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Autowit Backup Camera With Dash Cam
Autowit's Backup Dash Camera ($69.99) is an add-on backup camera that makes you feel safer when backing out or if parked.
The 5" touchscreen provides an added layer of convenience with controls that allow you to playback recordings and take snapshots when you need them. The car DVR can also switch cameras depending on which gear you're in.
The camera comes with loop recording, motion detection, HD resolution, a car charger, and a G-sensor for high, medium, and low sensitivity detection.
This is a great camera to have during emergency collisions or other unexpected events like car theft. Its special park mode will start recording whenever it picks up vibrations or other impacts when it's parked. Those recordings will then be locked and stored for personal use.
The Autowit Dash Camera may be an accessory for older vehicles, but it's one worth looking at even if your car has a back up camera.
Display: 5.0" IPS
Camera Lens: 150 Degree Front FOV - 120 Degree Rear FOV
Loop Recording: 1/2/3/5 minute increments
Sound: Built-in microphone
Resolution: 1080P/720P Front Cam - 720P Rear Cam
Memory Card Support: Class 10+ With Up to 32 GB (not included)
Video Compression: H.264 Encoding
Working Temperature: -10C to 60C
Car Charger (included): 12/24V Input - 5V/2A Output
What's Included: Mirror Dash Camera - Rear Camera - Car Charger - 2 Straps - User Manual
How to Install Backup Camera
Setting up your dash cam and rear camera may be tricky, so I recommend getting a professional to do it for you. This is certainly the case if you want the rear camera to double as a parking camera as they'll be some rewiring involved.
- Use the two straps that came with the product to fix the device onto your existing rear view mirror
- Wire the power cable around the trim of the vehicle
- Plug in your car charger and connect device with the USB cable
- Run rear camera wire through to the back of the car
- As you're running the wire through, make sure to hide the wire behind the trim
- Mount the back-up camera
- Ignite your vehicle to start up the camera
The instructions above were taken from the user manual. The manual provides a blueprint of where each wire is supposed to go.
Again if you're uncomfortable setting this up, then have someone more experienced do it.
Best Features of Autowit Dash Cam
Now let's get to the good stuff and discover what really makes this camera worth buying. I've listed some of its top features already, but let's really dive in and find out what it has to offer.
8 Best Features
- 5.0" IPS Display Screen
- Large Wide-Angle Lens
- Emergency Built-in Battery
- G-Sensor for Collisions & Emergencies
- Full 1080P HD
- Night Vision Mode
- Loop Recording With 24 Hour Monitoring
- Auto-Switch When Reversing
5.0" IPS Display Screen
The screen is clear, concise, and features an anti-glare mirror glass that won't distract you in the dark.
It works as both a rear view mirror and a front/rear camera that can capture events in real time. The touchscreen makes it easy to go through your recordings, snapshots, or other settings, and it pairs well with any vehicle.
It also comes in multiple view modes for full screen display of front/rear view or a picture display. The screen is the catalyst for many features of the Autowit Dash Cam, and it deserves to be highlighted.
Large Wide-Angle Lens
The 150° front FOV (field-of-view) and the 120° rear FOV on the lenses are excellent at capturing what's going on around you.
They're more than wide enough to scope out any disturbances, and they're advanced enough to use for the front and rear views. I suppose they could've gone wider, but I feel no one is going to be complaining about their ranges.
Emergency Built-in Battery
For the most part, the dash cam will only work if it's plugged into your car charger, however the device also contains a small built-in battery (150 mAh) for precarious circumstances.
Those situations may include things like collisions, potential theft or car break-ins, and other movements/vibrations that can impact your car while it's parked. Beyond that, it's important that your dash is always plugged in while driving otherwise it'll power down.
G-Sensor for Collisions & Emergencies
The G-Sensor or gravity sensor is what utilizes the camera's built-in battery in times of need.
During an emergency, the camera will automatically power-on and start recording. The recordings then are auto-locked and stored as emergency footage. This footage cannot be overwritten with loop recording; it can only be manually deleted.
The sensor will also start recording if there are moving objects ahead of you, which is handy if something unexpected were to occur.
Full 1080P HD
The product comes with a 1080P/720P front view resolution and a 720P rear view one.
That level of detail is enough to give you a clear picture of what's happening, and it's a lot more than you'd normally get for the price. The only time when the resolution isn't as sufficient is during inclement weather.
Regardless, the HD quality is perfectly adequate, and you shouldn't have many problems with it.
Night Vision Mode
I know this feature was pretty much a given, but I felt it was still worth mentioning.
The night vision works really well, the quality is strong, and it holds up even during rainy weather. I also like how bright the screen gets when it's dark out.
So if you were worried that for some reason you couldn't use this product at night, then worry no more.
Loop Recording With 24 Hour Monitoring
When your 32 GB Class-10 memory card is full, it'll just overwrite older files without needing the card to be manually cleared out.
You can also create 1/2/3 minutes long recording increments and have it seamlessly record everything without missing a beat.
With loop recording and the G-sensor, you essentially get 24/hr monitoring even when your car is turned off. The exception to continuous recording is during crisis situations. In those instances, the recordings will be saved onto a separate file and can't be overwritten.
Note: Micro-SD card/s is not included with product. Dash cam only supports Class 10+ SD cards of up to 32 GB.
Auto-Switch When Reversing
If you thought you had to manually switch your camera view every time you reversed, then you thought wrong.
When R gear is engaged, the backup camera will automatically switch to a full view and show your parking surroundings. It functions just as good if not better than a standard backup camera, and you'll never have to think twice about it.
I didn't feel a need to make a list of cons because there weren't any that stood out.
My only inquiries were that the rear view resolution could be low during inclement weather, the set up can be problematic, and you'll need to purchase a separate SD card to store recordings.
All in all, I'd give the Autowit Backup Dash Camera 4.75 out of 5 stars.
This is a fantastic car accessory for older vehicles that don't have built-in back-up camera systems, and it's not a bad replacement for ones that do.
The quality is great, the touchscreen is adaptable, and the extra features make it well worth the cost.
If you're in the market for a back-up camera or you just want to double-up on your car's security, then definitely consider purchasing the Autowit Backup Dash Camera. It's more than just an accessory; it can potentially save you 1000's or tens of thousands of dollars over time.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on January 28, 2019:
You make a great point.
Whenever you drill anything into something it can be an issue. The professional costs mostly comes down to labor and time because there are no additional add-ons required.
I still believe it's a good option for older vehicles. Most companies today only look forward without realizing that a majority of people still own items that are 10, 15, 20+ years old.
NikkiRoxi on January 17, 2019:
The price you’ve listed for the device is reasonable, but the cost of getting it professionally installed is going to drive the cost too far up. How much do you think it would cost to have this professionally installed? My car isn’t old, but it doesn’t have a back up camera. I really like this option. The only thing that puts me off is drilling a hole in my car as was demonstrated in the video. I hope there is an alternative to doing that.
Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on November 17, 2018:
Indeed it is, I suspect the next standard feature will be automated parking. If that's the case, then we might see sensors replace rear cameras.
Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on November 17, 2018:
I can understand the dilemma, my current car also doesn't have one. It's nice that there are other options.
Liz Westwood from UK on November 01, 2018:
The vehicles I have seen with rear cameras make use of them solely to assist with parking. This is an advance on that use.
FlourishAnyway from USA on October 31, 2018:
Although mine came with a backup camera my mom bought a car right before they were standard and she regrets not having one. It really makes a difference. Thanks for profiling this addon option.