In this first of two videos, I install and show you the features and settings of the new model BT11 Rear View Mirror Backup Camera System w/ BSD from Haloview. I’ll be back soon with demo footage and my product review. Stay tuned.
BT11 Installation and Settings
- BT11 on the Haloview Website
- Haloview Store on Amazon
- BT7 Review
- BT12 Review
- Haloview Blind Spot Radar
BT11 Demo Footage & Overall Review Compared to BT7/BT12
When it comes to the Byte Tango BT-11 System, installation is a breeze, making it ideal for those who prefer a simple setup without dealing with complex wiring. Even the rear camera can be connected to a battery instead of wired into the RV, offering flexibility. However, there are a few downsides to consider.
One major drawback is the system’s blind spot detection, which can be unreliable. It sometimes fails to pick up vehicles, only detecting them within a narrow range at the back. While it can be useful to some extent, if you’re looking for robust blind spot radar, this system might not be the best choice. Instead, consider investing in Haloview’s dedicated wireless radar system, albeit at a higher cost. The dedicated system provides superior blind spot detection compared to what the BT-11 offers, which is more of a gadget with limited functionality.
Additionally, the BT-11 features a smaller screen compared to other models. While the screen size is still manageable, I found the brightness to be a bit lacking, especially when used in full sunlight. It appeared somewhat dim when mounted on my mirror. On the positive side, the system includes an impact sensor, a handy feature. With the built-in dash cam and GPS, the impact sensor records and protects approximately 30 seconds of footage in the event of a collision. However, I experienced an issue with the GPS as the coordinates displayed on the map were incorrect, placing me in China instead of my actual location in North America. This might be a bug that needs fixing.
Comparing the BT-11 to other models, I previously reviewed the BT-12 during the winter. I personally liked the BT-12 because it had a wired dash cam, which worked well for my rear window. When unhitched, I found it useful for hitching up and functioning as a rearview mirror. The screen on the BT-12 was slightly larger than the BT-11 but still neatly tucked away on my truck’s mirror. Although the BT-12 offers Car Play and Android Auto features, I didn’t find them particularly useful, as the audio quality was subpar with crackling sounds. Additionally, it relied on the phone’s GPS, which required keeping the phone on with data enabled—a drawback to consider.
BT11 Review Update Dec 3, 2023
Recently, I had a chance to test the newly updated version of the Haloview Model BT11. Haloview has addressed various problems that were reported with the original version. They asked me if I’d do a review update for them. In this video, I show the camera & display installation again and provide multiple recorded example clips of real-world footage. Overall, I found Haloview has done a good job of improving the performance of the BT11.
Here’s a brief overview of the upgraded features in the latest version of the BT11:
- Solved the issue of overexposed images in strong light for the wireless rear camera.
- Introduced split-mode view and touch switching channels for enhanced user experience.
- When using the “English” menu, the GPS speed display will be in MPH.
- Regarding BSD functionality, we’ve designed two software versions based on customer installation heights: 0.8-1.5m(small car) and 2.8-4m(RV).
- Optimized the “Auto Calibration” feature. Customers only need to install and adjust the camera angle as per the manual’s instructions, resulting in a higher success rate for automatic calibration. In cases where automatic calibration fails, the system will enter manual calibration. We’ve improved the way the warning zones are set up in the “Manual Calibration” process, making it more user-friendly. If manual calibration attempts also fail, customers can opt to load the “default value” for calibration.
- For continuous entry of vehicles into the rear warning zone, only the first vehicle will trigger an audio alert. Subsequent vehicles will display a red alert on the monitor without repetitive audio alerts. This design aims to reduce auditory distractions and maintain driver focus.
Another system I’ve used is the BT7, which is excellent for those needing multiple cameras. With the BT7, you can connect a rear marker light camera and side makers. It supports up to four cameras and boasts the best picture quality with its full HD screen. Unlike the other models, the BT7 provides a complete view without needing to scroll or adjust the screen due to its wider display. However, its larger size protrudes when mounted on the mirror, leading me to choose the BT-11 instead.
One interesting feature of the BT7 is its compatibility with the blind spot radar I mentioned earlier. It can be set up to automatically switch to a side view when a passing vehicle is in the blind spot.
I haven’t experienced connectivity issues or dropouts with BT wireless systems on my rig. Considering the Halovew Byte Tango model’s improved wireless capabilities and 1080P HD wireless resolution, IMHO, they are currently the best choice in their lineup.