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Rear camera V Parking sensors

Firstly this is my first post so hello to everyone. This is a great site with a wealth of information.

I am looking to buy a Typs S GT. I test drove one a few weeks ago but didn't do a lot of revearsing. However I notice that visability out of the rear window isn't great as many people have mentioned on here.

I am just wondering what peoples views are on the rear camera or the parking sensors. Anyone with the camera does it give good visability along the whole length of the car or just in one spot? And anyone with the dealer fitted parking sensors do they do the job?

Look forward to all your views, on doubt I will pop up again with further questions before I buy my car.
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The dealer fitted sensors do their job very nicely. Even though I don't have the satnav option and therefore can't have the rear camera option, I'd always prefer the sensors. With the sensors you don't have to actively pay attention; you dont have to watch a screen while reversing. I trust the car to start beeping when anything is about to go wrong. When the beep goes solid there's 10-20 cm space left.
The sensors have a relatively good sideways looking angle too, whereas the camera only shows what's directly behind you. When I pass the door opening of my garage or park in a public parking next to a concrete wall it also starts beeping.

On a side note, the dealer told me that most people who come back with rear bumper damage have parking aids fitted; they simply trust it too much
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I opted for neither on mine and regret it. I am now looking to have sensors fitted.
I would love the camera option as I think seeing is always going to be better than listening when approaching objects.
However, there are 2 things that make me prefer to go for sensors
1. Price - from Honda the sensors are 1/2 the price of the camera, and you can also get them fitted (or fit them yourself) for even less
2. The boot-up time of the system. It takes quite a while (12 seconds I think, which is a long time when you are waiting) before the screen is available for the camera. If the first thing you do is reverse after starting the car (e.g. if you are in a tight parking spot) then you have to sit and wait
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Hi Crazy,

I have a parking camera on my car and the wife has parking sensors on hers. Personally i prefer the camera as you get to see what's going on behind your car and, with the way they have fitted mine, you get a good view at least 1 car length either side of the rear bumper (great when reversing out of a car parking space). Direct sunlight can be a problem but you can adjust the screen brightness to counter some of the problem.

The parking sensors do my head in with all that beeping but my wife prefers them as it doesn't involve watching a screen, although it does cost a bit more when someone smashes your bumper as my wife found out.

i can park my car with less than a centimetre to spare using the camera but can't get my wife's car anywhere near as close.

so i guess i'm saying it's personal preference.

does your local dealer have any way of letting you test drive cars with the options fitted?

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Not having had any experience of the reversing camera, can't comment, but the Honda parking sensors are really good.

I've been able to slot the car into much smaller parking spaces than I thought be using the beeps to gauge the distance to the car behind me - Also means that I can use either the mirrors or stick my head out the window to check how close to the kerb I am. Wouldn't necessarily be able to do this if I had to watch a screen.

Also like the way the sensors pick up obstacles to the side of the car that it thinks are close (e.g. lamp posts, bollards) although the beeping does get a bit mad when reversing out of the garage every day!
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The sensors are probably adequate - they'll tell you when you get close to something but to really _know_ how much space ou have you'd need the camera. If I'm trying to squeeze into a really tight parking space I'd tend to rely the camera more than a beep purely because it's not building in it's own fudge factor.

I've just ordered the dealer fit options on my car this week (only 3-4 weeks to go!) and I opted for both the sensors and the camera based on adive given here a couple of weeks ago. I know it's quite an expensive parking aid but it gives me the best of both worlds (and I'll probably still make the wife get out and direct me ).

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If a park up next to a lamp post I use the mirror to see that the lamp post is to the side of the car & I can still see it on the satnav screen when it is in line with the back of the car (unless it is waaaay out to the side of the car) - if that makes sense.

What I am trying to say is by using wing mirror & screen I can see any bollard/lamppost that could be a danger & therefore reverse in confidence.
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I had a look at both for my new type-R and went for the camera, deciding it was better to see what you are reversing towards. I'd always wonder if the sensors would miss something and I wasn't going to pay for both. No idea if it was the right decision yet though, it's over a month till the car turns up!
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Am I the only wimp who has both? I had the sensors from new, but still felt uncomfortable with the lack of rear view, so I forked out for the camera later. I find the combination of mirrors, camera and sensor makes reversing safe and very easy The camera lets you see that the sensors are beeping about something at the side, and there's nothing behind. I love reversing now!
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Judging by the amount of dust and rain that gets dragged up the back of the car I'm surprised you can see anything in the winter months. Is it a problem?
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Judging by the amount of dust and rain that gets dragged up the back of the car I'm surprised you can see anything in the winter months. Is it a problem?
it can be.. i just have to remember to walk round the car in the morning (tend to anyway just to check) and rub my thumb over the camera lens. doesn't tend to affect it too much unless i forget to wipe it for a week or so
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I have the sensors and find them very good.

Even my lady wife can reverse park the Civ, and she is not the world's best
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i havent got either personally and find reversing fine. Mind you when you drive a van all day with no rear view apart from wing mirrors, reversing down small alleyways and stupidly small spaces it suddenly makes moving the civic a doddle
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Hi crazyjammer and welcome. I had the parking sensors fitted a few weeks after getting the car and have not regretted it they work fantastic.
They appear to cover the rear and the rear corners of the bumper very well.
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I would love to get a camera fitted but a guy down the road who had one on a primara was so busy watching his camera screen he took out the side on a lamp post so I'm not sure now maybe I'll wait to see how I find rear visability when I actually have the car LOL
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I think if you have a EX then the reversing cam is the way ahead.... well the way behind!
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This is my second car with sensors and would honestly not be without them. I can't vouch for the camera, but solid beep= 6" gap every time. The only negative is if you reverse very quickly, they can be a bit slow to react, however, as I'm sure some of our sages would point out, you'd be a bit thick to be reversing quickly in the direction of something you could hit.
I did once and took out a fence!
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We have the camera and the sensors.Camera is good for seeing direct behind but my wife prefers the sensors,like she says the camera doesnt pick up the rear corners of the car like the sensors do.But when the sensors are only 25 from ebay prepainted and only take a couple of hours to fit ,why not have both.
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Has anybody tried the sensors that go the full length of the bumper, but go behind the rear bumper and therefoe do not show? I think there was a link somewhere but I cant find it.
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Has anybody tried the sensors that go the full length of the bumper, but go behind the rear bumper and therefoe do not show? I think there was a link somewhere but I cant find it.
These have been mentioned in a few threads. I have heard mixed reports; some saying that they work well and others saying that they just beep when they are wet making them useless in the rain.
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