When it comes to security and protection issues, a spy camera means a lot, especially in offices, shopping centers, colleges, schools, and even police stations. Due to its extreme significance, I went to buy one from the market, but unfortunately, I found it costly enough for me. Now I have decided to make it by myself. But my question is how to make a spy camera at home.
I found many ideas but to me, using an old mobile phone was the most available option. If you think the same as me, go through the following ways:
- Firstly, remove the Camera from the mobile phone
- Connect the USB and Power Cable
- Connect Transistor
- Get your spy camera ready
- Test the Camera
Besides this technique, you can use Cardboard or Minecraft to make your desired spy camera. Whatever method you choose, completing the process will not take more than ten minutes.
What is a Spy Camera? Why is it beneficial?
A spy camera, also named a hidden camera, is a small device to capture audio and video activities. They are used for several purposes, such as for home security or capturing the impressions of others, etc.
In the market, Spy Cameras are available with different features. They come with heavy storage where you can store weeks or even months of recorded data.
Benefits of spy camera:
Better security option: Spy cameras are better than traditional cameras but when it comes to high-security issues. You can keep strict control to watch every activity in your desired area without notice by others.
Provides evidence: By using the Spy Camera, you can keep a record of crime. No doubt traditional security cameras also provide evidence. But criminals are very cunning; they take care and protect them by all means once they know Cameras record them. So, a Spy camera has benefits over traditional security Cameras.
For shop security: Spy Cameras are widely used in Shops and stores to protect from shoplifting and burglary. You can keep an eye on the customer’s and visitors’ activities.
Investigation: Police and other law departments also use Spy cameras while investigating to keep a record of the investigation without noticing by the investigating person.
Capture responses: The interviewer uses spy cameras to capture the responses and facial expressions of the interview. People also use them for entertainment activities to capture others’ reactions after a prank or to some questions.
How to Make a Spy Camera? Easy 3 Methods
Here I will share three cheap but excellent ideas that may assist you in making a spy camera in a few minutes.
Easy 3 Methods (using old mobile, Cardboard, and Minecraft)
You may never think about that, but you can use old mobile, cardboard, and Minecraft to make a Spy Camera.
Things you will need [For All 3 Methods]
- Soldering gun
- Old mobile phone [Camera]
- USB Power Cable
- Transistor BC 547
- OTG cable
Method 1: Making Spy Camera with Old Mobile:
Step 1- Remove Camera from mobile phone
Take your old mobile phone, and open its casing to access the camera system. After removing the back cover of your mobile’s casing, you will easily find the Camera. Pull the whole motherboard and keep it aside.
Once you have found the Camera on the motherboard, heat your soldering gun. Take hot soldering and melt the base points of the Camera on the motherboard to separate it from the motherboard.
Step 2- Connect the USB and Power Cable
Here you will need to connect four cables with the camera. The middle two are for the USB and the outer two for the power line.
Take a USB cable, and cut its wire close to the USB. Now peel the upper wire cover. You will find four wires: red, black, white, and green. The red and black wire is for the power, and the white and green cable is for USB.
Now connect all four wires with the Camera using soldering. Connect the red and green wire with the inside terminals. Black and white wires with outside points on the Camera.
Connect the green wire to the inner negative and white with the outer negative point on your camera. While connecting red wire with inner positive and black wire with external positive points on camera.
Step 3- Connect Transistor
Take a BC 547 transistor and connect it with the camera. Connect one leg of the camera with white wire and the second with green wire. Your camera is ready to work.
Step 4- Test the Camera
Connect the Camera with an OTG cable and then connect it with the mobile to test the camera. You may also need to install the open camera to test the spy camera.
Install it from the Google Play store and then take a view of your surroundings. If the view is fine, you have made your spy camera.
Method 2: Making a Spy Camera with Cardboard
Step 1- Arrange the Cardboard
First of all, you will need to grab some beer cartons. You can use the beer cans because it has two-millimeter fluted cardboard. It is best to chop the boxes up into sizable pieces.
Step 2- Download a PDF sketch of the Spy Camera.
It will make it a lot simpler if you download the sketch of all pieces of spy camera from the internet. Once you download it, take its print on white paper to use as a guide.
Step 3- Cut the cardboard pieces.
Now stick the sketch to the cardboard and start cutting; some diagrams have a little squiggly line between them. You will get longer pieces than the drawn pieces, so cut them into little pieces. Cut the pieces according to the required length.
The parts you will cut will be small and stripped (be careful each time when cutting the pieces). For the milled effect, remove the cardboard faces; it will give you fine completion.
Step 4- Make the plugs.
When making plugs, ensure that the flute goes vertical to the plug. You will need to glue the plug and then roll it.
While rolling, ensure each turn is slightly offset, giving it a bit of tapered look. Try to snip its end off; that gives a nice flat edge to the plug shape.
You will need to cut two other pieces where you need more care and ensure that the grain goes in the right direction.
Step 5- Make the Microphone
Cut the microphone; you need to cut it according to the cardboard shape for the PDF. Once you have cut the microphone, glue its parts.
Step 6- Final the Camera
Okay, according to the PDF images, you will need to cut some smaller parts. Cut all the parts and glue them to give them shape as per PDF images. After shaping them, join them together according to instructions on the PDF to get a nice SPY Camera.
Method 3: Making a Spy Camera in Minecraft
Step 1- Get the Blocks for the security camera.
You will need the blocks for the security camera in Minecraft software. You will need a lever, spy camera, and custom head.
If you do not want to use the custom head, then you can also use either skeleton skull as an alternative for the custom head. We also need some other building blocks.
Once you have got the blocks, next, you will need to find the place where you will put these blocks.
Step 2- Enter the Command
To access block functions, enter this command [minecraft: command_block].
Once you have entered the command in the command section, it will give us our security camera head.
Step 3- Build the SPY Camera
Find the location where you will build the security camera and building block. Place the blocks diagonally at the top of the building block. Build a Camera facing at an angle and destroy the blocks underneath the Camera.
After that, grab the lever and place it under the camera’s custom head. So, now we have a spy camera.
You can choose the hidden place in Minecraft to keep your camera hidden. It is simple to make and does not take more than ten minutes to complete.
How long can my spy Camera record?
You can extend it by adding a large memory card and battery. Typically the spy cameras can record video or audio for 36 hours.
But if you use the Spy cam only for capturing the photos on standby mode, it can record up to 9 months.
Spy Camera provides better security to your properties. You can use them to record the video, audio, or footage to use as proof or for whatever purpose you want.
It is much easier to make and maintain than the traditional security camera if you can go through the proper ways. However, if you don’t find yourself confident enough, you can take a professional’s help.