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7 Best Motion Activated Spy Cameras for 2023


JUL 11

Top 7 Best Motion Activated Hidden Spy Cameras of 2023

7 Best Motion Activated Spy Cameras for 2023

Best Motion Activated Hidden Spy Cameras

Chances are you may not be familiar with spy cameras or nanny cameras, other than seeing a few teddy bear nanny cameras in the movies or TV shows. Spy cameras are actually more common than most people think. Cameras are commonly disguised as alarm clocks, wall chargers, smoke detectors, and much more. One of the most popular features in these hidden cameras are their ability to record motion activated video.

Motion activated spy cameras are popular because they only record when there is motion detected, which means your memory card wont be filled with wasted recordings.

What are spy cameras used for?

Spy cameras (also known as nanny cams or hidden cameras) can be used for a variety of purposes. Many people use motion activated spy cameras for home security uses. Whether you have a house, condo, or an apartment - chances are you have valuable possessions that you want to protect. Having a motion activated camera allows you to keep an eye on your things while you are away. Video evidence gathered by a security camera can also aid in an investigation if you ever became an unfortunate victim of theft or burglary.

Spy cameras can also be use for investigating suspected infidelity by a partner, monitoring employee or business activities, keeping an eye on a warehouse or retail outlet, and much more. You could even use a hidden camera simply to keep an eye on your pets while you are at work! We hear all sorts of creative uses for our devices, and love getting feedback from our customers about how they use our products.

Who is using spy cameras?

Spy cameras aren't just a tool used by a certain group of people - they are actually a common type of device used by a wide range of individuals and businesses! For example, parents use spy cameras to keep an eye on their kids - whether it is to find out who is sneaking out at night, or to play detective and figure out who keeps topping off the alcohol bottles with water.

In addition, using a spy camera or nanny cam to catch a cheating spouse is also becoming increasingly common due to how much these devices have dropped in price, and because of how easy they are to use. Even private investigators and law enforcement entities use our devices on the job.

How do motion activated cameras work?

Traditional motion detection works by looking for movement within the camera's field of view. For example, if you have a camera set up in your living room, and someone walks into your living room, that movement will trigger the camera to start recording. This is how most motion activated cameras work, although there are a few drawbacks to this.

The main drawback being that any kind of motion can trigger the recording - it could be a person walking by, but it could also be a curtain being slightly moved by an air vent. Luckily, most motion activated spy cameras are adjustable, so you can adjust the threshold of motion needed to trigger the recording, which helps reduce false alarms.

A new type of motion detection is available in some devices which uses body heat, and is referred to as passive infrared (PIR) motion detection. This is a new and more accurate type of motion detection that looks for a change in heat signature, similar to body heat, which helps significantly reduce false alarms. Another huge benefit to PIR motion detection is that the camera does not always need to be on and looking for motion, so this greatly reduces the amount of battery needed, which allows battery powered devices to last months, even up to a year in standby mode.

Do motion activated spy cameras need WiFi?

Motion activated spy cameras can come in both WiFi and non-WiFi versions, depending on what your specific needs are. Many people do like using WiFi hidden cameras due to their ability to live view your camera feed, however some people either do not have WiFi or simply do not need live viewing.

Fortunately, since both WiFi and non-WiFi models are available with motion activation, you can pick whichever one suits your particular needs. The one benefit of using a WiFi camera with motion activation is that not only can you set the camera to record video when it detects motion, you can also set the WiFi camera to send you a motion detection alert to your phone. This allows you to get an instant notification, letting you know something is happening right now - such as an intruder, or maybe just your kids getting home safely from school.

Check Out the 7 Best Motion Activated Spy Cameras:

7. HC365w WiFi USB Charger Hidden Camera

Starting off our list is a device that looks (and functions) like a regular USB wall charger. Hidden inside this ordinary looking device however is a high definition color camera that can also record in total darkness.

Like all cameras on this list, it does include motion activation. Because it is a WiFi-enabled device, you can both receive motion alerts to your smartphone, as well as record motion activated video to a memory card hidden inside the device. 


4.7 Average Rating
5 Reviews
1080P HD WiFi Pro Grade USB Charger Hidden Camera
  • Streams 1080P HD Live Video
  • Plug In AC Powered Operation
  • Works as Functional Charger
  • Records to Micro SD Card
  • Records Motion Activated Video
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6. HC455w WiFi Black Box Hidden Camera

Next up is our popular WiFi black box hidden camera. This device is small, about the size of a deck of playing cards, but is packed with features making it one of our most powerful spy cameras.

Inside the black box is a wide angle camera lens, which can record video both during the day and night thanks to its infrared night vision sensors. The device has a built in speaker and microphone for two-way talking and listening as well. Best of all, the device can be both battery or AC powered, allowing you to place it anywhere for long term or short term use.

The camera also records video to a micro SD card - choose between motion activation or continuous 24/7 recording, and view your videos remotely via the smartphone app or remove the memory card and insert into your PC or Mac computer for playback.


4.8 Average Rating
4 Reviews
1080P HD WiFi Black Box Hidden Camera
  • Streams 1080P HD Live Video
  • Battery or AC Powered Operation
  • 2.4GHz & 5.8GHz WiFi Compatible
  • Records to Micro SD Card
  • Motion Activated Phone Alerts
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5. HC318w WiFi Bluetooth Speaker Spy Camera

The WiFi bluetooth speaker hidden camera looks and functions as a regular bluetooth speaker to play all your favorite music, but is also a feature-packed nanny camera for home and business use.

Hidden in the speaker grill is a wide angle camera lens that streams and records 1080P HD video. The device can be battery or AC powered, depending on your needs. 

The HC318w also includes night vision sensors, which allow you to see what is going on 24/7 even in total darkness. And like all our cameras on this list, includes instant motion detection alerts to notify you if your camera detects any movement nearby.


4.6 Average Rating
14 Reviews
1080P HD WiFi Bluetooth Speaker Hidden Camera
  • Streams 1080P HD Live Video
  • Battery or AC Powered Use
  • Works as Functional Bluetooth Speaker
  • Records to Micro SD Card
  • Instant Motion Detection Alerts
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4. HC374w WiFi Smoke Detector Spy Camera

Coming in at number 4 on our list of best motion activated spy cams is a hidden camera cleverly disguised as an ordinary object found in almost every room in every home and business - a smoke detector.

The HC374w can be either ceiling or wall mounted, and features advanced "body heat" motion detection, allowing it to get longer battery life than most other cameras on the market.

The motion detection alerts also allow you to get notified instantly if the camera sees a person walk by, so you can quickly pull up your camera feed to see what is going on.


4.8 Average Rating
9 Reviews
1080P HD WiFi Smoke Detector Hidden Camera with Night Vision
  • Streams Clear 1080P HD Video
  • Can Be Ceiling or Wall Mounted
  • Up to 6 Month Battery Life
  • Records to Micro SD Card
  • Instant Motion Detection Alerts
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3. HC710w WiFi Fake Plant Hidden Camera

The HC710w is our top selling camera in our Pro Series line of WiFi hidden spy cameras. This ordinary looking plant is actually a live streaming hidden camera, which allows you monitor your home or office right on your iOS or Android device.

All of our Pro Series hidden cameras are designed and assembled right here in the USA, made with the highest quality camera components.

The plant camera is battery powered and portable so you can place it on a desk, shelf, table or wherever you need covert video monitoring. In addition to live streaming, you can record video to a micro SD memory card hidden inside the device, with either continuous or motion activated recording.


4.8 Average Rating
2 Reviews
1080P HD WiFi Fake Plant Hidden Camera
  • Looks Like a Real Plant
  • Long Life Battery Power
  • Streaming Live HD Video
  • Motion Activated Alerts
  • Made in the USA
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2. HC215w WiFi Alarm Clock Hidden Camera

One of the best types of hidden cameras are ones that can hide in plain sight as ordinary objects - just like this miniature alarm clock that has a wide angle 1080P HD camera lens hidden inside.

This WiFi streaming camera can be battery or AC powered, and allows you to watch your live camera feed right on your smartphone from anywhere in the world.

Motion detection alerts notify you instantly if the camera detects motion or movement, and you can even record video to a micro SD card hidden inside the device. No one will suspect this clock is actually a powerful covert security device.


4.7 Average Rating
14 Reviews
1080P HD WiFi Alarm Clock Hidden Camera
  • Functional Mini Alarm Clock
  • Battery or AC Powered Operation
  • WiFi Live Streaming
  • Records to Micro SD Card
  • Motion Detection Alerts
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1. HC100w WiFi Pinhole Hidden Spy Camera

At the top of our list of best motion activated spy cameras is a versatile device that makes it easy to hide anywhere or even design and built your own custom hidden camera with.

The pinhole hidden spy camera is a long-life battery powered spy camera with just a tiny miniature lens that makes it easy to get covert video surveillance wherever you need it in your home or office.

There are two battery options, an optional night vision upgrade, and a long list of features that make this nanny cam the best of the best.

You can even record motion activated video to a hidden memory card as well as set up motion detection alerts so you get notified of any activity. 


4.7 Average Rating
35 Reviews
1080P HD WiFi Streaming Pro Grade DIY Pinhole Hidden Camera Kit
  • Streams Live 1080P HD Video
  • Dual Power - Battery or AC Power
  • Tiny Lens Easy to Hide Anywhere
  • Motion Detection Alerts
  • Available Night Vision Upgrade
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