So you’re going out for a night on the town, leaving your children behind under the care of a nanny that you hope you can trust. Wouldn’t it be nice to keep an eye on them in a convenient way, like with your smartphone?
Or are you tired of your employees stealing your money without you know who is doing it, or wondering if it’s really an accident? With a hidden camera tucked away in a place that they will never look, you can find out exactly what your employees are doing without them suspecting a thing.
The ability to keep track of your property from virtually anywhere in the world is an incredibly powerful ability, which is now possible with this amazing technology.
Here’s Excellent Web’s Top 10 Wifi Spy Cameras!
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#1 Titathink TT522PW Wifi Spy Camera
The TT522PW-B sports a tiny, hard to spot, image sensor that is .74 by 2.0 inches. The viewing angle is 108 degrees wide, so if placed in the corner of a room and positioned correctly, it should be able to record an entire room.
This unit records video in 720P HD, it would be great if it was 1080P, but considering the size and cost of the unit, it should adequate for most people.
The concept with this camera is you would place it in a location where it would be very hard to spot and then run the 20 foot long, waterproof, camera cable into a location where it won’t be spotted, where you connect it to the main unit. You have the option to connect the camera to your network router with a CAT5 cable, which if possible, we recommend, there’s no reason to clog up your wireless network if you don’t need it.
No batteries are required, but you must plug it into a wall outlet, we recommend running the cable to the basement of your home or property if possible. This way it’s easy to connect the power cable and optionally connect it to your network router.
The main unit has a built in sound monitoring port, where you can plug in a high-quality microphone.
There are multiple options to store video including a Micro SD card, the maximum capacity supported is 128gb, optionally it can also record a NAS (Network Attached Storage) or PC. To save space, you can utilize the motion detection which has four configurable motion detection zones.
You can view the footage can be remotely from a computer or a smartphone, which connects over Wifi B/G/N and is backward compatible with new 802.11AC wireless routers.
The only cons are the price, this is the most expensive camera on our list.
#2 Titathink TT520PW Pinhole Hidden Nanny Cam
The cameras from Titathink were so impressive that it was a tough choice between their different models. Between the overall flexibility and array of features, we decided to include two variations of the models above.
The main difference is that this is a pinhole type camera, but most of the other features are virtually identical.
This camera will be much harder to spot and is excellent for keeping an eye on your property in situations where you don’t want anyone to know the camera is there. This makes it an excellent nanny cam or IP camera for small businesses that want to keep an eye on the cash drawer or valuable merchandise.
The camera comes with a variety of different mounting options which allow you to keep the presence of the camera a complete secret.
Some other things worth mentioning about these cameras is the ability to use continuous recording mode. No matter what size memory card you insert into the main unit, it will never run out of space because it will automatically overwrite the oldest footage.
The unit does not have an internal microphone because federal laws do not allow it. So if you want to record audio, you will have to purchase a separate microphone and connect it via the one-quarter inch microphone port. Remember, that if you are using most of the length of the camera cable, that the microphone cable will need to be just as long.
This model is best suited to indoor use, as the camera is not waterproof.
#3 Eyeclub Wi-Fi Smoke Detector Camera
This unit is incredibly stealthy and appears to look like a smoke detector. It’s relatively inexpensive compared to some other units, but it does lack a bit in unneeded features. It’s important to remember that this device is not a functional smoke detector.
The unit is recharged via a Mini-USB cable, and the rechargeable battery is included. The fact that this camera requires charging is the biggest downside since it will likely be mounted on the ceiling. So you will have to climb up onto a ladder from time to time, to recharge the battery.
It can be easily operated from a smart phone and you can monitor your property from anywhere.
The camera records at 1080P resolution; 1280 by 1080 pixels, so it’s recording at the same quality level of a Blu-ray movie that is not in a widescreen format. It records 25 frames per second, so the playback so smooth and not choppy.
The images are sharp and clear when there is proper light, and sometimes the images can be hard to make out of it there are low light levels. The camera is rated at 2.0 Lux and does not have any IR (infrared) capability.
The camera comes with a full one year US warranty and support provided by Eyeclub and an 8 GB micro SD card, but we would suggest using the maximum support size of 64 GB, which will have to be purchased separately.
#4 Zetronix 720p Wifi Spy Pen
This camera seems like something out of a James Bond movie, it’s a functional ballpoint pen with a hidden pinhole camera. This camera is located at the back of the pen, and you can view the footage on your smartphone.
It also records audio, so make sure to check the state laws where you live, as this device may not be legal. It’s perfectly legal if all parties are aware they are being recorded, so if you’re just showing this device off to friends, you don’t have anything to worry about.
It records full-color video at 720p HD resolution at 1 MP (Megapixel) and has a wide angle 45-degree lens. You can watch remotely on your smartphone, both iPhones and Android-based phones are supported, and there’s also support for desktop computers. 802.11 b/g/n is supported, and new routers that are based upon 802.11ac will work fine as well.
The pen is powered by a lithium-ion battery, which only lasts about 30 minutes in wireless mode before it has to be recharged.
It can also store about 16 hours of video on a single 32 GB MicroSD card, which you will have to purchase separately.
This is a super cool gadget that you can have a lot of fun with but, it might be a little less practical then the other devices on this list.
#5 Wiseup Wifi IP Smoke Detector Hidden Camera
This is a pretty stealthy nanny cam hidden inside a smoke detector. It is very difficult to detect the hidden pinhole camera, making it an excellent choice for monitoring your property remotely.
It records at a frame rate of 25 or 30fps but only for about 70 minutes on each battery charge. It is highly recommended that you use the built-in motion detection settings.
The biggest con with this device is that it should be mounted on the ceiling, and you will have to climb up a ladder to recharge the batteries or retrieve the footage off the 8 GB built-in memory card. Optionally you can add a 32 GB MicroSD card for more storage capacity.
A tip here would be to try to find a location to mount this device that isn’t very high off the ground, it could be mounted horizontally on a wall or under a cabinet.
#6 Eyeclub Wifi Battery Adapter Hidden Camera
All of the Eyeclub wireless cameras on this list use a similar camera setup with different housings, so I won’t go into too much detail about the technical specifications of each camera.
This product mimics a battery charger or some kind of adapter for a camera or something of the sort.
The main advantage to this camera is that it can be placed somewhere that is relatively accessible and it doesn’t look out of place if it is just left somewhere.
The tiny pinhole lens is very difficult to see from a distance or a meter or more.
It has motion detection, shoots at a very high 1080P resolution at 25fps.
#7 Eyeclub Black Hidden Camera Alarm Clock
The hidden camera lens is built into the front of the clock and is borderline impossible to see from a distance. This is a great nanny cam because it accessible, can easily be positioned, and fits into any home interior with its solid black, simplistic design.
As with most of these Wifi devices, the biggest source of complaints is people struggling the configure the device.
The easiest way to do this is to use a smartphone to connect to the clock’s own wireless network, then configure the clock to connect to your wireless network. The setup may seem awkward, but this is the standard way to configure most of these devices, but it’s the biggest source of bad reviews.
Note: there is a small rocker switch on the top of the clock that allows you to switch from regular time and military time.
#8 Eyeclub Black Stylish Alarm Clock 1080p Camera
A different style clock from Eyeclub. This design looks a little more stylish, but offers similar functionality to the other hidden Wifi cameras produced by Eyeclub.
This clock has a built-in infrared emitter that allows you to see in darkness. The time will also alternate between the current temperature.
Some people were complaining that this model is a little bit easier to detect as a hidden camera than the other models. Obviously children, pets, and people who don’t suspect it will probably never figure out that it’s a spy camera.
All of the Eyeclub cameras on this list come with a mini digital video recorder with a stand that does not connect to your Wifi network. That’s certainly a nice bonus.
#9 ELP Motion Sensor Mini HD Wireless Camera
This camera looks like a motion sensor that you might see inside a building to trigger turning on lights or setting off a security alarm, so it’s not going to look out of place in most homes. What’s also nice, is that those types of devices are usually placed in a location on the wall where they get a clear view of the entire room. This is great because you can place it in a location where it will capture a great view of the room that you want surveillance of.
The wireless connection has an effective range of 49 feet, so this device does need to be somewhat close to your wireless router. The range will also be reduced dramatically if it has to travel through a wall. This shouldn’t be a problem for too many people, but it is something to consider.
The camera itself is a tiny pinhole camera that is barely visible.
A big problem with this device is that there is no support for Mac users.
#10 Eyerayo Wifi Pinhole Hidden Alarm Clock Spy Camera
This clock has a hidden secret, it’s actually a hidden camera that records 720p HD video at 30 FPS.
This unit has a lot of advantages, mainly that it can be positioned anywhere and doesn’t require any crazy mounting or hiding of wires.
You can view the footage over your wireless network on your smartphone or laptop computer. Optionally, you can save the video to a micro SD card, the largest card you can use is a 32 GB.
The manual lacks some clarity and configuring the device is a little bit confusing. It would have been great if the instructions were clearer. The setup is a little tricky when you start the device for the first time; it will behave like a wireless access point. You will then have to connect with your smartphone, or some other device with a wireless adapter, directly to the clock, and then configure the device with the app to connect to your wireless router. Once it’s setup, it should be fine.
This is the cause of most of the negative reviews about this unit. People buy it and simply cannot understand how to get the device to work. It’s a bit awkward, but if you have ever configured something like a wireless bridge, it’s the same process. The device has to be configured to connect to your network, and you have to connect directly to it to set it up.
Another drawback is the time will always be military time. This does make the device somewhat suspicious during evening hours.
The camera is capable of night vision, but unfortunately, the quality isn’t the best.