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Guide to after-market reversing cameras

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    The website also offers a more conventional reversing camera with an integrated 3.5in screen.....

Get a camera and rear sensors for as low as $250.

Although the reversing camera is fast-becoming standard fare on upper-echelon models on sale in Australia, it doesn't mean you have to part with your pride and joy to make it safer.

As little as $250 can buy the peace of mind of having a reversing camera backed by rear parking sensors. Electronics retailer Jaycar has a number of options to improve the safety of your car when backing out the driveway.

Sensors alone can be a cost-effective start - $99 buys a wireless four-sensor system from Jaycar, which has a 30m range (for use on longer vehicles) with a screen to display distances to objects.

Strike have two options for reversing sensors - the S1-4 Eco Parking Sensor for $88 that has flush-fitted sensors activated when reverse gear is selected and sounds a beep when nearing obstacles.

There's also the L20-4 LED reversing system that also has sensors active once the car is in reverse, as well as a visual LED warning system that displays the distance between the sensors and the object as well as beeps - it is $95.90 from www.strike.com.au

Some drivers will prefer the rearvision mirror with integrated camera screen that is appearing as standard in several new cars and SUVs.

imageJaycar (Pic: to left) offers a wireless reversing camera that feeds into a screen within a replacement mirror, which sits over the top of the car's existing rearvision and is powered from a 12-volt outlet. For $249 the Jaycar electronics brand has a camera and sensors pack that includes a 3in monitor and four sensors, with parking assistance lines on the screen and warning beeps (or an optional voice warning) from the sensors. 

Or for the same outlay there's a reversing camera with a larger LCD screen - 5in - that sits on a suction swivel-mount bracket; the screen has a distance graphic and uses a mini USB 2.0 port.

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Strike has a reversing camera package - the buttlerfly camera and "clear" digital monitor bundle for $268. The Strike package has a 7in digital monitor displays the images from the "butterfly" reversing camera that fits into the bumper without the need to drill holes. 

Supercheap Autos offers (Pic: to left)  a reverse sensor kit with the added bonus of a digital speed alert  for $79.  

The system has four reversing sensors with a distance-to-object display and when not in use for reversing it displays the vehicle speed and has an over-speed warning as well.

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Website Alpha Line Auto (Pic: to left) has an all-in-one "Command Centre" replacement rearvision mirror  that has a second screen that displays vision from the reversing camera, as well as a built-in GPS satnav, a hands-free Bluetooth phone link and MP3 player. $1475 supplied and fitted. 

The website also offers a more conventional reversing camera with an integrated 3.5in screen, which costs $550 freighted and fitted.

 

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  • Brietie, not a problem if you have prismatic rear-view mirror ie night/day mirror with the toggle lever at back. Just set your mirror in the down position and adjust for normal rear-view. then when you want to reverse, toggle it up as if for night-time use and the reflections are gone and u have a clear view on your monitor.

    Wayne of Gosford Posted on 19 February 2013 11:35am
  • I bought a 'Response' reversing camera kit with monitor-in-mirror from Jaycar Electronics but regrettably find that it is quite useless because the reflection from the black glass of the replacement mirror obscures the camera vision, resulting in a seriously compromised rear-view mirror and an invisible rear vision. I would not recommend this system and consider it a waste of money.

    Hubert Breitenstein of Manly West, Qld 4179 Posted on 14 November 2012 4:31pm
  • I bought the RESPONSE reverse camera kit with monitor-in-mirror from JAYCAR. Easy to fit but I find that the reflection from the black glass replacement mirror virtually obliterates the rear vision in the monitor, especially during daylight. This results is a seriously compromised rear view mirror (now black) and an almost invisible rear view in the monitor portion of the mirror. I am disappointed in this system and do not recommend it. There seem to be much better and much cheaper kits available.

    Breitie of Manly West Qld 4179 Posted on 13 November 2012 6:03pm
  • i have an after market reverse camera, but what i really want is a rear view camera camera to go on the back of my caravan so i can get rid of the add on mirrors. i need a camera with a narrower angle so i can see farther away, just like looking in the rearview mirror .can you help?

    robert wilson of yarram Posted on 19 July 2012 5:07pm
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