What is a Backup Camera?

2020-07-29

A backup camera, when built into a cars systems by the manufacturer, displays a small, live view from behind the car when the vehicle is put into reverse. This gives the driver a clearer picture of whats behind him or her and helps to ensure Fido doesnt get a deep-tissue massage from your tires. 

Here is a list of the types of cameras, as well as the types of displays commonly used.

Types of Cameras

· Bracket-mounted: The camera is attached to but separated from a bracket that can be mounted on the cars surface.

· Flush-mounted: A camera that is made to blend with the surface of the vehicle as much as possible.

· License plate frame: The camera is embedded within a license plate frame.

· License plate bar: The camera is centered in a bar that stretches across and attaches to the top of a license plate.

· OEM-specific: If you have a newer used car, it might be compatible with a specific part, such as a latch handle, that has a camera built in for a clean factory look.

Types of Displays

· Integrated OEM: A factory unit that comes with the car and sits in or on top of the dashboard.

· In-dash aftermarket: An added infotainment stereo with a screen that fits flush with the dashboard 

· On-dash aftermarket: A stand-alone monitor that can be placed on top of the dashboard.

· Rearview mirror: A monitor is built into the rearview mirror. Sometimes the screen is half of the mirror, sometimes it is full-length. When not in use, it just looks like a mirror. 

 

Wired vs. Wireless: Wired backup cameras require a physical wire connection to get the video from the camera to show up on the display. Wireless options, however, use a signal and receiver method and do not require a wire.