Have you ever watched a spy movie like Mission Impossible or the Bourne Identity and thought to yourself, “Yeah, I could do that.” Deep down, you might know that Jason Bourne can do things that you can’t, but that doesn’t mean that with the help of some of the best spy gadgets, you can’t at least try.
In addition, many real-life occupations do require stealth and clandestine operations. Bounty hunters, law enforcement, private investigators and journalists have many tools at their disposal. As a website named “Spy,” we’ve made it our mission to stay informed on these gadgets. In the past, we’ve written about the best spy pens, security cameras, and hidden cameras that can be used to keep or steal secrets.
Whether you’re gathering intel late at night, dropping off sensitive documents, or having a conversation with a client that isn’t meant for public consumption, we compiled a list of gadgets. These will enhance your sight (such as night vision goggles), disguise your voice and help you make sure you are safe and secure. Because we live in a surveillance state, cool spy gadgets are now available to consumers.
Some cool spy gadgets are featured below, from night vision binoculars used by elite soldiers and law enforcement to Radio Frequency (RF) detectors that help you find hidden cameras. And since we live in the digital age, no list of spy gear would be complete without some apps and software essential to maintaining information security online.
We encourage our readers to use these devices responsibly. So without further adieu, check out some of the best spy gadgets you can buy right now.
1. Stealth Cam Scouting Trail Camera
The Stealth Cam is just the ticket when you want to see what is lurking in the night without scaring anything away. This camera can capture footage up to 100 ft away and doesn’t emit any lights when it records, so it won’t tip off wildlife or anything else that’s out and about. The camo casing makes it easy to blend in with nature and, therefore, harder to detect. If you’re trying to be incognito when it comes to hunting or just want to see what’s roaming around your yard, the Stealth Cam is the way to go.
Stealth Cam Scouting Trail Camera
2. Mission Darkness Non-Window Faraday Bag for Phones
Sometimes you need to protect your data, and other times you need to prevent someone from tracking you. That’s when the Mission Darkness Faraday Bag comes in handy. This faraday bag is lab tested and certified that when you place a phone in the bag and seal it up, nothing is getting in or out. That’s right, no WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS — nada. If you don’t want anyone tracking your whereabouts or trying to steal your data, dropping your phone in this bag will certainly conceal your location and help you keep your privacy.
Mission Darkness Non-Window Faraday Bag for Phones
3. Night Vision Binoculars
Typically when you think about a spy, images of a mysterious figure lurking in the shadows come to mind. But all that spy work is worthless if you can’t see anything in those dark settings, and for that, you’ll need a sight-oriented spy gadget. Night vision goggles vary widely in quality. Entry-level devices, such as the night vision binoculars used by hunters, typically start at about $400, while military-grade night vision goggles can cost anywhere between $3,000-$10,000. We’ve got a few different options for you below.
The GThunder Night Vision Binoculars are designed for hunting but can be adapted to other purposes as well. These low-light sights have 984 feet of infrared night vision range, 3X optical zoom, an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance, and a pair of AA batteries that will get you three hours of use in infrared night mode. On top of that, you can save the footage you capture with these things to the included 32GB flashcard and then back it up to your computer when it’s all said and done.
GThunder Night Vision Binoculars
Were you looking for something a little more advanced than night vision binoculars? Then you’ll want to go with the military equipment available at ATN Corp, where you can buy the same night vision technology used by U.S. military and intelligence forces. They aren’t cheap, but the Superior Tactical PVS-7 goggles offer military-grade night vision capabilities. Lightweight and waterproof, it works under extreme weather conditions, has a 50-hour battery life, and can be attached to headgear. If you want the best spy gadgets money can buy, these goggles are a must-have.
Superior Tactical PVS-7 Goggles
4. Rabbler Noise Generator
There are many reasons you wouldn’t want a sensitive conversation to be overheard or recorded without you knowing. Still, it isn’t easy to find a private place in the era where everything has an internet-connected mic. Instead, create your own personal bubble with the Rabbler, one of the coolest spy gadgets we’ve found yet. This noise generator can create noise that replicates a crowded room’s ambient sounds, making it hard for microphones or eavesdropping ears to discern what you’re saying.
Rabbler Noise Generator
Every good intelligence agent knows that information security is essential to maintaining a secure operation. And since we’re at the mercy of big tech companies to keep our online and mobile behavior safe, many people are investing in VPN cybersecurity technology, ensuring that your private internet activity is always secure.
What does VPN technology do? A service like NordVPN routes your traffic through remote servers. In fact, NordVPN gives you the ability to route your IP address and DNS settings through one of its more than 5,000 global servers. This action has two critical effects: it hides your IP address and encrypts all incoming and outgoing data. So with NordVPN cybersecurity technology, your web browsing won’t be tracked by anyone, keeping you safe from prying eyes, internet service providers, hackers, and, in theory, the government. On top of that, it ensures your ISP won’t throttle your internet connection. A VPN can also let you access the dark web if you’re interested in that sort of thing.
$11.95 per Month
6. Spy Finder Pro
There’s no greater shame for a spy than being spied on, and if you’ve ever come across the horror stories about someone’s private spaces being inundated with secret cameras, then you know the threat is real. Thankfully, some of the top spy gadgets, like the Spy Finder Pro, can help you get around this. The Spy Finder Pro is a viewfinder with a ring of red LEDs around it, and when you activate those LEDs, their lightwaves will bounce off the surface of any camera lens that may be in the room revealing their hidden locations. Sure it may sound simple, and it’s not cheap, but the enthusiastic Amazon reviews attest to its effectiveness, and there’s no price tag for peace of mind.
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Spy Finder Pro
7. JMDHKK M8000 AI RF Detector
Suppose you’ve got yourself into a predicament where you may be under heavy surveillance. In that case, you’re going to need a spy gadget that does more than detecting hidden cameras to make sure you’re in a secure space. The JMDHKK M8000 AI RF Detector takes the traditional RF bug detector and infuses it with AI to make it easier than ever to detect if you’re being spied on. Instead of adjusting the tracker for each signal type, the auto-scan program will cycle through different signal detection programs to figure out if there are issues. These can include audio bugs, Wi-Fi cameras, IP cameras, GSM bugs, wiretaps, body wires, GPS trackers, phone taps, or other types of surveillance bugs in the room. If it finds something, it will let you know.
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JMDHKK M8000 AI RF Detector
8. Netgear Nighthawk M1 Mobile Hotspot
It isn’t very easy to accomplish any work when your device is running low on data. Thanks to the Netgear Nighthawk M1, you can create a WiFi network virtually anywhere. The Nighthawk makes speeds up to 1Gbps and allows up to 20 different devices to connect to it at once. You can connect it to the USB port on your computer and keep the hotspot charging while it is in use: no more dead zones and no more unreliable data.
Netgear Nighthawk M1 Mobile Hotspot
9. Spot Trace GPS Tracker
Spot Trace makes tracking a vehicle easy and accurate. You can use it to protect your vehicle from theft or use it to follow someone else. The Spot Trace will automatically start sending signals to you as soon as it detects movement and provides nearly real-time updates on the device’s location. You will receive a text or email (your choice) and you’ll be able to see the movement of the locator on Google maps. It can also be used on boats using Dock Mode that way, you don’t receive updates from the boat swaying in port. It’s one of the most reliable ways to track your asset while maintaining complete discretion.
10. Amazon Echo Frames
These smart glasses allow you to make secret calls with your confidants without anyone else knowing about them. Not only that, but you have the power of Amazon Alexa at your beckoning call, providing you with insight on just about anything you ask without anyone else knowing about it. Even when you aren’t using your Amazon Echo Frames for super-secret spy stuff, you can listen to audiobooks discretely or simply use these frames as your everyday prescription glasses.
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Amazon Echo Frames
11. WeBoost Drive X
Suppose you want to ensure you aren’t left high and dry, especially when driving out in the middle of Timbuktu. In that case, the WeBoost Drive X extends your cell phone’s signal so you can continue to get coverage even when you are seemingly out in the middle of nowhere. The WeBoost Drive X reaches out to faraway cell towers providing a signal for your phone. This wireless extender is an excellent tool for anyone who travels for a living, even if that living is super top secret.
WeBoost Drive X
12. Silent Ultrasonic Microphone Defeater
Okay, so maybe you have one single room where you need to prevent conversations from being recorded, and you don’t want anyone to know you’re trying to avoid this. Maybe it’s your office or operations center. With the Silent Ultrasonic Microphone Defeater, this audio jammer will emit an ultrasonic tone that is undetectable to human ears but overpowers any audio recorder’s microphone so that no one outside the room can hear the conversation. But even better, this noise jammer is concealed as a pair of speakers that can play back different audio from its USB port so that you can deceive any suspicious figures in the room.
Silent Ultrasonic Microphone Defeater
13. FLIR One Pro LT Thermal Imaging Smartphone Camera
Thermal imaging is a powerful tool, which is why it makes for a pretty cool spy gadget. Law enforcement uses thermal imaging to pick up heat from a person or object, even if there’s a solid surface concealing it. In other instances, it can make it easy to see what is going on in a foggy or smoky environment where visibility is low. As a hidden figure, you want only the best spy gadgets at your disposal, and the FLIR camera for iPhone/iOS and Android is the way to go. This little attachment, packed with a pair of thermal sensors, plugs into the bottom of your phone and turns the screen into a thermal imaging viewfinder. So if there’s a person or thing that you’re trying to avoid and can’t see them very well, this will help you get out of a sticky situation.
FLIR One Pro LT (iOS)
FLIR One Pro LT (Android)
14. Kingston IronKey S1000 Encrypted Flash Drive
There may be times in your life when sensitive files need to change hands, and an encrypted hard drive is essential to keeping those secrets secure. And whether that’s photos, blueprints, contracts or an obscure fan recording of a Justin Bieber concert from 2012, you’ll want to make sure that no one can ever open those files. But the Kingston IronKey S1000 has a hardware encryption chip built into the drive itself so that you can be confident that your data is protected by the most rigid security protocols around with 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption and 140-2 Level 3 validation. Long story short, with the encryption activated, nobody will ever lay their eyes on anything this drive contains.
Kingston IronKey S1000
15. DJI Mavic 2 Zoom Drone
Any modern spy knows that half of the battle is preparation; you should always know what to expect when a situation gets out of hand. And to adequately prepare, reconnaissance is a vital part of the equation. Special surveillance needs are why the best drones make for the best spy gadget. It wasn’t that long ago that drones were a futuristic technology employed only by elite military forces, but now drones are widely accessible and more affordable than ever. The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is a drone that can help you get a literal birds-eye view of your objective while going undetected. Equipped with the same flight hardware as the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, this drone has a 12-megapixel sensor and a lens equipped with 2X optical zoom, which can help you get a closer look from afar, and comes bundled with a smart remote that gives you an unprecedented level of control over the drone’s flight path.
DJI Mavic 2 Zoom
16. Sony ICD-PX370 Mono Digital Voice Recorder
Need to record a conversation? Then we recommend this well-reviewed Sony digital voice recorder. This affordable and compact device has a built-in USB stick so that you can easily access and save your files.
Sony ICD-PXZ370 Digital Voice Recorder
17. Voice Changing Devices & Apps
We’ve all seen villains in movies disguise their voice on the phone, perhaps after taking a hostage. While we don’t encourage criminal behavior (in fact, we discourage it entirely), these voice disguises exist in real life. You can purchase physical Voice Changing Devices that interact with your phone for landlines and cell phones to filter your voice on calls. However, this is the digital age … Instead of buying an expensive device, the Google and Apple App stores have dozens of apps that will create the same effect when using online communication services like Skype, Discord or Steam. One popular option is called VoiceMod, but there are plenty of options available depending on your device.
18. Backcountry Access BCA Walkie Talkie
When you want to stay off the grid, a good set of walkie-talkies like the Backcountry Access allow you to keep in contact with someone else while eliminating all the annoyances of cellphone tracking. This set can last days on end without a recharge and have great range regardless of the weather. Speaking of the weather, if it happens to turn on you while you’re out and about, the walkie-talkies are IP56 weather-resistant, so you won’t be out of luck if the rain comes unannounced.
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Backcountry Access BCA Walkie Talkie
19. Express VPN
Hiding your IP address is one of the best ways to keep your information secure, especially when using public WiFi. Express VPN makes it incredibly easy — one touch of a button to turn your VPN on and off. There are many locations to choose from, making it virtually impossible for someone lurking in the interwebs to track you. The best part is you can use this VPN on your computer and your phone. It’s safe, secure, easy and only costs $13 a month.
$13.00 per Month
20. Wyze Cam v3
Sometimes, the most effective spy gadgets are the simplest, and that’s why we love these cheap home security cameras. You can use this camera to protect the inside or outside of your house, but the cool thing is if you choose to use this outside, it has color night vision so you can get a better look at what or who is creeping around your perimeter. If you happen to catch someone lurking around your house, you can scare them off by talking straight to them through the two-way audio feature. Even if you are sleeping, it captures footage of moving objects as saves them in the cloud for a 14 day rolling period. It’s a pretty solid camera to keep you and your property safe.
Wyze Cam v3
Finally, a Note on Hidden Cameras…
When we initially wrote this article, we decided not to include any hidden cameras in the spy gadgets featured above. There are some excellent reasons for this. First, many cheap “spy cameras” are available on sites like Amazon and eBay that have abysmal reviews and come from sketchy overseas companies. Most of these hidden cameras are of dubious quality. Second, some hidden cameras are designed to be disguised as alarm clocks, wall hooks, electrical outlets, chargers and other everyday devices.
While there are legitimate reasons to use these devices, there are sketchy reasons, too. Unfortunately, perverts also use these devices to secretly and illegally record people in changing rooms, bathrooms and other private areas.
Even if you don’t have nefarious intentions, we advise our readers to research your local, state and national laws regarding hidden cameras and voice recordings. As mentioned above, it is illegal to secretly record conversations and phone calls in dual-party consent states without the knowledge and consent of all parties involved. Evidence gathered in this way may not be admissible in court, and you could face civil or criminal exposure for breaking these laws.
While it is usually legal to film and photograph people in public areas where they do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy, there are exceptions to this rule. Likewise, some regions have laws discouraging people from filming “upskirt videos” and other obscene materials.
Because hidden cameras are available online and we can’t stop you from purchasing them, we’ve decided to scope out some below. Please note: if you plan to use one of these hidden cameras, understand what you’re getting yourself into. They aren’t the most high-quality cameras you can buy, and if you’re someone like an Airbnb host that wants to spy on their guests or a perv that likes to hang out in public bathrooms, please leave and seek professional help.
21. WAYMOON 4K Hidden Spy Camera Digital Clock
This spy camera looks like your average digital clock. It claims to feature 4K video, high-tech night vision, a 160 ultra-wide-angle and can be viewed anywhere in real-time via your iPhone. Reviews on Amazon are pretty back and forth, but if you scroll down to the comments, you can see a lot of decent video capture quality. And, yes, it actually tells time.
WAYMOON 4K Hidden Spy Camera Digital Clock
22. Koios 1080p Charger Camera
Surprisingly, his wall charger camera is backed by a lot of stellar reviews. It allows you to live stream video right in your home so you can see what’s going in when the nanny, cleaning person or any other person is around when you’re not. It also works as an actual USB charging cable to keep people less suspicious.
Koios 1080p Charger Camera
23. 4K Hidden Camera Smoke Detector
This smoke detector doesn’t act like a smoke detector but instead works as a hidden camera you can keep in your house for intruders. No, it won’t detect smoke, but it will sync to your phone to give a live video feed of your home whenever you please. Users are wary that somebody else might be watching, as you should with every overseas hidden camera, so keep that in mind.