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Pioneer ND-BC6

Universal rear-view camera

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by Buck Pomerantz
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Pioneer's tiny ND-BC6 rear-view camera measures about an inch in all dimensions, so you can mount it unobtrusively on the back of your car. The view, however, is expansive, as the camera supplies a 138-degree horizontal and 114-degree vertical view to the rear of your vehicle. Hook it up to any receiver with a composite video rear-view camera input, and you've added an extra measure of safety to your car, truck, or RV.

The adjustable camera bracket adheres to your license plate or any other convenient spot. A small (2" x 1" x 1") power supply module gets connected in with the included 30' of wiring, so virtually any size vehicle can get equipped with a rear view. The camera renders a detailed 330,000 pixel resolution color image, and boasts Lux Automatic Luminance Control for a clear picture in bright or dim conditions.

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Highlights:

  • rear-view camera with bracket
  • CMOS-based camera system
  • 330,000 pixel resolution color image
  • 138-degree horizontal and 114-degree vertical view
  • Lux Automatic Luminance Control (0.9-100,000 lux)
  • 350 lines of horizontal resolution
  • camera comes with 23-foot cable attached plus separate power supply and 10-foot RCA harness
  • camera dimensions: 1"W x 1"H x 1"D
  • power supply dimensions: 2"W x 1"H x 1"D
  • warranty: 1 year
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  • Camera with adjustable adhesive stand (installed) and attached 23' cable
  • Power supply box
  • 10' Power/ground/video harness
  • Allen wrench
  • Hook-and-loop fastener
  • Double-sided tape
  • Waterproof rubber wedge
  • 6 Self-adhesive cable clamps
  • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre)

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Features

Compatibility: The Pioneer Universal Rear-View Camera (ND-BC6) is designed for use with Pioneer and other manufacturer in-dash AV/Navigation head units that feature an integrated monitor and rear view camera input (composite video).

Waterproof Aluminum Chassis: The camera is built into a compact waterproof aluminum case, making it perfect for mounting outside the vehicle.

CMOS Image Sensor: The Pioneer Universal Rear-View Camera (ND-BC6) utilizes a 1/3.6" color CMOS image sensor that has approximately 330,000 pixels to deliver a high quality picture. A CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) sensor offers improved resolution and eliminates the vertical light "smear" phenomenon that occurs when a camera using a CCD sensor is exposed to a very bright light source or direct sunlight.

Wide Angle Lens: The 138° horizontal and 114° vertical viewing angles provide an excellent near field view of anything behind you.

Automatic Sensitivity Compensation: The camera automatically adjusts to the available light, from 0.9 lux to 100,000 lux. The 0.9 lux rating ensures you'll have visibility at night in low light, while the 100,000 lux rating means the picture won't be washed out in bright sunlight.

Power Supply: The hideaway power supply unit features two Molex plugs. The 3-pin molex plug connects to the camera's attached harness and supplies power and receives signal. The 4-pin molex plug connects to the Power/Ground/Video harness. Its RCA output feeds signal to your monitor while the other two lead provide power and ground. The power lead has an in-line 1 amp fuse.

Mounting: The rear view camera comes supplied with a pre-installed self-adhesive bracket which can tilt the camera up and down.

Specifications

Power Source/Ground System: 14.4 V DC (10.8 V to 15.1 V allowable); Negative type

Max Current Consumption: 75 mA

Output Video: Mirror image for rear view confirmation

Sensor: 1/3.6" color CMOS sensor

Effective Number of Pixels: 330,000

Wide Angle Lens: focal length - F = 1.02mm, F value = 2.15

Angle Of View: 138° horizontal and 114° vertical

Iris System: Electronic Iris

Scanning System: Interlace

Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 38 db or more

Horizontal Resolution: Approximately 350 TV lines

Illumination Range: Approximately 0.9 lux to 100,000 lux

Image Output: NTSC compatible - 1 Vp-p (75-ohm)

 Dimensions

Rear View Camera:

  • Width = 0.9375"
  • Height = 0.9375"
  • Depth = 1.375"

Rear View Camera With Bracket (already installed):

  • Width = 1.4375"
  • Height = 1.0625"
  • Depth = 1.5"

Power Supply Box:

  • Width = 0.0375"
  • Height = 0.9375"
  • Depth = 2.3125"
 

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Comment by Buck Pomerantz Staff Writer - Creative,

Easy-to-mount and tough rear view camera

Written by Buck Pomerantz, Staff Writer - Creative, on 12/7/2012 12:22:00 PM

This heavy-duty little cube-sized camera comes everything necessary for a quick and easy installation. It comes with a 7-m cord already attached. The camera's mounted on a small hinge assembly that's adjustable using the included allen wrench. The camera cable plugs into a power supply module (2" x 1" x 1"). Then, a 3-m (almost 10') power/RCA harness connects that to power and your video receiver or monitor. The camera mount and the power module come with adhesive stick-on pads. The large fold-out instruction sheet carries detailed instructions in four languages, but not English. But that's okay, the illustrations are quite clear and captioned in English. Pioneer's ND-BC6 backup camera looks like a well-thought out product, with all necessary accessories included.
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By Alex, United States on Sunday, September 07, 2014
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Awesome camera, easy to install. Works with myGig Lockpick
Pros:
Easy to install, great quality
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5 out of 5

Absolutely beneficial

Written By Michael, Laddonia, mo on Wednesday, August 06, 2014
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Easy to install. Quickly connects to my Pioneer head unit. Easy to connect and see through the camera. Great to use during day or night!
Pros:
Easy to install and use. Saves aggravation on backing up to a trailer!
Cons:
N/A
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5 out of 5

Great Camera with Grid Line Capability

Written By mitch, Warrenton, VA on Sunday, July 20, 2014
 
My primary reason for posting this review is because many of the preceding reviews complain about the lack of grid lines. I installed this on a Pioneer AVIC Z150BH and easily found the setup options to both activate and adjust the grid lines to within an inch of my bumper. The wide angle lens is a little overwhelming at first but then you start to realize how much real estate is covered to pick up pedestrians moving into your path in parking lots. The only challenge to mounting this camera is where and how to attach it which, unless you are going to use a license plate bracket camera, would be true with any good quality camera. I installed this in an older vehicle after becoming spoiled by a newer factory installed system and have been very pleased both from a safety perspective and the convenience of backing into tight parking spaces more easily. The only way I see to improve on this unit is to have it built in and customized to the specific vehicle from the factory.
Pros:
Grid Line Capable, Wide Angle Viewing, Abundance of cable, Ease of Use and of Course Safety.
Cons:
None for an aftermarket Camera
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4 out of 5

Pioneer ND-BC6

Written By precastlou, Westville N.J. on Thursday, July 10, 2014
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Fantastic camera. Very clear
Pros:
very clear
Cons:
I wish it had guide lines on the screen
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4 out of 5

excellent camera

Written By JoeD, Fenwick Island, DE on Monday, May 05, 2014
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Excellent camera when paired with the Pioneer head unit. Image quality is good, even at night.
Pros:
Does what it says it would do, and wiring set up is nice and easy to thread thru the headliner and tailgate. Small, easy to mount camera. Put it on the back of my 4Runner to aid in backing up a jetski trailer, and finding the hitch/ receiver point. Image quality, and frame rate are impressive!
Cons:
The viewing angle is so wide that images come at you fast! I know that's not much of an option but I wouldn't trust this camera as much as a stock backup camera that was installed, and made, for a car. Viewing lines would be nice as well to know know when you're in the danger zone!
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4 out of 5

Great Camera

Written By markk110, Osceola, WI on Saturday, May 03, 2014
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View is good all the time. Mounted it next to the license plate light on the "09 Vibe.
Pros:
Installed well.
Cons:
None.
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3 out of 5

Pioneer ND-BC6

Written By Anonymous, Monterey CA on Sunday, March 16, 2014
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Installation was easy, the picture quality is grainy.
Pros:
Ease of installation
Cons:
Picture quality
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Pioneer ND-BC6

Written By dave l., sanleandro ca. on Sunday, February 16, 2014
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works great , easy to install and tech service is great if you need help
Pros:
easy to istahl wide angle veiw and good picture
Cons:
no grid lines
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

excellent images

Written By Tony D, Southampton, PA on Saturday, February 15, 2014
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This camera has a better picture than the generic camera. I have this camera on my truck and my brother has the generic camera on his. We have the exact same Pioneer head units.
Pros:
Great picture.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

pioneer camera

Written By joe g, malden missouri on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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the camera had plenty of cable to run my 2011 Silverado ext cab. only drawback on my truck is I couldn't mount it right underneath the tailgate as it hit when letting it down so had to mount to license plate top. picture is top quality. does as advertised.
Pros:
nice night time and daytime picture. plenty of cable included.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great backup camera

Written By Rob, TN on Friday, November 08, 2013
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Much better than the audiovox I have on my other car. Very wide angle. Very defined images at night as well.
Pros:
Excellent night camera.
Cons:
lacking in mounting options with the kit.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

A great addition to my nav

Written By Bert, Linden, NJ on Tuesday, November 05, 2013
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Def something I needed for my navigation. I back up into my very narrow driveway a lot; always hit the curb. This helps me avoid it.
Pros:
Easy to follow instructions
Cons:
Perception of camera is a bit far. Am closer to objects than camera shows; minor issue though.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Rear-View Camera

Written By Jose R, Sterling, VA on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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This rear-view camera is pretty nice. It is small and compact, has a pretty good wide view so you know what you're backing up into. Camera is also durable; took it into a car wash and held up well. Has good lighting at night.
Pros:
Small and compact. Good lighting at night. Weather resistant.
Cons:
Objects seem further away than they are.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Perfect Backup Camera

Written By jland, Petaluma ca on Sunday, September 01, 2013
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The image on this camera is excellent. It comes in handy when backing up my jet ski trailer.
Pros:
compact, size and great image
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Pioneer ND-BC6

Written By lmitchell@sc.rr.com, Sumter SC on Wednesday, August 07, 2013
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Easy to hook up and use......... Almost plug and play... Great!
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Nice camera

Written By RyanW, Minneapolis, MN on Friday, August 02, 2013
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This is the second camera I bought, (I have one on another vehicle of mine). I like it a lot, good picture during the day and the night and nice field of viiew. I am sure there are better ones out there, but for the price, this is a great choice.
Pros:
Good field of view good display for day and night
Cons:
The only things it does not have is the markers/lines that display on the screen that show distance like some of the factory review cameras have.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

great clarity

Written By Mike, New Jersey on Monday, July 01, 2013
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I needed a rear view camera for my jeep since I cant see over the rear tire well. I found good reviews on this camera and gave it a shot since it was also waterproof. I like the camera since I can see where Im going now. The only dislike is that the angle is a little too wide for me so the depth perception is off.
Pros:
Small Waterproof
Cons:
Too wide of an angle Things are a lot closer than they appear
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Very happy

Written By cg, Lacey, WA on Tuesday, June 18, 2013
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I can't really compare this to other rear-view cameras as this is the only one I've owned, but it seems to do the job very well. It's very small so can fit lots of places. I needed one that would mount high up on the rear of a van, so the license plate mounted style wouldn't work for me. This was easy to mount, the cable is plenty long to run the length of an extended full size van (Ford), and picture quality seems good. I haven't tried it at night yet so not sure how well it works in the dark. I tow a boat with the van and wanted something that I could use to check the boat while towing, as well as gain another perspective while backing down the launch ramp. Works great.
Pros:
Small size, easy to mount.
Cons:
None
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great product

Written By John B, Upstate NY on Monday, May 13, 2013
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Great product!!!
Pros:
Easy install!! Great view when backing!!
Cons:
None
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Pioneer ND-BC6

Written By Anonymous, Lebanon Tn on Sunday, April 28, 2013
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I thought the picture was very clear even at night. I installed it on my daughters pickup with a switch too, she said that way she could check out the guys behind her at the red lights with out looking in the mirror
Pros:
great picture
Cons:
objects closer than they appear
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Ok, expected better clarity

Written By Bobby, Cary, NC on Monday, April 08, 2013
 
The camera works, no complaints there, but i must echo what others have said about objects being a lot closer than pictured. Also I feel like the overall picture quality is a bit lacking, not what I would have expected from a pioneer product. I have it hooked up to a AVIC-P8400BH for those who are curious.
Pros:
very wide angle, easy install.
Cons:
clarity, object depth
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Pioneer backup camera

Written By Debra, Harrisburg on Sunday, April 07, 2013
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Excellent camera with good night time lighting
Pros:
Clarity
Cons:
No backup markets
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

ND-BC6

Written By Berle, Mississauga Ontario on Monday, March 11, 2013
 
Very good clarity. Only complaint is that objects in the rear view are actually much closer than expected. When I backed into my garage it looked like I had a few feet of room before hitting the wall, when actually I was just inches away.
Pros:
Can be purchased fairly inexpensively if you shop around.
Cons:
Don't rely on it to back up. It's just a reference of what's around you.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Pioneer ND-BC6 2003 Infiniti G35 Sedan

Written By C L, Chapin, SC on Saturday, January 19, 2013
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Camera works great, as described. VERY WIDE angle...would NOT use this as a means of backing up, but definitely good to use to see ANYTHING behind you.
Pros:
Easy install.
Cons:
VERY expensive.
5 out of 7 people found this helpful
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3 questions already asked

Hello I am looking for a backup cam for my 2003 chevy suburban I like this model but it says it will not fit is there any other good ones out there? [ jamie  Jul 28, 2014 ]
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  • I don't have a Chevy suburban. However as small as the camera is I would think it would fit on your suburban. It works perfectly. [ RICHARD J   Jul 29, 2014 ]
  • Glad to help. This camera would not fit on our Land Cruiser. So, we had a license plate camera installed instead. The license plate camera is not very good for resolution. We did have this camera installed on our Avalon with great results. It' a great product for the Avalon. Just wished we could have gotten it to fit on the Land Cruiser. [ STEVE   Jul 29, 2014 ]
  • I got the pioneer camera because it plugged right into my pioneer receiver. Not sure what input your receiver has,so cant be sure which one to tell you. I have installed 2 Peak brand backup camera systems on different vehicles and have been VERY happy with them. They run about $70 and include a 4.3 inch monitor ( not sure if you want to mess with an additional monitor) ,but the camera may plug into yours. They are universal, so should work on any vehicle. Hope this helps. Good luck! [ DONALD   Jul 28, 2014 ]
  • It has adhesive tape or you can screw it on I d [ DEACON A   Jul 28, 2014 ]
  • This will depend largely on your vehicle. Since that is the case, please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on what you will be the best fit for your Suburban. [ Greg Staff  Jul 28, 2014 ]
Was wondering if this camera works with all Pioneer Head Units? I have the Avic z150BH. It does have the camera input in the back of the radio. [ Paul  Jan 25, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy Staff  Jan 26, 2014 ]
I have the camera but I am beig told that the power supply unit that comes with it is not putting out enough power to power the camera. Is there anyway to fix this without having to send the camera back in? [ Maximilian  Jan 18, 2014 ]
3 answers
  • If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. 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 Staff  Jan 21, 2014 ]
  • I have had this camera installed for 2 weeks now and havent had a problem yet. I did take it to a shop and have everything done by pros. [ WILLIAM R   Jan 19, 2014 ]
  • I did not have any issue with the camera and it does have a wide angle view [ JEFF   Jan 19, 2014 ]

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