PROS / The camera pans side to side as the fan oscillates.
CONS / Live chat support is not available for this product.
VERDICT / The SleuthGear Zone Shield Night Vision Oscillating Fan DVR can help you keep an eye on your home or business during the day or night, and it stays inconspicuous thanks to its convincing disguise as a working fan.
The SleuthGear Zone Shield Night Vision Oscillating Fan DVR is one of the most useful hidden cameras in our review. In addition to being a working pinhole camera, this unit is a fully functional fan that can keep you cool at the office or at home. The fan has three speeds and pans side to side, allowing the hidden camera to view the whole room. This SleuthGear Zone Shield Night Vision Oscillating Fan comes with convenient recording options and decent technical support. Because this unit has so much to offer, it earns our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award for hidden cameras for home use.
The SleuthGear Zone Shield Night Vision Oscillating Fan has plenty of features. Standard features, such as color video, date stamps and a DVR that records to a microSD memory, help this hidden camera compete against other contenders in the secret camera industry. Its disguise as a working fan is one of this hidden camera's best features – dual functionality like this makes a convincing mask so no one can guess that it's also recording video.
The camera allows you to take still images for your records and has several recording modes. The recording modes include continuous, scheduled, motion-activated and panic mode. Continuous recording lets you capture everything that happened that day and go through the footage to find what you need. Scheduled recording saves space on your memory card and lets you decide what time of day or night the camera should record. Motion detection also saves space on your storage device because it doesn’t record unless motion in the room activates the camera.
Panic recording is a manual mode you can use with the included remote control. This makes it easy to activate the camera if you have an unexpected visitor. You can also adjust the recording quality with the remote control if you connect the SleuthGear Zone Shield Night Vision Oscillating Fan to a TV. This hidden camera does not have a passive-infrared recording trigger that activates when it detects body heat.
The SleuthGear Zone Shield Night Vision Oscillating Fan has a solid set of specifications. This hidden camera has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a frame rate of 30 frames per second. This means that video recordings play smoothly, and it is easy to identify small details.
Thanks to the fan’s oscillation, it has a 140-degree field of view, and as such, this secret camera can easily monitor an entire room. Only one other hidden security camera in our review matches this field of view. Of the hidden cams we reviewed, it's also the closest you can get to the field of view the human eye can see. The best hidden cameras easily record in dark, windowless rooms with very few problems. This hidden surveillance camera includes hidden infrared LEDs specifically made for night vision recording. The SleuthGear Zone Shield Night Vision Oscillating Fan runs on 120-volt AC power, so you don't need to worry about recharging batteries.
This hidden camera uses a microSD card as part of its DVR. With the included 8GB microSD card, you can collect up to three hours of surveillance footage. This hidden camera is compatible with microSD cards of up to 64GB, but you have to buy a bigger memory card separately. Because it's possible to buy 64GB cards for very little money, you can add eight times the recording capacity for a relatively small price.
Help & Support
Zone Shield is one of many SleuthGear hidden camera brands made by KJB Security. This company provides email and phone support but doesn’t have live chat technical support. KJB Security guarantees this product with a one-year warranty. Every purchase also comes with a user manual that shows you how to get the most out of your hidden camera.
The SleuthGear Zone Shield Night Vision Oscillating Fan is among the best hidden cameras. Much of this can be attributed to its dual functionality as a tower fan. The fan’s sweeping motion allows the camera to pan around the room to monitor your home or business more effectively. In fact, this is the only hidden camera in our review that can pan side to side. It also comes with decent technical support and a good warranty.