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Best backup cameras for your car

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If you’re less than gifted when it comes to parking, or want to peer into a precarious blind spot, a backup or rear view camera is a great addition to your car or truck (and much cheaper than buying a new auto that has one built in).

Since May 2018, new cars sold in the US have to have backup cameras built in under a federal regulation, to help drivers avoid accidents in which pedestrians are run over because a driver can’t see them when they are reversing. While older cars don’t need to be retrofitted with a camera, they are handy and can be super affordable too.  Read more...

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EASIEST TO INSTALL

Yada Digital 4.3-inch Wireless Monitor

A great kit for anyone who wants a good all-around cam that's super easy to install.

  • Video quality: 720p
  • Screen size: 4.3 inches
  • Viewing angle: 110 degrees
  • Special features: Weatherproof, night vision, parking assist
$139.99 from Amazon

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BUDGET PICK

LeeKooLuu Backup Camera and Monitor Kit

A cheap and cheerful option that offers all the features you need, but it might take a while to install.

  • Video quality: 720p
  • Screen size: 4.3 inches
  • Viewing angle: 170 degrees
  • Special features: Night vision, front view camera
$39.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR GARMIN FANS

Garmin BC 40

A feature-filled option for people who already have a Garmin and are looking for a super easy installation.

  • Video quality: 720p
  • Screen size: n/a
  • Viewing angle: 150 degrees
  • Special features: Completely wireless, weatherproof, voice commands
$130 from Amazon

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BEST SUPER CHEAP OPTION

eRapta ERT01

Tunnels into your on-board system to everything you need for super cheap, just be prepared to spend some time installing it.

  • Video quality: Sharp (though no specifics are listed)
  • Screen size: n/a
  • Viewing angle: 149 degrees
  • Special features: Waterproof, night vision
$21.99 from Amazon

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BEST OVERALL CHOICE

ToGuard 7-inch Backup Camera

More than a simple rear view camera, it acts more like a dash cam and is packed with features, but is tricky to install.

  • Video quality: 480p
  • Screen size: 7 inches
  • Viewing angle: 120 degrees
  • Special features: Dual cam views, loop recording, touchscreen, motion detecting, parking monitoring
$59.99 from Amazon

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BEST REARVIEW MIRROR DASH CAM

Auto-Vox T1400

This display will fit onto your rearview mirror incredibly neatly and the kit offers lots of features with relatively easy installation.

  • Video quality: 720p
  • Screen size: 4.3 inches
  • Viewing angle: 170 degrees
  • Special features: Wireless, waterproof, night vision
$141.99 from Amazon

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BEST HIGH-END OPTION

Auto-Vox X1 Mirror Dash Cam

A top pick for people who love big screens and lots of features, but it’s redundant for those who already have a dash cam.

  • Video quality: 720p
  • Screen size: 9.88 inches
  • Viewing angle: 140 degrees
  • Special features: Touch screen, night vision, loop recording, parking monitoring, GPS tagging

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