Everything You Need to Know About the Wall Socket Hidden Camera


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Hidden cameras come in all shapes and sizes. Some are more inconspicuous than others and some have a better video quality than the rest. Certain hidden cameras can even be worn on you at all times. Simply put, they all have their own application and are ideal for different situations.

The wall socket hidden camera is the jack of all trades when it comes to covert recording indoors, decent video quality, substantial memory, and great features. So, let’s get into more detail and discern what sets this piece of spy equipment apart from other hidden cameras.

Why Would I Need a Hidden Camera in My Electrical Outlet?

Catch Burglars

Hidden cameras, just like any other security camera, provide an additional layer of security to your home. The regular CCTV security cameras might be a deterrent to crime, but the resolute burglar won’t always be discouraged, even if such measures are in place. The usual security cameras are also prone to be destroyed, while with a hidden camera in your electrical outlet you can rest assured that everything will be recorded without anyone noticing a thing.

Tape Other Types of Illegal Behavior

Their use, though, can extend beyond the confines of your home. They’re great when it comes to catching theft or illegal behavior in cases other than home invasions. For example, some of our customers have used this device to record elder abuse in retirement homes, while others have used them to catch thieves in retail stores. 

Then we’ve had employers who have had suspicious employees in the office and wanted to keep tabs on them. An electrical outlet hidden camera is a sure-fire way to catch people in a malicious act, unbeknownst to them.

Resolve Doubts & Catch Liars

We know how unnerving it can be when someone that we deem to be trustworthy decides to stab us in the back. It’s also very unpleasant when you know you’re being lied to, but it keeps happening. An outlet camera can provide you with video material that can put your mind at ease or help resolve outstanding conflicts you might have with someone in your home.

To put it plainly, no-one ever cares to look inside an electrical outlet, let alone detect a hidden camera in there and you can be certain that you’ll obtain all the video material you would need.

What Makes the Wall Socket Hidden Camera Great?

Video Quality

The wall socket hidden camera offers respectable video quality at 1280x720 px resolution. Now that isn’t exactly full HD (1080p), but it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to discern what’s happening either. That level of video quality is more than enough to provide you with all the detail necessary for any situation that you’d want to tape. After all, we aren’t trying to record a Hollywood-grade motion picture through an electrical outlet, are we?

Field of View

The camera records at an angle of about 75 degrees. To get the maximum amount of video coverage and to eliminate bigger blind spots, we suggest putting the hidden camera in the corner of a room, if possible. That way you will get more than 90% coverage, with the blind spots being only at the direct sides of the camera.

Memory Capacity

The wall socket hidden camera doesn’t have internal memory by itself, but rather sports an SD card slot and supports memory cards of up to 32 GB. If that’s a bit overkill for your needs, you could opt for an SD card with a smaller capacity. For example, an 8 GB SD card will store about 5 hours of video, a 16 GB card will store about 10 hours, and 32 GB memory should be enough for about 20 hours of continuous video recording.

Motion Activated Recording

Given all of the previous approximations, you might think that 5 hours of video will in no way be enough. Well, here’s the twist - our outlet hidden camera is motion activated. That means that it will record only when there’s motion taking place at any range, so you won’t have hours upon hours of useless video of empty rooms. All of the video recorded will be of some relevance to you.

How to Use the Wall Socket Hidden Camera?

Another great point about the wall socket hidden camera is that it’s basically plug & play. You don’t need to be especially tech-savvy or have any previous experience with spy gear. 

It has three buttons on one side: an on/off button, video quality switch (HD or VGA), and mode of operation - video recording or taking photos. On the other side, it has an overwrite switch; if you turn it on, it will overwrite the oldest material once the memory is full. 

It also has a rechargeable battery that can last up to 5 days in standby mode. To access your recordings, simply open the trap door, extract the SD card, and connect it to your PC via the provided adapter.

Other Products That You May Like

If you think that the outlet hidden camera is lacking in one aspect or the other, you might want to take a look at some of our other products that will surely fulfill your needs. 

Wall Clock Hidden Camera

  • 1280x720 px resolution
  • 90 days of standby battery/16 hours of continuous recording
  • Motion-activated
  • Live video access via iPhone, Android, PC, or Mac
  • SD card memory of up to 32 GB

Yard Rock Hidden Camera

  • The only outdoor camera that’s waterproof
  • 4K resolution
  • 90 days of standby battery/16 hours of continuous recording
  • Motion-activated
  • SD card memory of up to 32 GB

Smoke Detector Hidden Camera

  • Night vision; 25 ft range in total darkness
  • 1280x720 px resolution
  • 90 days of standby battery/16 hours of continuous recording
  • Motion-activated
  • SD card memory of up to 32 GB

Potential Legal Issues to Be Aware Of

The laws on covert video recording are relatively clear and are based on a single principle in most states - a reasonable expectation of privacy (REP). That means that recording video via any hidden camera is completely legal as long as it’s not done in certain areas where REP is presumed. Examples of such places include, but are not limited to: bathrooms, changing rooms, locker rooms, hotel rooms, etc.

Some states, though, do have exceptions to the aforementioned general rule; for more information visit our guide on laws and regulations regarding the use of spy equipment.

Another important point to keep in mind is that no video recording is legal if it’s done with malicious intent.

Don't Go Yet

We hope that we answered all your questions regarding the wall socket hidden camera. It’s one of the devices we’re most proud of and it’s definitely a bestseller. 

Should you have any more questions, contact us directly. We answer any and all emails about our products within one business day. If we piqued your interest in spy cameras, make sure to check out the body-worn ones too!

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