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Finding the Best Backup Camera For Your Needs

Finding the Best Backup Camera For Your Needs

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.


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!

Image Sensors

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.