Originally Posted by SamuraiBigEd
At that price you get what you pay for. For a good quality camera with IR that is capable of near dark and good resolution you will be looking to spend around $200-300.00 for just the camera, and I will have to disagree with SD (who I tend to agree with, for the most part
) you do not need to go with security cameras, there are very good application specific models available and you do want it mounted at the license plate for a number of reasons, especially on a truck (or any other vehicle with a hitch, even saw a Vette with a hitch before
) where it allows you to hook up to a trailer without a guide.
On Edit: My friendly jab at SD comes with a caveat, at that level of camera you are most likely getting the same "guts" as a security camera packaged for backup camera use.
I actually have seen a Corvette with a trailer hitch before. I cried.
Seriously though, I invested a lot of time and money learning the ins and outs of miniaturized solid-state video cameras. I don't expect everyone to do the same amount of research that I did. On the contrary, I'd like to share what I learned so that the casual camera buyer doesn't have to.
Knowing what I know now, if I was shopping for a rear view camera for my truck, I'd insist on having a demo in real-world conditions that I'd be likely to encounter. And knowing what I know, my biggest worry would be with these aperture-less cameras having the picture washed out by everything from street lights to other cars' headlights. I also wouldn't plan on being able to "turn night into day" from a half-dozen IR LEDs either. IME it takes at least 100 of them to illuminate anything more than a few inches away.
I've had very good results with the Elyssa ClubCam
, which goes for $150-200 depending on the housing. If I can find an auto shop that can fabricate some brackets to mount them, I'd put a couple of these in my own cars. The comparison photos in the website that I linked to illustrates quite well what I saw myself when comparing various inexpensive video cameras.
Since the license plate on my truck is recessed, I don't think that a camera hidden a license plate frame would be much help there. Too bad the original buyer of my second hand truck didn't get the optional bumper mounted proximity sensors