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MiniGadgets HCBulb720 Review

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PROS / The HCBulb720 has a lifetime warranty.

CONS / This hidden camera records video at a low frame rate of 12 frames per second.

 VERDICT / The MiniGadgets HCBulb720 works well as a hidden security camera near the entrance of a home or business because it functions as a lightbulb and has night vision capabilities. However, the field of view is narrow, and recorded video may appear choppy because of its low frame rate.

MiniGadgets sells a variety of hidden cameras, including the HCBulb720 LED light bulb camera. This secret camera doubles as a lightbulb and has night vision capabilities. The unit comes with a bevy of valuable recording features and an inventive design. It also comes with a built-in DVR and lifetime technical support. All of these useful features contributed to the HCBulb720's winning the Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award.

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  1. This is how many consecutive images a camera displays per second. The higher fps, the better.
    Higher is better
  2. 3 MiniGadgets HCBulb720
    12 fps
  3. 30 fps
  4. 30 fps
  5. Category Average
    26.89 fps

Recording Options

The HCBulb720 has continuous and motion-activated recording modes but does not allow you to set up scheduled recording. The hidden camera draws its power from a standard lightbulb socket, and it shuts off when you flip the light switch to the off position. An included remote control allows you to activate the LED lights on the HCBulb720 without a light switch so you can keep the camera running without lights.

Like all of the stealth cameras we reviewed, the HCBulb720 records video in color, which helps you identify people. It also stamps the time and date on the footage, so you can easily find a section of video you want to review.

You can adjust the recording quality and other functions by connecting the camera's microSD card to your computer. Using a special program to format the memory card, you can change video quality, indicator lights, recording modes and several other minor features. After you format the memory card, the hidden security camera works with the updated settings.

Design

The HCBulb720's design is not technologically advanced, but it has enough features for basic security monitoring. This pinhole camera's lens is capable of monitoring a 58-degree field of view, making it best for monitoring entrances. However, the quality of the video the device records is not particularly impressive. The camera has a low, 12-fps frame rate and a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. This frame rate doesn't compare well with the other hidden cameras for home use in our review, which typically record at 30 fps. The HCBulb720 can record in complete darkness, thanks to an LED that uses infrared light to illuminate objects up to 50 feet away.

The HCBulb720 supports microSD cards up to 32GB. The hidden camera does not come with a memory card, so you need to buy one separately before you can record security footage. On the lowest video quality, the camera can record over five hours of video per gigabyte.

Help & Support

MiniGadgets offers lifetime warranty support on the HCBulb, and it is one of few products on our review to carry such a guarantee. You can contact MiniGadgets via email and telephone for assistance, but the company doesn’t have live chat support. The HCBulb720 comes with a user manual, though the manual is not available on the MiniGadgets website.

Summary

The MiniGadgets HCBulb720 has many features that are standard on hidden cameras. It has two notable advantages over the competition: a lifetime warranty and night vision recording. The camera's low frame rate and video quality bring the HCBulb720 down a bit. Nevertheless, this is one of the best hidden cameras available because of its inventive design, and it is worth considering.

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