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Best back-up cameras for your car

Posted on Friday, January 31st, 2020




Were you looking for the best dash cams instead? Go here.

If you’re less than gifted when it comes to parking, or want to peer into a precarious blind spot, a backup or rear view camera is a great addition to your car or truck (and much cheaper than buying a new auto that has one built in).

Since May 2018, new cars sold in the US have to have backup cameras built in under a federal regulation, to help drivers avoid accidents in which pedestrians are run over because a driver can’t see them when they are reversing. While older cars don’t need to be retrofitted with a camera, they are handy and can be super affordable too.  Read more…

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EASIEST TO INSTALL

Yada Digital 4.3-inch Wireless Monitor

A great kit for anyone who wants a good all-around cam that’s super easy to install.

  • Video quality: 720p
  • Screen size: 4.3 inches
  • Viewing angle: 110 degrees
  • Special features: Weatherproof, night vision, parking assist


$139.99 from Amazon



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BUDGET PICK

LeeKooLuu Backup Camera and Monitor Kit

A cheap and cheerful option that offers all the features you need, but it might take a while to install.

  • Video quality: 720p
  • Screen size: 4.3 inches
  • Viewing angle: 170 degrees
  • Special features: Night vision, front view camera


$39.99 from Amazon



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BEST FOR GARMIN FANS

Garmin BC 40

A feature-filled option for people who already have a Garmin and are looking for a super easy installation.

  • Video quality: 720p
  • Screen size: n/a
  • Viewing angle: 150 degrees
  • Special features: Completely wireless, weatherproof, voice commands


$130 from Amazon



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BEST SUPER CHEAP OPTION

eRapta ERT01

Tunnels into your on-board system to everything you need for super cheap, just be prepared to spend some time installing it.

  • Video quality: Sharp (though no specifics are listed)
  • Screen size: n/a
  • Viewing angle: 149 degrees
  • Special features: Waterproof, night vision


$21.99 from Amazon



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BEST OVERALL CHOICE

ToGuard 7-inch Backup Camera

More than a simple rear view camera, it acts more like a dash cam and is packed with features, but is tricky to install.

  • Video quality: 480p
  • Screen size: 7 inches
  • Viewing angle: 120 degrees
  • Special features: Dual cam views, loop recording, touchscreen, motion detecting, parking monitoring


$59.99 from Amazon



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BEST REARVIEW MIRROR DASH CAM

Auto-Vox T1400

This display will fit onto your rearview mirror incredibly neatly and the kit offers lots of features with relatively easy installation.

  • Video quality: 720p
  • Screen size: 4.3 inches
  • Viewing angle: 170 degrees
  • Special features: Wireless, waterproof, night vision


$141.99 from Amazon



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BEST HIGH-END OPTION

Auto-Vox X1 Mirror Dash Cam

A top pick for people who love big screens and lots of features, but it’s redundant for those who already have a dash cam.

  • Video quality: 720p
  • Screen size: 9.88 inches
  • Viewing angle: 140 degrees
  • Special features: Touch screen, night vision, loop recording, parking monitoring, GPS tagging


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