2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart: Lousy Backup Camera at Night

May 22, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart

All hail the backup camera, the parking aid of the century! Our 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye has one, and mostly that's a very good thing.

But the image at night suffers from bad resolution. Those who remember analog TV sets fed by rooftop antenna might call it "snowy." The guide lines are not peppered with any snow, so the issue is with the camera, not the display.

It's still possible to see the trash cans before I back into them, so it still works, but it gives off a poor quality vibe.

I don't remember noticing this on previous occasions, and I'm pretty sure I backed up at night at least once. We'll have the dealer look at it during the next service visit.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 9,876 miles


  • hank39 hank39 Posts:

    Wow...that look like complete garbage.

  • candurandu candurandu Posts:

    Ask your video department about this: When a video camera needs to expose an image with little to no lighting, it increases the sensitivity of the image sensor to light (called "increasing the gain"). This introduces noise, seen as the snow in your image. It might be ugly, but you can still see enough not to back into a light pole. The camera is doing what it's supposed to do.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Well as previously noted the Dart apparently has rather good rear visibility so no need for the camera.

  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    Did you try cleaning the camera?

  • gloss gloss Posts:

    Agree with candurandu. Looks like the sensor is not sensitive enough and is seriously overexposing to make up for it. Our CX-5 displays similar behavior (as will many systems), but perhaps not quite this bad.

  • " The camera is doing what it's supposed to do." It is doing what a cheap camera is supposed to do. I've backed up with nothing but the backup lights illuminating behind me and the camera in my car doesn't do that. And since they said it didn't do that before maybe it is something that isn't adjusting for the light as well as it did before.

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