So you've just bought your new bird box camera, you've got it set up and connected, but the picture is blurry... That's not very good is it?
Don't worry, there's nothing wrong with your camera, you just need to adjust the focus!
Purpose of the Guide
This guide will show you how to adjust the focus, whether it be a wired, wireless, Wi-Fi or wired IP camera. Our example camera today will be the humble wireless camera, but the process is exactly the same for all of our bird box cameras (with one exception, which I'll talk about later).
Before You Begin
Ideally, you'll need to have the camera mounted in a bird box but still accessible to your hands, but also be able to see the camera feed at the same time, so you can set the focus exactly as you need it.
If you have one of the IP bird box cameras pictured below, watch out for the plastic ring on the lens, this may need to be loosened when the lens is being turned clockwise:
If your camera has a screw in the side or in the top of the lens, then there is one extra step.
You will notice there is a small screw above the lens; this is to keep the lens in place once the correct focus has been achieved. To adjust the focus simply loosen the screw until you feel the lens turn without resistance. Once the lens is correctly focused then tighten the screw to hold it in place.
Let's Get Started
Whilst looking at the camera feed, simply twist the lens to adjust the focus. If the camera lens is facing towards you, then turning it clockwise will make it focus on objects farther away from the camera, and turning it anticlockwise will make it focus on objects closer to the camera.
If you can't see the feed while you're adjusting the lens you'll have to use trial and error which will take longer.
You can instead measure the height of your bird box with a ruler, then place the camera at the end of the ruler and focus on the height mark of your bird box, minus 5cm or so for the length of the bracket on the camera, and maybe another few centimeters to account for nest material at the bottom of the box.
For example if your camera will be mounted on the roof of your bird box which is 30cm tall, with 2cm of material at the bottom, then you will need to make sure the camera is focused on the 23cm mark when placed at the end of the ruler.