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Alpine HCE-C125

Rear-view camera

6 Reviews | 1 question - 3 answers

Overview

Our take on the Alpine HCE-C125

Why on earth would you need a rear-view camera when you have eyes and a neck that turns? Well, be honest, how many times have you backed up with something blocking your vision, and you were just... winging it? It's been more than a few times, hasn't it?

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Why on earth would you need a rear-view camera when you have eyes and a neck that turns? Well, be honest, how many times have you backed up with something blocking your vision, and you were just... winging it? It's been more than a few times, hasn't it?

Alpine's HCE-C125 rear-view cam lets you back up with confidence, instead of pushing your luck. Measuring about one cubic inch, this ice-cube sized camera pairs stealthily with Alpine's low-key KTX-C10LP license plate mounting kit to give you a 131º horizontal viewing angle on the world behind you. Thanks to its automatic imaging function, this camera intuitively adjusts white balance, showing you a crisp, bright mirror image, day or night. With a view this expansive and clear, you'll dare to parallel park in spaces most people would avoid. In some cities, that's a super power.

This camera is compatible with any in-dash receiver or front-mount screen with a composite video input.

Note: Sorry, Crutchfield cannot ship Alpine products to Guam or Puerto Rico.

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.

The camera has great area coverage, good low light capability, and I particularly enjoy the ability to engage the camera while driving forward. I would recommend the manufacturer or installer supply theft proof screws for the license plate holes.

Paul H, richmond, VA

What's in the Box:

  • Rear-view camera (with attached 20" cable terminated by a 5-pin connector)
  • 23' Power/Ground/Signal harness (w/ 5-pin connector on one end and 6-pin connector on other end)
  • 9.5' Power/Ground/Signal harness (w/ a 6-pin connector on one end and a male composite video RCA connector on other end along with power/ground signal wire)
  • 2-Piece mounting bracket
  • 4 Machine screws
  • 4 Self-tapping screws
  • Rubber sleeve
  • Rubber wedge
  • 3M tape
  • 5 Wire-ties
  • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)

Highlights:

  • NTSC rear-view camera with standard RCA and direct connectivity
  • automatic imaging function — metering and white balance adjustment
  • mirror image view
  • high low-light performance
  • fits Alpine KTX-C10LP license plate camera mounting kit
  • camera dimensions: 0.935"W x 0.935"H x 1.175"D
  • black-box dimensions: 1.5"W x 0.59"H x 0.98"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

Alpine HCE-C125 Reviews

Average Customer Review:

6 Reviews

Great Rear View Camera

Written by: Steven M from Big Lake, AK on March 9, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I'm using this camera with an Alpine X009-GM2 Restyle unit and an Alpine KTX-C10LP license plate frame. I bought it primarily for hooking up to trailers. Works well for that. The only problem I've seen so far is that it gets washed out depending upon the position of the Sun and glare off ice, etc. But that's not the camera's fault.

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Alpine HCE-C125 Back up camera

Written by: Paul H from richmond, VA on February 17, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The camera has great area coverage, good low light capability, and I particularly enjoy the ability to engage the camera while driving forward. I would recommend the manufacturer or installer supply theft proof screws for the license plate holes.

Pros: Low light capability, picture, distance scale

Cons: none so far

Professionally installed

Written by: Brandon from California on November 20, 2015

Installed on 2009 Lexus RX 350 matted to a 2014 Kenwood dnx691. Takes a little getting used to being it's a tad bit of a wide angle view. In addition to this and installed four sensors I feel I'm up to date on accident prevention. In fact while at Costco gas station I parked on the other side of the parking lot to go get some coffee and whilst backing up I avoided a yellow pole embedded in the grass that was protecting some generator. Looks like more than a few people hit it. The height of the RX sometimes can make objects vanish when backing up. Night view on this was also excellent and it's steady beep while backing up grows faster as you get closer to an object. The speaker is external measuring about half the size of a computer mouse. Overall very happy with it as it saved me on the first day of install.

Pros: Excellent visibility. Good night performance

Cons: Only two I can think of is they could have made the external speaker smaller less obtrusive. But it's ok. It measures approximately 2"W x 3"L x 1"D. Wish this could be polarized a wee bit(2% maybe?) as the light is a little "whiter" than I'd like. BUT to be fair that can be MY Kenwood head unit contrast, color or screen.

Perfect back up camera

Written by: Backup camera from California on November 15, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

installed easily with my iXL-007 and I have a back up camera, options for mounting helpful

Pros: clear image Crutchfield personal ready to help if you run into questions

Cons: none

Alpine HCE-C125

Written by: Grant from Boiling Springs, SC on May 24, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great pic, wife angle, clear. Exactly what I wanted.

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HCE-C125

Written by: JK,Fallbrook from California on December 24, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Was a little apprehensive about the camera and which one should I pick. Glad I did I can see everything clearly... Had more than enough cable to reach the head unit in the cab, I have a Titan. Worth the money.

Pros: Everything is clear

Cons: none

Details

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

Download the Alpine HCE-C125 manual

  • Rear-view camera (with attached 20" cable terminated by a 5-pin connector)
  • 23' Power/Ground/Signal harness (w/ 5-pin connector on one end and 6-pin connector on other end)
  • 9.5' Power/Ground/Signal harness (w/ a 6-pin connector on one end and a male composite video RCA connector on other end along with power/ground signal wire)
  • 2-Piece mounting bracket
  • 4 Machine screws
  • 4 Self-tapping screws
  • Rubber sleeve
  • Rubber wedge
  • 3M tape
  • 5 Wire-ties
  • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)

Product Research

Features

Overview: Add the Alpine HCE-C125 rear-view camera to your vehicle's in-dash monitor for added safety and back out of parking spots with more ease. This small camera (mounting bracket included) can be installed on the rear bumper or by the license plate of your SUV, truck, or car. The high quality color picture is projected right onto your vehicle's in-dash monitor via composite video so you can view what's behind you, right from the convenience of your dash. The Alpine HCE-C125 consists of a rear-view camera, mounting bracket, as well as necessary cable and hardware for installation.

Note: Because the HCE-C125 has a standard composite video output (RCA), it can be used with any monitor with a composite video rear-camera input.

Rear-View Camera: The rear-view camera assists you (the driver) in checking behind your vehicle by sending images to your vehicle's in-dash monitor, showing conditions behind the car. The camera uses a wide-angle lens, therefore, there is a difference in distance perspective between what is normally seen and what appears on the screen. Also, the images shown by the camera are reversed, so as to appear the same as what is seen through the rearview mirror. The Alpine rear-view camera offers the following additional features.

  • Weatherproof housing
  • 1/3.7" color CMOS image sensor with a 4:3 aspect ratio
  • 640 x 480 (300,000) effective pixels
  • 131° horizontal viewing angle, 103° vertical viewing angle
  • Illumination Range of 1.5 lx to 100,000 lx
  • F=1.34 focal length
  • F=1:2.2 brightness

Optional License Plate Mount Kit: The HCE-C125 rear-view camera is compatible with Alpine's KTX-C10LP rear-view camera license plate mounting kit (500KTXC10L, sold separately). 

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Customer Q&A

1 question already asked

It has warning lines in the center and cones on the sides The are green, yellow, and red closes to car There are options to also turn off the indicators There is no sound or beeps just visual [ Mark  Nov 24, 2015 ]
I don't believe it does, but my radio does so it wasn't necessary. [ Russell  Nov 23, 2015 ]
It has guidance lanes. How will you mount it? I used alpines license plate frame that holds that camera and the holes didnt line up with the camera. I would not purchase from alpine again. It is overprized for what you get. Very dissapointed in the quality control. [ Hilvin  Nov 23, 2015 ]
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