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Upgrading the backup camera

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by DrDinglelingus, Jan 24, 2020.

  1. Jan 24, 2020 at 9:39 AM
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    ANTupLIFE

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    I wish if anything, it had another channel, for one mounted to the 3rd brake light.
     
  2. Jan 24, 2020 at 9:40 AM
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    I’ve looked at the popular anytime camera and it’s an option of course. I just wanted to see if there was a simple plug and play, minimally invasive option first. Plus it would be cheaper but I believe it uses the same rear camera. I’ll look into how it’s wired and see if I may be able to just hit up Amazon for a decent replacement and wire it in.
     
  3. Jan 24, 2020 at 9:41 AM
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    This is a fantastic idea. For those times when the tailgate is down or for a larger view. Great idea. I’m sure someone could do it if it got enough traction.
     
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  4. Feb 1, 2020 at 4:45 PM
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  5. Nov 22, 2020 at 7:49 AM
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    Reviving this one in case anyone has any more insight or knowledge of how to improve it.

    I have owned a 2018 Sport and just bought a 2021 Off Road. The backup camera on the 2018 is so vastly superior. The head units seem similar to me but for whatever reason when Toyota "upgraded" the 2020+ with their "panoramic view monitor (PVM)" and front facing camera, the quality in display (both front and rear) is so so SO drastically worse. I mean it's like going from 4k quality back to potato-vision. It's hardly even use able by comparison, and that's no exaggeration.
     
  6. Nov 22, 2020 at 7:56 AM
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    Interesting the dependence on back up cameras.

    The field of view is limited to directly behind the truck.

    Unfortunately, objects can be traveling from the sides, outside of camera view, to enter your path.

    I get the best clarity of everything behind me when backing by simply turning my head around with a slight body twist to see.

    Remember, when in reverse, you are at fault for any collision. If you can't see it, then you can't avoid it. Also very weak excuse, "But they came out of nowhere. I didn't see them."
     
  7. Nov 22, 2020 at 8:25 AM
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    OK thanks Surgeon's General. Some people have fusions or just like seeing how close the car/wall/bush they're backing in to is. My trucks both had blind spot monitoring that beeped anytime anything got remotely close to the rear corners it'd beep at you. The backup camera at least on the 2018 had a pretty decent fisheye. Either way I'm more comfortable backing into spaces than out of them, maybe that's just me.
     
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  8. Nov 22, 2020 at 8:28 AM
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    Dude is activating big brain mode. I’ll take my backup cam so I can be more sure no child or small object is sitting behind my vehicle between the time of walking up to my vehicle and getting in the driver seat. Backup cams don’t fit into the “I didn’t have it when I learned to drive so it’s bullshit” category. I look at them as safety items. Any intelligent driver won’t solely rely on it anyway.
     
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  9. Nov 22, 2020 at 8:49 AM
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    I understand the want for a better quality camera, but your not watching HD porn on it, if you can see the whats behind you, then its doing its job. You dont need to be able read each merit badge on the girl scout your running over to know she is back there.
     
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  10. Nov 22, 2020 at 8:52 AM
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    That's the problem, its SO bad I cant see what's behind me or how close I am to something. Especially at night, at night all I can see is the glare from the license plate illuminators
     
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    Ah, yeah the license plate lights do glare super bad off the camera.
     
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    I don’t think you’ll get much better in the aftermarket. What I would do is check wiring schematics between the year models of interest, and if it’s the same, get a used OEM cam off eBay for that year you want that would be more or less plug n’play. The aftermarket offerings across price ranges are pretty subpar for the current day and age in my opinion compared to OEM. And that says a lot because even OEM cams aren’t so great in comparison to standard tech available. It’s like they are recycling old optics from 10 years ago to save money.
     
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    Heres some perspective. That is a clean camera lense.
    20201122_102457.jpg
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    Ummm...Hey ... yea.....Thanks for elevating me to Surgeon General. o_O

    Yes, cameras are a good safety device.

    The NEGATIVE is people have become totally reliant on this device and never turn to look. Intelligent drivers are becoming more rare.

    I can't tell you how many times I have nearly been hit by a doorknob backing out of their driveway only looking at the camera. This is such an often occurrence during walking my dog that I don't cross driveways when people get in their car. Yes, a pedestrian walking on a sidewalk yields to ignats backing out of their driveway. I've had these people say, "I didn't see you.".......go figure. Of course not, I wasn't directly behind your car but approaching from the side.

    Yes, someone can always create a special specific situation to justify only looking at the camera.

    The best clarity and vision will come from your eyes looking around and behind the vehicle.

    If you can't see at night, consider restricting yourself to daytime driving only.
     
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    I love how this forum is filled with small brained dickwads who never add anything to the conversation. No one cares that _you_ don't want it to be better. This thread is for people who believe that a higher quality image would be nice to have.
     
  17. Nov 22, 2020 at 4:17 PM
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    "Waaa, my back up camera is not 1080p HD with HDR Dolby vision. I can't tell if the concrete wall/Honda Civic/door of dicks I'm about to back into has real Peter North veins and texture or if its a cheap knockoff! I need to know how detailed the foreskin is before I back into it!"

    -Karens everywhere
     
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    Big words for someone with 10 posts...
     
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    Unlike some people I don't spend all day posting in threads I don't care about.
     
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    Yet here you are..
     

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