How to Build a Mini Spy Camera

A cell phone camera can be built into a mini spy camera to capture events happening far away from your location. You will need to build an optic system that will increase the zoom capabilities. A mono-scope purchased from a hobby store or a toy store is needed as well as some supplies from a hardware store. Your mini spy camera will be able to capture scenes far away from your location without alerting anyone that it is being used.

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A cell phone's camera can be built into a mini spy camera

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Insert the screw head of one of the mini-tripods through the hole in the bottom of the C-clamp. Screw a metal nut onto the screw head of the mini-tripod with your fingers. Tighten the metal nut with the needle-nose pliers.

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Turn the lever counter clockwise on the C-clamp to loosen the sides. Insert one end of the monoscope into the open end of the C-clamp. Turn the lever clockwise to tighten the sides of the C-clamp against the monoscope.

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Open the legs of the mini-tripod and stand it on a table.

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Place the cell phone case clip in a vise with the clip facing upward. Tighten the vise to hold the cell phone case clip securely.

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Drill a hole through the center of the clip with the portable drill. Loosen the vise. Remove the cell phone case clip from the vise.

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Insert the screw head of the other mini-tripod into the hole in the clip. Secure the screw head to the clip with a metal nut on the other side. Tighten the metal nut with the needle-nose pliers.

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Open the legs of the mini-tripod. Stand the mini-tripod next to the one already on the table. Place the cell phone into the cell phone case clip.

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Stand the tripod holding the cell phone on a table or surface that is off the ground.

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Stand the other tripod in front of the first one so that the monoscope inside of the C-clamp is facing the lens of the cell phone’s camera.

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Turn on the cell phone. Select the camera function. Move the mini-tripod with the mono-scope attached to it back and forth slowly while looking at the image on the cell phone’s screen.

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Stop moving the mini-tripod when the image appears sharp. You can now take long distance pictures with your mini-spy camera.