PROS / It has the best wireless transmission range we saw in our reviews.
CONS / It doesn't have night vision, so it won't be much help when you're reversing at night.
VERDICT / This camera offers an easy installation and solid performance during the day. Unfortunately, the lack of night vision makes in unusable in the dark.
The Peak Back-Up Camera 4.3 is a wireless backup camera system that uses a transmitter to wirelessly send video from the camera at the rear of the vehicle to a 4.3-inch LCD monitor that you can mount inside your vehicle. It has a 110-degree viewing angle, which is about average among the rear-view cameras we reviewed. This angle is sufficient for cars, trucks and minivans, but it's a bit narrow for an RV. This Peak camera takes video at a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, which is standard for the industry. You won't get any high-definition video, but you will be able to see clearly what's behind you.
Unfortunately, unlike some rear-view cameras, the Peak Back-Up Camera 7 does not have any night-vision capabilities. So, when you're driving at night, you'll have to reverse the old-fashioned way.
This wireless backup camera kit is fairly easy to install. The monitor attaches to your windshield or dashboard with a suction cup. The camera is mounted on a metal rail that attaches to your license plate. You will need to drill a small hole behind your license plate and run a wire from the camera into your trunk for the transmitter. Like most similar cameras, it uses the power from your reverse lights, so you'll have to splice the transmitter's power wires into the power wires of your reverse lights using the included wire connectors.
Wiring the camera to the reverse lights ensures that the camera will turn on only when you're in reverse. This helps you avoid the annoyance of a bright monitor shining in the cabin of your vehicle all the time.
This camera broadcasts using a 2.4GHz analog signal. Because Bluetooth devices, Wi-Fi devices, cordless phones and other common household appliances use this bandwidth, the Peak Back-Up Camera 7 could be subject to some interference from nearby cars or houses. Some competing wireless backup cameras use a digital signal that pairs the monitor and the transmitter in a closed connection that helps them avoid interference.
The Peak Wireless can broadcast up to 197 feet, which is the farthest range of any backup camera we reviewed. The camera is waterproof to IPX6 measures, which means it is impervious to rain or other condensation. It's also freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, so you won't have to worry about removing the camera during inclement weather.
The generously sized monitor has a resolution of 480 x 234, which means that if you decide to take advantage of the audio and video inputs, you won't be watching movies in HD. However, the movies or video games will still be enjoyable on the bright color screen.
Peak offers phone support, email support and a lifetime warranty that guarantees against manufacturing defects. Don't expect to get real-time support over the phone. When we called we got an answering machine, and our call was returned in one business day.
The Peak Back-Up Camera 7 has excellent transmission range and a rugged design. However, it lacks night vision and interference shielding. Were it not for these omissions, this would be one of the better cameras on the market. But without those two features, its performance is lacking.