How to Set Up a Reversing Camera

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How to Set Up a Reversing Camera
Verify the image matches your rear view mirror. (travel with disco mirror ball image by Julija Sapic from

Most aftermarket reversing camera systems are wireless. However, the wireless element is only for transmitting the images from the camera---mounted near the rear license plate---to the monitor near the driver. Installation of the kit is a relatively simple process if you have a basic understanding of 12V automobile electronics. The kit will consist of the monitor, camera, wiring and likely wiring connectors like those sold by 3M called Scotch-loc. Once the kit is installed, setting the system up and adjusting the camera orientation is simple.

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    Turn the ignition key to the accessory position, but don't start the car.

  2. 2

    Engage the parking brake firmly and put the car into reverse. Turn the monitor on by pressing the On/Off button.

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    Take a look at the monitor and verify the image matches your rear view mirror. The camera can be mounted in varying spots, so you need to make sure the orientation is correct---the road shouldn't be upside down for example. Press the Orientation button to toggle between orientations. The options will be Normal, Mirror, Normal Upside Down and Mirror Upside Down. Press the button until the image matches your mirror.

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    Adjust the brightness and contrast on the monitor using the Brightness and Contrast controls.

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