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Features you may want when purchasing Camera Systems.

Cameras

  • Lens Shutter - this feature helps keep the lens clean.
  • Low Lux Capability - improves visibility in low light conditions.
  • Water Resistant - intended for outdoor use.
  • Heated Lens - eliminates frost on the lens.
  • Adjustable field of view - allows zooming in/out for best coverage.
  • Shock mounted - prevents internal circuit damage and camera jitter.
  • Microphone - used to hear backup the alarm, spotter's commands, and emergency audibles.
  • Voltage should be compatible with the power source in vehicle - most commercial cameras are 12 volts, much equipment is 24 volts.
  • Monitors

  • Brightness and Contrast Control - reduces glare on inside cab windows at night.
  • Switchable mirror (reverse) image - duplicates look into a rearview mirror.
  • Distance Markings on Screen - enables operator to estimate distances from equipment.
  • Convenient location for camera selection control - Operator not required to reach for controls.
  • Automatic switching to rearview when vehicle is in reverse - eliminates operator manually switching to rear camera.
  • Color monitor - may offer better contrast of objects.
  • Different monitor sizes - larger monitors do not display more information.
  • Automatic brightness control - automatically adjusts monitor at night to prevent glare.
  • Day/night setting - adjusts brightness/contrast for optimal day/night operation.
  • Voltage should be compatible with power source in vehicle (see cameras, last item).
  • LCD vs CRT - LCD is a smaller and lighter unit.
  • Wire Harnesses

  • High quality positively secured connections - Typically these harnesses use military grade and water resistant connectors.
  • Protective over wrap - prevents damage to wire insulation.
  • Chemical and heat resistant cables - increases service life.
  • Over-current protection - this is important in any electrical circuit to prevent over heating the wiring and creating an ignition source.
  • Connectors designed to facilitate troubleshooting and replacement - direct plugging of the camera into the monitor when troubleshooting eliminates the need to splice wires to troubleshoot.
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