You can never be too safe when it comes to security, and capturing events in or around your business can let you know exactly what’s going on in and around your home or office. Whether you’re looking to protect your children, your business, your home or your possessions, installing a “nanny cam” may help you achieve the peace of mind you’re looking for.
These tips will help you discern exactly the type of nanny cam that will suit your surveillance needs, and help you avoid making a poor and potentially costly mistake.
The most important element of a good nanny cam is that it blends in. What good is having a camera installed if your nanny or employee knows it’s there? If you suspect someone is up to no good in your home or office, it must be truly hidden and virtually undetectable. Otherwise the person — if they really are trying to be sneaky — will cease their behavior and simply resume it outside of camera view.
An ideal nanny cam for the living room would be a camera built into a wall clock. For a bedroom, a camera wouldn’t be suspected if it was built into an iPod docking station. A Mini AC Adapter Hidden Camera would work well in any room, as would a battery powered camera was hidden in a faux electrical outlet.
How do you want to record the video? Do you want an inexpensive all-in-one or self-recording cam? Or do you prefer a tiny wireless streaming cam?
An all-in-one camera contains everything you need within one compact camera unit, with no other devices required to operate or record. These are “plug and play” devices, and easy to use.
A wireless streaming camera sends the video to a receiving device located elsewhere, such as a wireless receiver or a computer. The streaming video can be captured on the receiving device for later playback.
The most common type of wireless streaming cam will stream through the internet. It requires a little more information and set up, but will have a lot fewer limitations on recording ability. Many who are not tech-savvy tend to go for the all-in-one camera. If you really want the convenience of a wireless streaming set up, but feel this cam style is beyond your tech abilities, we offer tech support to guide you through the configuration process.
Cloud recording is part of the next wave of nanny cam, the Amcrest ProHD records up to 4 hours to its own cloud server.
Another consideration is how you want to power your hidden camera. You can choose a camera that operates via battery power or electricity (AC). Each type has its benefits and drawbacks, so it depends on how you plan to use it.
A battery powered nanny cam is portable, so it can be placed anywhere, with no hard-wiring or wall outlets required. You can even bring it with you when you travel, to make sure your belongings stayed secure while you were out to dinner. You can choose both indoor and outdoor models. The main drawback is that you need to remember to recharge the battery before it dies.
Electric nanny cams must be plugged into a standard AC wall outlet, which limits the range of where you can place them. It also makes them far less discrete, as a smoke detector seems out of place with a power cord leading from it.
One consideration that many new cam shoppers overlook is whether or not a camera they are considering is compatible with the computer they own. Mac owners in particular need to check a camera’s specifications to make sure that the camera is compatible with their Mac.
This is important because to work with a Mac the cameras much record in a universal format such as MPG or AVI, which works on most devices, including standard media players. Fortunately, some cameras are so versatile that they don’t even need a computer to play captured video—the cam connects to your tv for viewing.
However, there are some surveillance cams that are only compatible with PCs, particularly internet-streaming cameras that require special software that is usually only made for PCs in order to view the captured video remotely. Other nanny cams record in their own proprietary formats so that the files can be passworded for protection—these also require special software to view.
Video Resolution and Quality
It’s crucial to make sure that the camera you’re looking at offers the quality you need in the situation you’ll be placing it. Nanny cams are sold in a wide range of video quality, from standard definition or high resolution all the way up to high-definition (HD) recording.
If the surveillance area isn’t well-lit or you need fine detail in the recording to catch a sketchy visitor or employee in the act, you’re going to want a camera that captures in HD—either 720P or 1080P. This will give you the crisp, clear detail that you’re looking for. Otherwise, you may lose the distinction in faces or you’ll miss more subtle actions, which are likely the very reason you’re purchasing the nanny cam in the first place.
With these nanny cam buying guidelines, you should be able to narrow down the selection of cameras to the few that are exactly what you’re looking for and capture all the detail you need without detection.
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