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Hidden Spy Camera

Friday, November 19th, 2010

There are times when it is necessary to monitor and/or record video using a hidden spy camera. Often, these require situation specific digital video cameras and systems. Security Camera King offers a huge selection of hidden spy cameras to meet all of your covert video capturing needs.

Although digital video security camera systems reap an added benefit of deterring criminal activity, there are some applications where it may be necessary to record video with out be obvious. This is usually accomplished by disguising a very small video camera within the body of another object. The other object may or may not always function for the purpose that it appears it was manufactured.

Modern technological developments in lenses, video image sensor chips, and Integrated Circuit (IC) chips have yielded the smallest of cameras. The smaller these digital video cameras are, the easier it is to disguise them as hidden spy cameras. In fact, technology has become so advanced in producing compact cameras that they can be hidden within a wristwatch (check out our product # HC-WATCH Hidden Watch Color Camera with Audio) or even an ink pen (checkout our product # HC-PEN).

Hidden spy cameras may be either wireless or wired. For a vast selection of wireless spy cameras click on “Wireless Hidden Cameras” under the “Security Cameras” heading on the left side of our web page. For a large selection of hidden spy cameras that are wired or a standalone camera unit, click on the “Hidden Security Cameras” heading under the “Security Cameras” heading. However, if you need a camera and built in Digital Video Recorder or DVR, then click on the “Hidden Camera Systems” heading under the “Security Cameras” heading.

Digital video cameras produce electronic data that is used to create a digital video file. Digital video files can be read and understood by Personal Computers (PC) and Macintosh (MACs) alike. Since digital video files are a type of computer file, they can be stored on memory chips designed for computer use. Recent advancements in the construction and development of memory chips have yielded chips with a greater memory capacity and a much smaller design.

Hidden spy cameras take advantage of this technology to produce micro-camera systems with small size memory chips. The final product yields a self contained high-quality digital video camera as well as a DVR. The actual memory chip media for these cameras may be SD cards, Thumb Flash drives, or built-in memory chips that can transfer their data to a computer using a USB cable.

These hidden spy cameras and hidden spy camera systems may or may not contain their own power supply, depending on the camera or system. For example our product # HC-SPRNK-WC Wired Color Sprinkler Hidden Camera requires an external power source. This camera is disguised to look just exactly like an emergency fire sprinkler head. However, like regular digital video cameras, this hidden spy camera requires power from a low-voltage Direct Current (DC) source. This is normally supplied by a power distribution center or a plug-in transformer/adapter. On the other hand, our Hidden Watch Color Camera with Audio previously mentioned, contains its own rechargeable battery and 4 Gigabytes of on board memory as well.

Security Camera King “crowns” our competition with a tremendous offering of hidden security cameras. The following is just a partial list of the hidden spy camera types of we have to offer. These cameras are disguised as:
• Motion detectors;
• Smoke detectors;
• Sprinklers;
• Ink pens;
• Buttons;
• Screws;
• Wrist watches;
• Speakers;
• Exit signs;
• Wall clocks;
• Alarm clocks;
• Cordless house phones;
• Emergency lights;
• HVAC thermostats;
• Vanity mirrors;
• Wind Tunnel fans;
• CD boom boxes;
• Air fresheners; and,
• Utility boxes.

Our supply of hidden spy camera systems most of which can record audio and have built-in DVRs are disguised as:
• Portable wick and lighter fluid type lighters;
• Mini desk clocks;
• Sunglasses;
• Car key remote keychain;
• Spot lights;
• Motion detectors;
• Rearview mirrors;
• Electrical outlets;
• Air fresheners and air purifiers;
• Exit signs;
• Wall clocks;
• CD boom boxes;
• Room fans; and,
• Desktop lamps.

If you have any additional questions or would like to purchase a hidden spy camera, contact one of Security Camera Kings security experts today. You can reach them by clicking on the “Live Chat” button or by calling us at 866-573-8878 Monday through Friday from 9AM to 6PM.


Hidden Video Cameras

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Hidden video cameras can provide security and surveillance monitoring for those special circumstances when it is advantageous not to expose the recording equipment. There are several types and varieties of hidden video cameras that are designed for a wide array of applications. Electronic technological advances have permitted the creation of the smallest cameras, yet these cameras can still produce high quality images and some can also record audio as well.

There are several types of hidden video cameras. You can choose the type of hidden video camera based on your need for clandestine security monitoring. Cameras range from incredibly small in size, known as “pin hole” cameras, to cameras disguised as other devices so as not to indicate that they are actually a security or surveillance camera.

Probably one of the most popular hidden video camera types is the dome camera. This type of camera case looks like a dome or bubble. Although the dome camera is not truly hidden or disguised, dome cameras with mirrored or blackened covers can prevent visual accessibility from the outside in. In other words the subject being recorded cannot tell if the camera is pointed at them or not.

Truly hidden, disguised, or often called “covert” video cameras can be extremely small cameras that are self contained units. These cameras are not only small enough to be hidden out of normal view, but may also contain their own power source, usually a rechargeable battery, and their own digital video recorder or DVR in the form of a compact flash memory card. These cameras often contain built-in motion sensors that activate the camera only when motion in the target area is detected, conserving power and storage resources. Small hidden video cameras are often only 1 ¼ x 1 ¼ inches in size which makes them very “unnoticeable” and easy to conceal.

The technology behind these types of cameras is one of two light sensing imaging devices. A Charged Coupled Device or CCD or Complimentary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor or CMOS. These devices can be extremely small, as little as ¼ or 1/3 of an inch in size and provide a 420-line high quality video image. CCDs benefits include extreme sensibility to even the lowest lighting conditions and inherently sensitive to infrared (IR) radiation. CMOS benefits include an extremely low power demand making them an excellent choice for portable objects.

Disguised hidden video cameras are constructed in a variety of shapes and sizes. Here are just some of the different cameras that are available:

• Faux smoke detector complete with blinking red light. The case is the same case used for typical ceiling type detectors. Up to 4 cameras can be hidden inside the case.
• Standard office type, round wall clocks. These units appear as typical round wall clocks found in most offices, schools, and warehouses. It contains a working clock as well as a hidden video camera.
• Sunglasses. These units use a hidden CMOS sensor and capture video at 320 x 240 resolution or greater and can record video for up to 90 minutes or more.
• Digital picture frames. Recently, the digital picture frame device that displays several hundred digital photographs have become a very popular desk or end table addition. These units come with a hidden video camera embedded in the digital video frame unit.
• Speaker cameras. Actual Operating speakers that contain a hidden video camera.
• Heating and air conditioner thermostats. Once again the thermostat is fully functional for most heaters and air conditioners but in addition to his function, a hidden video camera is built into the unit.
• Flood light or emergency lighting units. These devices provide the lighting function as well as contain a hidden camera.
• Artificial plant and planter. Looks just like a typical “potted” plant but contains an artificial plant and a hidden video camera.
• Other hidden video camera devices include belt buckles, ball point pens, pencil sharpeners, neck ties, baseball caps, electrical outlet boxes, tissue boxes. Painted pictures with frames, and even coffee mugs.

Hidden security video recording is generally legal in just about every state. However, some states do have laws regarding hidden video recording as well as audio recording. Check with your state to verify any legal requirements before investing in a hidden video camera system.

As you can see, there is almost an infinite amount of varieties of hidden video cameras. Modern scientific advancements have allowed these cameras to be hidden almost anywhere and disguised as almost anything.


Nanny Cams

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Nanny cams usually refer to covert cameras. The basic principle is to have hidden cameras that can record events that occur while a nanny or caregiver is caring for someone. Hidden cameras are available in many forms. Unfortunately, you will often sacrifice quality with many of the usable hidden cameras. The most common covert cameras are smoke detector and motion detector cameras. Smoke detectors are often found in many rooms in the common household. Covert smoke detector cameras look just like the real thing, only they have a small board camera hidden inside. They make great nanny cams because they almost never look out of place. The next most common nanny camera is the covert motion detector. If you have an alarm system in your home, then a spy camera installed inside of a common alarm system motion detector will not look out of place. As an added bonus, some actually work and detect motion and flash just like the real thing.

Both of these cameras are excellent choices for spy cameras or nanny cams. They are usually connected to your DVR just like any other camera.