Whether you’re thinking about upgrading your stereo system or want to upgrade your car with a new feature, consider purchasing a back-up camera. This rear-view camera adds some extra assistance for you and your vehicle. There are tons of options when it comes to back-up cameras and it can get confusing on what to buy. Follow our buying guide to help you choose the perfect back-up camera for you 

Why do you need a back-up camera?

In a simple definition, a back-up camera displays what is going on behind you. The camera shows you a real-time image of what is going on behind you. This is activated when your car is in reverse. This device is perfect for those hard to see blindspots and decreases your chances of getting into a fender bender. Having a back-up camera is not a necessity, however, it could come handy especially if you are 

How are you going to view your back-up camera?

Now that you know what a back-up camera is, time to consider how to display the image produced from your back-up camera. Most modern vehicles come with touchscreen receivers which allows you to hook up a back-up camera. From there it is as simple as finding a vehicle-specific camera.

NVX BARCAM221

If you are looking into replacing your stereo with a touchscreen receiver, why not include a back-up camera with your order? Here at Sonic Electronix, we carry a wide variety of touchscreen receivers and back-up cameras that are perfect for your vehicle. If you are not in the market for a new receiver, you can purchase a wired dash monitor just for your rear-view camera.

BOYO Vision VTK230HD

How do you want to mount your back-up camera?

One of the most important to ask yourself is how do you want to mount your back-up camera. Your viewing range is determined by how you mount your back-up camera. Here are a couple of mounting options we offer on our website.

  • License plate mounting: Some rear-view cameras fit into most license plate brackets. However, if you are looking for a universal fit, the strap-over mount works perfectly and is fastened in by screws.
  • Lip mounting: If your car has an inset on the trunk, then consider a lip mounted camera. This allows for a more seamless install than the license plate mounting.
  • Bracket mounting: Using a bracket to mount your rear-view camera allows you to mount your camera wherever you see fit. 
Alpine HDR Rear View Camera HCE-C2100RD

What features should I look for in a back-up camera?

Consider what features come equipped with your back-up camera. Almost all back-up cameras are tiny and waterproof, so you do not have to worry about that. When looking into buying a back-up camera, consider some these features:

  • Cameras that are equipped with night vision so you can see up to 30 feet in the pitch black. A camera that promises excellent and clear night vision is the BOYO Vision VTL17IR. 
  • Cameras that come with parking guidelines when backing into a parking spot or trying to park a large trailer or boat. The Alpine HCE-C2100RD shows guidelines that go with the way your steering wheel is turning.
  • Cameras that show a mirror image display back onto your dash monitor such as the Crux CUL-03.

Whatever feature you need from your back-up camera, it is important to do your research on them. Not all back-up cameras are designed the same.

What’s Next?

So, you found the back-up camera that works for you and you are ready to install it. You may be asking yourself “How do I can install a back-up camera?” Check out our blog that answers this question and more.

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