Updated August 30, 2020 by Daniel Imperiale

The 10 Best Spy Cameras

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This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in May of 2019. If you're worried about what happens when you're not home, consider installing a spy camera in a high-traffic area. Inconspicuous and capable of producing crisp and clear images, they're ideal for checking up on nannies, caretakers, and mischievous pets. Many can also be accessed from your phone. But be sure to verify they're legal for use in your location before you start recording. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best spy camera on Amazon.

10. Enji Prime Cop Cam

9. ELValley Interchangeable

8. Besdersec Light Bulb

7. DZF Tech Store Pen

6. MyEagleEyes Dual USB

5. AES SecureGuard

4. SCS Enterprises WF-450-IR

3. SCS Enterprises Modern Lamp

2. TTCDBF WiFi Alarm Clock

1. SCS Enterprises IMX323

Special Honors

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Editor's Notes

August 27, 2020:

The sheer breadth of options for spy cams on the market might be dizzying, but an easy way to figure out which one is right for you would be to start with an evaluation of your current space. If you like to keep your charging cables and other accessories neatly tucked away, something like the MyEagleEyes Dual USB might seem somewhat out of place. For a young person's apartment or dorm room, though, it makes a lot of sense.

If your space is lacking certain items, like a clock or a lamp, there are great choices, as well. The SCS Enterprises IMX323 is one of my personal favorites, as it looks excellent when installed, comes in a variety of colors to fit different aesthetics, and comes from a company that employs Sony-manufactured sensors to ensure their quality.

Of course, if your space is otherwise complete, there are other practical implements that could innocently find their way into it, like the SCS Enterprises WF-450-IR, which looks like a simple motion sensor, or the DZF Tech Store Pen, which you can keep clipped to your shirt to capture a first-person perspective.

May 08, 2019:

One of your primary considerations when choosing a spy camera is figuring out what will fit in best with your existing décor. If you're a tech geek, then any of the gadget-style options (like the MyEagleEyes Dual USB) will work well, and many of them have secondary purposes to boot, like the ability to act as a charging station. If you're more of a Luddite, then an everyday object like the Besdersec Light Bulb is likely to be more suitable (you do have lights in your home, right?).

Also, decide whether you want a model that will be set up and left in a particular location, or one that can travel with you. The former is better if you're worried about things that happen when you're not around, as something like the EnjiPrime Cop Cam can be set up and then left running to check up on kids, babysitters, or nurses. However, if you want to document what happens in an important meeting, for example, then a unit like the Sarsae Pen can tag along without giving itself away.

Some, like the Rzatu Covert, offer the best of both worlds, as they have smaller cameras that can be removed and tucked in a shirt pocket as well as larger bases that can be left on a bookshelf or desk somewhere. You may run into a "jack of all trades and master of none" situation with these, however, as while they're more versatile than their counterparts, they're also less likely to excel in any one area.

Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on August 30, 2020 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).

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