Choosing a Nanny Camera That Suits Your Needs

Nanny cams became all the rage in the 1990s when television shows presented videos of nannies and babysitters behaving badly. Caregivers hitting children, screaming at them, or worse, all caught on hidden cameras got ratings. In the early days, the video quality was so poor that many videos were not admitted as evidence in court cases. Today’s nanny cams often have 4K video quality making them great for use as evidence of wrong-doing.

Are nanny cams legal?

In most cases, yes. Check local laws, but since they’re in your home, you can have cameras if you want them. If you have a live-in nanny, you can’t put one their bedroom or in bathrooms, but in the common areas of the house, you can have cameras. If you’re unsure, speak to an attorney.

Power source

Many nanny cams are made to look like household objects. Some, like phone chargers and electrical outlets, can use AC power. Others, like teddy bears and wall clocks, use batteries. Consider where you want to put the camera and how easy it’ll be to hook it up to power. Also, think about how obvious it will be if there’s a power cord coming out of a teddy bear.

Wi-Fi or Self-contained?

a lot of nanny cams send a signal to the Wi-Fi antenna, so you can watch the house live. Others record to an SD card embedded in the camera. With the SD card, you need to take the card out and watch the video on a computer or tablet. -Fi cameras are extremely easy to set up and don’t cost a lot more than self-recording devices. It makes sense, if you have Wi-Fi in your house, to get a Wi-Fi camera.

Night or not

If you’re going to be out of the house at night and want to see what’s going on, you might need night vision. This allows you to see what’s going on even when it’s completely dark in the house.

Night vision nanny cam models are more expensive.

There are a couple levels of night vision. Some simply change the picture to highlight poorly lit images better. The image quality is usually poor but will work for seeing if someone is up walking around. Others will give you clear images that allow you to identify almost everything in an image. The decision has everything to do with when you need to see what’s going on.

The Resolution

There are levels of video resolution. They can range from basic to near movie quality. 1280 x 720 HD is the norm for most cameras these days. This HD resolution will show you almost everything you need to see, while still letting the camera to be small enough to be hidden. Contrast that with 480p resolution which is what many cameras that hidden in objects look like. The images are a bit grainy and won’t provide you with a great view. It’s fine for knowing if someone is in the room and generally what they’re doing. Wide angle cameras can give you a great view of an entire room. The edges might look a little fish-eyed, but you can put one camera in a room and it’ll show you most of what’s going on. Zoom is a nice feature found on some cameras. If you’re away from home and want to see something that’s happening better, you can zoom in. This is great for large rooms or rooms where there are often a lot of small objects to look at, such as in a child’s room.

Hacking

WIFI cameras may be subject to hacking.

While it doesn’t happen often, a person with the right technology can hack your cameras and see what’s going on in your house. They want to know if you’re home, so they can rob you. This is only likely to happen if you have a lot of items worth stealing. Make sure that your cameras and the associated software are encrypted, and passwords are difficult to guess.

Nanny cams to protect your parents

Even though they’re called “nanny cams”, they show how our elderly loved ones are being treated when we’re not there to see it. Even the great Stan Lee of Marvel Comics fame was allegedly the victim of elder abuse. A hidden camera lets you see what’s going on in the house and record things. This gives you peace of mind that your mom or dad is being well-cared for, particularly if they can’t speak for themselves any longer.

Nanny cams for your safety

Nanny cams are there to protect everyone, including caregivers. While it might feel intrusive to someone who is doing something wrong, in truth, they’re a great way to keep an eye on the most vulnerable people in our world.