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 more manageable, but they also make it safer. By giving drivers a clear view of their front, back and blindspots, these dash cameras will provide you with 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 back-up cameras, buying an external camera can still have benefits. Attaching a back-up 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 Back-Uup Camera and Monitor Kit

Get everything you need to safely back up with the LeeKooLuu HD 720p Back-Up 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 Back-Up Camera

For a large view of where you’re going and where you’ve been, we recommend this camera. The Toguard comes with a seven-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 Back-Up Camera System

For a fast install, try the HD Digital Wireless Back-Up Camera System. The waterproof camera included in the DoHonest kit can be installed above the license plate to send wireless transmission signals to the five-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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4. RAAYOO 2-in-1 Rear View Camera

This compact camera is a good option for cars that have display screens but no rearview camera — the camera is included, but unlike some other options, there’s no monitor. The included brackets allow it to be mounted in two different ways; it can be flush for a streamlined look or mounted on a bracket for a greater vantage. The camera has an extra-wide 170-degree view to better see where you’re going. All of the necessary installation equipment is included as well.

Pros: Compact option, can be mounted in different ways to suit your needs. Display view can be straight or mirrored.

Cons: Monitor not included.

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5. NATIKA Back-Up Camera

This camera from NATIKA is a highly compact option that can be placed on a variety of spots on the rear of your car. At its widest dimensions, it’s only 1.06 inches, so it’ll be completely out of sight. It’s available in three colors to suit your car’s finish — you can get in black, white or chrome. It comes with everything needed to install, including clamps, nuts, gaskets, extension wire and tape. It’s worth noting that unlike other options, this one does not come with a screen. It’s intended to connect to your car’s existing screen.

Pros: Very compact size. High def enough for day and night use. Comes with a complete installation kit. Available in three colors.

Cons: Display screen not included, so it’s not suitable for very old cars.

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6. Rohent HD Back-Up Camera

This option from Rohent includes a camera and a display screen, making it a good option for any car that may not have a screen at all. The camera is mounted to a bracket that mounts to the top of the license plate, similar to a license plate frame. The monitor has a 4.3-inch screen, and it can be used to control and adjust the settings. The monitor also has guidelines on the screen to help make parking easier.

Pros: Included display monitor, camera and mounting bracket. Display monitor includes guidelines to make parking easier.

Cons: Camera is somewhat bulky and can partially obstruct the state portion of the license plate, although it won’t obstruct the numbers.

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