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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 640x480. (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 640x480. (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).
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:

  • In the Text & Display Settings dialog, click on the More button to display all options of the dialog.
  • 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.

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).

Custom Size

Enter the size of the customized image in pixels that is displayed if Resolution has been set to Custom Size.

The image will be cut from the next larger standard image format (160x120, 320x240, 640x480, 1280x960). If the image size defined here is smaller than the corresponding standard image format, clicking with the mouse near the borders of the image will move the image within the standard image in that direction (panning).

Example: An image with 300x200 pixels resolution is cut from the standard 320x240 image, an image with 1000x500 pixels resolution is cut from the standard 1280x960 image.

Note: The values entered here are rounded internally to the next lower multiple of 16, but are not changed in this text box.
Digital zoom

Usually, the camera's digital zoom is controlled using the softbuttons (1x Zoom, 2x Zoom, 4x Zoom) 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 control of the image settings on the Live screen, lock zoom locks the zoom at the current zoom setting.
  • 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 pan locks the center of the image to the position defined in Image position below.
  • Pan Position The image center sets a fixed image position for the zoom when panning has been locked. 0,0 (x,y) is 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.
Frames per second Number of images per second that are recorded by the camera. When long exposure times are necessary to comply with poor lighting conditions, the frame rate decreases.
Mirroring Using this parameter, you can mirror the image (but not the displayed text) vertically, horizontally and along both axes simultaneously.
Mirror & Rotate Image

Using this parameter, you can turn the image (but not the displayed text) by 180°. It is recommended you use this feature only for indoor applications only as the camera warranty would be void otherwise (see below).

  • When mounting the MOBOTIX M 10 upside-down in outdoor scenarios, the camera is not IP65-certified any more.
  • When mounting the MOBOTIX M10 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 M10 upside-down in outdoor environments will automatically void your warranty!

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.

If the value is too high, the image may appear noisy or blurred.

Dark Noise Suppress

Growing darkness results in image quality getting poorer. This effect is called image (or dark) noise.

The Dark Noise Suppress parameter minimizes this effect.

Obscure Image Enable

In some applications, certain image parts need to be obscured.

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.

Hint: For defining a new or additional window, follow the instructions in the Graphically Entering Image Areas help topic.

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)

Storing the Configuration

Click on the Set button to activate your settings and to save them until the camera is rebooted.

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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