Pioneer ND-BC6

Universal rear-view camera

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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.

Product 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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What's in the box?

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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)

Scratch & Dent items may be missing non-essential accessories. In some cases the manufacturer's accessories have been replaced with generic equivalents.

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Features
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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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back up camera

Written By Duncan, Alaska on Monday, April 20, 2015

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Pioneer head units are my preference for all my audio installs therefore I always use Genuine accesories when possible.Camera has a metal body / good bracket / clear immage.

Pros: Made for Pioneer unit

Cons: None

2012 E-250

Written By KrisS, Colorado on Monday, April 13, 2015

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Given the very limited visibility out the back of my cargo van, this backup camera provided the added safety was looking for. Very happy with the wide and shallow depth of field. Makes it easy to spot the inconsiderate drivers that do not yield to backing vehicles. Since my Pioneer head unit doesn't have grid lines, I set the camera angle to show the bumper at the bottom of the view. Makes it super easy to see how close I am, and to line up with parking lot lines.

Pros: Good, clear picture, even at night.

Cons: No grid lines.As I understand it, grid lines are to be found in a setting on the head unit you are connecting to. Still, not a deal breaker for me.

Not OEM!

Written By Anonymous, Maryland on Friday, April 10, 2015

Fisheye will get some getting used to. Resolution was not as high as I expected. Very grainy. Usable, heck is is a backup camera. On my GTI, the license plate lights cause quite a bit of bloom at night reducing the visible range to much closer to the sides than at day. ( mounted center above plate). Parking lot lights cause quite a bit of bloom. Gridlines are provided by the AVIC5100, eventually, if it feels like it, sometimes..... But that's another issue.

Pros: It's what they put in. Good enough I guess.

Cons: Big considering how small a phone camera is. It should be a tiny cylinder. Resolution disappointing. It seems like a lot of money, again considering phone cameras. Others are even more, but do no better as far as I can see.

Mediocre Camera

Written By Dr. Bob, Georgia on Thursday, April 09, 2015

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With todays electronics I thought I would get a great camera for the price. Wrong. I wish there had been some picture comparisons on Crutchfield's web site, because I would have definitely spent much more in order to get the quality picture I see in factory installed backup cameras.

Pros: It works, and because it is hard wired it has no static.

Cons: Fish-eye picture, whereas factory cameras give more of a photo/video view. The colors can be off strangely in partial artificial lighting, which can be disconcerting. Even the pixel quality and density seems poor for this camera, but that could be the fault of the Pioneer AVIC-5000NEX receiver screen.

No Complaints

Written By Camera Junkie, Florida on Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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i purchased two - for the front and rear of my truck. excellent picture quality and extremely small.

Not Bad

Written By TL, Easton, MD on Friday, February 13, 2015

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Good tool for backing up in parking lots and driveway. Give a very good 180 degree view. The color for the most part is good but at night color can wash out a bit because of parking lot lights

Pros: Good in parking lots and driveway esp during the day

Cons: Not very good when raining

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Written By Ben, Harlingen, Tx on Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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Installed on my 2005 Tahoe great up grade. Like everything about it. Used it the AVH-X5700BHS radio. works great good picture and color.

Pros: Like everything about it

Cons: None

Good camera

Written By Dec. 2014 Purchaser, Nashville, TN on Thursday, January 01, 2015

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Clear view, works well with Pioneer deck, good safety addition to SUV

Pros: Clear, easy to install

Cons: No distant markings

Great Camera

Written By David, Redding, CA on Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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Hooked this up to my Pioneer AVH-X4600BT and it works great. Picture quailty is excellent, even when it is dark. The wide angle takes a little getting used to but is important to actually see more than what is directly behind you. Using your side view mirrors and the camera together is perfect to take everything in. The hardest part about installing was wiring the stereo to the reverse light so it knows when to kick on.

Pros: Good picture quality Plenty of wiring Easy Install

Cons: Instructions are pretty vague but there are plenty of resources online to help.

2010 Mustang

Written By SteveB, Green Country, Oklahoma on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Gets the job done. Needs better instructions, vague.

Pros: Works nice good color, plenty of cable for the Mustang.

Cons: Need better instructions.

Good Camera

Written By Tom, Texas on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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Great camera, good picture quality, even in low light. Wide angle makes it easy to see. The included cable was more than long enough for my truck and the mounting hardware included with the kit worked well.

Pros: Good quality, easy mounting

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

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

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

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

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!

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs

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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