The Correct Way to set up Hidden Cameras

Using a hidden camera is pretty simple. You only need it to have a form of power, some storage, and a view of what you want to record. However, setting up the hidden camera where it will be most effective is a bit of a challenge. There are numerous factors to consider when you want to make sure that your camera is used to its fullest potential. Not all of them have to be applied, but following certain guidelines will lead to getting more useful footage.

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Set up a Goal

Having a clear goal is important. When you think about buying a hidden camera, you already have a purpose in mind. That purpose has to be strict and clear. If you want to know the identity of a person who has been stealing from you, you need to place the hidden camera someplace where it can record a theft and the thief’s face. Angles need to be considered, and you need to know exactly what’s being captured in the camera’s frame. A person will always face into the room when entering, so having the hidden camera focused on a doorway will mean you’ll know everyone who enters a room. Rooms with only one door also come with the benefit of showing you everything a person brings in, and everything they take out.

Study your Hidden Camera Before Install it

Camera lens have advanced quite far in the recent years, but the human eye is still superior at adapting to light. Even if a person is faced with something they can’t adapt to, like a strong light, a person can still turn their head away. Hidden cameras are stationary, so you have to compensate for that by pointing the lens in an area with good lighting for most of the day. Just like people can’t look directly at the sun, a hidden camera shouldn’t be looking toward someplace that will have an overwhelmingly bright light at some point. The area shouldn’t be too dim, either. The lack of light will also lead to a lack of details. When possible, hidden cameras should be looking at a well-lit area with consistent and even lighting.  Hidden cameras come in all sorts of shapes. The object hiding the camera should stay where it is unnoticed. Consider the aesthetics of the environment. Hidden cameras need to blend smoothly into the background. A person shouldn’t be able to walk into a room and notice any out-of-place objects. Their eyes should pass through the room and move on. Stick to stereotypes: toasters go in kitchens, rocks go in the garden, books lay in shelves, and speakers accompany monitors.

Find a Correct Place to Set Up The Cameras

It’s important to install the hidden cameras in the right place.  Be mindful and high traffic areas. In places like hallways, dining areas, and stairs, it isn’t uncommon for multiple people to be passing through. When finding a place to put a hidden camera near these settings, be careful not to put the camera in a place where a person or group of people might idle. Their presence might block out crucial information during a time or event you’re trying to record, making the footage unclear.


The priority of these guidelines all cycle back to your original goal when recording footage. You know what you’re trying to get, so you should also have an idea of what’s more important when trying to reach that goal. If the sun can be seen in the window at certain times of the day, it’s perfectly fine to point the hidden camera at the window if you expect the important event to take place at other times. Every situation is unique, and there are always a few great places for hidden cameras to be.


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