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Buyer’s Guide: Rear View Camera

Below, you will find helpful information about buying a rear view camera for your car. You will learn about the various types available and the difference in their performance. By the time you reach the end of this article, you should have a much better idea about the type of rear camera that suits your needs best.

First, let’s look at a few things that you need to be aware of before buying such a kit online:

1.    Make sure that the seller is UK-based. We are assuming that you are reading this article in the UK. In short, by purchasing the item from the same country in which you are based, you are afforded a certain level of consumer protection. Without this, you could buy a faulty or unsafe kit, and not have any recourse for resolution.

2.    Do a quick background check on both the seller and the make and model that you are thinking of buying. It’s important that you buy one that is high quality and sufficient for your requirements.

 



Now, let’s look at the rear view camera kit itself and discuss the various features that you should consider.

•    The sensor: with rear view cameras, there are generally two types of sensor:


1.    CMOS sensors: these are the cheaper option and are normally bought as part of cheap kit (i.e. the camera will also be of a cheaper quality). In very strong sunlight, they can be somewhat problematic as the film quality is less good. They’re also not very good at night. If you do a lot of parking in the dark, then they are not your best option.


2.    CCD sensors: these are the better quality sensors and create clear and crisp view. They can handle both bright daylight and night-time too.

•    The camera: bracket cameras tend to be the favourite amongst most road users. They are mounted high in the car, and so give a good, wide, angle. Again, it’s important to choose a high quality camera. You need to ensure that it can function well under various conditions, including bright sunlight and dark.

Another popular camera choice is a “bullet” camera. These are usually found within the bumper. If you don’t have such a camera, then go and look at the bumper on your car. You will usually find some circles towards both sides, that you can pop out. This is where you mount the sensors and cameras of this type of rear view camera kit.

 



When choosing a camera, it’s important that you choose one with a wide enough viewing angle. Experts recommend an angle of at least 120o.

•    The screen: finally, you have the screen. Clearly, the better the quality of the screen, the better you will be able to park. It’s important that you choose a high-resolution screen, and that it matches the performance capabilities of your camera. For example, imagine you buy a top-of-the-range camera and sensor, but you scrimp on the screen. That will be a little pointless.

Today, we have provided you with a brief guide to buying a camera kit. If you would like further help and advice, then please visit