What is an OEM camera?

If you don’t want to buy a new car and if your late-model car does not have a backup camera installed, there’s an aftermarket Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) camera available that will work as well as a factory original.  It will also fit into your existing trim, and if you have one installed, into your dashboard monitor.

Why install a backup camera?

The main reason for installing a backup camera is safety.  If you are not fully aware of what’s behind you, reversing can be dangerous.  The NHTSA has mandated that all new cars under 10,000lbs must have a rear-view camera from May 2018. Cameras must show a 10-foot-by-20-foot zone behind the vehicle, something most modern backup cameras can comply with.

OEM Cameras

Original Equipment Manufacture means components produced by the original car manufacturer, or components from third-party manufacturers that were part of the vehicle’s original factory build.  These can include rims, engine parts, external, and interior trims.  Aftermarket parts are alternative components from third-party manufacturers.

Buying OEM car parts ensures compatibility and a perfect fit without the need for modification.  It guarantees quality, and helps to maintain the original look and performance of the vehicle.

If your car was produced in the last decade, it probably already has a display screen in the dash used for audio and/or satellite navigation.  These screens can often be used with camera retrofit kits, enabling a very tidy installation. Also available are interface kits.  These allow smooth and easy installation of a backup camera to your car’s existing in dash monitor.

How do I find a camera that’s right for my make and model?

Many brand-specific aftermarket OEM modules are available.  The prices vary from around $120 to about $600. The kits contain the lens, a camera module for the screen and all necessary wiring and connectors.  No splicing of wires is required.  However, installation can still be difficult unless you’re experienced in car mechanics.  See our Getting Started post for helpful videos, or let your retailer fit it for you.  Amazon offers this service: 


Click on the make of your car to find the best price from Amazon for suitable OEM kits:


For Ford F Series Pickup Trucks, see our post for the best advice.


For Chevrolet Pickup Trucks, see our post for the best advice.


For Dodge Trucks, see our post for the best advice.



For the Toyota Tacoma, see our review.

For the Toyota 2012-2014 Camry, Corolla, Prius and Rav4 cars, see our review.



General Motors

For the GMC Sierra, see our post.






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