Purpose of the guide
This guide will show you how to set up and configure a SPYZ camera using custom settings instead of the preset modes.
Before you begin
You will need a SPYZ camera, a micro SD card, and a Mac or Windows computer to configure it, and finally you will need a program to configure it with. Make sure the camera is not completely out of battery.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- SPYZ62WF setup
- Initial setup
- Advanced image settings
- Example configuration
- Scheduled recording
If you are using a micro SD card not purchased from us, make sure it is Class 10 or above, or this can cause issues when recording high quality video for long periods of time.
If you have the SPYZ62WF Wi-Fi version of this camera, follow this guide to set it up to connect to a phone or tablet for mobile viewing.
First of all, make sure that there is a micro SD card inside the camera and that the switch on the camera has been set to the cog wheel icon on the right.
Advanced image settings
If you want to customise the camera settings then go to 'Option' and change the setting mode to 'Custom Mode', then click on 'Save Option' at the top right.
This affects the quality or clarity of the videos created, rather than the resolution of the recordings. For maximum clarity (identifying faces etc), set the quality to high. If space or battery life is an issue, set it to medium or low.
This affects the resolution or the size (measured in pixels) of the videos created by the camera. Again, for maximum clarity set the resolution to the maximum. If space or battery life is an issue, then set it to the minimum. Be careful of setting both the video quality and the resolution to the minimum, as this will create very low quality videos.
This is how many frames a second the camera will record. A high frame rate gives you more still images per video, and therefore gives a better chance of identifying a face or number plate etc. A low frame rate saves on battery and storage space.
Indoor Lighting Condition:
Most countries in the world use 50Hz for their AC power, including the UK, so you will most likely need to set it to 50Hz. If you are in North America (or some other countries) you will need to set it to 60Hz (read here for more information). If the camera will be outside, set it to Outdoor mode instead.
These modes attempt to maximise video quality based on expected lighting conditions. Depending what times the camera is most needed, you may want to set it specifically to 'Day' or 'Night', but most people will benefit most from 'Auto switching' mode.
This option allows you to flip the camera image upside down if required. This is useful if the camera needs to be mounted upside down in a specific way, but is not necessary for most.
The timestamp will display in the corner of recordings made by the camera, showing the exact time of recording (as long as the camera is set to the right time of course). You can disable this if it is not needed or gets in the way.
You can set the camera to automatically overwrite the oldest recordings on the micro SD card once it gets full, or set it to stop recording when there is no more space left.
Split File Time:
You can choose how long the camera will record for before saving the video file and beginning a new one, with the options of 10, 15 or 20 minutes. For easily manageable videos set this to 10 minutes.
You can choose to disable the mic on the camera, but most people would not require this.
This allows you to disable the flashing LED on the camera when it is recording. This is useful for keeping the camera hidden, but also makes it harder to confirm whether the camera is actually recording, or if it still has battery charge.
This is not available in all models. "A passive infrared sensor (PIR sensor) is an electronic sensor that measures infrared (IR) light radiating from objects in its field of view." This is extremely useful for low-light environments or areas where IR illumination isn't effective.
This is how sensitive the camera is to being triggered by audio. For example if you want to have audio triggering turned on, but the camera is in a relatively loud environment, it is best to set this to low.
This determines how sensitive the camera is to being triggered by vibrations. For example if you want to have vibration triggering turned on, but the camera is in an environment with lots of movement creating vibrations, set this to low.
Vibration Standby Mode:
If you want the camera to wake up as fast as possible when triggered by vibrations, set this to 'Fast Wake Up'. If you need to save power as much as possible, set it to 'Power Saving'.
Here you can choose the different ways the camera can be set to automatically turn on or off. Scheduled recording will be covered in the final section of the guide.
Car-Activate Recording: Auto start recording once car is started, auto stop recording when car is stopped.
Car-Stop Recording: Auto start recording when car is stopped, auto stop recording once car is started.
Car-Activate and Car-Stop Recording: Auto start recording once car is started and continue to record even when car is stopped. Need to turn off the camcorder manually.
Now don't forget to click 'Sync Settings to DVR' when you are finished!