Best Backup Cameras: Cracked Rear View
Top 8 Best Backup Cameras
In 2019, most new cars and trucks come with a backup camera as standard equipment. Daddy Goverment decreed the rearward lens to be standard safety equipment about a year ago, with the effort pushing for this law gaining steam in the early 2000’s after a tragic driveway accident. Having more visibility astern is never a bad thing.
Not all of us are driving new cars and, this being TTAC, a good number of the readership would likely rather pilot a knackered 1993 Ranger Splash 4×2 than splash out on a new set of wheels (hey – I’ve been around here for nearly 10 years; I know you lot). A twenty-five-year-old Blue Oval pickup is unlikely to have air conditioning, let alone backup cams.
With that in mind, we present the best backup cameras – eight good options for fitting six o’clock peepers.
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Editor’s Choice: TOGUARD Backup Camera 7" Mirror Dash Cam Touch ScreenAlso functions as a dash cam
Cheap Insurance: hizpo Waterproof Car Rear View CameraDirt cheap, decent reviews from real customers
Works at night, fantastic reviews, parking assist lines
Improves rearward sightlines, fits most cars, not exposed to weather
Excellent video quality, plenty of positive customer service comments
Big monitor screen, can be wired up for constant broadcast
Affordable, wide angle lens, not waterproof rated
No messy wires, large monitor, split screen ability, expensive
1. Editor’s Choice: TOGUARD Backup Camera 7" Mirror Dash Cam Touch Screen
Your author makes no bones about his refusal to sully the interiors of his personal cars with a wart of an obvious aftermarket product. Seamless integration is the name of the game, which is why I popped for an OEM trailer brake controller in my old Ram instead of an ugly Reese unit nailed into the lower dash.
It is the same reason I chose this cam as the editor’s choice. Its screen pops up in the lower right corner of a 7-inch touchscreen mirror that gets clipped over your factory rearview. Wired into both front and rear cameras, this thing also functions as a dash cam to capture nefarious drivers trying to scam your insurance company. There are five different view modes. A nifty G-sensor activates the unit when a collision is detected, handy if someone hits your car while it is parked overnight outside your parole officer’s home.
- No ugly extra monitor screen, acts as a dash cam, g-force activation
- Potentially messy wiring
2. Cheap Insurance: hizpo Waterproof Car Rear View Camera
We’re going to bet that most people (even TTAC writers) have more money in their pockets than the pricetag of this option. At less than 10 bucks, this thing is cheap insurance to running over Junior’s wayward bike he left in the driveway after coming home from bagpipe practice.
At this price, no separate monitor is included. Instead, it wires into the head unit of your infotainment system. This assumes it has some sort of screen with the ability to display the camera’s image, of course (owners of a 1993 Ranger Splash need not apply). The camera is designed to be bolted on to a license plate with two screws, providing a 150-degree view of what’s going on behind your car.
- Dirt cheap, decent reviews from real customers
- No monitor included, wiring may not be long enough for certain cars
3. eRapta ERT01 2nd Generation Car Rear View Reversing Backup Camera
Like the above unit, this requires an in-dash stereo with a video input. Given that prerequisite, the eRapta (which sounds like a Jurassic Park attraction) will be a solid option providing an alleged waterproof camera with a wide thermal range. Overwhelmingly positive reviews from a large sample size should give buyers a dose of confidence.
Assist guidelines pop up on the screen when drivers heave the car into reverse and the camera is said to provide a 149-degree angle of vision. Hilariously, the seller shows this unit installed on a McLaren 675LT, a car whose owners would likely prefer to see self-immolate rather than slap a cheap backup cam on their high-performance luxury whip.
- Works at night, fantastic reviews, parking assist lines
- Needs a head unit accepting video inputs
4. Hopkins 50002 Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Sensor System
We’re including a couple of these clip-on options for interior rearview mirrors as they’re a great way to see what’s behind you ... both inside and outside the car. This unit measures nearly a foot long and three inches high, making for a lens that’s generous but not big enough to scupper your forward sightlines.
This one’s listed as anti-glare, a good thing as some customer report that it can mess with the day/night tab on the factory mirror. Twin adjustable buckles mean this thing should fit most cars and trucks, even though I’m sure one of you weirdos in the comments will carp about it not fitting the mirror in their Singer Gazelle.
- Improves rearward sightlines, fits most cars, not exposed to weather
- May impede stock day/night mirror tab
5. Yanees Night Vision Backup Camera
Another unit that’s designed to play well with head units that have video input, this camera is marketed as providing a clear view astern at both day and night. Real-world customer images seem to bear this out, so long as the screen to which it is connected is capable of showing high quality video. The camera is rated IP69 waterproof.
There is plenty of feedback about the company providing great customer service and actually honoring their warranties, something that is all too rare in this digital age of faceless companies. However, your author is again laughing his ears off at sellers who show these things installed on cars with top-notch factory backup cams.
- Excellent video quality, plenty of positive customer service comments
- Parking guidelines are permanent
6. DohonesBest HD 720P Backup Camera and Monitor
This belt-style camera setup is powered by connecting to a car’s reverse lights so it will activate when the vehicle is placed into that gear. It uses this connection to source its 12v power so, technically, it can be hooked into a key-on source for continuous operation. A 4.3-inch monitor displays the footage and can be placed on any flat surface with the included adhesive pedestal.
It is rated as IP69K waterproof for protection in bad weather and has a 150 degree viewing angle with seven LED lights for enhanced night capability. The camera is connected to its monitor via direct RCA video cable which means you’ll be running some wires. The included cord is 23.5ft in length but the advertisement says the company will provide cords up to 66ft long if asked.
- Big monitor screen, can be wired up for constant broadcast
- Brightness level reset after each use
7. Zettaguard ZBC-100 Car Rear Vehicle Backup View Camera
This chrome dome looks like something out of Spaceballs, or at least a Douglas Adams book. The camera can be tilted through 90 degrees of angle once installed, meaning it will fit any number of vehicles no matter if its mounting point is high on the trunk lid or low on the bumper. An alleged 170-degree field of vision is exceptionally wide.
Relying on a car’s stock display system isn’t ideal for everyone and always requires extra fandangling during installation. Or, as some buyers suggest, pick up a cheap secondary monitor that accepts this type on input. Weighing a scant 2 oz, this camera will add more safety than weight to your car.
- Affordable, wide angle lens
- Not IP69 waterproof rated
8. FHD 1080P Digital Wireless Dual Backup Camera
The power of using a separate monitor for one’s backup system is driven home with this selection. Binning cords for a wireless solution, the cam broadcasts its feed to the large 7-inch monitor whether it’s being used continuously or just while reversing. Apparently the seller will toss in a second camera for free if you simply ask them.
If you do run a couple of cameras, the monitor can be set up as a split-screen, just like Mario Kart. This would be great for drivers who want to keep an eye on what’s going on in and behind their long trailer as they motor down the road. Customers report a sharp and clear picture on the monitor.
- No messy wires, large monitor, split screen ability.
What is the best car backup camera?
Depending on your car type and the amount you want to invest in a backup camera, you may prefer one brand or model over the other. Nevertheless, a few gears that have received good reviews on Amazon are listed below:
• AUTO-VOX CS2 Wireless Backup Camera ( Buy here!)
• DoHonest S4 RV Backup Camera Wireless ( Buy here!)
• AUTO-VOX Solar 1 Wireless Backup Camera ( [url=http://
Which is better wireless or wired backup camera?
Honestly, which of the two you pick depends on your preferences as both come with their pros and cons. According to the compromises you are willing to make and the amount you want to invest, your choice of a backup camera may vary from others. For your convenience and to make it easy for you to decide, listed below are a few noteworthy characteristics of both wireless and wired backup cameras:
Wired Backup Cameras
As the name suggests, these cameras require cables for installation. Some pros and cons that these systems have are:
• Image Quality
Because the visual signals are transmitted over a guided media (wires), these cameras offer unparalleled image quality which gives you a clear view of the objects behind your car.
Wired gears are considered to be more reliable as compared to wireless devices when it comes to connectivity. Because cables remain immune to weather conditions, wired backup cameras produce a consistent image quality throughout.
Wired backup cameras are a universal fit and can be installed in almost any car, regardless of its make and model. In other words, your vehicle doesn’t have to be highly advanced and technically rich to accommodate a wired camera.
These cameras are easily available and you can buy them from any random auto spare parts shop.
Because cables are involved, the installation process of wired backup cameras is a bit challenging. Therefore, unless you are experienced, you must let professionals do the job.
Wired backup cameras are comparatively costlier. Also, because you need cables for connection and may want to hire a professional for installation, you might have to shed a few extra Dollars to get the setup up and running.
Wireless Backup Cameras
The good thing about these cameras is that you don’t need those messy wires for installation. Some other pros and cons of wireless backup cameras are:
Because no cables are involved, these cameras don’t require any qualified professional for installation, and you can get yours up and running yourself in no time, merely by reading the User’s Manual that is present in the box or available online.
Wireless backup cameras are way cheaper as compared to wired ones. Furthermore, because you don’t have to buy cables or hire a professional to set them up, you can save a few dollars there as well.
These cameras are comparatively more advanced and the latest models even come with a built-in transmitter and receiver for better connectivity.
• Image Quality
The image quality that you get through a wireless backup camera is not as good as that of a wired one. This is because as the signals travel over an unguided media (wirelessly), some data packets are dropped during the transmission process.
Unlike wired backup cameras, wireless ones are not immune to weather conditions. Due to this, you may experience poor image quality and frequent signal loss during harsh climates.
Considering the above points, you can choose your preferred backup camera type. For instance, if you live in a region where the weather usually remains normal, you can go for a wireless system. On the other hand, if the climate is mostly unstable in your area, a wired one would be a wise choice.
What is the difference between a backup camera and a rear-view camera?
The main difference between a backup camera and a rear-view camera is that the former turns on when you reverse your car, whereas you can switch on the latter while you are on the road and want to see the vehicles behind you to avoid mishaps.
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