Historical Spy Cameras

Video surveillance is not a new phenomenon

The field of spy equipment has become a lot more sophisticated in the last couple of years. In the past, cameras were big and bulky.  A video surveillance system consisted of a standalone mechanical box that recorded onto a camera recorder. 

Its popularity began to increase with the development of new devices capable of capturing images and sound. Thanks to digital and smart technology and their applications, surveillance cameras have become more diverse and functional.

It’s incredible how far commercial surveillance systems have evolved to become almost unrecognizable, considering some of the tools employed back in the days.

Secret Cameras

One of the most famous spy equipment for decades was secret cameras. In the years of the Cold War, many people had a great interest in secret cameras.

 It resulted in a constant increase in developing tiny and sophisticated spy cameras as the technology advanced.

The cameras were able to capture images with excellent quality despite their small size. It was created using a combination of German innovation and Swiss precision. They were made out of aluminum and plastic and came in various colors.

Minox, Cold War Spy Camera

Minox B, a Cold War spy camera, was an innovative hidden video camera disguised as an everyday object such as a wallet, watch, or pen. It was a digital device that could be set up in minutes.

Minox B spy cameras were first produced in East Germany during WWII for espionage agents of the Abwehr. It was not the first or last of its kind; many cameras were created as a covert espionage device for intelligence gathering and military purposes during the Cold War.  You can also Read: Jailbreaking VS Rooting

Steineck Abc Spy Watch Camera

Steineck ABC spy watch camera is a great device designed to be attached to a wristwatch from a U.S.-based manufacturer. It’s pretty cool because it looks like an everyday watch, so no one will know that you are keeping an eye on them.

Steineck ABC spy watch camera has a unique design. Features include;

·         Records in high-resolution 720x600P AVI video with sound

·         2GB built-in memory allows up to 5 hours of recording time.

·         Records in high, medium, or low quality.

·         It can take up to 250 photos. It has a built-in belt clip, tripod mount, and USB charging cable.

Buttonhole Camera, Model ‘Ajax’ F-21

The buttonhole camera is one of the most miniature cameras in the world. A group of former Soviet spies created it during the cold war. Their mission was to steal scientific and technological secrets from the west.

They also snuck these custom mini cameras hidden inside buttons and pens into various locations worldwide like the Pentagon and nuclear research facilities. The F-21 buttonhole spy camera was produced in 1970 and was among the first generations of spy miniature cameras used by the KGB and CIA during the Cold War.

Lipstick camera

The lipstick camera is the newest technological advancement in covert surveillance. This unique spy camera has all the typical features you would expect from regular lipstick, including a twist-up cap and your choice color.