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Question Recommended reversing camera?

Hi all im new to this forum, Im picking up my new car,0 an 06 civic 2.2 ctdi ex. I want to fit an aftermarket camera to the vehicle. Im cool with the wiring ect prob i have is there are so many cameras out there! Could someone help me out and post link to one you have fitted, with pictures would be superb! Thanks

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I have just completed the job you are wanting to carry out. Just to let you know, for the connection to the dvd unit, I used floppy disc power supply connectors for a pc (available from Maplins or elsewhere) which come as a 4 pin connector. I bought 2 and cut off 1 connector socket and glued the two together. The spacing of the pins is exactly right to connect onto the dvd connector. My camera was a 29.95 affair from Amazon (UltimateCarparts). Seems ok - has infrared leds for night use - not sure if necessary as reversing lights are on when in use anyway, but at about 300 less that the OEM Honda version (which my brother has fitted to his civic) and only gives similar display, seems to be a bargain.
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Ps by the way if you opt for this camera, order from Ultimate Car Parts website - free P&P - saves 6.95
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Hi Nelly,
that looks great. I've been looking around for a parking camera for months now, and I had been hoping there was a "made for civic" 3rd party version I could install on the back of the car without drilling etc. What was the fitting of yours like?
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I did no drilling - the cable ran into the car through a gap near the number plate light, and the camera is in place using a strong double sided sticky pad.
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Nice pics Nelly-66, its looking good! A few more questions though (sorry!)
It looks like the image on screen is the same way round as looking over your shoulder. I thought reversing cameras usually use mirror image, is that an option with this camera?

How long did it take you to install. I've seen a "how to" on this, and it looked like they took almost every trim panel out of the car!
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Just fitted my cam too.

I fed my cable between the rear light assembly and bodywork of tailgate (through the foam seal, just had to slacken the bolts slightly which hold the rear light on. I did use the self tapping screws supplied with the cam.

Running the cable was fairly easy to and did not need to remove any trim, just popped it up in a couple of places. Hardest and most time consuming part was feed the cable through the rubber link between tailgate an body!
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I have just completed the job you are wanting to carry out. Just to let you know, for the connection to the dvd unit, I used floppy disc power supply connectors for a pc (available from Maplins or elsewhere) which come as a 4 pin connector. I bought 2 and cut off 1 connector socket and glued the two together. The spacing of the pins is exactly right to connect onto the dvd connector. My camera was a 29.95 affair from Amazon (UltimateCarparts). Seems ok - has infrared leds for night use - not sure if necessary as reversing lights are on when in use anyway, but at about 300 less that the OEM Honda version (which my brother has fitted to his civic) and only gives similar display, seems to be a bargain.
Thank you so much nelly can't tell you how helpful this info is. Ive been hunting website after website trying to find a camera that is going to do the job well. The image looks good, i pick my civic ex up tomorrow so will order camera purchase the connectors and suss out a gameplan.
Thanks again!!
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This is something I intend on doing once I've switched my head unit over for a double-din with a screen. Is the fitting just as easy for aftermarket head units than the OEM sat-nav?
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crap, just looked at it on Ultimate Car Parts again, and its no longer for sale!
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crap, just looked at it on Ultimate Car Parts again, and its no longer for sale!
Sorry jimwin i bought the last one a couple of days ago! came after two days. Good quality camera, Sure i see same camera on ebay a week or so ago when i was looking. Got a couple of days off very soon so will fit and take some photos!
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ok, so any other recommendations?
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OK, so I'm still looking around for a reversing camera. I've decided to steer clear of ebay for now, as most of them seem to come from Hong Kong, and I've prefer a UK seller.

So, looking on Internet shops, I've come up with a few options:

CMOS Wedge camera with guide lines CAM100 - ReversingcamerasUK

Reversing Camera | Reversing Cameras | CMOS Reversing Cameras | CCD Reversing Camera from Parkingcameras.com :: Reversing Cameras :: CMOS License Plate Reversing Camera With Night Vision CAM5

Bumper mounted wired reversing camera with build in LED lighting

All are a similar style to the one earlier in the post. I don't understand much about the specs, so I'm hoping someone here can point out if any are particularly good or bad. What do we think of the "guide lines" as points of reference? Good idea or bad?
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how easy is it to get to the back of the Sat nav unit and plug in the rca adapter? does it involve a lot
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http://www.civinfo.com/forum/how/777...on-system.html

But it is also possible to plug the connector in by hand by reach up under dash behind the glovebox.... not easy, but seeing as I know exactly where to locate the socket I can do it quite easily

BTW this only works for pre 09 models.... Honda have changed the pin outs.
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But it is also possible to plug the connector in by hand by reach up under dash behind the glovebox.... not easy, but seeing as I know exactly where to locate the socket I can do it quite easily

BTW this only works for pre 09 models.... Honda have changed the pin outs.
you managed to plug it in without removing any of the dash!? nice. are you a midget or something?
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you managed to plug it in without removing any of the dash!? nice. are you a midget or something?
No, just flexible ....
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Recommended Reversing Camera

Refering to the earlier comment about cameras:

Reversing Camera | Reversing Cameras | CMOS Reversing Cameras | CCD Reversing Camera from Parkingcameras.com :: Reversing Cameras :: CMOS License Plate Reversing Camera With Night Vision CAM5

This is the same/similar camera I bought off ebay LED SENSOR CAR REAR VIEW PARKING / REVERSING CAMERA on eBay (end time 26-Nov-10 19:12:08 GMT). The postage was more than the camera and it turned up from Hong Kong in about a week.

I installed it back in the summer and it works well.

When fitting, I decided I didn't want to cut the cable on the camera because of the power connection so I bought a length of screened cable from Maplin and wired a new cable from the DVD to the boot lid, where I soldered on a phono plug. Camera power is provided by the reversing lights. I bundled up all the excess cable from the camera and tie-wrapped to the inside of the boot lid - taking care to ensure it could not rattle.

I tested the camera and wiring before ripping the inside of the car apart.

Pushing the cable through the grommet in the boot lid is a lot easier if you smear it with washing up liquid first - it just slides through!

The camera is fixed on using double sided sticky tape. From a motor factors I bought a couple of sticky pads used to stick on car interior mirrors - these are really sticky, and fixed the camera in the normal place under the boot catch by the top of the number plate.
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