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Alpine HCE-C104

Universal rear-view camera

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Alpine HCE-C104




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Alpine's HCE-C104 rear-view camera helps you back in and out of tight places, so you can safely navigate through almost any parking situation. This 1.5 lux camera works well in low-light situations and offers a 132° horizontal viewing angle. You'll see a bright, wide view of what's behind your vehicle, day or night.

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Alpine's HCE-C104 rear-view camera helps you back in and out of tight places, so you can safely navigate through almost any parking situation. This 1.5 lux camera works well in low-light situations and offers a 132° horizontal viewing angle. You'll see a bright, wide view of what's behind your vehicle, day or night.

This tiny camera measures less than one square inch, so it'll fit just about anywhere. The package includes an 11.75-foot cable with composite video RCA plugs that allows the HCE-C104 camera to connect to 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.

Product Highlights:

  • rear-view camera with standard composite (RCA) video cable
  • 1/4" CMOS image sensor with 300,000 pixel resolution
  • color video output
  • 132-degree horizontal and 105-degree vertical viewing angles
  • illumination range: 1.5 to 100,000 lux
  • weather-proof camera housing
  • mounting hardware and 11-3/4' power/video cable included
  • camera dimensions: 15/16"W x 15/16"H x 1-1/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Rear-view camera (with attached 20" cable terminated by a 6-pin connector)
  • 11.75' Power/Video cable (with a 6-pin connector on one end and a 4-pin connector/female composite video jack on other end)
  • 8" Power/ground harness
  • Male-to-Male RCA adapter
  • Mounting bracket
  • 4 Large mounting screws
  • 2 Small mounting screws
  • Rubber sleeve
  • Hex-key
  • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Online Product Registration

Alpine HCE-C104 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(10 Reviews)

My first Camera

KevB from Pennsylvania on 11/2/2015

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I bought this product a year ago along with a Pionneer AVH-X3500BHS and it worked and did the job until water got into the back of the camera. They should have said to seal the back of the camera where the wires come out. The picture was decent during the day and was grainy at night but still did the job. The lack of grid-lines made it hard to determine how far away things were and the fish eye effect grew worse as the months went on.

Pros: Wiring was easy, great during the day, easy to install

Cons: Exposed back, grainy at night, eventually got a fish eye effect

Universe camera

Edwin from Los Angeles, CA on 9/12/2015

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Easy to install however. Image quality is very poor. Looks grainy and cheap

Pros: Easy intall

Cons: Image quality

Great picture

Jack d from Florida on 6/23/2015

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Once installed and working, the camera is quite good and I am very happy with the angle of view and relative distant markers, for easy viewing.

Pros: Wide angle, clear picture, and good distance markers !

Cons: I intentionally purchased one of the more expensive cameras in Crutchfield Line-up, it was an alpine camera that I was going to attach to an alpine head unit , much to my dismay and disappointment, it was not a simple plug and play, very disturbed that I had to rig powerlines, use male to male adapters etc, to get what must be at off-the-shelf Asian camera sourced from somewhere that they must have slapped an Alpine sticker on, and not have directions to indicate top or bottom.


Anonymous from Marietta, Ga. on 8/31/2014

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Quality item, good picture, wide angle

Pros: Quality item, good picture, wide angle

Cons: no grid the helps provide distance perception

I returned it

White SL from Valencia, CA on 6/3/2014

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Installed it on my SL 500 which is a small car. Cord is too short!!!!! Camera is fuzzy and Backwards!

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Cord too short and Camera is backwards

Not good in low light

JD from Texas on 4/13/2014

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This is a good camera in daylight conditions, but awful at night.

Pros: Clear picture in daylight

Cons: Terrible at night. Supplied cables are too short to reach head unit..

Alpine HCE-C104

Anonymous from St Peters, MO on 12/15/2013

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Works great!




Alpine from Roxboro NC. on 11/18/2013

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The best camera ever, alpine always make good products. I thank you and my F- 150 supercrew thanks you.

Pros: Good price. Compact camera.

Cons: None

Warning short cable

Andrew K. from Lancaster,Ca on 8/26/2012

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Tried to install on my 2005 Toyota 4Runner but used half of the cable routing thru the rear hatch. The cable seemed to be long enough when laid from the Clarion head unit down the center of the vehicle. Then I found a video on line where they mounted it on the rear hatch above the license plate in the "original Toyota" position.I lked that alot better but soon ran out of cable.I thought I would install the backup camera while installing my NX602 Head unit Ialso bought from Crutchfield..Toyota also uses two antenna leads both different sizes.The speakers have the spacers molded into the speakers.This is realy become quite a project though the factory brackets bolt right to the same place on the clarion as the toyota head unit.

Pros: Compact size,adjustable 180' pivot bracket with adhesive and screws.

Cons: Cable is too short and wires are easy to break when pulling thru tight areas.

Works Well

Eric from Illinois on 6/10/2012

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I bought this to use with a Gentek Mirror with the built in LCD. It works pretty well including in low light conditions. I'm using it on a 2011 Outlander Sport in the factory camera location. What I really liked about this camera is that there is no separate brain box to hide. It is a very simple straightforward design that makes it easy to wire. The price is right as well.

Pros: Good quality, simple wiring, and priced right.

Cons: Not much hardware included compared to the Pioneer camera I had before on another vehicle.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Features and Specs
Camera Type Rear view
Resolution 640 x 480
Parking Guidelines No
Lux Rating 1.5 to 100,000 Lux
Selectable Views N
Reversed Image Y
Horizontal Viewing Angle 132 deg
Vertical Viewing Angle 105 deg
Wireless No
Plug type RCA Composite

Product Research


Overview: Add the Alpine HCE-C104 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-C104 consists of a rear-view camera, mounting bracket, as well as necessary cable and hardware for installation.

Note: Because the HCE-C104 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
  • 1/4" color CMOS image sensor with a 4:3 aspect ratio
  • 640 x 480 (300,000) effective pixels
  • 132° horizontal viewing angle, 105° vertical viewing angle
  • Illumination Range of 1.5 lx to 100,000 lx
  • F=1.28 focal length
  • F=2.4 brightness

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

2 questions already asked

The camera is adjustable up and down but not side to side. You can adjust the side to side by how you mount it via 4 screws. I have had this camera for over a year and love it [ KEVIN A  May 12, 2015 ]
The camera comes with a bracket that will let you tilt it up and down. [ Perry  May 12, 2015 ]
The mounting bracket allows the camera mounting angle to be 'adjusted' along 1 axis. The way I have mine mounted, I can loosen a screw, adjust the view 'Up' or 'Down', then retighten the screw. Depending on the other hardware & software in your application, you may be able to further 'adjust' the view; for example, I can stretch, or squeeze the image to fill the aspect ratio of my display, I can turn off or on some display guide lines, etc. [ Logan  May 11, 2015 ]
yes but only verticaly not side to side.mine is mounted on my rv. can see my ball hitch and the corners very well.would buy again. have to whipe alittle when snowing or hard rain [ VERNON E  May 11, 2015 ]
Yes you can with the bracket that comes with it [ USAMA  May 11, 2015 ]
Mine adjusts up and down in the mounting bracket [ MIKE  May 11, 2015 ]
You can adjust the angle of view up or down depending on what's needed. [ JOHN  May 11, 2015 ]
There is a supplied bracket with an adhesive pad used for mounting. It is adjustable vertically to a certain extent by adjusting a small set screw to lock into final position. The camera view is not adjustable. [ TOM  May 11, 2015 ]
sorry michael, I had mine installed with my stereo, in my F450 camper bus, yesterday so don't know how mine works yet, won't get back for a while,as they are installing other interior items Vernon [ VERNON E  Mar 14, 2014 ]
It does turn on when put in reverse. That is a function of your indash receiver. There is a wire which connects to your reverse lights. When power is applied to it the unit switches on the camera. [ RAMON  Mar 14, 2014 ]
Not sure what head unit you have but mine I ran to accessory because I can whatch the camera while I drive then I taped off the reverse light to the orange wire off my alpine to auto mastic ally come on in revers [ DOMINIQUE L  Mar 14, 2014 ]
Hi Michael, I have an automatic transmission, and yes I had to connect the camera power activation wire to the wire the provides power to the backup lights. I'm sure it will be the same for you. [ Jim  Mar 13, 2014 ]
Sorry Michael, but, I bought this camera for my son in Wisconsin, so I have no idea how it works. He hasn't installed it in his vehicle yet. [ MARJA  Mar 13, 2014 ]
Yes it does. Ideally they have you splice into the wiring harness. I was lazy and tapped into a back up light. [ MIKE  Mar 13, 2014 ]