Here are best practices for mounting your camera.
- Face camera north or south if possible - If you're facing east or west, the sun can cause wash out pictures and cause false triggers.
- Mount on a sturdy tree/pole approximately 3-4 ft high. Mounting your camera higher than this is OK, but it can a) reduce the motion sensor's ability to detect motion consistently and b) cause false triggers
- Branches and grass blowing within 20 ft.
- Heat sources like a lake, big rock, or big tree within 20 ft
- While the camera is in SETUP mode, you'll see a red light on the front of the camera. This is your motion indicator. The light will blink whenever the camera detects motion. It will remain solid if the camera does not sense any motion. To use this feature, mount your camera, then turn it to SETUP mode and press the MENU button. Then walk around in front of the camera and make sure it blinks, indicating that it detects your motion. The camera won’t actually take and send pictures until it’s switched ON, but this can help ensure a successful mount. Make sure you switch the camera ON before leaving.
- It's best to send a test picture each time you move your camera or change batteries. Slide the camera to SETUP mode. After it finishes "Searching" and "GPS Searching," press the circular OK button to take and send a test picture. After your camera sends a picture to your command center, your camera will display "Send Succeed."
- Brighten your night-time photos - If possible, mount your camera with trees, grass, or other objects in the background to reflect the infrared light produced by the camera to get brighter photos.
- NOTE: your camera perceives motion by detecting heat differential in its field of view. Warm weather, rain, and snow can reduce your camera's ability to detect motion at long distances.