2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Calibrating the Rearview Cam
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on October 20, 2015
Although the rearview camera made its first appearance in the United States on the 2002 Infiniti Q45, the technology hadn't yet trickled down to more mainstream cars like our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 when it was manufactured. But cameras have become ubiquitous over the last decade, and now even a new Scion iA that costs $16,500 comes with a backup camera. So when it came time to bring the Charger up to current standards, a backup camera topped the list.
We installed a camera made by Pioneer and the results are impressive.
It's difficult to tell in the photo, but the picture quality is good, closer in clarity to the fantastic camera in the 2014 BMW i3 than the low-fi muddiness of the 2015 Acura TLX. But even a great rearview camera doesn't offer much in the way of depth perception, and that's why displays have path markers that show where the vehicle is going.
Unfortunately for us, our camera's markers were, by default, pointed to the sky. Because Ron has no interest in springing for hover conversion, we thought it best to calibrate the lines for ground usage. We went downstairs into the bowels of the parking garage to lay some tape.
The head unit's owner's manual details how to calibrate the guide lines. We took two 4-foot 11-inch pieces of tape and positioned them 25 centimeters away from either side of the car and 50 cm from the rear bumper. We made the tape as straight as possible and climbed into the car.
In calibration mode, each corner of the two horizontal lines can be moved by simple dragging-and-dropping the boxes as well as with arrows that allow you to fine-tune the adjustment. It took roughly two minutes to get the calibration boxes lined up with the ends of the tape. When we were done, the yellow guide lines matched up perfectly with the tape we laid down.
Welcome to the 2010s, Charger.
Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor