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Alpine HCE-C125

Rear-view camera

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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.


  • 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

Works great in my car, very clear even in dark. Very easy install with alpine head unit.

Jarod, Lester Prairie, Mn

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)

Alpine HCE-C125 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(11 Reviews)

Great camera

Jarod from Lester Prairie, Mn on 9/21/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great in my car, very clear even in dark. Very easy install with alpine head unit.

Pros: Good clear picture and easy install.

Cons: None

Is exactly what I was expecting

Ian from Chandler, AZ on 8/3/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good picture quality at night and during the day. I ordered the camera with a new stereo, and it was easy to set up in my 2000 Tundra. I called Crutchfield just before I wired it through the stereo and quickly received the answer I was looking for from a tech. I am happy with the purchase, and backing up with a camper shell is easy peasy now.

Pros: Great Picture quality, survived a trip through rain snow and 110+ degrees. Mounting works great with the license plate frame.

Cons: Distance guides... not completely sure about them yet. Different from what I'm used to. Limited mounting options.

Alpine HCE-C125

Anonymous from New Jersey on 7/17/2017

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Easy install to the alpine restyle for a Jeep. Great picture and good quality



Alpine HCE-C125

Anonymous from Denver City, TX on 12/5/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good picture quality and field of vision. Dead simple wiring when connecting to an alpine head unit, and still easy with any radio that has rca video in for a camera. 4 stars because the the included mount is a little flimsy, but that is easily remedied with a license plate mount.



Great Upgrade

Wes W. from Alpharetta, GA on 5/13/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I added this product as an upgrade to my 13 year old Nissan 350Z. This model car has a reputation for poor peripheral visibility presenting potential safety hazards. I had the camera initially installed by a professional audio shop. However, I was happy with the finished look do I purchased the Alpine license tag holder and achieved a more professional looking appearance. I like the way the camera projects a bright rear vision even at night. I'm very happy with this product.



Great Rear View Camera

Steven M from Big Lake, AK on 3/9/2016

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.



Alpine HCE-C125 Back up camera

Paul H from richmond, VA on 2/17/2016

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

Brandon from California on 11/20/2015

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

Backup camera from California on 11/15/2015

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

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Grant from Boiling Springs, SC on 5/24/2015

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




JK,Fallbrook from California on 12/24/2014

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


Hands-on research

Features and 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 deg
Vertical Viewing Angle 103 deg
Wireless No
Plug type Composite video

Product Research


Rearview Camera: The rearview 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 rearview 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
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.

Compatibility: The HCE-C125 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.

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

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

Looks like a good match for the Alpine HU I ordered for my Wrangler. [ Kevin  Nov 03, 2017 ]
Compatible with head unit as they are the same vendor. [ JAY  Oct 29, 2017 ]
Because.... ALPINE! [ Mick  Jul 24, 2017 ]
To go with my Alpine HU [ M  Apr 12, 2017 ]
It was compatible with the head unit i purchased and thought it would make a nice addition to my wife's new stereo [ Andrew  Mar 21, 2017 ]
purchased alpine double din from your store for my street rod,wanted to pair it with alpine camera for best results. [ howard  Jan 15, 2017 ]
Works with ilx-007 [ Jerome  Dec 25, 2016 ]
Xmas gift [ JOSEPH  Dec 18, 2016 ]
According to the specs and Andy's recommendations, it has Direct Connection to my Alpine X009-WRA head unit, simply installation and great video quality. Andy's Bio: [ Karim  May 27, 2016 ]
Reviews, usage, application [ Saul  May 11, 2016 ]

6 questions already asked

It has three connections - RCA video out, power & ground. So if your head unit accepts an RCA cable, then it should work. [ Robert  Aug 28, 2017 ]
Been awhile since I pulled my radio out but I do believe it same video plug as stock to swap out and you'll have hook up power and ground and the backup switch wire but it would work with the factory deck [ Kyle  Jun 17, 2017 ]
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate and what you will need for installation. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Kenny  Jun 16, 2017 ]  Staff
Not sure the box is really a "power unit." Looks more like a way to split the cable that comes from the camera into three wires - RCA video out, switched power and ground. All three should connect behind your head unit and there's plenty of cable, so there's no need to tap a cigarette lighter. [ Robert  Aug 28, 2017 ]
The information found in the Alpine owner's manual indicates the included power unit is required for installation. For more details, or to discuss further, please contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They can offer more specific information pertaining to your installation questions. [ Larry  Apr 20, 2017 ]  Staff
The head unit controls this, not the camera. The camera connects to RCA video out (to head unit), switched power and ground. The head unit connects to the backup wire. So the camera should be sending a video signal whenever the ignition is on, and the head unit displays it when the reverse light is on. [ Robert  Aug 28, 2017 ]
Yes it does come on automatically in reverse [ DANIEL  Jan 26, 2017 ]
Yes it does,it wires into reverse light circuit on your truck. [ MICHAEL  Jan 26, 2017 ]
It will automatically display on your head unit if it is powered from the reverse power signal. Either hook it up to the reverse light on your tail light, tow connection or the switch on your transmission. Typically the camera and the head unit are both hooked up to this power signal so when the car or truck is placed in reverse, the image displays on the head unit screen. [ Michael  Jan 26, 2017 ]
Hooking to my alpine receiver, shifting to reverse triggers the screen and camera; I would assume control would be from the receiver [ John  Jan 25, 2017 ]
Yes, you can. The unit's backup camera has a dedicated RCA input. There is a second video input as well (mini AV with a unique jack configuration - see the iLX-107 installation guide). You may have to cut apart and rewire a mini AV plug to match Alpine's configuration (use a multimeter continuity test to verify wires). I'm using a stereo plug instead of an AV plug, which also works if you don't need a second video source. [ Robert  Aug 28, 2017 ]
I think your question would be better served on that product page, but based upon what the information says on that page, it appears it only offers a single camera input. [ DANIEL J  Jan 22, 2017 ]
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory 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. [ Kenny  Nov 23, 2016 ]  Staff
No, it does not have guidance lines. That's why it was a good match for my Alpine head unit which does have adjustable guides. [ Robert  Aug 28, 2017 ]
No, your head unit will have to incorporate that into the video display. [ DANIEL J  Jan 22, 2017 ]
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 ]