In this day and age, proper surveillance is becoming ever more imperative to your household security. Luckily, whatever your specific needs may be, you can safely bet that you’ll find the proper product that solves your problems. Even though the hidden camera business may seem confusing and complicated, we’re here to help you out.
At SpyGuy, apart from offering top-notch spy gear, we make sure our potential customers are informed about all the nuances regarding spy equipment before making a purchase. If you’re in the market for a hidden camera to monitor your babysitter, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we compiled the best babysitter hidden cameras, along with detailed explanations of what they bring to the table.
What Are Babysitter Hidden Cameras?
Simply put, a babysitter hidden camera is a hidden camera with the specific purpose of monitoring your nanny. Due to this, nanny cameras are usually very small and inconspicuous. Although, don’t let the name fool you. These cameras are not the stereotypical teddy bear - any camera that has the proper characteristics to fit the purpose we mentioned above can be a nanny camera. Looks don’t matter… As long as it’s unobtrusive and it blends in with the surroundings.
If you’re still unsure whether you need a babysitter hidden camera, make sure you read about all the pros and cons of using such cameras[a], where we divulged all the important information on what makes a nanny camera good and how best to utilize them.
Recommendations for the Best Babysitter Hidden Camera
We meticulously hand-picked the following products based upon a variety of factors such as video quality, sufficient memory, recording modes, and all the other features that will make the recording experience easy as a breeze, yet provide you with the wanted results.
All of our products come with a manual and all of the footage is date & time-stamped. Additionally, we offer lifetime tech support as well as a one-year warranty.
The WiFi Extender Hidden Camera / USB Hub Hidden Camera
To kick things off, we have a double-header of suggestions. The reasoning here is that these products have nearly identical specs and looks, and both are working devices in their own right. It comes down to which one fits your needs better.
Do you need a reliable hidden camera within a working WiFi signal booster or a USB charging hub? Unfortunately, that’s a decision that you’ll have to make by yourself, but we got you covered on all the other fronts.
Both cameras can serve as great babysitter hidden cameras since they record full HD video at a resolution of 1920×1080 px (1080p) @ 30 FPS. When positioned correctly, preferably in the corner of a room, these cameras will give you a crisp, detailed overview of the whole room, and due to the high-quality video, you won’t need to worry about missing out on any details.
Both the USB Hub and the WiFi Extender support memory cards of up to 32 GB, which might not seem like much at a glance, but certainly will be enough for all your footage. For reference, a 16 GB card will be able to store up to 500 minutes of full HD video (8 hours), so a 32 GB SD card bumps the capacity up to more than 16 hours.
The cameras can support both continuous and motion-activated recording. When turned on, the motion-activated recording mode enables the camera to record only when it detects movement. That way you won’t have to bother going through many hours of footage of an empty room.
Plus, you’ll end up having more space due to only storing the relevant footage. If you’re afraid that you’ll miss out on something, even though you shouldn’t, you could also opt to record continuously.
Another thing that makes these cameras an excellent choice is the fact that you won’t have to worry about batteries. They’re directly plugged into a power outlet and will give you true 24/7 surveillance due to their internet connectivity.
They also have an overwrite option, which deletes the oldest files when it runs out of room, so you won’t have to worry about running out of space either.
Digital Clock Hidden Camera
The Digital Clock is simple and common, yet no-one ever suspects that there might be a spy camera inside it, making it a staple among hidden cams. But don’t let its unassuming shape fool you - the standard Digital Clock Hidden Camera is anything but. It packs a multitude of features up its relatively plain ‘sleeve’.
Just like our previous suggestion, the Digital Clock also offers high video quality at a full HD resolution of 1920×1080 px (1080p) @ 30 FPS. The camera has an angle of view of about 78° and is guaranteed to cover 90% of the room when positioned in a corner. Remember to not put anything in front of it, though!
The Digital Clock can be connected to the internet which allows you to live stream or download the recorded footage to a smart device of your choice! All you need to do is install the provided app and you’ll have access to the camera no matter where you are or when you want it.
The cherry on top for this camera is its night vision. We have to admit, this doesn’t entirely add to its usefulness as a nanny camera, but it surely adds to its flexibility - a recurring theme in our products since we do like to solve all your problems with one single device, rather than make you spend hundreds of dollars!
This nanny camera also offers continuous or motion-activated recording and has a maximum memory capacity of 32 GB. Along with the overwrite function, the Digital Clock makes for a very strong candidate for the best babysitter hidden camera out there!
AC Adapter Hidden Camera
The AC Adapter is one of our more specialized options. It may seem like a niche choice, but when utilized properly, it can give you everything that a regular spy cam would, if not more. Basically, it all comes down to your particular situation.
Sometimes the environment doesn’t allow for a proper ‘camouflage’ of the bulkier items we mentioned above and this is precisely where the AC Adapter Hidden Camera excels. Moreover, it’s one of the cheaper nanny cams on the market, making it a great budget option.
The camera in this neat device offers a rather respectable video quality at a resolution of 1280x720 px - 720p, which is also HD. Even though the quality is not that of a full HD 1080p camera, it will still get the job done.
Another trend with our devices is that of motion-activated recording and the AC Adapter doesn’t stray from it either. The camera will record only when it detects movement, optimizing your storage room, and saving you countless hours of going through video that’s of no use to you.
The camera’s maximum memory capacity is 32 GB which will allow for over 20 hours of 720p HD video, while the overwrite function will render worries about the memory card getting full non-existent. You’ll always have the latest footage on hand, and to review it, simply connect it to your PC or Mac.
iPhone Charging Dock Hidden Camera
The last, but not least on this list is the iPhone Charging Dock Hidden Camera. This working smartphone charging station is a portable and inconspicuous hidden camera that also makes for a great nanny cam. It’s also available for Android, and when it comes to alternative usage - the sky's the limit due to its portability.
Even though it’s relatively small, it’s no slouch when it comes to video quality. It reliably records in a resolution of 1920×1080 px - full HD 1080p video @ 30 FPS. Its field of view is about 75° and can cover the whole room when positioned in a corner.
You could also connect the device to the wi-fi and access it from wherever you are. This function provides you with the ability to live stream the footage on your device of choice as long as you have the appropriate app installed (which is provided to you upon purchase).
The choice to record continuously or upon detecting motion is entirely yours. Although, we do advise using the device in the motion-activated mode for optimal results. As with all the other suggested devices, the iPhone (or Android) Charging Dock, has an overwrite function and 32 GB maximum memory capacity, which will allow for plenty of space for all your videos.
A Wide Array of Uses
As you might have realized by reading our reviews, the suggested cameras are a very efficient and reliable blanket solution to all your covert recording needs. Even though they’re ideal when used as nanny cameras, they provide you with so much more.
The recommended babysitter hidden cameras will effectively add another layer to your home security, allowing you to have footage of whatever might transpire in your house whenever you’re not there.
You might think that regular CCTV cameras are enough to deter burglars, but if someone’s set on doing something malicious, there’s hardly anything that will prevent them from doing so. With our hidden cameras, you can rest assured that you’ll always have the required video evidence should something unfortunate happen in your home.
What’s more, they’re also a great option for workplace monitoring, keeping an eye on your elders, or recording any sort of malicious behavior and harassment. Just make sure you use them lawfully.
Should you find any other hidden cameras that we didn’t list here, yet you think that you’ll be able to utilize them as nanny cameras, don’t hesitate to contact us. Remember that any spy camera can double as a nanny camera as long as it fits your environment and we’re always here to provide you with our professional opinion.
Legal Issues to Keep in Mind
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 with a babysitter 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.
Other than spy cameras, we offer a multitude of products in our extensive audio recording, GPS tracking, and counter-surveillance collections. When it comes to phone monitoring, we’ve witnessed first-hand how many subpar products there are on the market, so we decided to put out products that we’ve tested ourselves and are 100% reliable - this goes for our whole stock and all the other collections.
We hope that we helped you make a pick for a babysitter hidden camera! We always put the customer first, offer discretion, and dependability. Should you have any more questions, you can get a hold of us straight away!