As I love nothing more than to hop in the RV with the family and go out for a family vacation, rear view safety is something I am genuinely concerned about. To be honest the fact, we have the kids bikes on the back of the RV is the main reason as if someone happened to my eldest sons bike, I would never hear the end of it!
Well, the days of having to get someone to help you back up by giving vague hand and arm gestures or having to stick your neck out of the window so far that half your body is practically out are long gone. This is because you can get a wireless backup camera for your car, RV, truck or whatever. I was given the chance to check out a couple of the most popular wireless back up cameras and I am going to give you my thoughts on them down below.
Anything I should Know Before Buying A Wireless Backup Camera?
To be honest with you this kind of thing is not rocket science and in my reviews, I will be looking at things likes installation ease, rear view safety and so on. But the only thing I would say that you have to look for before you buy is how you mount the wireless backup camera. Some come with all the bits you need to attach them to your RV, truck or trailer, but others will require that you need to have a mountain kit or at the least some screws and a few basic tools. How you connect the actual camera to your vehicle is the other bit of “work” you will have to think about.
Most of the time, you just connect the camera to your reverse lights as this is what usually powers up the camera. This is not as hard to deal with as you would think and there are a million YouTube videos that will show you exactly what wires you need to use, or you can just bribe a more technically minded buddy to do it for you with the promise of a pizza and some beer.
Budget Wireless Backup Camera Reviews
Here I will be reviewing two of the most popular wireless backup cameras. I will be looking at installation ease how they affect your rear view safety and in general just how good they are. As these are budget cameras, they both cost under 100 bucks! Also, I am going to give my thoughts on a couple of the other popular wireless backup cameras that are on the market right now. I will let you know what the other reviews say and if I feel they are worth checking out.
- AUTO-VOX M1W Wireless Backup Camera Kit
- ZSMJ Wireless 9V-24V Rear View Backup Camera and Mirror Monitor Kit
- LeeKooLuu Backup Camera Wireless and 7″ TFT Monitor Kit
- Camecho RC 12V 24V Car Backup Camera Rear View Wireless IR Night Vision Backup Camera Waterproof Kit
1. AUTO-VOX M1W Wireless Backup Camera Kit
- Impressive image clarity
- No wires!
- Makes reverse parking easier
- Connecting camera to license plate is simple
- Has an extra USB slot
First, one I had the pleasure to check out was the AUTO-VOX M1W Wireless Backup Camera Kit. This is currently priced at around 90 bucks which is not a horrible price at all. Let’s start with the installation process. The actual camera connects to your license plate and you pretty much just slide it in there and the little bracket that the camera is connected to holds it snugly in place. You do need to connect it to your reversing lights to the camera as it is this wire that is going to connect it so you will need to know what you are doing.
This took me around half an hour and I am no technical genius, but if you are unsure about this kind of job, get someone to help you out. The LCD monitor is 4.3 inches so it takes up very little space and it comes on a bracket that has a sticker/suction cup that will hold it in place. Now, these kind of things can have a tendency to get dirty and lose their sticking ability, but you can clean it or even stick it down with something with more secure. I had no trouble with it moving at all while I was driving.
- Does require some wiring
- Monitor may lose its “stick” after a while
The actual kit is pretty cool. It has a small LED light so it can even be used in the dark. You connect it to your car cigarette lighter and it has an extra USB port so you can still charge your phone. I was happy with the image clarity in both the daytime and the night time and it does exactly what you would want it to do.
If you need that little bit extra help when parking, you will not be disappointed with this. But you have to ask yourself if the extra 30 or so bucks this one cost is worth it? To be honest with you, I think that this is a case where you are better off paying that little bit extra money to get something that is that higher quality.
2. ZSMJ Wireless 9V-24V Rear View Backup Camera and Mirror Monitor Kit
- Is very affordable
- Securely connects to license plate
- Camera can be easily moved
- Monitor is a nice size
- Will work on anything
Next up we have the ZSMJ Wireless 9V-24V Rear View Backup Camera and Mirror Monitor Kit which at 40 bucks is over half the price of the other one I checked out. If you are wondering about the installation ease of this budget wireless backup camera, do not worry as it is pretty simple. Once again, you will have to connect it to your reversing lights, but if you are not too skilled at things like this, watch a YouTube video or get a buddy to help.
The actual camera will connect to your license plate and be held in place with the screws that are already holding your license plate in place, but if you have one of those “stick on” license plates, you will have to drill a couple holes into it! The actual monitor connects to the dashboard of your vehicle by the way you see best. I have a bracket already installed in our RV so I just connected to that.
- Image may not be as high quality as you would like
- Connecting the camera can be a pain if you do not have right cable
This wireless backup camera works pretty well. My main gripe was that out of the box, I did not get the adapter needed to plug it into my cigarette lighter, but luckily I had the needed adapter already. But this is something to think about, I have heard that newer models come with the cable, but it is still worth checking. The image quality is fine and the LED light is nice and bright so in the dark, you can easily see what you are doing.
I have read other reviews where people say the image quality is a little grainy and while it certainly is not HD, it is still good enough. While I do not think this is as good as the other one I checked out, for only 40 bucks, you cannot argue with the price.
3. LeeKooLuu Backup Camera Wireless and 7″ TFT Monitor Kit
- Nice and big screen
- Camera is easy to connect
- Monitor can be connected in different ways
- Can be used in the dark
- Price is reasonable
Now the LeeKooLuu Backup Camera Wireless and 7″ TFT Monitor Kit is not something that I had the pleasure to get my hands on. But it is one of the more popular budget wireless backup cameras online so I thought I would share my thoughts. First of all, at around 60 bucks the price is right. It looks easy enough to connect, the actual camera is screwed onto your license plate using the screws that are already there to keep it in place.
You will like the others have to wire it into your lights. What I found interesting about this kit is that for the monitor, which is an impressive 7 inches. It can be connected in numerous ways. Of course using the cigarette lighter is always going to be the easiest, but if you use that for something else, like your phone. This giving you another option to hardwire it into your car’s electrics is sure to be a positive for many people.
- Not clear on how you connect monitor to dash
- Screen may be too large for smaller dashes
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I really like the look of this monitor and as the camera can be used in any kind of light it is perfect for all driving conditions. I like how large the monitor is and also how it appears you can easily move it around. They do not appear to give you a way to connect it to your dash or overhead so that might be something to consider and look into before you buy it. But attaching something like this to your dash or overhead is pretty easy these days.
The fact the monitor is larger makes this a wireless backup camera that is better if you find smaller screens hard to see, especially in the dark. So while I have not personally gotten my hands on this, I do think this is worth considering if you need a larger screen.
4. Camecho RC 12V 24V Car Backup Camera Rear View Wireless IR Night Vision Backup Camera Waterproof Kit
- Has a larger screen
- Camera can be positioned high
- Not too hard to install
- Has lots of good reviews
- Comes with remote control
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This one here from Camecho is the last one I want to talk about. Offering you some rear view safety, this model has a nice sized 7-inch monitor. The way the camera is mounted makes this one that caught my eye. While I never actually used this one myself. It does appear that the design of this is so that you attach it to the top of your vehicle.
This is an interesting choice and for some drivers, being able to see what you are backing into from a higher angle might actually be more useful. Of course, as this does not actually screw onto the license plate, it does mean that you may have to be more creative with the way that you attach it to your vehicle. For example, on my RV, I am not actually sure how I would go about attaching this without having to drill into it!
- Having to install camera high may not be ideal for some people
- Could the screen be too large for your vehicle?
As far as the monitor goes, the large size is great for those who do need that larger image. Attach this to the dash or the overhead section should not be any harder than the other models we have looked at today, but how you do this, of course, will be up to you. It comes with all the cables you need and they do give you a nice long one to connect the camera to the reverse lights so it can draw power.
This is great as it is clearly designed to be attached higher up. One nice bonus is that it comes with a remote control, I am not entirely sure that this is necessary, but it is still kind of cool to have and if you are like me, having something extra to play with is always fun. I like the price and the screen, but for me personally, attaching a camera to the top of my RV or even my truck is not something I can do, but for you, it may be better.
What Is The Best Budget Wireless Backup Camera?
Out of the two that I actually tested, I thought they both did a great job in offering rear view safety and they both were fantastic when it came to installation ease. Even a novice could fire up a YouTube video and have them connected. If I had to pick a winner I would go for the AUTO-VOX M1W Wireless Backup Camera Kit. Yes, it is a little more expensive, but I feel that the extra little bit of money you spend is worth it.
But the ZSMJ Wireless 9V-24V Rear View Backup Camera and Mirror Monitor Kit did a great job also and if you are dead set on not spending more than 50 bucks, you cannot go wrong. As far as the other two go, if you want something that offers a larger screen, you might want to look a bit closer at them. But for me, the AUTO-VOX is the winner and it is currently connected to my RV as I type this.