Providing you with full visibility of the back of your car in high definition, the AUTO-VOX M1W Wireless Backup Camera Kit comes equipped with a great set of features and capabilities. Thanks to its special gridline mechanism, for example, it allows you to easily park into narrow spaces with ease. We should also point out that it is connected via wireless transmission, which means that the camera does not require cables and wires of any sort. Featuring 6 ultra-bright LED bulbs with automatic turn on/off, the camera includes a capable night vision mode that helps with parking in pitch-black darkness. Made from high-quality materials, it features an IP68 water-resistant rating and is 100% weatherproof.
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What To Look For In A Wireless Backup Camera
As we already established, many if not most wireless backup cameras are designed to meet the same demands in regards to their basic functionality. Even so, some devices definitely stand out through their ease of use, incorporated features, and versatility. So if you haven’t already, you should definitely consider investing in such a device, even if you don’t really see the point to it. In time, the guaranteed increase in visibility and mobility will more than make up for the original investment provided that you take the time to figure out exactly what you want. To give you a helping hand, we put together a short guide to bring you up to speed on wireless backup cameras and what they are all about.
The image sensor of a backup camera is among the most important features to consider when buying such a device. For starters, let us point out that sensors are tasked with converting light to signal in two ways – CCD (analog) and CMOS (digital). It needs to be said that CMOS sensors usually use less power and a bit more sensitive to image noise when compared to CCD sensors, even though CCD sensors are slightly better at dealing with fluctuating lighting scenarios. Now, you should pick between the two based on the driving environments you regularly drive through, yet try to remember that the difference is quite negligible.
Another thing to point out about backup cameras is that they usually incorporate parking lines to help you with your parking. As such, a decent backup camera should at the very least implement static onscreen guidelines to help you park as accurately as humanly possible. It needs to be said that high-end backup cameras have selectable parking lines that can sometimes be customized depending on your parking preferences. Other such devices provide you with the option to remove these lines during the installation process. On a related note, some such cameras also include a trajectory prediction system in the form of an active parking lines feature.
Needless to say, the mirror image feature allows the device to behave more or less like a standard rearview mirror. The only real difference is that it provides you with a much wider angle and some models may even incorporate a zooming feature. This type of system generally allows you to choose whether to use it as a selectable option or to use the camera as a front view camera and nothing more.
Visibility & Lighting
Good visibility is paramount when it comes to video-assisted feeds and wireless backup cameras make no exception. You will notice that backup cameras are rated with a minimum Lux rating that refers to the least amount of light required for the camera to capture a decent picture. For instance, your average full-moon night is rated about 0.1 Lux whereas a particularly sunny day rates at about 10,000 LUX or so. It isn’t uncommon for some of these cameras to also boast low-light capabilities along with additional LED or infrared lights to help you through.
The viewing angle needs to be as wide as possible with backup cameras for an enhanced and dependable visibility level. While most such cameras provide a standard horizontal viewing angle, the top-shelf models can go as wide as 190 degrees. Needless to say, the wider the viewing angle, the more control you have on your backing up and/or parking. Like we said, however, wide viewing angles are usually reserved for high-end devices.
We should point out that backup cameras can be mounted in different ways depending on your needs and according to their specifications. As such, take the time to figure out what type of backup camera would best meet your needs and whether the camera you laid eyes on meets those standards. In principle, there are four mounting styles for conventional wireless backup cameras and they each have their own benefits.
- License Plate Mounting – As the name suggests, these cameras are compact enough to fit into the license plate frame, which also allows the camera to blend into the design of your car. In this respect, this particular type of camera will fasten over your license plate using the already existing screws, thus reducing the time and effort that goes into the installation process. On a related note, let us point out that some of these cameras also come with a strap mount ever so often.
- Lip Mounting – This type of cameras can be mounted into the rear of your car depending on how much space you have available. It is generally advised that you employ an angled lip-mounted camera for the job as these cameras are a bit more subtle in their design. Perhaps the main advantage these type of cameras have over other models is their guaranteed safety in the event that someone rear-ends you.
- Bracket Mounting – We refer to bracket mounting as the most universal approach to installing backup cameras. Just like the name suggests, these type of cameras come with an adjustable bracket that enables you to mount the camera in any position you like. One disadvantage to mounting cameras this way is that they tend to stand out from an aesthetic point of view, yet these cameras can be expected to perform just as well nonetheless.
- Vehicle-specific Mounting – Given how widespread backup cameras have become, it is easy to understand why many modern cars come equipped with camera-accommodating particularities. You will find that some backup cameras can replace or fit into factory parts so as to blend into the overall design of the car. In this regard, you want to take the time and figure out whether your vehicle incorporates such accommodating features and whether you can camouflage the camera from view.