Hidden Cameras are entering every fabric of our daily lives. Not only are we being watched in banks, department stores and malls, but now even in homes and businesses of all sizes. But if your worried about being caught on a recording with a cheap hidden spy camera don't ever worry. When you recognize a cheap hidden camera and do something illegal, the odds are the images will be so fuzzy that you won't get caught and prosecuted.
The market for Hidden Cameras is booming today and cheap enough for the average consumer to own one and easily install it wherever there is a wall, countertop, kitchen, or any other location in a home or business. People who do not wish to spend large amounts on expensive cameras are buying Hidden Camera 'knock-offs' and finding out the hard way they made the wrong choice. Let me explain why a lot of the hidden cameras people are buying today are junk.
Many hidden spy cameras sold use CMOS technology instead of CCD which stands for 'Charged Coupled Device'. It is analog technology. The CCD camera has a little higher resolution than CMOS. The camera also functions better in low light.
A CCD camera may drain a little bit more power than the CMOS cameras but the images are much sharper, easily viewed and of vastly superior quality. In addition to poor quality most of hidden cameras sold in the market have other limitations over the higher priced ones. Many are big and bulky and hard to conceal. The lenses are not powerful enough to provide good images, and the resulting pictures will turn out to be fuzzy and inferior. Others are unable to zoom-in or out. These are the most likely reasons why these hidden cameras are able to be priced so low.
Many of the Cheap Hidden Cameras are in the market are imitations of the really good hidden spy cameras. They make theirs look just like a good hidden camera and use it to fool the unsuspecting buyer who rarely knows much about a hidden camera. Even trademarks, colors and logos are sometimes copied just like an imitation Rolex wrist watch.
All of these marketing tactics are aimed at getting you to buy their hidden camera, and may intimately lead to counterfeiting lawsuits on the seller. When you search on the Internet for a hidden camera and it is priced low especially if it $100 or less be very suspicious of the quality and be sure to investigate it thoroughly. See if you can check out the product manual and check to make sure it can connect to the output devices like TVs, VCRs, DVD recorders, etc. These cheap hidden camera lenses may also have oily residue on them, which will cause unwanted hues to the pictures.
Also, check that the hidden camera can be easily connected and installed easily and in a hidden place. Business should be even more careful that consumers like you or I because these cheap hidden spy cameras priced at $100 or less are not suited for continuous uses and will break down very quickly costing the owner even more money to replace it with a good one. Hidden Camera 'Knock-Offs' may suit the consumer for to spying on their children, elder parents, nannies and nurses for a short period of time but these hidden video cameras will only last a few months.
The old adage still applies even for hidden video spy cameras that you 'get what you pay for'. So when long term security surveillance is required, we advise to spend the extra money and buy the more expensive hidden video camera system.
Glenn Freiboth is an author for Surveillance news and lives in Illinois. Surveillance Equipment products can be found at http://www.spygearco.com/hidden-cameras.htm