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Car reversing camera kit reviews

These car reversing camera kits give you support, but don’t rely on them entirely.
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01 .Introduction


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
  • visibility
  • 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.


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What to look for

Angle Look for a wide angle of viewing; you’re more likely to spot obstructions in the monitor. Wider angles often mean lower picture quality, but this is less important than seeing any obstructions in the first place.

Camera Most cameras on test are round, with a few wide long ones that can be installed straight into the license plate screws. You install the others by drilling into the bumper bar or in the rear window. Some flexibility of the camera is useful to get the best angle – all models on test have this. Multiple cameras wired into a monitor are useful for hauling boats or caravans. Remember to keep the camera lens clean, as a dirty lens means poorer visibility.

Installation CHOICE recommends having any kit professionally installed. This adds a couple of hundred dollars to the cost, but it will be neat and tidy and less hassle if you aren’t comfortable with installation.

Mirror These clip over your standard rear view mirror and half the mirror turns into a monitor on reverse. Some replace your rear view mirror entirely. Removing your current rear view mirror may be difficult due to the original glue used.

Monitor The larger the monitor, the easier it will be to see any obstructions, but remember you’ll have a monitor, possibly alongside others, cluttering up your dash. They can be installed on the windscreen with a suction cup or to the dashboard with suction cup or sticky mount.

Reverse start All kits on test start when you select the reverse gear – avoid ones that don’t.

Wired/wireless This will make a little difference in ease of installation, but all kits require a hard wire install to the reversing lights. Wired kits also require a cable to be routed under the carpet, from the monitor through the car to the camera.

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