Hacking a Dome To Make It a Covert Camera?

Hi

We are on a project and it has a serious cost constraints. The cameras must be "covert" or made as discrete as possible. Requirement is 1080p or better. H.264 and SD card. There are some covert cameras with those specs. They fall out of our budget.

I noticed the construction of a Hikvision DS-2D2132 dome camera and I could remove the lens/CCD pick up assembly from the rest of the camera. The cable (a ribbon) is too short. I wanted to know if someone has done this, i-e replace the original ribbon (less than 4 inches) with something longer. I know this would void the warranty but it may be worth trying it in this instance. I would like to know if anyone has hacked a camera to fit a purpose and what where the results? I am not (yet :) ) talking about software hacking .

Thanks in advance

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