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Metra - License Plate Back-Up Camera - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 809 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Universal license plate mount Backup Cam

    Posted
    AutotechInstaller

    This camera is not meant for you if your vehicle does not have a centered license plate, such as certain models of Jeep vehicles and Hummers (to name a few). The Metra BBBPC is a small bullet shaped camera attached to a mounting track used to slide behind stationary mounted license plates to provide a clear bumper-level (or similar) view while in reverse. It requires a 12v connection to power on (Ram owners beware if doing own installation), and is advised to be connected directly to your reverse light. It uses an RCA plug to interface with aftermarket screens and video screen radios equippes with RCA Video Inputs. This product is not directly intended to be used in conjunction with factory navigation, or video screen radios. Most, if not all, factory OEM video screen radios are NOT equipped with the necessary input connections, and require additional information and labor to determine if they can be connected to factory systems. This is a true 170° viewing angle camera, and utilizes a fisheye lense to accomplish this. Your local Best Buy with an Autotech can assist you with installation pricing, and scheduling at your convenience. This is, as a professional installer myself, the mostly highly recommended backup camera we currently carry as of the time of this review. It touts the greatest viewing angle at one of the lowest prices, is extremely easy to work with, and has an excellent picture. 10/10, I always suggest this one to my clients.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Our Installer Set Us Straight

    Posted
    WingedKia
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    We were installing a Pioneer radio receiver which had back-up cam capability. Yet the reviews we read for all of the cameras for that radio had quite a few negative comments. So we decided to go with the rearview mirror back-up cam. And we bought it. When we went to our installer with all of our equipment, he was perplexed at why we bought a radio with back-up cam capability and then we bought a rearview mirror back-up camera. We explained about all of the negative reviews we had seen for all of the brands of cams for our radio. And he said not to pay too much attention to negative reviews. He said he personally had used the Metra back-up cam and it was a great product. He suggested exchanging the two reaview cameras and spend the money we were saving to buy a better radio. So that's what we did. And boy are we glad! Great price and a great camera. So now I agree with the installer. Too many negative reviewers have some reason for saying what they say besides problems with the product they are bashing. The price for this camera is very reasonable and it does a perfect job for us as we back up. We just got home a few minutes ago and used it while we were out and we LOVE it. Thank you to the great Best Buy installers in Gastonia, NC for the great advice on the back-up cam and the radio. You made a believer out of us!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does the job

    Posted
    MingoPants
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    It was a 'this is the only option' purchase and wished I would have done more research. When I purchased my Kenwood DDX470 the Best Buy Associate said this is the only one we carry, which isn't the whole truth. That may have been the only one they had in stock at the time but I search the inventory online and the store in shop at does carry others. Regardless, the set up was fairly simple but the instructions were horrible. You definitely need to know about positive and negative currents to understand how to change the view of the camera. The picture quality is okay but horrible at night to the point of almost useless. I only discovered this after I spent a couple hours installing it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Adequate for the money - functional, at best

    Posted
    DaveBaltimore
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    After buying a 2015 car where a backup camera was standard, I decided to buy this camera for our 2005 minivan. This camera is decent at the price point, but certainly not up to what they are installing on new vehicles. I had geek squad install it. The good news: It works, it is inexpensive, and it tells you what you need to know when backing up. The bad news: Picture is a little out of focus - not enough to matter much, but it is disconcerting. At night, of course the picture is grainy - it is not a highly sensitive, low light camera - and it is not as good as what they are equipping the new models with. Still - if you are looking for the benefits of the safety feature for an older car, and not wanting a complex high def solution, then this camera does it. Realize that this is not must-see television, and that while backing up you hopefully not looking for compelling television..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good option to add backup camera

    Posted
    RickRus
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Backup camera was easy to mount with the built in license plate frame. Its perfect for a pickup truck, where the necessary wires are present in the wiring harness for the trailer lights. The power wires for this camera are very small and delicate. Extreme care is needed to get a good connection and weather seal everything that is connected at the back of the vehicle. Picture quality is pretty good in daylight - and fair at night with the reverse lights illuminating the area. The camera comes with colored grid lines to help judge distance - but these can be turned off by cutting one of the really thin wires on the camera end of the cable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    back up camera

    Posted
    bkr4021
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    purchased this camera specifically for my Sequoia due to wanting to use license plate mount but had to not block access to the liftgate latch. Using this camera allowed me to offset the camera very slightly to the right and due to its narrow attachment to the mounting bracket, still get at least 3 fingers on the latch. It was very easy to aim the camera where I wanted it, my only concern is that it may not tolerate brush type automatic car washes without bending the attachment point, Picture is good night and day for my purposes, I did not have to cut the loop to reverse the image and I did leave the back up lines functional. Mated to Pioneer headunit display with no difficulties.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great back-up camera!

    Posted
    Jaycrna
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    This camera works well on a 2005 Tahoe I bought as a work vehicle that did not have one. All of my vehicles for the past 10 years have had a back-up camera, so I was accustomed to using one and felt nervous without one. Only downside was the $130 charge to install it. Also, obviously, you have to have a car stereo that has an input for a back-up camera. Nice thing about my Pioneer car stereo is that I can turn on the camera driving down the road to check my trailer, etc. In my other vehicles, the factory back-up camera only comes on when in reverse.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cheap looking, but Good

    Posted
    DARKKNIGHT
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I got the camera to add to my new pioneer stereo. When they pulled the camera off the shelf it wasn't the one on display and they didn't have the display model in the store. I was a bit concerned because it does look cheap. but the installer said he had installed a few and people were happy with them. So, I had it installed. During the day the camera is bright and crisp with good detail. During the night the picture quality is a bit poor. But, its a lot better than not having one. Especially with my truck where its hard to see small items due to the height of the truck. Overall I am happy with the camera. I will admit that I am concerned about how easy it might be for someone to steal it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Horrible camera

    Posted
    Thomas

    Worst camera ever. Bought this after reading pretty decent reviews. Installed it at night and when it turned on the picture quality was horrible. I couldn't make out anything at night. The daylight picture was so so. I immediately returned it the next day and got the audiovox mini bullet camera. That camera had much better hardware and the quality of the picture is at lease 4 times better. Please trust me and don't by this camera. The audiovox mini bullet is the same price.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this back up camera!

    Posted
    Kirk1975
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought this back up camera and had it installed by Best Buy Geek Squad on October 25 for my new Pioneer 6.1" DVD/CD touchscreen stereo system that I had installed by Best Buy Geek Squad back in May on my 2010 Chevy Cobalt coupe. This back up camera has a huge view angle that makes for a nice wide clear view when backing up. The image quality is good and even at night. You want to also make sure that you look around when backing up and not 100% solely rely on this camera, but overall it's a very good safety feature when it's comes to backing up. Someday, all vehicles will require a back up camera as a must have safety feature for safety reasons.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Basic Camera

    Posted
    Peter
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Camera works fine, but installation instructions were not helpful. Thank god for Youtube videos. Turns out I didn't need the power or ground wires. The power wire coming out of the video plug with the ground in the video wire were enough to power the camera. The camera lens also scratches very easily and by the time I got mine installed, there were blurry spots in the picture. Still for the price, I can't complain too much. If you are not a somewhat confident DIYer, then have someone install it. I made every mistake, but learned a lot.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Really good camera for the price

    Posted
    Kdogg
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Bought this for my wife's RAV4, and it work's pretty good. Our RAV4 is an older model and the license plate is not centered on the back door. But when best buy installed it, the image looked just like the license plate was in the center of the car. WOW! We also think the guidelines are usefull when backing as they help let you know how close you are getting to objects behind you. They're only two drawbacks that I can see: when it's dark outside the picture is grainy, and on a really sunny day, the picture has some glair. But I'm guessing these problems are true of most back-up cameras.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Camera is fine, bracket is worthless

    Posted
    CRM1
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    The camera is clear and the guide lines are helpful. However, the mounting bracket is completely worthless. The camera mounts to the bracket by a thin, narrow piece of weak metal. Saying that the bracket bends easily is an understatement. You CANNOT touch the camera or bracket - even lightly - because it will throw the camera off. And don't even think to take your vehicle through a car wash. Why they ever thought the pretty good camera should be mounted to such a worthless bracket is the real surprise.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Camera lens gets wet and dirty, can't see backup

    Posted
    Elvira
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The installer was fantastic, very very helpful with his knowledge and his rerelaxed demeanor even when it got busy he was able to help three (myself included) customers at once and making us all feel important. I was a little stingy with rating because I'm not really thrilled with the camera that I purchased at Best Buy, reason being when the lens gets wet and dirty it blurs. If I need camera then I have to get out of the car and into the rain, we get a lot of that stuff here. Needs a shield of some sort. Service unsurpassed, backup camera a three. My recommendation to a friend, yes for service no for camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works but would like better adjustability

    Posted
    jlgsgirl
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I installed this item on my 2008 Pontiac G6 hard top convertible along with a Kenwood stereo. The unit just really doesn't point down quite at the angle I would like, even though the Geek Squad tech did his best to bend it down. As a result, when using the camera, it looks like I am a lot closer than I actually am backing up against something. The clarity seems good and the Geek Squad tech did a great job installing this in a hard top convertible so the wires were not in any way exposed or in danger of damage.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Easy install, nor the best way image.

    Posted
    RegnaR
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Easy to install with basic tools since it is attached to a license plate frame. The power connection wires on the camera end are very small gauge which will require a solder connection and heat shrink to make them weatherproof. The picture quality is OK, but the overlay reference grid is not very accurate when compared to what comes standard from most vehicle manufacturers today. Decent value for the price and a quick way to add the safety of a back up camera to any aftermarket system with a display screen

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Poor resolution

    Posted
    Jnortham
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I bought this backup camera after backing into my mom's car on New Years eve. I had it installed by the great guys at Best Buy. It integrated seemlessly with my Pioneer App Radio. The Camera features a solid license plate mount, and is sealed against the elements. Now the bad news. The resolution is HORRIBLE. If I had to do it all over again, I would buy a different camera. It does show you a view of the back of your car, and has warning lines, but the picture is grainy and easily washed out by bright lights.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Bad quality

    Posted
    boxterr84
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    This camera works whenever it wants, sometimes it just freezes, sometimes video quality is bad, sometimes doesn't eve work at all and sometimes works fine, i would not recommend this item it was around 70.00, the one i had before (replaced because i hit it backing up) it was only 20.00 and always worked awesome, it is a shame that it was more expensive and not functional at all, now im stock with this one. Very bad decision, but i learned my lesson.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Cheap but works

    Posted
    Viper18433
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    We went with this camera for our car because of good price. Camera does a great job during daylight hours but because its not a night vision, it works okay at night, but any lights behind you create a major glare. You can see behind you although it is not as great as during daylight hours. It is small and attaches to the license plate so it's out of the way and no need for drilling holes in the car body. I would probably go with a bit better camera if anything was to cause this one to break.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very clear. Does the job well

    Posted
    mahal
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I asked that it be installed in my Silverado's tailgate and allowed the installer to convince me to install the camera on the license plate holder where it looks like it could easily get bent or broken. Only time will tell. The camera installation, in my opinion, would look better installed in the tail gate and this installation would definitely be better looking and more protected. I might go back to the store and see if this can still be done.

    I would recommend this to a friend