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LCD HID Display or Pinhole Camera on Tailgate?

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The display unit has a very bad image quality to it and I can't figure out if its either a cheap screen or a cheap camera. Can someone chime in and let me know if its one or the other. If the rear-view-camera is sending low megapixels, then I might just purchase a new RVC that has a better megapixel and replace the stock but this won't do anything if the LCD/HID unit only displays in low pixel density.

 

 

My wife has a new Hyundai Santa Fe and the display/image quality in her car is way clearer and more crisp than our trucks RVC.

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Instead of posting here and getting very subjective information, why don't you start by going to the dealer and checking the camera quality on OTHER trucks on the lot. I'm actually pretty happy with how well my camera works, especially in very low light situations at night (no streetlights and I always back into my driveway). It's entirely possible that something with your camera is defective.

 

As far as image quality on the screen, try loading some photos or a video to an SD card and bringing it up on the screen to view. That will give you an idea of how well the screen is performing and you could also check THIS against other dealer lot-based trucks.

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well, i happen to agree with Brian, but I'm not sure if it's the camera, screen or software. The picture qualiity is not very good. It reminds me of when you accidentally set your digital camera on low picture quality and the image is very pixalized or grainy.

 

I was expecting better to be honest. It's useable, but not the best.

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Posted Today, 09:46 AM

Instead of posting here and getting very subjective information, why don't you start by going to the dealer and checking the camera quality on OTHER trucks on the lot. I'm actually pretty happy with how well my camera works, especially in very low light situations at night (no streetlights and I always back into my driveway). It's entirely possible that something with your camera is defective.

 

As far as image quality on the screen, try loading some photos or a video to an SD card and bringing it up on the screen to view. That will give you an idea of how well the screen is performing and you could also check THIS against other dealer lot-based trucks.

While I appreciate your advice, I'd rather not waste my day going to a dealership for something that can be answered here. Subjectively or not, I'm quite capable of discerning feedback as it relates to my question.

 

I will try and upload a video, as you suggested, but that might give me false hope. The AV input for the camera might be (s-Video) or something low end like that, who knows? If that's the case, then we're all stuck with a crappy video output. I would just like to know prior to spending money on trying to improve the quality of the camera feed.

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While I appreciate your advice, I'd rather not waste my day going to a dealership for something that can be answered here. Subjectively or not, I'm quite capable of discerning feedback as it relates to my question.

 

I will try and upload a video, as you suggested, but that might give me false hope. The AV input for the camera might be (s-Video) or something low end like that, who knows? If that's the case, then we're all stuck with a crappy video output. I would just like to know prior to spending money on trying to improve the quality of the camera feed.

 

Yeah, I can "discern" too... but, when the majority of input you get isn't "discerning" in the first place, you're S-O-L. And, waste your day? Ten minutes on the lot. Done.

 

My thought about using a pic or video was to give you a way to decide if the display quality was acceptable or not. If so, then you move on to understanding the camera and whatever limitations it has directly, or via the input (as you mentioned). I wasn't suggesting it would give you a definitive understanding of the whole thing, but might allow you to rule one part of the system out.

 

Or not - if you look at motion video and you feel it's terrible, then it won't matter how high quality the signal and picture are from the camera.

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It is the limitation for the infotainment system, it is a low resolution screen so putting anything else hi-res on the camera will do nothing since the screen wont be able to display it.

 

I am surprised at the people who gripe about the RVC, it isn't like you drive around all day with it on watching people behind you. Mine does it job just fine in all conditions other than rain and snow and only because the rain/snow gets on the camera lens.

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It is the limitation for the infotainment system, it is a low resolution screen so putting anything else hi-res on the camera will do nothing since the screen wont be able to display it.

 

I am surprised at the people who gripe about the RVC, it isn't like you drive around all day with it on watching people behind you. Mine does it job just fine in all conditions other than rain and snow and only because the rain/snow gets on the camera lens.

 

I'm with you on this one. It seems that people expect WAY too much from it.

 

Try driving a Ford for a while. When you see the capabilities of this system, you'll realize how much better it is than the competition.

 

For the record - I've had FOUR Fords in the last two years, and they ALL sucked quality-wise compared to this one (ranging from 2010 to 2013 model years), and they were downright pitiful in low-light.

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Agreed the back up camera is terrible. I test drove a 15 ram and 15 f150 both back ups had better quality. The infotainment system sucks actually. Slow , un responsive, looks out dated already, service camera warning 4 times a month.

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Ford has one of the worst cameras I've ever used. Even in bright sun, it doesn't show motion without being choppy.

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