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Old 28th November 2011, 21:32   #31
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This one was taken in heavy rain:
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This one the next morning. The camera had a film of condensation on it. Gives it a nice surreal and dreamy look eh? lol
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Both of these were clicked using my bb. Hence the picture quality is not that great. But the idea is to show that the camera is not utterly useless during rains.

I must add that at one point there were two drops on the lens and they appeared as white orbs on the screen. But while these drops covered a good 15-20% of the lens, the white orbs were only half an inch or so on the screen. So there was still a whole lot of usable video.
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Old 29th November 2011, 20:47   #32
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Appreciate your effort of letting us all know the performance of your camera in various conditions!

Really useful and gives confidence for the rest to go ahead and have one. Thanks for the details too. I for one have always thought but didn't have much trust on its functionality but its interesting.

Here in Singapore, Have seen many cabs having HD recording front camera to capture accidents (in case) for easy insurance clearance and that looks good too. heard that costs around 80 to 120 SGD for such models and goes higher.
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@Tassem, What is the angle at which your rear view camera is pointing. shouldnt it be pointed towards the ground? not sure if should be, so just checking.
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Old 28th December 2011, 17:52   #34
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@Tassem, What is the angle at which your rear view camera is pointing. shouldnt it be pointed towards the ground? not sure if should be, so just checking.
It makes sense to mount it pointing downwards if the camera is set higher from the ground. Lets say near the number plates. This is because the bumper is almost always protruding more than where the plates are mounted. Hence you need the camera to point down so that you know the clearance behind the vehicle.

In my vehicle, its mounted on the bumper. There is nothing sticking out further than the bumper in this case. Hence its pointed straight out. The only time I'll have to guesstimate is when there is a parking block. But its fine cause even if I back into it too far, the tyres will brush against it and no more.

Another advantage of pointing it straight out is that you will be able to see obstacles that are not even. For example a rod sticking out of a building or an AC mounted too low outside an apartment parking etc.

I hope that made sense.
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It makes sense to mount it pointing downwards if the camera is set higher from the ground. Lets say near the number plates. This is because the bumper is almost always protruding more than where the plates are mounted. Hence you need the camera to point down so that you know the clearance behind the vehicle.

In my vehicle, its mounted on the bumper. There is nothing sticking out further than the bumper in this case. Hence its pointed straight out. The only time I'll have to guesstimate is when there is a parking block. But its fine cause even if I back into it too far, the tyres will brush against it and no more.

Another advantage of pointing it straight out is that you will be able to see obstacles that are not even. For example a rod sticking out of a building or an AC mounted too low outside an apartment parking etc.

I hope that made sense.
That makes a lot of sense!! especially the rod sticking out / AC mounted low. part!! didn't even think about it.
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Old 5th January 2012, 20:39   #36
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Tassem, thank you for sharing details with the pricing. I called up Srikanth and am fixing one this Satuday (for my Optra which i will be taking delivery on the same day!).
One question: When inquiring with another dealer, he suggested I go for the dash mounted 3.5" panel because the rear-view mount apparently leads to cracks in the holder/windshield...he quoted an instance of a Skoda where this happened.

Do you think there is merit in his argument?
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Old 10th January 2012, 18:53   #37
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Tassem, thank you for sharing details with the pricing. I called up Srikanth and am fixing one this Satuday (for my Optra which i will be taking delivery on the same day!).
One question: When inquiring with another dealer, he suggested I go for the dash mounted 3.5" panel because the rear-view mount apparently leads to cracks in the holder/windshield...he quoted an instance of a Skoda where this happened.

Do you think there is merit in his argument?
Hey,

I'm sorry about the delayed reply. I did not see your post.

Well I don't think there's any truth in that. First of all, the display unit is not really heavy. Any rear view mirror which will break with this amount of weight on it is a dud! I mean, when we have to adjust the mirror we have to exert slight force. The weight of the unit is much less than that. So if it doesn't break when we adjust it, it wont break if we mount a display on it. I hope that made sense.

I do hope nobody tries pull ups on the mirror though Even then I'm pretty sure the glue will give up before the mirror breaks. I may be wrong here though.

As a rule, when somebody suggests me a better product in his own store, I check two things:

1- Does he have both the products? Or does he have only the supposedly better one?
2- Does the better product cost more?

I'm sure you know where this is going. Go with the mirror mounted one.

Tassem.
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@Tassem: Thanks; I figured as much!

I liked your suggestions on how to evaluate dealers when they propose alternates; this will bring the cat out of the bag

I was planning to get mine installed thru Srikanth, but I got a better deal at Car Kemp, Mission Road. The same SR700BT & 170 HD Camera, with bill, warranty and installation, cost me Rs 6,800.

I am just reaching home after the installation...they have done a decent job but I sure had my heart in my mouth when they were doing the install!
I will try and post my feedback in my thread: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...um-thread.html
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@Tassem: Thanks; I figured as much!

I liked your suggestions on how to evaluate dealers when they propose alternates; this will bring the cat out of the bag

I was planning to get mine installed thru Srikanth, but I got a better deal at Car Kemp, Mission Road. The same SR700BT & 170 HD Camera, with bill, warranty and installation, cost me Rs 6,800.

I am just reaching home after the installation...they have done a decent job but I sure had my heart in my mouth when they were doing the install!
I will try and post my feedback in my thread: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...um-thread.html
Congrats! I'm glad you got a good deal. Did you check at Reliance Autozone? They have very competitive rates! Will watch out for your review.
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Hi Tassem, Chetan,

I too got a similar system installed on my Beat from Car Kemp, Mission Road. I have a few niggling annoyances with the Xenos display unit. I have posted them here:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...ml#post3014819 (From upcoming 2012 launches to a decade old model - my Chevrolet Optra Magnum thread)

Can you please have a look and let me know if you too face the same problems and how you work around it?

My model is a slightly different one from what you guys have got. Mine is Xenos RVM 7 BT.

TIA
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I'm getting a Xenos parking kit with the camera, LCD screen and sensors for 5500/- with bill and warranty. Have the prices dropped or is this a really good deal?
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