Hacking a video camera.
Has anyone hacked a video camera to use as their backup camera? I have the CCD camera sold in the mp3car store installed as my current backup camera. The quality is ok in the daytime, as long as the sun isn't shining directly on the camera. At night however, the quality is terrible. I figure a video camera with nightvision would more than solve this feature. I figure it wouldn't take too much to accomplish this. Just send the right voltage to the camera (with a regulated power supply if necessary). Plus the zoom feature might be cool...
Here is a link to a recording I took of the backup camera in action. You'll notice scanlines in the video as the sun shines on the camera. This was taken around 5:15 pm.
Seems to me that this is typical for CCD cameras. You get better colours and night vision with CCD compared to CMOS, but instead you get the "blooming".... Is the perfect rearview camera not invented?
There's no practical reason this wouldn't work. Probably most people don't have a spare video camera laying around and the space requirements are the two main reasons you haven't seen it done.
I suppose you would set the camera to standby and connect it to power, then when the backup lights went on, you would power the camera, then shut it off when the backup lights went off.
Some cameras take a few seconds to start up, but that shouldn't be a huge issue.