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I've had my 'relatively' new car for less than a fortnight, I'm not really getting on too well with the reversing camera, I tend to still prefer to use the door mirrors, and looking over my shoulder for the initial part of reversing with the later stages done viewing the camera screen also.

When putting the car into reverse gear there is a bit of a delay for the camera to initialise and pop up on screen, and then when shuffling forward and back you lose the camera when going into first gear. Is there anyway to mod the system so the reversing camera still shows up on the screen for a duration (5sec, 10sec) after moving the gear knob out of the reverse position?

Obviously I'm fully aware that a reversing camera is an 'additional aid' and should not be relied upon when better judgement can be made by looking and assessing the manoeuvre traditionally.

How have others got on with the camera? Should I just give it a bit more time to get used to it?
 

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I've had two different civics with a camera and they have had a similar delay in switching on and off. I got used to it and I don't even notice it.
 

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As others have said - I assume the delay is 1 - 2 seconds? That's about what it takes for mine to come on when I put the car into reverse. You are right to use the mirrors and rear window, with the camera being an additional aid.

I assume the camera comes on with the reversing light, so if you're looking for a delay you would need to draw power from somewhere else. You probably wouldn't get away with driving the car forward with the reversing light on, even if it is for 5 - 10 seconds. In the "Civic 9g iMid Reverse Camera installation" thread in the "This is How To ... (Guides Only) [9G]" section of the forum there is a post outlining how power can be provided to the camera without engaging reverse. I presume you would need to do something like that, but I'm sure other more knowledgeable forum members can assist!
 

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It isn't a long delay, a second or two as others have suggested; certainly nothing out of the ordinary . I probably just need to get used to using it a bit more. I'll have a look at the camera install guide, although I can't see myself making any hard modifications to wiring. Cheers.
 

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It isn't a long delay, a second or two as others have suggested; certainly nothing out of the ordinary . I probably just need to get used to using it a bit more. I'll have a look at the camera install guide, although I can't see myself making any hard modifications to wiring. Cheers.
I have reversing cameras on my 2017 Toyota Auris and my 2014 Civic 1.6 tourer and the little delay in coming on is no different in either car, I would say it's just getting used to it instead of any issue.
 

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I'm wondering, does our oem camera really get electric from the reverse light? If so, poor design. It should have is own line/fuse and relay switch off the accii circuit, with the relay being activated by reverse. Better yet, which is what I've seen on some german rentals the relay must have had a delay timer. So even if the reverse signal is gone the camera remains on for a few seconds later. That avoids the on off behavior the op has noted.
 
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