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Old 07-16-2020, 08:50 PM   #121 (permalink)
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Lord Vader - '15 BMW i3 REx
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I have been using the side pod cameras long enough to know what works and does not about them at this point, so here is a rundown of the more significant cons I see with my current hardware.

Less than optimal camera location and orientation mean:
- Can't see rear wheels
- Horizons are each canted and non-adjustable in the housing
- Too much skyline during daylight darkens road image excessively
- Body reflections are slightly confusing during daylight and very misleading at night

Monitor issues are:
- No automatic brightness control or easy means to manually adjust. Either too dark in daylight, or too bright at night. Less than optimal for both when set in the middle.
- No way to shift image up or down to compensate for camera view of the horizon.
- They simply look like cheap add-ons.

So I think I have assembled a more polished system to address those issues including the pods I am having 3D printed in the attached image. But unlike my sub $100 test system, this one runs just over $320. It should work far better with upgraded 960h AHD cameras, the custom pods, and a system to split screen both cameras onto a single HD over the mirror style dashcam monitor. I am still working out how to mount the monitor, but it should work nicely, centered on top of the dash center OEM display.

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2015 BMW i3 REx
2011 Ford Flex SEL AWD

Last edited by Snax; 07-22-2020 at 03:22 PM.. Reason: Corrected camera resolution
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