How to Make Your Own Spy Cam

Written by robert preston
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How to Make Your Own Spy Cam
An external webcam makes for a cheap base for a spy cam. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Purchasing a high-end spy camera is costly; however, you don't need to break the bank to get the advantages of a discreet camera set-up. Whether setting up a stationary camera to watch over a room as a nanny cam or looking to create a mobile spy camera for an undercover taping, a cheap external spy camera can be altered in just a few minutes, allowing you to record footage around the camera without it being detected.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Webcam
  • Screwdriver set
  • Scissors
  • Computer
  • Recording software

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  1. 1

    Remove any screws holding the webcam casing together.

  2. 2

    Pry the case of the webcam apart, being careful not to be too rough and damage the lens or circuitry with your screwdriver.

  3. 3

    Remove the lens and circuitry from the case.

  4. 4

    Cut a hole large enough for the lens of the camera to fit inside the item in which you will be hiding your camera. A shirt pocket makes for a good hiding place for a mobile camera, while replacing the eye of a stuffed animal allows for a clever disguise for a stationary camera.

  5. 5

    Cut a second hole in the item for the cord. For a shirt, the inside of the shirt is the best outlet, while a stationary item like a stuffed animal is best served with a cut in the bottom of the back of the item.

  6. 6

    Position the camera lens in the first opening you cut, and thread the USB out the second hole.

  7. 7

    Remove the border around the lens if the camera is easier to hide without it. In some cases the plastic rim may help the item to blend in better.

  8. 8

    Plug the USB into a computer and begin recording.

Tips and warnings

  • If using your camera as a mobile cam, setting your computer to remain active with the screen closed allows you to carry the camera around in a computer bag on your hip and film as you walk about.

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