The 5 Best Smoke Detector Spy Cameras
Smoke detector cameras are covert surveillance devices that look just like actual fire detection devices, but contain integrated video cameras (Source).
They hide in plain sight, enabling you to effectively monitor your home or business undetected (Source).
There are a bunch of these covert spy smoke detectors on the market- and buyers say that a lot of them are total junk (Source).
The best option we've seen is the Tangmi WiFi IP Smoke Detector Camera. It is a true wireless option, working through an app (IP Cam Live P2P). As well, it can work off of AC or battery power- which is a convenient feature because many options are only battery-powered, so you'd have to constantly remove the smoke alarm for recharges.
It features a motion-detection mode, but doesn't have night-vision, so you'll want to use it in areas that are relatively lit, or in conjunction with a security light.
The camera provides 90° viewing and ships with a mounting base, 2 screws, instruction manual, a software CD, power supply, and a micro USB cable.
You can connect it to a LAN network via a client access point and then access it through a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. It shoots in high-def video resolutions of 1,920*720 & 1,080*1,280).
Buyers tell us that you'll want to give it a full charge before using it if you want continuous recording capability, with reviewers telling us that it can work up to 15 hours before requiring a recharge.
Unboxing & Setting It Up
How To Use It With Your Smartphone
As an aside, some of these covert cameras actually detect smoke- the Evertech and eDigitalDeals options. But they both lack the robust feature set of the Tangmi UFO-style camera fire detector.
|View Walmart Options||Smoke Detector Spy Cameras||Our Rating||Price ($)|
|The Tangmi Spy Smoke Detector Camera||4.3||$$|
|The Aperfect Smoke Detector Motion Camera||4.1||$|
|The Votecom High-Def Hidden Spy Smoke Detector||3.9||$$|
|The eDigitalDeals Covert Fire Detector Camera||3.5||$$$|
|The Evertech Color Smoke Spy Detector||3.0||$$|