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There is a lot of complicated information and industry jargon that goes with working in the world of cars, sensors and all things cameras. We here at Connect2Vision we are determined to make sure you understand what you’re purchasing for your vehicle. The IP ratings system for weatherproofing is attached to any camera system worth its salt and is a seal of quality ensuring it will be capable of withstanding anything you throw at it.

But I’m sure a quick look through our wide selection of cameras throws up even more questions. Most of our camera systems are rated IP67 and up but there are a whole host of ratings that we do not use because they simply do not reach our high standards for quality. So, lets break down the numbers to explain why.

IP simply stands for Ingress Protection, meaning how much stuff is stopped from entering an object. Therefore an IP Rating is a code for protection by mechanical and electrical casings against intrusion of dust and water.

Now we come to the numbers, the first number is a rating for foreign object ingress ie: dust and debris, it is graded from 1 to 6.

  1. No objects larger than 50mm
  2. No objects larger than 12.5mm
  3. No objects larger than 2.5mm
  4. No objects larger than 1mm
  5. Dust protected, not sealed
  6. Dust tight, no ingress

The second number in the IP Ratings determines the amount of liquid ingress the product is protected against, it is rated between 0 and 9K.#

0. Not Protected

  1. Vertical Dripping Water

2. Dripping water when tilted up to 15 degrees

3. Water spray when tilted up to 60 degrees

4. Water splash

5. Water jet 6.3mm

6. Powerful water jet 12.5mm

7. Immersion in water up to 1m

8. Immersion beyond 1m

9(K). Close-range high-power water jets

On some products you may see an IP69K rating, this was the previous highest possible rating given under the previous regulations, this has since been superseded by the IP69 rating which includes all the testing held under the IP69K testing only with more specific water jet placement.

If there are any more industry terms like the IP Ratings system you do not understand feel free to reach out to our customer support team who will be happy to help.


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Understandably when buying a premium vehicle, you want to retain the clean exterior aesthetics that the original designers intended and keep the beautiful styling that you have worked hard to buy. Not only can those clean lines be ruined by bumper scrapes and scratches from unfortunate parking prangs, but they can also be ruined by purchasing an unsightly bulky reversing cameras.

Not to worry though, the team at Connects2Vision have worked hard to create a range of reversing cameras that are not only subtle but also blend and merge with your vehicles original styling. We even have a selection of cameras that replace your vehicles original centre rear brake light or boot lid handle making your vehicle look completely factory fresh whilst adding safety and security.

With such a wide array of mounting options available, here’s a breakdown of our top 5 covert cameras.

Reversing Cameras

Boot handle Reversing camera

One of our more subtle camera mounting solutions we offer boot handle reversing cameras suitable for a selection of different cars and trucks. These cameras replace your original boot handle with a combined camera handle solution meaning your vehicles original styling looks are retained whilst increasing safety with a new reversing camera.

Reversing Cameras

Number Plate Cameras

A straight replacement product, our Number Plate camera mounting solutions allow you to keep the clean lines of your vehicle by simply placing a camera behind your number plate with a handy number plate holder attached. An adjacent product to our number plate cameras are our number plate light cameras, these simply replace a number plate light with a camera light combo on a selection of vehicles.

Reversing Cameras

Brake Light Cameras

Our Brake light Cameras are a subtle upgrade that is suitable for most vans and commercial vehicles and many are purpose built for specific models and vehicles. They are available as both a replacement brake light camera package and a camera collar package which simply sits between the body of the vehicle and the brake light. These cameras are perfect for commercial purposes and ease reversing of vans when rear visibility can be limited.

Reversing Cameras

Flush Mounted Cameras

Our flush mounted cameras are one of our most discreet reversing camera offerings as they completely blend into the rear of the vehicle to leave little to no noticeable camera fittings and wires other than the lens of the camera. These cameras are suitable for both cars and vans and are certainly the most subtle cameras we currently offer.

Reversing Cameras

Surface Mounted Cameras

The vast majority of our cameras are surface mounted cameras, this includes bracket mounted and cameras mounted in a housing. Whilst these cameras are not as discreet as our flush mounted camera options, they offer more adjustability and positioning options and still blend into the vehicle’s original aesthetic look.

If you are looking to add or replace a camera and are not sure what options will suit your vehicle best or which camera is most fitting for your requirements feel free to get in touch with our team.


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Dash cams have become a bigger and bigger talking point over the years, with most motoring commentators recommending the purchase of one for your vehicle. A quick search of YouTube showing exactly why, in the politest possible way, some peoples driving skills are exactly up to standard.

Dash Cams help stop scammers

It’s not only bad drivers that you have to worry about on UK roads though, a growing number of people have resorted to insurance scams to try and get some money out of you. Some scams involve a car slamming on their brakes in front of you causing you to run into the back of them in an unavoidable accident often called a ‘Crash for Cash’ scam. Another popular scam involves a pedestrian diving onto your bonnet as if you have run them down. Both these despicable scams are growing in popularity, but there are many other tactics the scammers use to get into your wallet.

A dash cam can be incredibly useful during these situations as they can help give a true display of events to both the police and insurance companies to ensure your cash stays in your wallet and your premiums maintain their current levels. But that is not all dash cams are good for in the unfortunate event of a real accident they can give you a clearer impression of who was at fault and help the insurance companies decide who to charge for the damage.

Police often request Dash Cam footage

The Police have become increasingly aware of the presence of dash cams and their usefulness. Often when a crime occurs on the roads and they are asking for witnesses they will also reach out to the public asking for drivers to send in their dash cam footage to try catch criminals in the act, sometimes even offering rewards.

Make sure you check out our full range of dash cams to see which is right for you and your vehicle. We have a wide range of cams available with various resolutions, memory sizes and other features.

A good dash cam will feature high-definition recording, ensuring the sharpest image is recorded for use in the future, a wide-angle view to make sure no incident is missed whilst driving, smart phone connectivity is a good feature to look for as often the images can be streamed straight to your pocket ensuring the important videos are saved, it also allows you to adjust camera settings wirelessly. GPS is an often-requested feature to give accurate speed and location details to your recordings. Loop recording is also an essential feature for dash cams as this allows the camera to fill its memory and then overwrite older recording when storage is full ensuring you never run out of memory and you will always be recording when it matters most.

If you have any questions about dash cams or any of our products, feel free to reach out to our support teams.

For more information on any of Connect2’s products feel free to get in touch either through social media, or drop us an email through our contact us page.


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Often discussed, the NTSC and PAL standards are a main topic of discussion when choosing a camera system. In short, you need to know that you will run into several problems were you to mix and match the systems. Thus, we highly advise you to stick to one.  But which one?

First things to know, is that it does not matter if a camera is wireless or wired, when you try to put an NTSC camera with a PAL monitor, or vice versa, you will notice issues with image and sound and quality.

Many cameras today are compatible with both systems. However, NTSC is predominantly used in America, where PAL is most popular in Europe. When speaking of the standard, you are talking about the method of colour transmission. The PAL standard requires two decoders to display video, whilst NTSC only requires one.

It is said that NTSC is less accurate in displaying colour, but more efficient when it comes to power usage. So, which system you use, will entirely depend on your preference and geographical location. One unique advantage of PAL is that these cameras can usually be set to NTSC as well. Meaning that by choosing PAL, you are basically purchasing both.

To know if you are buying the correct system you can always ask the manufacturer where the equipment comes from. If it is the US or South America, it will likely adhere to the NTSC standard, whilst European engineered devices, are mostly PAL.

In short, it is all about compatibility. If you make sure that that the standard on your camera matches that of the devices, you will use it with, you will never have a problem.

At Connects2Vision, we pride ourselves in offering camera kits that give you peace of mind and ensure you buy a kit that’ll work for you.