How to Fix a Blurry Backup Camera

A blurry backup camera can be annoying, expensive, or even downright dangerous. Luckily, there are many accessible ways to resolve the problem that any user, regardless of their experience, can do to resolve the issue.

I am an avid camera user who’s spent years working with and fixing cameras along with their various issues. As such, not only do I understand backup cameras, I have a deep knowledge of how to get rid of any blur or electrical issues.

The following article will break down the different methods you can use to fix a blurry backup camera and explain how each of them works in great detail.

Let’s take a deeper look.

Things to Prepare

When fixing a blurry backup camera, there are a few items you need depending on the method you want to use to repair the lens. Typically, a cloth of some sort and glass cleaner are both good to have on hand.

If you need to take the camera out of your car or take a look at its parts, you’re also going to want a set of screwdrivers and other tools. 

1. How to Fix a Blurry Backup Camera (Check the Exterior)

One of the easiest things you can do to fix a blurry backup camera is to physically check if there’s any residue or material blocking the lens itself.

  • Step 1: Go to the lens and check for any residue or other material that might be blocking it.
  • Step 2: If there’s anything on the lens, such as rain, mud, or grime, take a microfiber or similar soft cloth and carefully wipe it down. Just be sure not to use a rough cloth as that could lead to scratches.
  • Step 3: If there is material and it won’t fully come off or is particularly stubborn, use window cleaner or other glass-safe product to fully break down the stain.
  • Step 4: To add an extra layer of protection, spray an anti-moisture layer, such as Rain-X, to ensure it doesn’t get dirty again.

2. How to Fix a Blurry Backup Camera (Check for Faulty Connections)

If your camera is blurry or doesn’t show the best picture, there’s a good chance the issue can be traced back to a faulty connection. This is an easy fix if you know what you’re doing.

  • Step 1: Start the diagnostic process by turning on your car.
  • Step 2: Look at the backup camera display and see what comes up.
  • Step 3: Check to see if your dashboard or radio area display loads. If it does, but there’s no camera image, you likely have a faulty connection. If nothing loads, you likely have an issue that goes beyond bad electronics and need to look for another solution.
  • Step 4: If there is an issue, check your car’s fuse box to see if you have a blown fuse.

3. How to Fix a Blurry Backup Camera (Interior Condensation)

Another common reason your backup camera may be blurry is the build-up of moisture inside the lens, otherwise known as interior condensation. That can threaten the electrical systems in your camera and lead to long-term issues. 

  • Step 1: Check to see if there’s any moisture buildup inside your camera.
  • Step 2: If there is, unhook your backup camera from your car. You can either do this by reading the manual or get a professional with more know-how.
  • Step 3: Find any substance that encourages dryness or sucks up moisture, such as uncooked rice.
  • Step 4: Place your camera into the substance so it’s completely submerged and leave it there overnight.
  • Step 5: Once the camera is dry, plug it back in and see if it now works.
  • Step 6: If it does, locate the crack or space where water is getting in and patch it up with sealant or a similar substance.

4. How to Fix a Blurry Backup Camera (Trace the Source)

If the above methods don’t work in the way that you want, the blur is likely coming from the source. That can mean anything from the power to a small replacement part. Locating the issue allows you to fix it.

  • Step 1: If your backup camera came with your vehicle, find the manual. If it didn’t or is a third party device, find the instructions it came with.
  • Step 2: Look over the instructions and figure out how to trace the cable system from the display to the camera.
  • Step 3: Check the wiring and parts to see if any aren’t working or are out of place.
  • Step 4: If your camera is wireless, take the entire system out of the car and check it separately to see if everything is working as intended.

5. How to Fix a Blurry Backup Camera (Find a Replacement)

Unfortunately, if none of the above solutions worked your camera likely needs to be replaced. You can go out and buy a new one or, if you have a warranty, you can also get a new model.

There are plenty of third-party sites that sell backup cameras, and they all work extremely well. You can then either put the device in yourself or you can hire someone. The latter is more expensive but tends to be a bit easier if you’re not familiar with DIY installation.

Final Words 

There are many different ways to fix a blurry backup camera, and they are all possible once you know what you’re doing. Just know identification is the most important step. Always take the time to make sure you know the issue before proceeding.

Once you have knowledge of what’s causing the blur, you can then take the proper steps to fix it. 

Have you ever had a blurry backup camera? If so, how did you go about fixing it? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • E Tabernacker

    Camera was blurry so I reversed car into a tree and wrote it off. Claimed on insurance.