Reversing camera

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Reversing camera

Postby Jip.C.Jaybird » Wed Oct 14, 2015 6:52 am

My existing reversing camera does not have any distance marker lines on it. Some say it might be because they are not visible to me because the camera is placed under the boot box.
I reversed into something I still have not seen, the other day, so that was a big surprise. I thought I got a really good view so I need to know what is not showing up. :?
The camera might be old. It is fuzzy at night time. I,m going to get a reversing light put on.

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Re: Reversing camera

Postby Doit » Wed Oct 14, 2015 7:08 am

I installed my camera above the back window because it didn't have a wide enough viewing angle when down on the bumper.
You might have the same problem. Lay objects on the ground and see how close you can see them when in line with the sides of your van.
Sounds like a better infrared camera would be a better bet though.
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Re: Reversing camera

Postby NeilV » Wed Oct 14, 2015 7:10 am

I trained my 6 Year old, he now knows left and right, and what to look for (and how much space I need) when a bus is 3 point turning.... choice! :TU

This IS a rather pricy option if you don't have one already though :lol:
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Re: Reversing camera

Postby Neddy » Wed Oct 14, 2015 7:25 am

Jip.C.Jaybird wrote:I reversed into something I had not seen

So when you hit the object, it was outside the backup camera's field of view - right?
Was the object too low, too high, too far to the side or too close to show on the screen?
Some backup cameras incorporate "guidelines" or sometimes they are added by the screen electronics.
Here is an example of guidelines that are integral with the camera :-
http://s30.postimg.org/f5snu0wg1/Bcm_001.jpg"
Is this the sort of thing you are wanting?

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Re: Reversing camera

Postby Teardrop » Wed Oct 14, 2015 7:44 am

Jip.C.Jaybird wrote:I reversed into something I still have not seen


Not sure what you mean by this. Did you get out and check what it was? Technology can be a great aid, but it can make you lazy. If unsure, get out of the vehicle and check around before you start backing. Use your mirrors as well as the camera. You may be able to position the camera better, but ultimately you still need to know what it will, and won't pick up. I was taught to look for everything, including shadows, to give yourself positional awareness.

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Re: Reversing camera

Postby Jip.C.Jaybird » Fri Oct 16, 2015 3:24 pm

I was parked in an orchard, and I felt a tender bump, but I did not get out to look because I thought it was just a tinsy winsy bump :oops: It was only afterwards when I saw the dent in the boot box that I realised I must have done it, because I do not recall the boot box having a dent in it prior to that.
Yes, those are the guidelines I am talking about. I don't have the van parked at my place so I can not check it at present, but I am told those guideline can be a choice and to check the settings! I THOUGHT I was getting a good overall rear view, but that's another test for when I get the van again.
I will do that hopefully over the weekend.
Thanks Guys. :)

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Re: Reversing camera

Postby petercw » Sat Oct 17, 2015 5:48 pm

I hv marked my screen with the backing requirements so I just look at the screen and work outside the boundaries I hv set. :)
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