A spy camera is not merely a child’s toy that is used to play 007. These cameras can include any device that takes pictures or video of someone without their knowledge. Spy cameras were originally considered to be used in espionage and were small devices carried during the Cold War in order to produce pictures of certain plans, troops or buildings. Today however, they are simply small cameras that are very easy to conceal and can be used by consumers for a variety of purposes.
Choosing the best spy camera for your specific needs will depend on a number of different factors. First, you should understand that historical spy cameras or those used during periods of actual espionage, may be very expensive. More modern-day spy cameras are designed to be very sophisticated and easily fit into tight spaces. They offer a larger storage capacity than their original counterparts and can offer a long-range wireless transmission. In order to choose a spy camera for your own use, you should keep a few things in mind. First, determine your budget for the camera. Spy cameras come in a variety of sizes as well as a variety of price ranges. You should determine how much space you have available in which to hide the camera. Keep in mind that smaller cameras often have a lower quality of picture so be sure to keep this in mind when choosing. You will also need to determine whether you want still images or need video as these are two completely different cameras.
The smallest video cameras will give you videos that show you general movements and an idea of the appearance of people in the image. The resolution however, may be poor in smaller cameras and certain details such as facial features may be distorted or too low quality to see clearly. If you need a camera that offers excellent details, you may need to choose a slightly larger one. If you are not concerned with hiding space, larger cameras are an excellent choice. If you have space behind a wall for instance, you can easily hide a larger camera and make an opening for the lens. If however, you need a camera that will fit into a smaller space, you may need to sacrifice a bit on the overall quality of the images. You will find a variety of designs from camouflage to devices that are pre-installed in teddy bears. These types of spy cameras operate with memory that is included in the device and then must be downloaded to a computer in order to view it. There are also models that offer wireless capabilities and some that look like other devices such as DVD players.
If you are planning to purchase a spy camera, there are certain things to keep in mind. For instance, it is simply not appropriate to install a spy camera in a bathroom, dressing room or bedroom as these rooms are designed for privacy. In fact, it is illegal to install cameras in certain areas so be certain to check your local laws before you purchase and/or install a spy camera. It is also illegal to take a spy camera into a movie theater and record movies.
Once you are sure of the laws in your area, you should simply use your best judgment when purchasing your camera. Spy cameras have proven to be more than useful for certain scenarios. Police departments and private investigators use them regularly in many undercover assignments and when used properly, they are an excellent resource for protecting against a number of crimes. Hidden nanny cams and other home surveillance video devices have helped to significantly reduce the number of abusive babysitters and nannies in the world as well as the number of home staff that steals.