2008 2.5S Sedan w/CVT
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Salty Ontario
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^ My setup is essentially the same as MRR's, the only difference is the 12 to 5 V reducer in my case is near the camera. It's still tucked into the headliner, I don't see it. It's about the size of a typical USB flashdrive.
I tapped into the fuse that protects the front 12V power socket.
For dual channel camera setups the really good ones seem to be rather on the expensive side. One could always simply install 2 separate cameras, the thing with that is you will need a bit more room for the add-a-fuses, and to run the cable from the rear camera along the edges might require a longer cable.
Cameras that have good parking mode are usually more expensive, and there has to been some sort of battery voltage monitoring, so that once battery voltage reaches some threshold, the camera is turned off to prevent draining.
For a while I was thinking an idea to power the camera when parked would be to use one of those external batteries that you can use to recharge mobile phones (with USB cable output). I think it would work, but it would be a PITA as you would need to switch back and forth between the hard-wired cable and a cable to the battery, need to recharge the external battery every so often, and probably need a bigger storage card.