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Top 10 Best Rear View Cameras in 2019 Reviews

While most premium car models come with backup cameras as standard, for the rest of us an aftermarket camera is the only viable option. The ideal rear view camera should be inconspicuous, so it doesn’t ruin the styling of your car. It should also be easy to install and have a wide field of vision, and preferably sensors, to aid you when backing up your vehicle. So how do the current options on the market fare up?

We bring you our top 10 best rear view cameras with a view to helping you choose the perfect brand for you.

10. Cosmic Optix CO-JY-N33 Backup Rear View Camera

This compact and unobtrusive camera attaches easily above the license plate of your car, and comes in a rustproof zinc-alloy casing. With a viewing angle of an impressive 170 degrees, it has one of the widest fields of vision in our comparison.

However, while it does boast infrared for low light viewing, it doesn’t function well at all in very dark spots. It pairs easily with most factory or aftermarket display screens, with the camera becoming active when you put the car in reverse gear.

  • Price? $38
  • Angle of vision? 170
  • Wireless? No
  • Screen included? No
  • Night vision? Limited
  • Sensors? No

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9. Esky EC170-20

Definitely not one of the most sophisticated options on the market, the Esky EC170-20 is on the list for two reasons – simplicity, and affordability. For 30 bucks you get an easy-to-install license plate-mounted camera and a 4.3-inch TFT LCD dash-mounted display that delivers all the basics, including night-vision, thanks to seven infrared LEDs. This one is good value for money, and therefore great on a budget, however because it’s not wireless it’ll be more complicated to install.

  • Price? $30
  • Angle of vision?135
  • Wireless? No
  • Screen included? Yes
  • Night vision? Yes
  • Sensors? No

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8. Peak PKC0BU7 Wireless Backup Camera

The Peak PKC0BU7 is a decent wireless setup which transmits a 110 degree viewing angle from the easy-to-install license plate camera to the large, 7-inch LCD color monitor. This monitor also doubles as video or gaming output with an audio/video input jack. However, the PeakPKC0BU7 is very much let down by a lack of night vision, which renders the unit completely useless in the dark.

  • Price?$145
  • Angle of vision?110
  • Wireless? Yes
  • Screen included?Yes
  • Night vision?No
  • Sensors? No

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7. Pyle PLCM 7500

Boasting a large 7-inch TFT-LCD widescreen monitor that also allows for other video inputs, as well as a wireless remote, the Pyle PLCM 7500 is an very attractive option.The extremely wide angle of the camera means that it captures a wide field of vision, though it also means a lot of fish-eye distortion, so the camera comes with distance scale lines to help with depth perception problems. With the large screen and a price of just over 60 bucks, this makes the Pyle one of the best value products, but is let down by the lack of wireless connection.

  • Price? $61
  • Angle of vision?170
  • Wireless? No
  • Screen included? Yes
  • Night vision? Yes
  • Sensors? No

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6. TadiBrothers Wireless License Plate Camera

This TadiBrothers License Plate Camera setup comes with a very good dash-mounted 5-inch color LCD monitor that can also support other video inputs, with two input sockets, so it can double as a DVD or gaming screen to entertain bored passengers. It also has what the company claims is military-grade night vision. We’re not sure what that means, but we can tell you that the night-vision is nice and clear. Another bonus is the adjustable angle of the camera – it can be titled without moving the bracket to get the optimal viewing angle at the rear of your vehicle.

  • Price? $200
  • Angle of vision?120
  • Wireless? Yes
  • Screen included? Yes
  • Night vision? Yes
  • Sensors? No

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5. Yada Digital Wireless Backup Camera

Boasting a compact and easy-to-install license plate mounted camera, along with a dash-mounted 4.3-inch TFT monitor, the Yada Digital Wireless Backup Camera is a great setup with excellent functionality. It also boasts night vision, and an added bonus is a distance grid to help with depth-perception problems. There are actually three screen sizes, so if you want to save a little you can choose the 3.5-inch, or for an added $30 dollars you can go for the 5-inch.

  • Price? $130
  • Angle of vision?110
  • Wireless? Yes
  • Screen included?Yes
  • Night vision? Yes
  • Sensors? No

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4. Alpine HCE-C125

The Alpine HCE-C125 makes the grade for it’s compact, discreet design with a straightforward two-piece mounting bracket, and extremely high-quality camera feed both during the day and at night. There is no screen included, so you will need to mate it to an existing touchscreen stereo head unit in your car to use it. There is an Alpine License Plate Mounting Kit available to match for an additional $50 bucks.

  • Price? $120
  • Angle of vision? 131
  • Wireless? No
  • Screen included? No
  • Night vision? Yes
  • Sensors? No

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3. Power Acoustik License Plate Frame

We loved this one because of the convenience of the design. The whole unit functions as an integrated chrome license plate frame with in-built camera and sensors, so it’s easy to install, and doesn’t mess with the lines of your car. It also boasts night vision as well as on-screen distance indication thanks to the sensors, making it great value for money at around $200. A downside is that the display screen is not included, so it will have to be mated to an existing display.

  • Price? $200
  • Angle of vision?130
  • Wireless? No
  • Screen included? No
  • Night vision? Yes
  • Sensors? Yes

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2. Garmin Nuvi 2798LMT

On the more expensive end of the spectrum at around $700, this device nevertheless offers all the functionality and quality you’d expect from a brand like Garmin. It combines a wireless back-up camera with a high-end navigation system, with a 7-inch hi-res touchscreen display that doubles as the backup camera display when in reverse. Other great features include voice-activated navigation, and Bluetooth Connectivity for hand-free calls and Smartphone Link.

  • Price? $700
  • Angle of vision?NA
  • Wireless? Yes
  • Screen included? Yes
  • Night vision? Yes
  • Sensors? No

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1. Rear View Safety RVS-091407

We loved this one because of the convenience of simply clipping the display over your rear-view mirror. The 4.3-inch TFT-LCD display is sharp and clear, and you don’t end up with any dash-mounted screens cluttering up your driver’s space. The camera is shock-resistant, with a wide-angle lens of 130 degrees, and nine infrared LEDs for night vision up to 50ft. It’s wireless too, making for extremely easy installation, and fully weather proof with IP68 rating against water and dust.

  • Price? $180
  • Angle of vision? 130
  • Wireless?Yes
  • Screen included? Yes
  • Night vision? Yes
  • Sensors?No

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