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Alpine HCE-C104

Universal rear-view camera

10 Reviews | 2 questions - 14 answers

Item # 500HCEC104

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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.

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

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

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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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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 ]