Rear View Camera

A rear view camera is a device that helps to ensure safety for both your vehicle and anything or anyone who may be in your blind spot when you are backing up. Also known as car cameras, these devices help to increase your field of view and provide safety that traditional rear view mirrors cannot provide. A rear view camera can cost anywhere from around $80 to over $100 depending on the specific camera and the manufacturer. Popular brands of these cameras include Voyager, Clover, Bravo, Pioneer, Audiovox and many others.

In addition to ensuring that the area behind your vehicle is clear rear view cameras can also help you on the road. They can act as a rear view mirror when you are driving and ensure that vehicles behind you are not traveling too close. This can help you to safely switch lanes without worrying about traffic in the other lane. You can also use them to help you when you are hitching up a trailer and parking. These types of camera typically offer a horizontal field of view from 120 to 180 degrees. Keep in mind that the wider your field of view, the more distortion you may see.

Rear view cameras typically output in standard analog color television signals. They operate much like traditional webcams and use very small CCD or CMOS image sensors, typically between one-quarter and one-third inch. There are many models of rear view cameras available with night vision functions as well. These models feature infrared LEDs that provide illumination for the camera and help you to see more clearly at night. When choosing a rear view camera, be sure that you check the features carefully. One very helpful feature is the ability to reverse the image or create a mirror image that can appear much more natural when you are driving.

Monitors on rear view cameras are normally color LCDs and have screens that range in size from 2.5 to over 7 inches in length. This again will depend on the specific brand of camera that you purchase as well as your budget. Those with larger screens will typically cost more than smaller viewing areas. You can mount the camera’s monitor on the top of your dashboard, on our air vent or on your window screen, depending on the size of the monitor itself and on your local laws. Many choose to mount the monitor on the side of the driver’s rear view mirror as this allows them to look behind them both in the mirror itself and by using the camera.

You will find that there are many styles and designs of rear view camera. Although they tend to be a bit more expensive, wireless cameras are much easier to install because you do not need to run the signal wire from the monitor to the rear of your vehicle. The antenna for a wireless camera is typically built into the camera as well. It is important to note that reception can often be a problem with wireless devices, so there are a few cameras that operate on a wireless principle, but also have a separate antenna that is mounted via a wire. You can position the antenna wherever you get the best reception.

According to reports in 2006 by the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rear view cameras help to reduce the number of accidents each year caused by blind spots when driving. Of course, in order to find the best camera to ensure safety in and around your vehicle, you will need to test a few products to see which ones offer you the best view. Make a list of the rear view cameras that have the features you need most and then narrow down the list according to your specific budget. Be certain that you get a manufacturer’s warranty anytime you purchase a new electronic product and be sure to check the store’s return or exchange policy as well.

This Rear View Camera Review is Written/Updated on Feb 12th, 2011 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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