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Where Should I Place My Security Cameras In My Business?

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Monday, September 8th, 2014

2 Megapixel Bullet Camera

Where Should I Place My Security Cameras In My Business? It would seem a rather simple question. Exactly what did you want to see? However yet, there are some elements to consider when designing your camera plan that you may not have considered. I have listed some of the things you might want to cover in a section by section breakdown that you can peruse on a “by application” basis.

Exterior Building Parking Lots: Clearly one of the most popular placements for cameras, parking lots can also be difficult to secure. They are often large areas where targets are undetermined to enter, exit, or travel. Additionally, you are often working with a number of unknowns and variables. This enormous unknown factor means you have to be prepared for something to occur anywhere within this large area. The use of pan tilt zoom, multiple varifocal, and megapixel cameras are common, and combining them is an even more effective way to cover your lots.

Exterior Building Yards: Yard areas are often where a company keeps some of their most expensive assets. Machinery, inventory, and other large and bulk items are kept in these yards. This can be a perplexing situation for security. Ideally cameras focused on specific areas, megapixel cameras, or auto-tracking cameras are excellent options, and of course, combinations of these are even better.

Exterior Building Perimeter: Covering the exterior entrances of a building can be tricky, and if possible shouldn’t be combined with cameras being used to cover yards or lots. The wider the angle of picture used to capture an area, the smaller the objects in that picture appear (and therefore yielding less detail). Therefore, for the sake of detail, you should use separate cameras for these purposes. Obtaining the largest, clearest pictures of persons entering and leaving a building or area is absolutely critical in many situations.

Exterior Building Zone Management and Security: No access and sensitive areas can be managed easily and cost-effective with the right cameras and recorder. Many recorders can be set to send you a text, email, or push notification if there is motion within a certain area of a camera’s field of view. Additionally, Pan Tilt Zoom cameras can be trained to change direction and zoom in and out if there is a motion activation in a certain area.

Exterior Building Vehicle Registration: Capturing vehicle information can be accomplished very easily. The key to this task is more a matter of camera proximity than type. Capturing vehicle information can be very useful to authorities in the event that something occurs on your property.

Interior Building Security: When considering interior camera locations, there are many considerations. Certainly you will want overviews of any area of interest, but there is more than just that to consider. You will want to cover your major entry points. In the case of your home, doing this with a covert camera may give you critical information identifying potential intruders unaware of the camera’s existence. In your business, a super high quality varifocal camera will give you a record of all who enter. You will also want to cover high importance areas with their own camera. Cash registers and counting areas, gun and cash safes, jewelry boxes, and theater rooms can all be perfect situations to place an additional covert or high end camera.

Interior Building Inventory Control: Clearly one of the most important purposes for cameras is to protect the valuables contained within a building. Placing cameras at high traffic areas creates a registry of people entering and leaving the area with inventory. Additional cameras placed in areas of particularly valuable or important items is always suggested as an additional way to account for those items. Another philosophy is to place a camera at the exits to monitor persons as they exit the building.

Interior Building Time Theft Prevention: Keeping watch of your time clock can be far more important than you realize. Its becoming more and more common to find that another employee has been punching the time clock on the behalf of their friend, or employees punching themselves back in from break and then returning to the break room. These are just a few forms of a new crime known as “time theft”. Essentially, its fraud. You could easily lose thousands of dollars at your time clock.

Interior Building Supervisory: Large area overview cameras are gaining popularity these days as well. These cameras assist the business owner in keeping tabs on their employees and the activities they are performing. They can be used to enforce and ensure safety policies are being adhered to, observing and training employees on the job, observing customers/clients for research on behaviors, and enforcement of rules, regulations and standards of your business. Lastly, interior cameras give you piece of mind by giving you the power to simply look and see what exactly is going on while you are away yourself.

Interior Building Monetary Assets Control: In any business there are precious investments that need to be secured. Everything from expensive machines or computers, to safes and registers, to raw inventory, to the very people in the business (customers and employees alike) has/have potential to be stolen or damaged. Keeping an eye on valuable assets is an obvious use for cameras.

Interior Building Entrant Registration: Even though this is the last entry in my camera locations blog, it may actually be the most important. A registry of entries and exits and a detail of the people of the persons coming and going could prove critical in the cases of many events. Placing a camera at each entrance that only views literally the space required to enter or exit the building, and raised to the optimal zone the people’s heads travel through should give you a nice big detailed picture of their face. When paired with an overview camera of the area, you can now track that person based on a) their apparel and look and b) simply going from camera to camera and tracing their movements. If that person is caught on recording stealing, vandalizing, or any other action of interest; you can now simply reverse through the footage until you get to the point where they had entered the building. At that point, you have that nice large image of their face. If there are other confined entry points (like other doorways) that allow access into areas of interest or importance or value, you could place other facial capture cameras as a way to make certain the person is the same, and to get more details about them.


The Differences Between Megapixel IP Security Cameras and HD-SDI

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Friday, February 28th, 2014

Megapixel VS HD-SDI

What is the difference between Megapixel and HD-SDI Security Camera Systems? We get many calls on a daily basis with customers asking whether or not they should choose one over the other. There are good and bad things about both. You should be aware that even though both systems can record at megapixel resolution, there are vast differences about both systems that you may want to consider before making your choice.

You will find many different debates between both surveillance systems. The easiest way to choose which system is best for your application is to take a look at these differences below:

  1. Megapixel cameras are capable of recording on their own. They generally have all of the same features that you would find in the rest of our Digital Video Recorders (DVR’s) and Network Video Recorders (NVR’s). You will be able to set up one IP camera on its own, or set up a few of them without ever needing an NVR to record its footage. A lot of megapixel IP cameras these days have the ability to record onto a micro SD card. It will save you some money if you’re looking to set up a surveillance system on a budget. However, you’ll ask yourself, so why would anyone ever need an NVR? That’s because in some application, you’ll need more storage space. If you set up the cameras on their own, you’re going to be limited to the amount you can record on a micro SD card. In turn, you’ll only have the capabilities to go back and view a couple of days of recorded footage as opposed to a couple of months. Also, NVR’s are generally going to act as a central hub for all of the cameras where recording each one on their own will make it harder for you if you’re looking to view all of the cameras at once. With an HD-SDI system, you’ll only be able to record the cameras if you’re using some sort of digital recording software or hardware.
  2. With an HD-SDI surveillance system, you’re going to need to have all HD-SDI technology. Unfortunately, you will not be able to use your current DVR with HD-SDI cameras. They transmit a different signal through the wires.
  3. Even though you may not be able to use your current DVR you will be able to keep your analog system wiring. This is a huge benefit for anyone who cannot re-wire their home or business. There are some situations where wires have been installed during the construction of a building and running new lines are near impossible without doing damage to the structure. In this case, it would be best to leave the wiring alone and upgrade your analog security system to an HD-SDI DVR and set of cameras. You’ll then be able to get the benefit of recording at megapixel resolution instead of being limited to D1.
  4. Even though it’s usually not really noticeable, megapixel systems have a bit of latency. Latency is also known as lag. If you’re viewing your video in real time, you may have a situation where you need to view the video exactly as its happening. Depending on how the network is set up, you may have a bit of latency (sometimes one second or more) and having an HD-SDI system will usually solve this issue when directly connected. You are then bypassing any network issues and recording the signal directly to and from the system without the inconsistencies of data packets being delayed.
  5. Many people purchasing a new system have a limited budget to purchase their security system with. HD-SDI generally ends up costing more money than a megapixel IP system. The chip needed to process the video in an HD-SDI system is generally more expensive than the ones manufactured for megapixel. Price has dropped considerably in the past few years and megapixel systems have become way more affordable these days in comparison to the costs of HD-SDI hardware.
  6. Even though an HD-SDI system is a bit more costly for the hardware, at the end of the day you may end up spending less because of ease of use. With a megapixel system, you may be stuck hiring someone with more of a technical background to set up your network and make sure that all of the cameras are connected correctly. Megapixel cameras each have an IP address and they all need to be set up correctly onto your NVR in order to begin recording each camera. You will end up having to choose between directly powering your cameras with a power supply or whether you want to use Power over Ethernet (POE) to power each IP camera. If you choose POE, you’ll have the benefit of just running one Ethernet cable for each camera all back to a POE switch, and then from there back to the NVR. This is where things can get confusing for most people who don’t deal with this type of network setup on a regular basis. Once you factor the cost of hiring a network technician, you may end up spending more money. However, with an HD-SDI system, every component is basically plug and play. You won’t need to worry about setting up each camera individually and at that point, running the wires will be your most difficult task.
  7.  One last thing you’ll need to consider is the reliability of your new surveillance system. If you ever have your DVR or Hard Drives fail on your HD-SDI DVR, your whole system will go down. You will no longer be able to record anything that’s happening on your property. However, if you’re using an NVR for your megapixel system and it crashes, at least you’ll have the peace of mind that you’re cameras are still capable of recording everything that’s happening for the next couple to few days depending on what type of memory card you have installed in each camera.

It seems that there are quite a few things to consider when trying to decide on HD-SDI VS Megapixel. If you think about it, it’s really not that hard of a decision to make. Personally, I would choose a megapixel IP system over an HD-SDI. It looks like the future is pointing to megapixel over HD-SDI because of all the added benefits between costs to reliability. Please keep in mind that HD-SDI still has its uses though. There are definitely some instances where it will be a benefit over a Megapixel IP system.


The Many Uses of Security Cameras

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Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Cameras have changed completely since their inception. Some of the first images were of a piece of paper with silver chloride. The images were mostly dark shadows with no real details. Nicephore Niepce was reported to be the first person to create those images. Unfortunately his “pictures” would become entirely dark over time. The entire process was very cumbersome. You would need special chemical baths for the film to be developed. This was all around 1786 unfortunately Nicephore Niepce did not live long enough to see the fruits of his labors. About twenty years later the Box camera came to light. Although cumbersome it did start to produce quality images for the time period. The severe downside was the exposure times are very long, 3 hours long to be precise. Through the 1900s cameras of this style were the norm. Most were limited in application.

As you can see these cameras need a serious stand built for them so they can be motionless during the exposure time, and whatever you are taking a picture of would need to be motionless as well. These cameras worked well for people when everything was going a little slower than today. Those pictures are a good fit for picture albums and other typeset print media, i.e. books and pamphlets.

Today cameras are all about where and what you can put them on or in. After a trip to the doctor’s office it is a little unnerving what they can now look at in full color. Cystoscopy is a test that looks at the inside of your bladder to determine if you have any urinary tack issues. Cystoscope is the instrument that is used. This picture is of an actual cytoscope:


This camera allows your doctor to look at what has been bothering you. Now this is as closed circuit Television as it gets. The video feed is piped directly to a monitor for the doctor to look at and any brave family members you have with you. A cytoscope is a water proof camera for obvious reasons, so it is great for wet environments.

Working Length: 370mm
Angulation: 210° Up & 150°Down
Field of View: 120°
Depth of Field: 3mm-50mm
CV-1.5 Insertion Tube OD:

(1.5mm Channel)
4.7mm x 5.4mm

These specs vary depending on where you get the camera scope from, but as you can see it is very small.

Another type of radical camera is a bronchoscope. It is designed to allow a doctor or physician to view the inside of your respiratory tract.


Depending on the procedure the care provider will go through the patient’s nose or mouth. During the procedure the device will pass though the throat and into the airways of the person. The Scope itself consists of a camera with light attached. It is like your own camera crew only they are in your lungs. Once inside the camera can see any blockages or inflammation the patient maybe having an issue with.


As cameras have grown in popularity people have gone above and beyond as what they will put a camera on. The following picture is a novice that understands the importance of being able to record around their vehicle.

cameras on van

On a professional level UPS has found the need to place cameras on their delivery trucks. There are three main reasons for this straight from the UPS driver. The first and most obvious would be to prevent and track theft. The second reason is to help the driver to prevent getting into accidents. The third reason is to prevent general mayhem from people around the truck, such as people trying to hitch a ride on the back of the truck. Apparently it happens more than you or I would think. Almost weekly people are being booted from stealing a ride on the back of UPS trucks. That is about as bright as skitching a ride on a skateboard by hanging onto someone’s bumper.

Another great use for IP cameras is to use them on rental items such as quads or four wheel drive vehicles. I have a customer that has set up several rental business with IP dome cameras on their equipment and then they sell the video back to the customers too, so not only does it video of any negligence people can get a movie of the crazy stunts they probably were not supposed to be doing as well. Motor cross as a whole has been growing with more widespread use of helmet cams. Riders are now able to share their sick rides through the forests, the dunes, or on tracks. Before all of this was only seen with recording equipment that the television and cable networks had.

Nascar has taken cameras to the next level with putting them on the cars. Nascar has a service called “RaceBuddy” It is very cool if you are into racing. You get six video feeds from the driver. Next you get in and outside views off the car. Also you get the backstretch cam which is amazing being able to see the leader with everybody on his tail. Then you get video from the pit crews and pit road. This is all done over the internet so many users can be logged in to look at all the different camera shots. What makes RaceBuddy so innovative is how they use the video stream on a website. Any camera or DVR has a limit to how many users can log in at one time. Taking the RTSP stream to a webserver so only the webserver actually logs in then multiplies the feed to users on the website is brilliant. This method lets as many people to view without overloading your own network.


School busses and regular public transit has been installing more and more cameras for public safety. The installed cameras on busses help resolve differences between passenger and another passenger or issues with the bus driver. There is now a way to make sure the people on the bus and the operator all doing the right thing. This also helps the operator do some of the more important tasks like drive in heavy traffic not mediate a dispute between riders.

schoolbus cam

Not that our loving children are doing anything wrong on the bus while going to school, but it is always good to be sure especially in a court of law.

Cameras are getting smaller and smaller as the technology matures. From the medical field to racing, and law enforcement cameras are making every picture worth a 1000 words. The scope of a camera has changed from entertainment to tools of the trade and these tools are getting more precise as time goes on.


How to install a Home Security Camera System

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Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
home cctv security camera

Installing home security has been seen as an important field of action that uses technology to provide protection around a person’s home, while being controlled from tech support. These surveillance systems allow you to monitor your home and provide a safe environment for you and your family by using web browser on a computer or even a smart phone. The following is a brief listing of new ways that you are able to keep your home well guarded from different types of intruders.

There are many essential parts in a surveillance system. Some of theses include surveillance cameras, a DVR (digital video recorder), power supply, cables, and a monitor. The cameras are used to film areas that are under surveillance; however, the DVR is used to record footage and display live scenes through the monitor. The power supply, which is used to power the entire system, is connected to the digital video recorder. It is also possible to run the DVR through a power box and then connect the power supply to the box. There are many things that should be put in consideration when installing a surveillance system. However, one of the most important things someone should consider is the type of cameras that should be used.
If you are considering installing a video surveillance around your home, you should learn about the different types of cameras that would best fit any reason or situation you may have for possessing a surveillance system. There are a couple of features to consider when it comes to choosing from the variety of cameras for a surveillance system. The three main cameras choices that are most commonly selected include: dome cameras, bullet cameras, and box cameras. Dome cameras have low visibility, meaning they blend in well with their surroundings, and are always attached to ceilings. Bullet cameras are prominent and are obvious in their appearance as surveillance cameras.

After selecting which the appropriate type of camera, the next step is to choose where the cameras will be installed. Out door cameras would be in necessity of weather protection, but it is also possible to purchase waterproof surveillance cameras or protective camera housing. In indoor installation, cameras must be placed where they cannot be seen by other but still allow coverage of the area that needs watch. Bullet cameras are usually placed in corners of walls while dome cameras are less likely to be seen. After determining the areas where the cameras will be placed, the following step in installation.

Installation can be a complex process. It is a difficult process from setting up the wiring to placing the surveillance cameras in their position and the connection of all the equipment from the installation. Where you place the camera is important. The distance of the camera to the area you are focusing on should be given careful consideration and make sure it is clearly visible. You must make sure the camera is properly mounted so it will not shake or distort the picture or image.

For those worried about security, out door camera are suitable because they are used to prevent criminals from attempted robbery and break-ins. If you would want to know what happens while you are away, these surveillances may ease your mind. Video surveillance allowed you to monitor or record in personal areas. For example, parents may want to watch over their children while they are sleeping and lower risks of danger or even to catch a crime in your own front yard.

But before you install a security system in your home, you should be aware of the legal restrictions on video surveillance. If you are not aware of these legal aspects, you may potentially face charges. Knowing the laws of having a security system will lead us to finally installing the surveillance system.

It is important that the installation of the surveillance cameras is done properly. Poor installation will not get provide proper results you’ve hoped for. Some surveillance has motion detectors that activate once the gadget picks up any movement within the area.

Home security systems may be very complex and installation involves mounting. The alarm system is called a close circuit system. When doors or windows open, they trigger sound circuits because when closed wires are in wiring loops, opening breaks that loop causing those unsatisfying noises. Installing this means installing the sounder first. This alarm is used to scare away any intruder or to call attention for help. You must be sure that the mount is correctly mounted. We must know how to wire the system after mounting the alarm and installing the switches, fire sensors, and window foils. A knife or wire stripper is used to cut off ¾ of an inch of the wire ends. Then loop each wire under a different terminal screw on the switch. Run the wire to every entry detection switches and sensors. Then add the copper wires to the screws and twist together two silver wires. They should go in the sensors without breaks or interruptions.
To connect the sounder, use solder less connectors to join black wire from the battery to the sounder to make it operate correctly. Then connect the wire ends from the switch to smaller wires on the sounder. Test sounder after by opening the door or window. If it is correctly installed, the alarms should go off. Besides alarms, there are many more gadgets for security for your front door. For example, push-button locks allow you to lock and unlock using the Internet or a smart phone.

When installing the indoor cameras, you must follow the manufacturers. Bullet cameras generally need screws to be able to be hung on the wall, it is that simple. One the other hand, dome cameras require a perfectly cut circle from the ceiling where the camera is going to be placed. These systems involve whole home wiring. Video surveillance and 24/7 monitoring that carry many features.

Installing home security system helps raise awareness about your home’s security and often leads to people being able to lower the risk of a home break-in. It also teaches families about security and how to take control of the home environment.


Mini Security Cameras

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Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Tips and Tricks in the World of Mini Security Cameras


The world of mini security cameras continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Many individuals probably associated mini security cameras with espionage in the past, but there are numerous legitimate uses for these miniature wonders. In fact, they are probably quite useful in a variety of surveillance applications. While many designs won’t offer the same level of resolution that one would expect from a larger platform, the quality of small lenses continues to improve. It’s rather likely that all security cameras will see massive size reduction in the near future.

However, that shouldn’t discourage anyone from grabbing a new unit today. The Security Camera King offers low prices that many people will want to take advantage of immediately. This means that numerous mini security cameras will probably fly off the shelves based on price alone. That shouldn’t lead people to believe that quality is an issue, however. Poor quality cameras would never make it to the shelves of an eminent dealer. Anyone that purchases mini security cameras from the Security Camera King should have no fear in regards to the condition of the equipment. These devices are always top of the line.

There was actually a time when cameras were significantly larger than today. People probably have fond memories of the large surveillance devices that used to stand in the front of commercial properties. These are still used in many areas. Large installations are probably some of the easiest to replace with mini security cameras. Even if the goal were simple to save space, smaller cameras would be able to fit the bill. Wireless cameras can be easily hidden in plants. This also means that a bit of redecorating could accompany the installation. There are plenty of businesses that could do with a bit of sprucing up, and a new image can be a great way to kick off a promotion. Coupling this with quality surveillance is an excellent way to show that one cares about security.

Mini security cameras work perfectly for regular security surveillance, but they really shine when it comes to certain specialty uses. They are small and are easy to fit into hard to reach areas. Some people have used them to surreptitiously monitor a babysitter, and others have used them to watch over their children. While some ethicists might question such uses, most people would be able to find plenty of decent reasons to use mini security cameras. In fact, some people have even used them to pull off various types of pranks.

The process of installing mini security cameras is different in various situations. Some devices use wires while others are wireless Mini Security Camerasmodels. Most of the steps will be the same for both types of device, but those that want to set up a wired camera will have to figure out how to route the cables. While this might make wireless cameras appear to be extremely attractive, there are some situations where people would prefer to use more reliable wired designs. Strong electromagnetic fields can interfere with wireless connectivity, and this might make some people think twice about using them next to other types of radio transmitters.

That being said, most wireless cameras work on microwave frequencies. Therefore, this shouldn’t even be a concern in most cases. For instance, some people use VHF equipment for two-way communication. Organizations that do shouldn’t even realize that they’re operating close to an installation. This also means that people that install these devices shouldn’t have to worry about crooks that try to look for wireless connects through simple means. Some people try to find bugs by listening for interference on an AM radio, but this method may not be vigorous enough to find mini security cameras. Naturally, no one wants a hidden installation to be discovered. This makes microwave cameras especially popular for such uses.

Anyone that has problems should be able to clear them quickly enough, because of how robust mini security cameras really are. Keeping a few quick tips in mind should help prevent anything from happening, but it is important to remind that mini security cameras are robust. They might seem fragile, but they can stand up to a lot more punishment than most users even realize. If something seems wrong, it can usually be corrected in a manner of moments without too much trouble.

Anyone that notices a problem with image quality might just need to realign the camera’s antennas. Simply adjusting the height of the device or moving the antenna around is usually enough to correct scratchy images on wireless cameras. It is very similar to adjusting the antenna on a portable radio to get the best reception. Keeping the camera away from baby alarms is also usually a good idea. Once again, though, it might very well be able to work around these sorts of things if the wavelength is different. Considering the fact that many baby alarms function on the 49 MHz band, it might not be a problem at all.

Wifi networks could cause a bit of interference, but IP cameras actually use them to function. Naturally, an IP camera that uses Wifi shouldn’t mess with a Wifi connection. Microwave ovens might cause some scratches in a displayed image, but simply moving the camera can do this away with any visible glitches. The radio frequencies that mini security cameras utilize are usually sufficiently different from other devices.

While it might sound simple, users should always check to make sure that the connections on the receiver are tight and connected to the right jacks. This is really easy, and connecting the cables should only take a few moments. However, double-checking to ensure that they’re correct will save a minute or two later on. Some industry insiders like to customize their mini security cameras, and a hood is the perfect way to customize an installation.

Mini Security CamerasDo-it-yourselfers will probably want to make a hood out of black paper and affix it around the outside of the lens to block out extra sunlight. This can dramatically cut down on hazing effects in the image. Of course, there are plenty of commercial options for those that aren’t so artistically inclined. A commercial hood also has a much more professional appearance to it than construction paper. One might want to first mess around with their own design and install a professional sunshield once they are sure that they have it in the right place.

Shade also helps, and security camera gurus love to use the eaves of buildings as a place to set up very small cameras. After inspecting to ensure that bees haven’t called the eaves of a house their home, one can easily turn the area into their own security camera mount. This is one of the best uses of mini security cameras, since they can fit anywhere. A bit of adhesive or a tack should be more than enough to make sure that a particular camera is held into place. Many of these installations are also quite maintenance free. The overhang helps to keep out harmful UV rays from the sun, and rain is usually diverted out of the way.

Perhaps the best part about it is the fact that crooks can’t even see that they’re being taped. However, it should be remembered that some mini security cameras are actually designed to look like other objects. There are numerous models that are disguised as one thing or another. These can be left out in the relative open. After all, people would probably recognize them for what they really are. Naturally, the cameras are still supposed to be kept out of reach to some degree. No disguise is perfect, and one could easily discover that something is up by taking a closer look. However, a pair of sunglasses on top of a refrigerator or cabinet would never raise anyone’s suspicions. Only the individuals in charge of surveillance would ever have to know that a camera was actually in service.

With great power comes great responsibility, so no legitimate surveillance organization would ever actually condone usage that would break local laws. Individuals that want to set up a clandestine monitoring system should be sure to check out what is considered lawful in their local community. A sign altering people to the fact that video surveillance is active will prevent crime in some cases. On the other hand, there are plenty of justifiable reasons why one would want to keep their monitoring practices from the general public.

As well as sunglasses, the Security Camera King has offered mini security cameras in several other packages. A cigarette lighter camera can be useful on a table, and these wireless designs are great for those that don’t want to raise any suspicions. The miniature desk clock model is probably one of the best-known examples of this technology. Every business needs to know what time it is. In most situations, mini security cameras that are stuffed into clocks are also functional as timepieces. This means that people will feel comfortable around them, and they’re even useful outside of the closed circuit TV system.

In fact, there are probably numerous regular clocks strewn about countless businesses. Replacing one with a new model is an expected business practice. Even criminals that had been looking at an area for a long period of time wouldn’t notice that anything had changed. This means they might be in for a big surprise if they actually tried to do anything.

Perhaps one of the more interesting designs is in the head of a screw. A Phillips head screw camera has to be one of the most novel devices ever developed. The physical size of the device is enough to make even the shiftiest of characters ignore the camera. It could be mixed on a table with a bunch of other implements, or even placed on a shelf to make it appear that it was left there after the shelf was screwed into the wall.

For that matter, one could probably carefully screw mini security cameras into furniture itself. Care would have to be taken to ensure that the process didn’t damage the lens at all, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be done. These are very robust designs, and should be able to hold up to a bit of work. The same sort of do-it-yourself builders that would make their own sunshields might want to give this sort of project a try. Creative users might also want to use a screw camera in a hardware store or a workshop. A camera would never be out of place in that type of an environment.

This class of mini security camera can also be used in a temporary capacity. If someone wanted to monitor an area for only a short period of time, the camera could easily be dropped at the site and watched from a remote location. This lends itself to other uses outside of the surveillance world as well. Some model railroad enthusiasts have used mini security cameras mounted on miniature freight cars to record footage of their train layouts. Footage taken in this way would look as though a scale model person was filming it from their perspective. In fact, there is already a ready market for model train cameras. However, many makes of mini security cameras are actually superior to the model train designs. For this reason, discriminating model train buffs often take a closer look at mini security cameras.

Another interesting camera comes in the form of a button. This is again a great way to hide a camera in the clutter of everyday life. Few people could ever actually believe that a button was watching them, and this leads to plenty of opportunities

Due to the fact that mini security cameras are so small, one might want to experiment with their own enclosure. Wireless pinhole cameras can be stored anywhere. One might want to make a hole in a box and have a camera watching inside. A case of tissues can easily become a monitoring post. A needle is probably all that’s required to make a hole for many of these designs. Few people would ever notice something so obscure.

There are many areas where people would want to use mini security cameras. While these are usually hidden areas, some of them are far more creative than others. Mini security cameras can be stashed away in many other types of objects because of their size, and this means that they can often go undetected.