Pros Wireless, ease of hookup, no drilling for camera, brightness/contrast controls,
Cons slightly noticable on rear plate, other 2.4Ghz devices might interfere with it.
Summary I've had this item for over 3 months now and weighing the pros and cons on it I say its a quick easy affordable back up assist system which lives up to what it is set out to do.
Wireless, no need to hook up to rear lights just attach the camera to the license plate, and plug in the monitor to the 12v socket.
LCD color monitor with brightness/contrast controls.
No need to drill holes in vehicle to attach camera/sensor.
If it breaks down, its cheap in price to get a replacement. (I found mine on ebay for around 75 dollars.)
Camera is slightly noticeable on license plate.
Uses bluetooth 2.4Ghz signal and can be interefered with other devices. Although my camera is bluethooth, it does nto interfere with it. I did park it next to another VR3 and it did give me its signal instead of mine.
The depth deception makes the vehicle look closer than it really is, (but to me thats a good thing and helps me avoid hitting another car while parking).
The monitor is LCD which is very sensitive to breakage if dropped. (Then again all LCD are like this).
For the price and ease of install, this device is truly worth it. Just one word of advice, the ones on ebay or any online retail out that sells them just make sure it is the 4 button model and not the 2 button model. The 4 buttonmodel is way better than the 2 button one.
Pros 1. Color image sharp - easy to see. 2. Focus from zero to infinity. 3. Wiring the camera is as easy as could be possible.
Cons 1. Occasional signal interference from other wireless devices. 2. Close-up distance for parking is difficult to gauge accurately.
Summary Overall a positive experience and got what I expected based on other reviews. I like the camera mounted to the license bracket and routing the wires to the backup light. On my 2001 Honda Accord the backup lamps are in the trunk lid so I can't imagine anything easier or more practical.
The monitor mounting was also very nice in my case. The Accord has a space below the dash in front of the gear selector, which is ideal for viewing from the driver's seat.
The wire connectors for the camera were a problem. I could not get a solid connection with the supplied crimp-on connectors. I gave up and used my own butt connectors to get a solid, error-free, connection.
Tip: Use the angle spacers to aim the camera down on the road. Since my trunk back has a slight pitch the spacer gave the camera an angle parallel to the road surface (much better than an upward angle). But to get the best view, I made a tiny wedge shape shim to fit behind the camera forcing the camera to aim slightly downward. This gave me a better view of the ground directly behind the car with no sacrifice of the long-range view. This downward tilt of the camera helps to judge bumper clearance when parallel when parking.
"Good for the price"on by mrjedi
Pros Cheap. Kit comes with everything you need
Cons Camers material could be more sturdy
Summary I read a lot of revews on this before buying. Here is my experience so far. I installed the camera. Took about 90 minutes. I hardwired the camera using the wirelocks that were provided. They were OK, but not great as sometimes the connection doesn't work. I had to redo and now its ok. The camera is OK and with the 4 button model, you can adjust brightness and contrast enough that you can see at night with just a lamppost in the area. I was surprised since night vision was a common criicism in the reviews that I ready. I was ok with mine. I just installed mine so I cannot comment on the durabilty of the camera. Others complained about water getting into the camera. Since the housing is just plastic, I can see that happening. Also, the cross bar that supports the camera is just plastic. I can totally see that breaking. That would stink since that's pretty much all that holds up the camera.
The reception on the monitor is actually decent. I live in long island NY and we have lost of cells and other interference, but I have not had any issues with the recpetion. There is slight shifting but nothing as bad as others have experienced. I have not yet hard wired the monitor. I am using the DC adaptor.
There are numerous models so check the model number on the back of the monitor (not the model number on the box). The model numers end in ...3000W, 3000WOSC, 3000WCA. I don't know why they have 3, but looking at the manuals for each off the VR-3 website I noted that the W and WOSC have 13 brightness and contrast settings while the WCA version only has 7 of each. I have teh WCA.
Also, mine has 4 buttons. There is another version with only 2 buttons. Get the 4 button version as its a later model and is probably a better version.
Oh yeah, go to BJS. They have this for $89, which is the cheapest that I found. Target had it for $99.
Overall Satisfied especially given the price.
Pros It's easy to install
Cons Does not work where cell phones, bluetooth devices, 2.4 ghz home phones, electrical lines, and wi/fi are present, thats just about everywhere.
Summary I received it and installed it in my rv. I had interference almost everywhere. When I called Roadmaster they told me that is normal as bluetooth, cell phones, electrical lines, 2.4 ghz phones and wi/fi will cause interference. Luna Imports, who I bought from, refused a refund.
Pros Inexpensive - fairly easy to install
Cons Dosent have very good image quality
Summary I purchased this item at Wal-Mart and after hooking up the first one to find that it was defective, I exchanged it and it dosent work all that well. I spent two days hooking this thing up to my vehicle and now i'm going to rip it back out and take it back. Every Once and a While the image will remain steady enough to use. It does not replace the mirrors though my any stretch of the imagination. any 2.4 ghz signal will mess it up.... Wireless networks, Cell Phones, Cordless Phones, Bluetooth. Wireless networks mess with it pretty bad as well as broadband wireless cards for the laptop. Consumer REports gave it an ok review but i dont agree with them