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Old 02-18-2009, 04:16 PM   #1
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A Backup Camera for your Focus...

I guess my number one complaint about this hatchback is the horrible rear visibility. When sitting close to my garage, the view from the mirror doesn't show any of my driveway, and only a tiny section of the street. Take a look...



Well I'm trying out a back-up camera system (Target $70 #VRBCS300W). For now everything is temporarily mounted.....the camera stuck to the headliner with Velcro. It's actually meant to mount on the license plate. Mounting inside the car seems to be wiser to me.



So here's what I should see when I look toward the rear....



Big difference huh? It works very well....wish it had a bigger screen, but then I'd have trouble mounting it. It's held to the dash with a little velcro. The kit it pretty complete.....with different wiring options. The camera and the monitor hook to a 12V source. The connection between the two is wireless, so mounting the system is easy. You're suppose to pick up the 12V from the backup light (for the camera). The monitor screen turns on automatically when you turn on the ignition (wired that way), but the screen stays black till it gets a signal from the camera. You have a number of wiring options.....I'm going to wire it to be on with the ignition. You can turn off the monitor with a button, but it comes back on when you turn on the ignition again.....so the whole thing works without user intervention.

Anyway.....seems to be working nice.




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Old 02-18-2009, 04:18 PM   #2
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hm interesting.
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Why is the screen mounted upside-down?
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If you had a stereo with a monitor for a dvd or navigation system could you plug the camera in to that as an aux?? That way the screen would be part of the car!
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^^^^^So the power wire could go directly to the right, without looping it around. The screen can be adjusted to compensate for how you mount it. I have it showing a mirror view.....but it could show a real view (four options). The camera itself swivels so you can adjust for the best view even with the bracket screwed down tight.

The monitor is small enough to mount inside the over-head consul.....but I don't like it up there. It's slightly too thick to mount to a visor.

I think you could use the camera with a different monitor.....it has a video out port for a direct wired connection. Haven't tried that though.

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As a functional mod the camera seems awesome the way it is, but if you are obsessed with cosmetically perfect, seamless mods you really need to hook that thing to an in dash display.
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Functionality is the word. I use that exact spot to mount my GPS device.....so when I'm traveling somewhere, the backup monitor comes off, and the GPS unit goes on. Simple enough....

When I get the camera permanently mounted, it'll be very close to the hatch glass.....so none of the hatch should be visible in the monitor. I'm going to make a little sun shade for the monitor, for better visibility in sunny weather. This monitor has a brightness and contrast adjustment, and it actually works well in low light. But I'm going to get some better back-up lights next (different thread).
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I hooked my reverse camera in to my car computer, that runs through a 7 inch monitor. It's a nice li'l thing to have.
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I got a Sanyo NVM-4370 navigation system from Walmart for $109, and it accepts video/camera input, so I plan on getting a backup camera off ebay ($25 shipped!). I've been trying to decide how & where to mount the camera, is all. There's one kind that goes along the top of the license plate, which would look clean, but then I have to get the video wire thru the hatch (alongside the license plate light wire maybe?), THEN thru the tube that carries the wires from hatch to car at the top of the hatch, I think that can be a pain sometimes?? Anyway, thanks for another idea of where to mount my camera! Oh, and on my setup, the NVM-4370 will switch automatically to the backup camera when that camera comes on. I'm hoping (haven't investigated yet) that I can give power to the camera with the backup lights fuse (is there a separate one?), so when I shift into reverse, the camera will get power and thus pop up on the screen?? That's what I'm hoping anyway...
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^^^^Hope it works for you. I'll be working on a custom camera mount tomorrow.....check back for some photos. I can get the camera almost up to the hatch glass, so the monitor view should be better. Eventually I think I'll mount some fog/driving lights under the bumper, turned on by the back-up lights. The back up light will trigger a relay, turning on the extra lights. Right now the rear view in the monitor is poor when it gets dark.
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