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    Good inexpensive PC camera (USB)

    Im looking for a decent inexpensive camera for my rearview.
    Id like to know what types people as well as their review of the product. Ive done a little research but the ones I see on Ebay... (same as the wireless ones0 I cant seem to get a good review. What about the IR cameras (night view) I keep seeing on Ebay? Are they any good?
    Id like to hear some opinions.
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    I have heard that the IR ones are kind of useless when driving but I havn't used them so I wouldn't be able to tell you. As for a cheap USB camera try newegg.com or pricewatch if you can find a Logitech they are really nice. It all depends tho more you spend the better FPS you will get. I have seen some for about $20 ea and they were selling the same ones in circuit city for $79 for 2
    Im not sure about wireless camera's I guess it depends on where you are wanting to mount the camera (rear view mirror or in the back window) and where your PC is mounted

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    Im looking for a decent quality camera, most Ive seen go 30FPS @ 640x480. I know that a TV usues an average of 24 or 25 depending on the show (FPS) I have a logitech USB webcam I picked up for $20, and it absolutley sux. The picture is always so dark and grainy, and it wont even play on my main PC I use, it just locks up the PC even after formatting and using different drivers. On my CarPC however, its just dark and grainy. Im wanting something that wont put alot of stress on the CPU being as its only an VIA 933MHz CPU.
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    Ive seen the one on Computer geeks, (saw it today actually, thats what made me think of it. But noone seems to have screenshots nor pictures taken with the camera. Anyone know of a website that may review such things?
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    Firewire, USB2.0, CMOS vs. CCD

    Hey guys,

    When it comes to camera's there are a couple of huge variables that determine image quality.

    Interface type is crucial. The faster the interface, the more data can be transfered per second, which gives you a better picture. USB 1.1 is WAY to slow to produce a good image. Sorry, it just will not do it. USB 2.0 and Firewire will be your choices.
    Second: The type of image sensor used in the camera is the most important factor in quality. A CMOS camera (Most web cams are CMOS) does not pick up very much image information, and is slow to refresh. A CCD camera (Same technology used in Video Camcorders) is much faster, and has about 4-5 times the resolution.
    I recommend something like iBot Camera

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    Quote Originally Posted by Custommx3
    Im looking for a decent inexpensive camera for my rearview.
    Id like to know what types people as well as their review of the product. Ive done a little research but the ones I see on Ebay... (same as the wireless ones0 I cant seem to get a good review. What about the IR cameras (night view) I keep seeing on Ebay? Are they any good?
    Id like to hear some opinions.
    For rearview cameras, don't forget that you want it to be able to provide a reversed (or mirror) image. Not all inexpensive cameras can do this. I got this one at digitalww.

    The IR cameras have very limited range even with an IR illuminator and would probably be worthless at night anyway due to other car's headlights overwhelming the sensor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wi77iam
    For rearview cameras, don't forget that you want it to be able to provide a reversed (or mirror) image. Not all inexpensive cameras can do this. I got this one at digitalww.
    How is the res on that camera, when hooked up straight to an LCD? And how is it powered? adaptor, or did you have to wire it yourself?

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    Beyond that, I was wondering where u guys put ur cameras? Putting them in the rear window seems a little pointless to me, I can already see out there. However, If I could somehow get the camera low to the ground it would really help with parallel parking. Has anyone done this? Oh, and BTW I just bought a logitech 3000 off of ebay for 30 bucks. I bought it to use as a web cam, but it works great. Even in semi low light situations. Maybe this would be a solution for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greaper007
    Beyond that, I was wondering where u guys put ur cameras? Putting them in the rear window seems a little pointless to me, I can already see out there. However, If I could somehow get the camera low to the ground it would really help with parallel parking. Has anyone done this? Oh, and BTW I just bought a logitech 3000 off of ebay for 30 bucks. I bought it to use as a web cam, but it works great. Even in semi low light situations. Maybe this would be a solution for you.
    I removed the lock from the trunk and put the camera in the hole there with a rubber grommet. Here's a pic - don't mind the dirt.

    BTW that's one problem with mounting it low. The lens needs to be cleaned a lot. I'll probably move it up higher eventually.

    Quote Originally Posted by divinty
    How is the res on that camera, when hooked up straight to an LCD? And how is it powered? adaptor, or did you have to wire it yourself?.
    The resolution isn't great - i.e. I can't tell the make of a car until it's within about 150 ft. I wired it direct to a switched 12v line.
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