Looking for a dedicated camera that will not only take great photos, but will also act as a security camera? There are plenty to choose from, but finding the best can be tricky. To help you make the right decision, we have put together a list of the best aftermarket backup cameras currently available. Let’s take a look and see which one is the best for your needs!
The JVC WV-ZK8500 is possibly the best all-round package when it comes to security cameras. For starters, it features a 12MP sensor and an f/2.8-f/4.5 lens. On the back, you will find a standard 1080p HD recording which can be saved in up to 4K resolution. There is also a built-in Wi-Fi module that allows you to connect the camera to a wireless network and browse photos stored on the device. Should you decide to do so, you will need an Android or iOS device as the WV-ZK8500 does not include a web browser. Finally, the device is splash, grease, and dustproof, so it won’t get damaged easily if accidentally sprayed or washed with water. As a bonus, the JVC WV-ZK8500 also comes with a limited lifetime warranty. All in all, this is a great choice for those who want a dedicated camera that can also double as a mobile phone.
Panasonic’s LC-PD20 mobile phone-like camera is another great surveillance camera choice. Measuring 11.3 x 7.3 x 1.3 inches and weighing in at just over a pound, this little guy is quite a bit smaller than your usual walkie-talkie camera. Featuring a 20MP BSI-sensor and a 12.5mm f/2.8 lens, the Panasonic LC-PD20 is also one of the few cameras on this list that can shoot in RAW. As a result, you can take your photos in complete control of the white balance, contrast, and saturation. Furthermore, the device’s casing is made of tough polycarbonate so you can rest assured it will not break easily. To top it off, the lens covers are made of the same material and have an oleophobic coating to make cleaning the camera’s lenses easier.
The Sony RX100M3 is a true enthusiast’s camera, designed for advanced photographers who want to capture all the little details in their travels. While the 24MP lens is not the best in the world, it is still considered excellent for its day, and that is all that matters to most people. Thanks to the size of its sensor and the f/2.0 aperture, the Sony RX100M3 is able to capture a surprising amount of light, which results in fantastic depth of field and beautifully blurred backgrounds. Of course, just because it is a small sensor camera, it does not mean that detail is lacking as even the lowliest of details can be seen very well in the resulting photo.
Ricoh’s Theta V is almost as small as the RX100M3, measuring 10.8 x 7.6 x 1.8 inches and weighing in at just over a pound, but it offers a 7.2MP HIGI Plus 30MP lens instead of the smaller 24MP lens on the Sony device. What this means is that, while the Sony camera may be unable to capture a lot of detail, it usually achieves a much greater focus on the subject than the Ricoh Theta V, which results in more pleasing images. Furthermore, the focus can be shifted quite easily using the camera’s touch screen, which allows you to effortlessly change your point of view while photographing a scene.
Last but not least, we have the Sigma DP1M. At just over a pound, this miniature camera from Sigma is quite a burden to lug around, especially since its maximum resolution is just 3MP. The good thing is that it has a 14mm f/2.8-f/4.0 lens, which is considered pretty decent by today’s standards. What this means is that, while the photos it takes may sometimes look a bit blurry, they are not as bad as you would expect considering the low resolution. Furthermore, the resulting photos are still quite detailed and do not suffer from much aliasing, which is when image outlines are visibly blurry, as many cameras do at such low resolutions.
As you can see, there are many different options when it comes to aftermarket backup cameras. Not only do they range in size from pocket-sized to belt bag-worthy, but also in price from a couple hundred to several thousand dollars. Regardless of whether you already have a dedicated camera or are in the market for one, it is worth taking the time to read up on the various specs and features of these devices before buying one.