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Garmin BC 40

Wireless backup cam for select Garmin portable navigators

Item # 150BC40

No drilling, wire-snipping, or wire-routing required.

No drilling, wire-snipping, or wire-routing required.

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Item # 150BC40

In stock
$149.99

About the Garmin BC 40

Totally wireless backup cam

If you're already using a compatible Garmin portable navigator, the BC 40 wireless backup camera is a must-have for your car, RV, or commercial truck. The camera requires two AA batteries, which provide enough power for up to three months. Install the BC 40 using the included license plate frame mount, connect the camera wirelessly to your portable navigator, and you're ready to back up — it's that simple, with no drilling, wire-snipping, or wire-routing required. When you need to replace the batteries, the camera snaps out of its license plate mount for quick access.

Totally wireless backup cam

If you're already using a compatible Garmin portable navigator, the BC 40 wireless backup camera is a must-have for your car, RV, or commercial truck. The camera requires two AA batteries, which provide enough power for up to three months. Install the BC 40 using the included license plate frame mount, connect the camera wirelessly to your portable navigator, and you're ready to back up — it's that simple, with no drilling, wire-snipping, or wire-routing required. When you need to replace the batteries, the camera snaps out of its license plate mount for quick access.

Prompted by your voice

When your portable navigator is powered up, just say "Show video," and you'll see a wireless video feed of what's behind your vehicle. When you're ready to turn off the rear view, say "Hide video," and you'll be able to use your navigator's other features.

Compatibility

This useful camera works with a variety of compatible Garmin portable navigators with built-in Wi-Fi. You'll have a signal range of up to 25 feet, making it perfect for larger commercial vehicles.

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Product highlights:

  • wireless backup camera system
  • Garmin portable navigator required for display (no screen included)
  • two "AA" batteries required for power (batteries not included)
  • no drilling or wiring required
  • color video output
  • IPX7 weather-resistance
  • license plate mounting hardware included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 010-01866-00

What's in the box:

  • Wireless backup camera
  • Mounting bracket
  • 2 Dual-sided adhesive pads (1.5" x 0.75")
  • Quick Start Manual
  • Important Safety and Product Information

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Features

Overview: The Garmin BC 40 wireless backup camera works with select Garmin GPS navigators to provide a clear view behind your vehicle as you attempt to back up. A backup camera helps you easily spot vehicles, pedestrians, pets, and other hard-to-see obstructions behind your vehicle to minimize the risk of "blind zone" accidents whenever your vehicle is moving in reverse. On-screen guidance lines help you more easily gauge the distance to obstacles in view. The battery-operated camera has a built-in Wi-Fi transmitter, which wirelessly transmits the camera footage directly to the GPS device. The BC 40 mounts to your vehicle with the included license plate bracket. No drilling or wiring is required.

Compatibility: The BC 40 works with select Garmin portable navigation devices. Some navigation devices may not support the BC 40 without the latest software, so you should update your device prior to pairing with the camera. The BC 40 is only compatible with the following Garmin devices (sold separately)(as of March 2021):

Power Requirements: The BC 40 is powered by two "AA" batteries (not included). For best results, lithium batteries are recommended. Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are not recommended. With average use, the lithium batteries last up to approximately 3 months.

Wireless Operation: The BC 40 wirelessly transmits a wide, clear video image up to 25 feet away via Wi-Fi (2.4GHz) or Bluetooth. When you insert the batteries, the camera automatically goes into pairing mode, and remains in pairing mode for up to five minutes. To pair, you should bring the navigation device within 5 feet of the camera. Up to 4 BC 40 wireless backup cameras can by paired with a single compatible Garmin device to give you multiple views behind your vehicle. The navigation device lets you cycle through each camera view. Depending upon the navigation device, you can show or hide the camera view using voice commands, such as "Show Video" or "Hide Video." When the camera detects the vehicle is moving forward, it automatically stops sending video, and the navigation device returns to normal operation. The time out for the camera video is 2-1/2 minutes, whether or not your vehicle has moved forward.

Camera Updates: Periodic updates to the camera software are available from Garmin. Software updates are received automatically from the paired Garmin navigation device. The software of both the navigation device and the camera should be updated regularly to keep both up to date. The software version of the camera can be checked on the display of the paired device.

Camera View: The Garmin BC 40 backup camera offers a 160° wide-angle view, allowing you to clearly see behind your vehicle. The camera's resolution is up to 720p (with a compatible Garmin navigator) with a frame rate of up to 15 fps. You can adjust the camera angle up and down to give you the best view behind your vehicle. The backup camera settings can be adjusted in the menu of the paired navigation device, including Flip Video, Guidance Lines, Rename Camera, Set Default Camera, Unpair, Automatic Activation, and Video Resolution.

Guidance Lines: Guidance lines are provided to assist you in backing up your vehicle and parking. When setting up the camera, you can adjust the lines left or right, and up or down so they reflect the outside edges of the vehicle. If you change the camera angle, you should immediately realign the guidance lines.

Construction: The BC 40 camera is designed to withstand harsh conditions. It has an IPX7 water rating (IEC 60529), and can withstand rain or snow. The recommended operating temperature range is -4° to 158°F (-20° to +70°C).

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Customer Q&A

36 questions already asked

Q
My license plate is in drivers side rear corner. Does that change view?
[ Joe  May 17, 2021 ]
3 answers
A
Yes that would change the view. The camera adjust up and down some but not side to side.
[ Michael  May 17, 2021 ]
A
Yes.
[ Gordon  May 17, 2021 ]
A
You'll still have a pretty good view, and the camera is adjustable up and down but remember the camera is just a tool to assist you and give you a bit more confidence in backing up with safety you still want to use all your mirrors as well! This camera is great in my opinion!!!
[ Gerard  May 17, 2021 ]
Q
Can more than one BC40 be used with drive assist or drive smart unit?
[ Mac  Mar 19, 2021 ]
1 answer
A
From what I understand yes you can use more than one, you can even name or label each one within the gps unit.
[ Gerard  Mar 19, 2021 ]
Q
Does Garmin. Have a inside bracket Mount .That I can use on the side of car on the Garment cb40 ?
[ Willie  Dec 28, 2020 ]
3 answers
A
It's a nice camera and works great with my 780gps
[ Philip  Dec 29, 2020 ]
A
mine just came with the license bracket
[ Ron  Dec 29, 2020 ]
A
No. The included bracket only works on the license plate. You may be able to remove the plastic bracket (that attaches to the actual camera to the aluminum bracket) and modify to allow the camera to be used in other situations other than the license plate location. I have used a modified bracket with suction cups to allow me to use the camera on the rear of a travel trailer on a temporary basis. Worked out great.
[ TimK  Dec 28, 2020 ]
Q
Will it work with Nuvi 2689?
[ Dave  Dec 04, 2020 ]
1 answer
A
The BC 40 is only compatible with the following Garmin devices (sold separately) (as of November 2019): DriveAssist 51 LMT-S DriveLuxe 51 LMT-S DriveSmart 51 LMT-S DriveSmart 61 LMT-S DriveSmart 55 & Traffic DriveSmart 65 & Traffic DriveSmart 65 w/Alexa & Traffic DriveTrack 71
[ Calvin  Dec 16, 2020 ]  Staff
Q
Is there a way to secure the camera to keep it from being stolen?
[ Jane  Oct 30, 2020 ]
1 answer
A
Not from what I can tell. The camera just clicks into the mounting bracket. There is no security screw that holds it in place. The simplest solution I can think of would be to use black zip ties to make it a little harder to steal.
[ Mustafa  Nov 30, 2020 ]
Q
Will This Device work with Nuvi 1490?
[ Tom  Sep 28, 2020 ]
1 answer
A
I had to since it twice, and after that, it works fine. It's worth the money.
[ RAY  Sep 29, 2020 ]
Q
Does the indoor garmin screen beeps once I get closer to an object?
[ Martin  Aug 26, 2020 ]
2 answers
A
No. They are only guide lines that you can set to the width and close to the rear bumper. That would require sensors which I believe only exist on OEM.
[ Ryan  Aug 27, 2020 ]
A
No.
[ Gordon  Aug 27, 2020 ]
Q
Can the camera be turned off when the vehicle is parked ?
[ Bill  Apr 15, 2020 ]
2 answers
A
Yes, it will only turn on if you ask the Garmin navigator to turn it on or select it from the screen.
[ Loretta  Apr 15, 2020 ]
A
can't remember
[ TONY  Apr 15, 2020 ]
Q
How long do the batteries last ?
[ Bill  Apr 15, 2020 ]
4 answers
A
I am using lithium batteries and have gone about 6months and still working fine.
[ Michael  Apr 16, 2020 ]
A
Bought mine back in Nov. Have not changed the batteries yet. Being retired I don't do a lot of driving. Hope this helps. Don.
[ Don  Apr 15, 2020 ]
A
I installed the Duracell Lithium batteries when I installed the back up camera several months ago, and I have not had to replace them.
[ Donald  Apr 15, 2020 ]
A
at least a month
[ TONY  Apr 15, 2020 ]
Q
can i use 1.2v enloop batteries in warm weather? I did purchase from Crutchfield and camera works well with lithium AA batteries.
[ Daniel  Jan 12, 2020 ]
1 answer
A
Prooably not. If the camera works well with the lithium AA batteries, I'd stick with those.
[ Lora  Jan 12, 2020 ]
Q
can i connect this to my android receiver?
[ carrera  Dec 04, 2019 ]
3 answers
A
Not owning a smartphone I don't have a clue. I'll have my son try it. Don.
[ Don  Dec 19, 2019 ]
A
No. Only Garmin gps set up to accept the signal
[ BRUCE  Dec 18, 2019 ]
A
No it only works with certain Garmin sat navs. Shame as it's a great camera and 5 minute install.
[ richard  Dec 04, 2019 ]
Q
My license plate is in drivers side rear corner. Does that change view?
[ Joe  May 17, 2021 ]
3 answers
A
Yes that would change the view. The camera adjust up and down some but not side to side.
[ Michael  May 17, 2021 ]
A
Yes.
[ Gordon  May 17, 2021 ]
A
You'll still have a pretty good view, and the camera is adjustable up and down but remember the camera is just a tool to assist you and give you a bit more confidence in backing up with safety you still want to use all your mirrors as well! This camera is great in my opinion!!!
[ Gerard  May 17, 2021 ]
Q
Can more than one BC40 be used with drive assist or drive smart unit?
[ Mac  Mar 19, 2021 ]
1 answer
A
From what I understand yes you can use more than one, you can even name or label each one within the gps unit.
[ Gerard  Mar 19, 2021 ]
Q
Does Garmin. Have a inside bracket Mount .That I can use on the side of car on the Garment cb40 ?
[ Willie  Dec 28, 2020 ]
3 answers
A
It's a nice camera and works great with my 780gps
[ Philip  Dec 29, 2020 ]
A
mine just came with the license bracket
[ Ron  Dec 29, 2020 ]
A
No. The included bracket only works on the license plate. You may be able to remove the plastic bracket (that attaches to the actual camera to the aluminum bracket) and modify to allow the camera to be used in other situations other than the license plate location. I have used a modified bracket with suction cups to allow me to use the camera on the rear of a travel trailer on a temporary basis. Worked out great.
[ TimK  Dec 28, 2020 ]
Q
Will it work with Nuvi 2689?
[ Dave  Dec 04, 2020 ]
1 answer
A
The BC 40 is only compatible with the following Garmin devices (sold separately) (as of November 2019): DriveAssist 51 LMT-S DriveLuxe 51 LMT-S DriveSmart 51 LMT-S DriveSmart 61 LMT-S DriveSmart 55 & Traffic DriveSmart 65 & Traffic DriveSmart 65 w/Alexa & Traffic DriveTrack 71
[ Calvin  Dec 16, 2020 ]  Staff
Q
Is there a way to secure the camera to keep it from being stolen?
[ Jane  Oct 30, 2020 ]
1 answer
A
Not from what I can tell. The camera just clicks into the mounting bracket. There is no security screw that holds it in place. The simplest solution I can think of would be to use black zip ties to make it a little harder to steal.
[ Mustafa  Nov 30, 2020 ]
Q
Will This Device work with Nuvi 1490?
[ Tom  Sep 28, 2020 ]
1 answer
A
I had to since it twice, and after that, it works fine. It's worth the money.
[ RAY  Sep 29, 2020 ]
Q
Does the indoor garmin screen beeps once I get closer to an object?
[ Martin  Aug 26, 2020 ]
2 answers
A
No. They are only guide lines that you can set to the width and close to the rear bumper. That would require sensors which I believe only exist on OEM.
[ Ryan  Aug 27, 2020 ]
A
No.
[ Gordon  Aug 27, 2020 ]
Q
Can the camera be turned off when the vehicle is parked ?
[ Bill  Apr 15, 2020 ]
2 answers
A
Yes, it will only turn on if you ask the Garmin navigator to turn it on or select it from the screen.
[ Loretta  Apr 15, 2020 ]
A
can't remember
[ TONY  Apr 15, 2020 ]
Q
How long do the batteries last ?
[ Bill  Apr 15, 2020 ]
4 answers
A
I am using lithium batteries and have gone about 6months and still working fine.
[ Michael  Apr 16, 2020 ]
A
Bought mine back in Nov. Have not changed the batteries yet. Being retired I don't do a lot of driving. Hope this helps. Don.
[ Don  Apr 15, 2020 ]
A
I installed the Duracell Lithium batteries when I installed the back up camera several months ago, and I have not had to replace them.
[ Donald  Apr 15, 2020 ]
A
at least a month
[ TONY  Apr 15, 2020 ]
Q
can i use 1.2v enloop batteries in warm weather? I did purchase from Crutchfield and camera works well with lithium AA batteries.
[ Daniel  Jan 12, 2020 ]
1 answer
A
Prooably not. If the camera works well with the lithium AA batteries, I'd stick with those.
[ Lora  Jan 12, 2020 ]
Q
can i connect this to my android receiver?
[ carrera  Dec 04, 2019 ]
3 answers
A
Not owning a smartphone I don't have a clue. I'll have my son try it. Don.
[ Don  Dec 19, 2019 ]
A
No. Only Garmin gps set up to accept the signal
[ BRUCE  Dec 18, 2019 ]
A
No it only works with certain Garmin sat navs. Shame as it's a great camera and 5 minute install.
[ richard  Dec 04, 2019 ]
Q
My license plate is in drivers side rear corner. Does that change view?
[ Joe  May 17, 2021 ]
3 answers
A
Yes that would change the view. The camera adjust up and down some but not side to side.
[ Michael  May 17, 2021 ]
A
Yes.
[ Gordon  May 17, 2021 ]
A
You'll still have a pretty good view, and the camera is adjustable up and down but remember the camera is just a tool to assist you and give you a bit more confidence in backing up with safety you still want to use all your mirrors as well! This camera is great in my opinion!!!
[ Gerard  May 17, 2021 ]
Q
Can more than one BC40 be used with drive assist or drive smart unit?
[ Mac  Mar 19, 2021 ]
1 answer
A
From what I understand yes you can use more than one, you can even name or label each one within the gps unit.
[ Gerard  Mar 19, 2021 ]
Q
Does Garmin. Have a inside bracket Mount .That I can use on the side of car on the Garment cb40 ?
[ Willie  Dec 28, 2020 ]
3 answers
A
It's a nice camera and works great with my 780gps
[ Philip  Dec 29, 2020 ]
A
mine just came with the license bracket
[ Ron  Dec 29, 2020 ]
A
No. The included bracket only works on the license plate. You may be able to remove the plastic bracket (that attaches to the actual camera to the aluminum bracket) and modify to allow the camera to be used in other situations other than the license plate location. I have used a modified bracket with suction cups to allow me to use the camera on the rear of a travel trailer on a temporary basis. Worked out great.
[ TimK  Dec 28, 2020 ]
Q
Will it work with Nuvi 2689?
[ Dave  Dec 04, 2020 ]
1 answer
A
The BC 40 is only compatible with the following Garmin devices (sold separately) (as of November 2019): DriveAssist 51 LMT-S DriveLuxe 51 LMT-S DriveSmart 51 LMT-S DriveSmart 61 LMT-S DriveSmart 55 & Traffic DriveSmart 65 & Traffic DriveSmart 65 w/Alexa & Traffic DriveTrack 71
[ Calvin  Dec 16, 2020 ]  Staff
Q
Is there a way to secure the camera to keep it from being stolen?
[ Jane  Oct 30, 2020 ]
1 answer
A
Not from what I can tell. The camera just clicks into the mounting bracket. There is no security screw that holds it in place. The simplest solution I can think of would be to use black zip ties to make it a little harder to steal.
[ Mustafa  Nov 30, 2020 ]
Q
Will This Device work with Nuvi 1490?
[ Tom  Sep 28, 2020 ]
1 answer
A
I had to since it twice, and after that, it works fine. It's worth the money.
[ RAY  Sep 29, 2020 ]
Q
Does the indoor garmin screen beeps once I get closer to an object?
[ Martin  Aug 26, 2020 ]
2 answers
A
No. They are only guide lines that you can set to the width and close to the rear bumper. That would require sensors which I believe only exist on OEM.
[ Ryan  Aug 27, 2020 ]
A
No.
[ Gordon  Aug 27, 2020 ]
Q
Can the camera be turned off when the vehicle is parked ?
[ Bill  Apr 15, 2020 ]
2 answers
A
Yes, it will only turn on if you ask the Garmin navigator to turn it on or select it from the screen.
[ Loretta  Apr 15, 2020 ]
A
can't remember
[ TONY  Apr 15, 2020 ]
Q
How long do the batteries last ?
[ Bill  Apr 15, 2020 ]
4 answers
A
I am using lithium batteries and have gone about 6months and still working fine.
[ Michael  Apr 16, 2020 ]
A
Bought mine back in Nov. Have not changed the batteries yet. Being retired I don't do a lot of driving. Hope this helps. Don.
[ Don  Apr 15, 2020 ]
A
I installed the Duracell Lithium batteries when I installed the back up camera several months ago, and I have not had to replace them.
[ Donald  Apr 15, 2020 ]
A
at least a month
[ TONY  Apr 15, 2020 ]
Q
can i use 1.2v enloop batteries in warm weather? I did purchase from Crutchfield and camera works well with lithium AA batteries.
[ Daniel  Jan 12, 2020 ]
1 answer
A
Prooably not. If the camera works well with the lithium AA batteries, I'd stick with those.
[ Lora  Jan 12, 2020 ]
Q
can i connect this to my android receiver?
[ carrera  Dec 04, 2019 ]
3 answers
A
Not owning a smartphone I don't have a clue. I'll have my son try it. Don.
[ Don  Dec 19, 2019 ]
A
No. Only Garmin gps set up to accept the signal
[ BRUCE  Dec 18, 2019 ]
A
No it only works with certain Garmin sat navs. Shame as it's a great camera and 5 minute install.
[ richard  Dec 04, 2019 ]
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