Mini CMOS 1080P night vision camera
A spy camera works with a rechargeable lithium polymer battery. Of course, the autonomy of the device depends on the capacity of this power supply. This type of equipment offers on average an autonomy of more than an hour. However, it should not be confused with continuous recording time. These are two totally different characteristics. Streaming recording time refers to the length of time the camera is able to film without interruption. This duration is not necessarily equivalent to the autonomy of the device. Most often, this is even much less than the time during which the camera remains functional independently. For an autonomy of one hour, the continuous recording time is usually half an hour. During a recording, all the components of a spy camera are solicited. Due to its rather small size of the device, the risks of overheating are greater. The continuous recording time is then limited to avoid damaging the components.
A spy camera is a device that allows you to film without attracting attention or arousing suspicion. The launch of a recording is easily done with this type of equipment. A simple press of a button allows this. Some models even offer remote control. The activation of the device is then carried out by means of a remote control. In addition, the launch of a recording can be done automatically with high-end mini cameras. The presence of a motion sensor makes this feature possible. The motion detection has a range of about ten meters. Detection is only possible over this distance and within the viewing angle of the video sensor. The video trigger time is thus the time between the detection of the movement and the activation of the camera to start the recording. It is important that the trigger time is quite small. Indeed, a spy camera or a hunting camera can miss the action to be filmed because of too high an activation time. Generally speaking, a spy camera offers an average video trigger time of one second.
A spy camera usually uses a lithium polymer battery as a power supply. The proposed autonomy depends of course on the capacity of the battery. The lithium polymer (Li-Po) battery is not to be confused with the lithium-ion (Li-ion) version. Both variants share the same principle of operation, but some differences are noted in terms of characteristics. The Li-Po battery is first of all more stable and reliable than the Li-ion, even if in terms of energy density it is lower. The format of the Li-Po is more suitable for small devices such as the spy camera. The lithium polymer battery is thin, lightweight and can take many forms. Its service life is also more important. However, Li-Po costs more than a lithium-ion battery. The Li-Po battery used for mini cameras is rechargeable. Charging is done via a connection to an electrical outlet – a USB DC12V charger is then required – or on a computer. Note that the charging time is longer with a connection to a computer.
The term HD is a nomenclature proposed in the middle of digital video. This scale thus indicates a video image in high definition. 720p is the code often used to also mark a video image in high definition. The number 720 indicates the sum of available lines over the width of the display surface. However, the letter p corresponds to the type of display, in this case a progressive scan – that is, the video image is displayed at once. This BOM also provides information about the display size of the image. This is usually 1280 x 720 pixels. The first number denotes the total of vertical lines, while the second counts as the sum of horizontal lines. Talking about HD resolution is of course an abuse of language, since we are talking here about image definition. Indeed, the resolution is another nomenclature that is expressed in pixels per inch (dpi). A spy camera with the mention HD thus has a video sensor capable of producing content in high definition. The higher classification than HD is Full HD – with the code 1080p and a display of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Full HD is an English term that can be translated as "full high definition". Associating it with the image resolution is in a way an abuse of language. Both concepts are used to express the display quality of an image or monitor, with the difference that the resolution takes into account the size of the display medium. The notions of resolution and image definition mainly concern the world of video processing. In the case of the spy camera, the Full HD resolution provides information on the quality of the videos that the device can produce. It can be represented by the value 1080p. The latter means that the images obtained by the video sensor are displayed in a format of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Thus, Full HD or 1080p actually refers to video definition and not resolution. Note that the resolution is expressed in pixels per inch. In the market of mini spy cameras, a device capable of producing recordings in Full HD ranks in the category of high-end models. Images with a video definition of 1080p are distinguished by their sharpness.
A spy camera typically consists of a video sensor and internal or external memory for storing recording data. To watch the videos taken, you have to turn off the hardware. The files are then transferred to a computer, smartphone or tablet. Remote viewing is a feature that avoids this lengthy procedure. You can view live on a computer or mobile device what the camera is filming. This feature is possible thanks to the presence of a WiFi antenna. The component allows the device to connect to the Internet to broadcast the images. The viewing is done on an online platform accessible with any browser. For mobile devices, there is a dedicated application. There are no additional costs associated with accessing the online platform and using the application. Thus, you do not have to pay a registration or a subscription – to benefit from remote viewing – after the purchase of the spy camera. It is enough to have an Internet connection.Note that the mini camera and the viewing terminal do not need to be connected to the same WiFi network.
Remote viewing is a feature that high-end spy camera models offer. This consists of consulting the images taken in real time by the video sensor. For live viewing, one can use the computer or mobile devices such as the smartphone or tablet. Note that this feature relies entirely on an Internet connection. With a computer, access to the online viewing platform is made from a browser (Chrome, Safari, Opera or Firefox). With the smartphone or tablet, access to the remote vision feature is achieved by means of a dedicated application. A mini spy camera features a Wi-Fi antenna to make the feature possible. It is also necessary that the device is connected to a Wi-Fi network with an Internet connection. When remote viewing is enabled, the device streams the captured images over the Internet. In addition, the scope of the feature is unlimited. The mini spy camera and viewing medium do not necessarily use the same Wi-Fi network. Note that live broadcast images are also saved in the storage memory of the spy camera.
A mini spy camera uses a Lithium-ion battery as a power supply. This battery is rechargeable and offers an autonomy of several hours. The operating time, however, depends on the capacity of the battery – such as the charging time. This type of spying hardware usually comes with a USB DC12V adapter. This accessory allows you to charge the device by connecting it to the mains. The charging kit is complemented by a USB cable. Note that a mini camera has a mini-USB port. This element enables the transfer of data to a computer. A convenient option for a model with external storage. One can actually initiate the movement of files without the need to disassemble the micro SD card. In addition to transferring data, connecting to the computer by means of the USB cable makes it possible to charge the spy camera. This alternative seems practical at first glance, but it is not in fact practical. The disadvantage of this solution is the charging time. Charging on a computer takes longer than on an electrical outlet. It takes at least an hour to have a battery recharged with a connection to the mains. This minimum load time can be doubled by using a computer. As long as we are not picky about the charging time, we can choose this solution.
A spy camera works without wiring. It is therefore not necessary to connect it to an electrical outlet during use. This type of equipment carries a high-capacity Lithium-ion battery. This power supply ensures an autonomy of several hours. The battery also allows you to film without interruption for a certain duration. The minimum continuous check-in time is half an hour. On the most efficient devices, this duration can exceed one hour. Note that the Lithium-ion battery is rechargeable. Often in the box of a spy camera is a USB cable and a charging case. The latter allows a connection to the sector. The average charging time varies from one to two hours depending on the model and the capacity of the battery. Besides, the USB cable is not only used for data transfer. The accessory is also used for charging. Connecting to the sector is not the only possibility. Charging can actually be done on a computer – be it a desktop model or a laptop. It is noted, however, that the charging time on a computer is greater than on an electrical outlet. The charging time can be doubled with a laptop.
In terms of photography, zoom is a function that allows you to have a close or distant effect during the taking of an image. This effect is achieved by a variation in the focal length. Classic cameras offer this option, mini spy cameras almost never. Zooming requires viewing the plane that the device is recording. However, mini cameras do not always offer remote viewing functionality. This option allows you to watch live – on a smartphone, tablet or computer – what the device is filming. It should be noted, however, that the zoom is done manually. As a result, it is necessary to be able to zoom as long as remote vision is available. In addition, a mini camera can be controlled remotely with a remote control. The presence of this accessory does not necessarily guarantee the availability of a zoom function. It should also be noted that zoom affects image quality. For example, a close-up effect may pixelate the display – making the images unusable. For all these reasons, mini cameras almost never offer a zoom function.
A mini camera is a spying equipment that is mainly used to film in a hidden camera. This type of device obviously offers other features – which multiplies the uses of the device. The camera is often one of these features. It then becomes possible to use the mini camera to take pictures – without attracting attention. The Camera feature makes it easy to duplicate documents or print portraits to identify individuals. Without this feature, portrait printing can be a demanding job. One must view the recorded videos to find the sequence where the individuals to be identified make their appearance. We then put on a pause so that we can take a screenshot and save it as an image file. A procedure that takes time for a rather poor image quality. A camera function brings simplicity. The image definition of course depends on the capacity of the spy camera sensor. Besides, photos are saved in files with the JPG extension. Native applications of smartphones or tablets and the default programs of computers can open jpg format.
Video resolution is effectively a value that serves as a benchmark to determine the quality of a video. However, this notion is mistakenly confused with the definition of image. The latter is the product of the number of pixels vertically and the total of those horizontally of the display. For a spy camera, this value indicates the total pixels that the device can scan. What distinguishes the definition of video resolution is the method of calculation. The size of the display medium is taken into account to determine the value of the video resolution. The latter is also expressed in the number of pixels per inch. The difficulty of calculation has undoubtedly caused the video resolution to be confused with the video display. Today, it is easy to find on the market a spy camera capable of shooting in HD or Full HD. Unfortunately, not all models offer these levels of performance. We can thus have a spy camera with a video sensor of reduced capacity allowing all the same to have usable images. For this type of device, the minimum video resolution is typically 640 x 480 pixels.
Spy cameras usually record videos in AVI or Audio Video Interleave. The latter is not really a file format, but rather a compression format. This determines the type of packaging of video and audio streams. It should be noted thatInterleave Video Audio is not exclusively a video format. A file with this extension may actually not have an image part, but only an audio part. The reverse is also true. Some spy camera models are equipped with a built-in microphone. The component then allows voice recordings. The video files then take the AVI extension. Spy cameras can also offer a camera function. This allows you to make pictures without attracting attention. Photos of course have a different extension of videos and sounds. This is the JPG or JPEG developed as Joint Photographic Experts Group. Note that this extension is more of a compression format as is the case with AVI. In addition, AVI and JPG formats are standard extensions. As a result, they can be read by the default applications and programs of mobile devices or computers. The installation of reading software is therefore not essential.
Normally, to transfer recording data from a spy camera to a computer, there is no need to install any specific software. File transfer is to recover the images as well as the videos in the memory card of the camera or spy microphone. You must then copy them to your computer. This is necessary to empty your memory card so that it continues to save data and function normally. Indeed, if you do not do this, you may lose important images. For this, specific software is not required. The most important thing is that your computer is equipped with an operating system that works, be it Windows, MacOS or Linux. To do this, you just have to connect your spy camera to your computer through a USB cable or mini-USB connection. If you want to convert your video to a different format than the one it is saved on or you are thinking of changing the resolution of your photos, you will actually need a specific software. In the case of a simple transfer of recording data, this will not be useful. All our product ranges are easy to use and convenient to make your life easier.
Windows is a common and popular operating system that almost everyone uses on their computer. That is why, all our spy camera and micro spy ranges are compatible with this system. So you won't need toinstall any specific software when you transfer images from your camera to your computer. You also won't need to use a driver to view and play the recorded files. The videos are produced in AVI format, the photos are in JPG and the sound in MPEG-4. These are standard file formats that are compatible with any operating system,be it Windows or MacOS or even Linux. You can insert your memory card directly into your computer's card reader or use a USB cable to transfer and read your files. Windows will quickly detect your card or device. It will have no trouble supporting the potentially large size of the files as well as the different possible resolutions of the images. Our products have been simplified as much as possible to facilitate their handling by both professionals and individuals.
As a rule, our spy cameras have been developed to be compatible with all types of operating system. Whether your computer is running macOS or Linux, you will need to be able to read and view your spy camera data. No installation software,no drivers are needed. Files are normally produced in standard formats that everyone knows and masters. The videos will be compressed in AVI, the photos in JPG and the sound in MPEG-4. You can easily view them on VLC or SM Player. They are simple and practical devices for everyday use. Using a USB cable, you'll only have to transfer the images from the camera to your PC or laptop. An action that also does not require specific software. This should not affect the quality of the recorded images or their resolution. In any case, our spy cameras are easy to handle and are suitable for both individuals and professionals. Our product range is within everyone's reach and does not require specific or specialized needs.
All cameras equipped with a night vision modality and / or infrared vision can film in low light conditions. These are cameras designed specifically for this purpose. To monitor your garden or house at night, to capture images of nocturnal animals, infrared cameras are ideal products. They are very discreet and film without being noticed. The LEDs integrated into the device have light frequencies that are undetectable to the eye of living beings (animals or humans). This is a major advantage. If in addition, the camera is equipped with a motion detector. It will have no trouble recording sharp and actionable videos. It will only be triggered when it detects a suspicious movement or a change in temperature. Infrared cameras also support any climatic conditions. With their built-in battery,this model of surveillance camera can run for hours or even days without interruption. It can also remain in standby for a more or less determined period. In this range of camera,some have the ability to shoot at a distance up to 40m for long ranges even with low light.
The issue of resolution is of paramount importance when it comes to spy cameras. It refers to the number of pixels at the height as well as the width of the image. Depending on the needs and uses, there are different resolutions. In higher, we find the 4k for video (4096 x 2160), then the HD 1080p (1920 x 1080), the HD 720p (1280 x 720). Whether it is photo or video, the higher the resolution, the higher the image quality with impeccable sharpness. The file will also be quite large. This will sometimes require special software to change the resolution of the captured videos. Apart from the screen size of the devices that will be used (phone, tablet, computer,...), it is especially the image ratio that is important. Indeed, it is not very pleasant to view a video in 720p on a 1080p HD screen. We're going to end up with a kind of black bar on the right and on the left. Hence the interest of changing the resolution via a video resolution converter. With the right software installed on your computer, you will be able to change the resolution yourself.
Since the advent of USB technology, most computer devices (computers, phone, smart TVs, game consoles,...) today have USB ports. The latter often has four pins. The first serves as power, the second as mass, the third and fourth are used to transfer data. You should know that some USB ports are more efficient especially in terms of the speed of transfers. Some versions are faster than others. With the appearance of even more compact devices, usb ports undergo changes at the same time. We end up with mini-USB ports. Normal ports have been reduced to suit miniature devices such as spy cameras (watch camera, car key camera,...). These ports have the same utilities as normal ports, it's just the size that is reduced to fit smaller devices. To do this, you absolutely need a mini USB connector. It is a connection with two tips connected by a cable, the first is adapted to the mini USB of the spy camera and the second largest will fit into the computer for example. This will make it easier to transfer data from one device to another.
The majority of spy camera devices contain a built-in microphone. It is a mechanism that is used to record sound in addition to images. This is microphone with omnidirectional directivity. It is able to pick up all sounds from any direction while keeping the same frequency. Depending on the microphones used and their degree of sensitivity, one can have different sound qualities. Some will be more distinct than others with more or less noises (breaths, wrinkling,...). There are even models that can capture sound up to 10 m or 20 m away. It can be found in spy camera clocks, spy camera watches, USB sticks,... The built-in microphone is essential for the spy camera to be effective. It is indeed very good to have images but it is better to have the sound to accompany it. Other models are devoid of camera and are armed only with built-in microphone, these are the spy microphone. Among the ranges available, there are micro spy pens, 4GB dictaphones, micro spy cables that work thanks to a GPS chip. They are all practical, simple to use and discreet.
The protection rating or IP is a number to classify the level of protection that a device has against intrusions of liquid and solid bodies. It is a device set up by the International Electronic Commission on Waterproofing. It is composed of two figures that vary from 0 to 9, depending on the resistance of the device against different possible attacks (rain, snow, wind, debris, dust,...). The first digit most often indicates the ability to protect against solids such as dust for example. While the second refers to the attacks of liquids like water. All spy cameras, especially those used for outdoor use (hunting camera,...), are represented by a protection index. There are thus different indices of protection depending also on the size of the debris, the volumes of water, the force of the blows. For example, for some cameras, they need a minimum protection index of 66. At this point, the camera is perfectly protected from both rain and dust. For total tightness, the index should reach about 67. One can even film in the water with such protection.
Infrared vision is a modality installed on many cameras to be able to capture images in the dark. They are widely used to equip spy cameras. Indeed, it allows them to film during the night while having good quality images. Cameras with infrared vision are actually adorned with LEDs sensitive to electromagnetic waves. These LEDs are undetectable when they light up, they are very discreet while allowing to capture the slightest gesture. They are actually flashes with less intense light frequencies than light. There are models of infrared vision cameras that are accompanied by thermal imaging device. The device would therefore be sensitive to waves and also to heat. Any living being emits radiation at different degrees of temperature. The device detects radiation and converts it into a sharp and clear image. This is why infrared vision, with motion detectionmode, is essential for hunting cameras or other spy cameras dedicated to outdoor activities. Infrared cameras are also suitable for monitoring a property, a commercial depot, an office space especially the comings and goings at night.
Motion detection mode is a feature often installed on surveillance cameras,especially spy cameras. This feature consists of automatically triggering the camera at the slightest movement within its perimeter of activity. It is handled more by the recorder than by the camera itself. It allows users, both professional and private, to save time since there is no need to turn the camera on and off every time. It is also a great way to save space on the memory card since the camera only keeps the most important images. It is a device with a sensor sensitive to movements and even temperature variations. As soon as there is a change, the tiniest of all, the camera starts and the recorder saves everything that happens. It is ideal for monitoring a property, office or commercial premises. Some models are connected to the Wifi network and sometimes to a GPS receiver to alert you by MMS or SMS of the change that has occurred. Motion detection mode is an essential selection criterion when choosing a spy camera.
As a rule, spy cameras do not have internal memory. These are devices designed to be lightened to the maximum. This make it easier to hide them in dummy car keys, smoke detectors, or in dummy USB sticks. They are therefore composed only of video sensor, built-in microphone, processor. There is no more room for a hard drive to store the data. Therefore, all spy camera devices are equipped with a micro SD memory card port. This one is a physical medium that is used to save and keep photos as well as videos. We can find different sizes of SD card that are expandable according to the needs (4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB). It is important to regularly empty the SD card so that it can function normally. To do this, you just have to connect your device to a computer through a USB cable. All you have to do is transfer the images, it is also an opportunity to sort to keep only the essentials. Besides, you will know that your card is full when a red light flashes on your camera.
A spy camera is certainly a miniature camera but it works like a normal camera. It is therefore equipped with a video sensor. It is a mechanism consisting of a photosensitive plate. With its millions of photo-sites or pixels, it captures light from the camera lens. The sensor then transforms this light into electrical signals, that is, currents. With the help of the processor, the currents will be converted into digital images that will be saved on the device. The images are then stored on a medium such as an SD card for example. Then just plug the device into a computer to recover the photos as well as the videos and view them. There are different types of video sensor depending on their size and degree of sensitivity to light. For spy cameras, there are specific sensors suitable for their small size. These are the CMOS or Complementarity Metal-Oxide Semiconductor sensors. They have the particularity of existing in miniature version perfectly adapted to most spy cameras that hide in everyday objects (spy clock, spy USB key, spy lighter,...). They are also high-performance. The images produced and captured are of excellent quality.
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