Motion Algorithm to Ignore Blowing Leaves/Shadows/Bugs/Snow/Rain/Headlights

Voted. The tree shadows alert me too often, even with sensitivity very low.

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Also voted -wind, bugs and light&shadow flicker are the major causes of my false alarms. Come to think of it, I guess I should be glad they are false…
This and the time delay would be great!

Here’s a related #roadmap topic you may want to vote for:

Thanks. I already saw it and voted in favor. Bugs and car lights as they turn around at the end of our street are a constant source of aggravation!

I have these mounted outside as well, and I propose a time setting with the motion detection. If the object zips by within 1 second, then ignore, otherwise alert.

There’s a separate #roadmap topic for that. Please visit it and VOTE at the top left of the topic. :slight_smile:


Implement grid based detection zone, so we can mask/filter moving items e.g. trees, scrubs, leaves.



I have the same issue, was looking here for advice!

One solution, now that Wyze Sense is soon to be available for general order, is to use a Sense motion sensor to trigger the camera. It uses passive IR, so less sensitive to small non-warm motions. And bonus, there’s no 5 minute cool down on Sense triggered clips. Only downside is they are not rated for outdoor use.

I say leave well enough alone. Im glad t this $25.00 dollar camera detect EVERYTHING. What I would like, is having the detention time extended to more then 12 seconds.

@Loki what happens when you use it outside? Some people use the wyze cam outside even though you’re not supposed to…

My understanding is that it voids the warranty.
However there are many ways to enclose them to protect them from the elements, ranging from commercial covers to simple things like clear plastic bottles.
The forum has lots of these suggestions.


Yes, a constant issue living in a cul-de-sac at night.

So much wasted alerts and video uploads to their servers for headlights shining on my driveway. A duration setting may prove helpful here in the meantime.

Live on a dead end street with a sign at the beginning that must be written in Sanskrit given the number of people who race down and turn around at the end - right in front of my cams.

As pointed out, they are not warrantied for outdoor use. Unlike the cameras, they won’t work if put behind clear glass or plastic (the IR reflects off those materials). If you were going to do this, you would want to make sure they were very well sheltered from above.

Temperature might be an issue. From the support site:

  • The sensors have been rated for a minimum temperature of 32F. While they can function in lower temperatures, being in those environments may cause battery life to be reduced.

You may be able to find Lithium button batteries to replace the alkalines that ship with the sensors and these may work better in cold temps.

Range might be an issue for an outdoor placed motion sensor. From the Support site:

The PIR Motion Sensor has an effective range of 26 ft, but this will vary based on where you place it, and the orientation of its placement.

Most straightforward way to do this without having to send data to the cloud is to run a basic face detection algorithm on the camera itself - which will help to reduce false alarms. Modern machine learning techniques can compress the models down and have them run efficiently in realtime. May require a small increase in hardware cost, though.

Ignoring leaves and shadows will be great idea with WYZE cam, Will be great feature to have.

they could just add PIR sensor which is a few bucks,
integrate the PIR and pixel will be good enough

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They do have a PIR sensor. It’s called Wyze Sense and you can get it here: Home Monitoring & Automation – Wyze

i mean intergrated, both physically and software wise so that
(1) remove the false positive from camera AND pir sensor
(2) know exactly the detection area

not like the attached pic