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Hidden Cameras are a great security add-on, allowing you to monitor an area remotely.
Another popular purpose is to use hidden cameras as security cameras for people who rent and don’t have permission to install security cameras inside the house.
Many of our clients use them in the shed to protect tools and in their home when they go out. Covert cameras are a lot more mainstream now and less in the realm of spy gear.
They are generally easy to use and quick to set up making them a great solution for fast deployment in most situations.
If you have a situation where you feel someone is entering an area without permission. Why not place a covert camera in there and the next time they enter. You get notified, and you can log in at any time and see what is happening as it happens.
Ease of Use
All of our Hidden Cameras are relatively easy to use. All of our WIFI units support remote view. Each model comes with a manual, and the manual should be on the product page to download, or click help on the top of this screen to visit our support site.
Hidden Cams Resolution
Hidden Camera resolution is normally either 1080p (2MP) or 4K (8MP) and with either resolution you will be surprised just how clear the footage is. Simply plug the Hidden Camera into your computer via the included USB and transfer the video files to your computer for easy playback. If you have trouble playing back the recording try downloading VLC Player and use that. If the unit has WIFI then you can normally log in via the app to view and playback.
Hidden Cams normally either take an SD card, or they have internal memory. Each product that takes an SD card has it’s own SD maximum size limit so it’s important to check that. Another important thing to know it that most Hidden Cameras need a Class10 SD card formatted to FAT32. Larger cards come formatted to other formats, so you will need to change it to FAT32 if you have any issues with the card. Some units will allow you to format it inside the device, and some will require you to do it on a PC.
Most Hidden Cameras have several recording modes, one of which is Motion Detection. Setting this up will allow the unit to only record when things are moving. While the device is sitting on a bench recording the room, motion detection will save you storage.
While many Hidden Cams have night vision, it important to remember that night vision from a Hidden Camera compared to a CCTV camera, could possibly be a little disappointing. Generally the night vision from a Hidden Camera goes between 1-6 meters depending on the product. It is also often a little dull due to the pinhole lens not letting enough light in. The issue is also amplified by the fact that the IR is hidden behind a plate and does not illuminate efficiently. Night Vision also makes Hidden Cams a lot easier to detect so there is a bit to consider.
When you are not using the Hidden Camera for surveillance, often you can plug it into your PC and use it as a web camera as well. Whilst not all models support this, many do, particularly those that can be operated while plugged in
If you are looking for a product that has remote view, look for Hidden Cameras that have built in WIFI. That way you can connect the required app to view from anywhere in the world. Please note all Hidden Cameras with WIFI require a 2.4Ghz WIFI connection. 2.4Ghz is the most common, so if you have difficulties connecting, please check your WIFI is 2.4. Hidden Cameras normally cannot connect to 5Ghz WIFI.
Some Hidden Cams support push notifications. Push notifications are when the Hidden Camera detects movement it will notify you via the app. It is important to note that some phones and Telcos don’t handle push notifications well. This means push notifications are not always 100% reliable, but are still useful.
Virtually all Hidden Cams have a built in mic, so as you record video, you also record the audio with it. It is important to remember that most Hidden Cameras with audio don’t perform as well as a Voice Recorder. So if super clear audio is needed, we recommend a voice recorder to go with it.
Some Hidden Cams have two-way talk built in. This means you can not only listen remotely, but talk back. It is worth noting that most Hidden Cameras with two-way talk are limited by the size of the unit and internal speaker. Hidden Cameras are primarily cameras, and most other add on features can be limited in performance.
Wide Angle Lens
Most Hidden Cameras have a lens width of between 60 degrees and 110 degrees. When selecting a product, keep in mid that once you reach around 90 degrees, your image will show a little curvature, which is quite normal. Some curvature in the image is not normally a big issue, but keep in mind if the Hidden Cams has a lens over about 95 degrees you may see this.
The majority of Hidden Cams use USB 5v to power it. This means you can use standard phone chargers, your PC or even a USB Power Bank. You can also use a USB Power bank to run them for extended periods where you don’t have power. Please note that phone fast chargers are 9v so these can damage standard USB devices. Most units can also run permanently powered so it’s worth checking that in the specs.
Our standard warranty for Hidden Cameras is 12 months back to base from date of purchase. Please check the information tab to see what the exact warranty period is for specific devices.
WIFI or Not
Most Hidden Cameras that are listed as wifi will have motion detection with push, remote view, and sound and video recording. If you are looking for a camera without remote (WIFI) and is undetectable with normal bug detection equipment, select a non wifi camera.
If you need help, try our Hidden Camera Buyers Guide
Most of our cameras have the manual on the web page so you can see how it works prior to purchasing.
We pride ourselves on our range, with Australia’s largest and most unique range. We also sell custom made models which are much harder to detect and exclusive to OzSpy.
See our range of mini Hidden Cameras above, and these pages.
If you are interested in the history of covert surveillance, the first instance of wiretapping was as early as 1862, however large scale surveillance didn’t really start until the 1920s. You can find out more at Wikipedia here.
Covert surveillance cameras are used by people, government and TV networks to produce many shows we all love.
OzSpy Spy Shop
OzSpy, the original Spy Shop founded in 1998 with quality hidden cameras to suit every need. From watching your loved ones in the nursing home (aged care facility), to keeping an eye on your office or home when you are not there. If OzSpy doesn’t have a hidden camera to suit your needs, we will build you one.