There was a time when a backup camera for the car was an absolute novelty and luxury. But now it has almost become a necessity and a helpful tool which helps you immensely while backing up your car. Now, with the advent of GPS devices, you can also find unique backup camera systems, fitted along with GPS, to help you with driving directions as well. Here are reviews of two backup camera GPS systems.
Roadmax vmax484 GPS with Backup Camera
The Roadmax vmax484 comes with a 4.3” hi-def ClearView touchscreen display. Stylish looking and simple to use, it also comes preloaded with digital maps offering 1.7 million points of interest and the text to speech feature. The camera automatically turns on when you backup your vehicle and the camera transmits information wirelessly to the GPS screen.
The slim vmax484 can be used on a variety of vehicles, such as car, bikes, trucks and even boats.
The UI provides the user 2D and 3D images and offers turn-by-turn directions as well, to your place of interest. The system provides good audio quality and gives clear directions to your area of interest.
The system also comes with a quick-installing window and dash-mount. Note that the display should be plugged into a 12V power source in order to operate the camera.
The vmax484 backup camera GPS system comes for an affordable $199.99.
- Many users feel that GPS is often slow and sometimes tends to freeze on a particular frame.
- The wireless feature of the camera fails at times. Hence, it would be best to wire it onto the device.
Backup Camera GPS from 4ucam
This system from 4ucam comes with a 7” touchscreen display, along with GPS navigation, wireless backup camera, Bluetooth, FM radio, AV input, video, photo and eBook reader as well.
Preloaded with 2D and 3D maps all over the US and Canada, this system is also water-resistant and gives the user turn-by-turn directions to several points of interest. Additional features include text-to-speech, automatic day and night viewing adjustment, the capacity to store addresses and route planner.
You can also sync this and other information on your PC by means of a USB cable supplied with the set. There is also an SD card slot with 2GB storage capacity, which lets you store information externally.
The display’s wireless cradle mounts by means of using a suction fastener. This makes the whole set stay steady while you drive. The Bluetooth feature lets you use the system hands-free while driving.
The camera and GPS receiver are wired to the vehicle’s reverse system. So they start working the minute you start backing up your vehicle. The Bluetooth helps you take your calls or listen to music, hands-free, while driving.
This vehicle backup camera plus GPS system also supports English, Spanish, French and more.
- The system works only when all the cables are wired properly.
- Though it offers users a whole variety of options, many of these features are not really all that useful while driving. For instance, you do not need an AV input unless you are going on a very long drive with family and would like to watch a movie en route. Hence, these features are not very practically useful.
- The price of this product is $334.95, which is well over the affordable range. Potential customers may get put off at the very mention of this rate.
Here is a video of a backup camera GPS system. Watch it to get a feel of how it works.