Back up camera - upgrade possible?

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  1. ebFX4

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    Love my Ranger and it’s aids. But since I got it- I feel like the backup camera resolution and picture quality is a bit low.

    I’ve been driving a Jeep Wrangler the last few days as a rental and i was quickly surprised with how much better that camera’s resolution is.

    So I have to ask...is there any way to upgrade the backup camera on the Ranger?
     
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    Trying to read with it or something?
     
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    I have used mine several times and even backing up to trailers to hook up and had no issues w/ the clarity.
    I even use the zoom-in function when really close to the hitch and it looks good. I have noticed that need to keep the lens clean from road grime but no other issues imo.
     
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    My wife's Crosstrek definitely has a higher resolution than my Ranger does but have to agree with the other comments. It does the job and I didn't have issues using it to hook up to my trailer.
     
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    If it uses composite video, maybe something more high end: https://www.brandmotion.com/summitview-1/rock-cameras/summitview-rock-camera-9002-8851.html
     
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    I just want to be able to turn it on at any time, not just in rev.
     
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    Agreed it gets the job done when it needs to. No argument there.
    I'm just in a parking structure at work and my apartment where a little more clarity and contrary wouldn't hurt. Considering it's a +40k truck, itd be nice if it were 1-1 to cars in lower price points.

    "Trying to read with it?"...hmm. Hadn't considered that before...til now ;)
     
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    Lord, have mercy!:LOL:
     
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    Hey don't let the jokesters getcha down! Some of us just notice stuff like this ;)

    Our son got a Chevy Volt two months before we got the Ranger and the quality of his backup camera is way better. The difference was noticeable enough that when I first saw the Ranger's, I walked around to make sure there wasn't still some piece of protective plastic from the factory stuck on the camera lens (there wasn't)!

    Not sure about 3rd party options, might be worth searching around, though in my case it doesn't bother me that much now that I know that's just the way it is.
     
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    I know this is an older thread but I did the same. Getting out of my wrangler and into the Ranger, I keep wanting to go clean the camera but it’s just a bad resolution. It definitely does the job. I just thought something was wrong with it. Lol
     
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    Odds are its a poor quality cmos sensor chosen for durability over image quality. There is probably an upgrade. Perhaps from an F150 ? Can we compare the part numbers?
     
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    good point, Tommy...haven’t been in an F150 to compare so I wonder if it’s better.

    I do wonder though... would swapping the camera mess with the calibration of the lines and sensors?
    Dunno! I’ll see if I can find specs or resolution on them F15 cameras though. Seems like a viable option.
     
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    I kept thinking the camera was dirty the first couple days and finally cleaned it off. Then realized it was just the low resolution.
     
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    Mine seems to accumulate dirt and water on it pretty easily which makes it difficult to see anything. I wiped it off this weekend and it is better, but when it rains all the water collects on it and distorts everything. I tried putting some rainx on it but it didn't seem to help at all.

    Does anyone else experience the same thing?
     

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