The Best Hidden Cams – May 2019
We recently published a list of the best nanny cams on the market. These subtle but powerful recording devices have revolutionized the home security market by offering unfettered, HD video feeds of any room in your home or office, and they can almost always stream live video directly to your smartphone or computer via WiFi.
Regardless of whether you want to catch an intruder or simply keep an eye on your pet while you’re at the office, these cameras make it easy to keep tabs on both your valuables and your loved ones.
But every camera we listed on that roundup is completely visible to anyone in the room—meaning that although they’re perfect for everyday monitoring, they aren’t ideal if you’re truly trying to catch someone in the act.
Of course you probably don’t want to turn your living room into some type of evil Bond Villain lair in which unwitting guests are subjected to secretive surveillance 24/7, but there are certain times when added discretion is required for your surveillance.
Perhaps you’re trying to ensure that your new babysitter is following all of your house rules while you’re away, or maybe you’ve been dying to play a prank on your unwitting cousin who happens to be spending the week with you.
Regardless of your specific (and hopefully not too nefarious) intents and requirements, sometimes you need a security camera that’s truly hidden—so hidden that your guests won’t even be able to see it if they’re looking directly at it.
There are plenty of hidden home cameras to choose from, many of which take the form of everyday household objects such as clocks and USB drives. And to make your search easier, we’ve listed some of the best hidden cameras on the market right here. Enjoy responsibly.
When it comes to hidden gadgets of any kind, the mind often turns to James Bond plot lines filled with beautiful woman and evil villains bent on world destruction. But the reality is that you don’t need to be an international man of mystery in order to enjoy all the benefits of a well-hidden spy camera in your home or office.
You’d be hard pressed to find a more classic hiding spot than a bedside clock when it comes to concealing a small camera, and this elegant black spy clock delivers this classic combination with style and an impressive amount of recording power.
Thanks to this clock’s jet-black and shiny exterior, it’s virtually impossible to see the tiny lens that resides inside. It features full HD 1080p video recording that can capture movements throughout the entire room, and you’ll be able to stream a live feed though a specialized app via your home’s WiFi network.
Whether you’re trying to catch a nefarious intruder in the act or simply want to keep an eye on your kids or pets while you’re in the other room, this hidden camera features advanced motion detection technology that can initiate recording at a moment’s notice.
There’s an infrared night vision system built in so you won’t have to worry about losing your feed in the dark, and there’s a 150-degree wide-angle lens that ensures you won’t miss out on movement details taking place in the corner of the room.
You also have the option of recording directly to a micro SD card, and you can adjusted the resolution of the recording in order to save space.
Of course this clandestine clock also functions as an actual clock, so you’ll be able to read the time and set alarms at will.
When it comes to hidden cameras, the most important variable is picking an enclosure that won’t raise suspicions, which is why you want to pick everyday objects that most people won’t question seeing around the house.
Perhaps nothing embodies this everyday gadget like the humble USB charger, which can be found in pretty much every room in the house thanks to its ability to charge and sync everything from laptops to smartphones.
This tiny yet mighty spy camera hides itself brilliantly within a fully-functional USB wall charger, and delivers exceptional 1080p HD video along with 90-degree viewing angles that can capture movements in every corner of the room.
You’ll be able to keep a solid eye on nannies, kids, and employees at home or at work without their knowledge, and the setup couldn’t be simpler—thanks to a uniquely portable enclosure that begins recording in full HD resolution whenever it senses movement.
You also have the option of enabling a loop-recording function that automatically records and overwrites the oldest SD card files in order to save space and expedite the viewing process, and there’s even a built-in battery that prevents SD card corruption so you won’t need to rely on Bluetooth or WiFi in order to access the feed.
Next on our list we have an ultra-sleek hidden camera that’s both practical and convenient. Doubling as both a hidden HD cam and a fully-functional smartphone charger, this discrete spy device is ideal for keeping tabs on both the home and the office.
You’ll be able to remotely view and record via any WiFi network, and you have the option of using an integrated app in order to take pictures, record videos, and save or playback a feed directly on your smartphone or tablet.
This device is also an impressive standalone charger that allows you to power-up a variety of devices (including the latest iPhones and Samsung smartphones) quickly and efficiently using state-of-the-art fast-charging technology.
There are integrated motion-detection and smart alerts that allow you to begin recording the instant any movement is detected in the vicinity, and you’ll receive push notifications on your phone whenever recoding has started.
You’ll also be able to download a free P2PLiveCam app in order to easily configure any WiFi connection and share your camera’s feed with multiple users on different devices, and your order comes with absolutely everything you need for a fast setup.
Portable power banks are all the rage these days, and with good reason. Even the most impressive laptop and smartphone batteries on the market are no match for the constant scrolling and browsing that most users subject their devices to, and if you spend a significant amount of time on the go it helps to have a backup power source handy.
This portable power bank, however, is unique in that it’s also outfitted with a specialized hidden camera that offers crystal-clear video and playback.
The battery itself is very impressive, thanks to a whopping 5000mAh large-capacity cell that takes only roughly four hours to reach maximum capacity.
It’s incredibly easy to setup and use, and features a night vision setting that allows you to record video and take pictures in the pitch-black. There’s an HD DV processing chip that allows for high-def recording in virtually any environment, and you’ll be able to record directly onto a micro SD card without having to deal with pesky driver installations.
The only thing more useful and beloved than a portable battery these days is a quality Bluetooth speaker that allows you to stream your favorite tunes in any room of the house. This all-in-one speaker manages to deliver top-notch sonics along with a hidden camera that can be used to spy on anything in its vicinity, and it’s priced extraordinarily well given its power and functionality.
A 1080P HD camera is perfectly hidden within this powerful speaker, which delivers rich but tight low-end alongside crystal clear highs and a solid midrange. You get full control of the camera via an app that allows you to alter everything from the angle to the video quality, and you’ll be able to engage in remote monitoring via your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
You’ll also be able to record directly to an SD card, and you have the option of utilizing a specialized motion-detection feature in order to save space.
The standalone app also allows you to control every aspect of your music’s playback, and the speaker’s 3000 mAh battery can last for up to six hours on a single charge.
This brilliantly-placed spy camera resides inside what appears to be a smoke detector that can be placed anywhere in the home.
Offering fully panoramic views and top-notch video quality, this double-whammy gadget allows you to shoot and view both pictures and video on virtually any device.
Like most of the hidden cams on our list this gadget offers the option to record directly to an SD card, or you can stream your video directly to your various devices in real-time.
You’ll be able to select your video resolution depending on room lighting and space limitations, and there’s a motion-activated sensor that allows you to begin recording only when movement is detected in the room.
This device also comes loaded with a rechargeable 2000 mAh battery that offers four hours of constant recording on a single charge.