The upcoming rare cameras auctions at Bonhams will feature rare photography equipment and accessories crafted by iconic manufacturers (Hasselblad, Leica, Nikon, Rolleiflex just to name a few). But for those who are fond of the history of spying, the real stars of the event on December 3 in Hong Kong) will be these…
Most of us can't help it: When we think about spies, we think about James Bond. And when we think about James Bond, we think about his gadgets. But real life spies use gadgets too—and there's no more amazing category of spy gadget than the camera.
We've introduced you some of the oddest vintage cameras before, but what if you're in the market for something smaller, perhaps something that could be hidden in a pocket or a cigarette box? Here are some of the great spy cams ever sneak a photograph.
If you thought those micro four-thirds cameras were pricey for their size, get a load of this Japanese spy camera. Considering it costs $120 and weighs just 12g, it might just be the most expensive camera per millimeter ever.
The BBC thought it would be fun to spy on polar bears using robotic cameras masquerading as chunks of ice. The polar bears weren't impressed by these robo-intruders and, well, acted like bears. Watch a beast meet a hapless machine.
The spy cameras designed for the BBC documentary "Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice" were cleverly disguised and built to withstand temperatures as low as -40° C. The polar bears took one look and were like, "NAH LEMME SMASH THAT."
I don't know exactly what people are buying novelty spy cameras for these days, but I guess babysitter surveillance is as timeless a concern as any. Brando's newest motion-activated spy gizmo takes the shape of a small luxury automobile.
Whether you're hunting for jobs at work, or taking some "alone time", the Wi-Spy wireless surveillance system can avoid anyone sneaking up on you. It's also good for stuff that matters, like keeping an eye on your kid's safety.
Hidden camera rule #17: try not to put them in things that people intently stare at as soon as they meet you.
In celebrating the launch of Spycraft, I've looked at all kinds of gadgets, but the bread and butter of Cold War CIA gear were tiny cameras and listening devices. The bugs aren't so exciting to look at, though the stories of their placement make great reading. The cameras, on the other hand, always come in clever…
The problem with setting up spy cameras in places where you're not supposed to is that you need to find some source of power to plug them in to, which make it hard to be sneaky. Not so with these Symbiotic Cameras, which mooch power off of fluorescent lights. Simply slide the ring around the light, and the magnetic…
Engineer Walter Zapp invented the Minox sub-miniature camera in 1936. It subsequently went on to be marketed both as a luxury camera and as a spy camera—it was used by real spies the Falcon and the Snowman, and fictional spies like James Bond in You Only Live Twice.