This hidden camera DIY kit allows you to build your own hidden spy camera into any item you choose. This DIY covert camera system features WiFi so you can view the live video footage from your camera via your mobile phone or tablet. The DIY system includes the camera lens, WiFi module & antenna, rechargeable battery (1500mA or 5000mA options) with mini USB charging port, micro SD card slot and an on/off switch.
All you have to do is charge up the battery (or power the camera system directly via USB), download the free app, switch the covert camera system on and decide where you will hide it! There are many different objects or items that you could turn into a covert camera, providing the kit will fit inside and you can make a hole for the lens to “see out” you’re pretty much home and dry!
The system records to micro SD card (not supplied) and maximum capacity of 128G can be used. Click here to see our range of micro SD cards.
Via the app you can set up motion detection recording or start & stop recording manually if you’re watching live. The app also allows you take a snapshot/photo, change the video quality, switch audio on & off, reverse the lens view, set the time & date etc – these are just some of the features available at the touch of your mobile phone or tablet screen.
How long will the battery last?
The battery will last approximately 2-3 hours from a full charge if you’re using the 1500mA version or approximately 7-8 hours if you’re using the 5000mA version.
Remember you can also power the camera directly via USB for unlimited running time.
How do I charge the battery for the DIY covert camera?
You can charge the battery via any USB port or the mains power adaptor (supplied)
Can I view the footage from the covert camera whilst the battery is charging?
Yes, you can. You can also disconnect the battery completely and power the covert camera system via a USB cable or the mains power adaptor if you want to.
Is the WiFi set up easy?
Yes it is and we have written our own step by step guide to help you with this, just click on the Instructions & WiFi Set Up tab above.
Is the app free to install and use?
Yes, the TinyCam app is completely free to install and use.
What recording options are available for the DIY covert camera system?
You can set up motion activated recording or manually start and stop the recording yourself. Alternatively you can set the recording to start and stop at certain times of day.
Worldwide WiFi Live Streaming video
Motion Detection Video Recording & Alerts
Chipset: Hi3518E V200
Video Resolution(on APP) : 1920 x 1080
Photo Resolution: 1280 x 720
H.264 compressed format
Lens angle: 110 degree
Support Micro SD card: 4GB – 128GB
Charging time: 5-8 hours (dependent upon battery version)
Battery life: 2-3 hours with 1500mA battery version, 7-8 hours with 5000mA battery version
Mobile phone operation system: Android/iOS
DIY WiFi Camera Kit – Instructions
Connect the battery to the main system and then give it a full charge using the USB cable supplied. A small red indicator light will show when charging and go out when fully charged.
Have the on/off switch to the OFF position whilst charging. If you leave the switch to ON you can still view live footage whilst charging but the battery may take longer to charge. You can also disconnect the battery completely if you want and power the system directly from a USB port or the mains power adaptor supplied.
Once the battery is fully charged (or if you are powering from USB or mains), insert your micro SD card (128G max) and move the switch to the ON position. If you only want to view live footage and you don’t need to record then you do not need to insert a micro SD card.
Now please follow the instructions below to enable remote live viewing via your mobile device.
Always be patient when going through the WiFi set up as sometimes it will take a minute or so for your router to see the camera and vice versa.
The TinyCam App
Search for and install the TinyCam app from the App Store or Play Store.
Open the app on your mobile phone or tablet and add a new camera by tapping “Add device”.
Tap “Add device manually”
Tap “Scan QR code” (this is much simpler than inputting long Device ID manually)
Scan the QR Code on the camera and you will see “loading” on the screen once the code has been scanned.
A few seconds later you will be asked to enter the password, default factory password is 888888.
You can also enter a camera “location” at this point, if you wish to, such as office or kitchen etc.
Set up your camera to allow viewing on your mobile phone or tablet:
Once you have installed the TinyCam app and added your camera as per the information above, now go to the Settings on your mobile phone and you will see a list of routers within range, after a few minutes you should also see your camera in the list.
It will show in the list as the ID (a series of numbers & letters) that you will find on the QR code label on the camera itself. Select the camera from the list.
Now go back into the TinyCam app and tap the spanner icon to enter the Settings menu.
Now tap WiFi Config and then tap SSID and find your router in the list, tap your router and then enter your router password. Tap Confirm at the bottom of the screen.
You can now access the live view from the camera from anywhere you may be.
The time/date & temperature on the digital clock display will now set itself too.
Always be patient whilst your router and camera are trying to “see” each other, sometimes these procedures above can take a minute or two!
When you open the TinyCam app icon from your mobile phone screen:
You will first see the app intro screen.
In the top left you’ll see a file icon, you can view recorded footage here.
Above the camera view image you’ll also see a “search” icon (magnifying glass) to search for other cameras you may have connected to the app.
Also, you’ll see the + sign if you want to add another camera.
Below the image you’ll see a micro SD card icon, here you can view all recordings on your card.
Next to that is the Alerts icon, tap it and you’ll see a list of all camera alerts that have occurred.
The weather/refresh icon does exactly that, i.e. it refreshes the temperature showing on the clock (this is synchronized with the internet for up to date information).
The spanner icon takes you into the Setting menu where you can:
add a Device Name,
Password – see the device ID,
share the camera with another persons mobile phone via QR Code,
set up the Wi-Fi Configuration,
set up the Alarm Configuration (turn on/off motion detection & change the alarm interval setting)
choose your micro SD card recording settings,
change the Password,
remove the device completely from the app.
In the centre of the image you can tap the Play icon to move to the Live View screen
In the Live View screen you’ll not only see the live view from your camera but also a number of icons. Above the camera view you can change the video resolution, the higher the resolution you set the more bandwidth is needed so you may find that the live view is slightly slower when using the higher resolution settings than the lower ones.
Below the live camera view you can see (from left to right):
file icon, for viewing recorded footage
a light bulb, for turning the infrared on/off (image will change to black & white when infrared is on)
the jump to “full screen” icon
camera & video camera icons that allow you to manually take a photo or start/stop a video recording
icon allowing you to switch “listen in” feature on & off
icon allowing you to switch two way voice on & off (not compatible with all cameras so you may just hear a loud squeaking noise if this option is not enabled on your camera).
To exit the live view at any point just tap the back arrow in the top left.
Remember, the quality/speed/smoothness of the video will be dependent upon the internet connection your mobile device is able to pick up and also the speed of the connection at the camera location. It also depends upon the resolution you have set, the higher the quality the more bandwidth required etc.