Finding the Best Backup Camera For Your Needs
If you’re in the market for a replacement backup camera, finding the right one can be a chore, especially considering all the various options available. At Camera Source, we make it easy to make your next backup camera purchase decision. In this guide we’ll walk you through finding the backup camera that will suit your needs perfectly.
First up: Make sure you know if you have programming requirements
Many manufacturers and automakers don’t want people tampering with their vehicles outside of the maintenance ecosystem, so often vehicles are programmed in such a way that after-market installations are more difficult. If you purchase a new brand-name camera, you might discover that it needs an authorization code or official programming at a dealership. Be aware of this possibility as you start your journey to buying a new camera.
Do you know your video input and output requirements?
There are two display options for most vehicle owners. The first is a navigation or display screen that is built into your vehicle. Odds are if you’ve got one of these, you’re probably having to replace or repair an existing backup camera system.
The second option is setting up a separate display in a rear view mirror or mounted on a dashboard. Either way, you’re going to have to do some wiring work. You’ll need to find existing wires for your current display to connect your backup camera to so it will function properly, or you’ll need to run new wires yourself, connecting them into the car’s navigation system. Making sure that you’ve got the right connectors and adapters before you start will make the installation process a heck of a lot smoother.
What kind of features do you want?
There are a wide variety of backup cameras, and many of them have compelling features that can work for many different tasks. We’ll go through some of the options with links to where you can find products that fit those needs.
- Vehicle specific - Sometimes you just want to replace the existing backup camera on your vehicle, which means finding something that’s specific to the make and model. Here’s an example of a Dodge Ram camera that we sell that will look and feel like it came fresh from the factory.
- Bracket - Bracket mounting a backup camera can be a useful strategy if you don’t have a good place to mount a camera, like under a hood opening latch or on a license plate. Luckily, we have brackets and cameras that will fit in them.
- Lip - Lip mounted cameras are perfect for that OEM look, and many different vehicles support them or have the mounting ability already.
- License plate - One of the more common mounting solutions, the license plate mount is the swiss army knife of the world of backup cameras. There are ones that fit into an existing license plate bracket, or there are universal ones that can be easily mounted to a license plate (without obscuring information, of course).
Viewing angles/Display options
- Mirror image - Mirror image cameras do exactly what the name sounds like--they imitate the function of a rear-view mirror. That means that they’re optimally suited for a front facing camera, but many backup cameras have the ability to switch the image for users that want them.
- Low light - Most cameras have what is called a Lux rating, which is the least amount of light the camera can receive and still function. Most users won’t need to worry about this, as backup cameras often supplement with an LED to provide additional light in a low light situation.
- Parking Lines - Different backup cameras offer different styles of parking lines that help when you’re backing up or parallel parking. Some cameras have sensor capabilities that allow them to give real-time feedback when parking. It’s all up to you, and how much money you’re willing to spend and which features you want. Don’t settle on something subpar to your needs!
There are basically two types of sensors in a backup camera: CCD or CMOS sensors. The differences between them are minimal depending on who you ask, but CMOS sensors require a little bit more power. If you’re worried about your vehicle’s ability to handle additional power drain, talk to a mechanic, but overall, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Camera Source offers dozens of after-market backup cameras for personal vehicles. To maximize your viewing range and prevent any complications after installation, remember to pay attention to each camera's power, display, and mounting requirements before making your decision.
We’re the premier source for backup camera technology, whether you have personal, commercial, or agricultural needs. If you need any assistance in selecting the right backup camera for your vehicle, contact Camera Source today.