Technology has advanced to the point where the type of nanny camera that you can walk into a store and buy today would have been practically unthinkable even ten years ago. For just a few hundred dollars, you can buy something that is compact and wireless, easy to place and virtually undetectable to the naked eye. You can find models with motion detection, night vision, the capability to stream footage over the Internet, and more – all for less than the amount of money you paid for the smartphone you carry around with you all day long.
Yet, all of the technology in the world isn’t going to help you if you don’t place your nanny camera in the right way.
The Problems with Placement
The most obvious issue with placing your nanny camera in the wrong location is that the person you’re trying to covertly watch is going to find it. A lot of this comes down to the type of camera you buy and the environment that it was designed for. If your nanny camera is hidden in a stuffed animal like a teddy bear, for example, it would probably go entirely unnoticed if you placed it in your child’s bedroom. The person you’re trying to watch would undoubtedly see it, but they probably wouldn’t think twice.
If you put that same teddy bear nanny camera in your kitchen, however, it’s probably going to warrant a closer look. A nanny camera built into a USB charger that plugs into the wall, on the other hand, would make perfect sense in a kitchen – someone would probably just think, “Oh, someone must charge a smartphone in the kitchen,” and would likely go about their business.
Equally important is the idea that you’ll harm the quality of the footage you’re able to get. If you aren’t acutely aware of things like camera lens angles, recommended distances and more, you could wind up with crystal clear footage of an empty corner of a room with your subject frustratingly out of frame the entire time.
Best Practices for Nanny Cam Positioning
For the best results, always run a test with your nanny camera to help you determine ideal placement BEFORE you start using it in important situations. Remember that what you see with your eye might not be exactly what the lens is capturing, so run a test to check for obstructions and other issues that may harm recorded footage quality.
During your test run, you’ll also want to pay close attention to the viewing angle of the camera’s lens – both what space is in the frame from left to right AND from top to bottom. This is another reason why running an initial test is so important – if the environment you’re covering is a large one, you may have to place the camera much farther back in the room than you initially think to capture it all.
Regarding lighting, always make sure that you do not point the nanny camera’s lens directly at a light source like a desk lamp or overhead light. Even if you don’t think the light is too bright, it may significantly degrade the quality of the footage the camera can record from that angle. For the best results, either don’t aim the camera at the light source or move the light source before filming starts.
These are just a few of the key tips that you can use to help properly place your nanny camera to avoid detection. Remember that this is the key to successful surveillance – you’re trying to get a record of the way someone acts when they think that nobody is watching, which means that they think there are no consequences. By keeping these best practices in mind, you’ll be well on your way to getting all of the footage you need.