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This a very good solid value at 3 stars unless it leaks.
on November 7, 2013
I just received this today, opened it and hooked it up to a test bench power supply at ~ 12VDC. I used it with a new small monitor I had and was pleased with the output. This is NOT an expensive, very high resolution camera to be sure, but the color was okay, the clarity too, even though it is a very wide angle fish-eye type of lens: it is / was (even) better than I had expected! That is an important detail too.... if you have used fish-eye lens cameras before, then, you will no doubt have had some that were quite poor. For what it is, this is very good! They tend to be a bit hazy and "soft" in detail.... numerous ones that I have used before were no where near as good as this little iniexpensive unit. (I do also recommend to seal it up a bit when installed with silicone around the back side just to be sure that is does not leak.)
The built in distance guide lines are not something that may be adjusted, just as they are usually the same with almost all cameras of this size, compact design, and low price. However, they are quite useful in my opinion and they do not "get in the way" at all with the viewing area. They are I think, quite well done. The base of the camera must be mounted into the "base-up" (on top) position, or you will find the picture inverted in your display and you will need a display that allows you to invert the image.= higher cost display unit.
If you want a camera that seems to do quite well in low light, you will probably like this one a lot. In a fairly dimly lighted room where I used this, it was looking like basic daylight in the view field of teh display. I have not used it yet in any type of darkened room or night application. My expectations so far would be that it will do very well with the cars back-up lights to assist it at night! 18 Nov. 2013. I installed this on my wife's car yesterday. She absolutley is delighted with it. I sealed it up with silicone like I had mentioned before, and it seems now to work exactly as described above..... now that it is installed on the car.
UPDATE 06 March 2014: Well, the cold and snow is over and it leaked and got watery inside as soon as our first rains began. I had carefully sealed the case all around with silicone so it could NOT get water inside...... but I could not seal the lens itself. So, inside the case, where you cannot get it open to dry it out, the moisture has coated over the lens and all you see is blur. Apparently, they put some glue on the two case peices and you cannot get them open to dry it out, nor reseal them better than what they did....... so it's junk. I guess now we know why they only warrantee them for 30 days..... that's about all they are good for. While they work, they are excellent little cameras, but forget any life expectancy on the outside of the car, even if in a protected area like my wife's car was. Bummer.