Low resolution cameras?

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by PHEVer, Feb 20, 2018.

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  1. PHEVer

    PHEVer New Member

    Hi all. This is my first Honda and have been pretty disappointed with the camera (both rear-view and lane watch) resolution and night performance. Is this a Clarity thing or just my vehicle?
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  3. Timothy

    Timothy Active Member

    I found the backing camera blurry when we bought ours, so I did a test of the other Clarity on the lot before we purchased. It seemed just as blurry, so I assumed it was a feature, not a bug (or at least that there was nothing specifically wrong with the one we were buying). We have loved the car so far, I just don't rely on the backing camera too much at night. I would be curious if others have the same experience.
  4. Hi.Ho.Silver

    Hi.Ho.Silver Active Member

    My cameras don’t seem blurry. So far I’m finding the lane watch camera quite useful since I’ve never had one before.
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  5. Ken7

    Ken7 Active Member

    The resolution of the lane watch camera is quite different than the backup camera. The lane watch has fairly good resolution whereas the backup is pretty poor. The backup looks to be below VHS quality. ;)
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  6. LAF

    LAF Active Member

    Wash the camera lens
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  8. Jason4107

    Jason4107 New Member

    You can tell when you get into a newer car that comes with "High Definition" cameras. The new BMW's look super crispy.

    I don't think i can complain too much with the price of the Honda and what you get...
  9. Ken7

    Ken7 Active Member

    The same is true of my Model S. The rear camera is super sharp. It looks 4K by comparison to our Clarity. But like you say, the Clarity is a lot cheaper.

    I still can’t help thinking that with how cheap HD cameras are now, they could have thrown one in. The lane watch cam is much better. It seems like it would have been cheaper to dispense with the lane watch camera, give us a traditional blind spot mirror and then put that money towards an HD backup cam.
  10. Everbody

    Everbody New Member

    A few thoughts... Maybe there is a peel off film of plastic that wasn't removed by the dealer. They missed the trunk side film on the lower rear window on ours. If the night time rear camera needs more light, look into increasing the lumen in the reverse light "bulbs."

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  11. barnesgj

    barnesgj Active Member

    I have an awkward curve that I have to back into to get to my power outlet, and I have not noticed the lack of resolution as an issue. While I agree that the higher res would be nice, it's not a necessity. None of the extras I've given up from my previous car have brought buyer's remorse so far.
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  13. Ken7

    Ken7 Active Member

    Unfortunately it’s just the low resolution of the camera, not a plastic film. I actually did look for that when I first got the car, but none was to be found. It is what it is.
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  14. visajet

    visajet New Member

    Our other car is a 2017 Civic, and the resolution of the rear camera is much better than the Clarity. The day we brought the Clarity home, I was convinced there was a plastic film due to the quite evident drop in resolution compared to the civic. Even the lighting of the camera (night time) is poorer compared to the Civic.

    Its not a major problem, but I wonder why they went backwards compared to the Civic, especially since the Clarity shares many of the Civic's components.....
  15. Ken7

    Ken7 Active Member

    This is why: <$$$> ;)
  16. Jason4107

    Jason4107 New Member

    I think the tech on the clarity is about 2 years older than any other Hondas. I don't know why. Why wouldn't it just have the same as the Accord?

    It's also not just an HD camera, but lack of HD Screen.
  17. Ken7

    Ken7 Active Member

    Jason, you're probably right. The screen is certainly not a high rez screen. No danger of 4K video ever showing up on our screen! ;)
  18. Johngalt6146

    Johngalt6146 Active Member

    Is your camera better in narrow mode than fish-eye? Mine is.
  19. Ken7

    Ken7 Active Member

    John, I think almost any camera looks better in a narrow mode than a fisheye. Mine does.
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  21. HappyValley

    HappyValley New Member

    Is there any way to turn on the rear camera without going into reverse? It’s sometimes nice to check where you’re at in a parking spot. I know there’s a button at the end of the signal lever for the blind spot mirror, which is nice!
  22. dstrauss

    dstrauss Well-Known Member

    Someone a while back likened the to a "parts bin car" - in other words, it is super sophisticated and high tech as a PHEV, but accessories (cameras, infotainment, lack of cross traffic and side traffic alerts, etc.) resembles "they used what was left in the parts bin from making all their other cars."
  23. ab13

    ab13 Active Member

    Luckily they put the money into a bigger liquid cooled battery, electric heating, and rear independent suspension. In the same price range, various other vehicles don't have these.

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