Spy camera is used for the purpose of filming people in both still and video format. The recording is done without the knowledge of the people being filmed. The spy camera is hidden or camouflaged inside some other object so that people do not know about it. The cameras can be disguised inside cell phones, plants, ball caps, motion detectors, clock, radios and smoke detectors. There are myriad purposes for which a spy camera is used, such as home surveillance, private intelligence as well as bank and mall security, amongst others.
A spy cam can be used in both industries and commercial establishments, and can be bought in both wireless and wired form. The wired spy cam is usually connected to a DVR, VCR or TV, whereas a wireless spy cam sends signals, which can be intercepted by requisite devices. The wireless camera is capable of operating within a certain radius, which can range up to a few hundred feet. However, usage of hidden camera such as the spy cams can lead to lawsuits, as the evidence might not be considered authentic in court. Some people may find the whole exercise highly unpleasant, and might want the user to pay ‘damages’ for transgressing their privacy.
Many specialized shops have cropped up in the recent times in order to cater to the demand for hidden cameras. These devices are equipped with ADT, which emits a shrill alarm on the basis of motion detection. This feature is helpful in providing security to banks, malls, supermarkets, government offices, corporate offices and personal homes. Certain models of these cameras also have inbuilt capability to record the time and date of the intrusion, so that the footage can be used as evidence in the court. Storage capacity of these cameras depends upon the memory card, which can store up to 4GB audio and video footage.
People basically use spy cams for security purposes. There are a few reality television programs that use spy cams for filming people in absurd locations and circumstances. The producers however need to take consent from the ‘participants’ before showing the footage on TV. These cameras are also increasingly being used for spying purposes by private investigators and other professional organizations.The spyware industry has become highly profitable, with the widespread usage of these devices for security and surveillance purposes. Every year, a smaller version of the device appears in the market. Presently, these cameras can even fit into pens, buttonholes and sunglasses.