How it Works:
The SpyFinder hidden camera detector/locator is the
most reliable and easy to use technology on the market for making sure that your
private actions are not being watched. Its function is based on the principle of
optical augmentation. This technical jargon refers to the phenomenon where light
reflected from a focused optical system, such as a video camera, is reflected
along the same path as the incident light. This means that if a hidden camera is
illuminated and viewed with the SpyFinder technology, then a strong reflection
from the target camera will reveal its position to the user.
The SpyFinder exploits this phenomenon by using a ring of ultra-bright LEDs
arranged around a viewing port. When a user scans a room looking through the
viewing port, a hidden camera appearing in the field of view will brightly
reflect the light from the LEDs.
The only maintenance required of the SpyFinder is to change the batteries. The
device is powered by two AAA batteries, which will provide over two hours of
continuous on time. To replace the batteries, the screw should be removed from
the back of the unit. The back cover can then be lifted off to expose the
batteries. The old batteries should be discarded appropriately and fresh AAA
batteries should be installed with the correct polarity show on the circuit board.
While the equivalent of rocket scientists thought up the SpyFinder
technology, operating it is not rocket science. Simply look through the viewing
port (see photo) and depress the button to activate the LEDs. Slowly scan areas
where hidden cameras are suspected and look for bright reflected spots.
Remember, most hidden video cameras use pinhole camera lenses, so the spot you
are looking for could be small.
If you see a suspected camera, move your vantage point slightly. If the
location of the reflection moves as you move, then this is not a camera. If the
location of the reflection does not move, then it is highly likely that you have
discovered the optics of a hidden camera.
For example, consider a wall clock that has a domed plastic cover and a
pinhole camera concealed under the numeral six on the clock face. When the
SpyFinder is used to scan the clock, a reflection will be noted where the camera
is located beneath the six and a reflection will also be noted from the plastic
cover. However if you move your vantage point just a little, you will notice
that the location of the false positive reflection point from the plastic cover
will move, while the reflection from the camera remains under the numeral six on
the clock face.