Below is a list of the equipment used by Insurance Fraud Specialists, Inc. while conducting surveillance. Owner, Gregg Shannon opts for using quality DSLR cameras paired with quality optical zoom lenses and also uses a method known as digiscoping. This method connects quality optical spotting scopes and monoculars to smartphones with an adapter for recording 1080 HD/4K video. However, the majority of our competition’s field investigators are still deploying dated technology with the use of consumer graded camcorders. Some of these camcorders still record on tapes that deteriorate over time, use standard definition not HD, have fixed lenses that cannot be interchanged, have low-quality digital zoom lenses that produce pixelation including chromatic aberration and poor performance in low light conditions. These agencies’ unwillingness to keep up with new technology is mostly due to cost. A tell-tale sign that they are using old technology is they send video evidence copied onto CDs to their clients. Professional agencies should be using professional equipment and journeymen investigators since your case depends on the quality of evidence they obtain.
Nikon P1000 35 mm Camera
Nikon P1000 35 mm camera with an super optical zoom of 3000mm with 16 MP and UHD recording as well as having builtin wifi to operate the camera remotely and bluetooth to upload photos immediately to send to clients. This makes long range video possible on targets in rural settings and also in urban settings to be secured from far distances therefore reducing the chances of being detected by the target under surveillance. The camera has a 6400 ISO and can record in video mode to capture dusk and dawn including night shots with ambient lighting. Hence this makes camcorders a thing of the past since they posses smaller light gathering sensors.
Timestamp and Nightcap Apps
An iOS Camera “Timestamp” app that burns the correct time & date including the GPS location onto the video and photos captured. The Nightcap app allows iPhones to obtain better quality night time video with minimal light by using ISO settings to automatically adjust as the camera is recording video. This will help with digiscoping by marrying the iPhone with a monocular scope at night when videoing targets/subjects with minimal light.
Reolink 1080p HD Wireless Camera
Reolink Go’s wireless portable 1080p HD camera operates on the 4G-LTE and 3G cellular system when no WiFi is available to satisfy any type of surveillance environment. This camera is waterproof with a mini USB rechargeable battery that offers a solar powered option. The camera records sound and video on a micro SD card and or cloud storage. The camera immediately sends a text message to your smartphone and or computer in real time when motion or sound is detected. It can also be accessed anytime for monitoring on a smartphone or computer and retrieving recorded data from the micro SD card by connecting to the internet. The camera has a low lux starlight setting, unlike other cameras that rely on infrared light.
LandAirSea GPS Tracker 54
Real-time covert GPS tracker that uses new technology on the 4G LTE system, that has a strong magnet builtin the underside and fits in the palm of your hand. It uses their own web platform at no extra charge and has no contracts allowing for month to month service. The hockey puck tracker is waterproof and has a long lasting battery life that will record one’s driving for about a week before needing to be recharged and offers several different GPS pinging plans from 3 seconds to 1 minute. This tracker is one of the few that is actually made and distributed in the USA and is not a cheap Chinese version of a GPS tracker. The tracker uses SMS text messaging or email to communicate and contacts the user when the car begins in motion via a geofence parameter. The user can contact the unit at any time to get the actual whereabouts or a recorded map of one’s driving history. During a moving surveillance both the GPS unit’s location and the users smartphone’s location are placed onto a map with a live view allowing a safe following distance from the target to go undetected.
Vitek HD color box camera with low lux .0005
This Vitek box 1080p color camera that utilizes 60 fps and has a low lux rating of .0005 (starlight) making it ideal for night surveillance. This camera is IR sensitive thus allowing it to see in complete darkness when attached to IR illuminator (as shown in the picture below the camera) via the camera’s head that is threaded to fit a long range flashlight type 940 nm IR illuminator.
Tuss 10-350 mm motorized zoom HD lens
The Tuss 10-350 mm HD optical motorized lens that can be used for day or night with the Vitek’s HD box color camera producing quality HD video at far distances.
Manfrotto & Vortex Accessories
Depicted here in these photographs are Manfrotto products, a tripod with a fluid pan & tilt head, a suction camera grip with a ball mount connected to a car window and a support arm, a mini tripod, a lateral side arm used to mount multiply cameras on at the same time, a magic arm that can be used in vehicles to secure any type of camera in any position needed while performing surveillance and a Vortex brand window mount with pan & tilt head.
iPhone 8 Plus
The iPhone 8 Plus smartphone’s video camera has an f-stop of 1.8-2.8, H-264 compression of videos, 1080p HD video @ 60 fps, a 5.5-inch touchscreen with 1080p display, 256 GB of memory, 6X zoom and image stabilization. It can also shoot 4K video.
Phoneskope Adapter Uses
Here is an 11X-33X 50mm Vortex Razor HD spotting scope that connects to an iPhone 8 Plus smartphone by a Phoneskope adapter. They are mounted onto a Manfrotto pan & tilt fluid head by a Vortex window mount onto the window. This is ideal for obtaining steady video in rural settings when using cameras with powerful lenses.
Digiscoping via Phoneskope Adapter
HD 1080p writing pen & Pivothead sunglasses
Pivothead’s 1080p @ 30 fps HD color video sunglasses and an HD color 1080p @ 30 fps writing pen with an option for recording sound. These hidden cameras are used in undercover operations.
Bushnell HD Monocular
Bushnell’s Ultra Legend HD Optical 10 X 42mm monocular is premium coated glass that is weatherproof. The monocular is compact that fits in the palm of your hand and comes with a carrying case that clips onto a belt.
Vortex Razor HD Spotting Scope
Vortex’s Razor 11X-33X 50mm HD optical anti-fog spotting scope is compact and lightweight making it ideal for surveillance on foot in rural settings with a compact telescoping tripod or in a surveillance vehicle mounted on a Manfrotto magic arm connected to a fluid pan & tilt head.