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Universal rear-view camera

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by Buck Pomerantz
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Pioneer's tiny ND-BC5 rear-view camera measures about an inch in all dimensions, so you can mount it unobtrusively on the back of your car. The view, however, is expansive, as the camera supplies a 135-degree horizontal view to the rear of your vehicle. Hook it up to any receiver with a composite video rear-view camera input, and you've added an extra measure of safety to your car, truck, or RV.

This rear-view camera adheres to your license plate or any other convenient spot, then connects to your in-dash monitor with its included 23' cable. This mighty mite of a camera renders a detailed 310,000 pixel resolution color image, and boasts Lux Automatic Luminance Control for a clear picture in bright or dim conditions. Warranty: 1 year.

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  • Camera with adjustable adhesive stand (installed) and attached 23' cable
  • Power supply box
  • 10' Power/ground/video harness
  • Allen wrench
  • Self-adhesive Velcro
  • Double-sided tape
  • Waterproof rubber wedge
  • 6 Self-adhesive cable clamps
  • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre)

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Features

Compatibility: The Pioneer Universal Rear-View Camera (ND-BC5) is designed for use with Pioneer and other manufacturer in-dash AV/Navigation head units that feature an integrated monitor and rear view camera input (composite video).

Chassis: The camera is built into a compact waterproof aluminum case, making it perfect for mounting outside the vehicle.

CMOS Sensor: The Pioneer Universal Rear-View Camera (ND-BC5) utilizes a 1/4" color CMOS image sensor that has approximately 310,000 pixels to deliver a high quality picture. A CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) sensor offers improved resolution and eliminates the vertical light "smear" phenomenon that occurs when a camera using a CCD sensor is exposed to a very bright light source or direct sunlight.

Wide Angle Lens: The 135° horizontal and 105° vertical viewing angles provide an excellent near field view of anything behind you.

Automatic Sensitivity Compensation: The camera automatically adjusts to the available light, from 0.9 lux to 100,000 lux. The 0.9 lux rating ensures you'll have visibility at night in low light, while the 100,000 lux rating means the picture won't be washed out in bright sunlight.

Power Supply: The hideaway power supply unit features two Molex plugs. The 3-pin molex plug connects to the camera's attached harness and supplies power and receives signal. The 4-pin molex plug connects to the Power/Ground/Video harness. Its RCA output feeds signal to your monitor while the other two lead provide power and ground. The power lead has an in-line 1 amp fuse.

Mounting: The rear view camera comes supplied with a pre-installed self-adhesive bracket which can tilt the camera up and down.

Specifications

Power Source/Ground System: 14.4 V DC (10.8 V to 15.1 V allowable); Negative type

Max Current Consumption: 100 mA

Output Video: Mirror image for rear view confirmation

Sensor: 1/4-inch color CMOS sensor

Effective Number of Pixels: 310,000

Wide Angle Lens: focal length - F = 1.4mm, F value = 2.3

Angle Of View: 135° horizontal and 105° vertical

Iris System: Electronic Iris

Scanning System: Interlace

Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 40 db or more

Horizontal Resolution: Approximately 300 TV lines

Illumination Range: Approximately 0.9 lux to 100,000 lux

Image Output: NTSC compatible - 1 Vp-p (75-ohm)

 Dimensions

Rear View Camera:

  • Width = 0.9375"
  • Height = 0.9375"
  • Depth = 1.1875"

Rear View Camera With Bracket (already installed):

  • Width = 1.375"
  • Height = 1.0625"
  • Depth = 1.4375"

Power Supply Box:

  • Width = 0.875"
  • Height = 0.9375"
  • Depth = 2.375"
 
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2 out of 5

camera

Written By bob, bradenton,fl on Thursday, September 20, 2012
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great picture,but when running wire one of the little wires pulled lose and then it was very hard to reinstall due to wire being to small
Pros:
good pic
Cons:
poor two sided tape,both parts with tape feel off in less than one hour and wires were so small they pulled out when pulled through dash to get inside of vehicle
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4 out of 5

Great camera easy install

Written By bruceF, Alexandria VA on Sunday, July 01, 2012
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Great camera easy install but a bit lacking on instructions.
Pros:
Small with a good lens for both day and night
Cons:
Not a very versital mount had to modify the mount screws when I reversed the mount to fit my aplication.mounting upside down did not give the camera body enough clearance for ven the smallest headed screw mount.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Pioneer ND-BC5

Written By Anonymous, wytheville va on Saturday, June 30, 2012
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none
Pros:
easy to install
Cons:
no distance lines
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4 out of 5

Pioneer ND-BC5

Written By Mark H, NJ on Sunday, April 29, 2012
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I really like this camera. Not sure if the in-dash GPS would provide the line guidance or the camera needs to have something built in, but it would've been a nice feature to see how your vehicle is tracking in reverse. It's also hard to tell the distance you really are away from an object. Something like an audible alert would've been nice too.

If it gave audible alerts or line guidance, it would've gotten 5 stars.

I have this hooked up to a Pioneer AVIC-Z140BH in-dash navigation unit.
Pros:
Video Quality. Easy installation.
Cons:
Expensive. The long video cable should have a disconnect by the actual camera to make installing it in the other direction easier.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Very nice camera!

Written By Anonymous, Delray Beach, FL on Saturday, April 21, 2012
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I have this camera paired with Pioneer AVIC 930BT. Works well even in low light. Would like to see them add parking guidance lines similar to factory back up cameras.
Pros:
Small, great visualization
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Works well!

Written By marc d, brevard county, FL on Thursday, January 12, 2012
 
the camera is paired with the pioneer avh 3300bt, and works flawlessly. Good night vision as well as daytime. I would definitely recommend this camera to others! This camera would be perfect if it gave the driver the range to object behind you. Other than that, its great.
Pros:
Good vision day and night
Cons:
pricey, no range to target icons
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