Surveillance cameras and nanny cams have become tremendously popular in recent years and whether it is looking in on employees or making sure your kids are behaving for babysitter, hidden cameras offer tremendous benefits.
Hidden cameras come in all shapes and sizes, but not all may cater to your requirements. The Black Box Micro Hidden Camera is a new surveillance device by Brick House Security that differs from the many other products on the market – letting you transform virtually anything into a hidden camera that suits your exact tastes.
Something that claims to “Turn Almost Anything into a Hidden Camera” is going to need to be pretty small in size and the Black Box lives up to its Micro name, measuring just 3.5” x 1.75” x 1” and fitting neatly into the palm of your hand.
The size is certainly small enough to transform a teddy bear or tissue box into a fully working surveillance camera, which is exactly what you would want. The build quality of the device also excellent, offering a solid and rugged feel that ensures it can survive some rough handling.
The Black Box Micro Hidden Camera is designed to offer discreet surveillance at a low cost and it comes with an array of features that defy its $200.00 price tag, including:
- Three recording modes: Surveillance, Custom, On-the-Go
- Adjustable resolution: 320 x 240 or 640 x 480
- Footage overwrite mode
- 24 hour battery life off single charge
- Vibration triggered and motion activated recording
- Direct to SD card recording
- Day and night modes
- Time/date stamp
- 62 degree field of vision
The customization features of this device are really outstanding, with options that allow you to tailor every aspect of the recording to specific requirements. Included software known as the Black Box Manager lets you really explore what the device is capable off by letting you control your own settings. The supplied software is also very versatile, running on Windows XP, Vista and 7.
The Black Box Micro Hidden Camera has a fantastic battery that can last up to 14 days on standby mode on a single charge or record continuously for 24 hours – the latter is particular beneficial and if the camera is positioned correctly you can record some great footage.
In terms of the actual quality of the recordings, the clarity is pretty sharp, especially on 640 x 480 resolution mode, although, you should not expect HD. The Black Box can be fitted with a Micro SD card of up to 32GB, which allows ample recording time; recorded footage can then be viewed on a computer directly from the SD card, or by using the supplied USB cable.
Pros and Cons
With great customization options, excellent battery life and numerous uses, the Black Box Micro Hidden Camera comes with many benefits. However, it will not be ideal for those looking for a ready-made camera solution, as work will be required to turn a particular household item into a camera and set up the device for optimal recording.
There is certainly a lot to love about the Brick House Security Black Box Micro Hidden Camera – price, versatility, build, and customization being the particular standouts. While it will require some minor DIY skills to create the hidden camera unit, this device is the perfect choice for anyone wanting an extra pair of eyes around the home or office.