Choosing the best motion activated spy camera when you need one is difficult. It’s not just that there are too many options out there, there’s also the fact that you’ll have a hard time deciding whether the one you set your sights on is any good or not. Before moving on, if motion detection is not your primary concern, take a look at the overall best spy cameras available today.

Well, fear not, as we’re here to help. Below we’ve got a list of five of the best motion activated spy camera models you’ll find today. They range from expensive, higher end options, to ones that will satisfy even the most budget-oriented shoppers in terms of pricing. Without wasting any more of your time, let’s take a look at them.

Best overall

Resolution: 1920x1080p full HD
2-Way Audio
Field of view: 
110 degrees
Night Vision
IP65-rated

Blink’s XT2 is our top pick here, and there are quite a few reasons for that. While it is also the priciest one on the list, it comes with the most functionality and most support from the manufacturer. It comes with free cloud storage which lets you store your clips on the cloud for up to a year without any monthly fees or service contract. (1)

The XT2 is also pretty versatile, since the camera is IP65 rated, which means that you can have it mounted outdoors, not just indoors. The battery life of two AA batteries is around two years, which is impressive to say the least. Add to this the IR LEDs that basically give the XT2 night vision recording, and you’ve got yourself one of the most useful motion activated spy cameras out there.

The video quality is excellent, and the resolution is 1080p. Add to this two-way audio which lets you use the Blink app to talk through the cam, as well as the Alexa integration, and it’s actually pretty good. Oh, and the motion detection is customizable, and the camera doesn’t require any kind of tools wiring or professional installation to set it up. Neat, right?

Best Portable

Resolution: 1920x1080p full HD
Supports up to 64GB SD Card
Battery: 380 mAh 90 minutes recording
No Night Vision

Next on our list is the ALIWESTCOM Spy Camera, which is quite a lot cheaper than the Blink XT2 we just spoke about. Is it quite a lot worse? Not really. It’s small, it’s inconspicuous, and it works really well.

The video quality is excellent – a single press of the button lets you choose between HD and Full HD resolution, and there’s another button that you just press to start recording. Since there are no LEDs and the entire camera is black, you won’t have a hard time hiding it.

The battery allows it to work for up to 90 minutes continuously, and you can have up to a 64GB micro SD card inside. Make sure it’s at least Class 10 if you don’t want to have issues with it, though. You will also get motion detection, which we honestly didn’t expect at this price range, but it’s the reason why we put it on out list. All things considered, it’s a great little spy camera.

Best Budget Option

Resolution: 1920x1080p full HD
Supports up to 32GB SD Card
Battery: Built-in 100 minutes recording
Night Vision
Field of view: 
120 degrees

If the ALIWESTCOM was too expensive, or too big for you, the Lilexo Mini Camera might be perfect for your needs. This is their updated 2019 model, and it’s one of the smallest, easiest to hide mini cameras.

The camera records 1080p, and it comes with a 120 degree wide angle lens, as well as IR LEDs that give it night vision. Even in pitch black, you’ll get excellent, clear video. There’s also video stabilization, which is something we have yet to see at this budget, and it allows you to use the camera handheld and still get incredibly stable footage.

You do have a motion activated sensor, of course, which does make the fact that you’re limited to a 32GB memory card non-problematic. The battery life isn’t too impressive, but it does record while plugged in so you can use it like that if you need it to record for extended periods of time. A potential downside is that the videos are divided into 5 minute clips.

Best In-door Option

Resolution: 1920x1080p full HD
Supports up to 128GB SD Card
Battery: Built-in 350mAh 60 minutes recording
Night Vision
Field of view: 
150 degrees

Another small, yet very well built camera, next on our list we have the AOBO Mini Spy Camera. It’s a circular design that comes with a lot of neat features. To begin with, it’s incredibly small, so you can hide it just about anywhere. When you buy it, it comes with a wrist strap that allows you to wear it like a watch, effectively turning it into a body cam.

The field of view is an excellent 150 degrees, and the camera records video in 1080p full HD. The framerate is 30 frames per second, too, and the footage is actually pretty good considering how small the camera is. You also have IR LEDs for night time recording, and you get perfectly usable footage even in pitch black scenarios. The motion detection works really great, and the fact that this is a Wi-Fi equipped camera allows you to get notifications when something is happening where the camera is recording.

While the battery is somewhat unimpressive at only 60 minutes, you can have the camera connected to a USB charger, or a battery pack, and have it record up to 30 hours. It’s pretty versatile, and one of the best options when it comes to tiny cameras.

Also Good

Resolution: 1920x1080p full HD
Supports up to 32GB SD Card
Battery: Built-in 240mAh 50 minutes recording
Night Vision

We’re wrapping things up with another tiny model, this time a square variant by NIYPS. This is a really tiny model that comes with a magnetic body that lets you stick it to any metal surface and have it record.

It records 1080p video at 30 frames per second, and the IR LEDs give you great footage when it’s dark. Motion detection works great and makes sure you don’t fill up the 32GB memory card (not included), but the 50 minutes battery life is not too impressive.

What saves the day is the fact that you can record while the camera is plugged in. Combine this with loop recording and motion detection, and you get quite a lot of video time. A great little spy camera for just about anyone.

Resources

(1) – Cloud Storage – https://www.howitworksdaily.com/cloud-storage-what-is-it-and-how-does-it-work/