Tag: Back-up Cameras

The Top 3 Backup Camera Solutions

You Need A Backup Camera System!

What’s That Behind You!?

I don’t know about you but one of the last things I want to do, when peeling out backing up out of my driveway, is to run over something or someone. That’s why I got myself a backup camera system. This way I can see everything behind me and I’m free to do reverse donuts in my Volkswagen anytime I want.* And if reverse donuts aren’t a good reason to get a backup camera system then these statistics are: Every week, 50 children are injured in accidents involving backing up and out of those 50, 2 of them are fatalities. That’s scary, which is why so many car manufacturers are including them on newer vehicles. There are even bills pending in Congress for backup cameras to be required. Which is why we bring you the Top 3 Backup Camera Solutions.

Backup CamerasThe Classic:

Some things are just classics. Coca-cola Classic, the Ford Mustang, Gone with the Wind (or so I’m told, not my cup of coffee) and finally, the backup camera and touchscreen head unit combo. It’s a staple of high end vehicle equipment and for good reason. It’s easy enough to install for the average DIY’er, reliable and has a nice OEM look to it. And, the touchscreen is conveniently located so you don’t have to crane your neck in some bizarre angle.

The Alternative:

Life is about choices. Pepsi or Coca-cola, the Mustang or the Camaro, Gone with the Wind or Saw… The lists go on. Instead of the Classic camera solution you can instead choose to use a camera with an independent monitor. If you don’t want to remove your factory head unit for whatever reason, you can instead use a dash mount monitor which works equally as well. This solution gives you some flexibility; you can mount the monitor in a convenient location instead of the head unit slot and you also get the added benefit of being able to use the head unit while the camera is on. Let’s say you’re driving down the freeway watching the trailer you have hooked up to your vehicle. You can watch the trailer on the monitor and can still control the head unit functions like changing songs or radio stations.

The High Tech:

Super cool….

If you’re the kind of person who signed up to Beta test Google Glass, or uses a Smartphone instead of a flip phone or just hate messy wires, then this might be the solution for you. That’s right, the wireless backup camera system. I know you’ve been waiting for this as long as I have and it’s finally here. We’ve got a couple different ones like the RVC1R and the ORQV110-SYS to give you all the awesomeness of a camera system without the lameness of wires. The ORQV110-SYS from Open Road uses a battery that can last up to 6 months to give you a true wireless experience while the RVC1R you still have to connect a power wire to it (easy enough). But with both solutions you won’t need to run a wire from the camera to the interior of your vehicle. Talk about convenient!

Reverse Donuts

So—if it’s reverse donuts, to watch your trailer on the road, to be safer in general or whatever other needs you have for a camera system—you have some options to choose from. You can get creative and install front facing cameras or side cameras; stick some cameras on your roof so you can watch things above you… Whatever it is you want to do, we’ve got tons of cameras to choose from. Seriously, have you seen how many there are? So get yours today let the donuts commence!

*Stunts performed by a professional driver on a closed course. Please obey all traffic laws and drive responsibly. We do not endorse or condone reckless driving, it’s just humor!


Improve your awareness with a Backup Camera

Audiovox CMOS2 Rear View Back-Up Camera

By Ricky C. – Product Specialist

The parallel parking nightmare.  The strip mall’s chaotic parking lots. Those dreary mornings backing out of your driveway.  These are places and situations familiar in our minds and are common places you find yourself frustrated, trying to get a clear line of sight to safely move your vehicle.

Improving your line of sight to better get a picture of what’s going on behind your vehicle can improve your overall driving awareness.  We’ve all been there, wedging yourself into a spot that’s not quite large enough for your vehicle.  Backing up into, what you hope is a clear space.  Backing into a street, constantly turning your head in all directions to check for pedestrians, and cars from the main road.  Rear View Backup Cameras have been designed with aiding you in achieving the best possible visual awareness even in the most frustrating, chaotic, nightmarish situations.

Backup Cameras, like this Audiovox CMOS2, can provide you a clear picture of what’s going on behind your vehicle.  Their picture will display on most in-dash monitors, or if you’re not interested in a radio replacement you can use a separate monitor like a Boyo Vision VTM 3000 to display the backup picture on.  When you set your car in reverse, the cameras image will turn on providing you with a clear image of the area behind you.

Low-Light situations can be especially difficult to backup in, which is why each backup camera has its own Lux rating, or built in night vision.  A camera with a Lux rating will basically “brighten up” the picture for you.  When it transmits to your monitor, the picture will be enhanced with a brighter image for easier viewing.  Or, there’s cameras with built in night vision which will display a green, night vision style of picture.  Backup Cameras were thought to only appear on higher end model vehicles, but this is definitely not the case.  Protecting yourself while backing up is a good idea for anyone, and it’s now easier than ever to do.


Rearview Back-up Cameras

Rearview Back-up Cameras

By Chelsey P – Sonic Electronix Writer

In the world of large and small vehicles, back-up cameras have become essential to everyday driving life. It has become a great tool for avoiding the dreaded blind spot. Rearview back up cameras were originally designed to attach to the rear of the vehicle, helping the driver in backing up without hitting something. There are many different types of rearview cameras to choose from such as a remote mount camera and license plate frame. These two versions provide you with multiple options for mounting your new back-up camera.

First, the remote mount option allows you install it just about anywhere on the back of your vehicle. Remote mount back-up cameras are ideal for someone who wants to be discrete when it comes to adding accessories onto their vehicle. They allow you to mount the camera anywhere on the back of the car, from one side of the bumper to the other. Many of the remote mount cameras come with a wide angle view and weather resistant housing, like the Audiovox CMOS2. The wide angle allows for a better view while backing up and with the weather proof housing, you will not have to worry about it breaking in the rain. Not only are there universal rearview cameras, but there are brand name ones as well. JVC makes a specific back-up camera that provides the best possible picture on the screen. The JVC KV-CM1 is compatible with many of the Double DIN head units that feature a composite video input. There are many benefits to having a remote mount camera, including diverse mounting options and discrete locations on where to put them.

license plate rearview cameras
As for license plate rearview cameras, there are two different types. One is the license plate frame with a camera built-in and the second is a universal bar-type back up camera. Each of these cameras has their own features and benefits that go along with them. The license plate frame is mounted around your entire license plate and has a camera on the top of it. The Boyo Vision VTL200C is a chrome license plate with a color CMOS camera providing you with amazing clarity. The bar-type camera is a little different then the full frame. With the simple installation, it allows you to cover just the top of the license plate for a beautiful and sleek design. Again, rearview cameras make a great addition to any vehicle whether it is a teenager’s first car, or just because you want to be safe with everyday driving.