2017-12-16–Inexpensive Rearview Camera

The one obvious difference between Magnolia-S and –M was you when we looked behind the sailboat you could see you behind you…not so much. I did some looking and found out I could actually get a camera and monitor a lot cheaper than I expected. The system I put together started with a camera (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EJ09X8G/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)


The video signal runs through a cable with a BNC connector so it was important to have a monitor with a BNC input. (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KJVERF8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1)


Additionally I purchased a cable which is a combination video and power cable. (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H274A6Y/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)


I also purchased connectors for the power cable but I also will use these on an LED lighting project as well. (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VESYK0S/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1)


Last but not least was a mount for the camera so I could attach it to the bimini support. (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DGLC2AK/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1)  I found as I was writing this item is no longer available from Amazon.


I first identified a circuit breaker to provide 12volt power to the camera and the video monitor. I cut the 120v to 12v power supply off the video monitor power cable and spliced the remaining connector into the 12v line. In addition I used Maxmoral connector to neatly get power the video camera as well. Connecting the video cable to the Camera and monitor I powered the system up for a test run.


I really was surprised how good the picture was. After initial testing the cable was run through a standard Krogen cable run. Up through the column between starboard and center window.


Aft along the port side in the cable run above the curtain


and finally up to the fly bridge.


Once up to the fly bridge that run is till being finalized. I also need to make a starboard interface between the mount and the camera.


So how does it work, really amazing for about $100! Even the the low-light condition the picture is pretty amazing!


If you have questions feel free to reach out and will gladly help if I can!

3 thoughts on “2017-12-16–Inexpensive Rearview Camera

  1. Annette, Anthony, We love all that wood. Beautiful. You two did a wonderful job on her and she looks so homey…..and that master bed……like it better than my house! Enjoy! Be Safe. Greg and Mary

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