20 Best Secret Spy Camera Recording Devices for Private Investigators

Our earlier review of Sanwood secret spy camera surveillance recording pen inspired most of our readers to ask for some more options that are really private.  Hence, an improved post on top best secret spy cameras for private investigators.

Before diving into the content proper, we’ll like to say a few things about portable digital surveillance cameras, often called “secret spy camera”, or “secret camera DVR recorder”.

Versatile hidden/secret video camera recording devices are the newest tech for private surveillance. It lets you record or monitor activities without being detected. Their small sizes along with the disguise makes them a perfect device for  stealth recording.

Hidden (Spy) cams are not just gadgets used by high-tech spies as seen in movies: They are readily available for purchase and can be gotten from any of the top online shopping malls.

They come in handy for clearing doubts, getting evidence, clearing suspicion, taking secret photos, recording events, workplace surveillance, pet’s security, and for other private uses.

Professional spy cameras can be used by security detectives, private investigators, legal practitioners, bloggers, and journalists.

Best Hidden Camera Surveillance Devices for Private Investigators

While there are lots of secret surveillance camera, I’ll focus on the top best options for private investigators.  They’re smart portable DVR spy camera devices that are normally disguised as: clocks, watches, pen, wall sockets, bracelets, and etc.

Since these spy cameras are embedded in our everyday devices, it makes them stealth and known only to the user. The list is presented in no particular order, and it’s opened for suggestions and/or soft inclusion.

Bluelans Mini HD Hidden Camera ($12.00)

Bluelans Mini HD Hidden Camera Glasses

An extremely smart spectacle, Bluelans mini HD spy cam comes with an external card slot port for MicroSD/TF cards. It also has buttons around its parent gadget for easy control and can be connected to a PC without any software/driver download.

With a powerful elegant and sleek body design, this pair of glasses is suitable for both men and women; good choice for journalists, detectives, investigators, private guards, and etc.


  • Glass Camera
  • Inbuilt 300mAh Li-poly battery (5V DC)
  • AVI, 30fps supported video formats with 720*480 resolution
  • Image: 600 x 1200 or 2560 x 1440
  • Duration: 4 – 5 hours
  • OS: Win98, Me, XP, 2000 and Vista
  • Picture Format: JPG
  • Image Ratio – 4.3

PHYLINK PLC-128PW 720p HD Covert IP Camera ($139.00)

Phylink PLC-128PW is a small-sized flexible smart device with a spy camera, perfect for use where compact/discreet surveillance action is required. This camera is impossible to discover and it’s completely protected from annihilation.

PHYLINK-PLC-128PW-1 secret spy camera

PLC-128 comes with various brackets for quick and easy installation. Due to its small size, it is very easy to situate this device at any position.

Key Features

  • The diminutive size design makes it easy for this device be integrated into any hidden place.
  • HD video output.
  • Works with Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or Power over Ethernet (PoE) 802.3af. WPS support for easy wireless setup.
  • Audio line in for security sound monitor pickup device.
  • Motion Detection; adjustable sensitivity.
  • Push notifs.
  • Expandable storage up to 128GB
  • Free iPhone, Android Apps for Quick & Easy Remote Viewing.
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C11 Mini Secret Camera Pen ($75.00)

C11 Mini secret Camera pen

This camera device is a well-equipped spy camera embedded in a smart-pen. It has wide-angle and big aperture (130° angle lens with F2.0 aperture).

It went further to feature 6-Glass upgraded lens coupled with a 12MP (1080P) BSI CMOS sensor for super HD video capture. This is a perfect ideal spy cam for investigators, see full specs and features below.


  • Wifi pen type mini camera
  • IR night vision, Motion Detection and HDMI out
  • Remote control via WiFi on smartphones
  • 1920 x 1080 @30fps and 1080 x 720 @60fps video resolution
  • HDMI Out
  • Web camera
  • Has support for Windows PCs and Mac OS X machines.
  • charging voltage: DC-5V
  • 560MA Li-Po battery

DINGFENTECH ID07 Wireless Mini Pen Camera ($40. 00)

DINGFENTECH ID07 secret surveillance camera

If you’re looking out for a smart spy cam to carry out an investigative assignment, I think this device is actually what you need. Dingfentech ID07 wireless mini pen cam is a smart-elegant pen with an embedded hidden camera.


  • Small and light-weighted
  • Motion detector
  • Audio and Video recorder
  • 1920*1080p FHD resolution, Clear vision.
  • Easy to use; one-touch video/audio recording
  • 560mAh battery capacity (5V)
  • 120-degree wide-angle ratio
  • OS Supported: Mac OS; Linux, Windows OS.

Mini V5 Secret Spy Camera Device ($29.00)

Mini V5 hidden Camera gadget

A professional spy recording cam with lots of premium features and highly sensitive motion detector. This camera starts recording a video automatically as soon as it detects a motion within its coverage range. It can record sounds that are more than 60 decibels.

Mini V5 has an external slot for SD card input and comes with an inbuilt 430mah long-lasting battery. It is very portable and smart and can be used as a home security gadget.


  • Light-weight
  • Super quality video/image quality
  • Coding: M-JPEG
  • 1280 x 960 video resolution
  • 1980 x 1024 image resolution
  • Charging Voltage: DC-5V/1A
  • MicroSD Card/TF Card support, up to 32GB
  • 72-degree wide-angle lens view.

Spy DV Secret Video Camera Watch ($43.00)

Spy DV secret video camera Watch

A smartwatch with a digital camera to record videos and take pictures. It has a comprehensive digital voice recording function. The spy cam engraved in this smartwatch can record videos with high-resolution, and in top quality. There is night vision features, and full high-definition (FHD) ability.

Features in-Full:

  • IR Night Vision
  • FHD, 1080P video resolution (1920 x 1280 @30fps)
  • Quality picture resolution (2m 1920 x 1080 JPEG)
  • Enticing body design
  • Web-Camera
  • Water resistant
  • Up to 16GB storage via MicroSD card
  • Inbuilt 150mAh L-Po battery

Spy Wrist Watch ($25.00)

Spy Wrist Watch

This spy camera is discreet and almost impossible to be sighted by anyone, all its lights are turned off while the camera is in use. The wide camera lens helps you capture every single motion within the camera range.

It comes with a whopping 16GB internal memory, and offers super night vision recording and can also serve as nanny/security camera.


  • Can serve as a 16GB external storage
  • Webcam
  • 90-degrees angle coverage.
  • 640 x 480 video resolution, 1280 x 960 photo resolution (JPEG)
  • AVI video output format.
  • mini USB 2.0
  • 380 mAh battery capacity (DC 5V voltage)
  • Compatible with Windows OS, Linux, and Mac OS X.

Waterproofed 8GB Hidden Spy Camera Watch ($17.00)

Waterproof 8GB Spy camera Watch DVR Video Recorder

A high-quality spy camera watch with cool features. It has a very tiny camera lens on the watch surface, very difficult for someone else to detect.

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Furthermore, it features a 2.0 USB connection port disguised as a normal watch button and packs an 8GB internal storage capacity.


  • Compact and great design
  • Inbuilt strong battery
  • Video recording function
  • Image shooter
  • Webcam
  • 720 x 480P, @30fps
  • 1600 x 1200 image resolution
  • Output format: AVI, WAV, and JPEG
  • 8GB memory
  • Supports Windows/Mac

Spy HD Video Wrist Watch Camera ($16.00)


Spy HD Video Wrist Watch Camera

This is a smart digital video recording wristwatch. It lets you record videos and sounds in an environment without getting noticed, you can also take photos with this watch.

The spy cam inside the wrist watch is very easy to use and works in stealth mode; you just tap the record button once and it goes down to work.


  • Easy and simple to use
  • Nice design and light-weighted
  • Can serve as an 8GB external storage via USB
  • USB Plug & Play Compatible
  • Rechargeable inbuilt li-ion battery.
  • 8 GB internal storage capacity
  • 280 Li-Ion battery

Smart Wristband/Bracelet Secret Spy Camera ($22.00)

Smart Bracelet

This intelligent bracelet comes with a super quality spy cam with wide-angle coverage ratio and fitness tracker function. It is capable of recording sounds/videos in an environment and with high-quality output.


  • Easy to set up and use.
  • Angle ratio = 90°
  • Video output format: AVI
  • Coding: M-JPEG
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Crystal clear video quality (FHD 1080P)
  • Audio format: WAV
  • Media Player: uses inbuilt OS or Mainstream Play Software
  • Supported OS: Mac/Linux and Windows
  • 350mAh Battery capacity (DC 5V)
  • Memory: External storage support up to 32GBProduct Features:

Clearon smart bulb with a Secret Wireless Camera ($60. 00)

Clearon smart bulb with a hidden camera

A very smart bulb with wireless IP hidden camera, simple to setup and connect. With Clearon secret wireless camera bulb, you can get access to the camera online via the P2P server technology. No DDNS settings, a complicated port mapping or highly technical setup is needed to use its features.


  • 1280 x 920P video resolution (1.3MP)
  • Voltage: AC100-240V
  • 360° wide-angle range
  • Photo-resistor sensor switch, LED lights night vision 10 meters.
  • SD card support up to 128GB.
  • Alarm action

Spy HD 1080P Wrist DV Watch ($52.00)

Spy DV Watch

This digital smart wrist watch has a spy cam engraved on it. The camera packs great digital video/voice recording functions, and also features IR Night vision function.

Full Features:

  • IR Night Vision function
  • High-quality video resolution
  • Secret web camera
  • Waterproofed body
  • 32GB internal memory capacity
  • 150 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • USB 2.0
  • No driver needed.

Waterproof Wrist Spy Watch ($17.00)

Waterproof Wrist Spy Watch

This awesome spy watch features a clear super HD hidden cam plus 8GB internal memory. The parent material is designed with solid alloy and the video/voice recording function is triggered by a single button press.


  • Easy to use (One-touch record button)
  • inbuilt rechargeable battery
  • Extremely smart in operation
  • Can serve as an 8GB external USB drive
  • Water resistant
  • AVI video output format (M-JPEG)
  • 280 mAh Li-Po battery capacity (DC – 5V)
  • Mini 4pin USB

Sanwood Spy watch ($21.00)

Sanwood Spy watch

Sanwood spy watch has a smart hidden cam which can serve the purpose of private investigations or home security  surveillance. It comes with an inbuilt 8GB internal memory and also has a mini USB output.

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  • AVI output video format
  • 4:3 picture ratio
  • 380mAh Li-Po battery (DC 5V)
  • 1920*1080 resolution
  • Supports Windows OS – me, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Mac OS 10.4, and Linux.

Bluelans Mini Hidden Camera Car Key Chain ($7.00)

Bluelans Mini Hidden Camera Car Key Chain

A smart keychain to house your car keys and also give you access to spy on people. Bluelans car keychain comes with a pin-hole spy cam strictly hidden and hard to be noticed by a third-party.

It can serve as a secret web camera for your PC and also give you the room to playback recorded videos on your PC.


  • Video/voice recorder, image shutter
  • Motion detector
  • USB 2.0.
  • External storage support up to 32GB TF card
  • Webcam
  • A secret video camera
  • No driver connection needed
  • 300 mAh Li-Ion battery

007-Watch 8GB HD 1080P Waterproof Spy Camera Watch

007-Watch 8GB HD 1080P Waterproof Spy Camera Watch

How would you feel wearing James Bond (007) type of wrist watch? My ego will definitely rise to its peak. This smart spy wrist watch comes with a hidden camera that can hardly be detected by a third-party. It is waterproofed and has 8GB internal flash storage.


  • Night vision
  • FHD video recording @ 30fps.
  • 8GB Memory
  • Waterproofed parent material

Spy Camera Watch DVR ($43.00)

Spy Camera Watch DVR 2

This spy watch is capable of recording videos, voice notes and also take hidden pictures without anyone noticing it. It can also serve as a webcam for your PC.


  • IR Night Vision function
  • FHD 1080P (1920 x 1280 @30fps)
  • Web-Camera
  • 16GB internal memory
  • inbuilt MIC function
  • 150 mAh battery capacity
  • USB 2.0

Spy Wrist Watch

Spy Wrist Watch

This spy wrist watch has a discreet camera, very impossible to be noticed by anyone. With its camera lens, you can record voice, videos, and also take secret photos. It has an internal memory of 16GB and can also serve as a webcam.


  • 90-degrees wide-angle range
  • 1280 x 960 resolution
  • Mini USB 2.0
  • 16GB internal storage
  • Can serve as a removeable disk
  • Webcam
  • 380mAh Battery capacity (DC 5V)

Efine 16GB Spy Watch ($20. 00)

Efine 16GB Spy Watch

Efine spy watch comes with a spy cam, totally hidden and impossible to be noticed by a third party. The watch is waterproofed and is powered by a strong rechargeable Li-Ion battery.


  • 16GB Internal storage memory
  • Water resistance
  • Webcam
  • AVI video output
  • Windows ME/2000/XP/2003/Vista support.

Wrap Up

This list of top best secret spy camera and surveillance devices is provided to give an insight into hidden secret camera gadgets. It can be used by anyone including: private investigators, detectives, private guards, bloggers and etc.

We missed out on highly portable audio recording devices that can be hidden in cars, power bikes, home drawer, et al, but would feature them in our next post on portable security devices.

We do not sale any of these, but advice that you buy from trusted stores. Some of the top stores to shop for these devices are: AliExpress, Amazon, eBay, Best Buy, Konga/Jumia/Yudala/Gearbest, and etc.

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Samuel Odamah
Ebuka O. Samuel is a technical writer at 3rd Planet Techies Media. He's a tech enthusiast, Android gadgets freak, consumer electronics tweakstar, and a lover of wearable techs.


  1. Thanks for the highlight, this is a very useful post. I have a speaker camera. where would you rank it?

    • Thanks for dropping by Leban.

      If the speaker camera comes with video recording feature, it is a spy/surveillance camera as well. This is because it’s normally disguised as a regular speaker to others.

  2. Samuel Ebuka Odamah Samuel Ebuka Odamah

    Thanks Blake, you’re most welcome

  3. Great post Samuel. Been in search of a good surveillance camera for my shop. Thanks for getting this list together


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