Button Spy Camera Instructions

by | Spy Gear

Last Updated on August 23, 2021

There are a lot of reasons why you would need a button spy camera, but it’s no secret that sometimes it just does a great job. And with how far technology has gotten nowadays, we’re seeing some excellent ways to make use of one.

They’re small and compact, which means you can hide them just about anywhere, but arguably the best way to take advantage of them is to use them as intended – like a button camera. At first sight, this might look like a conventional button on your shirt at the jacket, provided you hide it well.

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Now aside from picking the right model, there’s a bit more to the button spy camera instructions. With such a camera, you generally get a small lens that you use instead of a button, but most of the remaining technology is actually hidden below your jacket. And if you aren’t careful, you’ll have people wondering what you’re carrying in your inside pocket.

That’s not all, though, so join us as we take a look at button spy camera instructions. We’ll first talk about the two main types of one, and then we’ll discuss using one and maintenance. Without wasting more time, let’s go.

What Options Do You Have?

When you’re choosing the camera, you’ll come across one that’s self contained, and another option that has a complete separate kit, connected to the lens with a thin cord. Which one is right for you?

We do realize you might be inclined to think the self contained kit is better. After all, it’s a single unit, the lens, the sensor, the battery, the storage, everything is there, and there are no unsightly cables you’ll need to deal with. However, having everything on a single unit does add a bit of weight, and those units are often easier to spot. Unless you’re going to be using it in a thick jacket or a coat, we would recommend that you stay away from these.


On the other hand, a camera with a separate kit has a very small and very lightweight lens that’s actually the button replacement. Connected to it with a cable, you also have another unit that hosts the battery and storage solution. The obvious downside is that you have a cable to manage. However, whether it’s a dress shirt or anything thicker, you shouldn’t have a problem hiding that cable beneath whatever it is you’re wearing. Add to this the fact that you’ve got a very lightweight lens that won’t drag down on your polo shirt in a way a self contained one would, and this is oftentimes a better option for many users.

Button spy camera instructions – how do you use one?

When it comes to using your button spy camera, the first thing to keep an eye out for is the way the lens replaces the button. There are quite a lot of options here, but the most popular ones are either a camera that you stitch on to your shirt, like a button, or one that glues to an already existing button. Both options are pretty easy to go about, so it’s nothing to worry. Once you’ve attached it, it’s a matter of starting to record and going about your way.

A friendly advice about attaching it is to make sure there are absolutely no obstructions. If you’re wearing multiple layers of clothing, put it on the outermost layer, so nothing can get in the way. Which ties in perfectly with our next topic …


Keeping the button spy camera operational and working well is pretty simple, but it begins before you actually set up the camera. You should always first check whether the storage is empty and the battery is full. These are two things best checked if your camera is not attached to a shirt, which is why you should do it in advance.

To add to this, once you’ve installed the camera on your shirt, you should note that it’s something you might be touching quite often, at least the lens. If this is the case, you should take advantage of every chance you get to give the lens a good wipe. A smudged lens will negatively impact the image quality, so make sure to keep it clean.

With that being said, if you’ve bought one, chances are you already know how to make the most of it. If you don’t, however, just follow the few tips we spoke about, and you should be good to go.  

Here, you may also want to check the article on how to use a button camera.

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