What to Look for When Purchasing a RV Backup Camera?
06.22.2022 | VECLESUS® Rear View Safety | Rear view safety industry news

What to Look for When Purchasing a RV Backup Camera?

Only you can decide whether a wireless or wired RV backup camera is right for your needs.

But what else should you think about such system when shopping?

Monitor Size  

To optimize your vision, we recommend between a 5-inch, a 7-inch and 9-inch monitor. Take VECLESUS VMS Backup Camera Kit as an example, this 7 Inch LCD display monitor can directly attached to dashboard or windshield with provided brackets, this size is large enough not to distract.

Monitor Resolution  

Most monitors on the market offer resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.

Basically, this is the same resolution that your computer had in the day. But some newest AHD backup camera systems now start to use HD screen monitor, resolution is upgraded to 1024 x 600 pixels. And what is more, these HD monitors support 720P/1080P RV camera input.And no doubt, the more pixels, the better!

Camera Image Sensor

CCD and CMOS sensors are used in the majority of backup cameras.

The sensors convert light to signal in two ways: CCD is mostly analog, whereas CMOS is digital. In general, a CMOS sensor consumes less power and is more sensitive to image noise than a CCD sensor, although a CCD sensor is slightly better suited to dealing with changing lighting conditions than a CMOS sensor. VECLESUS VMS Backup Camera Kit comes with CMOS Sensor, will present superior clear images even on rainy days. While the IR LEDs will give low light compensation and ensure the vivid images during the night.

Camera Field Of View

A range of fields of view are available for RV cameras.

It might be between 90 and 180 degrees anywhere. Again, in this respect, bigger FOV isn’t better.

90-Degree View Angle – This is the smallest FOV to take into account for purchasing your RV backup camera or side camera. These cameras have a centerline of 45 degrees.

This allows you to see the view decently so that you can see other cars and people on the road.

Most of your blind spot can be removed by these cameras. However, this causes you to always check your monitor when everyone approaching your RV.

120-Degree View Angle: Now, we’re going to name that the ‘sweet spot’! In general, these cameras offer the optimum compromise between field width and visibility.

The coverage on each side of the vehicle’s center line is around 60 degrees. This enables you to see someone in your blind spot.

RV rear view camera FOV

Also, you may observe them approach so they do not emerge suddenly on the edge of the camera’s FOV.

Compared to a narrower camera, the only gain here?

A larger screen is needed for the pictures to effectively show. So, we recommend a 7-9″ screen for these cameras.

180-Degree View Angle: We do not recommend your camera to have such ultra wide view. It’s too broad to work properly.

First, a 180-degree view is hard to exactly be shown on a fairly small screen of yours.

Secondly, the final outcome is that you gain a fish eye effect with a 180-degree camera. While this distortion may allow the viewer to see a broader angle, but it twists up the reality of the distances on the monitor.

The reality is that cameras with ultra wide view angle would only cause more accidents than they prevent.


There was SO much to learn about backup cameras and side view cameras while picking up the best camera system for your RV.

Hopefully, your question was answered here.