This post may contain affiliate links or mention our own products, please check out our disclosure policy.

Auto Vox Backup Camera and Mirror: The complete review

Published on August 2nd, 2016 by Camper Report
This post was updated on April 23rd, 2021

Backup camera mirror being held in hand to show size.

When I bought my Ford F-150, I loved the whole truck, but I wished it had a backup camera.  My previous vehicle had a backup cam that I used all the time and I decided that I couldn’t go back to a vehicle without one.

For towing a travel trailer, a backup camera is a major time saver.  With a backup camera, you can see exactly where the trailer ball is so that you can easily hook it up to the hitch without someone behind the truck yelling “An inch to the left, a little more… a little more… oooh!  Too far now!  Go back!”  You get the point.  It’s a pain.

Sign up for the newsletter today!

Please enter a valid email address.

An error occurred. Please try again later.

× logo

Thank you for subscribing to the Camper Report newsletter, keep your eye on your inbox for updates.

Why I chose the Auto Vox Backup Camera

I’ve used several backup cameras on vehicles.  I’m somewhat of an impatient person, and my biggest gripe is when it takes 5 to 12 seconds for the backup camera to show up on the touch screen display when starting the vehicle.  You have to sit there and wait.

The problem is that the entertainment center touch screen in a vehicle has an operating system which has to start up before the display is active.  The display doesn’t begin to activate until the vehicle is started, so there is a while you have to sit and wait.

So when I got my new F-150, I decided that I wanted a backup camera that did not connect to the entertainment screen so that it would start up quicker.  I’m glad that I did.

I got the Auto Vox Backup camera on Amazon (click to check the current price) so that it would start up fast and so that I wouldn’t have to make the interior look ugly by having a separate backup screen on the dash with a cord going to the cigarette lighter.  I wanted the install to look as good as if it came that way from the factory.

What You Get in the Package

You have to buy two pieces on Amazon: the mirror and the actual camera.  They are available on the same Amazon listing, but you buy them separately. This is the link to get the mirror, and this is the link to buy the camera.  Get those two things and you’ll have everything you need to install the camera.

The package comes with a tool to remove the old mirror, the wiring, etc.

Truck with drivers door open, sill removed and carpet pulled back.

The Install

The install of the backup camera was a bit more complicated than I anticipated.  I fully admit that I’m a bit of a clutz when it comes to car projects.  I’m not very handy.

When I was trying to remove the old mirror, I pulled really hard on the old mirror and it broke my windshield!  Doh!

So I paid a local car stereo company to install the backup camera for me.  Breaking my windshield took away my confidence to finish the job.

I got quotes from car stereo companies between $150 to $200 to get the backup camera professionally installed.  I’m glad I paid someone to do it right, but if you’re handy I’m sure it’s do-able.

Video Quality and Mirror Performance

I’m really impressed with the quality of the camera.  It looks great in color during the day, and at night there are some LED’s on the side of the camera that make vision at night very good.

The camera has a nice wide angle view.  Even with a wide truck, the camera is able to show all the way to the edges of the truck from 3′ away.  That’s about a 155 degree viewing angle.

First of all, I was really happy to see that it flicks on IMMEDIATELY when you go in reverse.  No delay like with the other backup cameras I’ve tried.  Awesome!

The mirror itself looks totally normal when not in reverse.  You can’t tell at all that it’s also a backup monitor.  Then when you go in reverse, BOOM!  You see a screen on the left side of the rearview mirror that shows you behind the car.

Where to Buy and Pricing

I got the mirror and the camera on Amazon.  There are lots of other backup cameras on Amazon you can check out, but I liked this one because it’s a complete kit and shows in the mirror.

This is the link to get the mirror, and this is the link to buy the camera.

8 thoughts on “Auto Vox Backup Camera and Mirror: The complete review”

  1. The mirror is heavy and the button on the windshield keeps coming off and has to be re-glued. I use Permatex mirror glue. Is there a special glue to use besides the Permatex?

  2. Is the width of view limited because your license plate is recessed quite a bit and the sides of the bumper are blocking the camera view, or is it the camera itself? The spec is a 170 deg view, so curious if that’s true or not.

  3. The reviews you have given in this article are pretty good. Planning to buy one for my brother’s car. Let’s see whether he will like it or not 🙂

  4. Dale,
    I have this camera. It doesnt have a lever to change when you’re driving at night. But I have had no problems with it all.

  5. God I need one of these so badly. Backing up without a backup camera is such a nightmare. I mean, I’ve got the sensors that beep when I get too close to something so that helps a little bit at least, but actually being able to see what I’m doing would be so much better!

  6. You did a nice review of the Auto Vox backup camera. I did have unanswered questions, is there a day/night lever for driving at night? If not how does the mirror work out for you while driving at night? Are you still as happy with the mirror as you were when recording the video?


Leave a Comment

Welcome! Please follow these guidelines:

  • Be kind and respectful.
  • Keep comments relevant to the article.
  • Avoid insults, threats, profanity, and offensive remarks.
  • Refrain from discussing gun rights, politics, or religion.
  • Do not post misleading information, personal details, or spam.

We may hide or remove comments at our discretion.

Sign up for the newsletter today!

Please enter a valid email address.

An error occurred. Please try again later.

× logo

Thank you for subscribing to the Camper Report newsletter, keep your eye on your inbox for updates.