This innocent looking and commonly available smoke alarm houses a pinhole high definition spy camera and recording system. Automatically record full colour video footage with audio in your absence in total discretion. Perfect for many deployment situations.
Although the spy camera in this unit has a very small lens it is still able to capture video footage at a reasonably wide angle and in full colour 720p high definition video. The footage is clear enough to see exactly what is going on and thereby will enable easy identification of those people captured. The DVR system will accept micro SD cards up to a capacity of 128GB, providing up to 64 hours of recording storage, ample for the majority of situations. And because the footage is stored on a micro SD, it means that by using two cards there will b plenty of time to review recorded video on one card whilst utilising the second in the DVR to continue gathering evidential footage.
This product is made by the Spy Equipment UK team. We have created two slightly different versions of this device, one with the camera horizontal to and looking directly out of the alarm grille and the second where the camera is sited to view at a 45 degree angle out of one of the bevelled edges of the smoke alarm. The first type is ideal when the smoke alarm is to be mounted on a ceiling directly above a table or maybe a cash till. The second type is more useful when the smoke alarm is to be positioned on the ceiling at one side of the room and allows a more panoramic view of the environment. The camera is fixed in position at time of production and cannot be moved between the two, so it is important to choose the right type for your needs. Each camera feeds footage into a digital video recording system that collects recorded footage onto a micro memory SD card.
Although programmed at the time of production in through-the-lens motion activation mode, the unit can also be set to scheduled or timer modes if needed. In motion detection the unit will record as soon as something changes within the view of the camera. The raction time is very quick, so you will be sure not to miss a thing. In scheduled recording mode the operating system can be programmed to only record between certain times that you have specified in the set up. The recording system also has overwrite capability for continuous recording with memory capacities of between 32GB and 128GB as optional upgrade at time of purchase. Overwriting means that as soon as the memory card is full the system will then start recording over the oldest recorded video on the memory card.
Smoke alarms are generally installed onto ceiling and as such this often provides opportunity for mains power to be available from the ceiling space. In some situations there is no ceiling mains power available. Here we have catered for either situation in that the Smoke Alarm Camera can be powered from both mains or rechargeable internal battery pack. Although the smoke alarm body can be unclipped from the base fixing plate allowing it to be removed without the need to unscrew the plate from the ceiling, when using battery power only, there may be a need for a quick swap for the battery pack. In view of this we have provided a urther option of an additional rechargeable battery pack and external mains charger (see package options dropdown menu). In general after a full charge of the battery pack the unit can be powered for up to 3 days. Of course when connected to the mains power there is no limit to the deployment time as long as the main power remains on.
One common problem experienced by many covert camera systems is the ability to record in very low conditions. The new HD PIR Camera has an auto-switching capability that allows the system to record full colour during normal lighting conditions and then automatically change to monochrome (black and white) footage when the light becomes particularly subdued.
The Smoke Alarm Camera is an excellent versatile spy camera system that is ideal for deployment in various locations around the home, in the office, in a retail environment or in a workshop. With the different camera view, powering and programming options it is certainly worth considering for a variety of circumstances. The programming of the system and playback of video is both Windows and Mac compatible.
Where is the camera located within the device?
The camera is located in one of two positions. Either viewing out of the grille on the smoke alarm fascia or positioned to view at 45 degree angle out of the bevelled edge of the casing..
Does this device record sound?
Yes, there is a microphone within this device. The microphone will be able to clearly record voices within a general 6 metre radius.
Is the video that is recorded clear enough to be able to recognise faces?
Yes, it is very easy to identify people on the footage because imagery is in high definition and reasonably clear footage is also attainable in extremely low low conditions.
Does the device still function as a smoke alarm sensor?
No, the smoke detecting and smoke alarm system has had to be be completely removed to accommodate the camera system.
Is this product supplied with an SD card?
The recording memory of the device is built inside. The unit comes with 32GB as standard although an upgrade to 64GB or 128GB can be selected at time of purchase.
What is the maximum amount of video I can record before I have to offload from the SD card?
The system has three memory choices and can store full 720p HD video with audio of up to 16 hours (32GB), 32 hours (64GB) or 64 hours (128GB) and as the system as standard is set to motion activation, it could take many days to fill the memory up.
How do I fix this to a ceiling or a wall?
The make alarm has a fixing plate as standard as part of the casing although the main body of the smoke alarm can still be unclipped when required.
How will I know if the camera is looking exactly where I want it?
The lens in the unit is a 62º wide angle and although this will never completely cover 100% of a room area, it will cover the majority. However it will always be a good idea to record some test footage to be certain that the position is right.