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Garmin BC 30 Add-on

Wireless camera and transmitter for Garmin BC30 system

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Overview

Our take on the Garmin BC 30 Add-on

Please note: This camera will not work unless you use it with the BC 30 wireless rear-view system. This is an add-on camera, not for use by itself.

For use with an existing Garmin BC 30 system

Want to add another view to your Garmin BC 30 wireless camera? This Garmin package gives you a camera and wireless transmitter for incorporation into an existing BC 30 wireless rear-view system. You can mount this camera and transmitter on the side, rear, front, or even interior of your RV, commercial truck, or trailer, and it will communicate with the BC 30 wireless receiver (not included). Then, you can cycle through those dedicated views on your Garmin portable (not included). You can add up to four of these cameras to one system for complete coverage.

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.

Product Highlights:

  • wireless rear-view camera and transmitter
  • compatible with Garmin BC 30 rear-view system
  • CMOS image sensor with VGA (640 x 480) resolution
  • color video output
  • 140-degree horizontal and 115-degree vertical viewing angles
  • mounting hardware and power cable included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Backup camera w/ integrated bracket (attached 37" cable terminated by proprietary connector)
  • Wireless transmitter (w/ attached 11.5 power/ground cable and 31" camera cable)
  • 2 Screws
  • Hex-key
  • Installation Instructions
  • Important Safety/Product Information

Works well. Use it in front to avod shoving my lower bumper on the curve. It woks for my purpose but image is reversed on the monitor. It is because it is a back up camera.

Ed, Oregon City, OR

Reviews

Garmin BC 30 Add-on Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(15 Reviews)

Garmin BC 30 Add-on

Crutchfield customer from Saint Albans, WV on 10/8/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worth the money. Easy to install. Easy to pair. I installed the BC 30 camera(2) in my horse trailer to keep an eye on my horses while traveling. It is 38ft from the transmitter. Picture is clear. Tried to upload a pic I took. When I clicked on upload your photos it went to camera not photos..

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Go ahead, Back up!

Crutchfield customer from Richmond, ME on 8/17/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Garmin wireless back up camera is fairly easy to install on the back of my new travel trailer. The supplied instructions are vaque, so be prepared to source details from Youtube, etc. The unit works well as an observation cam or back-up assist when matched with my Garmin GPS / receiver.

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Great system

Crutchfield customer from Colorado Spgs, CO on 8/12/2018

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Worked as advertised

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: None

Not as rear view option

Guy from Henderson, TX on 7/4/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

works as advertised. Not real good for rear view mirror replacement unless object is within 25-30 ft. You can tell other cars and trucks are behind you but you can,t even tell what it is. Had no other option in that Garmin has their equipment non-interchangeable with anything else.

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Used as front camera

Ed from Oregon City, OR on 1/25/2018

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Works well. Use it in front to avod shoving my lower bumper on the curve. It woks for my purpose but image is reversed on the monitor. It is because it is a back up camera.

Pros: Works great for my use.

Cons: Used as Front camera and monitor view is reversed. No adjustment per Garmin.

Garmin BC 30 Add-on

Henry from Long Island, NY on 6/6/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a quick add-on for a wireless rear-view camera. Care must be taken to note this does not include the receiver power cable. There are two kits - one with the receiver and one without. My GPS on its own did not pick up the video and I needed to make an additional purchase for the power cable. The quality is good. It takes a while for the GPS to display the video and there's a small delay.

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Garmin BC 30 Add-on

Crutchfield customer from Rocklin, CA on 2/23/2017

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I am using 3 of these on the back and both sides of my 5th wheel. Simple install though the documentation on how to use and troubleshoot problems is non-existent. Through a lot of trial and error, they all work with the RV 760LMT.

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Cons: The RV 760LMT User manual needs more information about camera use as it says nothing about using multiple cameras.

Garmin BC 30 Add-on

Mike from Plant City, FL on 11/27/2016

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A great product that is very good and an alternative to a very expensiveOEM installed system!

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Garmin Add-on Wireless Camera

Crutchfield customer from Dillon, CO on 11/17/2016

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This product is for installing an Additional camera only. You must first purchase the higher priced kit (also with a camera) to get all of the transmitters and cables you need for installation. Unfortunately I misinterpreted Add-on to mean, add on to the GPS unit I had already purchased, not add on to the camera kit. I have had to order more parts so my installation is not yet complete. At this point I cannot fully review the product until I get the parts to complete the installation. It appears I am not the only one who has had this problem.

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Be sure to get the right one

Boatguy from Cape Cod Ma. on 1/5/2016

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I gave it a five because it's a Garmin and they make the best stuff. But in order for it to work with my Nuvi 55 as a back up camera I needed the BC 30 which includes the receiver as part of the power cable. It does not really say that in the description but in order for it to work with my nüvi 55 as a back up camera I needed the BC 30 which includes the receiver as part of the power cable. It does not really say that in the description

Pros: Garmin

Cons: Check it has everything you need to function as a camera

Make sure you buy the right one.

Africanpilot from Florida on 1/3/2016

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Great product. Just make shure you buy the right one. The add on version will only work as a second camera.

Pros: Garmin stuff is great

Cons: A bit pricey but you get what you pay for

Garmin BC 30 Add-on

Guest from New York on 11/9/2015

Excellent product. works perfectly. Called technical and they resolve the problem instantly. I installed it incorrectly

Pros: Garmin GPS system isThe best

Cons: Absolutely none

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Greg M from Angier NC on 10/25/2015

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Product works as it should installed easy wish they would have told me I needed a receiver cord for my GPS and I would have ordered it all as one

Pros: Works well and styles easy connected to my receiver with no issues

Cons: Information and description did not tell you you needed a receiver for your GPS

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Bob from California on 9/7/2015

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Works very well once I received all components (needed to buy the complete kit, no "Add-On'

Pros: easy installation, communications with GPS unit was very good.

Cons:

Product as described...

Todd from Texas City, TX on 8/26/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Product is as described, and installs easily. Only snag is trying to get it to pair with my Nuvi 65. It says to install BC30, but the GPS is not seeing it. Tried to update GPS but thanks to Windows 10, that's not happening yet...

Pros: Easy to install...

Cons: No easy technical support from Garmin...

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Features and Specs

Features and Specs
Camera Type Rear
Resolution 307,200
Parking Guidelines Yes
Lux Rating Not given
Selectable Views Y
Reversed Image Mirror
Horizontal Viewing Angle 140 deg
Vertical Viewing Angle 115 deg
Wireless Yes
Plug type Proprietary

Product Research

Features

Add-On Wireless Camera & Transmitter: This wireless backup camera & transmitter can be added to Garmin's BC 30 wireless back camera system (150BC30, sold separately).  Includes camera, mounting hardware, and power cable with wireless transmitter.

Rugged Camera: The BC 30 camera has a 1/3.7" CMOS image sensor with a resolution of 640 x 480. It has a wide 140° horizontal and a 115° vertical angle. Designed to withstand the rigors of highway travel, the BC 30 camera is IPX-7 waterproof rated, with an operating temperature range of -40° to +185° F. The camera's integrated mounting bracket lets you tilt the camera from 0° to 90° for the best viewing angle.

2.4GHz Wireless Transmitter: The BC 30's transmitter operates on the 2.4 GHz ISM radio band. The BC 30 backup camera's wireless transmitter will send footage to your existing BC 30 system's wireless receiver plugged into your compatible Garmin GPS navigator mounted up to 45' away. Range varies based on installation; some vehicles may require an extension cable (150BC20EXT, sold separately)

Auto & Manual Camera View: You can view the camera video at any time by pressing the camera icon on the navigation device screen. You can toggle between the map and the camera video in this manner. You can also wire the camera power to your reverse lights, and the navigator will automatically display the camera every time the vehicle is shifted into reverse, and revert back to navigation mode with shifted into a forward gear.

Guidance Lines: Guidance lines provide an approximate visual representation of the vehicle's path when in reverse. To provide the most accurate reference, you must initially align the guidance lines with the backup camera from your Garmin GPS navigator.

Note: The guidance lines feature is intended for informational and reference purposes only. You are responsible for maintain awareness of your surroundings.

Multiple Camera Setup: You can pair up to four wireless cameras with the BC 30 system and cycle through video feeds from all paired cameras from your Garmin GPS navigator. You can change the order in which the cameras appear, as well as rename each camera.

Mounting & Wiring: The camera comes with an adjustable mount that allows you to mount the camera on a horizontal or vertical surface on the outside rear of your vehicle. The wireless transmitter mounts on the interior of your vehicle (using tape/screws) and hardwires to your vehicle's rear lights, as well as plugs into the backup camera.

Note: You should take note of which direction is up when testing the camera view before permanently mounting the camera.

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Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

Replace defective camera [ John  Feb 28, 2019 ]
This is the one recommended and it was very easy to order [ Lynn  Dec 22, 2018 ]
Best price [ Alan  Jun 25, 2018 ]
My Garmin nuviCam LMTHD already has the Receiver Power Cable which receives real time traffic alerts, therefore I did not need to order the Crtitchfield BC 30 model for 149.99. [ Anthony  Mar 19, 2018 ]
nice [ Sivan  Dec 13, 2017 ]
googled --good price plus free 3 day delivery to FL [ toni  Dec 11, 2017 ]
PRICE [ EMORY L  Nov 27, 2017 ]
use with my Garmin gps [ frank  Oct 24, 2017 ]
I chose this to compliment my other BC 30 camera [ SCOTT D  Aug 25, 2017 ]
We wanted to use for our 5th Wheel. [ Michelle  May 22, 2017 ]
wanted this for my navigator, as my builtin backup camera SUCKs on my 2011 Nissan Altima, and this will work with my Garmin Navigator [ paul  May 22, 2017 ]
Wanted additional views behind RV [ M  May 03, 2017 ]
Have one, love it! [ Harry  Apr 28, 2017 ]
I plan to connect the Garmin BC 30 to my Nuvi 2699 to make backing my Nissan Titan a little safer. Best price and great customer service from Crutchfield. [ Stephen  Dec 31, 2016 ]
To put in the front of the car to check distance from parking behind another car. Already have the rear camera and love it! [ James  Sep 29, 2016 ]
Price [ James  Sep 22, 2016 ]
I forgot to take my camera off of my camper when I took it off. Ripped the wire our of the camera. I needed a new camera. [ Steve  Jul 29, 2016 ]
I have a poor quality backup camera and a small screen. I reviewed solutions, custom integration with my Nav system not available and replacing the factory audio/Nav system was about $1400. I chatted online with a great tech, Randy, at Crutchfield and found out that using an existing Garmin I could have a backup camera and a front camera. the Garmin BC 30 for backing up and a BC 30 add on in front to see the air dam under the engine. We have torn 3 air dams off on bumper stops in 18 months. [ R  Jul 02, 2016 ]
recommended by others [ George  May 11, 2016 ]

4 questions already asked

If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. [ Krissy  Feb 23, 2019 ]  Staff
The camera gets its power from the reverse lights. This way when you put your car into reverse the camera automatically shows up on your screen. [ audio360  Aug 16, 2016 ]
YOUR STANDARD BC 30 IS JUST AN ADDITIONAL BACKUP CAMERA. Your NUVI will not work without replacing and upgrading the power zupply cord receiver for the NUVI unit. I just puchased the supply cord/receiver and camera for around 150.00+- for the system. This upgrade allows your NUVUto detect camera signal and provide real time data info for gour GPS through use of the receiver cord. Your camera power should be connected in line with your backup lights to actuate camera when backing. Otherwise if wired hot all the time, it will constantly send signal to NUVI receiver and GPS wont function properly. [ Russell Wm.  Aug 14, 2016 ]
the camera will get power from the backup light. but you need a new power adaptor for the gps to receive the signal from the backup camera [ Richard  Aug 14, 2016 ]
When I bought my Garman camera a year or so ago, they had two camera models. Each model has a different 12 V power plug in for its camera. The plug-in has something special on the cord which allows transmission from the camera to the Garman screen. I'm not sure if all Garman nüvi's work with a camera. Check the nuvi model four camera compatibility. [ NANCY  Aug 13, 2016 ]
You want to use the power from the reverse light because you need the camera to operate only when you are going in reverse. The issue is that you will probably need a relay installed too to support the camera. [ Ayham  Aug 13, 2016 ]
From what I can remember, you get the power via the reverse light, so the camera only comes on when in reverse. It's been a while since I wired it, but I'm fairly certain that's how it was done. [ ROBERT  Aug 13, 2016 ]
IT depends on what model Nuvi you have. For a list of compatible devices, go to Garmin's site and check the BC-30. Scroll down to compatible devices and check if your device is in this list. The best way I've seen to wire the camera is to you reverse lights, you can use T-taps to make a semi-permanent connection. There are plenty of YouTube videos on how to install it. [ Jason  Aug 13, 2016 ]
Not sure if it will work with the 2598. That being said, this kit is for the 2nd, 3rd or 4th cameras added to the system. It needs the appropriate charger cable (with the receiver integrated into the cable) to function. Cable not included in this kit. [ ROBERT E  Sep 03, 2015 ]
It is possible. On your Garmin Nuvi main menu click on apps and select backup camera. The device will tell you which BC device to purchase. [ Todd  Sep 03, 2015 ]
No it won't. This a "add on" camera for people that already have the back up camera kit and are wanting to add a extra camera. The add on camera doesn't come with the cable needed to sync to your GPS. The cable that comes in the BC 30 kit will retain your HD traffic. [ jeremy  Sep 03, 2015 ]
Yes it will. Make sure you buy the BC30 camera and not the add on. You will need the BC30 receiver cable to sync with your GPS. [ jeremy  Aug 02, 2015 ]
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