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Hi folks, I searched a bit but didn't see anything in the forums on this topic (forgive me if I missed it) and the help FAQ's don't really answer this. I have an Argus PT solar-battery wifi camera. It cannot record continuously (boo!) so it only records on motion detection. Problem is, it stinks at detecting motion! Both at night and by day. I have my PIR enabled and Sensitivity at 95 (I tried higher but got many false positives). There are no privacy zones. And no minimum/maximum size settings for detection either. What am I doing wrong here? The camera is pretty new; purchased two months ago from B&H Photo Video. Build No is 22061301, Hardware Ver is BIPC_523MIX32M35SD94MP, Config Ver 126.96.36.199, Firmware Ver 188.8.131.525_22061301. (I tried to "upgrade manually" and it says this is the most current version available)Below is a screencap. The yellow zone it detects motion maybe 25-30% of the time, and usually it takes so long to start recording that the object/person has already moved out-of-view. That yellow zone is perhaps 50ft out? The camera is mounted on a pole 14ft up to ensure a wide field-of-view but also because it's the only place where I can reliably get direct sunlight on the solar panel in winter. The red zone is where I'd like it to reach, that's more like 75-100ft. The little "nub" of red is a concrete bridge over a creek. There's multiple solar-powered LED floodlights that clearly illuminate people walking past; but the camera doesn't record them. You'd think the appearance/disappearance of the lights themselves would trigger the motion detector, but they don't. Also, while it's 200ft away, I have a huge infrared floodlight aimed towards this location - you can see it in the shadows cast on the ground. So even if the Argus-PT's I.R. lights were off? Things would still be illuminated at night.Any suggestions on what I could be doing differently? Other than "move the camera", of course - I can't do that. Partly because there's no spot to really mount it that's closer to the red zone. But even if I installed a new pole there? It would still be in a very tree-shaded area, which is no good for a solar-charged camera like the Argus-PT.If the Argus could be set to record continuously, that alone would likely solve the problem. Even if I didn't get warnings as often, I could still go back and review the footage manually. But Reolink, for some reason, does not allow this. I don't know why; my camera has never reported anything but 100% battery. Clearly it's got battery power to spare. And I've got a 400GB SD Card in there; plenty of room to record at least a few days' worth of medium-quality video. Can we get a firmware that allows constant recording?
@riprengineer The specs for this camera include:With the camera 14 ft above the ground, that means approximately 30 ft. horizontally from the camera. The PIR sensor will never detect moving objects at 75 ft.There is a difference between a PIR sensor and IR illumination.IR illumination floods an area with infrared light so that the camera sensor will record different shades of gray.A PIR detector is the cheapest, most fundamental method of sensing when heat sources move across the path covered by the sensor.Wikipedia has an excellent article:Search for "pir sensor wiki" (If we could enter URLs, I would put it here.)These mass-produced devices cost only pennies and a single AA battery can power one for months. Thus they are ideal for battery powered security devices.Alas, this camera will never do what you want it to.
@crimp-on_62210811129 is the PIR the only means it can detect motion?
hi, there. Sorry to tell you that the battery-power camera cannot support continuous recording, because that will drain the battery quickly. For continuous recording, you may consider WiFi-wired cameras such as Trackmix WiFi.But Argus PT 2K supports to set up Privacy Mask. How to set: https://support.reolink.com/hc/en-us/articles/360003493454--How-to-Set-up-Privacy-Mask-for-Reolink-CamerasMinimum/Maximum Object Size is also supported on Argus PT 2K. How to set: https://support.reolink.com/hc/en-us/articles/13294134776985-How-to-Set-up-Object-Size-for-Battery-powered-Cameras
Argus PT 2K supports PIR detection/human detection/vehicle detection(if it is the latest version). Its PIR Detecting Distance is up to 10m (33ft) and PIR Detecting Angle is 100° horizontal. It is a bit beyond its detection range if that yellow zone is 50ft out.
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