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Accele RVC50

Rear view camera with LED lights — license plate mount

30 Reviews | 8 questions - 18 answers

Overview

Our take on the Accele RVC50

LED lights for a clear view at night

Accele's RVC50 rear view camera gives you a clear view of what's behind you, so you can back up safely in almost any conditions. The camera sports a 120-degree wide view so you won't miss a thing back there, and the camera's built-in LED lights provide better visibility at night. The waterproof plastic case mounts to your license plate for a convenient and simple installation. And the standard RCA video cable allows the RVC50's picture to show up on virtually any video screen.

Note: A rear-view camera provides an additional view when reversing your vehicle. It is intended to be used in conjuction with your rear- and side-view mirrors to give a fuller picture of what's behind you. It is not intended as a replacement for your mirrors.

What's in the Box:

  • Rearview camera w/ integrated license plate bracket (attached 17" power/signal cable)
  • 16' Composite video cable
  • 57" Power/ground cable

Product Highlights:

  • rear-view camera with composite video converter
  • 1.0 lux CMOS-based camera sees well day or night
  • 120-degree wide viewing angle
  • 16.5' video cable included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

Accele RVC50 Reviews

Average Customer Review:

30 Reviews

The title is simply good enough.

Written by: Lester from Pottstown, PA on April 20, 2016

2003 Ford Explorer
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Fairly easy to install and works great except it's a bit difficult to see on a rainy night. For the money I can easily accept this downfall.

Pros: Quick and easy to install.

Cons: Hard to see on a rainy night.

Accele RVC50

Written by: tom l from oregon, WI on February 13, 2016

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The clarity is awesome

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Great service Bad Camera!

Written by: jack from charlottesville va on February 8, 2016

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I had Crutchfield install this with many other sound upgrades. Quality of service is excellent, But this camera is crap. After it raining one night water seeped into the camera and two weeks later still not gone, and does not work at all. Crutchfield made good on their CS policy.

Pros: service

Cons: camera quality

BEST CAMERA FOR THE MONEY!

Written by: 1milazzo from Glen Cove, NY on February 8, 2016

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Works great, day or night. Even has the guide lines come up in the screen. Little red wires on video cable don't need to be there.

Pros: Easy to install. Pulls up automatically in reverse. Once you know which vehicle wire to connect the radio harness reverse camera wire to, it's a piece of cake.

Cons: Little red wires on video cable don't need to be there. Longer video cable would be nice. I went to a local store and bought a RCA Coupler to connect two male to male cables to make it longer. It cost $10.00 Not a big deal, but just be aware.

Accele Backup Camera

Written by: Dean from Cherryville, NC on January 25, 2016

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Camera works great during the day but at nighttime and during rain/snow the image is blurry

Pros: Reasonable price

Cons: Schematic for install is not clear, not recommended for a novice installer

Accelerate RVC50

Written by: H. Butts from tampa, FL on January 23, 2016

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The camera works fine with the unit but it has LED lights that I have never found to operate.

Pros: Very good display

Cons: Water seems to stay on the camera when it rains causing a blurred view.

Accele RVC50

Written by: ford guy from Minnesota on January 17, 2016

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Easy to install, great picture.

Pros: Great picture, good value

Cons: instructions are a little vague

dissapointed

Written by: JB from California on January 15, 2016

Initially this camera worked great and had a nice clear picture. However, after a few weeks the plastic lens became hazy and the view was cloudy and unclear. I ended up cutting out the plastic cover, which restored the picture. But now, it is cloudy and totally blocked. No view at all.

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Fogged/condensation, wet inside

Written by: Jet tech from Rosamond Ca. on January 12, 2016

Not water/weather resistance at all. I live in California desert and we don't have wet winters in comparison to other locals, even in a El Nino year. After winter and first good rain it was non usable for backing....... White Out due to moisture in the casing.....

Pros: I thought it worked good when it was dry, fair picture......

Cons: Not water/weather resistance at all. I live in California desert and we don't have wet winters in comparison to other locals, even in a El Nino year. After winter and first good rain it was non usable for backing....... White Out due to moisture in the casing.....

Crutchfield response on January 19, 2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our customer service or tech support teams right away. In this case we sent out a replacement free of charge.

Good for the price

Written by: TedS from New York on September 8, 2015

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The camera gets the job done. It is not what I would call a high end camera, but is good for the price. The instructions are a bit lacking...no mention of what to do with the orange wire at all. After reading reviews I saw it is for the reverse signal to the head unit, which I didn't need to hook up since my factory harness already had a reverse signal going to the head unit.

Pros: Low price, large guidelines.

Cons: No mention of orange wire in instructions. A bit hazy at night.

Very nice for the price

Written by: Anonymous from Washington on August 14, 2015

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The camera works great, the clarity could be a bit better, but for the price it's amazing. Install was easy, it just took a long time to get it done on a 12 passenger van.

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Works as advertised

Written by: Tom from Florida on April 19, 2015

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Works very well, has the red/yellow/green lines for distance and orients the image correctly. On very humid mornings, the lens fogs up, but I believe that will happen with any camera.

Pros: easy to install

Cons: Lens fogs up

Simple and nice Camera

Written by: BetoP from Virginia on April 16, 2015

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I install the camera by my self. really easy. The only problem that I had, is the RCA cord, to short for my SUV and the orange cable on a side didnt know what to do, until I saw some of the questions. Found out that the orange cable has to be connected to the red + cable on the back of the reverse light, and the other side of the cable should be connected in one of the cables coming from the stereo (PIONEER purple) to notice the camera when is in reverse mode.

Pros: No to expensive and nice view

Cons: RCA Cable to short

Backup Cam

Written by: Anonymous from Wheeling, Wv on April 1, 2015

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Works great for a little extra judgement.

Pros: Easy installation, wiring reached my head unit (sedan) no need for extensions.

Cons: If it is rainy at night it is hard to make out the picture but does need cleaned a good bit, a little amount of dirt haze distorts picture as well.

Great camera for the price!

Written by: Jim from Nevada on March 3, 2015

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It was a breeze to install. It ran it under the bed liner in my Avalanche and it reached the Pioneer AVH-X2600BT with no problems. I tucked the excess wires behind the driver's side light for the power and ran an extra back down for the HU indicator. Didn't even need to adjust the angle, but I could. Now I am no longer afraid my vertically challenged wife will back over anything! I have not noticed any problems with it at night, however, the city here is pretty well lit.

Pros: Far easier than I thought it would be!! Great camera for the price.

Cons: Can't think of any.

Back-up camera

Written by: Tony from Colorado Springs on February 22, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Work well. Instructions were easy to follow.

Pros: Great in the day time.

Cons: Poor in the night time.

Camera

Written by: Anonymous from California on February 10, 2015

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I returned this camera due to the fact the cable was not long enough for the deck oh my suv, and they should be standard size.

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Great Basic Camera

Written by: Newbie from Seattle, WA on December 1, 2014

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This is a very good basic camera. It sticks out a bit far, but on my SUV that isn't a problem. I've had pretty good luck with the picture in most lighting conditions, and I like the fact you can adjust the camera angle. My only complaint is the RCA cable that came with it didn't quite reach my deck, so I had to buy an extension cable. Otherwise it's a good camera for the price!

Pros: Price, adjustable camera angle, easy to install.

Cons: Cable too short for my SUV.

I can see!

Written by: Al D from Pittsburgh, PA on November 6, 2014

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For the cost this camera is great. Night vision is not good if you have small backup lights, but this worked out great on my Ford F150. Great for those short concrete polls that hide behind your truck bed!

Pros: easy install

Cons: night vision not so great

Great Camera

Written by: Mark from Kentucky on October 12, 2014

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Great camera. I installed it on my Super Duty truck, viewing it with a Pioneer AVH X1500 DVD. Camera has a great color picture sunny or cloudy, night time does pretty well, picture gets a little grainy but still does well. I hard wired the power and ground leads to the battery and chassis with a switch on the dash instead of wiring it to the reverse lights, this way I can turn it on when I want to keep an eye on my trailer from time to time.

Pros: Great camera, very nice picture.

Cons: Power and Ground lead wire gauge is very small, can be hard to work with.

Accele RVC50

Written by: edavis from Taylorsville, MS on July 7, 2014

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I purchased this rearview camera to use with a Boss radio. It was a breeze to install! It has worked well thus far. I have had it installed for 3 weeks now. I have used the camera function to hook up to my camera and it saves alot of wasted motion getting in and out of the truck to determine alignment. I would recommed this to anyone looking for a lower priced rearview camera. The only issue that I had was that the wiring harness was too short for my long wheel base truck. I had to purchase an extension cable locally to complete the wiring.

Pros: Price, viewing field, distance increments

Cons: Short wiring harness

Accele RVC50

Written by: Accele RVC50 from Brooklyn on July 3, 2014

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It's a very good camera

Pros: 500

Cons: 509

Accele RVC50 Backup camera

Written by: Johns from Biloxi, ms on June 23, 2014

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Like one of the other reviews says, "You get what you pay for" The daytime image is okay if you are not wearing sunglasses. At night it is very hard to see the picture.

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Nightime image while backing.

You get what u pay for

Written by: Jeremy C from Tullos, LA on May 10, 2014

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It's an alright product. It gets the job done. Like I said you get what you pay for.

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Poor picture quality, big and nasty looking on my truck, video cable wasn't long enough to reach from my radio to my back bumper.

Accele RVC50

Written by: raul from Griffith, IN on May 7, 2014

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Really bad product I will not recommended I am disappointed.

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backup camera

Written by: Anonymous from Rogers ar on January 8, 2014

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Bought this in conjunction with an indash radio with backup camera or my motorhome, this is the one recommended by Crutchfield and worked great ,easy to install. Good choice.

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Rear view camera

Written by: Brad from Lakemarrymake fl on November 8, 2013

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Very easy to install and hasn't great picture

Pros: Great price

Cons: Mone

Be ready for thin wiring

Written by: rogers296 from Nashville, TN on February 2, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good camera image in my Pioneer head unit, good in night and day. Easy to install (although it does not have any instructions), except the wiring is extremely thin gauge and very difficult to work with. I had the strip off a lot of the wire cover and fold over the wires multiple times to get anything decent to work with.

Pros: Good image, easy installation

Cons: Poor thin gauge wiring

Do Not Recommend!

Written by: Brian E. from Midwest City, OK on November 11, 2012

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I understand that this is a cheap camera, but come on...during the day it works fine, but at night, I can't see anything. Even in a lit area. The display is just fuzzy and dark. I am using an Alpine head unit so I know that is not the problem. I have been using this camera for over a month now and I am completely unsatisfied with it's performance. If you want to see at night, don't buy this camera, spend the money on a good one. I know when I have the extra money, I will be buying an Alpine back-up camera.

Pros: It's cheap

Cons: You get what you pay for...literally

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Written by: Jorge A from Lehigh Acres, Fl. on September 23, 2012

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Up to the moment everything is working well and seems effective.

Pros: I like that one can adjust the angle for the right view.

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What's in the box?

Download the Accele RVC50 manual

  • Rearview camera w/ integrated license plate bracket (attached 17" power/signal cable)
  • 16' Composite video cable
  • 57" Power/ground cable

Product Research

Features

Overview: The Accele RVC50 Rearview Camera is designed to provide you a clear wide-angle view from the rear of your vehicle. It can be used to assist you in backing up the vehicle, or to keep an eye on an item you are towing. It can be connected to a separate rear-view monitor, or to many in-dash audio-video head units with a composite video or rear-camera input.

Compatibility: The Accele RVC50 rearview camera features a standard composite video output (RCA plug) which makes it compatible with virtually any mobile video monitor featuring a rear view camera input.

1/3" Color CMOS: The RVC50's rearview camera features a 1/3" color CMOS image sensor with approximately 259,776 effective pixels (528 horizontal x 492 vertical). The rearview camera offers a 120° vertical and horizontal viewing angle providing an excellent field of vision behind you in your vehicle. The rearview camera provides minimum illumination 2 lux.

Guidelines: In addition to the rear-view image, two yellow guidelines are also displayed on your connected monitor to assist you when backing up.

Mounting Bracket: The RVC50 attaches to your vehicle's existing license plate frame with its integrated plastic mounting bracket (screws not included).

Supplied Cables: The rearview camera features an attached 17" power/signal cable which connects to the supplied 16' composite video cable and 57" power/ground cable. The composite video cable is then routed from outside of the vehicle through your vehicle's interior to your vehicle's display monitor or optional stand-alone monitor. The power/ground cable needs be connected to your vehicle's 12-volt electrical system.

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Why did you buy this?

for rear view [ Haja J.  Feb 08, 2016 ]
Heard this is the best back up camera for the buck, plugs right into my head unit I also ordered for my Jeep Patriot. [ Rob  Jan 04, 2016 ]
My daughter and I have purchased Radio's for all our vehicles and we Love them. [ Sergio  Dec 19, 2015 ]
Wanted to add a backup camera/ This one was the least expensive one available, and should be "good enough". Other owners reviews helped me make the choice. [ RUSSELL T  Dec 14, 2015 ]
reviews and compatability [ James  Dec 03, 2015 ]

8 questions already asked

I tied my cable to the other back light cables on my truck. There should be a plastic cap/plug on your firewall. cut and "X" then push your cable through. Use silicon to seal the opening when you're done. I still don''t have mine working, I found out you have to tie it to your reverse switch under the dash. [ David  Apr 02, 2016 ]
I purchased an RCA cable along with a couple of male to female adapters. I ran the cable through a rubber gromet in the firewall and routed it to the camera along the frame rail of my truck. I wire tied the cable to a factory wire bundle that was secured in the frame rail. I taped my connection points really well. I hope this helps!! [ EDDIE  Apr 01, 2016 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Apr 01, 2016 ]  Staff
Can't be that much as you wire them to your reverse lights. [ Gerald  Nov 08, 2015 ]
I have not measured that. I doubt that it is very much. It's never been a problem on my wife's minivan. Crutchfield support could probably tell you better. [ THOMAS  Jul 22, 2015 ]
orange wire connect to ground thanks clarence [ clarence  Mar 31, 2015 ]
I have forgotten. Crutchfield tech support is crazy good. Give them a call? [ THOMAS  Mar 18, 2015 ]
There are two wires coming from the camera. 1 is a power cable. This cable will connect into another adapter that will need to be connected to a power source, such as the reverse lights on your car. The second cable with the yellow end is the video cable. This cable will connect the camera to the display in the front of the car. [ Tyler  Mar 17, 2015 ]
I'm sorry , but it was connected by a shop [ CARMELLO  Mar 17, 2015 ]
To 12 volt power [ RAUL  Mar 17, 2015 ]
Not really [ TONATIUH  Mar 12, 2015 ]
Yep i have had it 2 years in the lake tahoe area Nevada .works good for a budget cam. It will fog up as even a $300 cam will nigt vision will be pixalated but still viable [ GREH  Mar 02, 2015 ]
Yes, used it for a couple years no problem with water or snow only drawback is that it doesn't kick on unless it senses something behind you. [ SALVATORE A  Mar 02, 2015 ]
Yes it is [ KEVIN  Mar 02, 2015 ]
The camera will work with that setup, but I would recommend going with a better quality camera. [ TIMOTHY  Dec 18, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The Soundstream uses a standard composite video connection for the backup camera, so the Accele will pair up just fine. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Dec 01, 2014 ]  Staff
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The JVC KW-50 and most all DVD/Navigation receivers have a rear view camera input which is universal. Therefore almost any backup camera, including the RVC50 will work just fine. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Apr 11, 2014 ]  Staff
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can help walk through the installation steps. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff  Dec 21, 2013 ]  Staff
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