The 7 Best Car Backup Cameras to Buy in 2018

Avoid those unseen hazards

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Reckless squirrels, a speeding car, your neighbor's mailbox — you're a lot more likely to hit something you can't see. Whether you're reversing out of your driveway or backing your car out of a space in a busy parking lot, a backup camera gives you the visibility you need to avoid all kinds of hazards behind your car. Nowadays, there’s a growing number of vehicles that come off the assembly line with them. But if you have an older car, you likely don’t have a backup camera. And even if you do, there’s a good chance that its picture quality leaves much to be desired.

So, to help out those of us who don't have a built-in camera, many companies have made add-on solutions that do the same thing. They include a camera that sits on the back of your car and a screen you can place up front with you to monitor what’s happening behind you. And in some cases, you’ll even find models that use on-screen markers to show you how close your vehicle is to an obstacle.

Below, we've compiled a list of our top picks for the best backup cameras on the market. It includes both cheap and more expensive options and has cameras that run the gamut on features. If nothing else, all of the following solutions should help increase your vehicle's safety if installed and used correctly.

Our Top Picks

LeeKooLuu Backup Camera and Monitor Kit

LeeKooLuu Backup Camera and Monitor Kit

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The LeeKooLuu Backup Camera with Monitor Kit is a solid choice for anyone that wants to quickly install a camera on their car and receive a video feed on an LCD monitor inside. The HD camera is IP68 waterproof and attaches to your car's license plate. It comes with a 135-degree viewing angle and seven LED lights, so you can see what’s happening on the camera at night. The camera requires a direct-wire connection, so you’ll need to be able to route the wire around your vehicle to the lighter port to get it to work.

The LeeKooLuu Backup Camera and Monitor Kit comes with a 4.3-inch LCD monitor that you can mount inside your car. It connects directly to the camera, so you can always get a live feed of what’s behind you. It even features a digital grid to give you a sense of how close your bumper is to any potential hazards behind you.

Whenever you want to move the monitor, you can simply unmount it from your dash and change its position.

Toguard Backup Camera

This option from Toguard includes both a backup camera and a dash camera in one integrated kit. The unit itself replaces your rear-view mirror, with the front-facing camera sitting on the unit itself and pointing through your windshield, and the reverse-facing camera installing on the back of your car to provide a video feed of what's behind you. The main unit still functions as a mirror, but it also has a seven-inch touchscreen in the center that displays the video feed.

The cameras work in both day and night conditions and will automatically turn on and begin recording when the system senses that you’re parking. When you’re interacting with the screen, you’ll find five view modes that range from full-screen viewing to picture-in-picture. But beware that like many other backup cameras, you’ll need to wire in the rear camera to make it all work.

Coolwoo Car Backup Camera

This Coolwoo backup camera simply attaches to the rear license plate area, which means it's compatible with whatever car you have. It supports a 175-degree, wide-angle view and has a whopping 12 LED lights on it to give you sufficient visibility in the dark. According to Coolwoo, the camera has IP68 waterproofing, so even if you’re in a heavy rain storm, it shouldn't have any trouble.

The Coolwoo Car Backup Camera does not come with an included display. It's compatible with a variety of different screens, but you will need to buy one separately and then route a cable between the two units in order to capture the video from your camera. The display you choose will need an RCA connector and DVD navigator to be able to see your footage.

The Coolwoo Car Backup Camera, which comes with very wallet-friendly price tag, also has a built-in distance scale line that can tell you how close you are to obstacles. This, combined with the wide-angle lens, can give you much better rear visibility.

Auto-Vox M1

Auto-Vox’s M1 is another kit that includes both a camera and a viewing screen. The camera is powered by a single 12V wire (which typically attaches to your car's rear light), and since it comes with an IP68 rating, you can expect the camera to be fully waterproof and not encounter any problems in wet weather. It also uses a “low-illumination” technology that will light up your parking area just enough to see without being uncomfortably bright.

In addition to the camera, you’ll find a 4.3-inch LCD display monitor in the kit that can be mounted to the windshield or the dashboard via a silicone bracket and removed whenever you want to change its position. From the monitor, you’ll be able to see what’s behind you, as well as a grid that can tell you how far away you are from obstacles.

Yanees Car Backup Camera

Yanees offers an affordable backup camera that delivers outstanding video quality and viewing angles for the price. The camera has a cylindrical design and can be attached to the back of any car. It offers full-HD visuals at 1080p resolution and offers a 170-degree wide-angle view to see everything happening behind your vehicle. And since it’s waterproof, you don’t need to worry about it sitting on the back of your car while you’re driving in the rain. It also works in both direct sunlight and at night, you should have a good view of your surrounds at any time of day. And, ike many other backup cameras, the Yanees camera includes a distance gauge so you can estimate how close your car is to any obstacles.

It’s worth noting, however, that this camera does not come with a monitor, so you’ll need to order one separately in order to use it for its intended purpose.

Esky License Plate Backup Camera

While many of the car backup cameras on the market are standalone options that attach to different parts of your car, the Esky License Plate Backup Camera is specifically designed to replace the license plate holder on the back of your car. Your license plate sits inside the Esky's housing, so the devices just looks like a frame with an integrated camera on top.

The camera system comes with a rear-facing camera in the middle and LED lighting around the edges to better facilitate nighttime recording. The camera offers a 170-degree viewing angle for seeing just about anything behind you and it’s IP67-rated to hold up to the elments. According to Esky, the camera inside the license plate can be adjusted by 45 degrees, so you can point it up or down depending on the optimal viewing angle for your car's height.

Pruveeo D700

The Pruveeo D700 is also a dash cam and backup cam combo, and has a touchscreen display that sits where your rearview mirror sits, making it compatible with just about any car or truck you have.

The rear camera can record video at 480p, or the same resolution you’d get from a DVD. It has a 90-degree field-of-view and can work in the elements. The front-facing camera is attached to the display and records at 1080p for full-HD resolution. It offers a 170-degree field-of-view and can record anything that’s happening in front of you while you drive.

The viewing system is built into the rearview mirror itself and will automatically turn on a full-screen view when you put the car in reverse. The device even has the potential to store up to 32GB of footage, you can save recordings as needed.

Our Process

Our writers spent 4 hours researching the most popular car backup cameras on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 24 different backup cameras overall, screened options from 20 different brands and manufacturers and read over 60 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.