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Rearview camera inside Civic?

Hi! Has anyone fitted a rearview camera in Civic? I am trying to find a solution to install camera inside the car. I tried to find a place for the camera, but it seems like there is no good place. Any ideas?
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Please use the search function.

The rear camera (have a look in the wiki for lots of photos) is normally dealer fitted.

I searched for install rear camera and found this:

http://www.civinfo.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1751
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No matter where you place it inside the car you will never be able to get as good results as you would with the outside one! The shape and overhangs mean that the view you get from an inside mounted camera will be no better than you would using the rear view mirror!
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I am curious as how to fit a wee screen in the dash like the more pricey models.

I had two cameras for fitting to my old car. One for the rear and one for the front. I wouldn't mind fitting them to my SE as I can't see the front or the back properly.
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I'm gonna go with the outside installation

More I think about this camera installation, I think I'm gonna go with the basic outside installation. I tried to found pictures of factory-installation of camera and found one. That helps me to spot the correct place where to install camera. I'm getting my rearview camera tomorrow and probably installation starts in the same day
Next thing to do is to found "HOW-TO-get all the plastic covers away from inside of the trunk"-manual, because I have to get the wires from the outside to the trunk and connect them to digital tuner's AV IN.
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More I think about this camera installation, I think I'm gonna go with the basic outside installation. I tried to found pictures of factory-installation of camera and found one. That helps me to spot the correct place where to install camera. I'm getting my rearview camera tomorrow and probably installation starts in the same day
Next thing to do is to found "HOW-TO-get all the plastic covers away from inside of the trunk"-manual, because I have to get the wires from the outside to the trunk and connect them to digital tuner's AV IN.
Hello Jani, could you please share the pictures of factory installation camera? I also want to install by myself. Do you get a non Honda Camera? And the voltage is 12v? I'm quite shure that the original is feed from the original SatNav with 7v when you use the reverse gear change. Thank you.
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Yep, this is the only picture that I found. It really doesn't help you that much, but at least you can see where the camera is supposed to be.
I ordered a non-Honda IR-camera. It can be wired straight to reverse-light, so it means that camera wakes up when reverse light are on..but I'm not doing it that way. I connect it straight to the digital tuner's AV-in and 12V from cigarette lighter plug. That basically means that camera is on and usable when it's needed. So when I need to use rearview camera, I use the digital tuners remote control to choose right AV. Using this tactic I am able to look the road behind me for example in the motorway when driving forwards Nice feature..heh..
Of course there is possibility to add a switch. If you wanna use camera automatically everytime when reversing, then put the switch on..
What kind of plans you got?
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Jani,
I to am interested in fitting a cheaper non-Honda camera. Please tell which one you chose, do you know if it is PAL or NTSC ?
Thankyou.

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I too am interested in fitting a cheaper non-Honda camera. Please tell which one you chose, do you know if it is PAL or NTSC ?
Thankyou.
Yep, let us know where you ordered it from Jani - there are a few of us interested!
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I too am interested in fitting a cheaper non-Honda camera. Please tell which one you chose, do you know if it is PAL or NTSC ?
Thankyou.
I chose just a cheap basic camera with IR. I tested same quality camera without IR, and it created very good picture quality for my 7" LCD screen. Here is the product.
I'm not sure which one is it ..PAL or NTSC, but if I have to quess..then I go for PAL. After all...that shouldn't matter in my case I suppose.
And one thing I forgot to mention is that camera has a mirror option which means that you don't have to use LCD's mirror option everytime camera is used.
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Have you English guys tried Maplin for your cameras?
They're pretty cheap. That's where I got my two from.
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Do you think that this model is of the right dimensions? It's very cheap 15Euro (10) plus exp. freight (12) and look fine for me and quite similar to the original in design, isn't it? Also it seems quite "wide angled".

and these are the Specifications:


System: NTSC/PAL
Nmber of pixel: 510 x 492 (250k)
Definition: 380 TV Lines
Scan Frequency: 60Hz
IR Lamps : 6 Infrared LED
Minimum Illumination: 0 LUX - Infrared Night Vision
Angles Lens: 2.8mm
Viewing angle: 120 degrees
Standard RCA video output
Inside Mount: fits into most vehicle key holes
Water resistant, Hard metal casing
Manufacture pre-set mirror image feature
Displays a reversed camera image on the monitor to duplicate
the normal view seen in a rear-view mirror
Full Motion Real Time Color Video without delay
Operating Voltage: DC 12-Volt. Power current: MAX 50mA
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Where did you find it? It looks great and I want one! And it's so cheap..
Can someone get me one!!
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Or here:
http://cgi.ebay.it/Car-Rear-View-Bac...QQcmdZViewItem
And here with cables and accessories (screws...)
http://cgi.ebay.it/WaterProof-CAR-Re...QQcmdZViewItem


So it's good for you? And the dimensions are the same?
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Or here:
http://cgi.ebay.it/Car-Rear-View-Bac...QQcmdZViewItem
And here with cables and accessories (screws...)
http://cgi.ebay.it/WaterProof-CAR-Re...QQcmdZViewItem


So it's good for you? And the dimensions are the same?
Is this same product. Whe checking the specs, other one says 2LUX, and other 0LUX. It still looks the same...
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Finally continuing..

Hi,

My rear view camera installation is finally continuing. Like I said earlier, I'm going to install camera in the standard place outside the car. I have seen pictures of standard camera, and found out the right place for installation. (Under the left reverse light in where the plastic part is)
Now I have to find a way how to installate it. Does someone know how to remove the plastic cover inside the trunk? I think that this installation is not propably the easiest thing to do but going to try it anyway. Every hint/tip is welcome, for example how to pull the wires from the tailgates hinge?
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There are two 'pop off' panels on the tailgate trim which allow access to the bulbs. When I do mine, I'm going to take power for the camera off the reversing light feed and run the video cable through the existing flexible cable tube (Not sure what the technical name is ) between the tailgate and body. Think the easiest way to do this will be to pass the cable down from the top until it appears near the back of the light clusters, I know this will mean a join to connect the cable to the camera, but it will save taking all the trim of the car.
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Found this on the web, it's for the Acura RL, but it's the same system used in most Honda's/Acura's.

Might be of use.....

Acura RCOM.pdf
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Yeah...
It took 2 hours to get the wires from the tailgate to trunk. It wasn't hard to find a way where the wires should go, but doing it for real was a job. Finally got those two wires and realized that it took 2 hours..heh..
Although...I'm not a pro at all. Keywords for the first part of the installation = screwdriver, vaseline (for the cable tube), wires, little bit of anger, and finally relief..

So half of the installation is done. Next thing is to installate the camera in it's position. I tested the camera and it has to be as middle as possible. So basicly it's near the tailgates "handle". (I'm not sure about terms I'm using..) That's the way to get picture where to see fully the backside of the car.

I need some advice. Any ideas of how to get the camera cable from the outside to inside. Is there nothing special that I should know about.. or just need to find/do passthrough..
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