Security cameras are a great way to keep an eye on what’s happening at home while you are away. But sometimes you may be looking for a more discreet or hidden option so people won’t be readily aware that someone is watching.
Let’s take a look at six of the best hidden cameras for around the home or elsewhere that can help you keep an eye on what’s happening without being obvious.
Powered Hidden Cameras
This type of spy camera uses a full-time power source and can continually record. The biggest drawback is that there will be some limitations on where they can be set up.
Almost anyone with a smartphone probably has a wireless charger somewhere around their home. And that makes the KAPOSEV Spy Camera Wireless Phone Charger a perfect choice to blend into the environment and offer true hidden surveillance.
The hidden camera allows you to remotely check in your home with a smartphone app, while also allowing quick and easy recording of video or photos. Even when you’re not watching a live feed, the camera can send you a notification when it senses motion and automatically take a picture of the scene.
While not included, you can insert up to a 128GB microSD card to record a 24-hour time loop. Built-in night vision helps you keep an eye on your home, even in darkness. You can also charge any Qi-enabled phone in either portrait or landscape orientation.
WEMLB’s Alarm Clock Hidden Camera includes a working spy camera with night vision capability of up to 15 feet. If any movement is detected, a push notification will be sent to a smartphone via the companion app or even sent to an email address.
The camera records Full HD 1080p video, and the manufacturer provides a 16GB microSD card. You can expand the storage with your own card of up to 128GB to record even more.
The SPOOKER USB Phone Adapter Camera can juice up your phone or tablet with a fun twist. It also sports a 1080p camera that can keep track of what’s happening at home. Since it already plugs into an electrical outlet, there’s no need to worry about a power source. To get started, connect the camera to a Wi-Fi network and view a live stream of the video via a smartphone app.
The camera also sends a push notification when sensing motion and records video to an optional microSD card. If you don’t want or need to connect the camera to a wireless network, it will still record video onto the card. The live video stream and recordings are available through the app.
The weatherproof Maximus Security Camera and Outdoor Light from Kuna is available in many different colors and styles to match your existing landscape. Instead of obviously being a camera, like other options, the Maximus camera is more discreet but just as powerful. You’ll need to place the system where there is existing electrical wiring; Kuna promises installation takes just 15 minutes.
With a built-in motion sensor, you’ll receive an instant smartphone notification, and can view a live feed and hear video on the companion app. If necessary, you can communicate with people in range, send a pre-recorded voice message, or activate the 110-decibel alarm. Recordings of previous events are available to view in the cloud. As a nice touch, you can even control the light using Amazon Alexa.
Battery-Powered Hidden Cameras
Probably the most well-known type of hidden camera, these use built-in batteries. While you can place the cameras almost anywhere, the downside is that the battery will eventually need to be recharged or replaced. While that may not be entirely practical, they are perfect for truly covert surveillance.
The FUVISION Hidden Camera Wi-Fi Photo Frame has a small 720p camera hidden inside with a 15-degree downward angle. As a nice touch, when using night vision, there is no visible red glow from the camera housing. That makes it a perfect choice to place anywhere a normal photo frame resides like on a wall or desk.
The system sports a built-in DVR that can record short clips of motion events up to 60 seconds on a microSD card. You can view the video using their smartphone app or record to a photo album instead.
A smoke detector is another everyday object that blends into any home. And instead of warning you in the event of a fire, ZXWDDP Wi-Fi Smoke Detector Camera sports a built-in 1080p camera. The camera, which also uses night vision to record in the dark, will send a notification to a smartphone when it senses motion. You can see a live view using the app or record to an optional microSD card of up to 128GB.
The battery can provide up to four hours of video recording on a single charge. If you have an electrical circuit in the ceiling, the camera’s battery can receive constant power. Before you install this in your home, it’s worth noting that although this looks like a smoke detector, it has none of those capabilities. To protect your home from fire, you’ll need to purchase a functional smoke detector.
The Best Hidden Cameras for Your Home
With one of these spy cameras, you can easily keep an eye on your home or business without tipping off everyone in the room.
If you don’t mind a security camera that’s not as discreet, take a look at these completely wireless security cameras for a home. Instead of requiring a power source, these options use a rechargeable battery so you can place them almost anywhere.