Choosing camera system
I replaced the B&W single-camera backup system on my previous coach with a color 4-cam system--(2) rear and (2) side cams. Two in the rear to see both toad and longer view at same time. System worked OK and side cams were useful, though no replacement for carefully looking in the mirrors.
My only complaint was that the cams seem to lack much auto-brightness control. When set satisfactorily for "normal" conditions, if the sun was behind me, the views were washed-out white. It seemed as if the cams lacked an automatic compensation for brightness, although ALL cams seem to advertise auto-brightness control. I meant to try an extended "hood" over the cams, but sold the coach before trying it.
When I look at the vast array of systems available, the specs seem nearly identical with few exceptions, and 99% of all cams seem to be made by Sony or Sharp. Prices, however, are all over the moon, with Voyager being far and away the highest, even though Voyager is made by a company known for cheap, throwaway consumer electronics commonly found at Wal-Mart and such.
Has anyone else experienced the "wash-out" problem? Can anyone point me to a source of technical information that might show a REAL technical difference between systems? Most of them seem only to show non-technical information aimed at non-technical consumers.
Also, has anyone found cams that have a lesser wide-angle view? In my experience, a vehicle coming up behind (or beside) you is a tiny speck even when they are about to come even with your coach.
Van W 2000 Dynasty 36 pulling one Harley