I have a Edge CTS monitor in my truck and was a little concerned with this camera working with it. I figured for 40 bucks its worth the risk. The camera works great and a lot cheaper then the Edge camera. I was suprised how bright the little lights on it are at night, no problems hooking up to a trailer at night.
I have received and installed my back up camera today. I am happy for their customer service because they have replaced my previous back up camera with no additional charge. The replacement is far better than the previous one. I am not recommending only the product but the company too because they really mean business.
Works as described, barely noticeable, plug and play ease of installation. Can't beat it for the money. A a a
It was not mentioned in the specs that I read prior to purchase but it is a 16:9 aspect ratio camera. The same as wide screen TVs. I bought a 16:9 Monitor. They work great together. I tied the camera power to my reverse lights on one bulb. I removed the bulb, stripped about 3/8 of an inch off of the camera power wire pigtail, and dropped one bare lead in each hole of the bulb socket then reseated the bulb into its socket. This holds the wire securely without splicing into your wiring harness. It powers up instantly with full color saturation. No warm-up or 'settling in' time needed. The lines that are integral to the picture are at about 3, 6, 9 and 12 feet. Mine is on the back of a Ford E150 Van and it really helps me to accurately park to allow me to remove tools (3 feet) or my ladder (6 feet) without crowding a wall. It took about 2 hours to install. Much of that was wiring the video monitor to the fusebox.
The monitor I purchased was the TaoTronics® TT-CM04 7-inch TFT LCD Widescreen.
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Great product! Thanks Esky!
Camera works as advertised. The only negative I have is at night with my back-up lights on and the camera's IR active, the picture is washed out. To be honest, i have some very bright LED back-up lights, so for most people this will not be a problem.
I waited a while before I would submit a review. This is my third camera for my F150 and two just quit without any normal reasons, water, salt, or abuse. I am really happy with this one as it has the grid that tells you how far away or how far left or right you are. Makes a 'backer-up' like me pretty good. I also purchased a new monitor and wireless but it was not those in trouble, it was the camera.
Put it on a Toyota Tacoma . I have a camper on the truck so had to remove tailgate with camera in it. The license plate backup camera works well, just as good as original equipment. Had to go to a Tacoma Forum site to get wiring harness configuration of the 4 wire video/power harness, but once I got that, it was easy.
This product installs in a fairly straightforward manner if one possesses a few basic skills. It was necessary to drill a hole through my vehicle's skin behind the license plate in order to fish the video and power cable into the interior of the end gate. I used an ample amount of silicone sealant to ensure the install would remain will required fishing a longer cable up through the end gate, through the tubular rubber "chase" to access the vehicle body, over the headliner and down the A pillar to get the video into the front cabin under the dash. I did replace the RCA video cable supplied with the product with a Steren 25' Python Home Theater RCA-RCA Video Cable, also available from Amazon, because I wanted a heavier-duty cable that would withstand the abrasion of fishing through tight spaces in the vehicle and also would not likely present issues of degradation image quality due to the length of the run, though it's reasonable to presume that Esky has provided one of sufficient quality to provide adequate video quality, albeit somewhat flimsy and not likely to be so resilient to physical abrasion.
The power cable run was not complicated. In my vehicle, the backup light is in the end gate. It's necessary to remove all the interior trim pieces so as to be able to get into the end gate. The power and ground wires were readily identifiable once that was accomplished. In my case, in a 2013 Ford Escape, the positive wire to the reversing light is blue and the negative ground is black. I simply stripped off some of the insulation on both, wrapped the appropriate wire from the camera around it and then soldered the connections, after which I insulated them well with electrical tape. I also took some care to tape the entire assembly to another cable in the area so as to prevent the weight of the cabling combined with vehicle vibration to potentially cause a separation or other issue over time. In my particular installation, the trim went back on easily. There are several clips that, with some care taken to achieve proper alignment, allow everything to go back on without much trouble.
The camera produces a clear image and there is a grid that delineates the distance quite well. The camera can be positioned up and down by loosening a setscrew and then retightening after adjustment. In my case, I did it without assistance, so the process required two such repositioning attempts to get it exactly where I wanted. That wasn't much of a task.
I've had the installation in place about a month now and, thus far, it's saved me from at least one situation where a car was backing out of a parking space immediately behind me on the other side of a parking lot travel lane and I did anticipate a person with a shopping cart so as to stop a little sooner than I might otherwise have done without its benefit.
Additionally, I would say this: The camera is a good augmentation to other existing safety devices, as well as one's own faculties. There is a bit of a learning curve to integrate the camera image into one's usual backing routine. It's important to remember that there are rear view mirrors on one's vehicle and that they are there for a purpose, so one should be mindful of them and utilize them with which to back up as safely as possible. If one should become solely dependent on this backup camera, ignoring the other available options, there is a significant risk that safety will actually be degraded as a result, especially for pedestrians in a parking lot. It's also important to realize that, if a driver is ignoring caution in a parking lot, he or she may approach one's vehicle from the side at relatively high speed, and this device isn't likely to provide an advantage in anticipating that situation, so it's best to be looking around as one proceeds in reverse as well. Even though this camera has a fairly wide angle of view, it does not supplant the driver's faculties, such as turning one's head to each side of the vehicle to observe any potential oncoming vehicles to the right and left, especially in a parking lot situation, or the use of outside mirrors to increase the field of view. However, for people and objects that may be positioned directly behind one's vehicle, especially if one's vehicle limits visibility directly behind due to a high rear window position, such as mine, this camera can augment other means of viewing the area into which one may intend to back up. It's just not a panacea for all backup situations and should not be relied upon exclusively. It certainly doesn't hurt to turn one's head around side-to-side to be certain one has all the information possible before and during a reversing maneuver. Good luck and safe driving.
My car didn't come with a backup camera and after reading an article on how a dad ran over his kid, I decided it is really a must and did some research on installing one myself.
There's a youtube video by Cars & Driver on installing a backup camera, but every car is a little different, so before buying everything, I would advise to check out your car and envision how you would put everything together. I spent $100 total make it happen:
Morris Products 10772 Quick Splice Connector, Red, 22-18 Wire Range
- It worked well! The difficult part is making sure the wire is in the right places before clamping down with a plier. Once all the way down, the wire is really tight in there. I used this to splice the power from one of the reverse light on the trunk.
E-PRANCE New Car Door Clip Panel Audio Video Dashboard Dismantle Kits Installer Pry Tool
- Could not have removed the stupid trunk lid liner without this tool and also a small flat head screw driver. The trunk lid liner is held on by 8 black plastic round clip and to remove them without breaking the plastic round clips, you need to discover where to push in with the flat head screw driver by probing under the clip. The location is found when you can stick the flat head deeper than everywhere else. The two sides are usually vertical or horizontal and once found, just shove in the screw driver and one of the very narrow but flat prong to pop it out!
INNOVA 3300 Hands-free Digital Multimeter (10 MegOhm)
- Had to use this to find where to get the power source for the LCD Screen. I did not like this for the car because the prong is not narrow enough to stick into really tight spot.
Esky® EC170-09 Waterproof High Sensitive Color CMOS Black Aluminum Alloy Universal Car License Plate Frame Mount Rear View Backup Camera
- The camera is really nice and the frame is nice too. There is are built in indicator lines for distances that's not removable. Fish eye camera lense is also really nice. My only issue is that there doesn't seem to be a way to stop the camera from freely rotating other than the wire sticking out stops it. The length of the wire is also a small issue; it was ok for my car as it's the right length to go through the plastic of the license plate lighting fixture. But I can see it an issue if it needed to be longer.
4.3 Inch LCD TFT Rearview Monitor screen for Car Backup Camera
- I wish the wires coming out of the LCD Screen was much longer, but it wasn't. The picture is very accurate in its portrayal, so it's not a problem.
2.4g Wireless Color Video Transmitter and Receiver for the Vehicle Backup Camera/front Car Camera
- Works very well for short distance of a normal car. The transmitter heats up very fast though, and I worry it may break down with the amount of heat it produces. ... I'm scared of if and when it breaks as I don't like the idea of going back in to fix it.
**** Installation on 2015 Volvo S60 ****
1) 20 minutes just trying to get the trunk lid liner off. The black clips were really hard to remove, but once I figured it out, it was just a process of getting to the side of the clips and pushing in the right way. There is also the trunk latch plastic cup thing that pulls right off. A trunk holder thing that has two plastic clips that needed a good push from the back side that I didn't do appropriately (and broke the clip). A trunk release handle that is attached to a steel cable that needed some finessing to remove.
2) 10 minutes on unscrewing the license plate lighting fixture. I needed some special Torx screw driver and it was almost not the right size. Eventually, it came out easily when the screws were all out.
3) 30 minutes to connecting the *RIGHT* 2.4 ghz transmitter to the license plate camera and stuff it in the space inside the trunk. What's nice is the transmitter has the plugs to power the camera and to receive the 1 yellow RCA feed. So, I had to thread the transmitter cable into the trunk through the license plate lighting fixture. Then, to power the transmitter, I found the red/black wire for the reverse light on the left side of the trunk lid. My wife had to come to put car in reverse for me to verify the right cables to use. I used the splice things to splice the cables together, very fast!
4) For the front, I stuck the LCD screen to the dash, ran the cable on the side, and connected the power lines together with a cigarette lighter car adapter. I utilized an old cigarette car adapter that I wasn't using anymore, cut the wires, stripped, and lashed it all together.
Now, I have a backup camera for just about $100!
** EDIT 19 June 2014 **
How to fix static / flickering picture 5 seconds after going into reverse:
After I installed everything, I thought it was all working wonderfully. After the weekend, when I actually went to drive the car, I discovered the rearview camera would go from clear to fuzzy and flickering within 5 seconds. With some research, I discovered that this is due to the reverse light is not powered by full 12 VDC after the car is in reverse for a few seconds. The fix for this is to install a relay ASIN B000PHLQJW:
The connection for the relay is as follows:
Red (Power) from the cigarette lighter connected to 30
Black (Ground) from cigarette lighter connected to 85
Reverse Power (Red) from reverse light connected to 86
Camera Power (Red) from backup camera connected to 87
Camera Ground (Black) from backup camera connected to 85
After I did this, the camera stopped flickering and everything is working as intended ~ so far anyways.
The infra read works quite well.
The direct hook up to what ever monitor you choose, is much better and any wireless system! You get a crystal clear picture, and there is no distortion or feed back. No glitches in the picture.