I have a Clever Dog camera pointing outside through a window, with Infrared light being used at night. The camera light is reflected through the window and affects the image quality. I tried placing a patch of black carton on the window, but there is still some reflection.

What material should I use that is not reflected by the infrared light? Thanks in advance

  • $\begingroup$ It seems that you are trying to take a picture of something outside your window, with lighting from inside? That does not work well with visible light either. I do not know where the black carton would come in. $\endgroup$
    – user137289
    Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 8:43
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    $\begingroup$ "reflected through"? Can you provide a sketch of the setup? $\endgroup$
    – Jasper
    Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 13:07

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What material does not reflect infrared light?

A possible readily available material with a low IR reflectivity could be some sort of black fabric. You can try to compare IR reflectivity of different materials by laying them side by side in front of the camera, in a dark room, and checking which one looks darker.

Still, for the camera to "see" through the window at night, you'll need openings for the camera and for the IR LED(s), so the reflections from the glass cannot be completely avoided.

To minimize IR reflections getting back to the camera, you can place the camera as close to the window as possible or turn the internal IR illumination off and provide a separate IR source. These techniques are described in more detail in this article.


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