Don’t drive through water.I live in a rainy state and every other day my CX-9's backup camera is completely wet and so is 100% useless in reverse parking. Is there any accessory or shield or something I can put on/around it which will prevent it from getting wet all the time ?
This looks like a mazda problem to me.. I never had an issue with my 2013 sonata, 2016 CLA 45, 2013 GLK 350 and the company BMW 528I.Out of curiosity, has anyone experienced an SUV which didn’t have this issue? ( with the exception of VW with their hidden pop up camera).
The reason it gets dirty is because of the aerodynamic backflow caused by the square back of the vehicle. The same reason all hatchbacks need a rear wiper and sedans don’t. You could try a hood, but the water/dirt doesn’t drop on the camera, it flies directly on it. A hood may actually worsen the effect. You could try to have a reverse hood maybe but again it may only be effective at certain speed.
I think this is just the reality of rear view cameras, but if anyone knows of a dirt free design on other cars let me know, i am very curious to see how they do it. Pop up cameras are great except when you live in canada like me and it is frozen shut all the time and is just another potential complexity to break with time.
Well most of these are sedans or coupe, except the GLK. Mercedes as been using backup cameras that roll to hide themselves when not in use to not get dirty ( not sure if it was on the GLK though. ) BMW may have followed suit. I just wanna make sure we compare apple to apple. No arguments about the quality of the camera on the mazda though.This looks like a mazda problem to me.. I never had an issue with my 2013 sonata, 2016 CLA 45, 2013 GLK 350 and the company BMW 528I.
Mazda cameras have the worst resolution in the industry "except for the new mazda 3" and the dumbest design. I think the blurry issue is also exaggerated by the early 2000s barbie camera resolution.
Resolution probably doesn’t have much of an impact, but the fish eye effect would. So that may be a factor for the mazda that exacerbates the problem.I wonder if it's simply the resolution combined with droplets. Better resolution, easier to see "through" droplets. Better resolution, still usable view.
I also find the CRV has a greater fish eye field of vision. So perhaps when water dries, it leads to dirt around the edge of the cam (sort of like a coffee spot drying on a counter). This is less noticeable with the fish eye as the center view still usable. I only lose the fish eye advantage left and right so I ignore it and just view straight back.
Edge of CX9 cam being lost would mean part of actual direct rear view being lost.
I do the same. Rain-X and other repellents like car wax or ceramic coating, etc. won't work. Because of the aerodynamics of the car, any "mist" that is created by the rear tires moving over a wet road flows onto the camera lens and starts forming droplets. This "mist" is dirty, and once it dries, future droplets are more likely to form on the dirty lens. I tried using car wax and BeadMaker on the lens and I still had the issue. Same thing happens to my dad's Equinox and my brother-in-law's Murano, so I just live with it and wipe it off when I need to.I actually just wipe the camera with a rag every week and it seems to help. Thought of putting some rain-X on it as well.
Yeah, this seems to happen on all SUVs (and probably hatchbacks as well).Our old 2011 Odyssey had the same problem as does my wife's '17 Highlander. Anything that's located where these cameras are is going to get gunked up - water, dirt, etc. get kicked up and through a venturi effect/turbulence gets splattered to the back of the car and the camera.
How about your eyes and the rear windshield? The back up camera is just an "aid" to assist with backing up; the warning says not to rely on it. This is just physics.I live in a rainy state and every other day my CX-9's backup camera is completely wet and so is 100% useless in reverse parking. Is there any accessory or shield or something I can put on/around it which will prevent it from getting wet all the time ?
Well, it's also physics that there is a huge spot behind the rear of a vehicle that is blind to someone looking over shoulder from drivers seat. If a kid is there and hit, it's called a backover. In front...frontover. Kids are killed. These cams reduce that chance.How about your eyes and the rear windshield? The back up camera is just an "aid" to assist with backing up; the warning says not to rely on it. This is just physics.