If you are hoping to monitor more than one room of the house, you may choose to invest in several hidden cameras so that they can be positioned in various locations. Other parents may choose to move one or two hidden cameras periodically to capture different angles, although it’s important to note that a moving hidden camera may be more likely to draw attention to itself than one that remains sitting on the same shelf all the time.
When it comes to storing and reviewing the footage captured by your hidden camera, there are a couple of options. Some hidden cameras, especially the ones compact housings, may have hidden SD card slots designed to help you store your surveillance videos locally. Other cameras have WiFi (or even wired) capabilities, allowing them to upload video to a cloud or a program which you can access and review remotely via computer or smartphone. In cases where you are concerned about to-the-minute safety, or putting a stop to something that is happening in your home the moment you see it, remote viewing capabilities may be your best choice. On-board storage can be useful if you are simply looking to be able to access footage later but aren’t necessarily concerned about “catching someone in the act,” so the speak.
If you are monitoring a room that you've designated as off-limits to your nanny (your bedroom, for example), or if you would rather only record footage in rooms where your children or their caretaker are, you may want to invest in a camera that offers motion-activated recording. This feature can help conserve storage space by ensuring that you don’t have hours of footage in which nothing happens. It can also be beneficial if you have an alert set up to notify you when motion is detected in an off-limits space, giving you the opportunity to login remotely and see what’s going on right when the activity is occurring.
Depending on your situation, you may find some or all of these features to be important. Once you’re sure which features you want your camera to have, you are ready to pair those features with an appropriate look for your camera.