Outdoor Cam: Person Detection/Continuos Recording?

Thanks @Antonius and @Bam
@Antonius , if I set the cooldown to zero, the days to 30, and the max video length to a big number, won’t it drain the battery quickly? The gate is like 10 feet away from the camera. Also, do I want the sensitivity high for both ‘Set Detection Distance’ and ‘Set Image Sensitivity’? Won’t that make it more sensitive to picking up vehicles, animals, etc especially if I rotate it more towards the bush?

It won’t drain the battery quickly unless you have numerous events going on all day. This is a video of my gate on the right which is 26 feet from the cam. My cam is pointed to the left toward the white SUV next door. The red car going down the street is 55 feet away.

@Antonius so is your camera picking up the car motion? Is that why you got the event notification? Is that due to the high sensitivity settings of 100? Would the PIR not pick up the car since there is no heat being emitted?
Thanks for the help!

The event said Motion side yard east. I don’t think the PIR picked up that car, to far and it is not in my PIR zone as seen here.

@Antonius I adjusted my camera as seen below. I set the scheduled recording to be for 30 days, no recording cool down, and maximum video length of 5 mins. There is also a setting separate from the schedule recording called ‘event recording’ which has ‘detects motion’ on by default, and it had ‘recording cooldown’ on at minutes, and maximum video length at 12 seconds. A few questions

  1. Will this setting conflict with the scheduled recording- will it override it? Should I have it turned off? And you are saying ‘no cooldown’ will not waste the battery sooner?
  2. I assume detection zone should be on and it’s ok If I select an area with the boxes? This is what I have.

If you set the cam for “Scheduled Event Recording” don’t worry about the other setting, it will not be effected by the other setting. Your detection zone looks good for the gate. I know Cam Plus has Person Detection for the WCO, it is in the notification settings. I have turned my Cam Plus off for my 4 WCO because the account subscriptions got screwed up with the account for my one V3 and I can not download event videos from my 4 WCO if I have them with CP activated. Wyze support is looking at the issue as they hav been since February this year, last email I got was yesterday. If I turn Cam Plus off I can download videos all day. Here is another, if you just want AI events (Person/Vehicle set you setting for that on the app. If you just want PIR detection turn your detection zone setting off. Amazon Van at 50 feet.

My outdoor cams all trigger for trees. Very frustrating

I have one of the 4 that do that also even though the tree is all blacked out with the detection zone and it is not in the PIR Zone. The cam from the above video also has decided it likes to record regular cars at 50-55 feet usually the ones that come down, turn around in the court and head back to the left, sometimes it gets them moving both ways.

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My cams trigger on tree shadows on my driveway. Like 40 times an afternoon…

are they extraordinarily big leafed trees or something? the only way a tree could set off the PIR on the WCO is if they are absorbing enough sunlight that say the wind blowing the leaves around could cause movement, but Ive never seen a leave hold enough heat to do that.

it’s going to be pretty warm and sunny where I live tomorrow. I’ll get my thermal cam out tomorrow and see if I can illustrate .

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I live in Seattle. The leaves are not hot. Can you upload videos in this forum? I can show you the motion tagging boxes bouncing around on the branches. It looks like a contrast issue. The ground is very white and the branches very dark.

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We may be crossing ideas. lets try to clarify…are you having this issue with the Wyze Cam Outdoor?

or the Wyze cam V3

I ask because the V3 is a cam that can be used outside…but it is NOT the outdoor cam in the terms we commonly use here. the wyzecam outdoor is a battery operated cam and runs with a heat detection PIR sensor which is not very prone to false alerts like the ones you are describing.

I fear I may have mis-interpreted something.

you should be able to upload videos. I can tag the mods in to make sure you have the correct trust levels to upload. @Mods can this user get a bump to upload a video please

When the wind blows even a moderate breeze this WCO records movement events of this tree and sends notifications constantly. So much for the detection so too.


@Bam - I checked and @ricklwright should be able to upload videos according to their user trust level. Post back if there is a problem.

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I’m talking about the outdoor cam.

No movement other than waving branches

Nothing but wavy branches

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The wind just came up, entire tree is in the blacked out detection Zone :laughing:


Those are most interesting.

I got busy after I got off duty so sadly I was unable to get my thermal cam out while the sun was bright. Could you by chance screenshot your detection settings page. There’s got to be something in there that’s a miss. It’s terribly confusing to me and eating away at my soul because I can’t figure out what’s going on :exploding_head:. I hate being confounded lol I can’t think of a reason why those would be triggering the camera. Especially after seeing those videos. They shouldn’t be catching enough heat to trigger it and they’re not particularly close so that what little heat they capture would be. I’m hoping maybe something in your settings page can give me an idea if you would be so kind enough to share that. We mavens are rather defatigable :wink:

And thank you @tomp for checking on that

Edit: Upon looking at them again the closest thing I can come up with right now is the video with the red car. If the leaves are close enough to be covering the car and then the wind alters where they are resting and shows the car to the camera it might appear as if whatever heat the car is collecting has just appeared and that shows movement. But that’s the only one I can think of out of those three. I’m working on the rest lol

Settings for my cam: