How to Install a Pinhole Camera

By James Idakula

Pinhole cameras are tiny cameras with a micro lens used for surveillance and protection purposes. Video is captured via a receiver that is connected to a viewing monitor. They are small yet can capture a wide area and are often hidden in unsuspecting places or covered by some type of sign or object that deflects attention. For areas that don't want a regular video camera or want less obvious recording, pinhole cameras are efficient surveillance tools and are fairly easy to install and operate.

Things You'll Need

  • Power drill

Step 1

Read the owners manual provided by the manufacturer. Pinhole cameras generally come with a receiver, AC adapters and the camera cylinder but there are many makes and models of pinhole cameras. Reading thee manual beforehand will provide the user with a ready knowledge of connections and operations.

Step 2

Select the location in which the camera will be surveying. Make sure no bright lights will be shone or reflected onto the lens of the camera and distort images.

Step 3

Use a power drill and appropriately sized drill bit to drill a hole into the surface of the object that will hold the camera and insert the cylinder. Most pinhole cameras rest inside a cylinder shaft that only require a few millimeters of space. Gently nudge the cylinder back and forth to make sure it is secure.

Step 4

Connect the video input plugs to the receiver and the monitor or television where video will be viewed and connect the power supply. Usually receivers are wireless and require no actual connection to the camera cylinders themselves.

Step 5

Make sure all power is on and connections secure. Video of the designated area should be able to be seen on the surveillance screen. Adjust the knob on the camera shaft and receiver to obtain the desired picture quality. Proper picture should be visible in the day and at night.