Best Wireless Backup Cameras

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 10, 2020
If you own a big vehicle or simply have trouble with reversing, there is one thing that can definitely help you out. A wireless backup camera will provide you with a clear image of what's going on behind your car and will make shifting to reverse gear a pleasant process. Take a look at our selection of 5 wireless backup cameras and make a choice. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Monitor
Camera
Installation Method
Power Source
Max Distance of Signal Transmission
Warranty
 
PROS

Each camera has 16 IR lights that provide the user with an excellent view over the rear side of their vehicle even in complete darkness. To add more, the operational range of almost 1000 feet makes using the cameras on larger vehicles a lot easier.

CONS

The installation process will take quite some time.

OUR VERDICT

Aside from the high-end cameras, the set features a 7-inch monitor so you can see every little detail and even vehicles that are far behind you on the road with ease. A perfect option for truckers and owner of big rigs. On top of that, the monitor can be hooked with two additional cameras in order to create a full 360° view around your vehicle.

detailed parameters
Monitor

7" LCD-display

Camera

Resolution: 1920 x 1080

150-degree viewing angle

16 IR-lights for night vision

Installation Method

Monitor: mounting bracket, suction cup

Camera: mounting bracket, screws or double-sided tape

Power Source

Monitor: red/black power wires or car lighter adapter

Camera: red/black power wires

Max Distance of Signal Transmission

Up to 984 feet

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The mounting of this kit is as simple as it gets. The monitor can be attached to a car's windshield or dashboard, while the camera can be hung over a license plate using the mounting hardware that comes in the box.

CONS

The viewing angle is rather limited.

OUR VERDICT

This relatively inexpensive yet highly functional kit from AUTO-VOX provides an excellent, detailed view on what's going on behind your car in real-time. Moreover, its high compatibility with different vehicles makes it a great parking assistant.

detailed parameters
Monitor

5" LCD-display

Camera

Resolution: 1280 x 960

110-degree viewing angle

Night vision feature (no IR-lights)

Installation Method

Monitor: mounting bracket, suction cup

Camera: mounting bracket, screws

Power Source

Monitor: cigarette lighter adapter

Camera: solar power or cigarette lighter adapter

Max Distance of Signal Transmission

Up to 33 feet

Warranty

1 year

PROS

This model features an upgraded weather-resistant housing that allows using it in pretty much any conditions and temperatures. The IP69 protection class of the body also makes it easier to wash your car without taking the camera off every time.

CONS

The setting menu is a bit convoluted.

OUR VERDICT

Excellent build quality combined with a high-resolution camera and an enormous, 7-inch monitor makes this particular package a real steal for the price. To top all that, the easy installation process coupled with a monitor that can be read under direct sunlight will surely make any long trip a tad bit easier.

detailed parameters
Monitor

7" LCD-display

Camera

Resolution: 1280 x 960

150-degree viewing angle

13 IR-lights for night vision

Installation Method

Monitor: mounting bracket, suction cup

Camera: mounting bracket, screws or double-sided tape

Power Source

Monitor: red/black power wires or car lighter adapter

Camera: red/black power wires

Max Distance of Signal Transmission

Up to 50 feet

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The power source of the camera is a rechargeable battery that increases the usability of the kit tenfold. The 5.8 GHz operational frequency, on the other hand, means that the appliance won't interfere with Bluetooth devices in the car.

CONS

Relatively low operational range.

OUR VERDICT

The iBall digital wireless camera is exactly what you would expect a hitch camera to be - it has no wiring that connects the camera to the monitor and works like a charm without any stuttering. The small size and wide viewing angle make it an optimal pick for the role of a tailgate or a hitch camera.

detailed parameters
Monitor

3.5" LCD-display

Camera

Resolution: 640 x 480

120-degree viewing angle

1 IR-light for night vision

Installation Method

Monitor: adjustable gooseneck

Camera: magnetic mount

Power Source

Monitor: cigarette lighter adapter

Camera: built-in rechargeable battery (USB charging cable included)

Max Distance of Signal Transmission

Up to 25 feet

Warranty

1 year

PROS

A combo kit that can be connected with wires and without them. All you have to worry about is drilling a few holes and connecting it to the grid of your car wiring.

CONS

The night vision mode isn't very effective.

OUR VERDICT

This wireless backup camera system from LeeKooLuu is one of the best models on the market in terms of installation and easiness of use. So in case you are not a tech-savvy person, this is your prime pick. On top of that, a wide-lens camera system makes it easy to adjust the view angle of the screen up to 150°.

detailed parameters
Monitor

7" LCD-display

Camera

Resolution: 648 x 488

150° viewing angle

7 IR-lights for night vision

Installation Method

Monitor: mounting bracket, suction cup

Camera: mounting bracket, screws or double-sided tape

Power Source

Monitor: red/black power wires or car lighter adapter

Camera: red/black power wires

Max Distance of Signal Transmission

Up to 50 feet

Warranty

2 years

Yakry Two

Excellent Set of Gear for Any Large Vehicle

A good wireless backup camera should have a good resolution in order to be useful, and we can safely say that this Full HD package that features not only one but two backup cameras will satisfy even the most demanding users when it comes to image quality.

Aside from the 1080p resolution, the set includes a 7-inch monitor that should cover your needs, when it comes to monitoring the road behind you with two separate cameras installed at the same time. You can freely switch between each camera or watch the stream in split-screen mode with little to no lag. The low-latency is achieved thanks to the built-in antennas that are attached to both the monitor and the cameras. Although some lag is expected, the actual delay is relatively short, so you won’t even notice it. What is more, the main monitor can be hooked up to two more cameras, so if you want a full 360° view around your vehicle you can do so by purchasing additional pieces to complete the whole set.

What makes this particular model really stand out, though, is its enormous signal range that can transmit data at distances of up to 980 feet, which is nothing short of amazing compared to other products listed in our review. Combined with low latency, this model will come in handy for both truckers and regular car drivers.

Review of Yakry Two 1080P Backup Wireless Cameras (7" Monitor with DVR)

A Universal Kit

The only thing that we didn’t really appreciate is the installation process, which may take some time, especially if you own a rather large car, pickup truck, or an RV. That said, if you follow the printed instructions manual that comes together with the cameras and the main unit and connect the wires according to it, you won’t have too many issues.

On the bright side, though, the cameras have a special IR mode that allows you to see the road behind you better in low-light conditions, and although it is not a true “Night Vision” mode, as the manufacturer calls it, it certainly does enhance the overall picture quality during the night. Owing to the infrared induction and 16 LED IR lights, the camera intensifies the existing light sources so you can see them faster than you normally would with a normal backup camera model, which certainly is a nice addition to an already set of features. To add more, both cameras have an IP69K protection rating, which allows for using them in any weather.

Wrapping things up, if you are searching for a high-performing, reliable, and simple to use wireless backup camera for your vehicle or RV, the Yakry Two will be right up your alley.

Yakry Two 1080P Backup Wireless Cameras (7" Monitor with DVR) in the use

 

AUTO-VOX RVS-SO-C

A New Word in the Backup Camera Market

The AUTO-VOX RVS-SO-C is made to be compatible with different vehicles with little to no adjustment, however, this is not the main aspect that makes this camera model unique.

The thing that separates this particular camera from similar products is the solar battery panels it has. Owing to this unusual feature, you don’t really need to keep it connected to your car lighter port at all times. That said, on cloudy days or during the night, we advise using the provided power cable since the solar panel won’t be able to provide enough power to the camera.

With a resolution of 1280 x 960, the camera provides a fairly detailed picture in real-time, although not as crisp as compared to Full HD models. The LCD screen, on the other hand, is 5 inches wide and that should be more than enough to see every little detail behind the vehicle at distances of up to 100 feet. Likewise, the display has adjustable parking lines that can be toggled on or off, when needed. For added convenience, the preset lines are tweaked according to the standard car sizes and so, require little to no adjustment on your behalf.

Review of AUTO-VOX RVS-SO-C Solar Wireless Backup Camera

Compatible With Any Vehicle

When it comes to installation, the package includes a special mounting bracket for the monitor and a suction cup so your options are not limited to the dashboard only. With the strong suction cup, you can easily attach the screen to your car’s windshield from inside. The camera, however, should be installed on the back license plate of your vehicle. To make the mounting process a tad bit easier, the kit comes equipped with a mounting bracket and a set of screws.

The convenience features include a special night vision that doesn’t include any infrared lights this time around. Instead, you can engage a high-contrast night mode that allows you to see objects up to 10 feet behind your car without the need of using infrared arrays that are quite power-consuming.

Thanks to its design, the appliance is widely compatible with various vehicle types including regular town cars, sedans, hatchbacks, SUVs, as well as pickup and utility trucks. With that in mind, it is recommended to test the optional parking lines on the screen before using the camera in road conditions.

All things considered, the AUTO-VOX RVS-SO-C is one of the top picks for a backup wireless camera in the medium price range. Easy to install and use, it makes parking a breeze while providing the driver with information about what’s going on behind their vehicle while on the move.

AUTO-VOX RVS-SO-C Solar Wireless Backup Camera in the use

 

Amtifo 960P

A Budget-Friendly Alternative

More often than not, a good backup camera carries a hefty price tag with it, so what should people that desperately need one look for? A compromise, maybe? Fortunately for you, the Amtifo doesn’t make compromises, when it comes to the quality of their products, and we can say that their 960P model can compete with premium models on pretty much the same level taking into account the picture and build qualities of the camera.

First of all, this set is equipped with a 7-inch screen that allows monitoring every single thing that drives, flies, or goes behind your car. Coupled with the 1280 x 960 resolution of the camera you are getting a high-end package at a reasonable price.

Moving on, the installation options enable connecting the monitor and the camera to the car lighter port or to your dashboard wiring using the provided power cables and adapters. The whole process will take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your skills, the wiring layout of your car and its actual size. Overall, the mounting won’t be a hassle, as long as you follow the instructions included in the user manual.

Review of Amtifo 960P Wireless Backup Camera with 7" Monitor

Great Value

As for the wireless capabilities, both pieces included in the kit feature short-range antennas that work perfectly with vehicles of various sizes. As long as the camera is no further than 50-60 feet away from the main unit, you should expect little to no lag in the feed that comes from it directly to your monitor. With that in mind, the set is not recommended for use at high-speeds on vehicles that are longer than 50 feet.

What sets this camera apart from the crowd of regular wireless backup models is that it is weather-resistant, which certainly benefits the overall usability of the kit, allowing you to use it on trailers, regular cars or pickup trucks, and even on RVs. .Just like premium-grade models, the Amtifo 960P can be used in tandem with a second camera if you really need it. Both the 960P and Full HD models are sold separately, though, so we recommend considering this aspect before making a final purchase.

Additional features include a special Night mode that enables seeing better at dusk, night, and dawn. On top of that, you can always turn on the high-contrast guidelines on the monitor for easier parking or in case you need to turn around without looking in your rear mirrors.

Summing things up, despite its modest price, the Amtifo 960P is one of the best wireless backup cameras you can find for the money. Filled to the brim with handy features, it will become the next big thing for the long road ahead.

Amtifo 960P Wireless Backup Camera with 7" Monitor in the use

 

Iball Wireless

A Perfect Backup Model

Designed to accommodate both regular drivers and those who own a trailer that is connected to your vehicle with a hitch, the iBall magnetic wireless camera is one of the top picks if you are looking for a budget-friendly option.

To start with, the thing that makes iBall products special is their high durability. The camera itself, as well as the brackets that hold it in place, are made of high-quality waterproof plastic, which enables using the camera in virtually any conditions. The same cannot be said about the magnetic holder, however, which is rather weak for a road model. Thus, we recommend fixing the camera with an additional bracket to secure it in place.

Moving on, let’s talk power. While the monitor can be hooked to your car’s battery via a 12-Volt cigarette lighter adapter, the bumper camera requires it to be connected to an external USB power source like a power bank or a USB car charger if your vehicle has one on board.

As a backup model, this camera features a built-in battery that can be recharged via the included USB charging cable. Once fully charged, the battery provides enough power to use the camera for up to 3 hours, which will come in handy in case you don’t want the vehicle’s cigarette lighter port occupied at all times.

Review of Iball Wireless Magnetic Trailer Hitch Rear View Camera

No Wiring - No Problem

In order to help you out with parking and keeping an eye on the hitch connected to your vehicle, the camera comes together with a 3.5-inch LCD screen. The monitor features simple controls that enable switching between display modes, adjusting the video settings, as well as turning the camera on and off at a whim.

Owing to the operational frequency of 5.8 GHz, the signal gets through the interior of the car without delay. However, due to the limited size of the transceiver the maximum operational range of the camera is reduced to 25-30 feet, which is underwhelming, to say the least.

On the plus side, if you own a smaller truck, RV, or a motorhome, this camera model will be an ideal pick due to its compact size and low power consumption rates. In addition, the 120-degree view angle of the lens will give you a great view of everything behind your vehicle. The total resolution of the output video feed is capped at 640 x 480 and that is quite low by modern standards. Nevertheless, the camera gets the job done, especially if you use it as a hitch camera.

In the end, if you need a simple tailgate camera that won’t let you down, then this iBall model is a good product to consider. Light, simple to use and even simpler in maintenance it just works as you expect it.

Iball Wireless Magnetic Trailer Hitch Rear View Camera in the use

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LeeKooLuu LKL-079

Simple Installation

The wireless backup camera system from LeeKooLoo has quite a few features under its belt that can make it a suitable choice for all the SUV, truck, RV, and pickup owners out there. The first thing that catches the eye when unwrapping the package with the device inside is its elaborate wiring system. Even though it may look complex at first glance - don’t be discouraged, a thorough guide that comes packaged with the unit will help you ease the installation process quite a bit. The device can be installed on virtually any part of the car’s body thanks to an improved housing of the transceiver and camera that both have an IP68 rating. As mentioned above, it makes the camera dust- and water-proof, and, as an addition, it can also withstand a high-pressure carwash - a crucial feat for owners of sizeable vehicles such as RVs, motorhomes, and travel trailers.

While the regular models utilize the cameras with lenses that are capable of giving you a viewing angle of just about 100-110° the LKL-079 features a main lens that gives a perfect 150° view angle and that fact alone makes this model one of the best available on the market today. Additionally, the kit from LeeKooLuu features a full-fledged 7-inch LCD monitor.

Review of LeeKooLuu LKL-079 Wireless Backup Camera (IP68 Waterproof, Night Vision)

One of the Easiest to Use

The camera provides a good viewing angle and there is no doubt that it will make you see the road behind you better. However, what about the means of data transferring? The transmitter connected to the camera will make sure that the signal will be strong enough to reach the monitor that is located at up to 50 feet away, which is a quite good result for a consumer-grade model.

As for the convenience features, the camera is equipped with a night vision system that consists of 7 infrared LED lights. Even though it is meant to help the drivers to enhance the rear view of their vehicles during night time, the actual power output of the lights leaves something more to be desired. The reason for that is the fact that the wireless system has to be connected to a reverse light in order to operate. Thus it is recommended to connect the camera to the whole-car electric grid in order to power the lights from the 24-volt wires. This way you can double the performance of the night vision system. Moving on, the monitor has a special wired button that you can install on your dashboard in order to turn the screen on or off manually. A neat little detail that will definitely come in handy when you don’t want to use the monitor.

A convenient system that's easy to use and install, the LKL-079 is an ideal pick for any driver that needs assistance in reverse parking or with simply backing up his or her car.

LeeKooLuu LKL-079 Wireless Backup Camera (IP68 Waterproof, Night Vision) in the use

 

What Is a Wireless Backup Camera?

Designed to aid drivers in maneuvering the rear parts of their vehicles while they are backing up or simply to see what’s going on on the road behind the car while they’re driving, wireless backup cameras are the best tools in case the vehicle has blind spots.

So what makes this type of car cameras so special after all? The main reason why so many drivers choose wireless models is that they do not require a cable connection between the display and the camera itself, which makes them a great choice for large, medium, and small cars. On the contrary, this type of camera relies on Bluetooth connection and needs little power in order to run (meant for 12V or 24V car systems).

While there are definitely a lot of models to choose from, one may pick between models with screens or without them. Some backup cameras feature a direct connection to your mobile gadgets, which saves a lot of space on your dashboard.

If you are in dire need of more sophisticated automobile gear, you may also be interested in brake control systems. Additionally, if parking is a real challenge for you, take a look at our review of the top parking systems out there.

What Features to Compare

Depending on your particular needs and the dimensions of your vehicle you should look for a particular model that will fulfill them and fit your car. Thus, let's make a quick breakdown of the key aspects that make backup cameras different.

Screen Size

The size of the screen that transmits the image from the camera can be quite important. In case you are driving a big RV or a truck you will need at least a 5- or 6-inch screen, however, if you own a regular sedan a 3.5- or 4-inch display will be more than enough to cover the rear of the vehicle. The optional guidelines on the screen will help you in judging distances between your vehicle and the car behind you.

Viewing Angle and Camera Resolution

Every camera has a viewing angle and the reason why it is important for backup models lies within the ability to see the whole width of the road behind you. A device with a big viewing angle will provide a more detailed picture of what’s actually going on in the rear of your vehicle and, therefore, it will be easier to check for traffic on the road behind you. Likewise, a more sophisticated camera will provide the user with a crisper image, which will enable smaller objects and vehicles in the distance better. That said, if you are looking for a simple hitch camera, you won’t need a high-resolution camera since the only thing you will monitor is your cargo.

Maximum Operating Distance

The bigger the maximum operating range of the camera transmitter, the greater the distance you can use the wireless kit on. A large operating distance of the wireless backup cameras will come in handy for drivers of big vehicles, such as camper RVs, pickup trucks, and medium-sized trailers. Likewise, if you own a small jeep (Jeep Wrangler, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV-4 or similar) a regular 30- 40-foot version of the wireless system will be more than enough to cover your needs.

Power Source

Depending on the configuration of your vehicle you may choose between battery-powered or wired camera types. While the first is pretty much self-explanatory, the latter can be connected to the electric grid of your vehicle. Usually, the wireless backup cameras are connected to the reverse light of your vehicle so the device will automatically turn on each time you switch the gear to reverse.

Connectivity & Additional Features

This category can include an additional lighting system for better and quicker access to so-called night vision that is meant to help drivers to reverse during the night time. The night vision may include regular and infrared LED lights that are directed at the road behind your vehicle. Thus, the reflected light lights up the area quite easily without blinding other drivers.

Mounting Method

Both the camera and the screen (in case the model you are looking for has it) can be installed or mounted. The camera can be installed by either using special brackets that fix it in place in the rear of your car or by using the screws on your registration (number) plate. Likewise, the monitor can be mounted on your dashboard or windshield by using the brackets or suction cups (both methods provide a secure grip with the surface).

How to Back up Your Vehicle Safely

Even the most sophisticated drivers out there know that reverse parking can be tough from time to time. Harsh weather conditions, bad roads, and traffic on the roads can all be a real challenge. But what is the ideal solution to all of these problems that you may face on the road? We have gathered some useful tips to help you park your vehicle using the reverse gear.

Take it slow

  • Since the reverse gear is more powerful than first drive gear it is important to not push the gas pedal too much or to not hit it at all sometimes. The key to reverse (also known as parallel) parking is to not get overwhelmed. Likewise, your foot should be close to the brake pedal in order to prevent a dangerous situation or even a car accident.

Practice takes time

  • If you are an inexperienced driver it would be great to practice with training cones or other soft objects before you can perform full-fledged parallel parking in a real-life situation. Remember, the repairs of your car’s body will cost you more than the time you will spend to advance your parking skills.

Leave room for other cars

  • When performing the parking make sure that your car has enough room for maneuvers. Leave enough space for the car in front of you to drive from the spot.

Assistance is never too much

  • In case you are driving with a passenger or two, they can help direct you into the right spot. Remember, two pairs of eyes are better than one, especially if they can tell how much room there is between your and other cars.

Safety first

  • Always check the road for oncoming traffic.

Help others

  • If you see another driver that is trying to park their car or in case he or she is signalling for a reverse park leave him or her some room to manoeuvre their vehicle or just pass right by.

Leave room for your car as well

  • When searching for a parking spot, keep an eye on spots that are at least 5 feet longer than your vehicle.

Notify other drivers

  • Before parking, it is important to flash the brake lights and to put on the turn signal in the direction of the parking spot.

Ways to exit parallel parking spots

  • Back up your car in a straight line as far as you can manoeuvre it, without a collision with the car in the rear.
  • Turn the wheels all the way to the right or left (depending on which side of the road you’ve parked the car). After that, you will have to make sure that you turned the drive gear on.
  • Turn on the turn signal to notify other drivers that you are about to leave the parking spot.
  • Check the road for the oncoming traffic (once again).
  • In case you have a reverse backup camera it would be easier to check the blind spot for the traffic behind your vehicle.
  • Your fenders need to have enough room to pass the car that is located in front of you.
  • Turn the wheels slowly to the right or left (depends on the side of the road you’ve parked your car).

And after that, you’re ready to go! Hopefully, after reading the tips, you have learned something new about the art of parallel parking. Remember that on the roads the safety always comes first and that there’s always room for improvement.

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Publish Date: 2018-10-24 10:08:07