PROS / The SecureGuard iPhone Speaker has high-definition video resolution of 1280 x 720.
CONS / This hidden camera has a very short battery life.
VERDICT / The SecureGuard iPhone Speaker is a good wireless hidden camera for home and business security, as long as you only plan on using it as a short-term solution.
The SecureGuard iPhone Speaker looks like an iHome speaker on the outside, but on the inside, it is actually a powerful hidden camera. This pinhole camera has plug-and-play functionality and two recording modes. You can also connect your iPhone to play music while you record security footage.
You can start this hidden security camera right out of the box by inserting batteries and a microSD card. At 16GB, the camera’s included memory card has the most storage space of any in our review. There are two recording modes: motion and continuous. This hidden camera does not support scheduled recording. If you use the continuous recording mode, the camera overwrites older footage once it has used up the card's storage space. When in motion-recording mode, the camera turns off when the memory card is full.
Every video has a time and date stamp so you know the exact time an event happened. You can connect the SecureGuard iPhone Speaker to any television using an RCA video cable. This allows you to change the camera's programming quickly and easily. This hidden camera's resolution matches that of standard DVDs: 1280 x 720. The video is crisp and detailed, but there is no way to switch to a lower resolution to increase recording capacity. This means the camera records at a rate of 1GB for every 15 minutes of security video, filling up the microSD card in about four hours.
This hidden camera requires four AA batteries to operate. According to the manufacturer, the unit lasts for about six hours with standard alkaline batteries. The best hidden cameras last much longer, and you may want to invest in rechargeable batteries if you plan to use this unit often. In contrast to cameras that need electrical outlets, this unit is extremely portable.
Atlantic Electronic System protects this secret camera with a one-year warranty. If you need technical support over the telephone, you can contact AES during regular business hours. The company also offers email support and user manuals on its website.
The SecureGuard iPhone Speaker produces high-quality security footage and is conveniently portable. However, the unit has the potential to use countless batteries in the name of security. This camera may not be a viable long-term solution, but it's a good choice for temporary security as a hidden camera for your home or business.