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Mini Spy Cameras are Not Just for Spying

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

No, mini spy cameras are not just devices you see in Hollywood crime dramas. They are very much real. They exist in a number of everyday items that people use. Does this mean that you never know when you’re being filmed by a spy camera? Perhaps you are. They are so small and so compact that you would never see it coming. But how small are they? How affordable are they? And how easy are they to get? These are all great questions, especially if you’re looking into integrating a mini spy camera into some part of your life and the lives of your family members.

The size

Mini spy cameras come in many different sizes. You can find them to be as small a the lens on your cellular phone or they can be the size of the end of a pencil. It depends on what you need and what you need it for. Believe it or not, spy cameras used to be the size of the bags they were carried in. This means that, if a woman was carrying a purse with a camera in it, the camera was most likely the size of the bag. It would have its lens facing a certain direction, such as through a mesh material that kept the camera from being seen. Then again, it may have been peeping through a small hole to capture whatever it was trying to capture.

Today, mini spy cameras are much more than that. They have a high quality picture without having to be bulky or have complicated controls. They are usually controlled from another location. There is just not a size standard when it comes to mini spy cameras.

Choosing the right mini for you

Again, it depends on what you need the camera for. If you simply want to keep an eye on your office while you are gone, then you want one that you can operate from a remote location. If you want to be able to hide the camera in one part of hour house and then record what it sees on a DVR in another room, then you’re either going to need wired or wireless. Many individuals choose wireless because of the lack of wires. No wires means not giving away the fact that there is a spy camera in the vicinity.

You’re also going to have a lot of mini spy cameras to choose from. Take a look at this list:  Exit signs, emergency lights, computer speakers, baseball hats, electrical boxes, neck ties, wall clocks, pencil sharpeners, vanity mirrors, teddy bears, a pen camera and so much more. The list can go on and on because spy cameras can literally be placed within anything and everything. There is not much that you can’t find with a mini spy camera in it.

What is great about all of these mini spy cameras is the fact that they are all affordable. You’re looking at investments of anywhere between $100 and $300. However, it is hard to put a price on security and on safety. Whether you’re looking to use a spy camera to keep an eye on things at work, at home, or elsewhere, they definitely come in handy. Everyone should have a camera stashed somewhere to ensure that certain aspects of their lives are not being compromised

Problem solved

So now the problem is solved. You now know that Hollywood movies are not the only things possessing the knowledge and the rights to spy cameras. Mini spy cameras come in all different shapes, sizes, forms, and colors. They come in a variety of items that you can use every single day. They are also affordable and they are going to offer up the protection and security that you need. That means you’re looking at an investment that is more than worth it. You’re looking at an investment that is going to help you feel safer throughout your everyday life.

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Choosing the Right Phone Recorder for Your Business

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Shopping for a phone recorder to archive client interviews and conversations so you can refer to them later? Recording your project discussions with clients (with the client’s permission, of course) can save you and your client many headaches by preserving a record of what the client asked for and what you agreed to. It’s much easier to refer to a recorded conversation than try to decipher scribbled notes or remember a conversation that may have taken place days or weeks ago.

When you purchase a phone recorder, your first decision will be between analog recorders (cassette tape) and digital recorders.

A cassette phone recorder is easy to use, is the least expensive type of telephone recorder, and will capture your phone conversation on cassette tapes that can be used in any machine, for transcription or review. A basic recording device will use standard cassette tapes, the size music albums are recorded on. You may prefer a micro-cassette recorder for its smaller dimensions and tape size.

By using a digital phone recorder, you can record phone conversations onto the machine’s built-in memory, which holds many more hours of conversation than a cassette. In fact, some digital recorders hold hundreds of hours of conversation. Digital devices are also much smaller than even the smallest cassette recorders. And with a digital machine, you can upload your conversations directly to your computer.

If your priority is low cost and ease of use, a cassette recorder may be your best option, while a digital recorder makes sense if you want to upload to your computer and record more conversations without switching out tapes.

While price and size will be a consideration in choosing a phone recorder, you will probably make these decisions as part of your cassette or digital choice. When you choose digital or cassette, you are also choosing the amount of storage.

The next major question is, do you want to record phone calls only on your land line, or do you need a phone recorder that will record cell phone calls, as well? If you need to record from your cell phone, you need a digital device designed to work with cell phones. Cassette, or analog, recorders, and some digital recorders, cannot be used with cell phones. These machines attach between the handset and the phone cord. You need a recorder specially designed to record from your cell phone.

If selecting a phone recorder is starting to sound complicated, it’s actually not. There are many varieties of these devices, but narrowing the selection is very simple. Again, you should first decide if you want a cassette or digital recorder. This will limit your search to only one type of machine.

If you want a cassette recorder, your main choice will be micro-cassette or standard cassette, and then you can choose the device that sounds best for your needs and your budget.

If you decide on a digital recorder, do you want one that records from cell phones? Once you choose between cell-capable and land line digital devices, you can choose from the machines that do exactly what you need to do. You’ll look at the capacity, the size and other features.

Once you know the basic type of recorder you want, choosing the specific model is relatively easy. There are many different styles and types, varying from basic to extremely feature-loaded, but the trick to finding what you want is knowing what you need.

Choosing a phone recorder is much like choosing a car or a computer. You start with a basic list of features you need, and the things you think would be nice, then you can seek out the recorder that meets those requirements within your budget.

The best way to make sure the phone recorder you buy meets your needs is to take the time to shop carefully. Allow yourself to be impressed with all the bells and whistles on some machines, then focus clearly again on what you really need and buy the machine that does what you need to do, at the best price.

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