Features to consider when choosing a bathroom hidden camera
The following are the key factors that should determine the best bathroom hidden camera for your security needs.
Installing a spy camera is like having an extra pair of eyes and ears that let you keep an eye on your children, pets, cheating spouse and your property and belongings. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes that are innovatively designed to be unobtrusive and inconspicuous. Some come embedded or mountable in wrist watches, pens, alarm clocks, smoke detectors and other household appliances while others utilize USB and Bluetooth speakers. The rest are available in magnetic form that attaches to metallic surfaces or as peephole cameras with 2-way communication. You could even get a spy camera that looks like an empty water bottle.
Bathroom spy cameras are water-resistant models that are available as bulbs, clothes hooks and other things you would typically find in a bathroom. They feature a sturdy casing to protect them from moisture and other elements, and may include a clip or bracket to mount them on a surface.
The right design will depend on the purpose of the spy camera and the location you intend to install it, the amount of coverage you need to view, and your personal preference.
For a concealed bathroom spy camera, consider the unnoticeable Yumfond Spy Camera Clothes Hook or TKONG Wireless Bulb Camera that is available as a bulb with a wide viewing angle of 360 degrees.
Resolution refers to the total number of pixels – the smallest color unit – that your bathroom spy camera videos can display. Resolution influences the level of clarity and sharpness of the captured images. For miniature models meant for bathrooms, look for a high resolution of at least 720 pixels that will produce sharp images with more detail.
All the products we have recommended have a high definition resolution of 1080 pixels (Full HD) for optimal video clarity and accurate colors. However, the lighting will also play a role in the output quality so you may need to consider the lux rating, too. This refers to the light intensity required for a spy camera to capture an image. Any product with a maximum lux rating of two would generate pictures with a high resolution even in a dark environment because it requires less light.
Models with a high resolution generally have wide-angle lenses that extend the coverage area of the camera. For instance, the 1080p LONOVE Mini Spy Camera comes with lenses with a wide viewing angle of 150° and H.264 image compression.
What memory cards it works with (and if one is included)
Once the footage is recorded, it is usually stored in a memory card although some bathroom spy cameras send the video to your phone, record them to a USB or upload it on Cloud. When the memory card is full, old clips are overwritten as the camera records new videos. To capture long videos, you need an SD card with a large memory such as GooSpy Spy Camera which supports micro SD cards with a capacity of up to 128 GB.
Also confirm whether the card is included with the camera or if it has to be acquired separately.
The working time of your bathroom spy camera will depend on the battery capacity and the size of memory card. A camera with a powerful battery and a spacious SD card can record videos continuously for hours. Yumfond Spy Camera Clothes Hook comes with a built-in lithium-ion battery that powers the camera non-stop for 2 hours on a full charge. Lithium-ion batteries are preferable because they are rechargeable and stable and they have a high voltage capacity and longer charge retention than regular batteries.
You can extend runtime by activating motion detection and night vision features to conserve the battery or by lowering the resolution of the image. LONOVE Mini Spy Camera operates for a maximum time of 90 minutes when the resolution is 1080p. Comparatively, reducing the resolution to 720p extends the runtime to about 200 hours when recording with a 32GB micro SD card.
Motion detection and night vision
With motion sensors, the camera only turns on to take a video when it detects movement in the viewing frame. Otherwise, it remains idle to extend battery life and save on memory. This also prevents the camera from recording meaningless footage, and you can even set your desired time range for motion detection.
Another way you can save energy and space is by purchasing a bathroom spy camera with night vision capability. It is also useful for recording at night. Night vision uses invisible infrared lights to capture bright images in low light. The more the number of infrared lights, the higher the level of brightness in dark conditions.
LONOVE Mini Spy Camera features six integrated infrared LED lights for night vision. It also includes a real-time remote alarm that is triggered when the camera detects motion.
Wi-Fi connectivity has been a game changer for spy cameras. Products with this capability allow you to connect to an application so you can view the video remotely in real time. Some cameras even let you playback, download or delete the footage through the App. GooSpy Spy Camera and TKONG Wireless Bulb Camera are 2.4G Wi-Fi-enabled models that are compatible with an Android/iOS smartphone App. ehomful Mini Spy Camera enables you to view the videos on your laptop or computer because it works with USB 2.0 and 2.1, Windows me/2000/XP/2003, Vista, Linux and Mac OS.
For a household camera, look for a model that supports streaming by several users and an App that can operate and monitor multiple cameras at once. This extends the areas you can view and lets more family members monitor remotely.
Most of the bathroom spy cameras we have reviewed are powered by built-in rechargeable batteries. These products have a limited working time but they can be connected to a power bank or a USB charging adapter for uninterrupted operation. There are also models such as TKONG Wireless Bulb Camera that comes as a standard-sized bulb powered by electricity. It includes an E27 port that plugs into 240V outlets.
Since most bathrooms have limited space, spy cameras for bathrooms are normally small in size so they can be well concealed when installed. The most compact cameras in this article are ehomful Mini Spy Camera with dimensions of 1 x 1 x 1 inches and LONOVE Mini Spy Camera which measures 1.7 x 1.3 x 1 inches.
Assess the space you want to install it and compare it to the design and dimensions of the camera for compact and discrete placement.
Depending on your security needs, there are models that can be installed in specific places and versatile cameras such as ehomful Mini Spy Camera that can be set up in diverse locations for versatile applications. The magnetic camera attaches to metallic surfaces and it also comes with two clips; one for connecting the camera to your body for a body-cam and the other for mounting it on your car as a dash-cam.
Models like TKONG Wireless Bulb Camera include a speaker and microphone that lets you converse with the people in the room that is being recorded. With this capability, you can reassure your baby from afar and communicate with your spouse and children in real time.
A limited warranty of 18 months seems to be the most common coverage for bathroom hidden cameras. GooSpy Spy Camera offers extra incentives in form of money back guarantee for 60 days and fuss-free camera replacement for 18 months.