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      07-18-2019, 08:44 PM   #1
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Backup Camera Joy

I know some drivers think that a back up camera is unnecessary. After driving my wife's 2018 Subaru on a couple trips, I realized what I had been missing.

After a few hours of research, I settled on the Boscam K7. It is wireless, easy to install, affordable at $129 ($99 on Prime Day), and has logical guidance lines. It arrived yesterday and I installed it today. I could not be happier with the ease of installation, the quality of the product and the clarity of the image.

The simplicity of this set up amazes me. Power for the camera comes from the reverse lights, power for the display comes from the 12V accessory socket. The signal is sent wirelessly from the camera to the screen when shifting into reverse. I simply attached the 5 in LED screen at a convenient location on the dash with 3M Velcro. I only had to drill one small hole through the right license plate light fixture for the camera cable.

Just wanted to share as a solution for anyone who wants to install an aftermarket back up camera, but lacks a factory iDrive screen on which to show the image.

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      07-18-2019, 09:50 PM   #2
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To be quite honest that doesnt look bad at all. looks like you got yourself a deal there pal!
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      07-19-2019, 04:39 AM   #3
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Nice one, but having just installed a wired reversing camera you forgot to mention how painful it is to route the wiring from the camera to the reverse light for power.

If you want a neater alternative for the screen, you can get rear view mirrors with screens built in (that's what I'm using).
I have the idrive but no idea how to connect the camera to it.
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      07-19-2019, 08:20 AM   #4
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Nice one, but having just installed a wired reversing camera you forgot to mention how painful it is to route the wiring from the camera to the reverse light for power.

If you want a neater alternative for the screen, you can get rear view mirrors with screens built in (that's what I'm using).
I have the idrive but no idea how to connect the camera to it.
Wiring power to the camera wasn't too painful. It was easy, in fact. I found the wiring diagram here https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/e...ights/BsuwCZBo, tapped the brown wire (negative) and black/purple wire (positive when reverse gear engaged) and I was in business. This part of the installation took about 35 minutes including the 20 minutes it took to find the wiring diagram.

I considered a system that has the camera built into the rear view mirror. No doubt, it is a great idea, but my car is equipped with the Homelink auto-dimming mirror and I did not want to lose those features or deal with the wiring.

Thanks for your comments!

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      07-19-2019, 11:47 AM   #5
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Not sure what was wrong, but when I tapped the power from the light directly, it looked like the power was not clean DC, felt like pulsing. So I added a relay and grabbed the power directly from the battery and everything was OK.

Camera module is integrated into the trunk switch, and I also use rear view mirror monitor.
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      07-19-2019, 12:16 PM   #6
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I'd get one if it were easy to send to the iDrive screen but those options are expensive and a pain to install.

The car is just not large enough for me to require a screen if it takes a lot of effort.
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      07-19-2019, 01:45 PM   #7
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That is a really cool mod!
Thanks again for sharing that.
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      07-19-2019, 02:03 PM   #8
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This looks like a really slick and easy setup, nice!

Though, I'm still waiting for someone to come out with one that can dial my phone via facetime automatically so I don't need to add another screen since my phone is always mounted anyways. Someone do this.

If only I could set up a "Nest"-like door camera that connects to a local network created by my phone, that could work too. Quick notification on the phone that camera is operating, click notification, see video image.

spxxx I'm in Silicon Valley, but don't work in any tech related sector, you know anybody that might want to run with my idea? haha
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      07-20-2019, 04:10 PM   #9
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Thanks Mack

appreciate your info as I would like to do the same.
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      07-20-2019, 04:26 PM   #10
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This looks like a really slick and easy setup, nice!

Though, I'm still waiting for someone to come out with one that can dial my phone via facetime automatically so I don't need to add another screen since my phone is always mounted anyways. Someone do this.

If only I could set up a "Nest"-like door camera that connects to a local network created by my phone, that could work too. Quick notification on the phone that camera is operating, click notification, see video image.

spxxx I'm in Silicon Valley, but don't work in any tech related sector, you know anybody that might want to run with my idea? haha
Done.

https://www.amazon.com/4UCAM-Backup-.../dp/B00HWB91VY
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Not sure what was wrong, but when I tapped the power from the light directly, it looked like the power was not clean DC, felt like pulsing. So I added a relay and grabbed the power directly from the battery and everything was OK.

Camera module is integrated into the trunk switch, and I also use rear view mirror monitor.
I have the same problem but I just thought my camera/screen was stuffed (eBay cheapie).

I wonder if there is a simpler way to smooth out out without a relay.
I suspect the relay trick works because it's slow to respond to voltage drops. Maybe an online capacitor might help?
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      07-20-2019, 11:53 PM   #12
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I have the same problem but I just thought my camera/screen was stuffed (eBay cheapie).

I wonder if there is a simpler way to smooth out out without a relay.
I suspect the relay trick works because it's slow to respond to voltage drops. Maybe an online capacitor might help?
Yeah.. maybe large size capacitor would work. I had extra relay so I went that way.
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      07-25-2019, 09:10 PM   #13
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This looks like a really slick and easy setup, nice!

Though, I'm still waiting for someone to come out with one that can dial my phone via facetime automatically so I don't need to add another screen since my phone is always mounted anyways. Someone do this.

If only I could set up a "Nest"-like door camera that connects to a local network created by my phone, that could work too. Quick notification on the phone that camera is operating, click notification, see video image.

spxxx I'm in Silicon Valley, but don't work in any tech related sector, you know anybody that might want to run with my idea? haha
Haha there's this company "Pearl" that made one but it was $500... So insane but it was a clean design. Solar charging and fully wireless with an iOS app.

I bet it'd be easy to design an Android app that connects to one of these backup cams (wired into your reverse lights so it only powers when you're in reverse using an Arduino board) - iOS is a whole different beast when it comes to building custom apps.
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Haha there's this company "Pearl" that made one but it was $500... So insane but it was a clean design. Solar charging and fully wireless with an iOS app.

I bet it'd be easy to design an Android app that connects to one of these backup cams (wired into your reverse lights so it only powers when you're in reverse using an Arduino board) - iOS is a whole different beast when it comes to building custom apps.
There’s one on Amazon for a $100 that I listed above.
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