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Garmin BC 30 Wireless Backup Camera
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- Compatible with the Garmin Nuvi (2013 Advanced series,2014 Advanced and Essential series and the 2015 Essential series)
- Allows for up to four cameras to be used together
- The transmitter will send camera footage to your navigator’s receiver cable up to 45 ft (13.7 m) away
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BC 30 Wireless Backup Camera
When paired with a compatible GPS navigator, this wireless backup camera helps you spot vehicles, pedestrians, and other obstructions when your vehicle is moving in reverse.
Garmin BC 30 Wireless Backup Camera
Take the worry out of reversing.
- Shows what’s behind your vehicle when in reverse.
- View footage right on your GPS navigator’s display (sold separately).
- Wire to constant power and toggle easily between camera and navigation modes.
- Wirelessly transmits video up to 45 feet.
- Rugged enough to withstand harsh weather.
Take the Worry out of Backing Up
When paired with a compatible GPS navigator, the BC 30 wireless backup camera helps you easily spot vehicles, pedestrians, pets and other hard-to-see obstructions behind your vehicle. If the camera is wired to your reverse lights for power, your navigator can automatically display camera footage every time the vehicle is shifted into reverse – and go back into navigation mode when shifted into a forward gear.
See Clearly What Needs to be Seen
As another option, you can wire the system to constant power, which allows you to toggle between the navigation display and backup display modes at the press of a button. The transmitter will send camera footage to your navigator’s receiver mounted up to 45 feet (13.7 meters) away (range varies based on installation; some vehicles may require an extension cable, sold separately).
Professional Installation Recommended
For installation, Garmin recommends taking the BC 30 to your dealer. But if you’re a diehard do-it-yourselfer, that’s an OK alternative as well. You’ll need to mount the camera on the rear of your vehicle and connect it to a power source, such as the rear lights. The BC 30 is rugged enough to withstand even the harshest of weather. And up to 4 cameras can be used together in 1 system, for multiple viewing angles.
When paired with a compatible GPS navigator, this wireless backup camera1 helps you easily spot vehicles, pedestrians, and other obstructions when your vehicle is moving in reverse. If desired, wire to constant power and toggle between the navigation display and backup display modes. The camera’s wireless transmitter will send video to your display’s receiver mounted as far as 45 feet away2
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BC30 does activate pretty much immediately when you put the car in reverse. Install was relatively easy, just be ready to drill into your car if you want it to look good.
Setting up the guidance lines is also a breeze, just be sure you check out garmins youtube videos on how to do it all.
The way this backup camera kit works is that you need to hook up the camera's power leads to the wiring for your vehicle's backup lights. So when you put your vehicle into Reverse, the backup lights turn on, and power is applied to the camera. The camera powers up right away, and it wirelessly transmits what it is seeing to the GPS receiver. The GPS receiver automatically switches to displaying the image from the camera and once you put the vehicle back into Drive, it switches back to what it was displaying before.
In this kit, there is a replacement power cord for the GPS receiver. The replacement power cord picks up the backup camera's signal and relays it to the GPS. The power cord has a little, in-line rectangular box that receives the camera's wireless signal and relays it to the GPS receiver. I'm looking at the vendor's picture and it is the set of wires on the left side of the image, where the top cord does a u-turn to the right. Anyway, I plugged in the replacement power cord to my GPS receiver, turned on the truck, put it into reverse and the camera's image showed up on the GPS right away. Absolutely no fuss. I didn't have to do any synchronization between the camera and the GPS. It was too easy.
Here's a quick install tip for the camera's power leads: Since I already have a round, seven pin trailer wiring hitch, I elected to temporarily pull the backup power from there, at least until the weather warms back up in the Spring. So I bought a seven pin to flat five pin adapter here on Amazon (Search for: "Optronics A57WH 5 Flat - 7 Round 16" Cable Adaptor and Plug" ). NOTE: The seven pin connector comes in two varieties--round pin or flat tab. So go check your connector before you order this item. Mine has flat tab connectors.
On Amazon, I also purchased a flat five pin wire harness. (Search for: "Wesbar 707255 Double Ended Wire Harness Extension 5-Way, 2-Feet"). I cut off the end that doesn't fit into the Optronics connector. This connector has FIVE pins--NOT the traditional FOUR pin connector that is used with U-Haul trailers. The fifth pin (the blue wire) contains the power lead for the backup power.
On Amazon, I also ran across some translucent shrink wrap tubing that also contains a ring of solder inside of each piece of shrink wrap (Search for: "Ginsco 65pcs 4 Sizes Solder Seal Heat Shrink Wire Connector Kit Waterproof Connector Set with Case (25Red 25Blue 10White 5Yellow"). So I purchased that too.
Once I received it all, I slid the shrink wrap tubing over power leads from the camera kit. Then I connected the ends of the power leads from the camera kit to the backup power (positive/blue) and ground (negative/white) leads on the flat five pin connector. Then I slid the shrink wrap right over the connection, with the ring of solder centered over the exposed wire. Then I used a regular hair dryer and just as advertised, the shrink wrap and the solder worked. Wow! That's a time-saver. Now that's the kind of cheating I like! I didn't even need to go and dig out my heat gun. The hair dryer was good enough. I plugged my newly built harness into the Optronics connector. Then plugged that into the trailer hitch seven pin connector. After all the testing was complete, I tucked and zip-tied all the excess wiring up where it can't be seen. Now that it's all finished, the backup camera works like a top.
Hopefully, there will be no more dented cars.
After a couple of botched attempts at setting up some cheap WiFi backup cameras, and ignoring a YouTube video saying the BC 30 switching was too slow, I bought the BC 30.
Setup was much easier then I thought. I drilled a hole in the overhang over the license plate. attached the camera with a license plate screw, and tapped into the reverse light wire. Done in under an hour. I started the car, put it into reverse and the scenery behind the car came into view.
The big con is the blotchy picture for distant objects, but the BC 30 is fine for seeing what's directly behind the car. If you have the time and patience, a hard wired backup camera will give you a much better picture. I personally hate doing this kind of work, and had originally went to a stereo shop who wanted $700 to install a backup camera/radio with no navigation.
If your a "life is too short to waste time on this stuff" kinda of person, then I highly recommend you get the BC 30.
BTW: i don't work for Garmin, I paid full price, and I wasted a bunch of money junk wireless backup cameras.