So you have a Ring camera with a blurry image, right?
Yeah, sometimes that happens, but I know how to fix it.
If you are here looking for a solution to this problem, you are in the right place. In this article, I explain why that happens and how to fix the issue.
Fix your Ring camera to avoid fuzzy image
The image on your security camera must be clear and good enough to help you identify suspects and potential threats, so it's important to avoid fuzzy footage.
Let's take a look at the reasons your camera shows a blurry/fuzzy video.
Why the Ring camera shows a blurry image
OK, different things make the image blurry. Here's the list:
- Dirty lens;
- Not enough bandwidth;
- Not enough light
- Excess of light;
- A faulty lens or sensor.
Yeah, you need to check on those things to find the solution to the problem.
Let's talk about them...
Sometimes a dirty lens can make your camera look blurry or fuzzy.
You can check your camera to see if there's any evidence of a dirty lens or perhaps some fingerprint that may be causing the issue.
If that's the case, you just need to use a cloth to clean it, and you are done.
Not enough bandwidth
Your Ring camera needs to have enough bandwidth to operate.
If you have a slow network, the camera has to sacrifice the quality, and you will see a pixelated or blurry image most of the time.
Check your Internet connection
You can fix that by checking your Internet connection to make sure it's fast enough to handle the camera video stream. Typically you need around 2 to 3 Mbps for the camera (plus the bandwidth for your daily usage).
Let's say you have a 10Mbps Internet link; just save 3 Mbps for your camera and use the remaining 7Mbps for your daily tasks on the Internet.
Update your Internet link
If you are a heavy Internet user, perhaps you may consider increasing the Internet speed. You can talk to your Internet provider to check the available plans.
To check your Internet speed, use a website such as the speedtest.com
Move the camera close to the router
Sometimes the camera is too far away from the Wi-Fi router, so you can fix that by approaching them or by using Wi-Fi repeaters to strengthen the signal.
You can observe the image on the camera while testing the proximity with your Wi-Fi router. Just check if the image gets clear and sharper.
Large metal objects, aquariums, and walls can also obstruct the Wi-Fi signal.
Not enough light
At night you can see a blurry image if there's not enough light for the camera.
That is a very common problem since a security camera depends on light to capture images and record the footage, so you need to get this right.
If you observe dark areas in the image, that indicates that there's not enough light, and you need to work on that to fix the problem.
Here are some tips to improve the illumination:
- Add more light sources in the area;
- Use an infrared spotlight;
- Adjust the camera day/night settings;
- Make sure the camera's battery is fully charged.
Too much light on the camera
Yes, excessive light can be a reason for concern as well.
If your Ring camera gets too much light in its image sensor, you may see a fuzzy image. So you need to avoid excessive exposure to light.
Here's how you can avoid too much light exposure:
- Avoid pointing light sources directly to the camera;
- Turn off or dim the lights that can "blind" the camera;
- Don't point the camera to white walls or metal surfaces;
- Adjust the camera's night vision;
- Enable features such as Dynamic Range (if available).
Faulty lens or sensor
You may also consider a faulty lens or sensor in the camera.
That's usually the last thing that can cause the problem, but it's possible.
If that's the case, test a second camera in the same spot to make sure it works well while the other one doesn't so that you can ask for a replacement.
If your Ring camera shows a blurry or fuzzy image, you can check for a dirty lens, not enough bandwidth, light condition, or even a faulty lens or image sensor.