Posted by Jenna Myones on July 05, 2016
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 audio and video, especially in a discreet manner.
The general rule of thumb when it comes to covert audio/video recording is that “At least one (or all) parties present at the time of the recording needs to be aware that a recording is taking place”. Privacy laws vary from state to state and since purchasing online allows for individuals from across the country and around the world to place orders, it is in the best interest of the consumer to take the necessary precautions to protect you from unknowingly breaking the law.
With smartphone capabilities today, you can easily argue that anyone with an iPhone can take a video that features both audio and video and while this is true, it would still technically fall under the guidelines as permissible use. Similarly, a standard handheld video camera’s sole purpose is to be able to record audio and video, but it is not discreet or hidden. For the purposes of Hidden Cameras being left to monitor your home or office while you are away, video is all that is allowed to be filmed and recorded.
We do feature several smaller, body-worn devices which state that they record both audio and video. With those items, like a cell phone video, the user needs to physically press record at the time of capturing any footage. Therefore, it would still qualify as one person being aware the recording is taking place.
We at Gadgets and Gear value our customers’ needs and requirements and are here to guide you as best we can. This is why we are always on the look-out for new and unique surveillance equipment to add to the site. With our wonderful relationships with partners such as KJB Security Products and Productive Electronics, we are able to get a heads up when new products come to market and are privy to any training or advice needed for use. Similarly, our partnerships are passed along to you, our valued customers. Whenever there is any question, concern or assistance needed, Tech support is available to help you. If our in-house staff is unable to help, we have explicit permission to pass along the phone number direct to the source.
Having the capability to contact the manufacturer directly is a huge benefit. Not only are you able to get the most intricate details of the product and its operation, but you are put in contact with the actual company who is building these devices on site. It is quite rare to hear the answer “I don’t know” coming from someone who actually builds the item! Therefore, if ever the need arises where you need some guidance, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-411-9093 during our hours of operation and we would be happy to offer advice, answer your questions or put you in touch with the people who can.