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Might be pretty good for a new Installation, eh for replacing our 2006 Voyager B&W camera.
on April 8, 2015
I just received the new camera and monitor and thought I'd bench test it before installing it. The results were disappointing. Although the new system is in color, the resolution and contrast are no better than the stock camera so I don't think it would be of any real benefit.
This image shows the two monitors side-by-side. The image in the color camera has a narrower field of view, so things look bigger but I can't clearly see the most important thing when I'm parking at home - the point where my ladder is about to touch my gate. The new monitor might have a bit more resolution than the old Voyager monitor, but I don't think the camera utilizes the full resolution.
Also, I was hoping it would be a simple matter of just splicing wires to connect the new camera and monitor. But the kit includes a multi-plexor (nice if using additional cameras) which looks like it's a necessary component if audio is going to be used. (I tested the audio and, even at full volume, it doesn't seem as good as the Voyager audio). I called up technical support, inadvertently placing the call just seven minutes before their east coast closing time, was disconnected once, spent forever on their phone menu system, and then was sent to the answering service, who at 1:58 west coast time, told me that the offices closed at 5:00 east coast time. By the time I explained that it wasn't 5:00 yet, it was 5:00.
So, I'm back to the drawing board and will probably look at the inexpensive cameras on eBay next. Or, maybe I'll wait. It shouldn't be too long before backup cameras have resolution equivalent to a smartphone camera.