Being entrusted with a little bundle of joy is a huge responsibility. That is why it is so important to consider a nanny cam for your home. Nanny cams have made the job of parents much easier. Not only can they leave their little one while they are sleeping in the other room, but they can still keep an eye on them when they are washing dishes, cleaning house, or taking a little break out on the deck.
But most importantly, nanny cams enable parents to safeguard their kids from abusive people like is shown in this video.
Prior to recent breakthroughs in imaging technology, things like nanny cams were the stuff of spy thriller movies like James Bond and Mission Impossible. However today, hidden spy cams are things that are useful to parents and grandparents alike.
Television also played a part in the development of the nanny cam. Shows like Candid Camera and Taxi Cab Confessions drove the industry to develop miniature cameras and sound recorders so they would better be able to produce their shows.
With the breakthroughs of cellular and photographic technologies that have emerged, the modern day nanny cam is better than the top of the line studio cameras just a couple of decades ago.
Because of this, I felt that a review or top 10 list of nanny cams would be helpful to parents all over the world. Here are the cams that I will be reviewing.
You can stream live video 24/7 and watch past recordings in sharp 1080p HD resolution from anywhere your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
The VStarcam C81 baby monitor is one of the best baby monitors on the market with great video & sound quality capturing and recording the best moments of your baby's life with sharp and clear outputs.
Wireless IP Camera, Nexgadget 720P WiFi Security Camera with Two-Way Audio, Motion Detection Built-in Alarm Jack, IR-CUT Night Vision, Baby Pet Video Monitor Nanny Cam, Home Surveillance Camera, Black
The NexGadget Wireless IP Camera is great for a small business or home usage. You can watch any room, baby, toddler, pet, or elderly person at anytime and from anywhere.
The DMZOK Wi-Fi Camera can help you watch your home, baby, elder, or pet at anytime and from anywhere.
Keep track of the people you care about while you are out of the room or away! Get notifications if the camera senses motion, check in when you need to, even communicate directly through the camera!
The Conbrov DV9 Hidden Spy Book Camera looks like a regular notebook and with its built-in invisible lens makes it easy to conceal anywhere especially on bookshelves in your home and office.
With the Conbrov T10 HD Photo Frame Hidden Spy Camera you get an undetectable security surveillance camera with a lens that is completely concealed in the frame that no one can see.
The EOVAS HD USB Wall Charger Wireless Wifi Hidden Spy Camera has unique design that like a ordinary USB Charger Adapter. You won't notice it is a hidden camera!
The Eyeclub hidden camera comes to you as a real alarm clock showing the time and date. No one will suspect that it is recording video.
The Littleadd Hidden Camera features continuous video recording, motion detection, and taking photos. It is suitable for a security and surveillance cam, nanny cam, and a spy camera
Each of these nanny cams were chosen based upon volume of sales and the average rating by customers who bought these products. Each cam is on a best seller list and has been given at least 4 stars or rating points by customers who have actually purchased the products.
All of these nanny cams will record audio. However some of them have 2 way audio communication. Those with 2 way audio communication usually use better audio technology than those that don't which will give you a better audio recording.
It is important to note that some states require you to notify a person prior to recording them with an audio recorder. I will get into the list of States below but make sure you check the laws of your own State before you record someone on audio without their permission.
I have included 5 nanny cams or baby monitoring cams that come with 2 way audio communication.
Although recording an audio feed of someone is not allowed in some states without their permission, recording video is allowed without their permission. So if you are using a hidden nanny cam or spy cam to record what is happening without people's permission, make sure you only use the video portion of the feed.
Hidden nanny cams come in all shapes and sizes. It is up to you which you think will be the least conspicuous in your home. I have included 5 hidden nanny cams in this list.
The Arlo Q 1080p HD Security Camera is a fully featured nanny cam. It is fully compatible with Alexa that allows you to ask Alexa to show you the camera at all times.
With its free 7 day cloud storage, you can review the last 7 days of video.
It will give you instant alerts to your phone or PC any time it detects movement or sound making it great for monitoring when your baby is asleep.
Its 130 degree wide angle lens makes it possible to see any part of the room you are monitoring.
With baby monitoring cameras, the prices range from $40.00 for basic units up to $200.00 for more expensive models with more features.
The Arlo Q 1080p HD Security Camera is at the top end of baby cameras however with its premium features, it may be worth every penny.
I give this nanny cam an
The Arlo Q 1080p HD Security Camera is the highest priced nanny cam I reviewed but it is also the most fully featured of the 10. With 1080p high definition recording and free 7 day cloud storage of the video, it makes it a valuable investment in your children's safety. With its forward thinking smarthome compatibility with Alexa, you will get many years of service from this unit.
The VStarcam C81 Baby Monitor is one of the best options on the market with its built in speaker and microphone.
You can be assured of your baby's safety and comfort while at work, at the store, or on date night with your spouse with its Wi-Fi connection.
You will know exactly when your baby needs to be attended to with its automatic voice and cry detection system.
Nanny Cams range from $40.00 for basic cameras up to $200.00 and more for more expensive models.
The VStarcam C81 Baby Monitor comes in at the mid point price range for these cams.
I give this nanny cam an
The VStarcam C81 Baby Monitor gives you all the features you would want in a baby monitor or nanny cam. With the ability for 2 way voice communication and voice and cry detection features, you can stay on top of what is happening in your babies room no matter where you are.
The NexGadget Wireless IP Camera is a fully featured nanny cam or pet cam. It gives you great 1280p recording and live streaming.
It features 2 way communication capability so you can tell your dog (or child) to behave. 🙂
It has remote access so you can check in while out on a date with your spouse or at work.
However it does have its limitations. It only connects to Wi-Fi at 2.4G rather than at 5G. It also requires the purchase of a SD card.
The average prices of nanny cams range from $40.00 to $200.00
The NexGadget Wireless IP Camera comes in at the bottom end of this range making it a great deal for the dollar especially when you consider all the features it comes with.
I give this nanny cam an
The NexGadget Wireless IP Camera is a great unit for monitoring your baby, pet, or valuables while you are away. Although it doesn't have all the great features that some cameras have, its price makes it very tempting. Its high definition resolution will give you great video of your child's activities while you are away.
The DMZOK Wi-Fi Camera is an inexpensive cam that will do the job of watching over your children, pets, or belongings.
You can monitor your cam via your smartphone or tablet. It does not have PC compatibility.
You can see a full 350 degrees and tilt 100 degrees using its remote control pan and tilt feature.
It does not have all the bells and whistles of higher end nanny cams but it will do the job at a reasonable price.
With nanny cams ranging from $40.00 to $200.00 the DMZOK Wi-Fi Camera is at the bottom of the price range.
If you are looking for a cheap nanny cam then this one should do the trick.
I give this nanny cam an
The DMZOK Wi-Fi Camera has the least features of the non-hidden nanny cams that I reviewed. However for the price, customers love it. You should be aware though that this nanny cam only connects at the 2.4G Wi-Fi setting and customers have made mention that the audio leaves a lot to be desired.
The UOKOO Home Surveillance Camera is a bare bones nanny cam or pet cam.
It basically takes video shots at a minimal 720p resolution with a 120 degree view angle. It does not pan or tilt.
It has 2 way communication capability but customers say that the speaker and microphone are limited.
However, most customers are satisfied with this nanny cam because it is so reasonably priced. It is simple and effective.
The UOKOO Home Surveillance Camera actually comes in less expensive than the average price range of $40.00 to $200.00 for security or surveillance cameras.
With its inexpensive price, it makes monitoring your baby affordable to anyone.
I give this nanny cam an
If you want a really inexpensive way to monitor your child during the daytime then the UOKOO Home Surveillance Camera will work for you. Just remember that it is a bare bones nanny cam. It does not have all the bells and whistles.
If you want to be less obvious that you are recording your nanny or child, the Conbrov DV9 Hidden Book Camera might be the right option for you.
With its motion activated recording feature, you will get plenty of use from one battery charge.
This camera is not Wi-Fi enabled so using this as a baby monitor might not be the best option, but as a pure spy cam, it will more than ably do the trick.
With nanny cams and spy cams ranging from $40.00 to $200.00 the Conbrov DV9 Hidden Book Camera comes right in the middle of the price range.
If you want a well hidden way to monitor what is going on while you are away it is worth the price.
I give this nanny cam an
This camera will suit the needs of someone who is wanting to disguise that they are recording the room. It records audio and video but it does not have 2 way communication or Wi-Fi connectivity so it cannot be used as a baby monitor or live stream while away from the house. You have to review the footage later, and there is not a notification system.
The Conbrov T10 Photo Frame Camera is another great choice for a hidden nanny cam.
With its invisible lens and its ordinary picture frame look, you can get the video you need to make sure you children are being treated right.
Its night vision capability and long lasting battery make this a great choice as your next spy cam.
It should be noted that this unit is not Wi-Fi enabled and is not a good candidate for a baby monitor.
With spy cams and nanny cams ranging from $40.00 to $200.00 the Conbrov T10 Photo Frame Camera is priced right in the middle of that range.
It is a great deal for those looking for a very natural looking camera to monitor what happens in their house.
I give this nanny cam an
The Conbrov T10 Photo Frame Camera is primarily designed for those that want a camera that is incognito. It is great for a spy surveillance camera but not really designed to be a baby monitor. It will make a good nanny cam if your desire is for your nanny to act naturally not knowing she is being recorded.
The EOVAS Wall Charger Spy Camera is a great option for people who want to monitor their home discreetly.
It also has remote viewing making it an option for being a baby monitoring cam.
Its motion and sound sensor technology alerts you when something changes in the room that you are recording.
No one will suspect it is a camera especially if you have a device plugged into its real USB charger.
With nanny and spy cams ranging from $40.00 to $200.00 the EOVAS Wall Charger Spy Camera is priced at the lower end of this range.
People love this inexpensive cam for the price.
I give this nanny cam an
The EOVAS Wall Charger Spy Camera is a great option for someone who wants an invisible nanny cam but also wants to be able to view the cam remotely. It is the crossover between a traditional nanny cam and a spy camera.
The Eyeclub Spy Camera Alarm Clock discreet video recorder. You would never know it was a spy cam or nanny cam by looking at it.
It has great video resolution at 1080p and is controlled by a hand held remote control.
However it is not Wi-Fi enabled and does not work with your smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi.
Its motion detector and long life battery or ac power supply will make sure you always get the recordings you need.
It comes with a free 8GB Micro SD card and can be upgraded to 32GB.
With nanny and spy cams ranging anywhere from $40.00 to $200.00 the Eyeclub Spy Cam Alarm Clock is a great buy.
If you are looking for an affordable video recorder for your home that is discreet and unobtrusive, this one will work.
I give this nanny cam an
The Eyeclub Spy Cam Alarm Clock is another way you can make sure you know what is happening in a room or with your loved ones. Nobody will think that it is a spy cam. It gives you great video recording during daylight hours or when the lights are on. However once the lights are off, that is another thing entirely. It is not Wi-Fi enabled so this is just a recorder. You cannot monitor or live stream what is going on in real time.
The Littleadd Hidden Camera may be light on features but what it lacks in features it gains in inconspicuousness. How many people pay attention to smoke alarms?
It records in 1080p resolution for up to 16 hours between charges. It comes with rechargeable batteries.
So before the babysitter arrives, you just attach this cam to the ceiling or wall and it will run until you return.
Then you can download the video onto your home computer and make sure not only your kids were behaving, but the nanny as well.
The Littleadd Hidden Cam is an inexpensive way to give you peace of mind when you are away at work or out with your spouse.
It comes in are the bottom end of the average price for nanny cams.
I give this nanny cam an
The Littleadd Hidden Cam is a great idea and will work for someone who does not have a nanny full time. However, its need to be recharged after 16 hours rather than having a way to connect it to the AC power makes it problematic for those that want to mount it and forget it.
Buying a nanny cam is more than just picking features and clicking buy. There are important considerations you need to take into account before you buy a nanny cam. Whether you are looking to monitor your home, apartment, or business, you want to make sure that you buy the right product for the right use.
My nanny cam buyers guide will help you make the right decision on which camera you are going to get to protect your children, monitor your pet, or safeguard your valuables while you are away.
It is important to note that some states do not allow you to record audio of people in a private place like your home or office without their permission. They only allow you to record video. So if you are going to record audio of your nanny or babysitter you need to get them to sign a disclosure agreement stating you have told them they are being recorded. In fact you might want to do that on camera.
Of course it is illegal, unethical, and perverted to record video of people in the bathroom and their private bedrooms. This will get you in a bunch of hot water.
The States that do not allow you to record audio at the time of this writing are as follows.
There are two basic types of nanny cams. They are open and hidden nanny cams.
Open or exposed nanny cams are security or baby monitoring cameras. They are placed out in the open where people can tell immediately that it is a camera. The first 5 nanny cams I reviewed are this type.
Hidden nanny cams are not in plain sight and do not look like a camera. They come in many shapes and sizes, like picture frames, alarm clocks, and there are even some that look like stuffed animals. I tried to find one that was highly rated as a stuffed animal nanny cam but could not find one that met my ratings standards.
There are many reasons that nanny cams are popular. Depending on your reason, your choice will vary. Some of the more popular uses of a nanny cam are....
Make sure you use the right tool for the right job.
Think about where you are going to locate your nanny cam or security monitor. Are they going to be out in the open like a baby monitor? If so, are you going to mount them on the wall or ceiling?
Are they going to be a spy cam? If so, will an alarm clock or picture frame look better in the living room or the bedroom?
What about a book cam? Do you have a bookshelf that you can place it in?
There are some important features you need to consider with your nanny cam purchase. Nobody likes buying a product and then finding out it won't do what they want it to do. I know, I have done that more than once!
Regardless if you are going to use an exposed cam or a hidden cam, you need to consider what will blend in. The last thing you want in your home is an ugly camera sitting on the wall. Does it match your style and decor?
If it is a hidden cam, does it blend in with everything else in the house. A book cam probably will not go well in a kitchen, and a picture frame camera might not do so well in a dining room. Take time to think about how your nanny cam will blend in with your home.
Here you need to decide if you are satisfied with just the ability to record what is happening in the room you are monitoring and reviewing that recording at a later date, or if you want the ability to see what is happening in real time. If you are monitoring a baby then you really need to see what is happening when it is happening. But for other purposes, just recording and viewing later might be all you need.
Only Wi-Fi enabled nanny cams give you the ability to see what is happening in real time.
Depending on your need, the choice between battery power or AC power can be important. Do you want your nanny cam to be mobile or stationary? Do you want to mount it and forget it, or are you OK with recharging or changing the batteries on a regular basis.
Mobile nanny cams will be battery powered. Even some stationary ones are. Make sure you get the right type of power supply so that you don't get irritated at having to check and change the battery every day.
Nanny cams are not as clear as your latest camcorder. Because they are so small they lose some of the ability to record in super high definition. If you want really clear videos, then make sure you get a nanny cam that records in hi-def. That is 1280p and above. However if you just want to see what is going on and make out who is doing what, then 720p should do the trick.
It is up to you how clear you want your picture to be. Just make sure you don't go below 720p or you might get a fuzzy picture.
One of the most important features of a nanny cam is motion detection. If a nanny cam does not have this feature then you will get hours upon hours of video recordings of nothing happening. You want to make sure that your nanny cam has a motion detection feature.
This is also helpful when using your nanny cam as a baby monitor. When the baby starts stirring, your nanny cam will alert you via email, text messaging, or push notifications. This lets you drop what you are doing and you can go and attend your baby.
Same nanny cams also come with noise detection. If your baby starts crying, or talking, or there is a loud crash in the room, you will know instantly.
Using a nanny cam is great but you do need to safeguard yourself when using them. More and more nanny cams are becoming Wi-Fi enabled and because of that you need to make sure that somebody doesn't hack into your nanny cam.
When you buy an indoor camera or a baby monitor, you need to make sure you register the product with the manufacturer. I understand that people do not like to give out their email addresses but in this case it is important. The company that built your nanny cam needs to be able to contact you if they find a security flaw and may need to update its drivers and software.
You should stay updated on anything that could be related to your child's safety and privacy.
I know that this seems obvious but you wouldn't believe how many people use easily hacked passwords like birthdays, anniversaries, pet names, and other things that can be found on the internet. Use a password that is 15 characters, upper and lower case type, symbols, numbers, and punctuation. Or you can use a random password generator like this one.
Just make sure you write it down and place it in a secure location.
Since the beginning of the internet revolution, hackers have been getting into ATM's, company computers, and home computers. Nothing is safe from their attempts. However encryption puts a stop to all except the most sophisticated attempts.
Make sure your nanny cam has firmware installed by the manufacturer that encrypts everything that is sent over Wi-Fi. This makes your nanny cam virtually hack proof.
We live in a different world than the one I grew up in. My mom's cam was the eyes in the back of her head. 🙂
I totally believe in the use of modern technology to help parents safeguard and protect their kids. I also see the value of monitoring your pets and protecting your valuables. So using a nanny cam is a smart move in my book.
Just remember this. Technology can only help you be a good parent. Nothing replaces the love and care you personally can give to your children. Use the time a nanny cam can save you to invest in their lives. Safeguard your kids. Love them immeasurably. Give them you.
Duke Taber is the owner of 3 successful Christian website and is now taking his skill as a webmaster and using it to help bi-vocational pastors and missionaries do their jobs across the world.