Best Rear View Cameras Reviewed – 2017 Buying Guide

A rear view camera pretty much functions as your ‘eyes in the back of your head’ by capturing the complete rear view of your vehicle.

Next, it broadcasts the video to a small screen on your console which permits you to safely drive your vehicle in reverse without the burden of gyrating your neck and body around or even worse,

Solely depending on your basic rear view mirror to see what’s behind you.

Henceforth, with your new rear view camera, you can finally enjoy increased visibility, safety, and comfort!

Now, there are some key features that you will want to consider when buying your new rear view camera.

Backup Camera Considerations

Field View & Image Quality

Your rear view camera’s field view or “view angle” is of utmost importance and is measured by the number of degrees of visibility that your camera will provide.

While your average or mid-sized vehicles should only need about 100 degrees, larger or heavier trucks, and SUVs will need a wider view, somewhere between 100 – 180 degrees.

Nevertheless, we always recommend choosing a larger view angle over one too small since you can’t go wrong with more visibility.

Although cheaper, it is not recommended to get a rear view camera with less than 100 degrees angle view because they won’t deliver much more visibility than your basic rear view mirror.

Unlike your digital camera, the image quality of a rear view camera is not measured by megapixels; they operate with two different image sensor types:

Charge-Coupled Device (CCD)

This sensor type is typically used in the latest model digital cameras and provide images that are of high-quality, higher resolution, and have clearer night vision.

Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS)

This type costs much less than a CCD camera. As expected, it produces images with a lower resolution yet, during daytime hours the difference is barely noticeable.

Obviously, the CCD rear view cameras are the top-rated in overall best performance.

But, if you are a frugal shopper or drive mostly during daylight hours, a CMOS camera should suit your needs.

Not to mention, the savings could be used to offset any installation charges you may incur.

Considering there are many variations of rear view cameras on the market today, there are undoubtedly plenty of other things to consider when purchasing your rear view camera.

Depending on your preference, some brands use a wireless Bluetooth connection that sends the video to the driver while others use a wired connection.

The wireless option tends to be the most popular since it is much simpler to install; however, these models depend upon radio frequencies which inevitably exposes them to interference. This may cause problems for the operation of your new device.

The wired rear view camera model is a much more stable and reliable choice but may present a challenge to install.

Mounting

Next, you’ll need to consider which type of mounting system best fits your vehicle.

There are many choices including, but not limited to:

License Plate Frame Mounting

Trunk Keyhole Mounting

Mounting on or thru almost any other rear component

Above all, mounting in your license plate frame is the simplest and less intrusive option but, it’s not always the best method. Your mounting decision will depend upon what is best for your particular vehicle.

Protection and Durability

Our final key consideration is protection, especially if you choose one of the more expensive CCD rear view cameras.

You will want to check the IP rating of your camera’s housing which determines the level of protection it provides against atmospheric agents such as rain or dust.

An IP rating of 66 or 67 protects your backup camera system from most weather conditions.

Although we have provided you with a great deal of info to get you started, we acknowledge that since there are so many rearview cameras to choose from.

{Believe it or not, there’s even a rear view camera that flips open when you put your vehicle into reverse gear! Such a perfect feature for those of us ‘forgetful Joneses’, don’t you think?}

It may still be a challenging task for you to choose the perfect one that best suits your taste or needs.

So, for this reason, we have compiled a list of the top rated car backup cameras of 2017, complete with quick reviews.

By the way, the good news is you do not have to purchase your rear view camera from a dealership.

 

Here’s How We Tested

The following top rear view cameras were assessed based on the following criteria:

Features

Sure, you can buy a generic rear view camera but why settle for something ordinary when you can get extraordinary for a few more dollars?

Value for Money

It is important to many buyers to know that a product is a great deal not just because of its features but also because of its value.

Installation

One of the challenges of buying accessories for vehicles is being able to install it without incurring additional costs.

User-Friendliness

The best rear view cameras should be easy to install with instructions that come with acceptable English and straightforward instructions, right?

After Service

There is nothing more frustrating about a purchase than indifference from the vendor or manufacturer especially if you encounter problems in the first year.

Our 2017 Top Reverse Camera Picks

REAR VIEW SAFETY WIRELESS RVS 091406

Features

Rear View Safety RVS 091406 Quick Review:

This 0.8 lb. digital wireless waterproof camera is capable of sending images from a distance of up to 70 feet and has a viewing angle of 130 degrees.

Featuring a 4.3 inch colored MT9V136 monitor (not HD) with 250 pixels, it easily plugs into the cigarette lighter.

This camera has 9 infrared lights for night vision and has a suction cup mount and on/off grid lines.

It powers on only when the reverse gear is engaged which makes it energy efficient but not necessarily convenient.

However, it is possible to wire it to your running lights if you want the image to be available at all times.

Unfortunately, you will have to buy an extended camera cable to hard wire the camera if you want to make it permanent.

This model also features shock resistance of up to 10G, has an IP 68 rating, and comes with a one-year full warranty.

 

YADA DIGITAL BT53328M-1 WIRELESS BACKUP CAMERA

Features

yada digital bt53328m-1 wireless backup camera

Yada Digital BT53328M-1 Quick Review:

This black and white Yada Digital Wireless Backup Camera has a digital transmission with a 110-degree wide lens range.

It is waterproof, has an operating distance of 50 feet, and transmits on a 2.4 GHz – the same as using Bluetooth.

The result is a low-level interference when compared to an analog signal.

This model also offers night vision and distance grid which means fewer depth perception problems. The BT53328M-1 is an easy add-on.

It’s IP 67 rated camera attaches to the rear license plate, and the 4.3 TFT monitor is hooked to your windshield via suction cup and powered by a plug into the cigarette lighter.

This unit also comes with a one-year warranty.

 

 

TADIBROTHERS 53575 WIRELESS LICENSE PLATE CAMERA

Features

tadibrothers wireless license plate camera

TadiBrothers 53575 Quick Review:

This pure-analog waterproof TadiBrothers 53575 Wireless License Plate Camera is known for being rugged and durable.

The 640 x 480 resolution camera features a 120-degree view and the 5-inch, 1024 x768 resolution monitor offer high-quality viewing, transmitting through a standard 2.4 GHz.

This camera has night vision with a 25-foot range in the dark (65-foot range during daylight).

One of its best features is that it can operate in negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit which makes it a good choice for those who live in colder climates.

TadiBrothers also has some of the best 24/7 customer service in the industry if you have issues installing or operating it.

 

 

OPTIX RVC910IR REAR VIEW CAMERA

Features

Optix RVC910IR Quick Review:

This mini rear view colored camera is cube-shaped and offers a wide-view 165-degree angle.

It has 480 TV lines with guidelines in green, red and yellow, infrared lighting for night vision and is meant to work with, but not a replacement for, the side view and rear view mirrors.

This camera is water-resistant and has its own surface mounted bracket so it can be used not only for small vehicles but also for commercial trucks, SUVs and RVs.

For the affordable price, it is a practical choice.

It features 7 IR illuminators, a light level sensor, and is very easy to install.

This particular unit also comes with a one-year warranty.

 

 

HDE E336 WATERPROOF REAR VEHICLE BACKUP CAMERA

Features

HDE E336 Quick Review:

HD and wide angles are among the many reasons why this waterproof HDE E336 is counted in the list of top rated rear view cameras.

It can be used on all types of vehicles and features color display and IR PC7070K Sensor vision with night vision.

The resolution can be adjusted from 628 x 586 to 828 x 686 and it has 420 TV lines with an electronic shutter of 1/50, 1/80, and 1/100 seconds.

This backup camera is rated IP 67 and IP 68 and can be operated in temperatures ranging from negative 20 degrees to negative 60 degrees Centigrade.

While it does not have numerical indicators, it is equipped with grid lines.

However, the driver will have to adjust because the depth perception can be misleading at first.

 

 

FALCON ZERO F360 HD REAR VIEW CAMERA WITH NIGHT VISION

FEATURES

falcon zero f360 review

Falcon Zero F360 Quick Review:

The Falcon Zero F360 is one of the best backup cameras on the market because it comes with a DVR accident video recorder, 2 cameras, and a 32GB SD card.

In addition, the F360 features two 1080p HD cameras can rotate 180 degrees with 120 viewing angle, night vision, an internal battery, and wide lens.

The 3.5-inch display monitor has a preview feature, built-in microphone and speaker, and TV with HDMI HD output.

Looping allows old recordings to be replaced automatically. It has a one-year warranty and is easy to install and operate.

 

 

BUYEE T475 REAR VIEW CAMERA

Features

BUYEE T475

Buyee T475 Quick Review:

The waterproof Buyee T475 Wide Angle Rear View Car Camera has a 1.8mm/170-degree angle, day and night vision, and colored display.

It can be installed on all types of vehicles and performs under most outdoor conditions.

This camera comes equipped with a CMD sensor, a display resolution of 628×586 pixels, 420 TV lines, and is IP 67 and IP 68.

It has automatic white balancing and is offered as a complete unit with its own 6-meter video cable, power cable, camera, and monitor.

 

 

ESKY EC170-11 HD COLOR CCD CAR REAR VIEW CAMERA

Features

Esky EC170-11 Quick Review:

The Esky EC170-11 is the world’s smallest high definition color CCD rear view camera.

It’s waterproof, has a 170-degree angle, and it’s also very affordable, easy to install and use.

This neat camera features an NTSC TV system with 420 TV resolution and 628×586 to 510×496 pixels.

Powered by 12-volt DC, it has very good depth perception adjustment with a difference of about 12 inches.

There is a newer model that has 10% wider viewability, but it costs almost double the price of the EC170.

Since it is a non-IR camera, the image is not as clear as other camera’s and the angle will need periodic adjustments.

Still, at a fraction of the cost of others, it makes for a great economical choice.

 

 

PYLE PLCM7200 BACKUP CAMERA 

Features

pyle plcm7200 rear view camera

Pyle PLCM7200 Quick Review:

The waterproof Pyle PLCM 7200 backup and rear view camera features night vision, swivel angle, an adjustable camera, grid lines and a 7-inch 800x 480 LCD display monitor.

You can clip the monitor to your rear view mirror and the mirror becomes a monitor when in reverse.

The resolution is 360 TV lines and the camera has an IP 68 rating.

Although there tends to be a bluish tint at night, the replacement camera can be adjusted with lenses that can tilt.

Other features include a Visual Assist Program for parking.

 

 

Government Regulation

By May 2018, all vehicles under 10,000 pounds, including buses and trucks, leased or sold in the United States will be mandatorily equipped with a backup camera system.

What’s more, it has been recommended, and we strongly agree that all vehicle owners and drivers should consider purchasing a rear view camera for their vehicle.

Why is a backup camera system such an important feature? Well, first things first, let us explain when, where, and why this law came about.

As part of the Driving Safety Act of 2007, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued the final regulation in Spring of 2014.

This was triggered by the growing number of accidents, injuries and even fatalities caused by reversing vehicles in recent years.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx issued the following statement:

Safety is our highest priority, and we are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of backover accidents — our children and seniors. As a father, I can only imagine how heart-wrenching these types of accidents can be for families, but we hope that today’s rule will serve as a significant step toward reducing these tragic accidents.”

David Friedman, NHTSA’s Acting Administrator, also had this to say,

“Rear visibility requirements will save lives and will save many families from the heartache suffered after these tragic incidents occur…We’re already recommending this kind of life-saving technology through our NCAP program and encouraging consumers to consider it when buying cars today.”

Undeniably, a backup camera system (a.k.a. rearview camera), with its rear visibility technology, is considered a very important feature for your vehicle since it is expected to save lives.

Astoundingly, according to NHTSA, 31% of yearly fatalities caused by back-over accidents have been children under 5 years ….26% accounts for adults over 70.

Conclusion

So, that wraps up our reviews for the 9 best rear view cameras on the market.

For your convenience, we were able to provide you with an abundance of info on why, how and where to purchase the best backup camera system for your vehicle’s rear visibility needs.

We would appreciate your feedback. We’d love to hear about which camera you chose and what features you found most valuable.

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