A Guide to Purchasing the Best Nanny Camera
There are unfortunately far too many news stories of children undergoing abuse at the hands of a babysitter. Even babysitters who have presented themselves as having years of experience working with toddlers have been exposed as abusing the children under their care. Sometimes the parents are fortunate because they relieve the nanny of her duties based on camera footage before the child suffered a serious injury. In other cases, the parents are left having to nurse a child back to health. A nanny camera can help you record any abusive behavior on the part of the nanny. Also, they can keep an eye on your child when no one else is around.
As we’ll see in the Best Reviews Guide list of the best nanny cameras, there are nanny cameras that can pass as everyday household objects, like an alarm clock. Others are small and compact, allowing you to put them almost anywhere. And others are part of an entire array of cameras, securing not only your children but your home in general.
Why should I buy a nanny camera?
A nanny camera can give you peace of mind when you are away from your child. It can also help you to make sure that your nanny is providing the best possible care for your child, and can allay any suspicions about the nanny’s behavior.
What kind of nanny cameras are there?
Nanny cameras come in all shapes and sizes. You can choose a hidden camera, a wireless camera, or a camera that records to a digital video recorder (= DVR).
Are there legal issues with nanny cameras?
Installing a nanny camera in your home is legal in all 50 U.S. states, even without notifying the babysitter that they are being recorded by a video camera. However, it must be that the recording is only to ensure that your children and property are safe. Otherwise, if you’re installing the camera to spread information about the nanny, you can run into legal issues. Also, making a video recording with sound as well can require the nanny’s consent, depending on the state where you live.
Types of Nanny Cameras
You’ll see three main types of nanny cameras: those concealed in everyday objects, wireless cameras, and arrays of security cameras:
Concealed spy cameras: You can buy spy cameras that are concealed in everyday objects. For example, the GooSpy Hidden Camera Clock is essentially a digital alarm clock, which also records video content to an SD card. You can also send the video content to a WiFi network to your smartphone. It is a motion detector as well, so it will alert you when it detects unexpected movement in your home.
GooSpy Hidden Camera Clock
Another device that can cleverly conceal a camera is a smoke detector, as in the Grambifor Hidden Camera Smoke Detector. You suspend the smoke detector from your ceiling, and it sends images to your smartphone. It has a motion detector, to start recording when there is unexpected movement in the field of vision. It also has amazing passive infra-red (PIR) night vision, to be able to see people or animals moving around, even if the room is completely dark!
Grambifor Hidden Camera Smoke Detector
Wireless cameras: There are also inconspicuous wireless cameras that you can install anywhere. For example, there is the JussXper Wireless WiFi Nanny Camera, which can either work by means of a rechargeable battery, or by being plugged into a USB port. It contains a magnet inside, allowing you to attach the camera to any magnetic surface, like the side of your fridge!
JussXper Wireless WiFi Nanny Camera
Security camera systems with DVR: You can also set up an array of cameras, with the footage being recorded to a digital video recorder. An example is the Annke E200 Security Camera System. It consists of 8 cameras, which you can distribute around your home, both indoors and outdoors. They all send the video content to a 1 TB hard drive, where you can store it and review it later.
ANNKE E200 Security Camera System
What reviewers say
We went over some customers’ impressions of the nanny camera that they bought:
Easy setup: One happy customer was pleased with the Aobocam Spy Camera because it took only 10 minutes to set up. It is only 1.5” tall, so it can be hidden away almost anywhere. It needed to be charged up again every 3 days, but it is motion-activated, so it only records when something “interesting” enters the field of vision.
Can set it up in a hotel room: Since these cameras are so tiny and inconspicuous, you can even place one in a hotel room when traveling. However, be aware that some cameras only start their night vision feature if someone is very close to the camera.
Phone notifications: Many of these cameras can be linked to your cellphone, providing you a notification if there is something wrong in your home. They can even send you the footage in real time!
Here are some tips and features of nanny cameras, which may help you make a decision when shopping:
Field of vision: Take note of the camera’s field of vision. The JussXper Wireless Nanny Camera has a field of view of 150 degrees, which essentially covers any motion in front of the camera.
Night vision: If you want to observe your child while their sleeping, or just to keep an eye on your house at night, select a nanny camera with night vision. Most cameras, such as the Vidcastive Mini-Spy Camera, can record in night vision mode without turning on any sort of indicator light that gives away the location of the camera. They also employ an artificial intelligence algorithm, to take note of the shape of a human being walking in the field of vision.
Storage: Some cameras will store photos in your smartphone’s photo album, while others require an SD card or microSD card for storage. You don’t have to be concerned that you’ll lose data when the card will fill up to capacity, because the camera will overwrite the oldest data files, which you probably don’t need anymore.
Battery life: It’s preferable to have a nanny camera that uses battery power. That way, there is no concern that a thief will disconnect the camera from a power source, or that your camera won’t work due to a power outage. But these nanny cameras will vary greatly in their battery life. One of the best is the Aobocam Spy Camera, which can be recharged by means of a USB cable, and provide surveillance for up to 6 hours!
After going over some features of the latest nanny cameras, it shouldn’t be hard to find an option that can ensure that your children and home are safe. Some of the items we reviewed are even capable of recording high-quality 4K video, in addition to their hi-tech features of motion recognition and night vision. They’re a small investment, that can provide you important peace of mind!