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Nanny Cameras

Ever worried about the kids when you aren’t home, maybe Nanny Cameras can help.

What are Nanny Cameras?

They are a hidden camera designed to fit into your home without raising suspicion. This helps parents either watch live from the restaurant or reply footage from a device when they get home. Make no mistake, it’s easy to be concerned about your children with baby sitters and nannies, which is why covert cameras are so popular.

Nanny cameras can be in all sorts of cases, like clocks, radios, chargers, books etc., or you can can build your own with out diy cameras.

What features do you need in a Nanny camera?

Whilst most people prefer nanny cameras with WIFI, so you can view remotely, sometimes you just can’t access WIFI. This isn’t a problem as virtually all nanny cameras that use WIFI will work without, you just can’t log in remotely and watch it live. So if you want a nanny cam you can remotely access, make sure to select a WIFI model.

Virtually all of our nanny cameras have motion detection and are full HD recording.

If you are after one that you can use permanently, virtually all our battery operated models can run full time from a USB standard charger, USB powerbank, or PC.

How to choose a nanny cam

When selecting a nanny cam, make sure you check the specs so you get the right one. When you need to access it remotely, select a wifi nanny cam. If you don’t have wifi, any should be ok. When you don’t have power where you want to place the nanny cam, make sure you select one with a long battery life.

They are generally easy to use and quick to set up making them a great solution for fast deployment in most situations.

Ease of Use

All of our Nanny Cameras are relatively easy to use. All of our WIFI units support remote view. Each model comes with a manual, and the manual should be on the product page to download, or click help on the top of this screen to visit our support site.

Nanny Cams Resolution

Nanny Camera resolution is normally either 1080p (2MP) or 4K (8MP) and with either resolution you will be surprised just how clear the footage is. Simply plug the Nanny Camera into your computer via the included USB and transfer the video files to your computer for easy playback. If you have trouble playing back the recording try downloading VLC Player and use that. If the unit has WIFI then you can normally log in via the app to view and playback.

Memory/Storage

Nanny Cams normally either take an SD card, or they have internal memory. Each product that takes an SD card has it’s own SD maximum size limit so it’s important to check that. Another important thing to know it that most Nanny Cameras need a Class10 SD card formatted to FAT32. Larger cards come formatted to other formats, so you will need to change it to FAT32 if you have any issues with the card. Some units will allow you to format it inside the device, and some will require you to do it on a PC.

Motion Detection

Most Nanny Cameras have several recording modes, one of which is Motion Detection. Setting this up will allow the unit to only record when things are moving. While the device is sitting on a bench recording the room, motion detection will save you storage.

Night Vision

While many Nanny Cams have night vision, it important to remember that night vision from a Nanny Camera compared to a CCTV camera, could possibly be a little disappointing. Generally the night vision from a Nanny Camera goes between 1-6 meters depending on the product. It is also often a little dull due to the pinhole lens not letting enough light in. The issue is also amplified by the fact that the IR is hidden behind a plate and does not illuminate efficiently. Night Vision also makes Nanny Cams a lot easier to detect so there is a bit to consider.

Remote View

If you are looking for a product that has remote view, look for Nanny Cameras that have built in WIFI. That way you can connect the required app to view from anywhere in the world. Please note all Nanny Cameras with WIFI require a 2.4Ghz WIFI connection. 2.4Ghz is the most common, so if you have difficulties connecting, please check your WIFI is 2.4. Nanny Cameras normally cannot connect to 5Ghz WIFI.

Push Notifications

Some Nanny Cams support push notifications. Push notifications are when the Nanny Camera detects movement it will notify you via the app. It is important to note that some phones and Telcos don’t handle push notifications well. This means push notifications are not always 100% reliable, but are still useful.

Audio

Virtually all Nanny Cams have a built in mic, so as you record video, you also record the audio with it. It is important to remember that most Nanny Cameras with audio don’t perform as well as a Voice Recorder. So if super clear audio is needed, we recommend a voice recorder to go with it.

Two-Way Talk

Some Nanny Cams have two-way talk built in. This means you can not only listen remotely, but talk back. It is worth noting that most Nanny Cameras with two-way talk are limited by the size of the unit and internal speaker. Nanny Cameras are primarily cameras, and most other add on features can be limited in performance.

Wide Angle Lens

Most Nanny Cameras have a lens width of between 60 degrees and 110 degrees. When selecting a product, keep in mid that once you reach around 90 degrees, your image will show a little curvature, which is quite normal. Some curvature in the image is not normally a big issue, but keep in mind if the Nanny Cams has a lens over about 9o degrees you may see this.

Power Requirements

The majority of Nanny Cams use USB 5v to power it. This means you can use standard phone chargers, your PC or even a USB Power Bank. You can also use a USB Power bank to run them for extended periods where you don’t have power. Please note that phone fast chargers are 9v so these can damage standard USB devices. Most units can also run permanently powered so it’s worth checking that in the specs.

WIFI or Not

Most Nanny Cameras that are listed as wifi will have motion detection with push, remote view, and sound and video recording. If you are looking for a camera without remote (WIFI) and is undetectable with normal bug detection equipment, select a non wifi camera.

If you need help, try our Camera Buyers Guide

Most of our cameras have the manual on the web page so you can see how it works prior to purchasing.

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