Whether you want to keep an eye on your car (wireless night vision camera), catch a cheating partner (wireless pinhole camera) or keep an eye on your nanny/babysitter (nanny cam), today’s technology is easy to use, inexpensive, and readily available virtually everywhere. The list of wireless spy cameras goes on… you can also get them in alarm clocks, smoke detectors, fake wall plugs, and pens. Last year while surfing for the latest spy gadget, I even saw an incredibly small pinhole camera that was in the shape of a screw head that you put into a wall or wardrobe box… looking at it you’d believe it was a simple screw. The screw head camera hides the rest of the camera in behind the wall and transmits color video signals at 2.4 ghz. What will they think of next?
Location: Where are you going to place the wireless spy camera? There are many kinds of cameras designed to look like everyday items, so if you’re going to be placing it in a children’s playroom, consider a camera hidden in a stuffed bear. How about an office? Try a camera that looks like a clock, smoke alarm, pen or cell phone? Depending on the location, there is a huge selection to choose from. How Much Money? You can reduce the amount of cameras you have to choose from depending on how much money you are willing to invest. A basic setup can cost $100+ and a top of the line can cost $1000+.
Distance: As the expression goes, “when the cat is out, the mice will play” but how far is the cat (you) going to be? A major consideration are the obstructions between your wireless spy camera and the receiving device (tv, video recorder, etc.). Things like concrete walls, brick walls, etc. can greatly reduce the transmission signal of your camera. If you are going out, you might want to put the recording device (or receiver) in the next room somewhere so you can get the clearest signal possible, especially if you need the video for any legal reasons. A typical camera can transmit 100-1000 feet depending on the obstructions.Learn more at wifi spy camera.
Frequency: The most ranges include 434MHz, 900MHz, 1.2GHz, 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz. The most popular frequency is 2.4GHz range because it is license free in the United States. Depending on what your purpose for the wireless spy camera is, it is advisable to avoid 424MHz and 900MHz frequencies as they are very low and are more susceptible to interference and degradation through walls.
Size: Are you going to be hiding the camera or leaving it visible? If you are hiding the camera, chances are you’ll need a smaller camera because it’s easier to conceal. If you don’t care if it’s seen, a larger camera typically costs less and may have better resolution for your dollar.
Lighting: Will the camera be located in a dimly lit room? Do you need night vision? Depending on the lighting, you may need to invest a little more money and get a camera that can capture clear images in low lighting.
Picture Quality: Will you need to identify someone from the video footage or do you just need to see someone moving around? Usually 380 lines of resolution is high enough for detailed usage.
The Law: Depending on where you are located, you might want to take a look at what your local laws are regarding the use of wireless spy cameras. In some cases, recorded evidence may not be admissible in court. After taking all the above things into consideration, you should have a better idea of which cameras best suit your needs. Good luck!