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Alpine HCE-C1100

Backup camera — surface-mount (optional Alpine license-plate-mount-compatible)

Item # 500HCEC110

Alpine adds High Dynamic Range to the HCE-C1100 backup cam to give you their best picture yet.

Alpine adds High Dynamic Range to the HCE-C1100 backup cam to give you their best picture yet.

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About the Alpine HCE-C1100

A spectacular picture

Alpine adds High Dynamic Range to the HCE-C1100 backup cam to give you their best picture yet. With HDR, you'll see more detail whether you're backing up in a bright parking lot at noon or a dark parking garage at midnight.
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A spectacular picture

Alpine adds High Dynamic Range to the HCE-C1100 backup cam to give you their best picture yet. With HDR, you'll see more detail whether you're backing up in a bright parking lot at noon or a dark parking garage at midnight.

So small you'll hardly notice it

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. With a view this expansive and clear, you'll dare to parallel park in spaces most people would avoid.

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

Installing this camera yourself? Here's what you should know.

What does it do? Unless otherwise noted, a backup camera is only intended for use backing up your vehicle. (If you require a front-view or constant rear-view camera, check for that capability.)

What tools and supplies will I need? A panel tool, a wire cutter/stripper, a soldering iron, and a rosin-core solder with heat shrink tubing are recommended, along with whatever tools are needed to remove the radio from the dash.  

How much wiring is required? Wiring instructions vary from camera to camera. Some cameras have power wiring that can only be connected near the radio. Others let you power the camera at compatible reverse lights. In all cases, the camera must be wired for power and ground, the camera's video output must be connected to the radio/monitor, and the radio/monitor must be connected to a reverse trigger in your vehicle. Some radio replacement interfaces supply a reverse trigger wire for the radio -- using that wire to power your camera will damage the interface.

Will the included video cable be long enough? You'll need to route the camera's video cable from its mounting location outside your vehicle into your vehicle's cabin and all the way to the screen in the dash. This often requires drilling a small hole in your vehicle or filing some metal and or plastic. You'll also need to estimate the length of cable needed to run from the camera to the dash, which will not be a straight shot. Each camera's cable length is listed.


Product highlights:

  • Featured in our article: Best backup cameras for 2022
  • NTSC backup camera with standard RCA and direct connectivity
  • High Dynamic Range for improved exposure adjustment
  • automatic white balance adjustment
  • CMOS image sensor
  • high low-light performance
  • fits Alpine KTX-C10LP license plate camera mounting kit
  • 131° horizontal viewing angle
  • camera dimensions: 0.929"W x 0.929"H x 0.944"D
  • black-box dimensions: 1.5"W x 0.59"H x 0.94"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # HCE-C1100

What's in the box:

  • Rear-view camera (with attached 20" cable terminated by a 4-pin connector)
  • 23' Power/Ground/Signal harness (w/ 4-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)

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Features & specs

Features and Specs
Camera Type Rear
Resolution 307,200
Parking Guidelines No
Lux Rating 1.5 lux (min)
Selectable Views N
Reversed Image Mirror
Horizontal Viewing Angle 131 degrees
Vertical Viewing Angle 103 degrees
Wireless No
Plug type Composite video
The Alpine HCE-C1100 replaces these items:

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Rearview Camera: Alpine's all new HDR backup camera (HCE-C1100) makes maneuvering your vehicle in reverse easier and safer. A rearview camera is a great way to improve your parking skills and make backing up safer.

  • Weatherproof housing
  • 1/3.7" color CMOS image sensor with a 4:3 aspect ratio
  • 640 x 480 (307,200) 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=1:2.0 brightness
Note: This rearview camera is meant as a back-up aid only; never solely rely on the rearview camera when backing-up. In addition to using the rearview camera, always look behind you to make sure everything is clear when backing up your vehicle.

CMOS Images Sensor & Wide-Angle Lens: The Alpine HCE-C1100 is equipped with a 1/3.7" CMOS image sensor with an effective resolution of 640 x 480 (307,200 total pixels). The image sensor offers automatic metering and automatic white balance adjustment for high-quality rearview images. The rearview camera's wide-angle lens has a focal length of f=1.34mm and brightness of f=1:2:0, with a 131° (h) x 103° (v) field of view.

Note: Because this is a wide-angle lens, there is a difference in distance perspective between what is normally seen behind the vehicle and what appears on the screen of your in-dash receiver.

HDR (High Dynamic Range): Thanks to HDR technology, the picture quality is much better compared to regular camera systems, for even better visibility behind your vehicle when backing up, with a high-resolution and high-detail camera image. The HCE-C1100 offers incredible image quality in varying levels of light with a wide illumination range (1.5 to 100,000 Lux). HDR (High Dynamic Range) and automatic fast exposure adjustment eliminates image wash-out common when going from areas of heavy shade into areas with bright sunlight (for example underground parking, tunnels, etc).

Compatibility: The HCE-C1100 rearview camera can be used with Alpine multimedia & navigation receivers which feature a proprietary multi-pin camera input, as well as Alpine & other brands of receivers with a composite video camera input.

  • Proprietary Harness: If you are connecting an Alpine receiver with a proprietary camera input, then use the included 23' harness with proprietary multi-pin connectors on each end (you will not use the composite video harness).
  • Composite Video Harness: If you are connecting an Alpine or other brand of receiver with a composite video jack, you will use both the 23' proprietary harness and the 9.5' composite video harness. This type of installation will also require you to hardwire power & ground.

Weatherproof Housing: The Alpine HCE-C1100 employs a weatherproof (IP67) housing to protect the backup camera from the outdoor elements.

Surface Mount Bracket: The included mounting bracket allows you can be install the backup camera on the rear bumper or by the license plate of your SUV, truck, van, or car. The mounting bracket attaches to the camera with four included machine screws. The mounting bracket also has an adhesive backing, along with four included self-tapping screws to secure the camera to your vehicle. Once mounted, you can adjust and tilt the mounting bracket up or down for the best camera angle and view.

Note: The HCE-C1100 is also compatible with Alpine's KTX-C10LP rearview camera license plate mounting kit (500KTXC10L, sold separately). 

Optional Multi-Camera Selector Interface: The optional Alpine KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Selector Interface (500KCXC250, sold separately) allows as many as three camera systems (Front, Rear, & Side) to be connected to and controlled from select Alpine in-dash navigation receivers.

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20 questions already asked

What wire do I tap in to to make the reverse camera show up on a 03 Jeep TJ with Apline ILX-F509?
[ Chris  May 08, 2022 ]
1 answer
I installed this on a 2002 or 2003 Toyota Tundra. I simply tapped into +12v wire for the reverse lights on the back right side of the car. As far as I know every car in the US has at least 1 or 2 reverse lights they're usually white in color. On your car I'm not sure but I'd have someone stand behind the car, then put it into reverse and see if there are specific lights that light up when the car is in reverse. Then tap into the +12v line of that light. Alternatively there is probably somewhere under the dash that you can tap into but in my case since I had to run the video wires for the camera to the front of the car anyway it was really easy to just run one extra wire that was connected to the reverse light. Hope this helps!
[ JUSTIN  May 11, 2022 ]
Is there a camera extension cable available?? I have a suburban and have to wire through the rear door and I'm about 3 or 4 for short of the license plate. ????? ?????? ?
[ Chris  Nov 27, 2021 ]
2 answers
I hate that..... I'm sure you can find something.....or soldering:)
[ luke  Nov 28, 2021 ]
Not that I know of. Normally when we install these in a defender 110, I have a lot left over.
[ JEFFREY S  Nov 27, 2021 ]
Will this work as a front-facing camera for the i407? Will the image be correctly oriented for front-facing?
[ Chris  Sep 22, 2021 ]
1 answer
The camera is perfect in video quality the orientation am not too sure if you head unit can adjust video I think you should be safe
[ Howard  Sep 23, 2021 ]
Is this compatible with ilx w-650?
[ Haley  Jul 11, 2021 ]
1 answer
This camera does come with cabling that allows it to work with a radio like the iLX-W650 receiver and others featuring a composite video style backup camera input!
[ Paul  Jul 17, 2021 ]  Staff
2013 Toyota Corolla using original in-dash unit; added HCE-C1100. Guidelines are missing, is this the expected behavior? Thanks
[ Eric  May 29, 2021 ]
1 answer
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.
[ Kenny  Jul 29, 2021 ]  Staff
Will this work in a 2014 BMW 328 I? Would it also work with the screen already in the car?
[ Michael  May 10, 2021 ]
1 answer
Check with your car manual to see what connections available on you head unit
[ Howard  Sep 23, 2021 ]
can this be mounted on license plate of 2005 Audi A8?
[ Robert  May 07, 2021 ]
1 answer
It comes with good hardware to mount, how I install it on my WRX STI was cut under my plate light panel and fit camera with sillcone
[ Howard  Sep 23, 2021 ]
Can you use the camera without being in reverse?
[ Darcy  Mar 14, 2021 ]
2 answers
Yes you can, you just have to wire it up to any other power source that is switched
[ Austin  Mar 15, 2021 ]
With my Alpine head unit, I can; I would expect that "most" head units have the on/off camera feature.
[ Frank  Mar 14, 2021 ]
Will this plug into my 2006 Honda Ridgeline factory navigation system (Alpine DVD for maps)??
[ Scott  Jan 10, 2021 ]
1 answer
This camera will not work with the stock radio in your 2006 Ridgeline. At the time of this post, we don't have a camera that will work with the stock radio. That may change in the future so I recommend contacting an advisor by calling 1-800-324-9695 to check our current inventory
[ Paul  Jan 25, 2021 ]  Staff
Are these compatible with pioneer wt8600?
[ Hilarion  Nov 23, 2020 ]
1 answer
I believe you are referring to the Pioneer DMH-WT8600NEX receiver. This camera will work with it!
[ Paul  Dec 14, 2020 ]  Staff
Why from reverse to drive does the camera stay on for 10 seconds on ilx-207?
[ Alex  Oct 06, 2020 ]
1 answer
can't answer that, that's a good question for the alpine tech department
[ John  Oct 06, 2020 ]
Is this camera compatible with the pioneer AVH-4200NEX?
[ EchoFox  Sep 16, 2020 ]
1 answer
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
[ Calvin  Oct 08, 2020 ]  Staff
Is this compatible with the ILX-207 receiver?
[ TXDan  Apr 09, 2020 ]
2 answers
Yes. Works with my 207 fine
[ Brett  Apr 09, 2020 ]
Yes, I have purchased it from Crutchfield and installed it. You'll be satisfied how easily it connects to the ILX-207. Recommend you buy a mount or the license plate frame if you haven't planned another method for mounting it.
[ Matthew  Apr 09, 2020 ]
Can it be used as front camera if used with alpine ilx-w650 HU which has input for front camera ? thanks
[ WIlliam  Mar 30, 2020 ]
2 answers
You should be able too
[ Robert  Mar 31, 2020 ]
I use mine in the rear, but I would assume it's just a matter of where you locate the camera after connecting it. I'm using mine on the alpine Ilx-f309
[ Rocky  Mar 30, 2020 ]
Does this camera have guide lines?
[ John  Mar 01, 2019 ]
11 answers
It has images of traffic cones along the side and cross hares in the center at different distance
[ Richard  Mar 01, 2019 ]
[ Robert  Mar 01, 2019 ]
Yes it does
[ TING  Mar 01, 2019 ]
Yes it has guide lines. In fact it even has an option if you have a hitch to accommodate that. The lines by default are off but it's easy toggle them on. I have mine hooked up through a alpine unit so I can't speak for it you do plan on using with a different brand.
[ David  Mar 01, 2019 ]
Yes it does
[ joyce  Mar 01, 2019 ]
Yes. You program them to your specific vehicle
[ VDUBS  Mar 01, 2019 ]
I already answered this question no. THen I saw the other answers as yes. I think that some head units have the ability to add guide lines, but not sure they would be very accurate. I also believe that this camera comes in a configuration with the module to add the lines, and possibly cameras for multiple angles, but I am not sure of that. I bought mine from Crutchfield, even though it was available many places....because their product experts are really that, experts at the products they sell. If you call the number and ask they can tell you for sure. Good luck. If you car does not have a camera, you'll really like it after being added. Oh, should have also added. That some cars (especially with OEM radios) need to have a configuration setting turned on for the factory unit to work. Simple thing, can be done in minutes, but the dealer will likely charge you to do that...especially if this is the only reason you are in their service dept. I would expect that the Crutchfield guys can tell you if the RCA type plugs will work with your unit, and if it requires a jump start :-) from the dealer. Good luck.
[ Greg  Mar 01, 2019 ]
It has what I would call static guidelines with green, yellow, red bars, which is not perfect but better than nothing.
[ Nabeel  Mar 01, 2019 ]
Nope it doesn't. I believe there are modules that you can run this through to add lines, and do other tricks too. I don't think there is an aftermarket that has bending lines (the kind that move when you turn the steering wheel. This is a pretty slick little unit. Clean lines, nice image, nice wire setup for running to the interior of car, and then a separate wire that runs once inside the car to the front of the car. I also used it with the adaptor to switch to the wire input for a Jeep. Worked slick. I mounted it to a bracket other than the one that came with the camera. I'm pretty sure the box is made out of machined aluminum, not molded plastic. Like I said a small, well built unit
[ Greg  Mar 01, 2019 ]
[ Randy  Mar 01, 2019 ]
Yes it does.
[ Richard  Mar 01, 2019 ]
Will this camera fit into a 2011 ram tailgate camera mount?
[ Chad  Feb 21, 2019 ]
1 answer
We don't have any information on whether or not it can fit/mount there but I do have replacement tailgate latches with new cameras built in and some selections for a 2011 Ram pickup. I recommend contacting an advisor on 1-800-324-9695 to get a personal recommendation on the best one for you. My Bio:
[ Paul  Feb 26, 2019 ]  Staff
Will this work on a 2015 Jeep Wrangler mounted in the license plate (using Alpine KTX-C10LP) with a compatible headunit? My concern is that the license plate is not centered, so wondering how that affects the display. Thanks!
[ Gonzalo  Jan 11, 2019 ]
1 answer
While it can work with the license plate frame mounting bracket, the offset position of the factory plate will not provide the best angle for your rear-view. The HCE-C1100 does come packaged with a surface mount bracket you can use to custom secure the camera in a more centralized location on the back of your vehicle. For additional assistance and personalized recommendations, feel free to contact us directly by phone or through our online chat service:
[ Ryan  Jan 16, 2019 ]  Staff
Will this work on a 2010 Jeep Wrangler mounted in the license plate (left from spare tire)?
[ Greg  Sep 14, 2018 ]
1 answer
I don't know about your Jeep, but I mounted mine on a 2002 Explorer near the hitch without any problems with a bit slack left in the cable.
[ Craig  Sep 14, 2018 ]
will this camera work with the new Kenwood DDX9905S?
[ mav2u  Apr 06, 2018 ]
1 answer
Yep! The Alpine HCE-C1100 camera features a composite (RCA) video connection which you can use with virtually any brand/model receiver that has a composite video input; including the Kenwood DDX9905S. For more details or to discuss further, please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Hope that helps :)
[ Larry  Apr 16, 2018 ]  Staff

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