By 2018, a backup camera system will be mandatory for all vehicles leased or sold in the United States. This decision was fueled by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), and part of the 2007 Driving Safety Act, and was triggered by the growing number of accidents, injuries and even deaths from reversing vehicles in the past years.

There are many variations of rear view backup cameras on the market today. Some brands use a Bluetooth connection to send video to the driver while others used a wired connection. Some have mounting or mirror mounting, warranty differences, price, lenses used and etc.  There’s even a rear view camera that flips open when the car is put into reverse gear.

For those who have cars without a backup camera and have no plans of buying a new car, the good news is that there are a number of products that are moderately priced. You don't have to buy one from the car dealer to find the best rear view backup camera. There are many aftermarket cameras that are sold with display and transmitters that can easily be installed using a simple screwdriver or drill.

Here's a list of the top rated rear view backup cameras 2017 to help you find the best products for your car. Click a camera to go to the full review, or just scroll down to view all of the reviews:

Best Rear View Backup Cameras | Top 10

Our RankRear View CameraAngle View (Degrees)Night Vision/InfraredScreen Size (in)
1Rear View Safety Wireless RVS 091406130Night Vision4.3"
2Yada Digital BT53328M-1110Night Vision4.3"
3Tadibrothers 53575120Night Vision5"
4Optix RVC910IR165InfraredNone
5HDE E336170Night VisionNone
6Falcon Zero F360120Night Vision3.5"
7Buyee T475170Night Vision4.3"
8Esky EC170-11170NoneNone
9Alpine HCE-C155190NoneNone
10Pyle PLCM7200120Night Vision7"

How We Tested

The following car backup cameras were assessed based on the following criteria:

Features – Sure, you can buy a generic rear view camera but why settle for something ordinary when you can get extraordinary for a few more dollars?
Value for Money – It is important to many buyers to know that a product is a great deal not just because of its features but also because of its value.
Installation – One of the challenges of buying accessories for vehicles is being able to install it without incurring additional costs.
User-Friendliness – Backup cameras should be easy to install with instructions that come in acceptable English and straightforward instructions, right?
User-Reviews - Everyone has an opinion, we consider other expert and user reviews.
After Service – There is nothing more frustrating about a purchase than indifference from the vendor or manufacturer especially if you encounter problems on the first year.

The Best Rear View Backup Camera List

Editor's Rating:

- Wireless Backup Camera System
- 4.3" Separate Monitor
- 9 Infrared Lights For Night Vision
- 130 Degree Angle View

Rear View Safety RVS 091406 Quick Review:

This 0.8 lb digital wireless waterproof camera is capable of sending images from a distance of up to 70 feet and has a viewing angle of 130 degrees. It comes with a 4.3 inch colored MT9V136 monitor (not HD) with 250 pixels and plugs easily into the cigarette lighter. The camera has 9 infrared lights for night vision and has a suction cup mount and has on/off grid lines. The camera is powered on only when the rear gear is engaged which makes it energy efficient but not always convenient. However, it is possible to wire it to your running lights if you want the image to available all the time. Unfortunately, you will have to buy a longer camera cable to hard wire the camera if you want to make it permanent. It has shock resistance of up to 10G and the camera has the IP68 rating. The unit comes with a 1 year full warranty.

Editor's Rating:

- Wireless Backup Camera System
- 4.3" Separate Monitor
- Night Vision
- Wide Angle Weatherproof Camera

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Yada Digital BT53328M-1 Quick Review:

The black and white Yada Digital Wireless Backup Camera has a digital transmission with a 110-degree wide lens range. It is waterproof, has an operating distance of 50 feet and transmits on a 2.4 GHz - the same as using Bluetooth. The result is a low level interference when compared to an analog signal. It also offers night vision and distance grid which means fewer depth perception problems.

The BT53328M-1 is an easy add-on. It’s IP67 rating camera attaches to the rear license plate and the 4.3 TFT monitor is hooked to your windshield via suction cup and powered by a plug into the cigarette lighter. The unit also comes with a 1 year warranty if any issues come up.

Editor's Rating:

- Wireless License Plate Backup Camera
- 5" Wireless Monitor
- Military Grade Night Vision
- 120 Degree View

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TadiBrothers 53575 Quick Review:

The pure-analog waterproof TadiBrothers 53575 Wireless License Plate Camera is known for being rugged and durable. The 640 x 480 resolution camera features a 120 degree view and the 5 inch, 1024 x768 resolution monitor offer high-quality viewing, transmitting through a standard 2.4 GHz. The camera has night vision with a 25 foot range in the dark (65 foot range during daytime). One of best features of this camera is that it can operate in negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit which makes it a good choice for those who live in cold climates. TadiBrothers also has great 24/7 customer service in the industry if you have issues installing or operating it.

# 4. Best Universal: Optix RVC910IR Rear View Camera

Optix RVC910IR

Editor's Rating:

- Mini Rear View Camera
- Green, Yellow and Red Distance Guidelines
- Infrared For Low Light Viewing
- 165 Degree Wide Angle View

Optix RVC910IR Quick Review:

This mini rear view colored camera is cube-shaped and offers a wide-view 165 degree angle. It has 480 TV lines with guidelines in green, red and yellow, infrared lighting for night vision and is meant to work with, not a replacement for, the side view and rear view mirrors. It is water-resistant and has its own surface mounted bracket so it can be used not just for small vehicles but also for commercial trucks and RVs. For the affordable price, it is a practical choice . It has 7 IR illuminators, a light level sensor, and is very easy to install. It also comes with a one year warranty.

Editor's Rating:

- Universal Mini Backup Camera
- High Definition and Wide View Angle
- Easy Mounting

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HDE E336 Quick Review:

HD and wide angles are among the many reasons why the waterproof HDE E336 is counted in the list of top rated rear view cameras. It can be used on all types of vehicles and features color display and IR PC7070K Sensor vision with nigh vision. The resolution can be adjusted from 628 x 586 to 828 x 686 and it has 420 TV lines with an electronic shutter of 1/50, 1/80, and 1/100 seconds. This backup camera is IP67 and IP68 and can be operated in temperatures ranging from negative 20 degrees to negative 60 degrees Centigrade. While it does not have numerical indicators, it is equipped with guide lines. However, the driver will have to adjust because the depth perception can be misleading at first.

# 6. Best Mirror Pick: Falcon Zero F360 HD Rear View Camera

Falcon Zero F360

Editor's Rating:

- Rear View Mirror & Backup Camera
- Dual HD Cameras
- 3.5" LCD Screen
- Auto Record
- Night Vision

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Falcon Zero F360 Quick Review:

The Falcon Zero F360 is one of the best backup cameras in the market because it comes with a DVR accident video recorder, 2 cameras, and a 32GB SD card. In addition, the F360 features two 1080p HD cameras can rotate 180 degrees with 120 viewing angle, night vision, an internal battery, and wide lens. The 3.5 inch display monitor has a preview feature, built-in microphone and speaker, and TV, HDMI HD output. Looping allows old recordings to be replaced automatically. It has a 1 year warranty and is easy to install and operate.

Editor's Rating:

- Rear View Mirror & Backup Camera
- 170 Degree View Angle
- 4.3" LCD Screen
- Night Vision

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Buyee T475 Quick Review:

The waterproof Buyee T475 Wide Angle Rear View Car Camera has a 1.8mm/170 degree angle, day and night vision, and colored display. It can be installed on all types of vehicles and works under just about all types of outdoor conditions. It is equipped with a CMD sensor, display resolution of 628x586 pixels, 420 TV lines, and is IP67 and IP68. IT has automatic white balancing and comes as a complete unit with its own 6 meter video cable, power cable, camera, and monitor.

Editor's Rating:

- Mini Universal Rear View Backup Camera
- 170 Degree View Angle
- Easy Mounting and Install
- 480p Resolution

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Esky EC170-11 Quick Review:

The Esky EC170-11 is the world’s smallest high definition color CCD rearview camera. It’s waterproof, has a 170 degree angle and it’s also very affordable, easy to install and use. It features an NTSC TV system with 420 TV resolution and 628x586 to 510x496 pixels. It is powered by 12 volt DC and has very good depth perception adjustment with a difference of about 12 inches off. There is a newer model that has 10% wider viewablility, but it costs almost double the price of the EC170. Since it is a non-IR camera, the image is not as clear as other camera’s and the angle will need periodic adjustments. Still, it is a fraction of the price of the other models which makes it an economical choice.

Editor's Rating:

- Universal Rear View Camera System
- 190 Degree Wide View Angle
- RCA Cable Connectors
- Easy Mounting & Installation

Alpine HCE-C155 Quick Review:

The Alpine HCE C155 is a universal backup camera with standard RCA connector, wide angle view, a 190 degree horizontal view and a 150 degree vertical view. It is excellent for low lit, dark, tight places and performs even better during the day. It has automatic imaging, mirror image output that uses ¼ type color CMOS image sensor which means it adjusts and balances the image on its own. This multi-view, 640x480 pixel camera is perfect for parking and backing up with its grid lines that you can switch on or off at any time. It comes with its own camera bracket and has a 1 year warranty but the downside is it doesn’t feature night vision.

# 10. Best License Plate: Pyle PLCM7200 Backup Camera

Pyle PLCM7200

Editor's Rating:

- Universal License Plate Backup Camera
- 7" LCD Monitor
- Low Lux Light Illumination
- Dual Video Inputs

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Pyle PLCM7200 Quick Review:

The waterproof Pyle PLCM 7200 backup and rearview camera features night vision, swivel angle, an adjustable camera, grid lines and 7 inch 800x 480 LCD display monitor. You can clip the monitor to your rear view mirror and the mirror becomes a monitor when in reverse. The resolution is 360 TV lines and the camera has an IP68 rating. Although there tends to be a bluish tint at night, the replacement camera can be adjusted with lenses that can tilt. Other features include a Visual Assist Program for parking.

Best Rear View Backup Cameras | Common Terms & Features

When you’re looking to purchase a backup camera, there are a few questions that you should first ask yourself:

  1. How will I be using the camera? – Will you be using it to reverse and park, for backing up trailers, etc?
  2. What features do I absolutely need? – Will night vision make or break the deal for you? Clarity? Adjustability?

Let us help explain a few of the key differences, features and terms of cameras that you should consider when you’re looking to purchase so that you can make an informed decision. Let’s start out with type.

There are two primary types of rear view cameras for cars: CCD and CMOS.

CCD (Charge Coupled Device): CCD cameras are the more expensive of the two cameras. They provide the higher quality image of the two types and operate the best in low light conditions. They typically aren’t ideal for high-speed imagery and don’t have as fast a frame rate as CMOS.

CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor): CMOS cameras were invented in the 1960s. It’s an ‘analog’ technology that’s typically cheaper than CCD, but the image quality is normally not as clear as CCD. They have a higher frame rate, but are not as good in low light applications. CMOS cameras are normally more compact than CCD, and offer a wider variety of applications because of their size.

Camera features are key to your decision making process. Like we mentioned earlier, figuring out what you’ll be using the camera most for will determine the features that you’ll need. Here are a few things to consider when you’re looking:

Camera Angle: The camera angle determines the width of view that you’ll see from the camera. The wider the angle, the wider image the camera will capture. Typically, backup cameras will be 120 degrees and higher. We recommend a 170 degree camera view for parking, and a smaller angle view for mounting trailers.

Night Vision: This is pretty critical for backup cameras. Without night vision, the camera is all but worthless in a low light, night condition. There are two types of night vision: Infrared and Night Vision. Infrared uses an infrared light to light up the area behind your camera as you backup, while the night vision cameras use a traditional night vision looking view.

Image Quality: Backup camera specs are great to read through, but judging the image quality based on what's on paper is tough if you don't know what you're looking at. Don't get distracted by claims of having an HD quality camera. True HD is rare and hard to come by. At the end of the day, the image quality needs to be clear with enough contrast, color accuracy and detail for you to see objects and road conditions. That being said, the best way to judge image quality without having it directly on your screen is to look at resolution. Here's a quick breakdown of typical resolutions to give you an idea of where backup camera resolutions lie in comparison to other video devices:

Device TypeQualityResolution (Pixels)
Typical Backup CamerasSD720x480
Built-in webcamerasHD, 720p1280x720
Stand-alone webcamerasHD, 1080p1920x1080
High end dash cameras & recordersHD, widescreen2560x1080
High end smartphones4K3840x2160
High end compact cameras20 megapixels5472x3648

Installation: There are normally two types of mounting for backup cameras: fixed and license plate. Fixed mounting are universal, meaning you can mount them almost wherever – on a bumper, the side of an RV, really any flat surface. Fixed cameras are normally a little more difficult to install. License plate cameras mount on top of your license plate. They’re incredibly simple to install and pretty universal.

Screen: Some cameras come with a screen included. Some are sold separately of the camera. There are two key types of screens for backup cameras: rear view mirror and stand alone. Stand alone cameras can be mounted anywhere – on your dash, console, etc. Rear view mirrors have to replace your current mirror. Typically installation of rear view mirror screens is more difficult. Sometimes, you don’t need a screen though if you have an aftermarket multimedia head unit. In this case we’d recommend a camera that doesn’t include a screen.

Installing a Backup Camera

Believe it or not, a backup camera isn’t all that difficult to install. The process is actually quite simple in most cases. If you’re a do-it-yourself kind of person, installing a rear view camera system is a 2-4 hour, weekend project. If you’re not used to working on cars, you may find it intimidating and a little more time consuming but after our walkthrough you’ll be much more confident about it.

If you’re not up to doing it yourself after reading our how-to, we’d recommend letting a pro like the guys at Best Buy to install it for you. They’ll install the system for around $150 bucks and there’s most likely one near you. If you have it installed elsewhere, we’ve found that the price is a little higher (~$180 - $300), and occasionally they’ll ask you to pay for any additional parts that they may need to install the backup camera system.

Backup cameras normally come with instructions on how to install the camera and to the display. There’s also a ton of great walkthroughs on YouTube that will walk you through the process (we’ve referenced one below). Here’s a quick walkthrough on how to install a typical backup camera in only a few quick steps.

First, let’s start out by defining the tools you will want to have handy to install your backup camera. If you don’t have any tools, it’s around $50 - $80 worth of stuff. But most of the items you may find you already have:

  • Wire Strippers
  • Basic Socket Wrench Set
  • Phillips and Flathead Screwdriver Set
  • Butt Splices
  • Ring Terminals
  • Electrical Tape
  • Drill

Step 1: Disconnect Power

First step to any automotive electrical installation is to disconnect the negative (-) battery wire from car’s battery. This’ll prevent any shorting or fuse popping from happening.

Step 2: Access the Tail Lights

Remove the necessary panels from around the tail lights on the inside of the vehicle. In many cases, there are panels inside the trunk. Or, if you have a truck there are normally access areas to the tail lights from the inside of the truck bed. Unscrew the trim pieces until you have access to the wiring for one tail light (no need to do both).

Step 3: Find the Mounting Location

There are many different areas you can mount your camera, depending on the vehicle and the type of camera. The most common is on the license plate or near the license plate so for this case, we’ll be referencing a license plate installation.

Step 4: Wire the Backup Camera

Remove your license plate cover and license plate and identify any holes behind or above the license plate where you can run the power and signal wire to the camera. If there are no holes, you may need to drill into the bumper to wire the camera behind.

Once you have a clear hole, route the wire from the camera to either the trunk or truck bed. From here, you’ll tuck the wires either the plastic panels straight to the tail light that you accessed earlier. Connect the power wire to the corresponding reverse power wire for your reverse light using the butt connectors you purchased.

Step 5: Connect the Camera to a Dash Display

Now that you have your backup camera wired for power, you’ll need to connect it to a display. There are a few options you have:

In-Dash Display: This is a display that either came with your vehicle, or a display that you may have purchased aftermarket like a double din touchscreen. It’s in your dash. For this type of display you’ll need to wire the camera signal wire from the back of the vehicle where the camera is installed to the back of the display unit in your dash.

For those who are planning on using an OEM dash unit that came with your vehicle, you will need to make sure that it’s compatible and will accept a rear view backup camera. If it does, Crutchfield has a number of adapters that you can find here:

On-Dash/Rearview Mirror display: This is an aftermarket display that you either place on top of your dash, or place over your rearview mirror. For these types of units, you’ll need to wire the signal wire from the back of the vehicle to the unit, similar to In-Dash Displays.

Wireless Displays: If you have purchased a wireless camera and display, there’s no wiring needed between the camera and display. Simply wire the display to a power source and follow the instructions to wirelessly connect it to the camera.

Check out the helpful video below to help get an idea on how to install your new backup camera:

5 Comments to “ 10 Best Rear View Backup Cameras to Buy in 2017”

  1. David says :Reply

    Anyone have a recommendation for a back up camera to be used as a boat docking aid? The boat is too large to see the dock when within 10 – 15′ of the dock so a camera mounted on the side of the arch looking to the side and slightly forward would solve the problem. A large hard wired screen is preferred.

  2. John Cox says :Reply

    I’m looking for an after-market back-up camera, either wireless (preferable) or wired, with the brightness and clarity of a factory installed system. I tried a QuickVu system, but it failed (twice) and now I’m looking for a system that is comparable to the rear-view cameras that I’ve experienced in some of late-model cars that I’ve rented. Any suggestions?

  3. Hal G. says :Reply

    I’m looking for a backup camera that I can attach to the back of my pickup truck so that I can see the hitch as I am attaching my trailer. I would then like to move the camera to the back of the trailer so that I can see what is behind me while I am towing. Separate cameras on each vehicle that can be viewed on one device would be a very acceptable alternative. It would be nice to be able to view the camera images on my iPhone or iPad so that I don’t need a separate viewing device for camera and mapping software. What options do I have? Thank you

  4. I need the RANGE that Wireless Cameras have for the DIGITAL Models, and for Analog Cameras how Strong or Weak the Signal Strength is. The 2.4hz Signal is the most common used by the industry, causing interference issues. Thank you

  5. Eric says :Reply

    I need a camera that will fit on my tailgate handle to point down at my hitch receiver when I am hooking my trailer do you have a camera that will replace my handle from my tailgate

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