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General Image Settings

Open the General Image Settings dialog to define the basic settings for image control in the camera.


Description of Parameters

Camera Selection Select the lens that you want see on the Live and Guest screens or set the picture-in-picture mode to combine the images of both lenses (only for dual-lens cameras).
right Right lens (factory default setting, usually the wide-angle lens)
Left Left lens (usually the tele lens)
Both Combines the images of both lenses and displays them side-by-side (left: left lens, right: right lens, as seen by the camera). This option is not available on Day/Night models as these models automatically switch between the daylight and night image sensors depending on illumination.
RiL Displays a small image (160x120 mm) from the right lens in the bottom right corner of the image from the left lens. This requires a resolution of at least 640x480 pixels. (Only Day&Night Models, see above.)
LiR Displays a small image (160x120 mm) from the left lens in the bottom right corner of the image from the right lens. This requires a resolution of at least 640x480 pixels. (Only Day&Night Models, see above.)
Auto Automatically selects the color sensor for daylight and the b/w sensor for night recording (only for Day/Night cameras).
Panorama Combines zoomed images of both lenses to one image. In addition, the camera displays smaller overview images at the bottom of the image. Clicking on the overview images will position the zoomed images accordingly. This requires a resolution of at least 640x480 pixels (this option is only available in D12D cameras).
Image Size

Select the display size of the image.
Dual images (right and left image sensor) automatically require twice the width.

When selecting Custom Size, the camera will use the image size specified in the Custom Size field (see below).

Camera Night Switch (DY/NI)
(only Day&Night Models)

Day/Night camera models automatically switch between day and night lenses when the illumination falls below or exceeds the level set here. The higher the illumination value, the earlier the camera switches to the night lens.


  • This parameter is available only for Day/Night models.
  • Set the night switch delay to the desired value. This delay prevents switching to the other lens when illumination increases or decreases for a short period of time (e.g. a car with headlights passing by at night).

To determine the best possible value for defining the night camera level, proceed as follows:

  • Click on the More button at the bottom of the Text & Display Settings dialog to display all options.
  • In the same dialog, set the Text Display parameter to On.
  • In the Comment text box, enter the ^IR placeholder. The camera now displays the current illumination rate in Lux on the live image.
    (See also Placeholders for Dynamic Image Text.)
  • Set the Level Meter parameter to Bar, and select Illumination as source for the level meter. The camera now displays the current exposure rate as a red bar on the live image. The value for switching to the night lens is displayed as white vertical line.
Camera Time Switch
(all other models with dual lenses)

Switches to the other lens according to a Time Table, if the Camera Selection option has been set to auto.

If a time table profile is active or on (the symbol is visible), the camera uses the left image sensor. If the time table profile is not active or off, the camera will use the right image sensor.

Custom Size
(only displayed if Image Size has been set to Custom Size)

Enter the size of the customized image in pixels that is displayed if Resolution has been set to Custom Size. If the image size defined here has a different ratio than 4:3, you can click with the mouse near the borders of the image to move the image area within the standard image in the desired direction (panning).

It is recommended to set the coordinates of the custom size by creating a yellow frame on the live image of the camera and copying them into the required field. For additional information on this topic, see the Graphically Entering Image Areas help page.

If you have selected Custom Size, you can also crop the image. This feature will define a specific portion of the image, which will then be used for all other operations. This feature also allows an interactive definition of the yellow rectangle in the image. Next, clicking on the Adjust Custom Size button will adjust the image size to match the ratio of the selected image area, thus displaying the whole image at once.

Image quality

Select the desired ratio of image quality to frame rate:

  • High: Read full image sensor and deliver best quality.
  • Normal: Good image quality with high frame rates (default setting).
  • Fast: Highest frame rate with some loss in quality.
Frames per second Number of images per second that are recorded by the camera. If long exposure times are necessary to comply with poor lighting conditions, the frame rate decreases.
Display Mode

Sets the display mode of the selected image sensor:

  • Full Image: Shows the full image of selected image sensor. If the resolution has been set to a size smaller than VGA (640x480 pixels), only Full Image can be used as display mode (this is the default setting).
  • Picture in Zoom: Displays a small overview image in the zoomed image (except if 1x Zoom is active).
  • Event in Picture: Displays the last event image in the live image.

The inset image width and height are always a quarter of the width and height of the main image. The Enlarge inset image doubles the width and height of the inset image.

The options of the Position of the inset image list specify where the inset image will be displayed within the overall image.

Digital Zoom

Usually, the camera's digital zoom is controlled using the softbuttons (1x Zoom, 2x Zoom, 4x Zoom, Zoom In, Zoom Out) or the Zoom control drop-down menu of the image settings on the Live screen. The settings of this option will influence how the camera zoom operates.

You can set the following options:

  • Zoom Lock
    • Unlock zoom (default) activates the softbuttons and the drop-down menu Zoom of the image settings on the Live screen.
    • Lock Default View locks the zoom to the zoom setting that has been saved using the Set Default View softbutton on the Live screen.
    • Select one of the listed zoom levels (1.0x Zoom, 1.6x Zoom, ...) in order to use a specific zoom level.
  • Pan Lock
    • Unlock pan (default) activates panning in the live image (clicking in the borders of the image moves the displayed section of the image in the desired direction).
    • Lock Default View locks the current view as the default view.
    • Lock pan always sets the center of the displayed image section to the position defined by the values of the Horizontal/Vertical Pan Position fields:
      Using 0/0 for horizontal/vertical pan position will set the displayed section to the center of the image. Negative values move the line of vision to the left or down, positive values move it right or up, respectively. Valid values: -1000 to +1000.
Mirror & Rotate Image

Using these parameters, you can mirror the image (but not the displayed text) in horizontal and vertical direction or turn it by 180°.

  • When mounting the MOBOTIX M12 or M22M cameras upside-down in outdoor scenarios, the camera looses its IP65 certification!
  • When mounting the MOBOTIX M12 upside-down in outdoor scenarios (even though the camera is protected from rain), humidity from natural condensation cannot exit the camera properly. This will inevitably cause water to collect in the camera, leading to irreparable damages!
  • Mounting a MOBOTIX M12 upside-down in outdoor environments will automatically void your warranty!
Sharpness In order to improve image quality, you can adjust the sharpness control value. A lower value results in a smoother (less crisp) image.
The factory default setting is 4.
Image Noise Suppression

Growing darkness can result in poorer image quality due to image noise.
The Noise Suppress parameter minimizes this effect:

  • Off: Deactivates the noise suppression.
  • Medium: As darkness grows, the camera will use temporal filtering and will reduce sharpness and color saturation (default setting).
  • High: As darkness grows, the camera will use spatial filtering in addition.
Obscure Image Area (OA)

In some applications, certain image parts need to be obscured. Activate this parameter and select a Time Table, the Obscure Image Color and the area that is to be covered.

Note: This parameter is available only for Secure models.

Obscure Image Time Table

Select a Time Table profile to activate/deactivate the obscured image areas in a scheduled manner.

Obscuring Image Areas

Defines the image areas that are to be obscured; every line in the definition box (e.g. 0,270,190,100,100,2) represents one window. The image coordinates' origin is the lower left corner of the image.

Format of one line:
lens, pos. x, pos. y, width, height, type

Parameters of one configuration line:

Image Sensor 0 = right
1 = left
Pos. x Number of pixels from the left edge of the image to the left edge of the window
Pos. y Number of pixels from the lower edge of the image to the lower edge of the window
Width Width of the window
Height Height of the window
Type 0 = filled rectangle
1 = crossed-out frame
2 = mosaic (default)
Hint: For defining a new or additional window, follow the instructions in the Graphically Entering Image Areas help page.

Storing the Configuration

Click on the Set button to activate your settings and to save them until the next reboot of the camera.

Click on the Close button to close the dialog. While closing the dialog, the system checks the entire configuration for changes. If changes are detected, you will be asked if you would like to store the entire configuration permanently.

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