How to Hide a Pinhole Camera

Updated February 21, 2017

Video surveillance has become a standard component of modern security systems. In some instances, it is good to have highly visible cameras, which not only record what happens but also serve as deterrents. In other instances, a more covert means of surveillance is recommended. A popular option is the use of pinhole cameras, which can be easily hidden inside other objects. A well-hidden pinhole camera can provide quiet security by recording in secret.

Select an item in which to hide the pinhole camera. Choose an item that matches the rest of the decor in the room and will not be conspicuous or out of place. Items that can be opened and closed are ideal, since this will make installation of the camera easier. The cameras are small enough to fit in just about anything, and are commonly placed inside hollow books, clocks, picture frames or other common devices.

Drill a hole in the item, which the camera lens will peep through. Select an inconspicuous location on the item. Be sure to select a spot that will be facing the proper direction when the item is in its final resting place. Open a set of drill bits and select a 2mm bit. Place the drill bit into a handheld drill and drill a hole through the surface of the item that will hide the camera.

Open the item that the pinhole camera will be hidden inside. Most items will have small screws that can be removed to gain access to the inside. Flat items will simply need to have the camera affixed to the rear of the item. If you are hiding the camera inside a stuffed toy, cut the toy neatly at the seams, so that it can be repaired after the camera is inside.

Place the pinhole cam into position. Place a piece of double sided carpet tape on the outside of the camera, being careful not to cover the lens. Use the double sided tape to stick the camera into position, with the lens lined up against the hole that was drilled in the item. With the camera positioned where you want it, use rubber cement to better secure the camera for a long-term hold. Simply paint on the wet rubber cement and let it dry.

Close the item up and position it in the room. Put the item the camera is hidden in back together and replace the screws to the outside case. If you are working with a stuffed toy, use a needle and thread to sew the seam back. When the item has been sealed up, place it where the camera will have an unobstructed view of the area you want to record.

Test the connection. The pinhole camera will communicate wirelessly to a receiver nearby, which will allow you to record the video on your DVR. Turn on your television and DVR and test the camera view to make sure everything is clearly visible. Make any adjustments that are needed and then leave the camera undisturbed.


Paintings with heavy floral prints are also great places to hide pinhole cameras, although you may need to cut a small hole in the wall to make room for the camera on the back side of the painting.

Things You'll Need

  • Cordless drill
  • Drill bit set
  • Rubber cement
  • Double sided tape
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Jerry Garner has been writing semi-professionally for more than 15 years. The body of Garner's work includes informative articles, news and current events and historical essays. He is an avid sports fan and frequently writes about outdoor activities online.