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Spy Camera CCTV

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Covert digital video camera monitoring and recording is sometimes referred to as spy camera CCTV. Although the term “spy” may conjure up images of secret agents, under cover operatives and the like, a spy camera CCTV system can have very practical applications suited for every day residential and commercial applications.

It is possible to describe process of digital video monitoring and/or recording as either overt or covert. Overt digital video systems operate without an attempt to disguise or hide the equipment in any manner. In fact, many systems are installed in such a way as to be obvious, since there is an added advantage of deterrence of criminal acts associated with video security systems.

However, there are many applications where the process of digital video monitoring and/or recording is required without the subject being aware of the presence of any video security equipment. These are called covert video systems or spy camera CCTV (Closed Circuit Television). Sometimes the interpretation of the words “spy camera” are so loosely interpreted that some use it to mean any type of video security type camera.

The acronym “CCTV” in spy camera CCTV is basically a term that originated to describe or differentiate the system from an “open” broadcast system. When video cameras were first used for security systems, the cameras were analog cameras that were basically miniature versions of the video cameras used in television stations to record live shows and newscasts. Television cameras however, sent their signal to a powerful transmitter and antenna that openly broadcast the video to anyone that could receive it (owned a television).

Video security systems including modern digital video security systems send their video signals via a video transmission cable, usually an RG-59 type coaxial cable. These cables carry the signal from each camera to the video recorder or Digital Video Recorder (DVR) and are not openly broadcast, hence the term “Closed” Circuit Television. Spy camera CCTV is covertly designed video monitoring and recording that is wired in a closed circuit.

With ever increasing technological advances, including wireless digital video cameras and Internet Protocol (IP) ready cameras, it may be necessary to broaden the definition of CCTV a bit. Since these cameras do broadcast a signal using radio waves or utilize the Internet as a networking medium, it is difficult to say they are working in a closed circuit. However, the intent is still the same and that is; the video signal is only intended for a specific receiver or receivers and is not intended for open broadcast to the public.

Spy camera CCTV systems today are exceptionally good and disguising or hiding themselves. That’s because the digital video cameras have been able to take advantage of the tremendous technological innovations in computing and electronic circuitry. Sensors, lenses, and Integrate Circuit (IC) chips can be integrated into unusually small packages making the camera easy to hide or disguise.

For example, Security Camera King offers an ink pen (our product # HC-PEN) or a wrist watch (our product # HC-WATCH) that contain a color spy camera CCTV complete with a color video camera, audio recording, and a Digital Video Recorder or DVR!

Other spy camera CCTV systems may include several hidden or disguised cameras or a combination of covert and overt camera types. Security Camera King offers a huge selection of spy camera designs including cameras disguised as:
• Wall clocks;
• Exit signs;
• Buttons;
• Screw heads;
• Speakers;
• Telephones; and
• Many other objects.

These cameras can be connected to typical digital video monitors and DVRs to create custom designed spy camera CCTVs. Not only have these systems benefited from technology that permits them to be incredibly small, but they have also benefited from technology to improve in function.

For example, there are two different types of electronic sensor chips used in digital video cameras today that transfer the light from images into electrical energy that can be used to create video images. Not only can these sensor chips create video images, but they are inherently able to detect infrared light (light that the human eye cannot see) as well. With the proper filters and lights, these cameras can record video in total darkness conditions.

If you are looking for specific type of spy camera CCTV check out Security Camera King’s wide selection of cameras and equipment. Spy cameras and equipment can be found by clicking on the left hand side of our web pages, “Security Cameras” then “Hidden Security Cameras” or “Hidden Camera Systems.”

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Hidden Spy Camera

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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.

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Wireless Spy Camera

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Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

There are times when covert digital video monitoring is needed and nothing can fulfill your security and surveillance needs like wireless spy cameras from Security Camera King. We offer a full line of wireless spy cameras that maintain their concealed identity, transmit their video images without the need for wire hook-ups, and produce high resolution digital video.

Digital video security and surveillance monitoring can be classified into two different types based on whether the monitoring is obvious or purposely intended to be concealed. In the security video industry, these two categories are often referred to as covert (meaning hidden, stealthy, or concealed) and overt (meaning obvious, open, or unconcealed). Covert cameras that broadcast their digital video using radio signals are often referred to as wireless spy cameras.

Wireless spy cameras can be classified into two different types as well based on how the camera achieves being overt. Wireless spy cameras do this by either being incredibly small or disguised as some other object other than a security camera (or some cameras may use a combination of both). The incredibly small types of cameras are often referred to as pinhole type cameras and these are often designed to be disguised as very small objects as well. In order to understand how this is possible, let’s take a look at an incredibly small wireless spy camera and see how it works.

Digital video cameras work by focusing light images on a sensor that can transfer the light energy of the image into electrical energy. There are two different sensors that may be used for this purpose; a Charged Coupled Device or CCD or a Complimentary Metal Oxide Semiconductor or CMOS.

Each sensor performs the same task (transfers light energy into electrical energy that can be measured) but goes about it in a slightly different way. Typically, CCDs have provided a higher quality picture while CMOSs use much less electricity to operate. However, as electronic technology advances both are producing high resolution video images with a minimal amount of power needed to do the job.

These sensor chips, usually in the shape of a square, can be very small, as small as only 1/4″. Today’s electronic technology can produce incredibly small Integrated Circuit or IC chips that house the circuitry for processing video images, converting them to radio signals, and transmitting them to a receiver. Advanced lens physics and manufacture can produce a small wide-angle lens as small as 3.7 mm for example. Combine all three of these technologies and you could produce a wireless spy camera as small as the head of a screw or a button that produce high quality video images. In fact, Security Camera King carries two such cameras, our 2.4 GHz wireless button camera and our 2.4 GHz wireless screw camera.

Wireless spy cameras labeled as “2.4 GHz” refer to the technology that is used to transmit the wireless signal. A 2.4 GHz wireless spy camera uses the same high-quality dependable technology to transmit its radio signals as many land line based wireless telephones. The transmitter and receiver are tuned to a frequency in the 2.4 GHz radio wave spectrum.

The term “wireless spy camera” may impart a connotation of negativity associated with its name. It’s important to note that wireless spy cameras are not necessarily used for this purpose but may be used for the sake of aesthetics in appearance. Our 2.4 GHz Wireless Dog Baby Monitor Camera is a fine example.

Some wireless spy cameras may be used as standalone monitor systems. That is, the camera/transmitter unit comes with its own receiver/monitor. These units are usually designed for monitoring and not recording so although they may come with their own portable, handheld LCD monitor, they often do not record. Our wireless dog baby monitor camera is a good example of this; typically it is not necessary to record baby monitor transmissions.

Other cameras may be designed to use with a standalone video security system that includes a DVR   for storing video. These cameras may or may not come with a receiver, so it’s important that you check on this in the camera’s description or specifications area.

Sometimes the greatest advantage of using digital video security cameras is the ability to monitor and record activities without any indication that video monitoring is occurring and Security Camera Kings wireless spy cameras do just that. Check out our vast selection by clicking on “Security Cameras” then “Wireless Hidden Cameras” on the left side of our web page.

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