One of the great contradictions of a hidden camera is, at the end of the day, the unit itself is only as effective as the spot you choose to hide it. You could spend hundreds of dollars on the latest, greatest and most advanced spy camera available on the market today, but if you hide it in an obvious place, it will still be detected sooner rather than later.
Because of this, it’s important to understand that the technology itself will only carry you so far. If you really want to hide a spy camera effectively to keep an eye on your surroundings, you’ll want to keep a few key best practices in mind.
Context Is Important
Purchasing a spy camera hidden inside a normal, everyday object like a pen or a wall clock is a great first step to avoiding attention – but it’s important that you not forget about context. The item the camera is hidden inside MUST make sense in the context of the room you’re placing it in or you’ll end up attracting MORE attention than you otherwise would.
Case in point: When people think of a nanny cam, they normally call to mind images of the classic “camera hidden inside the teddy bear” as popularized by countless films and television shows. If you’re hiding that teddy bear cam in your child’s nursery, nobody will probably think twice about it. If a teddy bear suddenly showed up in your office because you’re trying to keep an eye on employees when they’re not around, it would likely attract attention – leading to the discovery of the camera hidden inside.
The same is true for all cameras hidden inside objects, though. Would a camera hidden inside a pen really not attract attention if it suddenly showed up in your kitchen? It probably would – which is something you just don’t want.
For the best results, look for devices that offer maximum versatility while keeping this context in mind. Cameras hidden inside USB adapters are great for this reason because USB phone chargers have become ubiquitous throughout our daily life. People charge their phones EVERYWHERE, which means if you have a camera hidden inside a USB phone charger, it can essentially go anywhere, too.
Another one of the keys to successfully hiding a camera involves taking every element of your environment into consideration. Remember that depending on the type of camera you buy, you’ll naturally be working within certain restrictions. Some cameras don’t have a wide-angle lens, meaning that anything above or below a certain point won’t be captured. Others may have difficulties providing you with clear footage from long distances, meaning that you would need to place it closer to the subject than normal.
For the best results, start by thinking carefully about what type of footage you’re trying to capture. Where will your subject be and what will they be doing. Then, look around the room for the ideal location for a camera to help capture that desired footage. Only then will you be able to start looking for a hidden camera with a feature set that actually meets your needs. If you start with the camera and go through the process in the reverse order, you run the risk of buying something that may not do what you need it to despite being of high quality.
These are just a few of the tips that you can use to successfully place hidden cameras to keep an eye on people when you’re not around. Above all else, remember that every surveillance situation will present its own unique challenges, particularly when it comes to where you should and should not hide your camera. Never assume there is a “one size fits all” approach to hiding a camera, because there really isn’t.