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    Reverse camera query: USB webcam or mini "spy" camera?

    I'm looking at the options for a camera pointing out the back of the car.

    Is it "better" (=cheaper/quality wise/power consumption wise - take your pick) to plug a USB webcam and use that to feed the video...

    OR

    ...to use a mini "CCTV" type camera feeding into the composite connection of the Xenarc TFT?

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    The type of camera doesn't matter, really.
    Go for the widest field of view possible, however.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    CCTV into composite of screen. Quicker response, better quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enforcer
    CCTV into composite of screen. Quicker response, better quality.
    not sure about this
    very true that itll be quicker as even most vga screens have a composite input but as for better quality surely woildnt a 1.2 mega pixel 800x600 webcam give just as good qaulity?
    again its back to field of view
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    If you use a USB webcam, how do you display the image on screen?

    Is there a decent freeware program for displaying a webcam signal full screen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skipjacks
    If you use a USB webcam, how do you display the image on screen?

    Is there a decent freeware program for displaying a webcam signal full screen?
    Yes quite a few
    can also show pixel for pixel too
    as you may know most webcams now that use usb2.0 have broken the ega barrier and bow display at resolutions greater than 320x240 @15 fps
    most usb 2 webcams can display at 640x480, 800x600 or 1024x768 all at 30 fps ive just ordered one that claims to have 1280x960 at 35 fps we will have to see just how realistic this is when i recieved it.
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    I don't even know how I'll use a webcam yet. But I got a free one for being a Comcast Internet customer. I figure I should put it somewhere. Maybe I'll have it looking into the engine bay for visual monitoring. Why? Just because I can! haha

    Oh even better...have it aimed at the rear brack rotor like they do in NASCAR TV coverage. (Maybe I'm getting a little carried away with this carPC stuff)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skipjacks
    I don't even know how I'll use a webcam yet. But I got a free one for being a Comcast Internet customer. I figure I should put it somewhere. Maybe I'll have it looking into the engine bay for visual monitoring. Why? Just because I can! haha

    Oh even better...have it aimed at the rear brack rotor like they do in NASCAR TV coverage. (Maybe I'm getting a little carried away with this carPC stuff)
    dude you can never get carried away the possibilitys are endless!!!
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    I would go for a CCTV kind for one reason only.
    I don't have to boot up the carputer or wait for it to boot up to back out of my driveway or any other place for that matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danceheaven
    dude you can never get carried away the possibilitys are endless!!!
    I LIKE YOUR ATTITUDE!

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