the camera? If you do, then you only need a camera with a 90-degree angle. If you need to see further than that, then you’ll probably want to get a camera with a higher viewing angle—preferably, in the 140-160 degree range.