The 7" TFT panel gives a nice large high resolution colour image. It uses the latest digital high resolution panel giving 800 by 480 pixels which is over three times the resolution of normal rear view monitors. The improvement in image quality this gives is quite noticeable compared to the standard panel. It is thin in thickness but sturdily built. We have combined this monitor with a number of our cameras in some unbeatable deals. The monitor works off 12V DC and will use about 7W. It can work with both NTSC or PAL inputs and can be set to automatically adjust between the two. The definition is 800 (W) x RGB x 480 (H). It has 2 AV inputs and can be set up to automatically come on when reverse is selected or change channels when reverse is selected. The monitor is 250mm wide, 106mm high and 18mm thick (approximately). It is supplied with a lead that is approximately 2m long and can be extended using the PS/2 leads advertised in the extension lead section if required. When the monitor is not displaying an image it acts as a conventional mirror. The image however is similar to if you have a normal interior mirror on dip. These monitors are often used as an always on rear view mirror especially when matched to a CCD camera.
The image above shows a typical view using this monitor with a reversing camera in the down position. This is an actual photograph of the screen displaying a picture from a CAM222.
This image shows the view from a CCD camera in the up position. When used with a quality CCD camera it gives an excellent picture with a sharp image. We are moving more onto the Sony CCD sensor and this monitor suits it very well giving life like colours. The Sharp sensor can still be a little pale on greens in the sun.
The image above shows how thin the monitor is.
We have this monitor matched to a number of our CMOS and CCD reversing cameras. We use our "easy wire" RCA cables to help simplify installation. These kits represent good value for money.
The reflective nature of the front of the mirror monitors can give issues in cars especially. We have had some success in cutting down the reflection problem by using Matte ipad screen protectors. Below are some photographs showing the result with a "cheap and cheerful" Matte protector bought off ebay. The air bubbles visible are down to taking the protector on and off during taking the photographs. They are not normally there if you apply the protector carefully.
This one shows the reflections on a normal screen
This one has the MATTE protector on. By right clicking on these photographs you can get the full sized version.
Again this one is without the screen protector.
This one has the MATTE screen protector.
With these photographs we have tried to match the camera angles between the two pairs of pictures to give a true comparison. Our opinion is it reduces the amount of reflection you get in the monitor. By altering the angle of the monitor you can also get it in a position where reflections minimised. Both sets of picture were taken in a car. With the screen protector you would use the monitor as an always on rear view.
7 "TFT LCD color LCD
Display ratio: 16:9 / 4:3 image flip function
Resolution: 800 × (RGB) × 480
Two Video AV input, two audio outputs (dual channel),
Full function remote control operation, touch button operation
Input Voltage: DC 12V