Spy Cameras are usually not what I use to do Street Photography or any other kind of photography. But since the technique is advancing fast and I am always interested in new technology gadgets, I wanted to give these spy cams a shot.

Normally, Spy Cameras aren’t really within the realm of cameras that I normally use and review like the best point and shoot cameras under $300, but out of personal interest, I was curious in seeing how modern technology works and where the real-life applications of technology are, that I helped to advance.

So this overview is mostly out of personal interest working for an electronics company that would produce prototype circuit boards (PCBs) – those green plates that are inside every electronic product. We also produced flexible PCBs that would later be used in glasses or other small electronic products. Those are also referred to as “wearables”. Since we only produced the PCBs and didn’t manufacture the final product, I was interested in seeing how the finished products looked like.

Spy Cameras are good for many reasons and You should use them responsibly. Keep sure that when You record people, that You stay within Your legal limits of hidden cameras.

Whether You want to use these cameras for Street Photography, or just to observe Your own house, is Your choice. With the following hidden cameras, You are not able to record excellent video, that comes close to the quality of mirrorless cameras for under $500, but can also record the audio in a very high-quality.

If You are respecting the law and don’t plan to use the spy cameras with any malicious intent, I hope You will enjoy this guide. I will not only review these small cameras with my background as a photographer but also from my knowledge working for an electronics company.

This guide about the best spy cameras should resolve any open questions and help You in Your decision to find the most suitable spy camera.

Selection of The Best Spy Cameras

Very Fashionable
Hidden Camera Aipinvip HD Larger Display...
Action Camera
10MP Video Camera on Glasses – Gogloo...
Best Night Vision
Hidden Spy Camera Photo Frame, Conbrov...
Type
Digital Watch
Glasses
Photo Frame
Camera
1080p
1080p
720p
Motion Sensor
No
No
Yes
Audio
Yes
Yes
Yes
Night Vision
No
No
Yes
Recording Time
120 Minutes
90 Minutes
30 Hours
Customer Rating
Very Fashionable
Hidden Camera Aipinvip HD Larger Display...
Type
Digital Watch
Camera
1080p
Motion Sensor
No
Audio
Yes
Night Vision
No
Recording Time
120 Minutes
Customer Rating
Action Camera
10MP Video Camera on Glasses – Gogloo...
Type
Glasses
Camera
1080p
Motion Sensor
No
Audio
Yes
Night Vision
No
Recording Time
90 Minutes
Customer Rating
Best Night Vision
Hidden Spy Camera Photo Frame, Conbrov...
Type
Photo Frame
Camera
720p
Motion Sensor
Yes
Audio
Yes
Night Vision
Yes
Recording Time
30 Hours
Customer Rating

Timeqid Hidden Camera Charger

Timeqid Hidden Camera Charger | Free 32...
Type
Camera in USB-Plug
Camera
1080p
Motion Sensor
Yes
Audio
No
Night Vision
No
Recording Time
50 Hours storage
Customer Rating
Timeqid Hidden Camera Charger | Free 32...
Type
Camera in USB-Plug
Camera
1080p
Motion Sensor
Yes
Audio
No
Night Vision
No
Recording Time
50 Hours storage
Customer Rating

Overview

Everyone of us probably uses some kind of charger all the time. Whether we are charging our phone or our camera batteries. So having a charger in the wall isn’t very out of the usual. Plus, the good thing about the Timeqid Hidden Camera Charger is, that it actually works as a charger, so in case You don’t need the camera capabilities, You can still charge Your electronic devices.

The Spy Camera works with the WiFi and has a motion sensor built-in. This way, the camera doesn’t work all the time but does only record when there is something suspicious going on nearby.

Unlike other cameras, this camera doesn’t rely on battery life but can be plugged for an infinite time. The video and audio get recorded to a Micro SD-Card, but can also send a live feed to Your mobile phone.

What’s good

Some of the advantages I have already presented, but these weren’t all and the camera is definitely one of the best when You want to record Your home.

As stated, the video and audio can be saved either on the Micro SD-Card or You can watch the video in real-time. You can either use Your Apple, or Android device to connect to the plug and watch the live feed.

On the plug, there are some lights that indicate if the charger is running or not. If You feel that the lights might be an unwanted source of attention, You can turn every light off. This allows You to record the video also in darker scenarios.

It doesn’t matter in what orientation You plug the device in Your power outlet. The image gets corrected automatically. This prevents You from making any mistake when plugging the spy cam in Your power outlet.

When the storage is full, the recording doesn’t stop but does overwrite the earliest recordings. This way, You always keep the newest recordings.

Of Course, You can also use the USB-ports to charge any electronic device. While doing so, You can use both of the charging ports at the same time.

What could have been improved

One of the big upsides of the USB plug is, that it doesn’t have any batteries and doesn’t have any limitation when it comes to the energy. On the other hand, this means that the USB charger needs to be plugged in, to be able to record. It doesn’t have any batteries and when unplugged cannot record any video or audio. This limits the flexibility of the charger and means that You should use a power outlet that has a good overview of the room. Otherwise, You will not be able to see what is going on, if the power outlet is next to a bulky closet that does limit its view.

When used in rooms, it would have been nice if the camera would have a night vision. Since the light situation is not always the best and in case You want to record some unwanted intruders during the night, the camera will only be able to deliver audio or some very dark picture.

Conclusion

When it comes to hidden cams, this is one of the best design choices. Having a USB charger is nothing special and nobody would ever think, that this little device is able to record high-quality video and audio.

Since the camera is plugged to the power outlet, You can let the device stay there forever and it will never run out of energy.

To see the video, You can connect the camera to Your WiFi and use Your mobile device to stream the live feed. You can go out of town and the plugged spy cam will give You a secure overview of Your home.

Plus, You can actually use this camera as a charger and use both ports at the same time. You can never have enough chargers anyway, so why not decide for one that also keeps Your home secure?

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Titathink Hidden IP Spy Cam

Titathink Wireless WiFi PoE HD Mini Spy...
Type
Mini Camera with Cable
Camera
720p
Motion Sensor
Yes
Audio
Plug for Microphone
Night Vision
No
Recording Time
128 GB
Customer Rating
Titathink Wireless WiFi PoE HD Mini Spy...
Type
Mini Camera with Cable
Camera
720p
Motion Sensor
Yes
Audio
Plug for Microphone
Night Vision
No
Recording Time
128 GB
Customer Rating

Overview

When we think about Spy Cameras, we have some very small devices in our mind that can be put anywhere. One of those cameras is the Titathink Hidden Spy Cam. This camera is as small as a Quarter Dollar and can be put anywhere, thanks to its flexible design.

The camera records in 720p quality at 30 fps, which means that the camera is very capable of delivering crystal sharp video quality. To deliver this image, the camera is connected to a back device. The cable of the device is more than 6 meters long, so You should find plenty of opportunities to find a well-hidden place for the back device within a radius of 6 meters.

The host unit is as big as a small powerbank and needs to be physically connected to the camera. Keep that in mind when finding a place for the camera.

What’s good

One of the strong features of the Titathink is the high-quality camera that lets You record video and pictures in 720p HD. Whether You want to capture a snapshot of the surroundings or want to have a good quality video, the camera is able to deliver pictures that will let You identify any intruder without a problem.

The camera is at the end of a flexible cable. This lets You put the camera in very different spots. This also means that the camera and device could land up in a dead spot of the WiFi very easily. To overcome this problem, the device uses a powerful antenna that enhances the signal.

Do You not only want to monitor the movement through the motion, but also have a gas detector, or audio alarm? Then You can plug these devices into the host unit of the camera. Once one of the devices will be triggered, the camera will be triggered as well. This way, You can connect different security devices to trigger the camera.

Apart from this special feature which should appeal to every security fanatic, the camera does employ the usual features that one expect from a professional spy cam. The camera can be triggered via audio, has a storage of up to 128 GB with a Micro SD-Card and You can connect Your mobile device to have control over the device and see the live feed.

What could have been improved

The camera does employ great technology. While the camera is very small and can be hidden very easily, the host unit is on the bigger side of things. It is as big as a small powerbank and can be difficult to hide. From the design, the host unit could also be a WiFi router, which can help You to conceal the true intention of this device. But if the host unit gets spotted, the cable will look very conspicuous.

If You are trying to record during the night, the standard Titahink won’t have any night vision. There is a model out there though that does include night vision abilities.

Conclusion

Are You searching for professional quality in Your spy camera and have a good place to hide the host unit? Then the Titathink is a great camera that is smaller than a Quarter Dollar. Connected through a flexible cable to the host unit, You can combine different alarm devices to trigger the camera.

This makes the camera ideal if You are working in a place that is prone to different hazards. In addition to that, it is a great little camera that can be placed virtually anywhere. With the great connectivity of the WiFi, the connection is very reliable and You can access the camera with Your mobile device without a problem.

For a spy camera, the Titathink is as professional as it can be.

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Magendara Mini WiFi Cam

MAGENDARA Mini WiFi Camera, Wireless...
Type
Mini Camera with Cable
Camera
1080p
Motion Sensor
Yes
Audio
No
Night Vision
No
Recording Time
400 Minutes
Customer Rating
-
MAGENDARA Mini WiFi Camera, Wireless...
Type
Mini Camera with Cable
Camera
1080p
Motion Sensor
Yes
Audio
No
Night Vision
No
Recording Time
400 Minutes
Customer Rating
-

Overview

The Magendara Mini WiFi Camera is a pretty forward spy camera that doesn’t hide that it is a camera. Nonetheless, it is so small that You can easily hide it if You want to.

This Spy Camera functions wirelessly and doesn’t need to be plugged in. Over the Titathink IP Hidden Camera that is a clear advantage as it can be placed more easily in places to hide it. Though, the cable shouldn’t be folded and holds a lot of the electronics, that are used to keep this camera going.

You can control the camera with an App for Your mobile device and be able to catch the live feed.

If You need a small camera that is capable of recording sharp 1080p videos, the Magendara Spy Cam may be one of the best choices for You. Followed are some of the stronger points, as well as a critical review.

What’s good

The manufacturer claims that this camera is the smallest available spy camera out there that You can get. While it is true that the camera is very compact, it is not really verifiable, if it is the smallest one.

Due to its very small size, it is very easy to conceal this camera. You can put it in another electronic device and have the camera look out, or put it at any place where it can be hidden easily.

Another strong point of this camera is, that it can be connected to many devices and not only one mobile device. You can have up to four users connected to the camera at the same time. This lets You share the live-feed with Your family or other people that should have access to the camera.

The capacity of 128 GB is enough to keep the camera running for a long time. Should the storage be full, the camera keeps running in looping function, meaning that old data will be overwritten by the new one.

What could have been improved

The design decision of having no plug has its upsides, but also its downsides. One very obvious downside is, that the camera runs via a battery.

So when putting the camera anywhere to record possible movements in a room, the camera should be fully charged. For this reason, the camera is not really suitable to monitor a room while You are on vacation.

The risk is, that the camera will detect some minor movement and starts recording, although no real intruder can be detected. This will drain the battery power and could eventually lead to the power running out, while You have no access to swap the batteries.

Conclusion

Do You need a flexible camera that can be hidden in many places is small and has a very high-quality camera?

The Magendara camera is one of the smallest spy cameras that is available for purchasing and can help to monitor a room at a specific time without a problem. Connectable through WiFi and inhibiting a motion detector sensor, the camera will only record, if there is any movement going on. This will save some of the precious battery life.

Up to four users can access the camera simultaneously, which should help You out tremendously if You are observing a shared place and want to inform Your family, or co-workers about anything suspicious that might be going on.

The price is also on the very low end of cameras that You can get, so You should definitely check out this piece of equipment.

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Aipinvip Cam Bracelet

Hidden Camera Aipinvip HD Larger Display...
Type
Digital Watch
Camera
1080p
Motion Sensor
No
Audio
Yes
Night Vision
No
Recording Time
120 Minutes
Customer Rating
Hidden Camera Aipinvip HD Larger Display...
Type
Digital Watch
Camera
1080p
Motion Sensor
No
Audio
Yes
Night Vision
No
Recording Time
120 Minutes
Customer Rating

Overview

So far, every hidden camera that I presented was rather conservative in their style. While the USB-charger was a bit extraordinary, it isn’t a real rocket science to put a small camera in a USB-Charger.

Now I want to come close to something that we would expect from any James Bond movie, or real-life spies. The Aipinvip is a camera that sits inside the camera bracelet. What appears to be a normal digital watch, is a camera in disguise.

With smartwatches becoming more popular, a camera in a bracelet might not be overwhelmingly surprising, but looking at the specs lets this camera stand out.

It can record in 1080p video resolution, which makes it one of the highest quality cameras out there.

Apart from the great camera, what else does this camera have to offer?

What’s good

I like the flexibility of this camera the most. Most other cameras have the disadvantage, that they have to be placed before You want to record something suspicious.

With this bracelet, You can wear it like a normal watch and either record while walking, or simply leave the bracelet at a spot, to record some illegal activity, or gain insights in something, that wouldn’t be possible any other way.

The camera is very suitable in low-light, which is a must-have if You want to record inside. Once the low-light recording was successful, the bracelet will vibrate slightly.

One concern with such a small device would be that the energy provided by the battery would fall short. But giving us around 120 minutes of time, the battery is pretty powerful and should be enough for our needs.

You can connect to the bracelet via iOS or Android to see the livestream in case that You left the bracelet behind, to gather some footage.

What could be better

To work with such a high-technology device, a comprehensive but easy to understand manual would be helpful. Unfortunately, this is an area where the Aipinvip does fall short tremendously.

It takes some time to set-up the device the way You want it to work and needs some tweaks. So if You need a camera that works instantly, the bracelet might not be the easiest choice to get into.

As with all devices that run via battery, You should always make sure that the battery is fully charged when planning to use this bracelet.

Apart from these minor obstructions, the bracelet works better than expected.

Conclusion

James Bond would be proud of this small camera that is hidden in this bracelet/digital watch.

Once You get past the unintuitive manual and have installed and connected the bracelet successfully, You can enjoy recording Your surroundings without raising any suspicions.

You do not have to wear the camera to record and can take it off Your wrist while You are sitting somewhere and place it on a table for example. This allows You to get closer to Your target and get every angle possible.

If You are searching for a digital watch anyway, why not go for a bracelet camera that is able to record in 1080p?

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DareTang Hidden Spy Cam

DareTang HD 1080P WiFi Hidden Camera...
Type
Digital Clock
Camera
1080p
Motion Sensor
Yes
Audio
Yes
Night Vision
Yes
Recording Time
64 GB
Customer Rating
DareTang HD 1080P WiFi Hidden Camera...
Type
Digital Clock
Camera
1080p
Motion Sensor
Yes
Audio
Yes
Night Vision
Yes
Recording Time
64 GB
Customer Rating
 

Overview

A digital clock is one of the best places to hide a camera. It does already have a display, is dark most of the time and inside the box is enough space to hide a very powerful clock.

This must have been also the conclusion by DareTang and therefore they put their very own spy camera in a digital clock.

Their idea of a spy camera consists of a 1080p camera that is also able to record during the night. If You want to record one of Your rooms and it could also need a new sweet digital clock, then this spy camera is worth a look.

What’s good

The camera is very flexible in its power consumption. While it can be run using 2000mA rechargeable batteries, You can also plug the digital watch and allow it to run it without any worries about the power.

If I had to name one feature that makes this camera outstanding, it is the fact that You can use it during the night. This camera has an IR light built-in, that is invisible to the eye but allows the camera to record during the night. The quality might not be crystal clear during the night, but at least You are able to record and see what is going on, even though it is invisible to the human eye.

Other features include the motion sensor which can be set to send notifications to Your Smartphone when it detects some movement and that You can watch the video, while still recording.

What could be better

The camera does work very well and customers are regarding the quality of this spy cam very highly overall.

However, there is one small thing that might have been done better. That is the capacity of 64 GB, which could have been easily increased to 128 GB.

While the quality of the video is top-notch, the audio quality is a little underwhelming. When there are loud noises present, the sound doesn’t work very well and could have been a feature to improve.

Conclusion

The DareTang digital clock camera is a very capable camera, that is ideal for You if You want to monitor a single room. You can set the clock, plug it in and let it record if it detects any movement.

Because of its night vision capabilities, it works great as a baby monitor and will only start recording, if the baby is moving.

If You need more flexibility, You can also unplug the clock and put it elsewhere. Equipped with a 2000 mA rechargeable battery, it will only start recording once it detects stronger movements, which will save You some power.

Whatever You want to record at home, with this smart clock, You are able to be safer in Your home.

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USB Spy Camera By Alpha Tech

Hidden Camera - Spy Camera - Motion...
Type
USB Plug
Camera
1080p
Motion Sensor
Yes
Audio
No
Night Vision
No
Recording Time
5-6 Hours
Customer Rating
Hidden Camera - Spy Camera - Motion...
Type
USB Plug
Camera
1080p
Motion Sensor
Yes
Audio
No
Night Vision
No
Recording Time
5-6 Hours
Customer Rating

Overview

The USB Spy Camera by Alpha Tech pretty much works like the other USB Spy Camera that I have presented before by Timeqid. This version by Alpha Tech works also very well and does allow you to plug the camera in the power outlet.

It can be driven by motion detection, or You can use it via Your Android or iOS device. The 32 GB of storage can save up to 5 hours of video before this spy cam does start recording in loop mode. However, the USB Spy camera can handle Micro SD-Cards up until 128 GB which is a great plus.

Via WiFi, You can connect to the device and can control it. This is great if You are on vacation and just want to check if there wasn’t an intruder in the house and everything is alright.

What’s good

The Spy Camera by Alpha Tech can be controlled via Your Smartphone. Simply download the App for free and either with Android or with Your iOS device You can check if everything is alright at home.

Are You concerned if the nanny is doing a good job and Your kid is in good hands? Simply use the App and connect to the livestream of the camera. Without a doubt, You will be given answers to the questions if the nanny is doing a good job.

Or are You staying out of the country for a while? With the motion detector, the USB Spy camera can be put near strategic places and will go off if a movement is detected. When the camera notices some suspicious activities, You will be notified and can check Yourself if You want to call someone to check on Your property.

The camera is also very easy to use. Just plug it in, install the App on Your device and be comfortable to check Your home every now and then. With this security in Your mind, You are able to enjoy the vacation a lot better.

What could be better

While the Spy Camera by Alpha Tech works very well in most situations, it does lack a night vision feature. One crucial thing for such hidden cameras should be, that they work also very well during the night when intruders are usually looking for new victims.

Therefore, the camera does work very well as a nanny cam or when the light conditions are better, but if You are concerned that there will be some unwanted activity during the night, the camera doesn’t work very well and can only provide sound that is usable for You.

The same problem does exist for the Alpha Tech USB plug. It simply isn’t very flexible and You can not wear it and record video while You are moving for example. The device is bound to the power outlet and is only good as a stationary camera.

Conclusion

The USB Spy Camera by Alpha Tech can record in 1080p and make use of a 128 GB Micro-SD Card. That is a lot of storage to use if You want to check Your house or the nanny.

It gives You the opportunity to the house with Your Smartphone and makes You enjoy the vacation without having any doubts in Your mind that there might be anything wrong.

Unlike other cameras, the device is completely hidden and nobody would bat an eye if he saw the USB plug in the power outlet.

Therefore, this is the most inconspicuous camera that You can get. On the contrary, it is bound to the power outlet and not very mobile.

If You are looking for a long-term stationary solution, the Spy camera by Alpha Tech is a great choice. Plus, it does work as a USB charger that You can use.

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FabQuality Hidden Spy Pen

Gadgets 1080p HD Hidden Camera Pen...
Type
Camera in Pen
Camera
1080p
Motion Sensor
Yes
Audio
Yes
Night Vision
No
Recording Time
6 Hours
Customer Rating
Gadgets 1080p HD Hidden Camera Pen...
Type
Camera in Pen
Camera
1080p
Motion Sensor
Yes
Audio
Yes
Night Vision
No
Recording Time
6 Hours
Customer Rating

Overview

Now we are entering the realms of spy movies and who hasn’t dreamed about having a camera inside a small pen at one point? Pens have been used for various things in movies, they were weapons, or able to record audio amongst other great features.

Today, we aren’t living in a movie, but we can use a pen as a spy cam. The pen by FabQuality can store up to 32 GB. It does support 1080p, however, it is just at a full resolution of 1280*1080 which is kind of an odd resolution in today’s standard.

To use the pen, simply start recording Yourself, or let the motion sensor detect any movement and record by itself. No additional software is needed and then, of course, the pen can also be used to write some notes down.

What’s good

I like Spy cameras that serve more than one function. The pen can be fully used for writing and when needed, can also be used to record video and audio. It doesn’t get any more undercover and the camera is so small that nobody would ever think that there might a camera hidden in a pen.

Furthermore, the pen is rather inexpensive. If You think that those small devices must cost multiple hundreds of US-Dollar then You are far off with that estimation. Those devices go for a lot less than 100 US-Dollar while providing excellent quality.

The good thing about the pen by FabQuality is how easy it is usable. Start recording the video via one button and later plug the pen into Your computer and have a look at the video. There is no need for additional software to edit the video. Timestamps can be added automatically.

FabQuality does offer the pen in a very extensive bundle. You not only get the pen, but also the Micro SD-Card, a card reader, USB plug and a refill ink. With this bundle, You don’t have to get any other gear and are able to record Your hidden videos right away.

What could be better

With a pen of a size that small, there are some negative points that You should consider.

While the manufacturer does praise the 1080p capability, it doesn’t stand for the usual HD-Definition but rather a resolution of 1280x1080p. This resolution isn’t used very often and reviewing the footage on Your 16:9 monitor, You shouldn’t be surprised that a lot of the screen isn’t used.

A little bit confusing can also be the swap between the video and photo mode. Since there are two modes available and You cannot connect Your mobile phone with the pen to control its settings, You have to use the buttons on the pen. So before recording anything, make sure You are in the right mode.

Conclusion

Do You ever want to feel a spy in action and record with a device as small as a pen?

The Spy pen by FabQuality allows You to record videos in 1080p. The 32 GB Micro SD-Card can save up to 6 hours of footage and the recording can either be triggered by Yourself, or by a motion sensor.

Unlike other hidden cameras, the pen is also fully working and not only a “prop” that does look good but doesn’t work. To prove that point, there a bunch of ink included in the bundle of this spy camera.

Either way, You can use this pen to write or record a video if You like to do so.

After recording, simply plug the pen into Your PC and review the footage, no additional software is needed.

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PHYLINK 128PW Wireless Mini Pinhole Spy Camera

PHYLINK PLC-128PW 720P HD Covert IP...
Type
Mini Camera
Camera
720p
Motion Sensor
Yes
Audio
No
Night Vision
No
Recording Time
128 GB
Customer Rating
PHYLINK PLC-128PW 720P HD Covert IP...
Type
Mini Camera
Camera
720p
Motion Sensor
Yes
Audio
No
Night Vision
No
Recording Time
128 GB
Customer Rating

Overview

Not all spy cameras have to be super hidden and need to be flexible. Sometimes, You just need a high-quality camera that records the front entrance of Your house or is good to check on Your employees.

The Phylink Pinhole Spy Camera is a great combination of high-quality while being very compact and easy to hide. The camera is attached via a 6-meter long cable and the master device is as big as a small router. So when using the camera, make sure that You have a reasonable place to put the master device.

If You need a good stationary camera that You can connect to Your smartphone, the Phylink has great opportunities for You.

What’s good

Installing this spy camera isn’t as difficult as it may sound to be. It is no plug and play by any means, but setting the camera up is not rocket science and should be done within a few minutes if You know what You are doing.

The cable length of 6 meters gives You plenty of room to put the hidden device somewhere in the room. If You find no suitable place for the device, You can also argue that it is just a WiFi router as it does look like one.

You can connect this camera to Your smartphone via the free iOS or Android app or You can use the free software on Your PC to review the footage.

All in all, this spy camera is one of the best when it comes to rather stationary solutions.

What Could be better

One downside of this camera is that it doesn’t have an integrated battery power. While the camera is not really designed to use batteries anyway, in case there is a power outage, the camera won’t be recording any footage. A simple backup battery would have been nice just to overcome situations where there is no power available for a short period.

Unlike most other hidden cameras, this version has no integrated audio recording feature. However, it does have a mic jack and lets You connect a microphone. This lets You record audio, but it would have been nice if the audio recording feature would already be integrated into the camera device.

The camera doesn’t have any night vision feature, nor does it operate very well in mediocre light conditions. Before putting this camera to use, make sure that the light is sufficient for good video recordings.

Conclusion

The Phylink camera is a good device when You want to record some video footage in bright daylight. It doesn’t work so well under rough light conditions and You should make sure that the video quality is good enough for Your needs.

Therefore, I would recommend this hidden camera, if You want to monitor regular situations. For example, if You want to check in on Your employees, or if You want to record other people during the day or in bright rooms.

Without integrated audio, make sure to buy some external microphone to be able to record audio as well.

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Googlo Camera Glasses

10MP Video Camera on Glasses – Gogloo...
Type
Glasses
Camera
1080p
Motion Sensor
No
Audio
Yes
Night Vision
No
Recording Time
90 Minutes
Customer Rating
10MP Video Camera on Glasses – Gogloo...
Type
Glasses
Camera
1080p
Motion Sensor
No
Audio
Yes
Night Vision
No
Recording Time
90 Minutes
Customer Rating

Overview

When the first Google Glasses were released, there was a pretty big buzz about it. Now, these following Spy Glasses aren’t from Google, but from a manufacturer that is called very similar “Gogloo”.

These are very straightforward glasses with a built-in 10 MP camera that lets You record a video while You are wearing these glasses. The camera is hidden very well and isn’t noticeable or anything, so You shouldn’t worry that anybody would suspect that these are spy glasses.

The glasses itself also look very modern. Calling them very fashionable might be an overstatement, but they definitely don’t raise conscious and just look like regular glasses.

What’s good

In contrast to a lot of other spy cameras, the great thing about the glasses is, that You can use it absolutely hands-free. You can work or do whatever and record Your own point of view with these glasses. Instead of having to carry a small pen, or another gadget, which is difficult to control, You can just wear these glasses and record whenever You please.

Unlike other glasses, or what You might expect from a wearable camera like this, the glasses are really comfortable and don’t get annoying. They were designed by a Swedish designer and the glasses fulfill more functions than just working as a spy cam.

The lens is removable which means that You can use a different lens for these glasses. Built-in is a 10 Megapixels wide-angle camera and lens combination that lets You record a wide-angle of 110°. With this lens, You get a great point of view, than Your eyes are able to see, so You actually enhance Your field of view.

The small battery can be powered on for about 90 minutes which is an impressive time, considering that it has to function in such a small frame.

What Could be better

I don’t like the idea of controlling the glasses with my hands and having to touch the frame to start and stop the recording. While it is great that You can record and change the perspective without having to use Your hands, controlling the record function via the buttons negates this positive feature a bit.

The camera is directly on the top of the nose-piece and it may take some time for You to get used to this unique perspective of the camera. You don’t have any option to review the video very quickly, there will be a phase of trial-and-error involved and the first will probably turn out very badly. However, once You are getting used to the camera and its angle, it works very well.

Conclusion

The Spy Glasses are a great option if You want to record while You are just walking or passing by. I wouldn’t say that using them as spy gear was the first thing that came to my mind.

Rather than using them as a spy tool, I believe these glasses are very well designed as action cameras. They can replace a GoPro very well. They are water-proof and can withstand a little splash of water or other rougher conditions.

So if You are skiing and want to record Your super fast downhill speed, You can use these glasses and the advantage is, that You don’t need any other gear.

Of course, the glasses have a UV protection filter and for that reason work very well for winter sports.

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Hidden Spy Camera Photo Frame

Hidden Spy Camera Photo Frame, Conbrov...
Type
Photo Frame
Camera
720p
Motion Sensor
Yes
Audio
Yes
Night Vision
Yes
Recording Time
30 Hours
Customer Rating
Hidden Spy Camera Photo Frame, Conbrov...
Type
Photo Frame
Camera
720p
Motion Sensor
Yes
Audio
Yes
Night Vision
Yes
Recording Time
30 Hours
Customer Rating

Overview

Are You searching for a very easy to hide stationary Spy Camera that also can work as a frame for a photograph? Well, then here is Your perfect choice of gear.

The Conbrov Spy Camera Photo Frame can work as a high-quality photo frame, as well as a spy camera. The camera sits on the edge of the frame and is very well hidden. The frame is perfect for Your home security, or if You work in an office and want to be sure that Your desk is safe at all times.

The standby time of the photo frame is around 2 years thanks to the 10000mAh battery and if You are recording, the recording time can be up to 30 hours in good light situations.

During the night, Convo Photo frame can provide a better view with the black LEDs and is able to record up to 10 hours.

What’s good

There are a few spy cams that I have presented now, that don’t need a stable power connection to function well. But the photo frame is the camera with the highest standby time of them all. You can leave Your office for 2 years and the frame would be able to record.

This makes the photo frame perfect if You are searching for a long-term solution when You are on vacation or want to place the camera somewhere, where You don’t have access to other power sources.

With the motion sensor, the frame only starts recording when it detects some movement. This will save some battery life and the camera will only go off when there is suspicious movement.

Although the camera itself with a resolution of 720p might not be the best, at night the camera does excel.

What Could be better

The camera is hidden very well and the chance that anyone will notice the camera is very slim. On the other hand, people tend to take a closer look at pictures and having the camera on the front-side may not be the best solution. Use the photo frame at Your own risk and maybe place the photo frame in a way that people wouldn’t take a closer look in the first place. For example, You could use a very uninteresting image, or place the frame at the end of Your desk where no one would be leaning over, just to take a closer look.

Another thing that could have been improved is the camera quality. A resolution of 720p isn’t really bad, but it would have been nice if the camera could record at 1080p already.

Conclusion

The photo frame works very well when You are searching for a power independent solution. The raw battery life of up to 2 years is really great and will give You a very secure feeling when You are traveling or simply not at home.

Of all the spy cameras that were presented in this guide, the night vision of the photo frame is one of the best. The black LEDs are invisible to the human eye, but at night they support the lens and provide enough light, that makes the recording at night pleasant.

It can be activated via a motion sensor and will record right away when there is some movement nearby.

So if You want a spy camera that needs little to no maintenance, then this photo frame works really well.

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What You can use the Spy Camera for

Although a lot of people will think that the Spy Camera is only good for some hidden footage that is illegal, there are some very good usages for hidden cameras. The cameras can be used in manifold ways and are good for more than just one situation. Whether You want to have a closer eye on Your employees, or You want more security for Your home, a Spy Camera can give You that bit of safety.

Nanny Cam

Whether You have a small child, an elderly family or a person with special needs in Your household, that require a caretaker, a hidden camera can help to see if the caretaker does a good job. Of course, we want to be sure that people we love are taken care off very well. While the selection of the caretaker is already a tedious process and can consume a lot of time, it doesn’t always mean that You have made the right choice.

Maybe the babysitter is overstrained with Your child and doesn’t do a good job. Since Your little child may not be able to communicate that he or she isn’t taken care of very well, the only way to find out if the babysitter does a good job is by monitoring their service.

You can also use the camera to have a quick look on Your smartphone and check in on the current situation. While being away this quick check gives You the ease of mind that everything is okay at home.

Baby-Phones

If You have a small child, the spy camera can also work as a regular baby phone. You don’t need to have a specialized, most often overpriced, camera that is specifically for children. A Spy Camera that provides a night vision works very well too.

Most Spy Cameras have the advantage, that they keep recording when there is movement going on in the room. They are also able to record the audio and don’t take away much space.

For safety, You have the recordings on the storage of the spy camera and can be sure what happened to Your child at night.

Security Cam

Do You have a house and want to be sure what is going on in Your home and take recordings of the most valuable places?

A spy camera is a great way to detect any suspicious movement and can even fight off burglars. If the camera notices any movement, most of the presented models will send a notification to Your Smartphone.

Or if You want to be sure, that everything is okay at home while You are on vacation, You can check the livestream and make sure that there isn’t any suspicious activity going on.

Action Camera

The advantage of Spy cameras is, that they are small and can be used in manifold ways. The cameras are so small, that some of them can be easily put on a helmet and allow You to record Your sports action.

Some of those small cameras can also withstand rain and can be good to replace an expensive GoPro.

Legal Situation of Hidden Cameras

When using hidden cams, You should also make sure to respect the legal situation of the country You are living in. Not always is the usage of hidden cameras fully legal and to be on the safe side, You should make sure that Your usage is within legal limits.

In the USA, the use of hidden nanny cams is legal as long as they aren’t able to record sound. Recording the sound would be ruled illegal, but the video footage is within legal limits. Though, the detailed legal situation depends on the state that You are living in. In most states the use of nanny cams that are able to record the sound is legal.

Compared to the USA, the UK is even less restrictive when it comes to spy cameras. It is perfectly legal to use hidden cameras at home, or even workplace if the recording serves a security purpose. However, there are some exceptions, for example, You aren’t allowed to place a hidden camera in the bathroom or locker room.

Whenever You use the spy camera to record hidden footage, apply common courtesy and make sure that You don’t break any privacy law.

 

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