V3 vs. Rain

You ard correct, that case won’t fit the V3.

If you build the duct tape and bubblegum shield post pics. :grin:

Reflections from the butter knife are going to wreak havoc with the starlight sensor.

Hello… the butter knife is for smoothing the bubblegum.

Sorry, thought the bubble gum and tape were holding down the knife over the lens.

You guys are cracking me up, lol

That would be silly.

Rain-X requires air movement to get the drops off.
I am a big Rain-X fan and use it in the washer reservoir as well as a 6 month full deal application to the windshield. . But don’t use it on the rear window. There is not enough air movement to dissipate the water (actual field research performed on a 2009 Avalon). Works great on the windshield. Put it on a stationary object with no airflow and the drops of water will just sit there.
I would presume the same with a lens because all Rain-X does is cause water to bead and blow off easier.


Dang Tom, that makes sense. I thought that would work. I do intend to have the cameras that will be outside pointed at a downward angle. Hopefully that will be all that is needed.

Hello, Fellow Posters and @Scott2013.
The link below may be of help to you:
Case for Cam v3
Posts No. 5, 6, and 8 provides potential simple to more complex solutions.
Good luck.

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Hi Victor,

Your original posts were what actually started me down this path. I love the idea of your hooded cases, but do not have access to a 3D printer. I may try to fabricate something based on your aluminum foil hood, if it is needed.


Scott, I didn’t mention in my post that I used three layers of foil. If I were to make another bonnet I will use four layers.

the v3 camera is not the same design, i have those for my v2 cameras though

i have had my v3 camera for a bit and mounted outside in the elements, i have seen 0 issues, the rain hasn’t caused any issues with the camera or the image. i half wonder if there is some water repellant coating on the lens anyway…


Nice. I look forward to receiving mine and setting them up. They should be here today via FedEx.

Mine is partially under an eave but still gets hit (snow n rain) due to wind. But, I have not had any real issues with blur. My issue is 4000 videos a day due to it catching snow falling and drips coming off roof lol

Okay, I guess I have my answer. A rain hood would be a welcome addition, but rain has no long term affects on the camera lens. See below.

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You could put it in a bird house like this. Of course I would use a smaller house. :blush:

One major difference between an Avalon’s rear windshield and a camera lense. The camera lense will be much more vertical (almost 90* to the ground) vs the cars rear window (45* give or take) allowing gravity to move water drops much faster without wind.

I own a hatchback with a near vertical rear windshield and also use RainX on it. When parked and in the rain, there is very little water that will stick to the glass, almost all of it just falls right off(driving is a different issue since the wind flow is really crazy on the back edge of a car).

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Bought and modified some PEF cases from Amazon that were developed for the Wyze Cam Outdoor to fit my V3’s then printed out some hood elongators on the 3d printer. Working very well.

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Hello People and @esanger
Your hood for the V3 camera case is very similar to my Bonnet and Helmet for the V3 itself, even the shapes are similar. Check out my post Bonnet for the V3 Camera - Advanced
Within this post are links to two STL 3D print files:
V3 Bonnet 2.stl
V3 Helmet.stl

Both of these items would be attached with the thin double-sided roll tape. The also have a back flange which limits forward positioning.
Victor Maletic.