Back up safely using this Garmin BC 30 010-12242-10 wireless camera, which transmits footage to your GPS receiver from up to 45' away. A frame rate of up to 28 fps ensures smooth video (actual rate depends on GPS, not included).
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This thing really works!
Posted by: Seayaby from: Appleton WI on
I am very impressed with the operation of this camera. It is paired with a Nuvi 2689 that I was already using. I had noticed that the Nuvi has an app for a back-up camera so I knew it was compatible. We have another vehicle with a factory back-up camera and it has become a necessary safety feature that I believe should be on all vehicles. The cost of the BC30 camera, including Best Buy installation, isn't that high compared to its convenience and the cost of a mishap it might prevent. The camera is powered with the backup lights so it automatically activates in reverse gear. The update takes about a second, and interrupts the Nuvi even when it is looking for satellites immediately after power-up, so there is no further delay. The camera image is very clear and the colored lines (green, yellow, red) provide a distance estimate.to obstacles as you move in reverse. There is no sound as this does not include back-up assist. Also, all back-up cameras get dirty, especially in winter, and that makes the image appear very grainy and foggy. A simple wipe of the lens with your thumb restores the crisp image. I learned this lesson on our factory back-up camera so I have no doubt that such dirt is the cause of most complaints of poor image quality from this and other back-up cameras. Like other such cameras, this one uses a wide angle lens that will "see" approaching pedestrians and other vehicles that are outside of your vision through the car windows from the drivers seat, such as when your rear bumper moves beyond a high vehicle like a truck or SUV parked next to you as you back into a street. This is a good, reliable product, and is also indispensable any time you have children potentially in the vicinity of your vehicle.
25 out of 25 found this review helpful.
easy to add back up camera
Posted by: Irishbard52 from: on
This is the way to avoid the expensive dealer installed Nav and back up camera systems. Sure they will gladly install an aftermarket or dealer system for a few thousand dollars, but I now have a Garmin Nav with Lifetime weather, traffic and maps and the back up camera for about $250. I bought the Garmin navigation system separately and then bought this back up WIRELESS camera and receiver. The receiver part only took changing the charging cord to the Nav unit. The camera took about 45 minutes to install. This camera works well at night as well as in the daytime and you can adjust the width and depth and aim of the camera from the Garmin unit. Really pleased with this system!
28 out of 32 found this review helpful.
Returned but not because it didn't work well...
Posted by: Astrobob from: Michigan on
I wanted to use this with my Garmin GPS which as an antenae built into the power cord to recieve traffic alerts. Unfortunately this device also needs to use the power cord to receive the video image wirelessly....and they aren't the same thing so if you use the backup camera you loose the traffic alerts feature which you paid extra to get on my model of Garmin. It did seem to work fine though...image was satisfactory although not as high res as some hard wired units. I think I may just get a hard wired unit. Recommended only if you don't need traffic alerts.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Just and ok camera
Posted by: Tvroom from: Cape coral florida on
Installation was done by a dealer, to ensure perfect fitment and funtionality, however fails at times, camera comes and goes at times, having tl re boot the gps. My personal opinion i wont buy it.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
A waste of money
Posted by: RWH from: Moline, Il on
The camera fails to come on about half the time. I called Garmin, and talked to a support person who had absolutely no knowledge of the product. It was suggested that I use a relay to turn on the camera, since my car has a CanBus system. I asked what relay, and she didn't know. So after a lot of personal research, I wired in a relay, and the camera still fails half the time. I even took it to an install "professional" to have the install checked. The install was performed perfectly. The Garmin support person promised a follow up Email, or a call from a specialist for this product. That didn't happen.
Don't waste your money.
14 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Garmin BC 30 Backup camera
Posted by: Country from: on
It did not take long to run the wires, but I took it to the experts to wire it in to the reverse lights. Objects are closer than they look but you get used to it. Never have had a problem with it comes on all the time.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Great camera for add-on backup-camera for car
Posted by: bbb013 from: on
This is a great option if you already have a compatible garmin GPS to add-on to your car as a rearview backup camera. Good resolution and clarity both during day and night. Best buy did a good job at installing as well.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Valuable back-up and safety aide
Posted by: Paul from: on
I found the Back-Up camera to be well documented, easy to install, and it works in perfect harmony with the compatible Garmin GPS I also purchased at Best Buy.
The camera has very easy features to adjust distance from the bumper. I set the wide-angle width adjustments to match my mirrors. It has reasonable clarity even when using only my vehicle's back-up lights. Although I wish it had better clarity (which would cost more to invest), it does the job and lets me back out of tight parking spots with much more confidence because I can see parking lot traffic better.
For practical reasons, i chose to limit the view range to about 50 feet because I pointed its lens down to actually let me see my rear bumper and set 2-inch, 2-foot, and 4-foot markers.
No problems with wifi connections if you use the power cable supplied with the camera. Garage parking, backing in or out, is much safer. I called my auto insurance agent to see if it might be considered a safety add-on, but the camera provides no policy benefits.
My friends who have traveled with me since purchasing it now talk about getting one too.
I will never have a vehicle without the back-up camera features now that I've discovered this safety tool.
5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Works well, Glad I purchased
Posted by: KennG from: on
I was a little hesitant to purchase due to interference concerns. Installed it and no issues at all, Nice clear picture as good as any hard wired unit I have seen. The only trick is installing it cleanly and accessing power, but that has nothing to do with the unit. It also came with enough accessories to fit most installations. It transmits a clean, clear picture. It takes about 2 seconds to get the display on the GPS after putting truck in reverse. I'm liking it.
5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Wonderful for backing up to trailers. Full vision
Posted by: candy from: on
Wonderful camera for backing up to trailers. Full vision sight