When it comes to buying reversing cameras, the main concern of many fleet operators and drivers is the number of cameras to install and the size of the screen display. This concern is understandable because these are the major components of the reversing camera systems- the cameras capture the action at the rear and the screen displays it for the driver. And for many buyers, the larger the display the better it is when it comes to reversing. Even the number of cameras in action matters to many- three or four-camera systems are considered better for trucks and larger vehicles. While these are standard requirements when shopping for reversing cameras, keep in mind that there are some details and specs you need to consider. For example, you can pay attention to the spec sheets, like the viewing angle, type of sensor used, and its waterproof rating.
Reversing Camera Sensor
This is a critical component of the reversing camera system as it affects the quality of the images produced and displayed. There are two technologies that are used in making the reversing camera systems- the CCD and the CMOS technology. Between the two, the CCD is best since it can offer better resolution and can work on both day and night. Since CCD technology is slightly better it actually comes at a price.
This is one specification that you should not ignore when shopping for a camera. The angle is often measured diagonally, with the most common angle is 120 degrees. This camera angle is good enough as it can provide drivers with a wide field of view. Some cameras may feature angles that range from 60 to 150 degrees. Some of these cameras use software processing or aspheric lens to reduce distortion. Although you will also find other cameras with 150 or 160-degree angle view, your best bet is 120-degree view as it offers a balance between wide view and image clarity.
If you operate a fleet of vehicles and trucks for demanding situations, then you should also pay attention to its waterproof rating. You should always aspire for cameras that have been rated, with many reliable cameras rated at IP67 or IP68. The number ‘6’ will tell you that the camera is protected from dust, and the second digit ‘7’ and ‘8’ measures the protection against water. If it’s rated at ‘8’ it means that your camera is protected against immersion in water between 15 cm and 1 meter for at least 30 minutes. At IP67 certification is good enough for your truck.