10 Best Nanny Cams | May 2017
- records vivid 1280 x 720 hd video
- customizable frame rate and resolution
- instructions are confusing
|Rating||4.1 / 5.0|
- impressive image quality
- wide viewing angle
- speaker volume is too low
|Rating||4.2 / 5.0|
- 3 dbi antenna for reliable wi-fi
- motion detection snapshot
- cannot upload directly to the cloud
|Rating||3.8 / 5.0|
- motion sensitivity can be adjusted
- supports up to 128gb storage card
- expensive for a single camera system
|Rating||4.3 / 5.0|
- email and push alerts
- mounting brackets included
- the power cord is too short
|Rating||4.5 / 5.0|
- remote pan tilt and zoom
- intelligent motion alerts
- allows for two-way talking
|Rating||3.9 / 5.0|
- records in avi format
- up to 48 hours on standby
- does not record sound well
|Rating||4.6 / 5.0|
- easy diy installation
- hd clarity even in the dark
- weatherproof for outdoor use
|Rating||4.6 / 5.0|
- nest aware app stores video in the cloud
- see full detail with 8x digital zoom
- versatile stand with magnetic base
|Rating||4.6 / 5.0|
For Your Eyes Only: Classified Information
I think it's pretty clear by now that my favorite thing about hidden cameras is their history in espionage. During the Cold War Era, the predecessors of the nanny cam were limited to fancy, rich government organizations, like the CIA or KGB.
If you, sadly, have no idea what those acronyms stand for, think James Bond, and then go read a book to exercise your brain.
They were the only ones who could afford the advanced technology needed to say, fit a tiny, secret camera into a lapel pin. Or a tube of lipstick. Or a pen. There are so many cool options!
Now, in the 21st Century, hidden cameras are much more affordable for the average person, and they're enabled everywhere; gas stations, road intersections, the smartphone in your back pocket. Therefore, each individual's personal spying capabilities are drastically increased, as are the laws pertaining to their use.
Avoid Prison, Know Your Nanny Cam Rights
Before you buy a hidden camera, make sure to take legal precautions if it has audio. Under federal wiretapping law (US Code Title 19, Chapter 119, Section 2512, if you want to get fancy), it's illegal to record conversations in a secret.
If you desperately want to keep audio files, make sure you get "express or written consent" from whoever you'll be monitoring. Otherwise - straight to the fed, man.
On the flip side, without audio, secretly videotaping people is legal in all 50 states. So your cam is totally legal and permitted in court. If you want to use your nanny cam footage as evidence, though, make sure the video is super clear. In some nanny abuse cases, the footage can get thrown out, because the video quality isn't good enough. So that's a good reason to splurge for a clear, higher quality HD camera.
With that being said, do yourself a favor and quickly read this article to better understand the benefits and risks of nanny cam use.
Secret Cameras: Much More Than Just Taping Your Nanny
The idea of the "nanny cam" really became popular in the 90s, as the cost of hidden cameras went way down. Suddenly, everyone knew that if you got a job working with kids on Park Avenue, there was probably a secret camera in the tummy of the teddy bear on the mantel.
So, of course you can use your nanny cam to tape your nanny. But how about other stuff?
Intricate surveillance systems are also useful in home security, although they don't necessarily need to be secret. In fact, some experts say it helps more to have an obvious security camera to deter burglars. But hidden cameras are definitely an option if you want to make sure no funny business is go on around your neighborhood.
If you really want to get edgy, hidden cameras are often used to tape reality TV shows. Candid Camera was the first of these shows, debuting nearly 70 years ago, and hidden camera shows really took off.
That means if you want to, say, let seven strangers live in your house, work together and have their lives taped (i.e., MTV's The Real World, which many view as the first reality show), a nanny cam is a great option.
That way reality stars can kind of forget that they're being recorded 24/7, and maybe let down their guard a little bit. Although I think the people who go on reality TV shows don't necessarily mind if some dude with a camera follows them around 24/7.
Just don't record people when they're in the bathroom, because that's not allowed, and it makes you look like a creep.
Oh, and obviously, you can pretend to be Bond. James Bond (Sorry, you knew that was coming).