Last Updated on December 6, 2019
Have you ever had the feeling that someone is doing something they aren’t supposed to when you aren’t at home? Whether it’s your little kids doing something you explicitly told them not to, or someone coming in your home office when you have forbidden all entry? Well, if you’ve had that feeling, it might be because those things do happen, and they happen pretty often.
But without any hard evidence, it’s difficult to pinpoint who the perpetrator is, and what exactly it is they’re doing. What if we told you that you can get that hard evidence, without anyone noticing? It’s actually quite possible, and it’s something that won’t even cost you too much if you shop carefully.
Our suggestion is a USB charger spy camera. Yes, there are quite a lot of options to add surveillance, but a USB charger spy camera is your best bet for a few reasons. Without wasting any more of your time, let’s take a look at why you should get one, and how to best make use of it.
Why a USB charger spy camera?
The first thing you’ll be asking yourself is why you want this type of spy camera, and not for example, a teddy bear camera, or even a conventional camera.
To get the conventional cameras out of the way, they’re obvious. When you’re trying to catch someone doing what they aren’t supposed to, you don’t want them knowing they’re on camera. You need a hidden solution that’s nearly impossible to spot, and a conventional surveillance camera is the exact opposite. Even smaller ones need to have cables running to them, and this is pretty easy to spot.
On the other hand, you could get an alternative, such as the teddy bear camera we mentioned. However, when someone is looking for a camera, the first place they’ll remember to check is the objects that are commonly disguised as a camera, and plush toys are the prime target. This is also why we don’t suggest getting a regular camera and hiding it between the plush toys, as it’s also pretty easy to spot.
A USB charger spy camera solves this issue. It’s a pretty new thing, meaning not a lot of people know about them. To add to that, they look (and often work) just like a conventional USB charger, which makes it even harder for someone to figure out. You could have a cable plugged in and your smartphone charging, and it will still record everything you need. This is the biggest benefit.
How do you choose one?
Even though, as we mentioned, they’re a pretty new invention, they’re rapidly picking up steam which means that there are a lot of models for sale out there. They aren’t all equal, with some being a lot better while others aren’t even worth looking at.
That being said, the first thing you’ll want to note is the resolution and field of view. The resolution has a direct impact on the quality of video, and the minimum you should go for is 720p. This is HD, and is a resolution of 1280×720, which should be more than enough for most uses. However, if you can, push things up to a 1080p model, which is 1920×1080. As you can see, this is a lot more than 720p, which directly translates into much higher image quality. This is something that’s especially noticeable when you don’t have a lot of light available and you need to discern small details in the video.
Next, we’ve got field of view. The field of view can be narrow or wide, or in some cases, ultrawide. Narrow is something you want to avoid. Placement of these cameras isn’t that easy of a thing to begin with, and with a narrow field of view you’re only limiting yourself even more. On the other hand, a wide field of view will capture a big part of your room easily, and chances are you can cover the entire room with a single camera. The best option, however, is an ultrawide field of view. It captures the largest scene of all options, with the only tradeoff being the somewhat noticeable sharpness loss as you get closer to the edges of the frame. This is something you can definitely live with, and is a lot less noticeable with higher end models.
Then, you should make sure that you can actually use the camera as a charger. This goes a long way towards you being able to hide it, and the fact that you get extra functionality out of it isn’t something to scoff at. It might not be as fast as a conventional fast charger for a smartphone, but it’ll do the job in a pinch.
Last but not least, note the storage. Most of them come with an SD card slot, but how big of a card they can accept varies quite a bit. There’s also the question of whether or not it has loop recording, because that will severely limit the recording capabilities of the camera, as you won’t be able to record new footage until you transfer the old one.
Wrapping things up
All things considered, such a camera is definitely one of the best ways to see what’s happening in a room when you aren’t there. Now that you know how to choose one, all that’s left to do is buy one and place it carefully.
When it comes to placement, one thing you’ll need to be careful about is the height, as most wall plugs are pretty low to the ground. If you can find a place that will allow you to place it, without it being obstructed, and with it capturing all the footage you need from the room, it’s certainly the best choice.