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IR LEDs, auto heating features bolster universal car rearview cameras line

CMOS cameras remain dominant as CCD counterparts stay limited to the high end.


  • CMOS sensors prevalent: Models based on CMOS technology dominate with an 80 to 90 percent share of total rearview camera output. Although CCD-based units are available, these are mostly for upscale systems and on request. CMOS sensors are typically sourced from OmniVision, Aptina and Pixelplus, while CCD counterparts are from Sharp and Sony.
  • Mainstream features: The bulk of China products use 1/4in CMOS sensors with 480 TVL resolution. Some new variants adopt 1/3in CMOS such as Pixelplus’ PC1089K for higher sensitivity and improved night vision. IR LEDs are gaining popularity. Makers are also adding auto heating features to prevent fogging.
  • Design: Emphasis on ease of installation is speeding up the release of license-plate mounted units, which are expected to compete with traditional bumper-type cameras. For buses and other large vehicles, backup mounting remains widely used. IP67 and IP68 ratings are common in mainstream models. Advanced variants support IP69K.

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