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Hunting and Game Cameras

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Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
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The sport of hunting has been around since the beginning of time and is still practiced today for many reasons. Whether it’s to put food on the table or regulate the population of a species for future hunters, hunting will always be around generation through generation. Hunting is mostly a waiting game and requires a great amount of patience, so being in a good spot is the key. The traditional way of finding a good spot is by scouting an area for tracks, scat or asking a buddy, but that can take some time especially when there is none. You pretty much need to be everywhere at once and we know that’s not possible except with a device called a game camera. With a game camera you can easily be in multiple places at once, keep track of what is coming and going, and make sure you have the best spot for the hunt.

Game Trail Cameras

Game (trail) cameras are made to take pictures or video of the surrounding area without you being there or the device being noticed. It’s basically a DVR, Camera, and motions sensor put together in one. There are many kinds of systems these are the basic components of a game camera. The way it works is when an object walks by the unit the motion sensor picks up the movement and takes a snapshot of what it sees. Then it stores that image with all the others for you to review later. It does all that while being quiet and blending in with the surrounding Night Time Game Camera environment. Some unit’s give you the option to stamp the time, date, and moon phase onto the image so you can not only figure out when it happened but also how the moon affects the activity of the game. Most units have a 4th element which allows you to see at night; an IR sensor. This sensor sends out a light that is invisible to humans but to cameras it’s like a flood light allowing the camera to take a great shot without spooking the hunt. There are two types of IR sensors, one emits a red light while facing the LED’s and the other one shows no signs of light. They both work exceptionally well but the unit that emits no signs of light is ideal for hunting as long as it fits your budget.

game camera on treeGame cameras are made to be placed at a specific height to allow for the best picture. When placing a game camera it is best to mount it about 4-8 ft. off the ground to achieve the optimal view of your area. The camera usually comes with mounting brackets to place on a tree or pole of some sort for easy installation. The reason for the specific placement is because during the day you have a better chance of tripping the PIR sensors with the hunt rather than taking a tremendous of pictures of moving branches. At night if something walks by and trips the PIR sensor, the IR illuminating lights can reach the object. The closer you are to the ground or anything to allow the light to bounce off of will give you a better picture. Placement of a game camera can be crucial to how it performs at night and day. There are also different angles at which you should point the unit. When thinking about the suns position it can have a big effect on your picture if you face it to the north so that you have minimal sun glare and proper exposure. Also when you place your camera facing a trail you want to make sure that you face it at a 45 degree angle along the trail so you can increase your action time. Sometimes the PIR sensors take a little time to wake up the camera so if you have the camera facing directly at the path you can lose the shot. Where you place your game camera can have dramatic effect on its performance and quality.

where to setup game cams

Game CameraSome units can also send you pictures to your mobile device of what is happening real-time at that location. These units require a 3G cellular service and a good amount of signal for it to work. The way it works is when the unit flashes a picture of an object it packages it up in an email and sends it for you to view. Most units offer a service for the camera so that instead of receiving a vast amount of emails it stores them on a server for your viewing. This becomes useful for when you want to review all of your future and previous photos without having to look through all your emails. Game Camera Monitor If you’re on a budget but still want to be able to view your cameras, they have a system when it uses Wi-Fi so you can watch what’s happening in your stop with a remote monitor up to 200′ away. This is especially useful when you are hunting close to the camera for quick action towards the hunt. You can also have multiple game cameras set up in multiple locations for best coverage of your hunting area.
 

Game Camera on TreeWith hunting being around since the dawn of time, there are bound to be some advancement on how to track and capture what you’re looking for. The advancement like the game camera can help hunter track game to find better spots and get better results. Learning how a game camera works from the inside out can give better understanding on what features you need like IR or 3G cellular service. Having good placement on a tree or pole can give you a better shot during day and night. Lastly facing the camera in the right direction can help you get the entire shot you’re looking for. Applying all of these steps can help you make your hunting days’ worth hunting for.

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Where to Put Hidden Cameras

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Since most hidden cameras are already “hidden,” where to put hidden cameras seems rather redundant.  However, each security system has a unique situation and this could very well dictate that there is a “best” and a “worst” place to put the hidden camera(s).

Generally, hidden cameras are used for covert video recording.  They allow the owner the ability to capture digital video images without the individual(s) knowing the cameras presence.  Here are some typical places of where to put hidden cameras:

  • Anywhere that you need to monitor, but don’t want the subject(s) being monitored to know;
  • Cash Register/check-out areas;
  • Covering safes;
  • Areas suspected of high crime such as vandalism or theft;
  • Specific rooms of a home to monitor activity in that room (a baby monitor is a good example of this); and,
  • Entrances and exits to monitor who is coming in and who is going out.

There definitely is no single solution to the question “where to put hidden cameras” simply because every security and surveillance application is unique.  It’s important that you determine “why” you need to use a hidden camera, “how” you intend to use it, and where to put hidden cameras.

Modern technology has yielded such small components for a digital video camera that they can be put in almost anything and placed almost anywhere.  For example, most hidden cameras have a wide angle lens for maximum field of view that is only 3.7 mm in diameter.  The sensors used to convert the light from the lens into electrical impulses that are used to construct an electronic video image are usually only 1/4 inch or 1/3 inch square.

The camera does some initial primary processing of the digital video, including converting it from analog to digital format, but with Integrated Circuit (IC) chip technology this is all done on IC chips that are about 1/4″ square or smaller.  There are some cameras that even have a radio transmitter chip so they can send their captured video data back to the DVR wirelessly.

The point of this is that these cameras can be easily hidden or disguised; because they are so small they can be placed inside something else and this only makes the decision of where to put hidden cameras easier.  Security Camera King has a huge selection of hidden or disguised digital video cameras that range from a ballpoint pen to a radio alarm clock.  The following is a partial list of hidden cameras Security Camera King has to offer (please remember this is only a partial list):

  • Smoke Detector;
  • Inside corner mirror;
  • A pinhole device;
  • A fire alarm system sprinkler;
  • A button;
  • A Phillips head screw;
  • Wristwatch;
  • Desktop Speakers;
  • An “Exit” sign;
  • Various types of clocks;
  • Various types of telephones; and,
  • A heater/air conditioner thermostat just to name a few.

Since we’ve done a pretty good job of establishing that “where to put hidden cameras” varies for different situations, there are a few things that we can mention in general that would apply to all situations.

1.  Even though the camera is hidden within an object, it’s best if you can find a place to put the camera that is out of the “mainstream”–the more effort to hide the camera the better the chance of it not being found.

2.  Try to make sure that the background behind the camera is NOT too bright.  For example, a typical office may have a desk with a window behind it.  When the sun shines it produces an incredibly bright beam of light that comes through the window and right toward the center of the desk.  Without having a very Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) camera and by placing the camera so that it is aimed at the desk, there’s a good change the image you want will be “washed out” by the bright light.

3.  Always test the camera with a monitor after mounting to see if the camera is in the right position.

4.  If the camera uses batteries check them frequently and always be prepared to replace them with newly charged (if they a rechargeable) or fresh batteries.

If you have any additional questions about where to put hidden cameras, talk to one of our security experts.  You can reach them on the Internet through our “Live Chat” feature or by calling 1-866-573-8878 Monday through Friday 9AM to 6 PM EST.

 

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Best Hidden Camera

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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Many people often ask our security experts “What is the best hidden camera?”  The answer to this seemingly simple question is far more complicated than it might seem.  In the following article, we’ll take a look at some of the hidden cameras that Security Camera King has to offer and offer a short description of the camera according to type and output of the camera.   This should allow you to decide for yourself just exactly what the best hidden camera is for you.

Before we talk about specific cameras, let’s review how a digital video camera works.  This should provide you with the insight of how they are able to produce the tremendous variety of different hidden cameras.  The construction of the camera components between cameras is basically the same, it’s how they are designed to be used (either hidden or disguised) that requires some creative ingenuity.

First, digital video cameras need a lens to gather the reflective light from its field of vision.  The lens gathers this light (image) and projects it on a light sensitive electronic chip that is usually no larger than 1/4 inch square.

This electronic chip is sensitive to light.  In fact, when this chip is irradiated with light from the lens, the chip emits electronic impulses that can be measured and used to create an electronic video image replica of what the camera “sees” in its field of vision.  One of two different chips is used, but they both produce the same final end product.  The chips that are used are either a Charged Coupled Device or CCD or a Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor or CMOS.

A series of Integrated Chips or IC’s, tiny electronic configurations, perform any additional manipulation of the impulses to produce digital data, correct color, balance, and clarity, and prepare the data for transmission to a Digital Video Recorder or DVR or monitor.  So from an “internal” standpoint, many of the best hidden cameras are the same or very similar.

Now let’s take a look at some of the best hidden cameras Security Camera King has to offer:

  • 2.4 GHz wireless color or black and white button cameras – these cameras can be worn with just about any button down garment.  They produce amazing video with good detail and clarity and with the need for very little light.
  • 2.4 GHz wireless color or black and white screw cameras - Talk about the ultimate in disguise!  These cameras look just like genuine Phillips head screws.  They utilize a wide angle lens the produce a video that requires very little ambient light.
  • Hidden pen color camera with audio – Everything including the camera and the Digital Video Recorder (DVR) are inside this pen.   In addition, the pen actually writes as well.
  • Hidden wrist watch color camera with audio – like our hidden pen camera, this device produces a good quality video with sound.  All you need to do is plug it into the USB port of your computer to download and watch the video created by this camera.
  • Perhaps the best hidden camera is the Wall Clock camera. This camera can be purchased to produce black and white or color video.  The wall clock is a working wall clock and looks like the typical wall clock you might see in any office or home.
  • Another one of the best hidden cameras is the smoke detector hidden camera.  On the outside this device appears to be just another ordinary smoke detector.  The inside however, includes a 420 TVL high resolution camera.  Excellent for use in homes, office, and just about anywhere.
  • If you’re the proud parent of a recently born child (or children), perhaps the best hidden camera for you would be the 2.4 GHz wireless dog baby monitor camera.  This camera is great for monitoring infants or children and the camera is ingeniously hidden within a stuffed dog animal.  While this product was not designed to transmit to a DVR (most baby monitors do not have the need to be recorded), it does come with an LCD wireless monitor that can work from just about any room in the house.

 

These are just some of the examples of the best hidden camera.  As you can see, what may be a best hidden camera for one individual may not be for another.  Check out our vast supply of hidden and hidden wireless cameras on our on-line catalog.

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Wireless Wall Clock Camera

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Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Sometimes it’s necessary to keep a watchful eye covertly, and a wireless wall clock camera is just the device for the job. Security Camera King offers several different types of hidden cameras, including wireless wall clock cameras. These cameras are built in such a way that detection of surveillance is almost impossible.

Our security experts are often asked how these cameras actually work and how they can be concealed in an object like a clock. In the following article we’ll talk about how a wireless wall clock camera works an mention the types available for purchase through Security Camera King.

The key factor behind hidden or disguised digital video security cameras is advanced technology. In the no to distant past, security and surveillance cameras were analog based. Since they are now digital, that has allowed the security camera industry to share the benefits of technological advances found in the personal computer and electronic industries. This in turn has yielded incredibly small, high quality cameras that can capture video images in a variety of different conditions.

Creating a digital video image using a wireless wall clock camera begins with the camera’s lens. Objects have a natural tendency to reflect light. The light that is reflected is gathered by the lens and focused on an electronic sensor. Many hidden cameras use a highly accurate 3.7 mm wide angle lens. To get an appreciation for the size of this lens, hold two nickels together. The thickness of two stacked nickels is a little greater than the entire size of a 3.7 mm lens. The wide angle feature allows this small lens to have a proportionately larger field of view.

The lens focuses the light image on a small electronic sensor. One of two different sensors is used. A Charged Coupled Device or CCD or a Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor or CMOS converts the light energy into electrical impulses. The CCD and CMOS go about the process a little differently, but both yield the same end result; electrical impulses that can be measured and used to create a digital video image.

As a side note, CCDs have historically produced a higher quality image with a greater demand for electrical power while CMOSs have produced a slightly lesser quality image with a lesser demand for power. However, as technology advances, both CCDs and CMOSs are approaching an equal state of quality and power demand.

All of Security Camera King’s wireless wall clock cameras use CCDs. One would think that the electronic sensor would need to be rather large, especially when using a wide angle lens. However, our wireless wall clock cameras use a very small 1/4 or 1/3 inch CCD. Using a 3.7 mm lens and such a small CCD, it should become obvious how easy it is to disguise the camera with the clock face.

After the light images are created into measurable electrical impulses by the CCD, the camera then converts this analog data to binary or digital form by using an analog-to-digital converter. The analog-to-digital converter resides in a very small Integrated Circuit or IC chip that takes up very little space.

Now the video data is ready for transmitting. Once again a relatively small IC chip comprises the transmitter. The circuit converts the digital data into radio waves that can be sent by the transmitter to a corresponding wireless receiver.

Our wireless wall clock cameras use 2.4 GHz radio technology; the same technology used by many land-line based wireless phones. This technology offers a strong, clear signal with very little interference.

Normally the receiver is located near the Digital Video Recorder or DVR unit and is connected to it by a cable. Once the wireless wall clock camera video signal reaches the receiver, it is transferred to the DVR where it can be displayed on a monitor and viewed live and/or stored on the DVR’s hard disk drive for archiving or later use.

Security Camera King offers four different wireless wall clock cameras. We offer a “standard” looking wall clock that looks like any plain circular wall clock found in an office or home. We also offer a more sophisticated looking clock camera with humidity and temperature indicators. Each of the two designs offers either a black and white video image or a color video image. The black and white video images models will produce a high quality image in very low light conditions (0.003 lux for example). Check our “Wireless Hidden Cameras” web page.

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Hidden Video Cameras

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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.

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