If Your Car Didn’t Come With a Back-Up Camera, You Can Easily Hack It Yourself

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Have a hard time parallel parking? What about backing out of your garage? Develop a deep sweat when it’s time to get in your car and ease out of your space in a busy parking lot? Join the club. While most new(er) cars now usually come with built-in rearview cameras, older models tend to not include this luxury. Fortunately, we live in the age of technology, and with a little digging, you can find easy-to-install car cameras to help navigate through any type of terrain.

Back-up cameras and cameras on the front of cars not only make driving easier, they also make it safer. By giving drivers a clear view of their front, back and blindspots, these dash cameras will give you a sense of calm and awareness you might not have without them. Pulling into tight spaces no longer has to be an Olympic sport, with high-quality waterproof cameras providing a bright and detailed look at your surroundings.

For those who have new cars with backup cameras, buying an external camera can still have benefits. Attaching a backup camera to a trailer or boat means no more driving blind when it’s time to back into a spot.

If you’re looking for an extra set of eyes while you drive, here are the best rearview cameras that work with just about any type of car.


1. LeeKooLuu HD 720p Backup Camera and Monitor Kit

Get everything you need to safely backup with the LeeKooLuu HD 720p Backup Camera and Monitor Kit. The LeeKooLuu’s small but powerful IP69 waterproof camera can be installed when the car is in reverse gear by connecting to the reverse lights. Positioned just about the license plate, the LeeKooLuu camera has six white LED lights to provide a 149-degree view both day and night. The camera can also be placed on the front of the car to provide a forward-facing view. The LeeKooLuu also includes a 4.3-inch dashboard monitor with a magnetic bracket and can be rotated 360-degrees.

Pros: The LeeKooLuu allows users to adjust the width of the parking lines in view, moving them left, right, up or down to provide the perfect fit for each parking space.

Cons: The LeeKooLuu’s monitor is not the largest on our list.

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2. TOGUARD Backup Camera

For a large view of where you’re going and where you’ve been, we recommend the TOGUARD Backup Camera. The Toguard comes with a 7-inch IPS touch-screen that includes 1080p recording through the front camera and a 480p waterproof camera in the back. The Toguard comes with a Parking Monitor, which will automatically turn on and record when parking if a collision is detected, which can be used as evidence in case of an accident. The Toguard easily allows users to choose from five view modes, including full-screen display, picture-in-picture display, or it can be used as a regular rearview mirror.

Pros: If the rearview camera is correctly connected using the reversing light, putting the car in reverse will automatically switch the view on the monitor to a full view of the rear of the car.

Cons: The rearview camera is somewhat bulky and not as discrete as other models.

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3. DoHonest HD Digital Wireless Backup Camera System

For a fast install, try the HD Digital Wireless Backup Camera System. The waterproof camera included in the DoHonest kit can be installed above the license plate to send wireless transmission signals to the 5-inch LCD monitor. The camera provides high resolution with 180 meters of acceptance range in open areas. The wireless range is 600 feet in open areas and between 30 to 40 feet on a vehicle with reverse use.

Pros: Customers can toggle between five functions, including on/off guidelines, flipped images for mirrored, facing, horizontal and vertical flip, and they can adjust the width/length/downward angle for guidelines.

Cons: Vehicles under 40 feet can use high-speed driving observation, but vehicles under 65 feet can only use the camera during slow-speed driving and reversing.

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