Reversing Camera Buying Guide

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A reversing camera is no longer a "mere" car accessory. As a matter of fact, it is considered a necessity these days as it makes your car more manoeuvrable and it helps you avoid accidents, as well. If you're thinking of purchasing a camera system for yourself, here's a quick buying guide to help you out.

Automatic System Switching

According to experts, this is perhaps the most important feature you should look for when choosing among many reversing camera kits available. After all, it is very inconvenient and unsafe for car owners to manually switch the camera on every time they want to reverse their respective vehicles. So if you're going to buy a camera for your own car, make sure that it features automatic system switching for maximum safety and convenience. This feature allows the camera system to automatically switch on when the car's transmission is placed in reverse.

Image Sensor

Another key consideration to make when buying a reversing camera is the image sensor. Today, most rear view cameras come with either a CCD (charge-coupled device) or a CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) image sensor. For those who didn't know, the main function of the image sensor, which is also installed in all types of cameras (including those used in photography), is to convert light into electrons to enable the camera to capture images
In a camera that uses CCD image sensor, every pixel's charge is transferred through a very limited number of output nodes to be converted to voltage, buffered, and sent off as an analogue signal. What's more, the image sensor has the ability to transport charge across the chip without too much distortion. As a result, reversing camera kits with this particular image sensor is more capable of producing better images. In addition, they are more sensitive to light, thus, they allow the cameras to provide users with a clear view of images even at low-light conditions.

In a CMOS camera, on the other hand, each pixel has its own charge-to-voltage conversion. Its sensor often includes amplifiers, noise-correction, and digitization circuits. However, because the CMOS sensor has several transistors located next to it, its light sensitivity tends to be lower than the light sensitivity of a CCD reverse camera. In addition, it is more susceptible to noise. On the up side, this type of camera generally has longer battery life as it consumes less power as compared to a CCD camera.

Protection against the Elements

Being installed outside your vehicle, the reversing camera itself will be exposed to sun, rain, dust, soot, and mud. Therefore, it goes without saying that you should opt for a kit that comes with a waterproof and mud proof camera. This will give you the assurance that the camera will continue to function even it is continuously exposed to the elements.

Monitor Size

The size of the monitor will depend on your personal preference and the amount of space you have on your dashboard. If you have a bigger vehicle, it makes perfect sense to get a reversing camera with a bigger monitor so you can have a better view. In case you have limited dashboard space, you can select one that comes with a rear view mirror monitor, which also functions as an actual rear view mirror when the camera is switched off.
Have questions or enquiries? Feel free to contact us anytime if you need help with choosing the best camera kit for your car. Our friendly staff here at Elinz Electronics will be more than happy to provide you with any kind of assistance you require.

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