Four HD Cameras installed in Avalanche
Goal: To install cameras in my beloved Avalanche to serve multiple purposes
I know some of my reasons may seem way out there but if we don't push the envelope who will?
This project will be done in multiple phases as some of my plans are dependant on other projects that I have planned for the Avy.
1 To install a rear view camera for back up purposes.
2 To install side view cameras to eliminate blind spots and increase field of vision
3 To install a front view camera............ for the cool factor primarily.
4 To record videos from the cameras for insurance purposes in the event of an accident.
5 To record videos from the cameras in the event of a robbery or attempted robbery when vehicle is parked.
6 To record driving events for my own protection if I get pulled over for something mundane as speeding especially if I am not.
7 To be able to remotely view video from the car when I am away from it
Some of you may ask why the necessity of HD cameras versus the cheap rear view cameras that are easily available nowadays.
To answer that you'd need to know more about my current A/V system that is currently still evolving and will continue to do so.
I have installed a computer in my truck and currently have a 12.1 in touchscreen monitor with DVI, VGA, HDMI and RCA inputs in my dash.
I have tried the cheap CMOS rear view cameras and to say the least the picture quality is appalling on a screen of this size and it is especially bad at night Then to add to the grief I hate the fish eyed view view you get with extremely wide angle lenses
After going through 3 CMOS rear view cameras and 1 for the front I realized that they were a complete waste of my time.
I next considered a CCD cameras and researched them. However the exorbitant prices plus the blurred lines between sellers claiming their CMOS camedras were CCD versions I decided I did not want to get burned by buying 4 or 5 CMOS cameras from someone who claimed they were in fact CCD.
Seeing as how I have a computer with loads of hard drive space the the ability to add lots more via USB, I considered the option of USB webcams versus getting RCA to USB adapters to get videos to the computer hard drive or purchase a small 4CH DVR for the RCA cameras
All the extra hardware needed to connect 4 RCA cameras versus the webcam based system which already had the basics instaqlled in the form of the CPU in the car caused me to lean to that end.
CPU with 320 GB hard drive...........hard drive soon to be upgraded
Logitech C920 HD Webcam (1)
Microsoft Lifecam Studio (3)