Below is a list of the equipment used by Insurance Fraud Specialists, Inc. while conducting surveillance. DSLR cameras with exceptional optical zoom lenses are used along with HD quality monoculars and spotting scopes attached to a smartphone with an adapter, known as digiscoping. 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 (non HD), have low quality fixed lenses that cannot be interchanged. These types of camcorders 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
We use the Nikon P1000 35mm camera with an super optical zoom of 3000mm with 16 Mega Pixels and UHD recording. The camera has built-in wifi allowing it to operate remotely and bluetooth to upload photos immediately to send to clients. This camera makes long range surveillance video possible in rural settings and also in urban settings at far distances therefore reducing the chances of being detected by the subject. The camera has a 6400 ISO setting to capture video at dusk and dawn including night with ambient lighting. Hence this makes camcorders a thing of the past!
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 app is used when digiscoping, (connecting an iPhone with any monocular/spotting scope) at night when videoing targets/subjects with minimal light.
Reolink 1080p HD Wireless Camera
Reolink Go’s wireless 1080p HD camera operates on the 4G-LTE and 3G cellular system that uses a data only plan for situations when WiFi is unavailable and is especially suited in rural environments. 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 inside the camera or cloud storage can be used. The camera immediately sends a text message to your smartphone or computer in real time when motion or sound is detected. It can also be accessed anytime for monitoring on a smartphone or computer. One can review recorded data without retrieving the camera from the field by connecting to the camera and downloading the videos from the camera’s micro SD card. The camera has a low lux starlight setting, unlike other cameras that rely on infrared light that can be detected by the human eye as a red light. When this camera is hidden in a strategic location, it eliminates the need for a second investigator because the investigator can put the subject under surveillance from far away without being present, thus determining when the subject departs and which direction they’re headed.
LandAirSea GPS Tracker 54
Real-time covert GPS tracker that uses new technology on the 4G LTE system, that has a strong magnet built-in 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 mini 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 or goes outside a set 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 the GPS’ unit and the users smartphone locations are placed together onto a map with a live view on one’s cell phone screen indicating the distance between the two therefore allowing the investigator to follow at a safer distance and to go undetected.
Vitek HD color box camera with low lux .0005
This Vitek box 1080p color camera @ 60fps has a super low lux rating of .0005 (starlight) making it ideal for night surveillance. This camera is also Inferred sensitive thus allowing it to see in complete darkness when attached to an IR illuminator shown in the picture below. The camera’s head is threaded to fit this long range 940nm IR illuminator.
Tuss 10-350 mm motorized zoom HD lens
This Tuss 10-350 mm HD optical motorized lens we use for both day or night connects to the Vitek HD box color camera produces quality HD video at far distances.
Manfrotto & Vortex Accessories
Depicted here in these photographs are Manfrotto products we use, a tripod with a fluid pan & tilt head (eliminating shaky video), 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 a vehicle to secure any type of camera in any position needed while performing surveillance and a Vortex window mount with pan & tilt head.
iPhone 11 Pro
We currently use this iPhone 11 Pro smartphone with its video camera having an f-stop of 1.8-2.8, a 12 megapixel sensor. It uses H-264 and HEVC compression of videos with 4K HD video @ 60fps, a 5.8-inch touchscreen that has a 2436 X 1125 display. It has 256 GB of memory (holds 18 hours of 4K video), 10X zoom and optical image stabilization and is waterproof. This new iPhone 11 Pro with a Phoneskope adapter can attached to a monocular or spotting-scope making it compatible with most quality DSLR cameras. With the night vision app it makes it possible to shoot video in very low light as well.
Phoneskope Adapter Uses
Shown here is a Vortex Razor HD spotting scope connected to an iPhone 11 Pro smartphone by a Phoneskope adapter. They are mounted onto a Manfrotto pan & tilt fluid head by a Vortex window mount. This is ideal for obtaining steady video in rural settings at far distances.
Digiscoping via Phoneskope Adapter
HD 1080p writing pen & Pivothead sunglasses
The Pivothead 1080p @ 30fps HD color video sunglasses and an HD color 1080p @ 30fps writing pen with an option for recording sound. These hidden cameras are used in undercover settings and are American made, not the crappy Chinese knock-offs used by most agencies.
Bushnell HD Monocular
A Bushnell Ultra Legend HD Optical 10 X 42mm monocular uses premium coated glass and is weather-proof. The monocular is light and compact that fits in the palm of your hand. Thus making it easy to take on surveillance outside your vehicle when digiscoping is necessary to obtain video at further distances then just using your smartphone alone.
Vortex Razor HD Spotting Scope
A Vortex Razor 11X-33X 50mm HD optical anti-fog spotting scope is compact and lightweight making it ideal for surveillance in a vehicle or carried on foot in a backpack in rural situations.