Low-Light Filter is one of Alfred’s most popular features. It allows you to capture the shapes and outlines of objects in low light conditions without additional hardwares. To do so, Alfred increases the contrast, reduces the color, and emphasizes the outline of objects with our algorithms.
With that said, since Alfred isn't able to add infrared to your Camera devices, Low-Light Filter often can't capture too much when it‘s completely dark outside. As such, Low-Light Filter isn’t quite night vision yet.
In this article you'll find out:
- How to turn on Low-Light Filter
- How to turn on Auto Low-Light Filter
- Tips on improving Low-Light Filter's performance
How do I turn on Low-Light Filter?
- Select a Camera device
- Tap on the "More" arrow in the bottom right corner of the screen:
- Turn on Low-Light Filter by tapping on the "moon" icon:
How do I turn on Auto Low-Light Filter?
Auto Low-Light Filter works by automatically turning on Low-Light Filter when there isn’t enough light. For example, if you have a Camera device on your front porch and you're more interested in capturing movements rather than colors, here's how to turn on Auto Low-Light Filter:
- Tap on the setting wheel in the Camera’s thumbnail
- Switch the Auto Low-Light Filter toggle on under Others
Tips on improving Low-Light Filter's performance
Adjust the Low-Light Filter exposure (Android device only)
- Make sure Alfred on your Android Camera is running above 5.15.0
- Tap on the Camera settings wheel
- Tap Switch to Camera 2.0
- Tap Low-Light Filter
- Select an exposure that works the best for you
⚠️Note: The light level of Low-Light Filter depend on your device and the environment. The effect of the same exposure may differ from device to device.
Set up a motion sensor light
While Alfred's intention is to let you use retired smartphone or tablet devices as home security cameras, if you really want to use Low-Light Filter as "night vision," you may want to invest in a light with motion sensor.
If you do end up buying a light, we recommend that you run some experiments to find the best setup. For instance, when the light is too close to the Camera device, the images might end up looking washed-out.