Yeah, I agree. I made a video about my experience and how the camera caught an attempted entry into my home, but that’s beside the point.
In the past couple of months I found that proper placement is key to getting motion triggers to work properly. This has helped me, so it may help you;
It takes about 2-3 seconds for recording to activate after the camera senses motion. This is because the camera has to wake up after the motion, connect to the server, and then begin streaming to the server.
a) Make sure you have a fast internet connection and adjust the quality settings to match. If your internet connection is slow and you have the record settings set to max, this will make the process of capturing the initial movement even slower.
b) Position the camera in an area that will allow enough time for motion to enter the activity zone, accounting for the 2-3 seconds of start up time, before the target enters the critical zone that you are trying to monitor.
c) The sensor is triggered by heat (I think) and motion. This means that on hot days, where the ambient temperature is around or higher than human body temperature, that motion detection will be harder. So use a housing or put the camera in shade of some sort.
False and intermittent triggers happen more-often when light changes from very bright to very dark quickly, sucj as on a windy day with clouds passing overhead. That bright to dark transition will cause a trigger. You can’t really get around this because it’s an environmental variable, but you can mitigate it by using the active zone selector and turning off any areas that are completely flat. For example, I have a concrete porch and a fence around it. On sunny days passing clouds can cause the concrete to go from light to dark quickly, causing a false trigger. Since my critical area is not the porch, because to get onto the porch someone would have to go through or over the fence, I turn off the active spots on the concrete porch. But there is a problem if you have the “end clip early option” selected… that the camera will stop recording because the action has moved to the “off” area of the porch, assuming that someone entered the fence. It’s an easy fix, just turn on the recording for how long you like, me i choose one minute, and turn off the “end clip early” option.
Sensitivity… what does this mean? I wish I could find a better explanation of the numbers. does 9 mean cat sized object or all movement? Anyway, Since I can’t seem to get any consistent use out of it, I start at 9 and work my way down until the notifications stop annoying me but I’m not missing human traffic. This fine tuning is an ongoing process.
Inconsistent triggers- Because the camera is using a very wide angle lens, things on the edge of the lens will appear very small, while things closer to the center of the lens will appear large. This is an effect of lens distortion, and is the reason that a tree in the edge of the cameras field of view will look small while a person standing in the center of the field of view will appear large. Use this to your advantage and position the camera in a way that what you want to monitor is near the center of the camera’s field of view and the approaching active areas are to the side of the field of view. this will give the camera enough time to notice movement and wake up so that it can begin recording by the time a target enters the area you are monitoring.
Finally, fast moving subjects, like kids running through your yard, may be missed if they can get from the initial motion activation zone faster than the camera can begin recording. So keep that in mind when choosing how to position your camera. Also keep in mind that subjects that move left to right (or right to left) are easier to detect than subjects that move toward or away from the camera.
I hope this helps, and If you want to see some additional initial impressions of the system, check out my video here: https://youtu.be/nx28PziqdME