Let's talk about backup cameras: Why do they all suck?

No, not the idea of cameras themselves. They’re quite useful, and the utility they provide has great safety benefits. I’m talking about the actual hardware. They seem to be a few generations behind the times, and for seemingly no reason.

In this day and age, phone cameras are smaller than buttons and produce images of a quality that would have been unheard of ten years ago.


Meanwhile, our cars are saddled with these huge growths that are visible from space, and the image you get in the cabin brings to mind a 1998 Sony Mavica, or an early webcam.

So what gives? Are car manufacturers really that cheap that they’d buy outdated tech because “eh, that’s good enough”? Is a proper, discrete camera REALLY that much more expensive?

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