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CNET Editors' review
Mobile Hidden Camera seems excellent at hiding and offers neat features, but its price may make you do a double take. This download is a Lite version of the app and only demonstrates the app's basic functions without allowing for too much modification. However, the app doesn't include any ads and if you do decide to upgrade, you'll get a very powerful spy camera.
This app takes photos or videos, but doesn't give a preview of what your camera is seeing. That means you don't have to worry about someone peeking over your shoulder and seeing your shots. The app even does you the favor of hiding as "Simple Notepad" in your app menu. The app's menu consists of only four buttons: Image, Video, Summary, and Settings, but in our tests it took a really long time to respond to touches. You can take pictures and video with the app right out of the box, but Mobile Hidden Camera doesn't let you hide your recordings from being visible in the Gallery or adjust any other image protection function unless you upgrade. You can take a photo with a basic touch anywhere on the screen, while the videos are automatically recorded as soon as you click on the Video button. To stop filming you just need to click on the back button. There are three paid versions available: Standard, Premium, and Pro. To use the more advanced and quite useful features of this app--like tell it where to save your files--you need at least the mid-tier upgrade. If you do upgrade, you get neat features like burst mode continuous shooting and hardware controls. The highest upgrade allows you to shoot without even opening the app in addition to making your gadget appear completely turned off to bystanders.
Even though the app works well and the upgrades offer some impressive features, with free apps like Spy Camera OS matching this app in its basic performance, it's a bit hard to recommend it to the average user; but for professionals or those who need real stealth when shooting images or videos, Mobile Hidden Camera might be worth checking out.
From mhc software:
The first professional Spy Camera & Camcorder app since 2010, with over 1,000,000 downloads and average rating of 4.5 stars. Now we are re-listing MHC on Android Market to comply with Google's Android in-app upgrade policy. Spy camera for SUPER SAFE stealth shooting and video recording, even right in front of other people! MHC is the only spy camera app that guarantees your safety while spy shooting with a host of stealthy and protection features.********************We respond to emails quickly so send us emails if you have any technical issues. We can't help you if you just leave negative comments here without a contact point.********************* installed as "Simple Notepad" with an unobtrusive notepad icon** Shooting & recording **- the only spy camera app powered by the sophisticated Unified Spy Engine that supports all Android versions, from Android 1.1 to the latest Android 4.0.3- supports both front and back camera shooting- no preview, no flash, no shutter sound- auto-continuous image shooting with adjustable frequency- burst-mode super fast shooting, up to 5 to 10 images per second- remove shutter sound even on firmware-locked devices- configurable vibration feedback upon shooting- high resolution video recording- optionally auto-split video recording into multiple files, bypassing file size limits on any devices- timer mode for auto-stop video recording** Strictly stealthy operations **- optionally block incoming phone calls, sms & email alerts, etc. never get embarrassed while shooting- optionally use hardware volume buttons to start image & video shooting- optionally turn off button & keyboard backlights on the device so it looks truly powered off- optionally turn all screens black & blank; remain at a black & blank screen for the full shooting cycle from start to finish- fully customizable main screen & menu labels, even hide them all** Totally hidden application **- installed as "Simple Notepad" app with unobtrusive notepad icon, nobody knows you have a spy app- hidden from "recent apps" list- optionally hide the spy app in another fully functional notepad app, nobody can notice the spy app even if they take away your device and launch the app- the app is hidden so seamlessly, it doesn't even ask you for a password; you unlock it just by naturally typing on the notepad** Background shooting **- show the device's desktop, run other apps on top or even put it to standby mode while silently shooting in the background- no more fake screens to pretend you're reading ebooks, just run the real app on top and behave normally, nobody can even imagine you're shooting underneath** Quick quit mode **- optionally just a single touch to stop shooting and quit the application in one go- the shooting cycle from application startup, manual or continuous shooting to quitting all go unnoticed** File protection **- optionally hide all media files from Android Gallery and other file browsing apps- fully customizable folder and file names, file prefixes and extensions, etc, no problem even if someone browses your phone contents on a computer** Self destruction **- hidden way to quickly erase all media files taken by the spy camera; a life-saving feature in case of extreme emergency** Customization **- all features can be turned on or off individually so you choose exactly how *hidden* you want to be** Diagnosis & tools **- compatibility modes to boost app reliability & performance on various devices & Android versions- support ticket system to send the developer log files for diagnosis** Compatibility **- supports all Android versions, from Android 1.1 to 4.0.3- rigorously tested on all Android versions** USAGE **- this app is for covert security applications, do not use this software for illegal activitiesSpy Camera, Silent Camera, Stealth Camera, Private Camera, Hidden Camera, Secret Camera, Covert Camera, Mobile CameraRecent changes:- in-app upgradable through Android Market to align with Google's Android Market policies- supports all the latest devices like HTC EVO 3D, HTC Sensation, Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy Tab; see website for details- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ready, even tested on Xoom tablets running Android 4.0.3- front camera support- use hardware volume buttons to start shooting- burst-mode super fast shooting, up to 10/s- fully customizable menu & UI, even hide them allContent rating: Medium Maturity
What's new in this version: - in-app upgradable through Android Market to align with Google's Android Market policies- supports all the latest devices like HTC EVO 3D, HTC Sensation, Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy Tab; see website for details- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ready, even tested on Xoom tablets running Android 4.0.3- front camera support- use hardware volume buttons to start shooting- burst-mode super fast shooting, up to 10/s- fully customizable menu & UI, even hide them all
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