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Should have purchased camera & monitor separately
on January 17, 2012
The 7 inch monitor is better than the 3.5 and 4.3 inch monitors although you need room to mount it. I always had bad luck with suction mounts for not being reliable so I removed the suction mount which left me with a horizontal hole in the bracket. I inserted a 1 inch long 1/8 inch dia bolt and nut into this hole with two small angle brackets that I got from home depot. I then screwed in two screws into the dash using the two small angle brackets and tighten the nut and bolt for a very solid and stable mount on my dash. I ended up with two screw holes in my dash but my Astro Van is +10 years old so this was OK with me. For more mounting details, click "See customer images" on the product page. It is the photo with the gold angle brackets. The instructions are not very detailed but there were only fives electical wires: a black, red and green wires at the monitor and a red and black at the camera. Red means +12 volts, while black means ground. Green means +12V when you put the tranmission into reverse to turn on the monitor. I elected not to connect the green wire which means I have to turn on the monitor manually. However, this also means I can leave the monitor on while driving forward. In any case, the monitor resolution is good but the color and contrast are disappointing even after adjustment. Buyers should not expect High definition but it is detailed enough to serve it's purpose of a rear view camera system. Cost me about $90 but I realized I could have purchase both the monitor and camera for $80 if I purchased them separately. Overall, I am happy with this purchase and I am thinking about installing a similar system in my BMW. You should cover the monitor with a towel to prevent potential theft.
April 2012 Update: Product is still working but I suggest getting "Waterproof HD Cmos 170 degree E363" camera. I got this for my second car and the resolution is beautiful and there is an extra red wire for the long RCA video cable. This makes providing 12volts to the camera a lot easier from the fuse box area near the dash. As I stated above, the camera with this product is not HD but the Waterproof HD Cmos 170 degree E363 camera is HD.