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Old 06-14-2011, 05:24 PM   #1
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Adding backup camera

Hey guys.. I just got a 2012 SEL with MFT without the backup camera. Now I think I want it

I was able to locate the camera, module and hardware on fordparts.com. My question is, how difficult would it be to install myself? Is it possible that it my car is already pre-wired (as in plug and play)? I noticed on some F150 and mustang forums that some are saying it is prewired if there is MFT or nav installed already. I know that a flash will be needed but Im a little unsure of the installation itself.

Any help would be appreciated and TIA!


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Old 06-14-2011, 06:26 PM   #2
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I would be interested too. I don't know if it's prewired, but my titanium occasionally shows a message on the console when in reverse that a "backup camera is not installed". This makes me think it may be upgradable.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:14 AM   #3
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Same boat as you...wish I had purchased the parking technology package.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:21 AM   #4
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http://www.crutchfield.com/S-NoYooLm...y-Cameras.html
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Here is the message I occasionally see on the MFT screen when I shift into R. Sorry for the quality, was on my cell phone. I guess MFT is programmed to look for a backup camera even if one is not installed.





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I wonder how difficult it would be to wire one of those to MFT.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:50 AM   #6
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Here is the message I occasionally see on the MFT screen when I shift into R. Sorry for the quality, was on my cell phone. I guess MFT is programmed to look for a backup camera even if one is not installed.

I wonder how difficult it would be to wire one of those to MFT.
That's just another example of poor programming integration with the MFT. That and the SD card errors people w/o nav have been getting is completely mickey mouse and unacceptable.

As for the camera, if you don't get the OEM parts from Ford, I would recommend getting the best aftermarket camera you can get. The MFT is such a nice hi-res screen, I don't think it would look very good with a cheap lo-res camera. It's just a guess, though.
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That's just another example of poor programming integration with the MFT. That and the SD card errors people w/o nav have been getting is completely mickey mouse and unacceptable.

As for the camera, if you don't get the OEM parts from Ford, I would recommend getting the best aftermarket camera you can get. The MFT is such a nice hi-res screen, I don't think it would look very good with a cheap lo-res camera. It's just a guess, though.
If it were possible after the fact, I would be careful about getting a non-OEM camera. MFT is likely carefully calibrated to use the OEM camera. If you get a different camera (with different focal length; lens distortion characteristics), the overlays that MFT draws over the camera image will likely be wrong.
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That's just another example of poor programming integration with the MFT. That and the SD card errors people w/o nav have been getting is completely mickey mouse and unacceptable.

As for the camera, if you don't get the OEM parts from Ford, I would recommend getting the best aftermarket camera you can get. The MFT is such a nice hi-res screen, I don't think it would look very good with a cheap lo-res camera. It's just a guess, though.
lol it's not a high-res screen at *all*. It's 800x398 if I'm not mistaken. That's less than any smartphone that you can buy on the planet.

The camera probably records at like 640x480 (which is standard television resolution and not high-res by any means). I doubt you'd be able to find many cameras that record at a lower resolution.
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lol it's not a high-res screen at *all*. It's 800x398 if I'm not mistaken. That's less than any smartphone that you can buy on the planet.

The camera probably records at like 640x480 (which is standard television resolution and not high-res by any means). I doubt you'd be able to find many cameras that record at a lower resolution.
Lol, you're funny. I don't know about you, but the MFT in my car is not the size of a TV. It's about the highest res screen to ever come out of a factory on any production vehicle. In contrast it's roughly 4-5 times the resolution of that in my BMW or any of my previous autos as well as yours. If you have nav, you should be awe stricken at the amount of detail this screen shows. I doubt you're finding backup cam with 640x480 AND the proper lens to match. The sensor in the cam may be capable but if the lens is crap, so will the be the output on the screen. Oh, and just between you and me, it *doesn't* actually record anything...

Now with that said, it's really not that big of deal anyway. As long as you can what's behind you, that's all that matters. Never mind too much about what I may have said in my earlier post, it's not like your watching movies play out behind your car or anything :)
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That's just another example of poor programming integration with the MFT. That and the SD card errors people w/o nav have been getting is completely mickey mouse and unacceptable.

As for the camera, if you don't get the OEM parts from Ford, I would recommend getting the best aftermarket camera you can get. The MFT is such a nice hi-res screen, I don't think it would look very good with a cheap lo-res camera. It's just a guess, though.
The factory installed camera isnt exactly the best looking either.
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