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Spy Camera VS Surveillance Camera

Spy camera and surveillance camera are capable of capturing video and sometimes audio too. There are wired and wireless type. A wired spy camera or surveillance camera is connected to a storage device, whereas wireless transmits the recording to a receiver within a small radius.
You are on camera
You're on camera by Sigo Signs.
Both spy camera and surveillance camera is mainly used for surveillance activities. The reason of using spy camera or surveillance camera could be different. Whether it's being used for good or bad purpose.

Anyway, there are two same reasons of using them. First reason is to monitor. Secondly is to provide proof. Now let's see what are the differences between spy camera and surveillance camera.

FEATURES
Spy camera
Sometime spy camera is called hidden camera. It is also named nanny camera due to the common use of spy camera in checking on caregivers' treatment of children. Not all nanny camera is small enough to be a spy or hidden camera.
Small nanny camera
Small nanny camera.
Spy cameras are usually disguised as ordinary objects in the environment of the business or home.

Surveillance camera
Surveillance camera or CCTV installation is publicly known. Even if the installation is not told to anyone but the shape of surveillance camera on wall or ceiling is so obvious.
Anni DVR CCTV
Anni 4 channel DVR CCTV
Surveillance camera is not disguised like spy camera.

SHAPE
Spy cameras
There are many shapes of spy camera. First time see, you don't know it's a spy camera unless you are the owner, buyer, seller, you are told about it or you found out about it whether by using spy camera detector or not. The shape could be anything.

Spy camera pen
Spy camera disguised as pen.

Spy camera disguised as clock
Spy camera disguised as car key chain.

Surveillance camera
They are sold in an obvious shape. First time see, you will know it's a surveillance camera. There are plenty of shapes such as dome, bullet and PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom).

High res dome camera cctv
8 Megapixels Amcrest dome camera.

Bullet camera
Bullet camera RTech

Pan Tilt Zoom Camera
PTZ camera Foscam.
If there are others type of surveillance camera such as day/night, network/ip, high definition, night vision...well, spy camera also have that kind of types too.

REASON
Spy camera
The main reason of using spy camera is to get the proof of any misconduct secretly. Spy camera also used by bad person to peek on woman in bedroom, shower room, toilet, dressing room etc. Spy camera is used secretly whether for good purpose or bad purpose.

Surveillance camera
Obviously used for surveillance in the environment of home or business. It's also used to scare people from stealing, robbing or do any bad thing since their misconducts would be strong proof to authority.

Conclusion
I strongly against buying the fake surveillance camera even your reason is just to scare the bad intentions guy. A very good eyesight of bad guy would know if the surveillance camera is a fake one. If the bad things really happen, nothing is recorded and no proof at all to support your statement.

Another thing, please don't misuse the spy camera. Use it with good intents such as get proof of robber, burglar, stalker etc.


Source
Spy Camera definition
What is a CCTV camera
What type of CCTV camera?

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