Backup Camera Buyers Guide – Where to Start

So you’ve decided you want a camera installed in your car to help you see what you’re doing when you reverse your vehicle. There is a large number of options out there and your circumstances will dictate which set you want to buy.

What backup cam components do you need?

In some cases, your vehicle may already have a manufacturers option available and can be installed by a dealer. This will be the easiest and often neatest route but is often prohibitively expensive, $1000s sometimes.

In other circumstances, your vehicle will already have a screen with a spare input and you can simply buy a (compatible) camera and install with your monitor. This is often best to be done by your manufacturer as you are interfacing with their monitor, although self installation shouldn’t be too dificult with the right tutorial.

The last option is to buy a backup camera set that includes a camera, a screen and means to link and power them. This is often the cheapest solution and because these packs, all the components are designed to work together, there is less research needing done and less to go wrong.

Wired or Wireless Backup Camera?<.h2>

The next decision you need to ake is whether or not you would like to buy a wired or a wireless backup camera.

Wireless Backup Camera

Wireless Backup Camera Advantages

The main advantage of wireless backup cameras are the easy installation, even for those who are not particularly experienced in car electronics. In most cases, you need to wire the camera to the reverse light of your car (including a ground to the chassis) and plug the monitor into your 12v cigarette lighter.

Wireless Backup Camera Disadvantages

The main drawbacks of the wireless systems are the price, which is inflated over a similarly featured wired camera. Wireless cameras are also susceptible to interference from other wireless devices such as bluetooth, AM/FM radios, satelite radios, mobile phones, tablets and home routers etc. This flaw is amplifed when in built up areas as there is a lot of interfering signals but less so in rural countryside.

Wired Backup Camera

Wired Backup Camera Advantages

The advantages of a wired backup camera are almost exactly opposite of the wireless camera. Cheifly that there is much, much less chance of interference (although a long cable with low power transmission strength from the camera can still affect the signal). The price of a wired camera is also significanlty cheaper for a similar set of features and specifications.

Wired Backup Camera Disadvantages

Again, pretty much the opposite of a wireless camera, difficulty of installation. The difficulty lies in leading a cable all the way from the camera to either the monitor or a multiplexer (depdening on the device) and having it hidden and secure. Often this means spending a long time researching the install or paying a professional to do it for you which are both valid options.

So what’s better?

We fully recommend a wired camera if you can either install it yourself or have professional do it for you. This should completely eliminate any chance of interference and give you the best possible signal.

How much to spend

How much you spend will greatly dictate the quality of the camera. A good quality wired camera can set you back $100+ where as a good quality wireless camera can cost twice as much a similarly specced wired camera.

Where to Start?

If you are looking for a quick recomendation, for wired, you can’t go wrong with Rear View Safety RVS-770613 and for wired, a great deal can be had with Tadibrothers Wireless Backup Cam and 5″ Monitor.

After deciding what kind of system and budget you have, check out the corresponding comparison page on our site here:

Wired

Wired Backup Camera Comparison Under $100

Wired Backup Camera Comparison $100 – $200

Wired Backup Camera Comparison Over $200

Wireless

Wireless Backup Camera Comparison Under $100

Wireless Backup Camera Comparison $100 – $200

Wireless Backup Camera Comparison Over $200

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