We review 12 car reversing camera kits, ranging in price from $145 to $488, and found that, while they're helpful in reducing blind spots, you can't rely on them entirely.
We've tested car reversing camera kits for:
- viewing angle
- picture quality, and
- electronic interference from turning indicators, mobile phone calls, windscreen wipers and the in-car radio.
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Over the last few years we’ve all heard of tragedies where a car has accidentally reversed over a child. A car reversing camera kit supplies you with a camera that you attach to the rear of the car, along with a monitor for viewing. When the reverse gear is selected the monitor powers up, showing the camera vision.
It’s best to combine them with multiple ultrasonic proximity sensors and some plain commonsense – check your rear view, keep an eye out over your shoulder and make sure your children or pets are out of the way before reversing. If you are unable to fit a reversing sensor for whatever reason, the insurance company NRMA has carried out some testing regarding specific car ratings on their Reversing Visibility Index.
Kidsafe also have a current campaign to keep your driveway safe, it's worth checking out. They also have a fact sheet available.
These are useful devices and, combined with multiple proximity sensors, are a safety addition CHOICE would like to see become standard in all new cars.
Brands and models tested
- Carkitco RVM43 + Minicam
- Cellpak RGS-433P
- Elinz 3.5" Wireless
- Elinz 7" Monitor HD
- Gator ARV350WD
- Gator ARV36SYS
- Mongoose LCD43M/MC304
- Polaris CM35 + Camera A
- Response QM-3796
- Response QM-3806
- Rhino VSDS-RVM4.3
- Strike 3.5" Butterfly Reversing System
How we test
Our tester, Peter Horvath, developed a rig to test the angle, visibility and picture quality of each model, scoring them accordingly.
Visibility was tested in bright daylight as well as in dimly lit situations.
We also tested for electronic interference from turning indicators, mobile phone calls, windscreen wipers and the in-car radio.