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Rear Camera Visibility in Rain

Rear Camera Visibility in Rain

Seattle has been quite wet lately, and I am finding that the rear camera quickly becomes unusable because of the rain. Has anyone figured a way to keep it clear? It looks much worse than my other car, which is a shame, because the HD camera and the huge display make it so beautiful in dry weather. Has anyone tried Rain-X or a similar product?

BYT | December 16, 2012

It's the rain droplets on it that make it unusable. I also would love to use it in the rain, I also find that cars with misaligned headlights shooting into the HD camera causes a lot of haze and also renders a poor or ineffective rear view.

pilotSteve | December 17, 2012

I'm thinking about trying some RainX on the camera window, but am not quite brave enough to mess with it....

+1 when its dark and rainy the camera is really important. Night sensitivity is quite good but of course the image is pretty much obliterated when its raining.

jfeldman72 | December 17, 2012

Have you considered putting a little rainX on it?

dborn @nsw.au | December 17, 2012

Good reason for rear sensors!

jat | December 17, 2012

The rear camera on my LEAF is pretty much unusable when raining for the same reason. I considered RainX, but my wife tried it on her windshield and it was great for a while and then it didn't work so well on its own and also made the wipers work less well, so I haven't been willing to try it.

DouglasR | December 17, 2012

I wonder if you could install a little shield underneath the lens that would block the splatter from below, but not block the view. I have a Ford Escape that gets a little blurry in the rain, but nothing like the Model S.

cmlaff | December 17, 2012

Same problem. Called the Outstanding Tesla Service Center in San Diego. Instantly got a real human being on the phone and Chip instantly talked with a technician and was instantly told any product is fine AS LONG AS NO ammonia or acetone in it.
How's that for service?

Brian H | December 17, 2012

Humph. I already gave the solution: duct tape the bill of a Tesla baseball cap above it! Obvious.
;p

DouglasR | December 17, 2012

Brian, the trunk lid gives it protection from above. I think the cap needs to be mounted below the lens. :)

aaronw2 | December 17, 2012

I have the same problem with the backup camera on my Prius.