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.
Our Top Pick: The Tangmi Wifi Smoke Detector Camera
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.
- PalmVID Exclusive - User Adjustable Camera Viewing Angle
- PIR Motion Detection Mode - Starts Recording When Motion is Detected
- Remote View: Detection and remote view through APP. It is the HD 1080P resolution, you can see what's going on from any place where you have be. Wireless camera for any monitoring such as baby - nanny - coworkers - employee - pets.
- Unique Security Camera: The WiFi camera is looks like a normal detector. Mount it on the ceiling and lets you keep an eye on your home or office without drawing attention to yourself. No one will suspect that you're recording video. You can protect your valuables from theft or make sure that your loved ones are being properly cared for when you go out of town.
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- Built-in HDTV 1080p high-quality video camera with wide field of view that delivers excellent performance in almost any situation
- WiFi enabled. - View live video feed and remote playback from anywhere in the world.
- 60 Day Standby Rechargeable Battery. - Totally 100% Wire-Free! - Just set it and leave it.
- ((( 110 ~ 220VAC Direct Wiring, not an actual smoke detector ))) (Superior glass optics, not plastic) (Lizvie App, Blue Iris & iSpy Connect Compliant) Please note: The smoke detector itself is non-functional. Will connect directly to 110V power for your existing smoke detector ) (((Audio is not included due to Federal Law: 18 U.S. Code § 2512.)))
- Super low light, wide angle, high resolution, 1.3 MP, 720P, 1/2.8" sensor, fast wireless-N speed WiFi connection. True P2P automatic set-up technology, anyone can set-up in minutes! (Please see the diagram)