It doesn’t matter what are the reasons why you want to have a spy camera inside your house – you could supervise the entrance of the house, the children when they are alone or simply for the fun of seeing what your siblings do when they’re home alone.
No matter what you do with it, there are some things that you’ll have to think about when deciding on the type of spy camera that you’ll buy, as there are different options for you to choose from. You could have a spy camera that is hidden in an alarm clock, in an AC power adapter, smoke detectors, stuffed animals, DVD players and a wide area of inconspicuous items that don’t attract attention.
There are also spy cameras that you could use at all times, as these are transformed into body worn cameras – you could choose between a ballpoint pen, a necktie, a baseball cap, a pair of eyeglasses and even the button of your shirt.
Here’s what you’ll have to consider when buying such an item.
The Video Resolution and the Possibility to Shoot in Low Light
The level of video performance is something that you’ll really have to consider, because there are different levels as there are different types of cameras. Some shoot in black and white, others shoot in color, and others also have sound included.
Most of the cameras offer you a very good resolution when shooting in daylight and a standard quality when used indoors. There are also more sophisticated options for those who are more expensive, and you’ll get sharper images, a better contrast between light and dark and more accurate color. You can also get a very good quality with those cameras that have high performances in a room with less light.
There are also cameras that have an infrared sensor and with these you could capture perfect images even if there is total darkness – inside the house or outside of it.
This being said, make sure you take a look at the three general options that you usually have available – a high quality camera, a high definition camera or a high resolution camera.
The Video Storage and the Viewing Options
In general, there is a standard SD memory card that is used for storing and recording everything, even if some models don’t use that memory card but have the ability to record directly in the internal memory.
With the cameras that have an SD memory card, there’s always the possibility to take it and insert it into a computer. Everything that was stored in it will be accessible easily and you might need a program to view the video. Generally, the amount of recorded time can’t go above 32GB or it is limited by the capacity of the card. Statistics say that you generally get up to 30 minutes of recording per a GB of memory, so you might want to check out the card every now and then.
AC Power or Batteries
Depending on the item that is used for impersonating the camera, there are two options – you could choose an AC power spy cam or one that works on batteries. If the spy cam is designed as a regular item – a DVD player, for example – it would be out of place to not have it connected to a socket.
However, you generally have both options at your disposal so you can choose what type of cam you’d like to have and how it will be powered up. As the cameras are usually equipped with a movement sensor, you won’t have to worry that the batteries will end up soon. The camera will record only when it will track movement, so even a battery functioning spy cam can prove to be useful for your needs.