Stealth 360 degree video viewing from inside Prius

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Main Forum' started by Johnny Cakes, Aug 15, 2021.

  1. Johnny Cakes

    Johnny Cakes Senior Member

    Dec 30, 2016
    Virginia, USA
    2015 Prius
    Stealth video from inside the Prius probably interests only a few, but I think the technique might have wider application, so I post here.

    When I stealth camp, all windows are completely blocked with black Twinwall ( ). I put a one inch black felt flap on the inside so there is not even a crack of light. I've tested deep in the forest at midnight with all lights on inside the Prius and not a ray escapes.

    But that means I can't see out in case I hear a noise, voices, or the dreaded knock. I wanted to be able to see out, but remaining stealth as much as possible -- no wiring or huge cameras to draw attention when someone walks by.

    I mounted two cameras on each side essentially at a 45 degree angle under the mirror. These cameras have a 120 degree field of view, so the entire car is covered with the four cameras.

    I drilled a small hole in the bottom side of the mirror housing and ran the wires up into where the mirror motor. I then followed the mirror wiring down into the door. From there I routed through the rubber boot that connects the door to the car. Unlike some manufacturers who use solid connectors his passage, Toyota still has a a tunnel. That dropped me out behind the driver's kick panel.

    I have a seven-inch monitor which displays all four cameras at once; the monitor has four buttons to jump to any camera and have it full screen.
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    #1 Johnny Cakes, Aug 15, 2021
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2021
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  2. black_jmyntrn

    black_jmyntrn Member

    Oct 23, 2020
    Los Angeles, CA
    2013 Prius Plug-in
    Plug-in Advanced
    I am looking into the 360 option as well, currently, I have a dual-camera 4k dashcam mirror that I use when stealth camping with my blackout sun shades
    The 360 birdseye view is what I am after, there are two mirror units that have sparked my interest. Thought about just buying a 360 camera unit and connecting it t a new android head unit I also will get.
    The biggest issue with all of these cameras is they have poor low right visibility. Now I have a sonoff 4 channel switch with tasmota on it that's connected to all of my roof rack led lights. The motion sensors are monitored by a mini pc running home assistant which will turn on LED's either in front or rear(depending on where motion is) so I can easily look up at the mirror to see what's outside