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Old 10-24-2013, 07:11 AM
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X5 Reversing Camera At Night - RUBBISH

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I have a 2012 X5 with a lot of bells and whistles including the reversing camera with top view. During the day, the camera is awesome and I probably won't buy another car without it but at night, when the lights are on, the picture is all 'clouded' out and is unusable.
This is caused by the number plate light which the camera sits right next to. Has anyone been able to come up with an idea to block the light hitting the camera. Obviously cannot remove the bulb (as much as I am tempted to) as this is illegal. Any ideas / help would be much appreciated. Have to say poor design by BMW though.
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:24 AM
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Hi all

I have a 2012 X5 with a lot of bells and whistles including the reversing camera with top view. During the day, the camera is awesome and I probably won't buy another car without it but at night, when the lights are on, the picture is all 'clouded' out and is unusable.
This is caused by the number plate light which the camera sits right next to. Has anyone been able to come up with an idea to block the light hitting the camera. Obviously cannot remove the bulb (as much as I am tempted to) as this is illegal. Any ideas / help would be much appreciated. Have to say poor design by BMW though.
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Maybe our design is different, smaller plate, but rear view at night isn't
that bad. If something is back there I know it, its 2013

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Old 10-24-2013, 10:44 AM
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I will try and take a picture so you can all see what I am talking about. It's mainly the first third of the screen that is unsuable. Heaven forbid if a child is standing there as you would have no chance of spotting them. I have tried taking down the brightness and contrast of the screen to zero and whilst it helps, it's still unaccepatable IMO.
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:35 AM
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Yes, the back-up camera on my '08 is worthless at night as well.

I should say: Unless there is sufficient ambient light available.
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Hi all

I have a 2012 X5 with a lot of bells and whistles including the reversing camera with top view. During the day, the camera is awesome and I probably won't buy another car without it but at night, when the lights are on, the picture is all 'clouded' out and is unusable.
This is caused by the number plate light which the camera sits right next to. Has anyone been able to come up with an idea to block the light hitting the camera. Obviously cannot remove the bulb (as much as I am tempted to) as this is illegal. Any ideas / help would be much appreciated. Have to say poor design by BMW though.
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have you play with the settings/adjustments?
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Old 10-24-2013, 02:05 PM
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I noticed it more when I replaced my license plate lights with white LEDs. The backup cam at night will be washed out due to the plate light. Its even worse when the backup camera lens is dirty.
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have you play with the settings/adjustments?
yes, tried adjusting the brightness and contrast to both extremes andmaking it brighter makes it worse. Hope to take a pic and post tonight
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Old 10-25-2013, 11:31 AM
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Yes, the back-up camera on my '08 is worthless at night as well.

I should say: Unless there is sufficient ambient light available.

Cameras are different on a 2008 compared to a LCI vehicle. But yes, the pre-lci cameras are worthless unless it's sunny and clear.
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I can't see much at night on mine either (2011). When backing into my driveway, I ride the brakes so that the brake lights illuminate the area. While this isn't as good as during the day, I can see enough to get into the driveway and not hit anything.

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I will try and take a picture so you can all see what I am talking about. It's mainly the first third of the screen that is unsuable. Heaven forbid if a child is standing there as you would have no chance of spotting them. I have tried taking down the brightness and contrast of the screen to zero and whilst it helps, it's still unaccepatable IMO.
To me, this illustrates the downside of rear view cameras. They are not designed to replace driver situational awareness and actually checking for obstacles, including children. It is like relying on a rear view mirror without doing a shoulder check. What if that child was just out of view of a perfectly functioning rear view camera?

If there is a risk that children are playing behind the vehicle I would suggest a walk around before reversing.
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