How to Make Your Own Spy Cam

By Robert Preston

Purchasing a high-end spy camera is costly; however, you don't need to break the bank to get the advantages of a discreet camera set-up. Whether setting up a stationary camera to watch over a room as a nanny cam or looking to create a mobile spy camera for an undercover taping, a cheap external spy camera can be altered in just a few minutes, allowing you to record footage around the camera without it being detected.

Things You'll Need

  • Web cam
  • Screwdriver set
  • Scissors
  • Computer
  • Recording software

Step 1

Remove any screws holding the Web cam casing together.

Step 2

Pry the case of the Web cam apart, being careful not to be too rough and damage the lens or circuitry with your screwdriver.

Step 3

Remove the lens and circuitry from the case.

Step 4

Cut a hole large enough for the lens of the camera to fit inside the item in which you will be hiding your camera. A shirt pocket makes for a good hiding place for a mobile camera, while replacing the eye of a stuffed animal allows for a clever disguise for a stationary camera.

Step 5

Cut a second hole in the item for the cord. For a shirt, the inside of the shirt is the best outlet, while a stationary item like a stuffed animal is best served with a cut in the bottom of the back of the item.

Step 6

Position the camera lens in the first opening you cut, and thread the USB out the second hole.

Step 7

Remove the border around the lens if the camera is easier to hide without it. In some cases the plastic rim may help the item to blend in better.

Step 8

Plug the USB into a computer and begin recording.

Tips & Warnings

  • If using your camera as a mobile cam, setting your computer to remain active with the screen closed allows you to carry the camera around in a computer bag on your hip and film as you walk about.