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Year after year, hundreds of fatalities and thousands of injuries are recorded due to backup collisions and accidents on the road. This could have been avoided if the driver gets to enjoy a wider field of vision, something a back up camera can conveniently provide.

Newer cars offer backup cameras as standard equipment or as an option. These cars have a display set up in the dashboard to show images captured by the camera. Some vehicles use a video feed from the rear camera; others depend on overlay distance and trajectory lines. In a new rule released by NHTSA, all vehicles manufactured on May 1, 2018 and onwards are required to have a back up camera.

If your vehicle didn't come with one, it's good to know that you can set up your own backup camera system for increased safety and for utmost convenience when driving. We'll guide you through your options.

Camera type

The camera comes in different styles. In order to pick the right one for your preference and needs, you have to know their functions and main differences.

  • Box surface mount rear view cameras are recommended for heavy-duty vehicles such as trucks, trailers, RVs, and buses. These can be attached easily to any flat surface using some mounting brackets.
  • Keyhole flush mount cameras can be set up through the key lock hole of the vehicle. With this type of camera, drilling isn't required. These cameras feature angle control rings and fix rings for changing the camera view angle according to your needs and preferences.
  • License plate/frame mount cameras are fitted through the license plate. Other than mounting the camera through the plate, another option is to replace the license plate frame with a license frame camera (this comes with its own frame). These cameras can provide a wider angle for viewing, from 170 to 180 degrees.
  • Mini embedded rear view cameras are easy to install because of their compact size. They can blend in easily without causing style distraction or interruptions in design. But because these cameras are quite small, bright night vision isn't an option here. The compact body of the camera can't hold infrared tubes.
  • Side view cameras are placed at both sides of the vehicle. Good side view cameras have an easy-to-adjust view angle and provide the option to switch to left or right view for the camera image.

Tips when setting up a back up camera system on the vehicle

  • Pick a TFT LCD monitor. For smaller vehicles, 5. to 7. monitors are good options. For heavy-duty, larger vehicles such as trucks and RVs, get at least a 7. monitor to provide wider, better views when backing up. A monitor with free power input between DC11~32V is preferable in case of vehicle power fluctuations.
  • Get a camera that provides the right view angle. For most cars, a 100-degree view angle is enough. For heavy-duty vehicles, a 180-degree view angle is recommended. For the image sensor size, 1/3. or 1/4. is a good choice.
  • Look for a back up camera that has an adjustable view angle, which can be anywhere between 30 and 180 degrees. This depends on the type of camera.

Take note of visual quality, reverse image function, and audio capability when setting up a back up camera on your vehicle. Also consider using an extended cable. Weigh in the pros and cons of using a wired or wireless system.