Best Wireless Backup Cameras

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 24, 2018
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

A powerful night vision system that consists of 18 infrared LED lights will definitely make nighttime driving a breeze. The powerful lights will make the road more visible and you will be able to see the number plates of the cars behind you.

CONS

The user interface of the on-screen menus is somewhat complicated.

OUR VERDICT

The wireless backup camera system kit from ZEROXCLUB is one of the top picks available on the market today thanks to a big LCD screen, HD camera, and a supreme night vision system that will make the process of reversing your vehicle almost effortless.

detailed parameters
Monitor

7" LCD-display

Camera

Resolution: 960 x 576

140° viewing angle

18 IR-lights for night vision

Installation Method

Monitor: 2 different mounting brackets, screws or double-sided tape

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

1 year

PROS

Thanks to the wide-lens camera, the viewing angle of this model can be adjusted up to 170°, which will make it easier to see all the objects on the road - a go-to pick for people that tend to use the highways a lot.

CONS

The signal transmission distance leaves something more to be desired.

OUR VERDICT

A built-in battery makes it possible to use the device for two months without the need for recharging. On top of that, the unique system needs no monitors, just connect the camera to your smartphone, tablet or other mobile gadget and you will be ready to use it.

detailed parameters
Monitor

Mobile gadget dependable.

Camera

Resolution: 1280 x 720

170° viewing angle

2 IR-lights for night vision

Installation Method

Camera: screws

Power Source

Camera; built-in rechargeable battery (up to 11 hours)

Max Distance of Signal Transmission

Up to 30 feet

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The installation of the camera is quite straightforward and doesn't require any additional tools. Likewise, an LCD display can be mounted on your windshield or dashboard by using the suction cup.

CONS

The maximum viewing angle is below the stated one.

OUR VERDICT

A quite versatile, budget-friendly model from eRapta will definitely come in handy during the long trips on the highway and will provide you with a view of the back side of your vehicle in an 1080p resolution.

detailed parameters
Monitor

5" LCD-display

Camera

Resolution: 648 x 488

140° viewing angle

8 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

A powerful receiver and transmitter make data transmission possible at up to 70 feet. Additionally, the lag is low to non-existent thanks to the latest Bluetooth version that is integrated into this kit.

CONS

The size of the monitor is comparably small.

OUR VERDICT

In case you own a big vehicle, truck, SUV, RV, or a trailer this is your go-to pick thanks to the long data transfer distance. Moreover, the display of the kit features a set of buttons that make it easier to adjust the image according to the size of your car.

detailed parameters
Monitor

4.3" LCD-display

Camera

Resolution: 720 x 576

140° viewing angle

6 IR-lights for night vision

Installation Method

Monitor: mounting bracket, suction cup

Camera: mounting bracket, 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 70 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

ZEROXCLUB W01

Rigid and Reinforced

The camera from ZEROXCLUB can be connected to both DC12V and DC24V, which makes it a perfect solution for vehicles of various sizes that use different kinds of wiring and, as a result, different car batteries.

The W01 digital wireless camera kit features the camera itself, a monitor for your car’s dashboard, and mounting brackets to install them. This includes 2 different models for the screen and a mounting bracket for the camera. While the latter can be mounted close to any 12V or 24V power source (such as brake lights or a number plate light), the display can be installed on both the dashboard and the windshield by using either brackets or double-sided tape that comes supplied with the set.

What makes this model stand out from the crowd of similar products is its ability to change the brightness and orientation of the image on the LCD screen on the go with just a few taps of the buttons. You can flip the image horizontally or vertically, and even mirror it for your convenience. These features alone make this digital set a great option for a variety of different situations that may occur on the road. Moving on, let’s take a closer look at the main asset of the kit - its camera. First of all, the main external part of the package has an IP69K rating that basically means that the housing of the device is completely dust- and water-proof and can endure high and low temperatures as well as high-pressure washing. The latter will come in handy for owners of the big RVs and trucks that can’t use the regular car wash services and, hence, must rely on high-pressure washing techniques in order to clean their vehicles.

Review of ZEROXCLUB W01 Digital Wireless Backup Camera System Kit (IP69, 7’’ Wireless LCD Monitor )

Plug-And-Drive

The installation process of the camera can take quite some time so it is better to get your vehicle prepared for the mounting beforehand. As for the connectivity - the camera comes paired with a receiver in the LCD unit from the get-go so there’s no need for any additional connections, so, basically, the system is plug-and-play. Once you've connected the wires to your car’s electric grid you will be ready to use this backup assistant. Alternatively, you can use the car lighter port in order to power the monitor on your dashboard or windshield (the cable is long enough to suit the interior of both small and big vehicles).

To wrap things up, this model from ZEROXCLUB is a must buy for every car owner who experiences troubles with backing up their vehicle and one of the best wireless backup cameras available on the market.

ZEROXCLUB W01 Digital Wireless Backup Camera System Kit (IP69, 7’’ Wireless LCD Monitor ) in the use

 

nonda ZURCBKUAL-A

Made to Surprise

Being one of the most unique models available on the car accessories market, the backup camera from Nonda has quite a few features that make it a great choice for virtually any car owner that has troubles with backing up their vehicle.

First things first, let’s take a look at what comes in the package along with the camera. The main unit consists of the wide-lens camera and two integrated batteries that will last for at least two months before they will need to be recharged again. The thing that makes this particular model so special is the fact that you don’t need a monitor on your dashboard to get backup assistance. The way this device makes it possible to pair the camera with your iPhone or iPad, which you can place whenever you want. The pairing process is quite straightforward and, with a special nonda ZUS application installed, takes just a couple of minutes to set up.

On the other hand, the mounting of the camera on the back of your car will take around 15 minutes. All you have to do in order to install the unit is connect it to the rear bolts of your car’s registration plates. The mounting bracket is quite rigid, which ensures that the camera will not fall off even at high speeds or on bumpy roads.

Review of nonda ZURCBKUAL-A ZUS Smart Backup Camera (IP67, 170 Degrees Wide Angle)

Versatile and Affordable

As we mentioned rigidness, most car owners will be glad to know that the housing of the digital device has an IP67 protection rating. In other words, you can drive your vehicle with complete peace of mind since the camera is protected against dust, dirt, and water, which is quite handy especially when driving in harsh weather. On top of that, the camera is quite portable, which makes it easy to dismount and install on another vehicle in a matter of seconds. Although the Bluetooth technology of such devices does constraint high-speed image transmission between the transmitter and the receiver, the lag of this battery powered model can reach 1-2 seconds so it is important to bear that in mind when backing up your vehicle. Hopefully, this issue will be fixed in the future firmware updates.

On the bright side, however, the specifications of the camera make this model a worthy pick and here’s why. Even though the 2 megapixels won’t be able to surprise many customers today, these same 2 MP’s in this digital device are capable of producing a 720p image, which, in combination with a 6-layer glass lens and 170° viewing angle, makes the resulting picture clear no matter the weather outside your vehicle.

Since it's a first model of its kind, it has some minor drawbacks and some of them actually do affect the performance of the digital camera. Despite that, the kit is quite versatile and can be used with virtually any small to medium car, SUV, or travel trailer and the frequent firmware updates will make sure that the issues will be fixed, which makes it a good budget-friendly investment for your vehicle.

nonda ZURCBKUAL-A ZUS Smart Backup Camera (IP67, 170 Degrees Wide Angle) in the use

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eRapta E5

An Essential Reverse Helper

The eRapta E5 is a wireless backup camera designed to suffice the drivers’ needs regardless of the vehicle they are driving and its size. Whether it's a truck, RV, regular or a hybrid car, the nature of the mounting bracket makes it easy to install the device on virtually any number or registrational plate. Given the high-quality screws, the digital backup assistant will not fall off if you hit a bump on the road or by simply driving through a rough terrain. While the screws will hold the camera tight, the IP69 protection rating will make sure that the device won’t get drowned or damaged by dust or road debris.

Right from the get-go, the eRapta E5 beats half of its competitor models since it has a 5-inch LCD display (one of the few actual 1080p models that come with backup cameras). Moving on, let’s take a glance at the other specifications of the wireless kit that will make it quite plausible for many drivers out there that don’t have a backup camera yet. Although it is stated that the camera has a viewing angle of 149°, it is not quite the case. The actual viewing angle of the lenses reaches 140° and that’s about it. However, in case you thought that this drawback affects the actual performance you would be surprised to know that even 140° is more than enough to successfully park your vehicle and to see what it is going on in the back of the car when you are driving on the road.

Review of eRapta E5 Wireless Backup Camera with Monitor System 5'' LCD

A Night Vision System Quality to Match

Although eRapta states that the camera features a night vision mode, this model doesn’t have one. In reality, the backup assistant unit has a combination of several powerful LED lights that will do the trick of seeing what’s behind you when the sun goes down just well if not better than the night vision mode will. To be more specific, the LED lights are capable of lighting up the area of around 130-140 feet behind your car, which will ease the process of backing up the vehicle during the night significantly.

The camera itself has a protection rating of IP69 that makes it completely waterproof and prevents dirt and dust from damaging the digital components of the device as well as the lenses. This feature of the eRapta E5 will be quite convenient for drivers that tend to drive on the highways in the rain, snow, and other harsh weather conditions as well as for day-to-day road travels.

All in all, this sturdy, high-performing wireless backup camera from eRapta will definitely be a go-to pick for virtually any driver out there thanks to the great picture quality and versatility of the camera itself.

eRapta E5 Wireless Backup Camera with Monitor System 5'' LCD in the use

 

AUTO-VOX W1

Several Ways to Install

The W1 from Auto-Vox is a backup camera kit that was built to surprise you. However, what could the kit contents hide that makes it so different, compared to similar models in its price range? Let’s take a closer look at what’s inside to find out!

The main installation method of this model requires you to connect the rear camera and transmitter to the reverse light. This way the unit will automatically turn on each time you are driving with the reverse gear on. Although it is quite handy for the majority of the drivers that require backup assistance, the ones that need to see what’s going on in the rear of their cars will have a hard time. Thus, by drilling some additional holes you can actually connect the device to the internal electrical grid of your vehicle and it will act as a back camera that is turned on while the engine is running.

As for the monitor, it can be installed on either dashboard or the inner side of the windshield by using mounting brackets or suction cups that are connected to the base of the display. The base of the monitor is 360° rotatable so it is easy to switch the direction that the monitor faces.

Review of AUTO-VOX W1 Wireless Backup Camera Kit, IP 68 Waterproof, LED Super Night Vision

Enormous Transmission Distance

The installation process aside, let’s break down the aspects that make this particular model a worthy choice. While other similar devices rely on low-power built-in Bluetooth transmitters, the Auto-Vox W1 utilizes a powerful external transmitter that makes the image transmission at distances of up to 70 feet a reality. With that in mind, the W1 is a perfect tool for backing up large vehicles such as travel trailers, trucks, and big pickups. The specifications of the digital backup kit make it even more convenient for truck drivers and not just because of a great maximum transmission distance.

First and foremost, the camera, as well as the transmitter, has an IP68 protection rating that makes it possible to install both of them on any part of the vehicle’s body without fear that it will get soaked in water, dirt, or dust of any origin. Further down the list are the actual abilities of the camera and digital display and, without any exaggeration, they are pretty great, to say the least. The camera that features 6 infrared LED lights will make night drives a real breeze, while the 4.3-inch monitor will deliver a highly-detailed image, thanks to the 720p resolution.

Finally, the W1 from Auto-Vox is your go-to solution in case you are looking for a high-quality model and don’t want to break the bank at the same time.

AUTO-VOX W1 Wireless Backup Camera Kit, IP 68 Waterproof, LED Super Night Vision 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 System (IP68 Waterproof Night Vision Guide Lines ON/Off)

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 System (IP68 Waterproof Night Vision Guide Lines ON/Off) 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 fulfil 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

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, hence, it will be easier to check for traffic on the road behind you.

Maximum Operating Distance

The bigger the maximum operating range of the camera transmitter the greater is the distance you can use the wireless kit on. A big 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-feet version of a 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 gear to reverse.

Connectivity & Additional Features

This category can include an additional lighting system for a better and quicker access to so-called night vision that is meant to aid 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