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Guide to Closed Circuit TV (CCTV)

So would you like to play "Spot the CCTV Camera?". Eagle eyed visitors may recognise the profusion of street furniture, surrounding a single heritage dome camera keeping watch over part  of Londons' prestigious Oxford Street shopping area.

So how exactly do you hide a camera? - continued

The thing about hidden cameras is that unless someone has a suspicion that they’re being used, the chances of actually finding a professionally installed unit, are really rather small.

Over the years, Doktor Jon has lost count of the number of covert CCTV cameras he’s fitted, but the one thing that was always done at the end of every job, was to ask the client (who knows that the camera has been installed, and indeed has seen the final picture on the monitor) to point out precisely where the front of the lensis situated. Guess what ... no one ever got it right!

('click here' to see a few example covert images)

It’s vitally important to understand the difference between the various qualities of commercial covert gear available.

The Printed Circuit Board (PCB) based pinhole cameras are generally very average quality; in terms of producing evidential quality images, they are really only suited to use at short range; perhaps up to about 15 feet or 5 metres from the camera.

Because of their small physical size, and relatively low power consumption, they can be rapidly deployed almost anywhere, but the picture quality is never going to set the world alight (unless of course you’re trying to catch an arsonist).

They do generally require reasonable light levels, given the slow 'speed' of the pinhole lens. These same PCB based cameras are readily available pre fitted into a wide range of disguises, (‘off the shelf’’ from a few manufacturers) and at reasonable cost.

Their are also a number of semi - covert or discreet cameras which are not instantly recognisable, but in practice these will only ever be used in very specific circumstances.

Conventional high resolution Colour and Black & White cameras, particularly 1/3” high sensitivity units, are extremely flexible for a whole range of applications, but despite their physical size and healthy apetite for power, if you keep them cosy and fed, they will undoubtedly produce the goods.


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