If you thought the infamous James Bond spy gear was too ridiculous to be true, think again. Life is often stranger than fiction. Take, for example, the hidden audio recorder you can wear in your hair.
That’s right. It may sound outlandish, but you can actually buy a hair tie with a hidden recorder in it. There are all sorts of strange hidden recording devices, like cameras disguised as water bottles or TV remotes.
If you ever want to check an area to see if there are hidden cameras, we’ve got your back. Tap or click here for a few ways to find hidden cameras in an Airbnb or rental property. Here are 10 shocking hidden cameras you can actually buy.
Before we go on, a quick disclaimer
Don’t use these to stalk or harass anyone. We’re sharing these for two reasons: First, they’re incredibly cool gadgets and we love sharing the latest and greatest in tech. Second, hidden cameras can be a great way to make sure your loved ones are safe when you aren’t around.
If someone taking care of your child or elderly relative is abusive, these cameras provide solid evidence you can use in court. Just double-check your state’s recording laws.
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How to catch creeps prowling around your property
You can take this fake garage door remote anywhere. It’s great for looking over the nanny or anyone inside your car. This hidden spy camera captures 1080p video or high-quality snapshot photos. It lasts up to 30 hours and it has remote control features as well as time and date stamps so you can easily organize your recordings in case you need to use them in court later.
Undercover police and private investigators love this one
You can pretend to drink from this bottle while the hidden camera streams everything. It records in 1080p HD quality and has up to 128GB of memory. You can record on a PC or an SD card, connect 32 cameras and get 12-hour battery life.
No one will notice this tiny camera on your shirt
Wearable hidden cameras are easy to miss. This one is genius because it’s right in the open. This pinhole camera records up to 22 hours of 1080p HD video directly to an SD card. It has a battery, which means you don’t have to deal with wires that would give you away. It even has remote control features, timestamps and four button styles so you can match your look without arousing suspicion.
Get 2-in-1: A wall outlet that doubles as a hidden camera
Maybe you don’t want a hidden camera on your body. In that case, here’s an entirely innocuous hidden camera. If you want to catch a babysitter or someone messing around in your home, consider this functional plug-in wall outlet that doubles as a hidden camera. It records in 1080p HD quality — and it has a removable SD card and timestamps.
How about this humidifier with a hidden camera?
This is an excellent option for parents who don’t want to arouse suspicion. Consider this humidifier with a hidden camera if you want to make sure your nanny or babysitter is treating your kids well. It streams in 4K and records in 1080p HD quality. It has 128GB of built-in memory, you can remotely view it over Wi-Fi, and it records on a PC or SD card.
Carry drinks in this portable camera designed like a water bottle
I know what you’re thinking: “Water and electronics? No way!” But this water bottle has a hidden camera that streams live video — and it comes with a free app for your phone or tablet. It records at 720p view and comes with a 128GB SD card. You can even get instant motion alerts through your email and the app. Oh, and it actually can carry some liquid in the top so people who see it think it’s real.
Let there be light
This device is well worth the price. Not only does it shine light and charge your devices, but it can also stream and record 1080p HD video. It comes with time and date stamps, email alerts and motion detection.
Everyone has a remote. Few people have a remote that records the room!
Put this near a TV to record anything that happens nearby. This remote streams in 4K video and records in 1080p HD. You can remotely view it over Wi-Fi, record it on a PC or SD card and capture unlimited video.
Catch dangerous driving or disturbing conversations
Abusers often let their true colors show when you’re trapped with them in a car. They might swerve, speed and abruptly stop to throw you around. To record any incidents of abuse, get this hidden camera designed to look like a car charger. It records in 1080p HD video, comes with crisp night vision, records automatically and can record hours of video.
We expect our food to nourish us — not spy on us!
No one will suspect this spaghetti can of secretly recording them in 1080p HD video. This can comes with Wi-Fi remote viewing, motion-activated recording, 20 hours of battery life and low light capturing. You get time and date stamps along with e-mail alerts.
BONUS: Wear this hair tie on your wrist or ponytail to record audio
Okay, so this isn’t a camera, but we had to show you the voice recording hair tie. (Some things you just have to see for yourself!) Buy this hair tie and you can covertly record up to 250 hours of audio. It even has a voice activation mode that can lay dormant for up to 25 days. All the audio records in 64 Kbps MP3 format. Oh, and it also has date and time stamps so you know when each audio file was recorded.
Although hidden cameras can be used in scary ways, they can shine light on real issues, too. One 14-year-old girl used hidden cameras to record proof that her father was abusing her, ABC News reports. No one believed her, so she brought the video evidence to authorities.
Of course, not all uses are grim. Hidden cameras can also capture magical moments, like parents learning about their daughter’s pregnancy. Check it out here: