UniquExceptional UDC4silver Fake Security Camera with 30 Illuminating LEDs (Silver)
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|Recommended Uses For Product||Indoor,Outdoor|
|Special Feature||Night Vision|
|Indoor/Outdoor Usage||Outdoor, Indoor|
About this item
- 30 Fake Infra Red Night Vision LEDs that stay illuminated during darkness
- Batteries now last 9-12 months Power requires: 2 x AA batteries (Not Included).
- Realistic look and design. Can be used Indoor or Outdoor.
- Realistic look and design. Can be used Indoor or Outdoor.
- Each camera includes the security sticker shown.
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Now you can deter robbery, theft, and vandalism without the high cost of a real security camera. When placed in your home or business, even the most sophisticated criminals will think the premise is guarded by a high-tech surveillance system and go in search of an easier target. In fact, this is an actual surveillance camera that has been modified into a dummy or fake security camera. It even appears that it has infrared capabilities with 30 Illuminating Night Vision LEDs which come on during darkness just like real infrared LEDs. The camera features authentic video cable and a fully adjustable mounting bracket that will let you install the camera quickly and easily using the included stainless steel screws. Dimensions of the camera are 5 one half inches x 3 inches x 2 and one half inches (without rain shield). With the rain shield the dimensions increase to 7 x 3 x 3 inches. The camera requires 2 AA batteries that are not included.
Reviewed in the United States on July 8, 2012
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I can't say how much I am impressed with the look of this camera. Most of the reviews have given it a positive rating on how realistic it looks. I always keep my expectations and standards low though. Especailly with a fake camera.
I purchased two in hopes of creating a more secured look to my home. Received them quickly with Prime and couldn't believe it when I opened them up!! These cameras look so real!! The lens. The infrared lights. The overall look.
There have been a few reviews stating that the low grade plastic makes the camera look fake. I guess that must be a personal opinion.....I personally think it looks great up close, even better mounted on a wall.
Installing them was a breeze. I installed both in just under an hour. The only reason it even took me that long was because I took time in deciding where exactly I wanted to put them. I put them up about 10-12ft high from the ground. I'm telling you...I would challenge you to tell me that you knew for a fact those cameras were fake. They look so good. The blinking red LED just sinches the deal. It let's people know there is some sort of power source to these things. It's not just an empty plastic casing. Even more reason to believe that they may be real! Even my nosey neighbor was impressed when she stopped by to talk to me about my impressive new camera system, never once questioning if they were real or not.
Now...I've also seen multiple reviews for this, as well as several other, fake cameras concerning the flashing red LED light. Reviews ranging from everyday people to security camera installers that have practically done installations since the security camera was invented[sarcasm]. They all say that no real camera has that blinking light. That it's a dead give away that it's fake. Well...unfortunately I don't have the luxury of a real system. During the day, sure ok, I guess people can see the cameras even without the LED. They look super real and all that.....but if I don't have the blinking LED going at night, there might as well be nothing there...because you can't SEE it. The camera is FAKE. It cannot record. It's NOT night vision capable. So I NEED it to be seen at night. I need a potential thief to be able to SEE, even in the dark, something possibly watching them. It does me no good to have a fake realistic camera at night that cannot be seen. It defeats it's whole purpose. To be a deterrent.
Plus, if my home is being staked out by the Ocean's 13 crew, I doubt I'll stand a chance even WITH real cameras.
You everyday lowlife and common robber are not going to risk breaking into a home or office with these cameras just becuase they MIGHT be fake because they have a blinking red LED. Why risk it? They'll just move onto the next house or business that doesn't have ANY cameras. Real or fake. I know I would.
These cameras are not a fancy $500-$1000 complete CCTV home system....but I think they do the same thing: Deter. That's what we all really want. Right? We want to deter any illicit act. These cameras will give you just that....and only at just a little over $10 each. That is quite a bargain.
Each camera also comes with a little 4x4 yellow sticker with a camera silhouette and "CCTV" printed on it. Great litte addition to the whole package.
I also wanted to address the reviews talking about the flimsy the joint is, as well as the mounting bracket....all because of the cheap plastic used to make these. I have to agree.....it defnintely feels like if you put too much force, you'll break something. So guess what? I didn't man handle it. I was calm and gentle with it. I mean it's a $10 fake camera. You really expect it to be able to take someone moving it and yanking it around? Also, when I mounted the camera to the wall, I didn't screw in the screws so hard so as to keep the camera there for all time. The camera isn't heavy. It doesn't have to be practically fused to the wall to stay.
So yes, it does feel flimsy somewhat. It may even break with a little excessive force....But if you are careful with it, it will survive the installation and look great up and running. I've purchased three and all have made it without breaking.
I highly recommend this product to add onto your existing security system or even create your own "security system".
As of today, two of the three cameras' batteries have died completely. The third cameras seems to be going strong. I wrote my original review the day after installing them. So on July 13th, I installed two, brand new Energizer AA batteries in each camera. I'm not sure if it's the brand of battery(I'm more partial to Duracell, but only had Energizer on hand) or if it's the camera. I expected it to last at least a couple of months. Either way, that's my only complaint thus far. I'll be trying out some Duracell batteries this time. See if that makes a difference. Still very happy with the cameras though!!
The lithium batteries power a small red LED light that blinks on and off and give the impression the cameras are "on" and "seeing" what might be in their view. The LEDs have been blinking reliably for a month straight and at night they look VERY real.
I'm impressed with this device because they resemble true cameras that emit an invisible infrared light for night viewing. They have held up well in storms and are easy to adjust and rotate. If someone looks close at the front of the camera, it appears to have built in infrared illuminators. These are the new technology "lights" that provide an invisible light that the eye can not see, but a professional crook might understand and know is the same style of light used on expensive "game cameras" that hunters use to capture images of animals at night.
I'm happy with my purchase and I feel these "fake" cameras do a good job to discourage thieves.
(UPDATE... NOVEMBER 2013. These "cameras" are still working well and in the 2 years since I wrote this review, I have not had any crooks steal anything from me.
* Lithium batteries. Sometimes they will run the camera for 3 weeks and sometimes they run 5 weeks. I surmise this might have something to do with cold or hot season.
* Some discussions here stating "no wires" and my thoughts are "no big deal" because WiFi cameras look a lot like this and, cameras placed around by deer hunters have no wires, because the have SD cards that can record video.
Bottom line... in two years, I have not had a failure in anyone of the 6 "cameras" I bought, and the little red blinking LED light is easy to see at night. They have been sitting outside, unprotected and have been rained on, snowed on, have stayed out in the Texas sun (it was 111 degrees here one summer) and they haven't missed a beat.