Using a spy camera and actually capturing decent footage can be more difficult than you may think. Without a little knowledge and preparation, you could end up with footage of people’s feet rather than their faces or a picture marred by poor light or a poorly placed pot plant. Here are the 6 essential tips you need to know to capture clear, unobstructed evidential footage with your spy camera:

  • Do some practice filming. Testing your camera in the environment in which you'll be using it is the only way to ensure that your footage will come outright. Practice at different times of the day to check the lighting and do a few test runs to check the filming angle.
  • Check the camera’s field of view. This will determine how much of the room you can capture as well as how much of the room’s activity you can get on film without having to move the camera. If you need help in the field of view, speak to a spy camera expert like the team at Online Spy Shop.
  • Motion-activated cameras could help to extend memory and battery life. How much memory a camera has and how long its battery life is are both things that people forget when installing spy cameras. If you expect long periods of inactivity, you could be wasting battery and memory on hours of useless film in which nothing happens. Choose a motion-activated camera instead and you'll save both for when you really need them. 
  • Placement is essential but tricky. Here are the three things you need to aim for when placing your spy camera – firstly, it can film people’s faces and not just the top of their heads or their feet. This means not placing it too high or low in the room unless the angle is just right. However, a head-height camera can be more conspicuous, so you must hide the camera in a non-suspicious item like a wall clock or a lamp. Lastly, if your camera is peeping out somewhere and you’d like to re-arrange objects in order to disguise it, make sure you do so naturally and don’t end up obstructing the view with your disguise. 
  • Getting the lighting right. Ideally, you should aim to place your camera facing away from natural light that shines into a window – this will prevent lots of shadows from ruining the picture. You should also carry out your practice filming at the time of day you want to film, to check for glare and the effect artificial lighting has on the image quality.
  • Consider your needs when selecting image quality. When choosing your new spy camera, it's very easy to get carried away with specifications. However, if you only want to keep an eye on a nanny or verify which people are in a room, you don’t actually need the best video quality on the market.

Remember, the only way to guarantee the footage you want is to test, test, test – it really can’t be said enough! Image credit: Wiki Commons