My pan cam is mounted outside and when the exterior lights shut off, the camera goes into night mode and the IR lights come on. At first, the picture is clear, but the brightness adjusts automatically and the picture gets quite foggy. There could be some reflection off of the case or it might just be the lights and camera themselves, but allowing to set this in the app would possible enhance the clarity of the picture during night vision mode. This is different than an on/off switch. It should be a slider that can adjust the brightness incrementally.
Below is a picture of the foggy vision. I will try to take another tonight that shows how clear it is immediately after the outside lights turn off.
I was able to take some more screenshots last night. I was wrong. The picture after initially going to night vision is not clear, but just darker. It is not useable. I read lukeborn’s suggestion above about wiping the lens as well. I tried that and it may have done a little but still did not fix the issue. On my camera there almost seems to be a ring in the center of the lens. I’m not sure if this is refraction, reflection, or something on the lens. I may try to use rubbing alcohol or some other cleaner on the lens with a microfiber cloth.
With backyard exterior lights on:
Immediately after shutting off the lights:
If I move lens up 2 taps on the GUI position in the app
In the last photo, I moved the camera position up from the very lowest position 2 notches. It definitely helps with the clarity of the picture. So, something is causing the extra glare in that lowest position (either the camera itself or IR reflection off the silicon case. I may just have to adjust the mount position to be lower if I want to get the playback area lower. I was avoiding this as it causes the camera not to pan horizontally but at an angle since the mount doesn’t adjust as the camera pans to account for the tilt.
As I said, I also wiped the lens with a damp cloth. I really couldn’t tell much of a difference before and after. Maybe it is slightly better.
2 taps up on position GUI;
I’m going to take the silicon sleeve off the camera to see if that is causing the ring in the picture. If that is not it, I will try cleaning it again.