Understanding Color Night Vision

When viewing the Live View at night on a non-battery powered Ring device, you'll find that your image is in black and white. The color night vision toggle in your Ring app will enable your Ring device to use ambient light to create false color images in Live View. 

This article will answer commonly asked questions concerning color night vision. 

What is color night vision?

Certain models of Ring devices have a night vision feature that allows you to see through the camera in low light conditions. By using infrared light, the camera can create a black and white image that is then beamed to the Live View in your app. By turning the color night vision feature on, the camera will use whatever ambient light is available to try and create a "false color" image in your Live View. This lets you get a better sense of what's happening in the image by creating a false sense of color depth.

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How do I turn the color night vision feature on or off?

To turn the color night vision on or off, follow these instructions:

  • Open your Ring app.
  • Tap the three dots in the upper right hand corner of the screen to open the menu.
  • Tap Device Settings.
  • Tap Video Settings.
  • Tap Color Night Vision.
  • Tap the Enable/Disable color night vision to turn the feature on/off.

Does color night vision turn the entire image to color?

No. Only the parts of the image that are sufficiently illuminated by ambient light will be colorized. Areas too dark to be seen in ambient light will still be displayed in black and white. 

Sometimes it seems like items that are really close to the camera don't get as colorized as objects that are farther away. Is something wrong?

No. Objects that are close to the camera get a much higher concentration of infrared illumination from the camera and may appear gray when compared with objects further away where the light has diffused a bit.

The colors in the colorized images look a bit odd. Is that normal?

Yes. The colors in a colorized image are not the true colors of the object. They're just a best-guess approximation based on the amount of light reflecting off the object. As such, the colors in a colorized image will be a bit off from true.

Do I have to use the colorized night image feature?

No. The feature can be turned off at any time from your Ring app. 

Which Ring devices have the color night vision feature?

You can find the color night vision feature on the following devices:

  • Video Doorbell Pro
  • Video Doorbell Elite
  • Floodlight Cam
  • Spotlight Cam Wired/Mount
  • Stick Up Cam Wired


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