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Alpine HCE-C157D

Rear-view camera for select Alpine multimedia receivers or rear-view systems

3 Reviews | 1 question - 1 answer

Item # 500HCEC157

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Our take on the Alpine HCE-C157D

Alpine's HCE-C157D rear-view camera gives you a wide-angle view of what's behind you for safer maneuvering in tight places. The camera works well in low-light situations and offers a 190° horizontal viewing angle. You'll get a bright, wide look at what's behind your vehicle, day or night.

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Alpine's HCE-C157D rear-view camera gives you a wide-angle view of what's behind you for safer maneuvering in tight places. The camera works well in low-light situations and offers a 190° horizontal viewing angle. You'll get a bright, wide look at what's behind your vehicle, day or night.

This tiny camera fits just about anywhere, and it uses the proprietary Alpine "direct camera" connector so it'll work only with select Alpine DVD or navigation receiver with that type of input. The Automatic Imaging function automatically adjusts the picture for maximum intelligibility in different lighting conditions. You can pair it with Alpine's KTX-C10LP license plate mounting kit, for a handy and stealthy installation solution.

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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 19" cable terminated by 7-pin plug)
  • 34.5' Power/signal cable (7-pin connectors on each end)
  • Mounting bracket
  • 4 Self-tapping screws
  • 2 Machine screws (with a lock- / flat-washer attached)
  • 5 Cable clamps
  • Rubber wedge
  • 3M Two-sided tape
  • 2 Sections of Velcro
  • Hex key
  • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Online Product Registration info

Alpine HCE-C157D Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(3 Reviews)

Super wide angle

69vetteguy from South Carolina on 11/24/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Crystal clear picture from this little gem. Chose this camera to go with my Alpine X009-GM Restyle Nav System. Camera plugs directly into harness. Camera connector plug and cable plugs are nice and small to make fishing them through various openings en route back to stereo a breeze.

Pros: Nice clear image, small connectors, plenty of cable.

Cons: Took a little getting used to the fish-eye effect of the super wide angle image.

extra wide angle not worth it!

Edward T from Washington DC on 10/27/2013

I first bought the Accele unit but it didn't work. I then found this unit here and thought the idea of a plug and play connection would be perfect. It even made my decision easier with the review here. Boy, I was dead wrong! First, there is nothing tiny or small about this unit. Once mounted on the bracket, it sticks out like a sore thumb ('09 Toyota Sienna). The extra wide angle is great for seeing object behind but the fish-eye effect makes everything especially lines on the pavement looks unnatural. The worse view is night time. The picture is grainy and too dark. The extreme curvature is also make it hard to decipher the image. I wish I can post pictures here to show you. do NOT buy.

Pros: direct plug in to my Alpine INE-S920HD Navigation unit

Cons: terrible at night

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Natalie from Elyria, OH on 10/17/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This camera has 190 view so the picture is bubbled a little. It was not difficult to install due to the fact a radio was already being installed at the same time. It sure makes it easy to see when you are in a giant van!

Pros: Nice picture works great easy to install

Cons: Due to the type of car we couldn't center the camera on the car.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Features and Specs
Camera Type Rear view
Resolution 640 x 480
Parking Guidelines No
Lux Rating 1.5 Lux (min)
Selectable Views N
Reversed Image Y
Horizontal Viewing Angle 190 deg
Vertical Viewing Angle 150 deg
Wireless No
Plug type Proprietary

Product Research



Overview: The Alpine HCE-C157D rear view camera directly connects to your Alpine Mobile Multimedia/Navigation head unit to give you a view of the area directly behind your vehicle. This small camera should be installed on the rear bumper by the license plate of your SUV, truck, or car. It is compatible only with those Alpine head units with a proprietary multi-pin Alpine camera input. It does not include a hideaway box, as some rear view cameras require. The package consists of the rear view camera in a waterproof housing, adjustable mounting bracket, and necessary cable and hardware for installation.

Head Unit Compatibility: The HCE-C157D is only compatible only with select Alpine navigation and multimedia receivers which feature Alpine's proprietary multi-pin camera input (not composite video).

Rear View Camera: The rear view camera gives you a wide 190° horizontal angle view of the area immediately behind your vehicle. It is designed to give you high visibility in daylight or at night. The clear, color images appear on the LCD screen of your compatible Alpine Mobile Multimedia head unit to help you see obstructions behind the vehicle as you back into a parking spot, or to keep an eye on cargo you may be towing. The image provided by the camera is a mirror image, so they appear the same in the monitor as what is seen in your rear-view mirror. Other features of the camera include:

  • Weatherproof housing
  • 1/4" color CMOS image sensor with a 4:3 aspect ratio
  • 640 x 480 (300,000) effective pixels
  • 190° horizontal viewing angle & 150° vertical viewing angle
  • Illumination Range of 1.5 lx or more (50 IRE more)
  • 0.82mm focal length
  • F = 2.6 brightness

Mounting: The Rear View Camera comes supplied with a bracket designed to mount to the rear of your vehicle. The mounting bracket comes supplied with a self-adhesive pad and 4 mounting screws. The bracket allows you to adjust the camera angle up or down. The camera comes with a long cable to run the power and signal from the head unit to the camera. The HCE-C157D also comes supplied with 5 self-adhesive cable clips for wire management.



  • Width = 0.9375"
  • Height = 0.9375"
  • Depth = 1.4375"

Mounting Bracket:

  • Width = 1.625"
  • Height = 1.125"
  • Depth = 0.8125"


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Q & A

Customer Q&A

1 question already asked

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. [ Jeff  Jun 15, 2015 ]  Staff