The OSD enables you to control the appearance and characteristics of the image shown on your camera.
It features a myriad of settings that can be adjusted to obtain the best possible image quality in any surveillance environment, providing you the flexibility to install the camera in the most challenging of lighting situations.
If you are experienced in photography or video-making, then many of the camera’s functions are things you’ll be familiar with.
Just to be clear – there’s nothing you can do in the OSD which can actually damage the camera.
If it does all go wrong, you can use the Load Default option to set everything back to the default/automatic settings.
Here are some of the settings you will be able to access with the Effio chipset along with some information on what they are capable of enhancing:
3D-NR (3D Noise Reduction):
Lets you turn the camera’s 3D filtering system on to assist in obtaining low-noise images for recordings done at night or in dim conditions. Setting the 3D-NR value too high (>9) can result in a “trailing” effect (also known as motion blur) on moving objects appearing on screen.
Lets you control the default behavior of your lens and iris. Many of the PRO
series cameras feature a prime lens with a static iris, so the lens and iris settings
will have no effect. Even cameras that have a vari-focal lens which is controlled
physically by using the lens control rods – will not be affected by these settings.
AE (Automatic Exposure) Mode:
Lets you choose from several AE modes that will allow the camera to evaluate
the amount of light coming through its image sensor and deliver optimal
exposure to the objects in the scene by automatically setting the appropriate shutter speed and/or aperture. This setting comes in handy for those times
when your camera is in less than ideal situations and the default AE mode is not giving you good images.
(e.g., camera installed in an area with unusual lighting conditions, camera facing a window, camera looking into car headlights).
WB (White Balance):
Lets you choose from a selection of preset white balance options to adjust screen color and help you obtain the most accurate reproduction of color tone in the scene.
Lets you manually adjust the levels of sharpness, contrast and saturation in the displayed image.
The clarity of detail and edges in the image. Setting the sharpness too high will make the image look pixelated. On the other hand, setting the sharpness too low will make everything look soft and blurry.
The dynamic range of the camera’s output. The higher the contrast,
the greater the difference between the blackest black and the whitest white will be.
The amount of grey in a colour. Increasing saturation will produce more vivid and intense colours in the image while decreasing saturation will result in more
subdued colours. Setting saturation to 0 will create a completely desaturated, black and white image.
Lets you horizontally reverse the orientation of the image.
Lets you turn the image upside down. This is useful if you have your camera mounted upside down on a ceiling and do not want to rotate it physically.
Lets you adjust the level of brightness in the displayed image. Increasing the Brightness setting can be useful if you have an unusually dark monitor/television, or are trying to view images in a very bright environment. Typically, the default value is fine unless you have specific problems you’re trying to overcome.
Lets you see the object of interest up to five times closer using the camera’s digital zoom.
Lets you set the camera to switch automatically from day to night mode.
Lets you set the camera to operate in color mode only. In low-light conditions, the color will be faint, but it will be there (assuming there’s enough light to see anything). This will reduce image clarity in low-light conditions.
Black & White:
Lets you set the camera to operate in black and white only.
This mode is not supported.