PROS / It broadcasts using a digital signal, so it is resistant to interference.
CONS / The camera receives power from the cigarette lighter but attaches to the windshield, which results in a dangling cord near your console.
VERDICT / This backup camera offers a first-rate combination of quality and affordability.
The Yada Digital Wireless Backup Camera is an affordable rear-view camera with a digital transmission signal and a wide field of view. It's waterproof and has night vision and grid lines that help you judge distance accurately. his backup camera has some of the best image quality among the units we reviewed. It has a 110-degree wide-angle lens, which gives you enough coverage to reverse with confidence, even in a pickup truck or SUV.
It transmits wirelessly using a digital 2.4GHz signal. This technology is similar to Bluetooth in that the transmitter is paired exclusively to the receiver, so the receiver won't pick up other signals broadcasted on the 2.4GHz frequency. The result is a camera that is much less susceptible to interference than a camera that broadcasts a wireless analog signal.
The Yada camera also has infrared night vision, so it broadcasts in black and white when it's dark out. It also provides a superimposed distance grid over the footage that helps eliminate some of the depth perception issues associated with reversing cameras.
The Yada has a fairly standard design for a rear-view camera. The camera attaches to your license plate. A video wire runs through a small hole you drill behind the license plate and attaches to the wireless transmitter, which sits in the trunk. You then wire the transmitter into the cables that power the vehicle's reverse lights.
The monitor attaches to your windshield with a suction cup and connects to the cigarette lighter for power. This setup is easy to manage, but the power cable dangles in the cabin from the monitor to your cigarette lighter, creating a bit of clutter. This is a common issue with the backup cameras we reviewed. The receiver is built into the monitor, so you don't have extra clutter in the cabin. The transmitter in the trunk powers on when you shift into reverse and sends a signal to the monitor.
This camera is waterproof to a rating of IPX7, which means it can withstand total immersion in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. This is especially useful for boat owners, because it means you can use the Yada camera to back a boat into the water. It also means the camera is impervious to rain and snow.
This camera comes with a 4.3-inch monitor with decent resolution. It doesn't have any additional video inputs, so you can't watch any movies or play video games on the monitor. Of course, it is a bit small for that type of use anyway. For its main purpose, the monitor is an adequate size.
Yada offers phone support, and the customer service representative we spoke to was friendly and knowledgeable. The company also offers email support, although we experienced waits of several business days for returns to our emails. There is a one-year warranty on the camera, which is standard.
The Yada Digital Wireless Backup Camera is one of the best backup cameras on the market. It's one of only two cameras we reviewed with a digital signal, and its waterproofing and night vision are impressive. The one-year warranty offered by Yada gives you assurance that you've bought a quality product.