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Fix out-of-focus rear camera?

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by Musterion, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. Musterion

    Musterion 18h 03m 37s −24° 23′ 12″

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    I had no idea before (kind of like not knowing you need glasses before you get them), but after I drove a P85 loaner I realized my backup camera is noticeably out of focus. I've tried both cars in the same place and you can tell especially on sharp edges and seeing license plates and other details. Is there a way to adjust the focus on the camera?

    Note I have tech package HD camera (although I guess shouldn't matter since it was revealed all cars have the same HD camera), and the comparison loaner car was manufactured same month as mine and very close in VIN number. And yes I've cleaned the lens and checked for other obstructions.
     
  2. fiksegts

    fiksegts Active Member

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    I noticed this as well when I had a loaner car, the camera was much sharper...


     
  3. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    On a very wide angle lens like that it's not likely a focus issue. I suspect they are fixed focus lenses in fact. Have you checked to be sure your lens isn't dirty?
     
  4. Musterion

    Musterion 18h 03m 37s −24° 23′ 12″

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    As I said in my original post, figuring your suggestion of cleaning the lens would be the stock answer, yes I have double checked and cleaned the lens and also checked for scratches, etc. The image is definitely out of focus. You are right there is a fixed focal length, which makes everything uniformly out of focus regardless of distance. Whether the camera focus can be changed in place without replacing the camera is the question.
     
  5. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    With a wide angle lens of a fixed focal length and aperture something will be in focus at some focal distance unless the lens is displaced in relation to the sensor. The wider the focal length the greater the depth of field (area in focus) for a particular aperture. Hence, it seems unlikely that this is a true "focus" issue as we usually think of it...maybe it is, but I'm not sure ti makes sense. Perhaps the entire camera needs to be replaced.
     
  6. TurboFroggy

    TurboFroggy Member

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    I had this exact same problem. I thought my camera was fine until I got a loaner and realized that my camera was very out of focus. Just ask for a side by side comparison of your camera to the loaners, it was easy to see the difference. The Service Center ordered me a new camera and it only took about 30 minutes to install it, completely fixed the issue.
     
  7. Musterion

    Musterion 18h 03m 37s −24° 23′ 12″

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    Thanks @TurboFroggy. Yes it is easy to see in side by side comparison, even when I was parked at the SC and cameras were aimed at a fence. I figured I'd clean the camera or adjust it when I got home, but then realized nothing helped. I'll go back to Service!
     
  8. ken830

    ken830 Model S (Res#P12,447)

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    Mine is only out of focuse on the entire right edge of the image. The left is super-sharp.
     
  9. kevincwelch

    kevincwelch Active Member

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    I have no focus issues with my camera. Notwithstanding the issue of focal length, any practical assessment of a side-by-side comparison would suggest that one is better than the other or eliminate questions.

    Have service replace your camera.
     
  10. AmpedRealtor

    AmpedRealtor Active Member

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    I have this issue as well. Service is telling me that there is nothing wrong, however the loaner Model S is tack sharp. Mine is fuzzy, almost like it isn't HD. When I pick up my car, I will show them my camera compared to the loaner and request a fix.
     

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