Posted by Jenna Myones on Jul 27th 2016
Deciding which hidden camera you should buy should never be a tedious or stressful decision. We at Gadgets and Gear speak to dozens of people daily asking us which camera we think they should buy. While we are happy to answer any specific questions and make suggestions, the final decision should always be made by you. It should fit your specific environment and your needs; Otherwise, it defeats the purpose. This post will provide essential tips and things to think about when selecting the best camera for your need and the elements you should consider when making that decision to purchase.
First, consider where you are looking to place your new covert camera. The location will easily determine which cameras are appropriate and which may not be. I don’t just mean the obvious; like a rock camera can be cancelled out when you are looking for something to go in your living room. The more granular details should be assessed this way too.For example, a DVD player may fit in some rooms, but not others. Each person is different just as each home is different. We have broken down our product suggestions on our website by Room, Capability, Concern and Manufacturer under the “Shop By” Tab on the main homepage screen. These suggestions narrow down the field as a starting point for which cameras to consider.
For this example, let’s say you need an item for your Kitchen. Simply click the drop down that says “Shop By” and select “Room”. On the screen the various types of rooms will show as orange icons, so simply click on “Kitchen” for those product suggestions.
Next you should choose what type of power source is available to you in this area. Do you have an available outlet for a plug-in device? Is there more space on a desk or on a wall? From there you can begin to see the types of devices available and you can see what would look natural in your room. For Example, if you have an available outlet on your kitchen counter and you currently have a coffee pot plugged in, then the Wi-Fi IP Coffee Pot Hidden Camera would be an easy fix! If no outlet is available and you’d prefer something battery operated, perhaps the Insulated Mug Hidden Camera w/ DVR (Battery Operated) is more appropriate in that setting.
Also, the location of the outlet could be key to your decision as well. While many older homes will only feature power outlets along the baseboards and lower to the floor, many modernized homes will have them higher up to accommodate the vast variety of electronics today. Something like the iPhone Charging Dock would have a power cable running to the outlet with the camera lens in the docking station itself, whereas the Zone Shield AC Adapter HD Hidden Spy Camera would work best if plugged into a higher outlet for a better field of view. Taking these elements into consideration will start to narrow your options and you will better see which cameras suit your needs.
Lastly, you should consider the length of time needed to record. With technology today, many cameras available will have Wi-Fi capabilities which allow you to tap in remotely via your smartphone or computer even when you are not at home. This feature is incredibly helpful and super high-tech, but may not be the best fit for your situation. In order to set up a Wi-Fi Capable device, you need to have a wireless connection available in the home. While many of us do and that may not be an issue, if you do not have a router and a stable Wi-Fi connection does not exist, then this function will not work for you. The streaming Wi-Fi footage is best suited for anyone that needs a longer block of time covered. Many battery-operated devices will not have the same capabilities of maintaining the same duration as AC Powered units since they would need a constant source of power running through the unit. Battery operated pieces are easiest to use and most diverse, but when relying on a battery to work for many hours at a time, you need to be mindful of the battery charge. The more the camera is actively recording, the faster the battery will drain.
As always should you wish to speak with someone, our knowledgeable staff is on hand to answer any questions and provide as much feedback as possible. Customer Service is available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm EST at 1-800-411-9093. Happy Shopping!
Locking your door doesn’t always prevent theft. It’s possible that a determined burglar will simply break the glass and unlock the door from the inside. To increase your home security, consider installing double cylinder deadbolts.Double cylinder deadbolts require a key on both sides of the lock to get in and out of the house. Meaning even if a burglar does [...]
When you’re caught in an emergency situation or planning an extended camping trip, staying warm should be on the very top of your list. Why? Because whether you’re a seasoned survivalist or a novice camper, hypothermia is the #1 killer of people in the outdoors. Despite the belief that hypothermia solely occurs in temperatures below [...]
The launch of the new Pokémon Go app has sent the entire country in Poké-mania. The revolutionary free mobile app game allows its users to interact and virtually capture Pokémon characters in different locations, which is a huge leap from the Game Boy game created in 1995. This newer version actually uses real time GPS tracking on the [...]
This may seem like an obvious one, but statistics show that 30 percent of burglaries are unforced entries – meaning people are leaving their windows and doors unlocked. So whether you’re just going to the grocery store down the road or running a quick errand, take the extra time to make sure ALL of your home’s entry points are [...]
Every year in North America, 3 to 5 people are killed in wild animal attacks, usually by sharks and bears. If you ever come face-to-face with a wild animal, the natural response is to bolt; but if you want to live, don’t! Fleeing from wild animals can trigger their predatory instinct – meaning you will [...]
Technology is growing at an increasingly rapid rate. It seems as if every day something new comes to market that expands our reach into the capabilities and functions of our smartphones, cars, and even refrigerators. To think of where we were 10 years ago in comparison to today is astounding. With each new development, we are able to do [...]
Where there’s a will, there’s a way; and a committed burglar will always find a way. To increase your home security, start by thinking like a criminal. Walk around your property with the intent to break-in and locate potential weak points. Is there a sliding door that can be jimmied off the track? Can the [...]
One of our most commonly asked questions regarding our security equipment is “Does this camera have audio?” or “Can I record Sound?” and unfortunately, the answer is typically “no”. Due to stipulations and privacy laws in today’s society there is a very delicate line drawn as to when it is permitted and acceptable to be able to capture both [...]
We spend most of our school years learning about historical events and Time Periods; The Renaissance, The Bronze Age, the Age of Evolution, The Industrial Revolution. Our fore-fathers fought and died to make the world a better place for their children. Each generation strives to contribute and go further than its predecessors. There is no denying that we [...]