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What You Need to Know About Backup Cameras

car backup camera on front windshield

Technology has come to help us in many ways, particularly when it comes to driving. The inclusion of maps and Bluetooth radios, for example, have made the experience easier and more enjoyable for drivers and passengers alike.

But what about safety?

Many newer vehicles are equipped with backup cameras to help drivers see where they're going when they back up and prevent hitting barriers, other cars, foreign objects and — in some cases — people. While older cars may not come with such cameras built-in, there are plenty of affordable wireless backup cameras you can install quickly and easily. 

Let's go over the basics.

How well do wireless cameras work?

Wireless backup cameras range in price from around $50 to $300, depending on what type of vehicle you're looking to equip. Lower range models tend to offer less of a wide-angle view, and higher-end types are generally intended to help RVs or semi-trucks reduce blind spots. A nice, mid-range wireless camera should offer you a clear view of what's behind you and let you see more space. 

In terms of picture quality, you can find wireless backup cameras with lenses that work better than some actual cameras. The ZUS® Wireless Smart Backup Camera, for example, uses a two-megapixel, 720P, six-layer glass lens that will present an image four times clearer than a standard camera. Your vehicle will become much safer once you add this camera to it!

That type of clarity means you'll be able to see almost everything behind you — no matter how small.

Do backup cameras record footage?

Backup cameras do not generally record footage, primarily because they only activate when the vehicle is put into reverse. Recording footage, while it might be handy in the case of a car accident, would also tricky in terms of footage storage and battery life.

If you are looking to record footage while you drive, a dashcam is a good place to start.

Can you add a backup camera to any car?

If your vehicle didn't come equipped with a backup camera, we have good news: there are plenty of options out there for you.

But that's not all — there are plenty of affordable options that require relatively little effort to install. Some models can be put onto your vehicle and up and running in less than an hour. And all you need is a screwdriver and a smartphone to pair the camera with.

A Car Backup Camera Equals A Safer Vehicle

If you think you're ready to install a backup camera on your vehicle, find an effective model that's affordable and easy to install. You — and others around you — will benefit from it.

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