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Who is the OEM for the backup camera?

artsci

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May 10, 2012
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I've been trying to find that out for years, even took one apart to see what I could find. It's not OmniVision. AS araxara notes they only make the chip. I do know one thing -- it's made in Japan but by whom remains a mystery.
 

artsci

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May 10, 2012
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Digging this up again... @artsci do know the sensor part number from Omnivision?

I ask due to this article with reference to the sensor being used in the Jetson 2 dev kit: JetPack 2.3 Doubles Jetson TX1 Deep Learning Inference Performance which indicates the Omnivision OV5693 is not RGB raw, rather YCbCr420 and that likely means it might be readable as hdmi 2.0 mode 2-compatible

I may have the part number but it's not for the camera -- for that there's only a Tesla part number. But i'm in Europe until Sunday and can't look up any records I have have filed about the sensor. If I find anything when I return I'll post it.
 

ohmman

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Feb 13, 2014
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This likely doesn't help, but here are photos from the newer model camera. There's nothing on the camera body, just this Tesla label with the Tesla PN and serial.
label1.png
label2.png
 

MikeBur

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Dec 8, 2014
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Thanks both. That looks like the Tesla part number @ohmman.

I'm out to Europe on Monday Rick, more idle curiosity here. No rush. Just the latest NV dev board had Omnivision listed as one of the natively-supported camera types...
 

ohmman

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Feb 13, 2014
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Another photo - I took the bracket off of my camera and the screws also hold the housing together. Here's a photo of the inside of the two halves. I still don't see an OEM name but someone else might notice something worthwhile..

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lunitiks

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Nov 19, 2016
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Did some research :)

There's at least 4 (four) different revisions of Teslas backup camera (BUC). First, you have 3 variants that all look the same, PNs:
1006773-00-D
1006773-00-E
1006773-00-F

Not sure what differentiates them (might be humble things like mounting, connector, waterproofing). Anyway you can get the latest "F"-revision through Tesla or on Amazon - link.

After studying the camera details on this site, I figured out that the manufacturer of these cameras must be a company named SMK:
SMK Electronics to Introduce Auto Industry’s First 1 Megapixel High Definition Camera Solution for Automotive Vision Systems at CES 2013
1MP NTSC Camera Module For Automotive Applications

Featured_Product_Banner_2017.jpg


Finally you have the new BUC installed in all Teslas since ca. July 2016 (came with facelift MS), so a few months before AP2 was announced in october. PN:
1061269-00-B
This one has a protruding lens / "neck" and a built in heating element. The CMOS sensor is OV10635, which seems to support "tandem" vision and sensing (necessary for AP2, I guess).

Other than that, the new camera seems to have the same resolution (1MP / 720p / 1280x800), the same dynamic range (115dB) and frame rate (30fps) as the SMK camera(s), but the product data sheet does boast "best-in-class low-light sensitivity". So I guess some low-light testing is in place!
 
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lunitiks

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Nov 19, 2016
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is there a way to Convert this camera Signal from HSD C to a Standard Like Svideo or HDMI?
Taking it further: I'm replacing my old BUC with a new one soon. Could I make use of the old one as some kind of surveillance or action camera? Given I find a fakra->USB/Eth cable?
 

Instructor911

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Apr 19, 2019
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Resurrecting an old thread. Seeing on eBay new C camera version of 1061269-00-B at $67 shipped and the 1006773-00-F at $39 shipped. Wondering if either works on my 15 MS? I think the safe bet is to use the C version but thought I would ask.
 

bigdave79

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Feb 26, 2019
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Orange County, CA
The C version is the higher res camera. $67 is an amazing price. I just saw the eBay listing you're referring to. It is listed as new. I bought a used one for more than double that only last week. Go for it.
 

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