Yada Digital Wireless Backup Camera with 4.3-in Dash Mount
Surprisingly easy to install
Purchased it while on special for my Ford Escape. It was surprisingly easy to install. The only tricky part was finding out which wire from the backup light is the positive one, but Yada has plenty of YouTube videos showing how to install the camera for various cars. Using one of those videos, I did the install in 30 mins or so.
The wire "grippers" (for lack of a better word) weren't digging enough into the wire so the camera wouldn't work at first. I had to shave off a little bit of the wire insulation so the gripper would bite into it and share the power.
I like the fact that the camera (and the screen) come on only when you put the car in reverse. The image isn't the sharpest of pictures, but the stream is very smooth and not at all jerky as others mentioned. I don't need absolute sharpness (this is wireless after all), but I do need to see objects getting in the way. I haven't yet tried it at night, though.
June 7, 2013
Not waterproff and low resolution
This backup camera is fairly easy to install (only difficulty is removing the back panel on my hatchback), I found I could route the cable through the license plate lights.
Be careful as the camera isn't fully waterproof - so, don't blast it with a pressure washer.
I also find that the video is sort of low resolution (as compared to factory installed backup camera and also a wired backup camera I ordered from Costco for $70# as well, the video is sort of jerky #low frame rates#. I think the reason for the low resolution and low frame rate is because the video is being transmitted wirelessly. However, the video is still acceptable for helping you backup your vehicle #unless you are trying to go faster than 90 km/hr!!!#.
The windshield suction device works very well #just had to re-suction it to the windshield after about 6 months).
May 11, 2013
Great product for the price.
I purchased this unit on sale for $99.00 and it has been a great addition. I hook up my F150 to my trailer often and this has made it soooo simple.
Everything needed is supplied and well packaged. I have no issues with this unit and install was very simple. There are plenty of how to videos on YouTube , if you are unsure of how easy the install is for your vehicle.
I connected to the reverse light wiring and placed the transmitter inside my left tailight assembly. The transmitter is not weatherproof, so I packaged it in a baggie and sealed for added protection.
The camera was an easy install, although I had to place slightly off center to get a centered view of my hitch. The windshield mount worked very well above my rearview mirror, so I did not lose line of vision at all. I will eventually hard wire the monitor with the supplied cable, so I'm not using the 12v adapter..(also supplied)
The image is very reasonable.. I'm also using the Yada bluetooth visor mount and it works very well also..
November 25, 2012
Works Well Am Very Pleased
I bought this and installed it in April 2012 and so far (it is now October 2012) it has worked great. It is on my 2012 RAM 1500 with crew cab and hard tonneau cover and the tonneau cover blocks a lot of the rear vision. I had Chrysler install it because I bought hard mud guards at the same time from Chrysler. I had the rear vision camera installed so that it works whenever the engine is running, not only when it is in reverse. My reason for this was I wanted to see what was happening behind me all the time, whenever I could safely look at the monitor. Our town has no crosswalks and people cross anywhere and it is very handy to be able to see who or what is behind me while my truck is stopped in the street. Of course the camera lens gets little rain drops on it when it is raining but I've had no problems and it still gives you a picture even if raining. At night the colour is a bit different, I find it lightens up everything making it look almost like daytime. My camera is over the rear license plate and the Chrysler mechanic did an excellent job of routing the wires. I am not using the mount that sucks onto the windshield because I find it too big and the windshield is too far away for my arms. I wish the suction thing would stick to plastic, such as the dash or front console. I have my monitor just sitting flat on the between-seat console where I can see it easily with a quick glance. In many ways, it is safer there as the suction mount is huge and it plus the monitor block your front visibility, the mount itself can be dangerous if you were thrown into it, and my monitor is not visible to thieves. The colour and picture quality is very very good. I'm very pleased.
October 12, 2012
Very easy install
Installed on: 2010 Ford F150 Crew Cab
Install time: 1 hour
Review: I bought this backup camera because my truck is so long it's hard to park and navigate without one. So far so good with this one. Installation was super simple. It took me an hour all in (I did not hard wire the monitor yet, that will be another 30-40 minutes). I ran the cables through the taillight compartment into the truck bed and tucked the wires behind my bed liner. I have a bed cover or else this wouldn't be good because the transmitter is not water proof. It's pouring rain outside right now so we'll see how it works in the morning! The display is very clear and the nightvision works quite well. So far I am impressed for $120. I will post a follow up review after a month of use and as the temp starts to drop here in Calgary.
October 2, 2012
Effective safety aid
I installed this device recently on my 1999 Silverado. The unit was well packaged, I found the instructions to be reasonably comprehensive and clear enough, though I have to say that it took me longer to read them than to install the unit as they do go into a fair bit of detail and talk about this unit plus the unit that mounts to the rear view mirror as well.
I installed the camera on the centre of the license plate. I had to take a chunk out of the plastic frame that the dealer installed around the plate, but that wasn't much of a loss.
There was a large hole behind the plate, so I didn't have to drill a hole for the wire that goes to the transmitter. The transmitter mounted easily behind the left hand tail light, where I picked up the green wire that fed the back up light and the black wire for the ground. I mounted it with double sided tape (not supplied).
The screen I mounted with the supplied suction cup mount and powered from one of the three cigarette lighter type outputs in the dash. With the camera adjusted one notch down from supplied, I am able to see from the ball on the trailer hitch out to the horizon. and well past the width of the truck.
At night the view is a bit spooky as the infra red sensors give a different coloured view of the world, but it works quite well night and day. The view is clear and I am not getting any interference.
I haven't really tested the water residence of the transmitter or the water proof properties of the camera, but the system is working very well so far and i am quite happy with it.
July 5, 2012
Exceeded my expectation
I picked this up while it was on sale. There were some good and bad reviews on this product but I thought I would take a chance because I really needed something like this for my SUV to help me backup. Here are my findings:
- Good packaging, everything is nicely laid out in an attractive box. Good sign.
- All in all, the instruction is easy to understand and follow. It doesn't get into specifics because every vehicle is different but it has enough information for someone who is comfortable in removing some panels and working with wirings to get the job done. Another good sign.
- I spliced the power cable to the backup light, so the camera will power on when the vehicle is in reverse. The wiring requirement is actually quite straight forward and because it is a wireless camera, no wire needs to be run inside the cabin to the front of the vehicle. Took me longer to determine the best location for the camera and the transmitter than the actual wiring itself.
- Everything works at the first try. The image is very very good for such an inexpensive system. The image is clear, bright and 100% functional with no interference.
- The camera angle is adjustable but it doesn't point low enough for my application. I just have to find a way to mount the camera pointing more downward. Another project for the weekend.
I rate this a good buy and excellent value for the money. A good project for someone who's comfortable in tinkering with cars.
June 25, 2012
I looked at a lot of different back up cameras for my truck and this one seemed to be what I was looking for at the right price point. I bought it while it was on sale. I like the fact that it is wireless, meaning that you don't have to run wires from the back of the vehicle up through the dash to the monitor. That's the hardest part of any install.
The camera wires run to a wireless transmitter that goes somewhere dry. The transmitter then plugs into your reverse tail light power wires, that's how it knows to turn on when you put the vehicle in reverse. Then you install the camera using double sided tape to the back of your license plate. I was a little disappointed that you can't really hard mount it with screws, I worry that someone might just steal the camera. The camera has a tilt mount that can be used to point it up or down slightly.
Then you mount the monitor in the vehicle and plug it into a 12V outlet. It comes with hard mount wires and an outlet adapter. That's about it for install pretty simple all in all.
As far as performance goes, the digital signal does not seem to get any interference that I've heard other analog wireless cameras can get, also it means that your transmitter and monitor have to be synced to work together, and that's a good thing. The quality of the image is decent, it's not HD or anything but you can see images clearly even in the bright sunlight. The colors aren't exactly accurate but hey, it's a backup camera. The night vision is really strong and works well for a long distance, more than you would ever need to see. The camera has a daylight sensor that knows when to use the IR LED's for night vision. I tested it down a pitch black street with no lights and it lit the road up like it was daytime.
This camera is a decent system with no major flaws and gets the job done for what it needs to do. The monitor is a good size, not too small or large.
June 8, 2012