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Review Of The Best Spy Camera Models

Best Spy CameraSpy cameras have become increasingly popular, not just for private investigators and law enforcement but also for businesses and the general public. They're ideal for catching cheating partners, keeping an eye on the babysitter, and uncovering dishonesty in the workplace!

However, there are thousands of different spy cameras on the market right now, at widely varying prices; some are good and some not so good. So we've done some of the assessment work for you, having tried and tested a few ourselves.

Based on some ideal spy camera specifications, we've found and listed below some cameras of different types we think are some of the best spy cameras we’ve found so far. Check out the list of our best spy camera picks below!

Best Spy Camera #1. Conbrov HD Hidden Book Camera

Conbrov Best Spy Camera Book
Independent Customer Reviews
The Conbrov received a 4 out of 5 stars from independent customers.
Would We Buy It?
Yes. Absolutely
What Do We Think?
We think the High Definition book camera is the perfect office spy, as it's actually more of an office ring binder file than a book. This stationery spy tool is a very unobtrusive spy camera in a plain cover that doesn’t attract any interest whatsoever. And is very easily portable. It’s a great spy camera that can sit amongst other books or files on a shelf, or positioned anywhere in a room or office, to capture dirty deeds or illegal goings-on. What does it do?

It’s an easy to operate spy cam with one switch to start recording, either in continuous record, or motion-detection mode up to 20 feet. The book camera also allows for audio recording with the video or you can record without sound, the choice is yours. This book spy camera has night vision capability (ideal for dim rooms) up to 10 feet. The great thing we love about this shelf spy is the on/off loop recording mode. It takes a 32 GB memory card (not included) but will overwrite recordings to keep itself going.
This model is of course battery powered (as it would look odd connected to the mains) so will limit the record capability over longer periods. All-in-all, we think this book / folder spy camera is indeed one of the best.

Best Spy Camera #2. LawMate Keychain Camera

Lawmate Best Spy Camera Keychain
Independent Customer Reviews
The LawMate Keychain camera received a 4.5 out of 5 stars from independent customers.
Would We Buy It?
What Do We Think?
We've always liked the idea of a keychain spy camera due to it's size, portability, and adaptability when it comes around to different environmental settings. It is definitely one of the best types of all-round spy cameras to have.

This LawMate spy camera is one of the best fake key fob cameras we've seen with an HD (High Definition) hidden WiFi spy camera that streams real-time video to any smart device. Just simply download the free "PV Cam Viewer" app from the Apple or Google stores to control the camera remotely. It records 1080p HD quality video to the 4GB SD card (that's included with the unit); or you can buy and use up to a 16GB SD card.

The Lawmate keychain fob can record for 65 minutes non-stop and has a vibration alert for on/off, recording, and low battery. Unfortunately it doesn't come with audio so don't buy it if you really need that. But overall this is simply an outstanding piece of equipment.

Best Spy Camera #3. AES Alarm Clock Radio Camera

Best Spy Camera Clock Radio
Independent Customer Reviews
The AES clock radio spy camera received a 4.3 out of 5 stars from independent customers.
Would We Buy It?
For Certain Situations, Yes.
What Do We Think?
The clock/radio spy camera wasn't originally our best choice of camera but when we spotted the AES clock radio camera we changed our mind, particularly because the camera is 100% hidden with no pinhole and no visible SD slot. The SD card slot is hidden in the battery compartment out of the way.

It records HD video 1280x720 resolution but unfortunately doesn't have audio if you need that. Regardless, this spy camera has things we would definitely want such as time and date stamped recording. Motion detection recording for longer recording time, and auto-recycle for continuous recording. It comes with a 16GB SD card but supports up to a 32GB card.

The general consensus on this being one of the best spy cameras we found was a little mixed simply because it's a clock radio, nothing more. With regards its functionality and covert ability it does tick all of our boxes. And if we didn't think it was any good it certainly wouldn't have ended up on our best spy camera list.

Technical Specifications That Make The Best Spy Camera

Here’s a few quick tips on specifications to look for in a good spy camera so you can figure out the best spy camera for your needs. You may not need all of these listed as it depends on what you want to use the camera for.

+ "Invisibility" or blends in well (camera, wires, and recording unit)
+ Size, flexibility, and simplicity of use
+ Easy installation
+ Camera lens field / depth of view for what you need
+ Storage capabilities / amount: Hard Drive (HD), Storage Device (SD)
+ Video record / playback: can be exported to other media e.g. computer disk
+ Sound / audio record and playback
+ Recording length: High Definition (HD), Long Play (LP), Short Play (SP)
+ Wired or wireless or IP (internet based)
+ Power source: mains or battery operated (battery type and duration)
+ Night time capability / infrared
+ Anti-shake for movement
+ Motion detector activation
+ Weatherproof
+ Date / time stamped

If you need more understanding of these camera specifications you can read this article on how to choose the right spy camera. We go over these technical aspects in more detail as well as other good tips and pointers on buying spy cameras.
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