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Auto backup camera – how to install and some of the best products


A wireless rear-view camera, also known as a backup camera is one of the special type of video camera, specifically produced for the sole purpose of being attacked to the rear end or back of a vehicle so as to help in back up as well as aiding to see blind sports that would normally not be in sight. Designed so as to avoid collision, the area behind those vehicles are often described as being a “kill zone” due to the damage it can cause. The rear-view cameras are usually connected to a head unit display in the front interior of the car.

The design of wireless rear-view camera is very distant from that of other cameras because the image is horizontally flipped so that it shows a mirror image. This is extremely important so that the camera and the drivers view are the same, because without it, what the camera would be showing to be to the right, would be left to the driver and vice versa. The mirrored view also make it consistent to the display on the mirrors of the vehicle. The camera is most of the time pointing downwards in a wide angle so that the driver is able to view potential obstacles on the floor as well as walls and parking line and so on.

The ways of installing back up cameras are a lot but we will stick to the trigger wire one for this guide.

The things you’ll need are the camera, RCA cable as well as the power harness. First of all, you’ll probably need to get a hole made into your bumper then connecting your red wire to the volt power and the black one to the ground fuse. The trigger wire should be connected to the same place of the reverse light of the car, that way once you’re into reverse, the display will switch to camera view. Then the next step is pretty easy as the only thing to do is to connect the camera to the A4 harness. To get power to the camera and monitor, simply connect the red wire to the 12V power. Then make sure to connect the yellow cable to the monitor for display and follow your manual instructions to set the camera software on.

Now let’s get into the reviewing.

Backup Camera and Monitor Kit For Car Wired Waterproof Rear-view

Made by Chuanganzhuo, it is one of the innovative brands.

Pros and Cons

The pros of this Backup camera is that it is waterproof, meaning no need to fret driving on a rainy day.  Since it comes with its 12V power system makes it pretty universal. With the screen at 4.3″, it does not take a lot of space. The monitor that comes along also supports video from car DVD or VCD along with other formats. It is also very convenient since once you are in reverse, the display will automatically switch from whatever you were watching to the rear view making it easy for you to back up.

The con we found was that even though the camera is very good with its angles, the monitor isn’t so good and can lose display color after some time.

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eRapta ERT01 2nd Generation Car Rear View Reversing Backup Camera 

eRapta is one of the most trustworthy brands in terms of car accessories and equipment, especially cameras.

Pros and Cons

The most important pro of this backup camera is that it is made from high quality material (resin) as well as having a waterproof standard or IP69. Thanks to both of the latter, you won’t have to fear driving in the rain or debris breaking your camera since it is pretty sturdy. Like most cameras, once you get into reverse gear, the display will switch automatically to the camera view meaning it is pretty convenient for use. Coming in a range of 12-24V makes this camera pretty universal in terms of installation (fusing). The auto led light feature also means that the camera will have enough lights from the back to have a pretty good image of where you are backing up.

The con that we found was that the display can malfunction after some time, making the monitor quality inconsistent to say.

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AUTO-VOX M1W Wireless Backup Camera IP 68 Waterproof

AUTO-VOX is another one of the well-known backup camera manufacturers around.

Pros and Cons

The main feature and pro of this backup camera is that is has a 100M wireless range making it one of the best in that line of product. Being also water proof, the camera is not easily damage by rain. Having a sensor to the LED lights that will light up according to the brightness of the area is pretty great too. The money is pretty solid and flexible and can be mounted anywhere across the dashboard. The best thing about this camera is that you won’t have any wiring issue anymore, as the monitor and the camera is connected wirelessly, so no long day carving your car open to get the wires passed across to the back. And finally like most backup cameras, once you are in reverse gear, the display will automatically switch to the rear end view making it convenient for your tired eyes and mind after a long day at work.

As a matter of fact, we couldn’t find any inconvenience for this camera to be considered as a con.

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Since we’ve reached the end of this review, it’s time to reveal the one backup camera that we would mostly likely bet on to use onto our cars. Well in that case, the answer is the AUTO-VOX M1W Wireless Backup Camera IP 68 Waterproof. The reason for this is pretty simple, it is wireless (camera to monitor, not the LED lights), meaning no need for hard work to fix it as well as the obvious reason of us finding no inconvenience that could be considered as a con.<>