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Thread: Looking for a webcam to use as back-up cam

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    Looking for a webcam to use as back-up cam

    I am looking for a decent priced USB camera ( IR and good viewing angle) pretty good quaility and hgopefully no lag as I cant go composite although id love to due to my lilluput not havin auto -siwtch

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    any1 any input?

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    There are a few threads on this but nothing conclusive about which cam is the best. Some people go for the license plate attached spycam type cameras and a few others have tried USB based webcam versions.

    Again, nothing really conclusive on any of them. A lot of people with Xenarc screens like the license plate cams since the Xenarcs automatically switch to the camera when power is applied. Normally they are connected to the reverse lights so when you back out of your driveway the cam turns on automatically.

    Do a few searches on this and you'll see several examples of what people are currently using.

    You do however get what you pay for so the $20/ebay webcams dont give you the picture quality of the $100 dedicated backup camera. The issue with these are ease of installation since they can require a modified housing or hole in your trunk.

    Which ones are you looking at?

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    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-6-LED-Night-...QQcmdZViewItem

    I know this is extrelemly cheap but maybe this will provide sufficient quality?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukraini9mofo View Post
    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-6-LED-Night-...QQcmdZViewItem

    I know this is extrelemly cheap but maybe this will provide sufficient quality?
    The Ebay item has finished, but looking at the vendor's store I see a camera boasting 54degree viewing angle. This is NOT good for a backup camera.
    MP3car store has a 110degree camera, I would go for this as a minimum.

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    well the angle is 60 so I am guessing it is not enough


    any1 know of any usb night vision cameras with angle of 100+?

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    have not seen any
    "Toilets scare the crap of of me..."

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    look around for internet / computer security cameras. Then generally able to record at very low light levels. Make sure it has good res and frame rate since that is a general weakness in security cams

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    The problem I have found with my cheapass USB camera is that it is too bright outside for it to work. The image is completely white.

    What can you expect for $12 delivered...

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    I've been skulking around to find a good reverse camera as well and it really doesn't look like anything usb is going to work very well especially in low-light conditions.

    CCD, component video with built-in IR illuminators are really probably all that will get a good quality video resolution in all weather conditions.

    How are you planning on switching to the reverse camera's view within your front end? Seemlessly switching from the front end's current screen (whatever it may be) to the reverse camera when you actually put your car in reverse (like OEM equipment does) seems like it might be quite a task.

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