We all know how vital a rearview mirror is! I remember getting into the car as a driver for the first time. I was 16, and I nagged my father to teach me because all my friends had driving permits. My father spent a good ten minutes telling me about being a responsible driver. Then, he only made me practice setting the side and rearview mirrors to the right angle. I also practiced the 10 and 2 positions of my hands on the steering wheel and adjusting the seat to get the perfect elevation and the distance from the gas and brake pedals. We did not get on the road that day. To this day, I adjust my mirrors every day, even if I drove my car the previous day.
Most cars come with original manufacturer accessories. But, let’s face it; the needs of a rearview mirror are different. For example, I know a friend who has a mirror that has a dashboard camera on it. This device seemed very interesting to me. I had meant to get a dashcam, but I did not like the idea of something bulky blocking my vision. So I began looking at the different products, and here is my review of the five best rearview mirror cameras.
Campark Backup 1080P Mirror Dash Cam
Well, a dashboard camera is definitely worth the time and effort you spend researching your options. Given the fact that you never know when a situation might call for proof of your driving and surroundings, a dashcam is an excellent investment. Most of the dash cams I have seen are clunky, so you would need to mount them separately. There is also the added obstruction that it may present to your view of the road.
The Campark backup camera is an elegant solution in which the rearview mirror holds the lens of the camera. Its 170-degree wide-angle front lens and 120-degree rear lens capture all movement and road conditions. They also eliminate blind spots, which is always a win in my book! The 1080 pixel resolution display comes with a G-sensor – that means every single collision is captured and stored in a separate location. When the SD card reaches its full 32 GB capacity, the looped recordings overwrite the older videos.
The Rear camera engages with the reverse gear, and the parking line helps you park within those pesky white lines. The Campark is made of anti-glare glass and offers a 5-inch display screen to operate. A 3- year warranty and 24×7 technical customer support come with each rearview camera.
TOGUARD Backup Camera
This TOGAURD product combines the rearview mirror with a waterproof rear camera. The rearview camera comes with a five-inch LED screen. The display is highly sensitive, and you can choose from a variety of display options – PIP or split view. The mirror itself is over 11 inches long and 3 inches in height. As such, the mirror captures quite a wide field of the rear. Besides, the rear camera can give you a 120-degree view of the road behind you. The front camera’s wide-angle lens gives you a 170-degree view of the way ahead.
The waterproof rear camera helps you back up safely within the parking spot with the aid of various guidelines providing a clear view of the obstacles. The rear camera automatically switched on at reverse gear. The mirror’s front camera continues to function even when the vehicle is parked, providing 24-hr protection. The loop recording on the SD card with the cameras continue to record even at full capacity overwriting older recordings.
Pyle Backup Car Camera Rear View Mirror Screen
The Pyle Backup Car camera has a 4.3-inch LCD screen on a rearview mirror that is around 10.6 inches long. This backup camera is of marine-grade construction, which is waterproof and fog-resistant, that automatically engages when placed in reverse gear. The camera functions even at low light, providing a 170-degree view of the rear and underside of the vehicle. This view is convenient when you are reversing into a parking spot with the aid of the camera’s accurate distance scale line display. Both the cameras function in the day as well as night.
The rear camera can be installed very easily above the license plates of the vehicle and connected with cables to the rearview mirror inputs. You can adjust the angle on the camera and tilt it as well. The rearview mirror connects to 2 video sources.
Another point I would like to bring up here is that this Pyle camera is also available in the wireless version. This variant seems to eliminate the cables that you find in the wired version.
Backup Camera 10-inch Mirror Dash Cam
In the previous products, you saw how the rearview mirror display was in either a PIP or split-screen option. With this Junsun backup camera, the screen is the entire size of the rearview mirror – 10 inches, which is very handy. Both the front and rear cameras can switch between 1080 or 72-pixel display, with the former being more clearer. The dual cameras record simultaneously offering a complete view of front and rear at all times for your safety. The WDR technology restores the true colors of the surroundings. The high performance waterproof rear camera offers a 140-degree viewing angle of the obstacles behind the vehicle.
The camerasoffer 24-hr protection even when the car is parked. It stores the looped recordings on a 64 GB SD card (not included). The mirror is easy to install. You do not have to remove the OEM mirror, but you can attach the Junsun camera with rubber straps and connect the car charger.
AKASO Mirror Dash Camera for Cars
The 10-inch rearview mirror offers a full-screen display of the views from the dual cameras. You can play the video directly on the screen and do not need a computer interface. Both the cameras together present a 340-degree view of the surrounding of the car. This super wide-angle, combined with advanced Sony sensor technology, provides excellent views during both day and night. The display is at 1080-pixel resolution.
The Akaso mirror dash camera also protects your vehicle all 24 hours. The parking monitor records even the slightest of scratches or bumps. The G sensor in the camera also records when there is a collision. The looped recordings go on an SD card of 32 GB storage capacity (included). However, the Akaso camera can support up to 120 GB max. The waterproof rear camera aids parking by displaying parking lines and activates when you engage reverse gear. Another useful feature is that you can switch the angle of the reverse cameras as needed to park smartly and safely.
You can quickly fix the Akaso mirror on an existing rearview mirror.
Top 5 Best Rearview Cameras
|Campark Backup 1080P Mirror Dash Cam|
|TOGUARD Backup Camera|
|Pyle Backup Car Camera Rear View Mirror Screen|
|Backup Camera 10-inch Mirror Dash Cam|
|AKASO Mirror Dash Camera for Cars|
To summarize, I would like to emphasize; there are many rearview cameras. They offer versatility and safety. So when making your choice, do your research and pick one that will suit you the most. You also have to factor your vehicle’s make and model and the conditions you drive usually.
So tell me, what is your choice? Do you own a rearview camera? If so, which one?