Brickhouse Security's MP3 Player Hidden Camcorder is a serious contender among the top hidden camera recorders since it's camouflaged as a MP3 player yet works as a perfect recording device. Walking down the street, especially on college campuses, you will see that most people have an MP3 player. They are so commonplace that thinking it might actually be a hidden camera doesn't really come to mind. The MP3 player will record audio and video and take high-quality pictures. You can easily back up all of your footage to your computer for your records. Simplicity and dual functionality have earned this hidden camera our TopTenREWARDS Bronze Award.
The best thing about this hidden camera is its dual functionality. It's one thing for a hidden camera to just be a quality camera, but this MP3 player also works as a fully functional audio player. You can store up to 1,500 MP3s any time you are on the go. The MP3 player comes with a headphone jack, and you can skip forward or backward and adjust the volume just as you would with a normal MP3 player. One useful aspect of this dual functionality is if you are a student at a university, you can listen to your music one minute, then turn around and record a lecture the next.
This hidden camcorder records video in an AVI format. It can shoot high-resolution video at 1280 x 960 pixels. This will allow for crisp and clear video that can easily be viewed on your computer. The quality can also be set as low as 640 x 480 pixels, which allows for more battery life and more videos stored. There is no motion detection on this camera, but if you are planning on recording video while you're wearing the MP3 player, then having to manually turn it on is not a significant drawback.
The MP3 Player Hidden Camera can also take still images. The lens is a 1.3-megapixel camera, so while you won't be using it to capture Mother Nature in the early mornings, the lens is clear enough that people in the pictures will be discernable. Images are recorded in the standard JPEG format and can be stored on the internal storage or a removable SD card.
One of the best things about this hidden camera is the basic design will allow it to go virtually unnoticed to the naked eye. The layout of the MP3 player is very simplistic and the pinhole camera on the front is small enough you can just tell your friends it’s the reset button. This hidden camera will blend in discreetly during any recording session.
The lens has a field of view of up to 90 degrees and it has a focal length of 4 mm. These two features, coupled with its resolution of 1280 x 960 pixels, mean you will be able to view clear video on your computer. The USB cord included with the MP3 Player Hidden Camera actually uses the same port as the headphones. We find this is a great feature, as you will avoid any suspicion about this device being a hidden camera. The microphone is next to the jack for your headphones, which is useful if you find yourself wanting to focus more on getting good audio than video. You can't record just audio, though the camera will simultaneously record audio and video of any covert conversations you want to document.
The MP3 Player Hidden Camera comes with an internal memory storage that allows you to store up to 1,500 songs at one time or record up to two hours of continuous footage. Should you do this, though, battery life will decrease significantly. With such a small device, if you use it to record video nonstop, you will get about one hour of battery life. The battery lasts much longer if you are just listening to your music. The player also has a slot for an SD memory card and will support up to an 8GB SD card.
One interesting thing about this hidden camera is it will only shoot 20 frames per second. This is a drop from the traditional 30 FPS of most hidden cameras we reviewed. This doesn’t make a significant difference in the videos you will view, but since it is lower, the video will look better if viewed on the computer. If you try to view it on the TV, your eyes will view it as a bunch of still pictures changing fast. The video does record in color, though, and you will have a time stamp on all your pictures and video.
As with all Brickhouse Security products, you can expect prompt assistance with any of your hidden camera needs. The MP3 Player Hidden Camera comes with a 90-day warranty that covers any damages or malfunctions of the device. Brickhouse also has an extensive blog that goes beyond standard hidden cameras. They discuss everything from new technology to making your house a safer place to live. You can also view some of their how-to guides on their website.
Overall, this hidden camera is useful if you're seeking to record some important conversations or lectures. The MP3 Player Hidden Camcorder offers very useful features – it records video and sill images in color, and it will also pick up audio. It also functions well as an actual MP3 player, allowing you to listen to your music without your seeming suspicious to your friends.
The functional MP3 player can store up to 1,500 songs.
The camera only shoots at 20 frames per second, which is significantly lower than other cameras we have reviewed.
This hidden camera functions perfectly as an actual MP3 player, while still allowing you to record video, audio and still pictures.