We've all see the multitude of hidden cameras in such things as teddy bears, wall clocks, plants, etc. but today I would like to focus on covert spy cameras that are both unique and resourceful. Not that these other types of cameras aren't clever but they are mostly used as "nanny cams" that are primarily used in your home.
Hidden Cameras in Common Household Items
There are so many reasons for a person to use covert cameras even if they are not in a professional line of work that requires them. For instance, custody battles: some parents need to film the exchanges to avoid wrongful allegations or to show the courts why they are asking to modify an existing order due to behavioral issues. Or, how about divorce? They get very messy and one might need to protect themselves... then there is always getting proof for the ‘grounds' behind requesting a divorce involving cheating, etc. So, without further delay, I'd like to jump right into my "Top 10 List of Covert Cameras".
Top Covert Spy Camera # 10 - Ultimate Covert Surveillance System
Ultimate Covert Surveillance System
Spytrac has a very small camera that can literally be put anywhere called the Ultimate Covert Surveillance System. So, if a person wanted to place it in anything or virtually anywhere they wanted quickly, this would be the device to do it. The size is one of its best features. So for the portability of this tiny covert camera it deserves to be on the list. (Update: This covert spy camera is no longer available. Another ultimate covert camera may be this "smallest hidden spycam" for less than $50. A bit larger, but with great reviews, this Micro Camcorder may also be a good spy camera option.)
Top 10 Covert Spy Cameras: # 9 - Micro Eyes
Micro Eyes DVR BallCam
This little guy has a large boast; it is the world's first micro camera in the shape of a ball. No wonder it is called the Eyeball Camera. Due to its size this covert Micro Eyes DVR Ball Cam is very portable but it will cost you around $300 or less. On the other hand it can be hidden pretty much anywhere you would possible need it to. (Buy here.)
Top 10 Covert Spy Cameras: # 8 - World's Smallest Spy Camera
World's Smallest Color Camera
Even smaller that the Eyeball Camera, there is the smallest video covert camera in the world today often called "The World's Smallest Cordless Spy Camera " . This covert camera was manufactured in Taiwan. The high resolution images are the best feature of this product even more so than the unique size. (Update: This covert camera is no longer available. This smallest hidden spycam and this button sized camera may be worth considering.)
Top 10 Covert Spy Cameras: # 7 - Snake Cameras
Snake cameras are still highly effective. What makes them so attractive is the fact that they can be utilized in the most versatile ways. If there is a crack, space under the door, or a hole in the wall, this tool comes in very handy. Plus they can be found pretty much anywhere that sells video cameras at an affordable price.
Top 10 Covert Spy Cameras: # 6 - Baseball Cap Hidden Cam
Baseball Cap Cameras
Now for the wearable items: One product that is very cool and that most would not suspect due to the fact that it is so common is the baseball cap. Everywhere you go a person can be seen wearing them and rarely they are paid much attention to. Mis Defense Products has an entire line of these hats to choose from ranging in very affordable prices. (Update: The camera cap covert camera is available here.)
Top 10 Covert Spy Cameras: # 5 - Video Pen
One of my personal favorites is the Covert Video Pen. It records in color and unlike past creations, it is wireless. Also this particular device is a working pen so it can be used... all of these factors allow your cover to remain intact on your mission. The images are clear and there is no way it can be detected as a camera by the naked eye. For $30 it can be yours.
Top 10 Covert Spy Cameras: # 4 - Watch Cams
Watch Camera WS-690 Model
James Bond eat your heart out! The watches are a spy movie icon. Wrist watches always have some degree of coolness to them in every great spy film. In this case this nice looking watch is a covert camera ready to film what you are experiencing. 3rd Eye Electronics has created two excellent products that are highly innovative. (Update: This covert camera is no longer available, but here is a terrific selection of other watch cameras, including this innocent looking camera watch.)
Watch Camera WSC-828 Model
Top 10 Covert Spy Cameras: # 3 - Jean Jacket Cam
Jean Jacket Camera
A Jean jacket can be worn in fall, winter and spring so a Jacket Cam is a very versatile approach to recording situations. Not only that but they are available in all sizes so your kids can wear them and you can see what happens at school, on visits with family members that you might not trust or when they leave the house to go out with friends.(Buy here.)
Top 10 Covert Spy Cameras: # 2 - Sunglasses
Sunglasses are a stylish way to secretly record situations, in person conversations, meetings and more. The newer models are very inconspicuous. Fashion is definitely not compromised when it comes to these covert cameras . There are a wide variety of styles and colors to choose from so they don't attract attention as if they stick out like a sore thumb. Usually the cost is between $20-$300 for this spy accessory. (Buy here)
Top 10 Covert Spy Cameras: # 1- Reverse Peephole Camera
Reverse Peephole Camera
The Reverse Peephole Camera is a revolutionary gadget. Imagine being able to knock on a door when you are being avoided only to see the person on the inside of the house react to your presence. There are of course a million reasons to own this covert camera. (Update: This covert camera is no longer available. This other peephole camera could be a good covert camera alternative.)
So get out there and be creative. With so many reasons to own one (or more) of these covert cameras, tell me, what would you do with them?
Editor's Note: Article updated on January 26, 2013 to update dead links and outdated information.
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