What type of camera should I buy for my car?

How many types of cameras are there? What are the uses of each type? What type of camera should I buy for my car? The article below CarOn will answer your questions!

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Front camera

A front camera is a type of camera mounted on the windshield or dashboard of a car facing the front of the vehicle.

The main function is to record images and sounds during driving, this type of camera can record the entire front image of the vehicle. Images from the front camera are usually stored on a memory card or can be transferred directly to a mobile phone or computer via WiFi or Bluetooth connection.

Advantages of Front Camera

  • Record evidence: The front camera records images and sounds while driving, providing useful evidence in the event of a traffic accident or dispute over a road incident.
  • Protection and safety: The front camera can record the entire image in front of the vehicle, including unexpected events such as accidents or violations. This can assist in determining liability and protect the driver in the event of a dispute over the occurrence of an accident.
  • Record the journey: The front camera can record the vehicle’s journey, providing information about speed, location and time. This can be useful in reviewing journeys and witnessing for technical or management purposes.

Disadvantages of Front Camera

  • Limited rear view: The front camera only records images and sounds from the front of the vehicle, providing no rear view. This can limit the ability to observe and evaluate situations occurring behind the vehicle.
  • Low light tolerance: The front camera may have difficulty recording quality images in low light or at night.
  • Limited viewing angle: Front cameras often have a narrower viewing angle than 360-degree cameras or mirror cameras, not capturing the entire view around the vehicle.

Mirror camera

A type of camera that is integrated with the car’s rearview mirror, the main function of the mirror camera is to provide images of the rear of the car when driving or reversing parking. Images from the mirror camera are displayed directly on the rearview mirror or on a separate screen mounted on the dashboard.

Mirror cameras enhance rear visibility and help enhance rear visibility and help drivers easily observe and control the direction of the vehicle. Some types of mirror cameras also have the function of automatically switching between normal display mode and vehicle camera display mode.

Advantages of Mirror Camera

  • Integrated into the rearview mirror: The mirror camera is integrated directly into the car’s rearview mirror, no need for separate installation, saving space and creating aesthetics for the car.
  • Enhanced rear view: The mirror camera provides an image of the rear of the vehicle directly on the rearview mirror or on a dashboard-mounted screen. The driver can easily observe and control the direction of reversing or parking safely and conveniently.
  • Reduce the risk of collision: With clear images from the mirror camera, the driver can see obstacles or other vehicles behind the vehicle, helping to avoid collisions and reduce the risk of accidents.
  • Support at night and in low light conditions: Some mirror cameras feature infrared or light sensors, which help provide clearer and sharper images in low light or night conditions.

Disadvantages of mirror cameras:

  • Limited viewing angle: Mirror cameras often have a narrower viewing angle than 360-degree cameras or reversing cameras, and cannot record the entire view around the vehicle.
  • Depends on the rearview mirror: The mirror camera depends on the vehicle’s rearview mirror to display images. This may cause the mirror to lose functionality when the camera is not working or there is a technical problem.
  • Limitations when the mirror is obscured: If the rearview mirror is obscured by obstacles or is blurred, the image from the mirror camera will also be affected and unclear.
  • Limited features: Mirror cameras often do not have additional features such as trip recording, collision warning or trip tracking and recording functions like other types of cameras.

Reverse camera

Car reversing camera (Rearview Camera) is a type of camera mounted behind the car to assist drivers when reversing. Rear camera is intended to enhance rear visibility and help drivers observe and control more easily when performing reverse or parking operations.

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Advantages of Rear Camera

  • Enhanced visibility: The rear camera enhances visibility behind the vehicle, helping drivers see obstacles, parked vehicles, pedestrians or other objects behind the vehicle more easily and clearly.
  • Reduce the risk of collision: With images displayed on the screen, the driver can see obstacles or other vehicles behind his vehicle, helping to avoid collisions and reduce the risk of accidents.
  • Parking assistance: The rear camera is a useful tool when parking. The driver can observe the screen to adjust the correct position and distance when parking in an empty space, making driving easier and safer.
  • Support at night and in low light conditions: Reverse cameras often feature infrared or light sensors, which help provide clearer and sharper images in low light or night conditions.

Disadvantages of Rear Camera

  • Limited viewing angle: Rear cameras often have a narrow viewing angle, only displaying a narrow range behind the vehicle. This can reduce the ability to fully observe and not display obstacles outside the camera’s frame.
  • Depends on driver skills: Even with a reversing camera, proper use and analysis of images still depends on the driver’s skills and experience.

Camera journey

A dash cam is a type of camera mounted on the dashboard or windshield of a car to record images and sounds while driving. Dashcams are often used as a support and protection tool for vehicle owners, providing evidence in the event of traffic accidents, arguments or notable events occurring on the road.

In addition, in some high-end dash cams, it is possible to warn about speed, read traffic signs, and turn off the camera 24/7.

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Advantages of Dashboard Camera

  • Record the journey: The dash cam records all images and sounds during the driving process, providing information about speed, location and time. This can be useful for reviewing journeys, testifying in the event of an accident or disputing a road incident.
  • Driving behavior monitoring: Dashboard cameras provide the ability to monitor driving behavior, record driving actions such as turning, accelerating, and braking, helping drivers self-assess and improve their driving skills. me.

Disadvantages of Dashcam

  • Limited viewing angle: Dashboard cameras often have a narrow viewing angle, not capturing the entire view around the vehicle, especially the front and rear corners.
  • Low light tolerance: Dash cams can have difficulty capturing quality images in low light or at night.
  • Limited rear visibility: Dashboard cameras often do not record the rear view of the vehicle, which can limit the ability to observe and evaluate situations occurring behind.

360 degree camera

A 360-degree car camera is a type of camera that integrates 4 cameras mounted on the front of the car, both sides of the mirror, and the back of the car and is used to help you have a comprehensive view of the vehicle’s surroundings. Instead of only providing images from the rear like traditional reverse cameras, the 360 ​​camera will c

Each camera in the car 360-degree system has a wide viewing angle to cover a large area around the vehicle. Images from these cameras are processed and combined into a panoramic image, allowing the driver to see all important corners and blind spots around the vehicle.

Images from the car’s 360-degree camera are displayed on a central screen or on a separate screen mounted on the dashboard. On the screen, the driver can view panoramic images or switch between individual camera views.

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Advantages of 360 degree Camera

  • All-round vision: The 360-degree camera allows recording panoramic views around the vehicle from different angles, providing a comprehensive and detailed view of the surrounding environment.
  • Support for parking and recording the journey: With panoramic images, the 360-degree camera helps the driver easily observe and park the car accurately, as well as review the journey and create evidence in case of need. .
  • Reduce the risk of collision: 360-degree camera provides clear images of obstacles, other vehicles or pedestrians around the vehicle, helping drivers avoid collisions and increase safety when traveling.
  • Warning and driver assistance: Some 360-degree cameras come with collision warning, blind spot warning, parking assistance and smart driving assistance systems, helping to enhance visibility. and control the vehicle.

Defect

  • Cost and installation: 360-degree cameras often cost more than other types of cameras, and installation can require effort and technical expertise.

What type of camera should I install in my car?

If you just move normally, the car has front or front corner sensors, then the forward camera is not necessary. The secondary mirror camera will be more suitable for those with weak driving skills. As for an experienced driver who knows how to adjust the rearview mirror properly and pay careful attention, it is completely possible to pull over safely without the need for support from the side-mirror camera. Therefore, these two types of cameras have quite a few users.

Among car cameras, 360 cameras are the most comprehensive. Because this set of equipment gathers cameras in all positions. The 360 ​​camera not only helps the driver observe the vehicle from all angles, but also has the function of storing images like a dash cam. The drawback is that the price of 360 car cameras is quite high. If your budget is comfortable, this is the type of camera you should invest in.

If you want to save costs, you can equip a dash cam and a reversing camera. These are the two most necessary types of cameras. Image data from dash cams will be very useful in many troublesome situations when participating in traffic. The reversing camera helps observe the entire rear area of ​​the vehicle. From there, you can avoid the most dangerous blind spots, supporting parking and reversing faster and more safely.

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