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Sony XAR800C

Rear-view camera

12 Reviews | 2 questions - 3 answers

Item # 158XAR800C

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Our take on the Sony XAR800C

No more inching back out of a shopping center parking space while you check for pedestrians. Put your car in reverse, and this XAR800C rear-view camera will display what's behind you on the screen of your Sony video receiver. The camera offers an extremely wide view of what's behind you and off to each side — a big plus when you're backing out of a driveway with a limited view. This camera is compatible with Sony video receivers with a rear-camera input.

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.

Perfect, exactly as described.

Dspraykng, California

What's in the Box:

  • Rear view camera (with attached 10' power/ground/signal cable terminated by a 5-pin molex connector)
  • Hideaway module (with attached 40" power/ground leads with in-line 0.5A fuse)
  • 16.5' Composite video cable
  • Mounting bracket
  • Shroud
  • Rubber bushing
  • Rubber wedge
  • 4 Philips-head mounting screws
  • 2 Hex-head machine screws
  • Hex-key
  • 5 Self-adhesive cable clips
  • 4 Velcro-strips
  • Operating Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Limited Warranty Information
  • European Guarantee Information Document

Sony XAR800C Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(12 Reviews)

Hummer H3 2006 Install

gtr from Michigan on 12/9/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This was an easy install. Hooked it up to a Sony XAV-64BT and it works to provide full visuals. The camera has gone thru a full Michigan winter and although it gets wet and muddy sometimes, it easily wipes off and keeps on working. Not the cheapest camera out there, but it is reliable, compatible and works.




Dspraykng from California on 12/3/2014

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Perfect, exactly as described.



I See You

Datastar from Atlanta, GA on 7/31/2013

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I got this camera on a special for $20 with my Sony XAV-701HD . I thought it was just thrown in and not worth it. WRONG! THIS IS A GOOD CAMERA and the picture of my HU is awesome. Daytime is clear even when backing towards the sun. I can see color at night with only the reverse lights. The three color horizontal line is a plus for gaging distance. I love it and recommend this camera.

Pros: Installation was not too hard and you get plenty of cabling. The camera seems sturdy

Cons: The body is a little large' which limited the installation spots on my SUV.


Anonymous from Chapel Hill, NC on 6/30/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is the perfect rear-view camera. The wire kit was complex but well documented, the wires were just long enough to get the job done. Worked perfectly with my sony receiver.

Pros: * power on with backup light works perfect and easy to wire thanks to tap-splice kit * wires were long enough to get the job done with a little bit of play left for mounting the stereo * easy to aim * easy to assemble

Cons: * wire plugs were large and required lots of effort to squeeze through the chasis holes from exterior to interior * I scratched the camera lens on accident during final install because of bubble shape of camera * very pricey

Sony XAR800C

duane from puyallup, wa on 6/25/2013

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great field of view, nice enhancehment to sony stereo, as always excellent crutchfield price

Pros: everything is great about it for backup,

Cons: none

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Travis from Baton Rouge, LA on 4/29/2013

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camera functions correctly, image quality is good

Pros: great image

Cons: Cable from the power supply to the camera is too short for bigger trucks and suvs. the power supply is designed to mount outside of the dash. On my long wheel base ford f-250 super cab I had to cut and add additional multi-conductor wire to even get it to an area under the back seat. I cut the wire and soldered all the connections and covered with heat shrink and it did work fine with no perceivable interference.

love it

Steven from Montana on 3/22/2013

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This camera works great I have it hooked up to my xnv770bt receiver and I pull a lot of trailers so once I got the distance down I back right up and hook and go.

Pros: works great day or night


Works Great

Jim from Mich on 8/5/2012

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Works great. Since upgrading the system mite as well put in a back up camera.

Pros: Can now see what I am backing into!

Cons: Pricy


Ronnie from Fort Worth, Texas on 6/19/2012

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I too have the Sony XNV-770BT A/V Receiver and added this camera, love it... Had to run the wire to the radio red wire for the camera to have power, works great, thanks to the support of Crutchfield's support tec guys.....

Pros: Great picture night or day....

Cons: Cables not long enought... I have a F150 and the control unit has to be inside the cab.... But got it in there with 6 in to play with...

Excellent Camera

Steve from St. Albans, WV on 4/5/2011

Great picture day or night...clear. Sony Quality. BOB the lines are for adjusting the area you can back up into safely. It shows the area (size) of your vehicle and where you will be when you back up.



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Eric from St. Louis, MO on 3/5/2011

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This camera has a great picture and excellent night visablility!



Colonel Bob

Colonel Bob from Palm Springs, CAW on 2/25/2011

Have the rear view camera connected to my Sony XNV-770BT A/V Receiver. Becoming accustomed the rear view camera takes some time. View is clear, day and night. Objects appear much farther away than they really are. Also, NOWHERE, be it in the Sony manual for the XNV-770BT or on- line Sony support, is there an explanation of the 3 horizontal lines on the viewing screen. Options allow colors of red, white, and blue, adjustment of the vertical positions of each of the lines as well as the length of each line. No explanation of what they're used for, much less how to do so. Mystery to me and my installer.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Features and Specs
Camera Type Rear view
Resolution 510 x 492
Parking Guidelines No
Lux Rating 1.0 to 100,000 Lux
Selectable Views N
Reversed Image Y
Horizontal Viewing Angle 138
Vertical Viewing Angle 92
Wireless No
Plug type RCA Composite

Product Research



Rear View Camera: The Sony Xplod XA-R800C rear-view camera helps to improve your view while backing up your vehicle. The XA-R800C rear-view camera is ideal for trucks, SUVs, mini-van, and larger sedans. The Sony Xplod rear-view camera offers flexible mounting options with adjustable tilt, and features 138° horizontal x 9 vertical viewing area for increased visibility. The Sony Xplod XA-R800C rear-view camera is designed for use with mobile video in-dash headunits featuring a rear-view camera Input (composite video).

Compatibility: The Sony Xplod XA-R800C rear-view camera is designed for use with Sony and other manufacturer in-dash mobile video headunits that feature an integrated monitor and rear view camera input (composite video).

Aluminum Chassis: The rear-view camera features a compact waterproof aluminum housing, making it perfect for mounting outside the vehicle.

CCD Sensor: The Sony rear-view camera features a 1/4" color CCD sensor lens with approximately 250,000 total pixels (510 H x 492 V). The CCD sensor provides a 16:9 NTSC mirror image on your connected monitor.

Wide Viewing Angle: The Sony Xplod rear-view camera offers a 138° horizontal x 92° vertical viewing area which provides an excellent near field view of anything behind you.

Automatic Sensitivity Compensation: The rear-view camera automatically adjusts to the available light, from 1.0 lux to 100,000 lux. The 1.0 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.

Auto Switching: You can hookup the Sony rear-view camera to your vehicle's reverse light signal input for auto-switching with compatible mobile video in-dash headunits.

Composite Video Output: The Xplod rear-view camera features a composite video output and includes a 16.5' composite video cable which connects to your compatible mobile video in-dash headunit's composite video, rear-view camera input.

Hide-Away Power/Signal Module: The hide-away power/signal module features a 5-pin molex connector, a 40" power/ground lead (with in-line 0.5A fuse), and a composite video output. The rear-view camera's attached 10' power/ground/signal harness attaches to the hide-away module's 5-pin molex connector. The hide-away module's 40" power/ground lead connects to your vehicle's +12-volt reverse lamp wire and gets grounded to a metal surface of your vehicle. The included 16.5' composite video cable is connected between the hide-away module's composite video output terminal and your compatible mobile video in-dash headunit's rear-view camera input. 

Convenient Mounting: The Sony Xplod rear-view camera comes supplied with plastic mounting shroud and metal mounting bracket. The mounting bracket lets you adjust the angle of the rear-view camera up or down. The mounting bracket can be installed using its two-sided tape or using the four supplied mounting screws.


Power Requirements: 12 V DC car battery (negative ground)

Operating Temperature: -22° to 140° F

Video Output: NTSC mirror image (75-ohms)

Sensor: 1/4-" color CCD sensor (16:9 aspect)

Number of Pixels: 510 (horizontal) x 492 (vertical); approximately 250,000 total pixels

Lens: focal length of 1.22mm, F value of 2.8

View Angle: 138° (horizontal), 92° (vertical)

Signal-to-Noise Ratio: more than 40 dB

Horizontal Resolution: approximately 300 lines

Illumination Range: approximately 1.0 to 100,000 lux


Rear-View Camera (alone):

  • Width = 0.9375"
  • Height = 0.9375"
  • Depth = 1.25" (with attached cable)

Rear-View Camera (with shroud):

  • Width = 1.5"
  • Height = 1.125"
  • Depth = 1.3125" (with attached cable)

Hide-Away Box:

  • Width = 2.75"
  • Height = 1.4375"
  • Depth = 4.0625" (with cables)

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

2 questions already asked

Eight feet. [ Christopher  Jan 22, 2016 ]
I installed this in a 2007 Grand Prix. I had ample length for the cable to route to the stereo unit from the rear license plate frame. I can not give a specific length though. [ Noel  Jan 22, 2016 ]
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone or online chat to discuss compatibility with your current system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff  Dec 30, 2013 ]  Staff