A seemingly ordinary electrical outlet is the last place one would expect a nanny cam to be concealed. But the Supreme Defense Electrical Outlet Hidden Camera is no ordinary outlet, despite its conventional appearance. This unique nanny cam cleverly disguises a sophisticated pinhole camera ideal for surreptitious home and business surveillance.

Although it isn't without a few inadequacies, this nanny cam delivers a mostly satisfactory performance. The camera boasts built-in DVR – one of the most significant features we sought after in nanny cams – that enables it to be a standalone recording device. Furthermore, the hidden camera has a motion detector so it won't waste battery life and finite memory space by recording nothing more than an empty room.

The most noteworthy feature of this covert nanny cam, and one that isn't found on any other camera in our lineup, is its motion detection area masking. Ideal in households with pets, this feature allows users to mask, or obscure, the lower quarter of the camera's field of view so the motion detector isn't unnecessarily triggered by someone or something that doesn't need monitoring.

Other features and functionalities that we liked on this nanny cam include the compatible remote control and the ability to specify the camera's recording quality (high, medium or low). However, we were disappointed to find there is no time-scheduled recording, a feature that enables users to schedule recordings and capture specific activity or individuals at specified times.

When it comes to video output, the camera is rather run-of-the-mill. The video resolution of 640 x 430 ensures a fairly crisp picture, but a frame rate of just 12 frames per second leads to recordings that have a few perceptible skips. The camera's memory is likewise mediocre, with a maximum capacity of just 8GB. However, such capacity can store roughly 8 hours of recording at high quality, and when the camera's used in motion detection mode, the capacity should be sufficient for most users.

While some users may disagree, we found the biggest issues to be lack of functionality and required placement. Despite its concealment as an outlet, the camera isn't actually functional and cannot power appliances or electronics; an inquisitive individual who discovers this may find the non-functioning outlet to be odd or perhaps even suspicious. In addition, while we like that the device has built-in prongs and is powered directly through an outlet, this conversely presents a problem: it must be plugged into an outlet above waist level in order to capture a broad view. Adding to the problem is the fact that the camera has a surprisingly small maximum viewing angle of just 66 degrees.

Electrical Outlet Hidden Camera Summary:

The Supreme Defense Electrical Outlet Hidden Camera offers some respectable features and a highly realistic guise. However, the spy camera's lack of functionality and limited flexibility when it comes to positioning make it clear the nanny cam is not well suited for every household.

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Electrical Outlet Hidden Camera

A convenient masking feature allows the camera to block its lower field of view.

The nanny cam does not actually work as an electrical outlet.

The Verdict:

The nanny cam's limited placement flexibility is hard to look past.