Camera technology has advanced a lot the past few years. They keep getting smaller and smaller, making it possible to conceal them any which way.
Spy cam manufacturers have been creative in producing some of the most cleverly disguised (and tiny) camera/DVR systems, complete with HD video, motion detection, large storage card support and remote controls.
So here are 10 spy cameras you’d never expect!
1. USB flash drive spy cameras
These cameras look like your regular USB storage sticks, but think again. They have a hidden camera inside! It’s not unusual these days for someone to be carrying USB sticks around so spotting them can be a bit challenging.
So how can you tell? The camera lens for these USB stick cameras is usually located on the posterior end of the stick, opposite the USB plug. With this form factor, this spy cam will blend seamlessly in an office or classroom.
The product shown here is an EOVAS 8GB Mini USB Disk with Hidden Spy Camera, from Amazon.
2. Men’s shower gel spy cameras
As creepy as it sounds, they actually sell these now. They’re cameras disguised as shampoo or body wash bottles. The top half of these sneaky little spy cams is actually a refillable container for legitimate shower gel and the bottom half houses the camera circuitry. They are also advertised as water-resistant, equipped with motion detection and a remote.
This type of spy cam makes sure it will record only what you want to record, but it’s also something you should watch out for when you’re staying at someone’s house, or in a rental.
The product shown here is an Adidas Men’s Shower Gel Bathroom Spy Camera from Mejo.com.
3. Wi-Fi AC adapter spy cameras
Now, these cameras are disguised as your regular power brick/AC power supply. They plug into the wall like any run-of-the-mill wall wart and they look unassuming enough to be mistaken for anything else. They even come with their own wire that apparently powers nothing. But they hide a deep, dark secret. They are actually fully functional camera/DVR systems.
The lens for this spy cam is usually hidden in a tiny hole between the + and - polarity symbols. Some models also have built-in Wi-Fi so you could live stream the footage to your phone or tablet via app as it happens. If live streaming is not your thing, it also saves on a Micro SD under a hidden compartment on the unit.
The product shown here is an Ugetde P2P Wi-Fi Camera Adapter/Mini Nany Cam from Amazon.
4. Bathroom tissue box spy cameras
These spy cams look like normal tissue paper boxes or toilet roll dispensers but look again! Many manufacturers of some of these contraptions advertise them as pinhole free so they are harder to detect. They’re a bit bulkier than the other spy cams but blend seamlessly into a home setting. Just plop them down on a table or dresser and no one would suspect a thing.
The product shown here is a Tissue Box Portable Hidden Camera from Amazon.
5. Electrical outlet spy cameras
See that wall outlet face that almost always resembles a startled emoji? Well, it might just be a camera in disguise. The tiny cameras for these units are hidden within the normal electrical sockets' holes.
The rechargeable ones have sticky adhesive backs so they could be positioned anywhere there is a wall to cling to. But other models actually plug in and go on top of an existing wall outlet.
The product shown here is a Spy-MAX security Products Hidden Camera Outlet from Amazon.