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Cadillac Escalade, EXT and ESV Forum - 1999 - 2006 Discussion, How to add a 'factory' backup camera to your touchscreen satellite navigation system in Cadillac Escalade Forums; Originally Posted by 90limited It does not include the camera... if you take the same controller and include one of ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 90limited

    It does not include the camera... if you take the same controller and include one of the camera options, it takes it back to 1k...
    Something like that would work for me as I have a camera and monitor just want it on the stock nav screen.

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    Re: How to add a 'factory' backup camera to your touchscreen satellite navigation sys

    Quote Originally Posted by Sentinelist View Post
    Actually no! That's a great idea. I wonder about the latency of the camera turning on in this fashion, but I may very well re-wire it to do this. Would certainly make more sense (I don't do stuff like this very often). It does immediately snap on as soon as Reverse is engaged, and now that I think about it, other vehicles with factory systems seem to take up to a second longer as the camera powers on. The constant drain can become an issue if the truck sits there for long, but I think I can probably count how many days it wasn't driven on one hand in the last year, so battery is always being charged. YMMV. But tapping the + reverse light lead should probably be a best practice here. Thanks for the great suggestion.
    True, the downside is you'd probably lose a bit of latency as the camera "boots up" but worth it IMO, in case (for example) you want to take the truck to the airport or something and know you'll have to leave it for a few days with no way to shut the camera down. Plus, I would think the camera being on 24/7 wouldn't be too good for it. I don't know if those electronics can burn out or not, but I wouldn't want to find out.

    Quote Originally Posted by 90limited View Post
    It does not include the camera... if you take the same controller and include one of the camera options, it takes it back to 1k...
    You can get generic cheapo Chinese cameras on Ebay for $15 and up. Probably not quite as nice as the one that comes with the kit, but at a $750 price premium for the kit bundled cam, I'd be willing to experiment! I do have one of the cheap cameras wired into the system in my BMW, and it works OK. Not exactly cinema grade, but it gets the job done.

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    Re: How to add a 'factory' backup camera to your touchscreen satellite navigation sys

    The camera is extra, but not $750 extra! Not sure where that is coming from. Mine was closer to $75 I believe. Same seller sells a few different options. Simple yellow RCA connection.

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    Re: How to add a 'factory' backup camera to your touchscreen satellite navigation sys

    An alternative box that does the same thing as the PAC VCI is sold by NavTV. In fact, the person I spoke with at NavTV claimed that they manufacture the module for PAC.

    Both modules do look identical, other than color and labeling.

    One thing I learned about cheap cameras: They are no better than having no camera at all. Just more expensive than having no camera.

    From that experience, I would heartily recommend obtaining a high quality rear camera, if going through all the effort to install one. The OEM camera on my other car offers really incredible performance... somehow self adjusting exposure between backing into bright sun versus a dark parking lot. The cheap license frame camera I picked up at Costco produces little more than color noise. A good quality, clear, durable, self adjusting, light sensitive camera isn't just expensive... it is actually useful.

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