Web cameras can be designed to be very small and placed in hidden locations. The images captured by such Hidden Web Cameras can then be seen over the internet. The images can also be recorded in streaming video formats and played back over and over again.
The primary purpose of Hidden Web Cameras was security. Covert web cameras installed in shops and other establishments can record all activity in their field of vision. They are especially useful after closing times when security may be lax. Detective agencies and police departments install Hidden Web Cameras in suspicious places and monitor the happenings in those areas. Several criminals have been nabbed and undesirable activities have been thwarted using such Hidden Web Cameras. People also install Hidden Web Cameras in their houses to monitor the activities of their children’s nannies and nurses for the elderly.
However, Hidden Web Cameras are being used extensively for pornographic purposes. Tiny web cameras are installed in locations such as hotel bedrooms, public restrooms and even commodes and urinals. Images captured by these web cameras are uploaded to porn sites, which may even require registration. This activity is increasing at an alarming rate and is a serious invasion of an individual’s privacy. Due to this, the use of Hidden Web Cameras is getting a controversial hue. In some states there is prohibition on use of web cameras in public places, whereas some fundamentalist countries are on the verge of entirely banning the use of Hidden Web Cameras.
Web cameras can be made as small as desired. Some of them are no bigger than a button. They can very well be fitted on the shirt of a person and used without wires. There are innumerable deceptions to disguise web cameras. Lots of merchandise has been designed, which outwardly serves another purpose but may actually be a Hidden Web Camera. The more deceptive the web camera, the higher its cost.
Web cameras used for investigative purposes need to have better focusing abilities and a better frame rate. They also have zoom in and out features along with color adjustment. Their prices may range from $100 to $1000 or even higher, depending on how masterful their design is and how good their quality is. Cheap versions are also available, which are mostly used for illegal pornographic purposes.