This a brief description of each camera settings that are either on the website or in the camera menus and their differences.
- Description / Image From
- Camera Mode+
- Photo Size
- Photo Burst
- Burst Interval*
- Thumbnail Size+
- Video Length
- Video Format
- Video Record Sound
- Trigger Interval
- Timelapse Interval
- Start-Stop 1 and 2
- Work Days
- Camera Region
- Camera Time Zone+
- Time Stamp
- Arm Camera*
- Flash Power
- FW Update
- LED Indicator*
- Debug Switch*
- Send Mode / Send Photos
- Send Via*
- Register Camera*
- Power Saving
- Real Time
- Photo Encryption
- Daily Limit
- Scheduled Events 1-10+
- Batch Sending
- Hello Test
- Activation Reboot/Data Reboot
- Network Status
- Camera MDN
- APN Settings
- Module FW Update
* = Only visible on the camera.
+ = Only available with premium.
Description / Image From
This is the name of the camera that appears on the website in Camera Management and on the Home page of the app. In the camera menu, this can be found under Menu > Wireless > Image From. If you choose to receive photos via email, this will be the subject name.
You can select which kind of capture the camera will take when triggered; Photo, Video, or Photo+Video. In Photo+Video it will take a photo and then a video. The camera will then send the photo, and save the video to the SD card. The video can later be requested from the camera through the website or the app.*
*Cameras without the option for Photo + Video are not capable of sending videos. If your camera does have the option, then please know that the video transmission is only available when used with the Premium Service.
Older models that are not capable of sending video will:
- Not have the option for Photo + Video.
- When set on video, all wireless functions are disabled, the signal display on the SETUP screen is replaced with a count of the remaining space on the SD card, and the camera will save the video to the SD card in the camera but will not send it.
This is the resolution of the photo that is saved to the SD card. See Thumbnail Size for the photo size that does get sent.
Whenever the camera is triggered in photo mode, it will take 1, 2, or 3 photos in a row. The 3G models* will only send 1 photo and save that photo and the rest of the burst to the SD card. The 4G models will send all burst photos.
*Except the xb and xi models, which will send all 3.
This is how long the camera will wait between photos of a Photo Burst.
This is the resolution of the thumbnails that the camera will send whenever it is triggered.
There are two options, Normal 640 x 480, and Large 1280x 960. Large is recommended for image clarity and Normal for faster transmission speed.
When using video mode, video length let you determine how long of a video clip the camera should record. The 3G Cameras* can take videos but does not send them, and the videos will be saved to the SD card. The 4G Cameras can send videos with the Premium Service.
*GC-ATTxb is a 3G model, but it is capable of sending videos.
This is the resolution of the video that the camera takes when triggered. Resolution 320x240 and 1024x576 are for cameras that send videos. If when send mode is turned off, or with any camera that does not send videos, the video resolutions are 640 x 480 and 1280 x 960.
Video Record Sound
You can choose whether or not for the camera to record sound in Video and Photo+Video mode.
This is how sensitive the camera is to a difference in temperature between moving objects and the environment in its field of view. Typically it is best to set this to Low if the camera is in an environment colder than 10 °F, Normal for between 10 °F and 80 °F, and High for temperatures higher than 80 °F.
When the camera is triggered by motion, it will take and send the photo/video, then it will wait for the Trigger Interval time to pass before it will be able to take another motion triggered photo/video. During the time the camera is sending, the camera does not take any pictures/videos. The trigger interval starts after the camera has fully uploaded the previous trigger. So if the camera takes 15 seconds to upload a photo, the trigger interval is set to 30 seconds, then the real amount of time between photos would be 45 seconds.
This is the setting that makes the camera trigger automatically every time that the Timelapse interval elapses. So if this is set for 1 hour, then the camera will take a photo/video every hour regardless of motion.
Start-Stop 1 and 2
This sets a time period when the camera is allowed to actively take pictures. When either one of these is set, the camera will ignore the normal Trigger and Timelapse interval settings and use the interval settings under each Start-Stop instead. If you set the Star-Stop 1's start time at 6:00 AM and stop time at 8:00 PM then it will only be able to take pictures between those times and not any other time during the day unless you set Start-Stop 2 for a separate time interval outside those times.
For example, you can set Start-Stop 2 for 12:00 AM through 6:00 AM with a different trigger interval and the camera will take pictures in total between 12:00 AM and 8:00 pm with a different trigger interval for the different start-stop times, then not take any pictures at all between 8:00 PM and midnight.
This setting is only available on the Ghost cameras. It allows you to select which days of the week you want the camera to be able to operate.
Note: Schedule event will disregard this rule.
You can set which region of the world the camera is to be set in.
Camera Time Zone+
This is the time zone that the camera's internal clock will sync to when setting the clock from the app and the website. New York is Eastern, Chicago is Central, Denver is Mountain, and Los Angeles is Pacific for the major American time zones. This menu is only visible on the web site and the app.
This setting will let you change the current time for the camera. On the 4G models, when Send Mode is on Instant, users can select the region, and it will auto sync the time. You also can turn off Send mode to manually set the date time when your camera does not have a data connection.
This is to turn on or off the information bar at the bottom of each photo that has the following information:
1. Name tag, 2. Camera trigger type, 3. The time when the photo was taken, 4. Moon phase, 5. Temperature, and 6. Power level.
- Camera trigger type M = Motion, E = Schedule Event / Manual Photo, T = Time lapse, S = Real Time / SMS command, F = Photo taken after Format SD card.
- Power level:
- P5 = full voltage, P3 = voltage getting low*, P1 = voltage very low change batteries ASAP, P0 = batteries are just about dead.
- Ghost camera when paired with a solar panel, we recommend you also input AA batteries in as well. The solar panel will only charge the camera's internal battery, which is only meant for a backup. Without the AA batteries, the camera battery meter is most likely be only P1 and P0.
* Fully charge rechargeable batteries may show this because they start with a lower voltage than alkaline or lithium-ion batteries.
This setting is only on the Ghost cameras, and this will set the camera to ARMED (On) mode.
The GC-W4Gb only has ON and OFF on its power switch instead of OFF-Setup-ON that are on the older models.
You can set the flash power between LOW and HIGH, each giving a different brightness level and using more or less battery when the camera takes an infrared flash photo in a low light situation.
*Note: The light has to bounce off an object in order to illuminate the scene: background trees, the floor or a wall, etc. Depending on how close the objects or subject is to the camera, the flash illumination may also vary.
This option will completely format and clears out the SD card that’s in the camera. This is recommended to be done every time an SD card is swapped out in the camera, especially if the SD card was in a different device previously.
Request to format sd card can also be done on the status report page from the app and the camera management on the website. Both app and web requests will take and send a photo after the format is complete. The photo after format will have a letter F on the Time Stamp. This option is not available on all camera models, please follow articles for App Updates for the latest development.
This is an option that is on by default and will make the camera overwrite the oldest photo or video on the SD card when the SD card is full, so the camera will continue to take photos/videos when the SD card is full.
This is an option in the camera’s system menu that will reset the camera to manufacture default setting. The default settings differ depending on the camera model and firmware version. In general, wireless cameras will be reset to Send via Premium and previously entered data such as recipients will be cleared out.
If your camera is not capable of sending video, and it was set to Auto before default. After the default, it’s also always a good idea to restart the camera by turning it OFF and back to Setup.
This is in the System menu, and in this menu, it has the Model of the firmware, the IMEI/MEID number of the camera, the date/version of the firmware currently on the camera, and the MCU version, which is also part of the firmware. This menu can be used to make sure that the IMEI matches with the IMEI printed on the external sticker, along with making sure that the firmware is up to date, and the firmware is installed for the correct model.
This is an option that is only in the camera’s menu, and it lets the users set a password for the camera. Every time the camera is turned on to Setup, it will ask to verify the password. There is no way to recover this password if it is forgotten. If you don't remember setting the password, then the password menu might be turned on by accident without setting a password. If that's the case, then try 000000. If not, then the camera will need to be sent for RMA along with its proof of purchase.
This is the sound that goes off whenever you press any button in the camera’s Setup mode. You can turn it on or off here.
When pressed, the camera will check the SD card for firmware files to update. If there's a firmware file on the SD card, it will update and then restart. If there are no firmware files found, it will let you know in a short message, and then restart.
On the app, you can request a firmware update OTA for your camera on the Status report page. For the website, it will be under Cameras > Firmware Update.
You can also find firmware files to the manually update your camera under Support > Support > Firmware / Software > Download Page.
Turns on or off the LED indicator on the front of the camera that will blink in Setup mode to let you know that the motion sensor is active or when set to ON mode for the first few seconds to let you know that the camera is getting ready to take a photo.
This lets you know the HW version and FW Version of the camera on some models.
You can turn on or off the Debug switch on 4G models that have later FW updates. When turned off, the camera will create a txt log on the SD card whenever the camera encounters an error. It is very useful information for developers when trying to fix an issue on the camera. When turned on, the camera will log everything thing the camera executes.
Send Mode / Send Photos
This switch controls the camera’s wireless connection. Send mode is the setting in the Camera menu, and the same menu on the web and app is called Send Photos.
When set to OFF, it disables all the other options in the wireless menu. Otherwise, when set to Instant, it will let the camera operate wirelessly.
Here you can change between Send Via Premium, Send Via Auto, and on some models, Send Via Lite, MMS, or Internet. The most used are Premium and Auto.
In Premium mode, pictures are sent to the app/website based on the account where the camera is registered. On Auto, the camera sends photos to the Recipients in the Recipients menu that can be edited in the camera’s Wireless menu. For more info please see this article: Premium and Auto Feature Comparison.
When the camera is set to Send Via Premium, this allows the camera to register onto a spartancamera.com account or on the app with the registration code. *Note: If the camera is deleted from the website, a new registration code is required.
When the Power saving is on, the camera is on standby until it is triggered, so it saves a lot of battery life.
When turned off, this makes the camera constantly awake and stay connected to the network. The benefit of having power saving off is that it makes the cameras send photos much faster because the camera does not have to reconnect every time it sends a photo.
This is a function on the 3G cameras. When turned on, the camera behaves similarly to when Power Saving on a 4G camera is turned off. It will stay constantly connected to the network. In doing this, as long as the camera is activated on a data plan that includes SMS messaging, users can send a text command to the camera’s phone number to take a photo on demand.
This will encrypt the photo/video, which can only be decrypted by downloading the decryptor software from our Support Download Page and running the downloaded photos from the website through the decryptor on a desktop. When this camera is set to this, the photos that come through on the website and app will look like a computer with a lock on it. The original photo saved to the SD card is not encrypted.
This sets the number of photos you want to allow your camera to send in a day. If you set it to 25, then the camera will send up to 25 photos, then any photos taken after that will not be sent. But they will still be saved to the SD card. On the camera, you can set the daily limit by going to Wireless > Send mode > Instant and press Ok. The reset time of a "day" is 24 hours after the time this setting takes to effect.
Scheduled Events 1-10+
This setting is only available on the website or the app. It allows you to set a scheduled action for the camera to either Send a Status Report, Take a Photo, or setup Batch Sending. You can set it to go off on any hour the day and have it repeat on a certain day of the week or every day. The first scheduled event is set to Send a Status Report Every Day. The time it sends the report can be changed, by default it is set on midnight. The other 9 Scheduled Events can be set to whatever the user wants.
- Batch Sending is ONLY available on the Ghost cameras.
- Set Camera Mode to Photo or Photo+Video. then go down to Scheduled Events. Between Event 2 and 10, you can set the Event Type to Batch Sending. Then set the time and date (or every day) of when the camera will send the batch. In total, you can set up to 9 Batch Events.
- When Batch is turned on, the camera will not send any photos until the scheduled Batch time(s).
- For each Batch, it will send up to 200 photos, with each photo taking approximately 7 seconds to send. Thus, 200 photos will take about 20 minutes to send.
- If there are more than 200 photos when the Batch operation is performed, the remaining photos will wait until the next scheduled batch send out.
- Batch mode is not available in Video mode. If Batch is turned on, and you switch from Photo or Photo+Video to Video mode, you will get a pop-up warning that will say if you switch on Video mode, it will turn off all Batch Scheduled Events. Press “Cancel”, and your settings will not change, if you choose ok, it will turn off any scheduled event that is set to Batch.
This is a sub-menu in the Wireless menu on the camera and has a few important options for troubleshooting. The camera has to have a signal in order to use any of the options in this menu.
Makes the camera ping the server to verify there is a working data connection.
Activation Reboot/Data Reboot
The camera will dial out a code, *22899, to the carrier of the data connection for the camera and activate it on its network. This step is required for 3G Verizon and 3G US Cellular cameras that have been newly activated or reactivated. PLEASE NOTE: This action also requires to be done with the camera while it is in the home network of its data service provider or it will not be able to activate. The home network is made up of the original towers owned by the carrier.
A good recommendation is to run the activation near a store of the carrier because these are usually zoned on the home network to activate other devices sold by them. Verizon’s network is large enough that most Activation/Data reboots will work just about everywhere. Only the most remote, low Verizon signal areas will warrant a trip to a Verizon store. US Cellular, however, has a smaller network, so it is highly recommended to get your 3G US Cellular camera set up while at the store when activating the data service.
Tells whether or not the camera is within the home network of the carrier or on a roaming network. The Activation Reboot/Data Reboot can only be done while the camera is within range of the home network. Please refer to the information above in Activation Reboot/Data Reboot.
Lists the camera’s phone number, if it is inactive then the camera will say all 0’s with random 3 digits. This is only needed if the users need to use Real Time settings.
This setting is in Verizon 4G and all ATT model cameras that have a firmware after January 2018.
For AT&T cameras the APN setting should be set differently on the camera depending on where the customer purchased the data plan from. If you purchased the data plan through spartancamera.com, then the camera should be set to APN-SP, if it purchased through AT&T or BuyASession, then it should be set to APN-BR or APN-BL.
For Verizon, there is currently only one functioning APN network setting, and that is Public APN. There used to be a “Private APN” setting, but it is no longer being used.
Module FW Update
This is to update the camera’s wireless module firmware. When updating, make sure the camera has the correct firmware version before updating the module firmware. This will also take up to 10 or 15 minutes to complete the install, so make sure that the batteries are good in the camera first before attempting to update.