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Garmin BC 30

Wireless backup camera

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Overview

Our take on the Garmin BC 30

If you're already using a Garmin portable navigator, the BC 30 wireless backup camera makes a great addition to your car, RV, or commercial truck. Mount the BC 30 on your license plate or anywhere on the rear of your vehicle, wire it for power, and it'll transmit a video image wirelessly to a variety of popular Garmin portable navigators, giving you a wide angle on what's behind you.

Back-up screen

The Garmin BC 30 provides parking assist guidlines to help you gauge distance when backing up.

Great Garmin add-on

If you're already using a Garmin portable navigator, the BC 30 wireless backup camera makes a great addition to your car, RV, or commercial truck. Mount the BC 30 on your license plate or anywhere on the rear of your vehicle, wire it for power, and it'll transmit a video image wirelessly to a variety of popular Garmin portable navigators, giving you a wide angle on what's behind you.

Your rear view

When you're reversing a fully packed car, RV, or commercial truck, you need confidence and finesse behind the wheel. But even the best backer-upper can benefit from the assistance of a rear-view cam. With the BC 30, you'll be able to easily toggle between your navigator's map mode and a full color, widescreen view of what's behind you. If you power the camera with a switch supply, the video feed will automatically appear on your Garmin's screen when you shift your vehicle into reverse.

Compatibility

This useful camera works with a variety of Garmin portable navigation units, including some nüvi models from 2013, all nüvis from 2014 and later, and the dezl 570LMT and dezl 770LMTHD. It also works with all Garmin Drive™, DriveSmart™, DriveAssist™, and DriveLuxe™ models.

Build a Garmin system

The flexibility of the BC 30 camera system makes expansion simple. If you own multiple cars, purchase an additional BC 30 camera and transmitter for each and simply swap your Garmin portable navigator and wireless receiver/power adapter between cars to serve as your display. If you need more than a rear view in your RV or commercial truck, one BC 30 wireless receiver accepts signals from up to four additional BC 30 cameras for side, front, trailer, or even interior views. Then, you can cycle through those custom views on your Garmin portable.

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 system
  • Garmin portable navigator required for display (no screen included)
  • included wireless receiver accepts signals from up to four cameras for multiple views
  • 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)
  • 12-volt power adapter/wireless receiver (w/ attached 59" cable terminated by USB Mini-B connector)
  • 2 Screws
  • Hex-key
  • Installation Instructions
  • Important Safety/Product Information sheet
  • Caution note

Installed on a 2016 Ford f150 with a Drivesmart 50 LMTHD and works great for what I wanted.

Anonymous, Stoughton, MA

Reviews

Garmin BC 30 Reviews

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Garmin BC 30

Anonymous from Stoughton, MA on 10/15/2017

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Installed on a 2016 Ford f150 with a Drivesmart 50 LMTHD and works great for what I wanted.

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Just what I was looking for !!

Steve from Batavia NY on 5/26/2017

Had been looking for a backup camera system as a VW Beetle Convertible has a very small rear window. Could find many where you replaced the rearview mirror or put another screen on the dashboard. The Garmin camera uses the GPS I already own........& it's made by a company I actually know instead of a no-name foreign company. Installed quickly & easily. It was much hard to remove the trunk panels & rear taillight than to wire things up!! I think you'll love this unit & at $150 it's one of the more reasonably priced options.

Pros: Easy installation, wireless video, use existing GPS equipment, no additional screen to mount or mirror to replace.

Cons: Night vision could be better. Need REALLY bright backup lights.

Good, cheap backup camera

Anonymous from Harrisonburg va on 4/8/2017

Got this to put on a pilot just to have an extra feature for when backing up. I got it installed just so I wouldn't mess anything up. It works great for what I wanted.

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Easiest Backup Camera Choice

Manuel from Springfield, VA on 2/21/2017

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Bought with Garmin Drive 50LM to add wireless backup camera to old Odyssey. Install surprisingly easy. Impressed with user adjustments post-install of guide lines- really fine tuning. Color picture adequate, but would prefer a sharper image- seems a bit fuzzy

Pros: Quick install, easy marker line adjustment

Cons: Not sharpest picture.

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Anonymous from sparta, MI on 12/30/2016

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Works great! Installation fairly simple with instructional videos from garmin on the internet.

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Anonymous from Arizona on 12/12/2016

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The back up camera works great and was easy to install. We received it very quickly and it was a great price.

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Great picture

Don from Kingsport, TN on 12/8/2016

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Easy to install and works very well with a clear picture.

Pros: Wireless

Cons: None

Quality product for the price

Anonymous from Tampa, FL on 12/8/2016

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Fairly simple to install, quality picture, very helpful

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Great addition to my vehicle

Charles from Foley, AL on 11/15/2016

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Pretty easy to install if you know which wires control your backup light on your vehicle. Make sure it is compatible with your garmin model.

Pros: easy to install

Cons: none

Garmin BC 30

Anonymous from South Lake Tahoe, CA on 10/24/2016

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Very cool addition to my Garmin 2597. I like having only one device on my dash and feel much more confident backing up. Great product.

Pros: relative easy installation only one device on my dash The receiver comes as a one piece replacement for the usual power cord.

Cons: picture is not super clear, but more than adequate for backup assistance.

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Anonymous from Owensboro Kentucky on 10/24/2016

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Great back up camera! Took about 30 minutes to completely install and set up.

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Great addition to my Harmon nuvi 2597

PF from Warrington, PA on 10/6/2016

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Excellent resolution, adjustable guides, and automatic display when shifted to Reverse make this a great add on. I found this better than the factory originals in some other cars I have driven. This is installed in a 2005 Subaru Forester. I had it professionally installed which I would recommend unless you have above average experience with internal wiring and routing.

Pros: Resolution, adjustable guides, compatibility.

Cons: None

BC 30 Back Up Camera

Ronald P from Canute, OK on 9/28/2016

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The camera came fully equipped just as the pictures showed. Hooking the camera up to the vehicle was made easy because of the availability of video on the net. Once I got the camera mounted, I powered on the GPS and it linked up very quickly. There were absolutely no problems installing or linking this unit with the Garmin GPS.

Pros: Everything was as ordered and expected

Cons: None

Garmin BC 30

sczebra from Aiken, SC on 9/26/2016

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This little addition to the license plate is PERFECT!! I took to a local audio installer and they put it on in 45 minutes for $45 bucks and it works like a charm. Adjustments to the display lines were easy to do in the local mall parking lot. The Bride likes it a lot, so enough said!!

Pros: Even though an add on, the vehicle (RAV4), had a little cutout above the license plate for theirs and this one fits right in there.

Cons: Slight pause before visual response after putting vehicle in reverse, but less than five seconds is nothing compared to the peace of mind!

Easy Install - No Drilling

Kurt from Deptford, NJ on 9/20/2016

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Install was very easy. About 1 hour to install it in my 2012 Nissan Titan. Transmitter mounted behind the left rear tail light with no drilling. Not high definition video, but works well.

Pros: Easy to install. Worked first time I put the vehicle in reverse. Didn't have to run a wire all the way to the dash of the vehicle.

Cons: Not high definition video

Garmin BC 30

Anonymous from Framingham, MA on 9/19/2016

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I gave the Garmin system to my wife for her Ford Fusion, truly really easy to install, the system was as advertised, installation was about 2 hours as I took my time. Super after market - after sales support from the Crutchfield support team. You made this first time experience Perfect.

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jim from AR on 9/11/2016

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Camera does not have a very clear picture but works ok .If I were to purchase another camera would not buy this one I have seen way better cameras for just $20.00 more..

Pros: None!

Cons: This Backup camera is useless in the country at night.

Awesome Picture on my GPS

JIm from Vilseck, Germany on 9/1/2016

The Garmin Back up camera BC 30 took less one hour to install after I removed my panel from the rear tail gate. Matches up perfectly with the new Garmin 6 in GPS. I purchased for my 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan. Now I am going to purchase another Garmin BC 30 back up camera for my XC-70 Volvo and get it installed.

Pros: Great picture day and night, clear vision with snow, fog and rain.

Cons: None

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JuneRick from Stillwater, MN on 8/9/2016

This backup camera was easy to install and the directions were easy to understand.

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jbell from Hicksville, NY on 8/4/2016

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works well,easy to install

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John C from Wayne County, WV on 8/2/2016

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I have only used the camera a few days. The install was not difficult at all on my Toyota Tundra . The picture quality is very good on the Camara partly because my GPS is high definition probably. The only problem I have had so far is the camera has sort of Locked Up a couple of times. It just kept showing the same picture even though my vehicle was moving. I am hoping an update on my gps will stop this.

Pros: Easy Install-pretty much a plug and play type of equipment. Really good picture quality with my high Def GPS.

Cons: Camera has locked up a couple of times. Hoping an update on my equipment will solve this.

BC-30 backup camera

Don from Mustang, OK on 7/30/2016

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Easy to install and works really good. Hooked camera power to running lights, so I can turn it on anytime.

Pros: Installation View

Cons: None

Backup Camera

Anonymous from Wilmington, DE on 7/27/2016

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Nice backup camera to use with my Garmin GPS. The only problem it does not always work. Sometimes there is nothing when I put the car in reverse, sometimes it is a still picture only, and most of the time it operates normally as it should. I checked the wiring and voltage, all okay. Maybe it is a software issue. Will try updating my GPS even though it has the latest version. I would have given it five stars otherwise.

Pros: Quality build, good picture.

Cons: Does not always work as advertised.

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Bc 30 in my 2008 vette

Tom S from Mentor, Ohio on 7/25/2016

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Install was easy any handyman do it.I hooked it up to my new garmin/cam setup was easy i just made sure i left my self 2 feet b4 i hit anything

Pros: very clear to see every thing

Cons: just rember the reciver has to replace the garmin one came with your garmin GPSv I did ask garmin if it was ok replace my garmin hd reciver they said was ok is the gps that is HD

Great Product

CA BEACHBUM from Long Beach CA on 7/19/2016

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Were planning a cross country road trip this summer in our GMC Savanna van; bought a new GPS That was backup camera ready. Bought the Garmin BC30 camera. They recommend pro installation but I'm pretty handy & have plenty tools, so I installed myself. Very pleased with outcome; mounted camera in recessed lic plate holder in rear door, tapped into backup light hot wire, and mounted wireless transmitter inside corner mounding (conversion van). It works like a charm! When I shift in reverse, the 6" screen displays what's behind very clearly with grids!!! Very satisfied. My 04 Van now has navigation AND a backup camera!

Pros: Very clear display; relatively easy to install, if you're handy & familiar with auto electrical systems.

Cons: None, so far.

Garmin BC 30 BAck-up Camera

dwc from Grayslake, IL on 7/10/2016

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Highly anticipated having installation problems but once started it was fairly easy. I did watch several installation videos on the computer and that helped a lot. Minimal instructions come with the unit. Did not need an auto relay for this installation.

Pros: Much better picture than what some comments reported. I'm very happy with the back-up picture on my GPS. Took about two hours to install. Most of this time was removing and then re-installing the sound padding in the trunk and around the left side. Well spent money instead of $40,000 for a new vehicle to get a back-up camers.

Cons: Included directions not very good. A novice to auto work would have problems as you can't be afraid to drill holes into your vehicle and run wire where needed. Would have been nice to have 2 - 4 wire splices included in the box.

Garmin 2699LMT with BC 30 - Tundra and Travel Trailer

loy from Chicago, IL on 7/6/2016

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The BC 30 was installed in a 21 foot travel trailer. I also purchased the extension cable so I can put the transmitter up front for better signal transmission. So the install is pretty much straight forward but I have to customize mine for the camper since the license plate is not centered. I made a bracket to mount it to the spare tire bracket, approximately 15" to clear the spare tire. I also built a bracket for the transmitter so I can mount it to the electric jack motor housing. The wiring is connected to the park light instead of the reverse light so I can see what is going to the back whenever I want to check the back. The overall quality of the video is basically low resolution. It is a wide angle and covers pretty much the back of the camper and can easily sea the big object behind. It is hard to tell any detail fromthe video. I tried to use those orange fiberglass marker stick just to set the alignment and I cannot see it clearly. So don't expect too much for the video quality, you will see something just to avoid big objects but basically it. When I tested it the camper was park where there is a big contrast in lighting so that might be the problem too. I would think that it will be better when the light is even. The whole install experience is simple. It started right away and it is paired to my Garmin 2699LMT right away without me doing anything. Once I powered it up by turning the park light to the camper, it shows the camera dialogue to set the warning ma

Pros: easy install, it works right away, looks like it is well built. I can't tell about longevity, it is too early to tell.

Cons: low resolution, no low light infrared for night time use.

Garmin BC 30

Dave in Missouri from Republic, MO on 7/5/2016

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Easy to hook up, easy blue tooth hook up and works flawlessly.

Pros: Anybody that has a little common sense and can read would be able to install.

Cons: As of now, none!

Easy install!

Doug H. from Henderson, NV on 7/3/2016

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Easy install to add backup camera to Yukon. Already had a channel for the cable and two screws to go to the backup light/tail light assembly on driver side. Works perfectly and tucked it under the barn doors.

Pros: Easy install. Affordable solution instead of buying a car with backup. Easily adjusted guidelines and wireless connection to garmin Nuvi 55

Cons: Camera size is bulky... But it does the job!

Not Useful to monitor traffic + trailer behind a moving Motorhome

Frank N from Concord, MA on 6/30/2016

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I purchased the Garmin BC-30 to replace a failed, wired Back Up Camera on our motorhome. (The wired OEM Camera/Monitor have "Manufacturer Unique" cable connectors, so this Wireless Camera seemed to be an easy to install solution). Our motorhome (and two other cars) have GARMIN 2598MTHD GPS units, so we were delighted to find that this camera interfaces to the Nuvi 2598 directly by replacing the original power cable with the included Camera Receiver cable. Before installing in the motorhome, I installed the camera on the license plate of our Jeep Grand Cherokee. In our driveway, the picture on the Nuvi 2598 seemed clear, with good color resolution. When we took the BC-30 for a Test Ride, we discovered that the picture on the Nuvi GPS was too broad to be of any use in trying to determine if there was any trailing traffic in the right/left travel lane - the Camera's acceptance angle is something like 120 degrees. Also, the Nuvi Display is only updated by the camera about 6-8 times/second. NOTE: The BC-30 may work in a satisfactory manner in a mall parking lot to monitor people with shopping carts + little kids, where your vehicle is hardly moving.

Pros: Easy, Quick installation with specific GARMIN Dash GPS units

Cons: Extreme Wide Angle does not allow one to see items that are more than 10 feet from rear of vehicle

2010 Prius - GARMIN Nuvicam - Garmin BC-30

Ray from Arlington, VA on 6/27/2016

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Installed fairly easy. Took off a couple of panels, drilled one hole, attached a plastic piece on the hatchback and ran the wires to the drivers side back up light. Wiring reached fine. Worked the first time I plugged it in. Fantastic add to my prius.

Pros: I don't have the prius with the built in LCD radio. I have the Garmin Nuvicam. This took about an hour to install and works perfect.

Cons: Had to drill one hole. But then you would have to do that for any backup cam. I sealed around the hole and ran the wires through.

Easy backup camera

Mike C from Pearl, MS on 6/26/2016

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This backup Garmin camera can be paired with current Garmin GPS units. It provides a high quality picture.

Pros: Made to pair with Garmin GPS units.

Cons: While installation can be accomplished by many users, some users will need to have it professionally installed.

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SgtDan from Norfolk, VA on 6/19/2016

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Outstanding Product, at a Great Price.

Pros: Grid Lines are Completely Adjustable.

Cons: None

Works great

Fireman591 from Midland, MI on 6/9/2016

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Works great on my jeep cherokee. I mounted the camera on the plate and wired it into the backup lamps. I also have one on my 1999 corvette. It also works great. Best money spent for piece of mind.

Pros: Easy install and wide field of view.

Cons: Picture could be better but the GPS only has a 5 inch screen.

Easy to install and a great product

Gene from Westminster, MD on 6/9/2016

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This product was very easy to install. The toughest part was trying to position it on the license plate. I did not have to drill and holes and I was amazed that it worked the first time. Adjusting the camera angle was easy. The biggest help was the online videos with step by step instructions. The quality of the display is very close to my brand new car. I bought this for my daughter's car as an added safety measure. I am very pleased with the product!

Pros: Easy to install and use.

Cons: The camera is larger than most new car cameras but not by that much and definitely not a problem.

Great if you already have a compatible Garmin GPS.

Aaron from Reno, NV on 6/5/2016

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Installed as-advertised in my dad's old Chevy 2500HD standard-cab. No issues with signal quality between the windshield-mounted GPS and the forward face of the rearmost under-bed crossmember where we mounted the camera's transmitter. One issue was that both 12V power ports in the dash are constantly powered; the GPS was designed for a key-switched power source so it automatically comes on when you start the vehicle, and powers down when you turn the car off. We ended up re-wiring one of the two ports to dedicate to the GPS, and hiding the power cable behind the dash while we had it apart. Installing a new stereo with a video screen and a vastly cheaper wired camera would not have been more more work or money. If you have a compatible Garmin GPS and need a reverse camera, this is a pretty simple option. If you need an entire package (display and camera), there are options out there that provide a more integrated look in the dash for a similar price, as long as you are comfortable with the install. *Not well explained in the descriptions, but this kit is more expensive because it includes a required replacement power adaptor for your GPS that has a wireless receiver. The camera "add-on" kit only includes the camera, transmitter, and associated wires, so your GPS would not detect any cameras unless you already had the modified power adaptor. Only 1 receiver cord is needed, then you can install up to 3 add-on kits for a total of 4 cameras that can be cycled

Pros: Well constructed, good signal range, good range of view, simple integration with compatible GPS unit.

Cons: Low image quality (usable though), somewhat vague instructions, cost vs wired options, only works with compatible Garmin GPS units.

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Anonymous from Flagstaff AZ on 5/25/2016

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Backup camera worked right out of the box

Pros: Color

Cons: None as of now

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Anonymous from Windsor, Co. on 5/15/2016

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Great camera! Works like original equipment.

Pros: Can see behind while backing. Lines help while parking. Price is acceptable if you have a comparable Garmin gps. Easy installation if you have some mechanical aptitude.

Cons: I have nothing bad to say about this camera unit.

Does what it should

Dave from Apple Valley, NY on 5/13/2016

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Great for SUV's, sedans and hatchbacks. Must have unobstructed radio wave path from back to front. Wife loves it. Should be mandatory safety equipment. Easy Install. Used relay to trigger off back-up lamp. Constant hot from 12 volt power outlet. Pairing was automatic. Adequate picture quality (about 600x400). Garmin never claimed it's high-def 1080p. Great add-on to a really good GPS (Garmin Drive LM60). Note: Camera is wireless. Doesn't broadcast through sheet-metal. Trucks need hardwired camera.

Pros: Good value. Modest price. Easy install. Unobtrusive camera. Wiring harnesses included. Fast Crutchfield delivery. Great online manufacturer support.

Cons: Won't work with pickup trucks. Cannot be hardwired. Resolution could be better.

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Norm from St Augustine, FL on 5/10/2016

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product works great

Pros: wireless connection to Garmin gps

Cons: enclosed directions sketchy, go online for more info

Bigred

Elew from Salem, OR on 5/9/2016

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Perfect

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Great product, easy to install, and great value.

Joe L. from Syracuse, NY on 5/9/2016

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Great product, easy to install, and great value.

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gordon from Santa Clara, CA on 5/8/2016

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Very nice unit. watch reviews on YouTube works works just as they said it would. very good. Glade I bought it.

Pros: Very easy to install. Bluetooth works fine

Cons: Wish you could ajust how far or close the car is behind you.

Almost perfect

John L from Plano, TX on 5/6/2016

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1. Installation was about 2 hours. I have installed items before, so pulling out the trunk lining and finding the backup wire was not difficult. There was already a small hole in the back of the trunk just above the license plate light. I enlarged the hole a little, then put a rubber grommet around the wire and fished it through the hole. The image quality is great, I have a garmin nuvi 2589. It connects quickly. The only problem is the time delay of the legal disclaimer on the garmin. I have been using a factory built in back up light on my other car, and look at it every single time I start the engine and shift it into reverse to back out of the garage. Love it. So, I put this unit on my wife's car. The problem is when you start the car, Garmin has this disclaimer which you either have to acknowledge by pressing the garmin, or by waiting about 60 seconds for the disclaimer to go away on its own. So, in my case, you have to jump in the car, start it, then press the button before looking at the backup camera and then backing out of the garage.

Pros: Works as described.

Cons: none for this device. Only as part of the entire garmin system, it takes an extra step compared to a standalone backup camera.

Good rear view camera

Monroe from Palmetto, FL on 5/1/2016

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Took a while to figure out how to install. Once I figured that out I had to get up the courage to remove some panels. After that it was relatively easy to install. Works very well.

Pros: Very good quality display to my GPS.

Cons: It would be helpful to be able to access install procedure for various make and model automobiles. If I would have had a video camera, I would have filmed and posted online.

5th Wheel Camera

Sw2 from Palmer, AK on 5/1/2016

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I actually got this for the back of my 5th Wheel. It mounted great and was easy to install. I had to get the 50 foot extension cable and it was the right lenght. The respection is great. I mounted the wireless transmitter in the hitch and it is and works great. Visibility is very good.

Pros: Great respection range and very easy to mount.

Cons: None that I noticed yet.

Not what expected

ami from Lytle, TX on 4/25/2016

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There are more dictated products available on the market that provide high quality video. The quality of this product is bad. The pixilation is unacceptable. However for the price and the fact it is on you're already setup GPS it is what it is. There is just better out there. Spend you money wisely.

Pros: An add-on to your current GPS setup.

Cons: Poor video, hard to make out objects.

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Bruce from Seattle, WA on 4/23/2016

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I installed this on a Ridgeline without navigation. I paired it to the Garmin gps and a OEM tailgate handle. Works great and saves trips out of vehicle when attaching trailers.

Pros: Easy installation and good wireless picture

Cons: Works as advertised

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Bill from Pittsburgh, PA on 4/17/2016

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Awesome product. Crutchfield was fast and on time. Thanks

Pros: Works great as designed

Cons: Ummmm none

BEST CAMERA

ADNAN R from Brooklyn, NY on 4/10/2016

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BEST BACKUP CAMERA FOR GARMIN GPS.

Pros: WIRELESS

Cons: NONE

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Rosie W from Corpus Christi, TX on 4/3/2016

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Using the videos, this was so ez to install and it works perfectly!! I attached to my backup lights and it's extremely helpful in backing up my big-a truck! *smilez*

Pros: Ez to install, the free installation videos are a major plus!

Cons: None!

Good, but not for the faint-hearted

AF from oak park, IL on 3/27/2016

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This is a good unit that transmits a perfectly acceptable image to my Garmin Nuvi 2590 GPS. Installing it is not for the faint of heart, as you'll have to do some tricky wiring to get the cable from the trunk lid up and back down to the backup light circuit. Be very careful to avoid damaging any of the factory wiring harness! Or get a professional to install it; the price here is $150-175. In any case, it's a reasonably priced alternative to replacing the entertainment/GPS system of this car (until 2012 Honda entertainment systems wouldn't accept external video input.)

Pros: Good picture, doesn't need wiring to dashboard. Transmitter works fine from rear hatch.

Cons: Not for the faint hearted. Some time lag before it switches on (but not much more than on my 2012 Prius with built-in camera).

Pretty good!

Wu from Panama on 3/27/2016

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Actually the car is a Land Rover Defender, I had to choose another model because that one did not appear on the list. Anyway, installing the cam was a breeze. Connected to rear light, wifi trasmitted glued next to the rear window facing forward. Works like a charm. Great, just what I needed to help avoid damaging anything when backing up.

Pros: Easy to install. Sturdy. Good quality overall.

Cons: Sharpness of image could be improved, but as it is more than enough for the purpose.

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Garmin back up camera from patchogue, NY on 3/21/2016

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Works perfectly with my Garmin Nuvi cam

Pros: Works great

Cons: None

BC 30 Back up camera.

epazsr from crystal lake, IL on 3/20/2016

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Looks like a factory installation. Wireless works great. Easy to install. Fast on time.

Pros: Good performance

Cons: None

As advertised

Brent from Osyka, MS on 3/16/2016

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Works great and easy to install.

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: None

Works great!

Norm J from Chappaqua, NY on 3/11/2016

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After my brother backed my RAM 1500 into a loading dock, I decided it might be a good idea to get a back up camera. Like a previous reviewer, I tapped the back up lamp on my rear tail light (using butt connectors) and I used the included bracket to attach the camera to the license plate. There's just enough wire from the camera to the tail light area, but it worked out great. I used cable ties to secure the transmitter to the back of the tail light bulb holder so I didn't drill a single hole! Hardly any delay from the time I throw it into reverse until the display shows the camera view. True this isn't a 4K image, but things like car bumpers and loading docks don't need to appear in hi-res.

Pros: Easy install. Done in 30 minutes and no drilling needed

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Great Back-up Camera!

Ironman1953 from Perkasie, PA on 3/7/2016

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Easy installation on my '09 Forester but I had to use the constant power option. (The Forester's back-up lights are extra bright, offering tremendous night time clarity, but are located in the taillight array, not the license plate/tailgate area.) The video quality is excellent on my Garmin nuvi 2689 six-inch display. The field of view is extra wide, making this a perfect tool to insure safe back-ups. I have had absolutely no connection problems. I installed it in 20 minutes, including soldering and silicone tape sealing all my connections.

Pros: Easy installation, excellent video quality

Cons: None

Garmin BC 30

Chuck P from lexington, SC on 3/6/2016

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It was easy to install and works great.

Pros: When you put it in reverse it pops up with in a second, and you can see behind you.

Cons: The imaging behind you is a little distorted and you must get used to it.

Camera performs great and was easily installed!

Steve L from Newnan, GA. on 2/24/2016

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My new RAM 1500 pickup did not come with a back up camera. I already had a Garmin Nuvi GPS and I saw that I could buy this BC 30 to give me video behind my truck when in reverse. I am not a auto mechanic, by any means, though I am handy with electronics from my work on fighter jets in the Air Force. I read the instructions and climbed under my truck and in about 45 minutes, I had a fully functional back up camera with no major problems, at all! I chose to hook up the power to the camera and transmitter from my reverse tail light of my truck. Just 2 star screws and the light housing pops off of the truck and I tapped onto the reverse light hot-wire inside the housing in order to give the connection a weather-protected location. I used one of the screw-type taps for the first time and I was amazed! No splices.... no screw it onto the wire to be tapped, then screw on the connector that will be served.... easy! I mounted the transmitter as close to the front of the truck as I could with the wire that came with the unit (about 5 feet or so). I mounted it facing the front of the truck on one of the chassis support beams. It comes with a sticky side to attach but I also put a wire-tie around it for confidence. The camera easily attached to my license plate and I used the hole in the camera housing to secure it with the license plate mounting screw to the truck. Once I hooked it up, I just cranked up the truck, placed it in reverse, and t

Pros: Easy installation

Cons: May need to install an LED light on the back of the truck for good visuals in the dark.

BC 30 operation and installation

brokenclub from Seaford VA on 2/18/2016

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For once that is a product that works like it is supposed to on the first try. Installed two unit , one on a Toyota and the other on a Ford Ranger. Both were done in two hours and working fine. The delivery of the units were superb receiving them in two days. Kudos to Crutchfield.

Pros: Easy to install and working on the first try.

Cons: So far I would say that there is nothing that would give it a back mark.

Decent camera to go with your Garmin

Jack F from Austin, TX on 2/14/2016

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For the price and convience this is a good camera. If you already have a compatible Garmin, this is a no brainer. It isn't the best camera, but for the cost it is hard to find one better, and it will be hardwired. The wireless transmission has its pros and cons. On the plus side install is easy. On the negative side it means there is a little lag, and the frame rate is a tad slow.

Pros: Wide angle view Very good low light performance Easy to install

Cons: So-so resolution Slow frame rate

Garmin BC 30 Backup Camera

Howard L from Marietta, GA on 2/4/2016

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I mounted this camera on the License Plate bracket for a 2006 Lincoln Town Car with no problems. I did replace the standard 12 volt backup bulbs with hi-intensity LED bulbs to improve the night view with this camera. Works very well

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: Could be higher resolution

Eye in the back of your head

Steboo from Maricopa, AZ on 2/2/2016

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Backing up is very important especially when you think you are clear of everything. Since I've purchased my BC 30, I have yet to bang into another parked car. Even with the rearview and side mirrows in my pickup truck, it is very hard to see the closeness of objects direct behind you. Thanks to the BC 30, I can see clearly now and don't ever have to worry about hitting something like another persons car. The BC 30 allows me to back my truck with confidence knowing that I can see what is directly behind me much better then with my rearview and side mirrows. The BC 30 camera shows a very clear picture of any and everything in back of me, even the object on the ground. Safety is very important to me because I have 15 grand kids and I love all of them. I highly recommend the BC 30 camera to everyone who drives a vehicle. This BC 30 is worth the money. Very satisfied with it's performance. Thanks to Crutchfield for the best price around. I love my BC 30 and Crutchfield. Crutchfield, you are my favorite store.

Pros: It's like having a third eye, one in the back of your head. You really don't have to turn your head backwards.

Cons: No Cons

Another good quality Garmin product

EdR from Morrow, OH on 1/31/2016

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Well constructed, simple to install ( well done videos available at the Garmin support site).

Pros: Wireless transmission to the GPS. No wiring from the back of the car all the way to the display screen.

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BC 30 Camera

KT from fultondale, AL on 1/31/2016

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Installed this camera on 2013 Nissan Frontier pickup. This camera works great for my application. It was necessary to cut a small hole in the underlying panel of the tailgate to allow signal from the transmitter. The truck has a bed liner that covers the tailgate so it's completely hidden. Small wire run over to the right rear tail lamp for power. The camera is mounted in the same place that a factory camera would be, right by the tailgate latch. Looks the same as a factory camera. I did have to run the sync procedure twice for whatever reason but it performs as advertised. Would highly recommend this camera. Picture on my gps is clear and as good as any factory picture.

Pros: Clear picture, performs as advertised.

Cons: Just a slight amount of work to install the transmitter.

Garmin BC 30

Anonymous from smithfield, VA on 1/30/2016

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The bc 30 cameria works great goood instructions where very easy.i installed it myself

Pros: Crutchfield great company to deal with.came in mail on time.they answerd all my questions

Cons: None

great product

wog from wisconsin rapids, WI on 1/29/2016

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works great with my nuvi 65lm, just updated the unit, installed the camera, and works like a charm

Pros: works with existing gps so you dont have to add another display to clutter up your dash, price is comparible to after market kits, picture is clear with no fuzz or glitches

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Garmin BC30 Reverse Camera

behhom from ft lauderdale, FL on 1/28/2016

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Product arrived promptly. Got it professionally installed and works exactly as explained by Cruthchfield. Makes me feel safe while reversing my vehicle as well immediate switch to GPS when driving without pushing any additional screen buttons is very helpful.Very pleased with product and excellent price and support from Crutchfield.

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Garmin Backup Camera

Duane B from Spokane, WA on 1/26/2016

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The Garmin Backup Camera is one of the most worth-while investments that I've made in many years, making me wish that I had looked into it when it first came out! Very clear field of view, and the guidelines give you the ability to adjust it to what YOU want to be aware of when you are backing up. Mine is attached to the brow on the top of the rear hatch window, giving an excellent view that doesn't get all the dirt and grime that is in the license plate area.

Pros: Very clear and precise installation directions, making it very easy to install. Plug in the power cord and it automatically connects to the GPS unit - couldn't be easier.

Cons: The camera mounting bracket is designed for license plate installation as a primary method - it would be nice if they had included a regular bracket for installation in other areas as well, but by no means was that a show-stopper.

Great camera

Great camera from California on 1/11/2016

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Great value. Fairly easy to install.. Everything worked perfectly. Good job Garmin

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This is what you need to know about the Garmin BC 30 Backup Camera.

Mike from Georgia on 1/4/2016

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This is what you need to know about the Garmin BC 30 Backup Camera. 1.This is a wireless camera and the resolution will not be the same as what you would get with a wired camera (as in a factory installed camera on a new vehicle. 2.You are viewing this camera on a much smaller screen than a factory installed unit. (No larger than the Garmin 7" GPS) 3.Because this is a wide angle lens what you see in the camera will appear farther away to the rear of your vehicle than it actually is. (Things are actually much closer to your car than you think) It is important to adjust the guide lines so you know when to stop. 4.Because the resolution of the camera is not that great, you may not be able to identify or recognize certain images you see on the screen, for that reason you must understand you are using this camera only to see if something is in your path as you backup (without identifying what is actually in your path.) 5.The camera will take a second to come on when you put the car in reverse. This is normal for this type of camera. If you want instant on then buy a car with factory unit. 6.When wired into the reverse lights the camera is only on when the vehicle is in reverse. 7.This camera has a few quirks and hopefully Garmin can fix these with updates or firmware for those of us that have purchased the first generation of these cameras. 8.Bottom line. This is an expensive but fairly efficient way to add a backup camera to your vehicle for those that want a go

Pros: Fairly easy but expensive way to add a backup camera if you have a Garmin GPS that is compatible with the BC 30.

Cons: Not the best resolution and has a few quirks.

Garmin BC 30

REVSR from Charlotte, NC on 12/31/2015

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Works great. Nice, clear view. It shows what's behind me, plus my trailer hitch ball. Makes hooking up the boat much easier. Installed on my 2004 Silverado 3500 dually.

Pros: Easy install, very good instructions. Clear "video".

Cons: The horizontal lines take some getting used to. This is not a good way to view your backing up, it is good to show what is behind you. I had to give up my traffic condition USB cord on my GPS in order to install this. Would have been nice to have both features!

not so clear and Work most of the times

CW from New York on 12/23/2015

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The camera work most of the time,sometimes when the car is in reverse the unit don't switch to backup camera it normally takes about 2 seconds to switch to the backup camera, whenever it does not switch over I would check the backup camera apps to see what's going on with it. (display lost signal on the screen) sometimes I would put the in park or neutral then go back to reverse then it work.so I could say it worked 90% off the time,Its on a 4 door sedan the wireless device is mounted in the trunk behind the back seats so it not far from the transmitter/charger so it should work 100% perfect. It was easy to install and the camera picture isn't the best.

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Camera work 90% off the time

Las from Florida on 12/13/2015

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The camera work most of the time,sometimes when the car in reverse the unit don't switch to backup camera it normally takes about 2 seconds to switch to the backup camera,whenever it does not switch over I would check the backup camera apps to see what's going on with it. (display lost signal on the screen) sometimes I would put the in park or neutral then go back to reverse then it work.so I could say it worked 90% off the time,Its on a 4 door sedan the wireless device is mounted in the trunk behind the back seats so it not far from the transmitter/charger so it should work 100% perfect. It was easy to install and the camera picture is good,you have the option to disable the guidelines plus it's easy to adjust ,also at night the camera view is good.

Pros: It would be nice if it works perfect 100% but it's wireless so it might lost signal sometimes.

Cons: Work most of the time.

Garmin BC30

LexusGX470 from California on 12/12/2015

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Installing the BC30 was straight foreward, I bought the relay just in case but it works fine using the reverse light power. I have limo tint all around so now backing up is a easy and safe. I replaced the backup light bulbs to a more brighter light. I connected it to the reverse light so far so good. If you are having issues, use the relay and problem solved. Adjusting the grid lines was really helpful and easy. As always, I am highly satisfied buying from Crutchfield??.

Pros: It has a wide angle view and the grid lines can be adjusted to your preference.

Cons: You have to use the BC30 power cable adaptor thereby losing your traffic updates in my nuviCam LMTHD. Power adaptor gets really hot after 45 minutes driving, hopefully it won't be a problem in the future.

Unreliable

Dan from California on 12/8/2015

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My setup consists of nuvi 2589LMT + BC30 on wife's 2010 MB GLK350. Transmitter is mounted on rear window which is in direct line of sight with 2589, the distance is about 8 feet. BC30 draws power from backup light. The video is grainy even under good lighting, but it shows enough detail for me to see the obstacles behind the car, so I am OK with it. However the video freezes from time to time before disappearing. And sometimes the video doesn't come up at all. If I restart the GPS (by long holding the power button) while keeping the gear shift in reverse, the video would show up again. Also if I shift to P or N, and back to R, the video would come back. It seems to be some software or interference problem. According to wife, the problem happens "almost half of the time".

Pros: Nice installation videos on youtube. Good user interface when it works. Easy to adjust guidelines.

Cons: Very unreliable.

Clsoe to worthless

Ben from Texas on 12/6/2015

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Pretty disappointed in this since I am a Garmin user for many years. I guess this camera is supposed to be used in a Geo Metro or a clown car or something. I put it on a pickup and the transmitter can barely send the signal six feet to the receiver. It would have been much better to put another ten feet of wire on the camera and let me plug it straight in rather than messing with wireless which just barely works. The connections for the camera and transmitter are not waterproof either, so who knows how long the whole thing will last mounted under my truck. The video is grainy and lags so far behind real time that you might just back in to something before the video catches up to where you really are. I had a cheap chinese monitor and wireles camera on the truck before I switched to this. They cost me a fraction of this set up and the video really wasn't that much worse than this camera. I got about $30 worth of value with this back up camera, but it cost me quite a bit more than that to do it. Seemed like an easy way to get the back up view where I could see it on my Nuvi, but I wished I hadn't bought it. Very disappointed.

Pros: Can't think of a one. Does "it didn't blow up when I connected it" count?

Cons: Everything. Pricey is not a problem if I get some value for the money. None here.

Crutchfield response on 12/8/2015 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get this working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

Backup Camera Review BC-30

Bill from Ohio on 9/21/2015

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Great camera. Picture is clear and the guidance lines are easy to move. Not as good a picture as I saw on my friends new SUV, but it is fine. I needed to use a relay to give it power. After a few minutes the Crutchfield team confirmed the wiring diagram I needed to use and all is good now. Got to remember to use the special power cable at all times to make it work.

Pros: Photo quality, easy of installation

Cons: A bit pricey I thought but I wanted one that would team up with my new Garmin GPS.

Garmin BC30 Backup Camera Issues

beeler from Tennessee on 8/22/2015

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The unit is installed in a 2013 Mini Cooper Roadster. My setup consist of the camera, transmitter, charger/receiver and a Nuvi 2597 GPS with updated software. I wired the BC30 as per the instructions. The transmitter is located about 3ft from the GPS and is pointing toward the charger/receiver. This setup worked great for the first 3 weeks. Then, with the camera turned off, every few minutes the GPS would flash the Camera screen over the GPS Map display. It would last a second or so and then go back to the GPS Map display. Even with the camera off this started happening several times a minute and eventually it started locking up the GPS screen. As a test I installed the Nuvi 2597 and the charger/receiver in a different vehicle that did not have the camera installed. The same issue occurred in the second vehicle without the camera so that lead me to believe the issue was with the charger/receiver. I worked with Garmin Support for several days on the issue. Garmin would not just send me a replacement charger/receiver. I had to purchase the entire BC30 kit and then they would refund my money once they received the defective unit. I agreed to this and was sent the replacement. The replacement worked for a week or so and then the very same issues reappeared. At this point he BC30 is making my Garmin GPS useless and I still don't have a working backup camera. I will be removing this setup and will try another manufacture. See attached video showing the screen swipes and lockup.

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Cons: Camera locks up GPS Screen when camera not in use.

Works great

Bobkuwait from Killeen, TX on 8/17/2015

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Works great once I got past the backup light issue where I need a relay to get the correct power to the transmitter. The instructions should be a bit clearer for Ford products that always have voltage to the lights but activate the ground circuit when the car is put in reverse to light the lamps. It took me a while to figure that out. Once I did and put in a relay to control the transmitter all worked well. Calibration of the lines was very easy.

Pros: Makes seeing when backing up much better in crowded parking lots where others backing at the same time has always been a problem for me.

Cons: Manufacturers that need a relay were not listed in the instructions.

Backup light power not reliable

BC from Rocky River, OH on 6/29/2015

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Camera works great. Guidelines were easy to calibrate. Installation on our Mercedes C300 was complicated by a peculiarity of the car's electronics. A computer regulates the volts/amps going to the backup lights and power would dip below the amount needed for the camera to broadcast a signal to the GPS unit. Our work-around was to connect to a constant source of power that is on when the car is on. The camera comes on when we start the car and we have to manually change the view on the GPS unit to get rear of the backup image. This is not an inconvenience for us. We love this technology.

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needs a relay

jrj from Pottstown, PA on 5/18/2015

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After spending all of Sunday trying to connect this device that should have taken 30 minutes then being told on Garmin web site that I need a relay which is something that should be told ahead of time this is a piece of garbage that's not even worth returning too upset and frustrated

Pros: None

Cons: Be careful you may need a relay for this junk to work

Crutchfield response on 5/19/2015 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer and determine the need for the relay for his vehicle. We'll either help him get the camera working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

bc 30

Richard E from Massachusetts on 5/11/2015

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bc30 will not work on my ram 2013 . I had a local retail store take a look at it also iam not a happy camper.

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Garmin BC 30

jon from Georgia on 5/11/2015

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works as advertised easy to install

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Garmin BC 30

Anonymous from Florida on 4/21/2015

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The camera was fairly easy to install, just had to tap into the power wire for my backing lights. The image on the GPS screen looks good.

Pros: Good camera, fairly easy installation.

Cons: My GPS software did not automatically update to use the camera , I had to go into the Garmin app and look for optional updates to get it set right.

Gar in BC 30

John L from Arizona on 4/12/2015

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Just finished installing the Garmin BC30 in my car and it works fine. Hardest part was getting the back panel off my SUV. Once that was done everything went quickly. I did review a video on YouTube on how to install it before I started. The video was helpful along with the instructions that came with it.

Pros: Easy installation once you have everything open like panels and wiring.

Cons: If you are not mechanically inclined then have someone else install it.

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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

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Features

Wireless Backup Camera System: When paired with a compatible GPS navigator from Garmin, the BC 30 wireless backup camera system helps you easily spot vehicles, pedestrians, pets and other hard-to-see obstructions behind your vehicle. A quality backup camera like the Garmin BC 30 can significantly enhance rearward visibility for drivers and, thus, help minimize the risk of "blind zone" accidents whenever your vehicle is moving in reverse.

Note: The Garmin BC 30 wireless backup system is meant as a back-up aid only; never solely rely on the backup camera when backing-up. In addition to using the backup camera, always look behind you to make sure everything is clear when backing up your vehicle.

Compatibility: The BC 30 wireless backup camera is compatible with select Garmin GPS navigators. A software update may be necessary when pairing your compatible Garmin navigation device with the BC 30 backup system. Current compatible GPS navigators include (as of February 2016):

  • 2016 Series:
    • Drive 50, 50LM, 50LMT, 60LM, 60LMT
    • DriveAssist 50LMT
    • DriveLuxe 50LMTHD
    • DriveSmart 50LMT, 60LMT, 70LMT
  • 2015 Essential Series:
    • nüvi 55/55LM/55LMT, nüvi 56/56LM/56LMT, nüvi 57/57LM/57LMT, nüvi 58/58LM/58LMT
    • nüvi 65LM/65LMT, nüvi 66LM/66LMT, nüvi 67LM/67LMT, nüvi 68LM/68LMT
    • nüviCam LMTHD
  • 2015 Advanced Series
    • nüvi 2457LMT, 2497LMT
    • nüvi 2539LMT, 2557LMT, 2559LMT, 2577LT, 2589LMT, 2597LMT, 2598LMTHD, 2599LMTHD
    • nüvi 2639LMT, 2689LMT
    • nüvi 2789LMT
  • Dēzl Series
    • dēzl 570LMT, 770LMTHD, dēzlCam LMTHD
Note: The BC 30 will not prevent traffic information from being received, for GPS devices with embedded traffic.

2.4GHz Wireless System: The BC 30's transmitter and receiver operate on the 2.4 GHz ISM radio band. The BC 30 backup camera's wireless transmitter will send footage to the 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)

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.

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 Garmin wireless cameras (150BC30CAM, sold separately) 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. The wireless receiver is integrated into the 12-volt/cigarette lighter power adapter which plugs into your vehicle's 12V power-port and the microUSB connector on your compatible GPS Garmin device (you will not use the power adapter cable that came with your GPS Garmin navigator).

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

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compatabile with my nav system [ G  Dec 10, 2017 ]
I already have the Garmin DriveSmart 50 LMTHD. Did not want another screen on the dash, so it made sense to use the BC30 [ Thomas  Oct 28, 2017 ]
Brand name, price point and added safety feature to my auto. [ Thurman David  Oct 15, 2017 ]
My car doesn't have a backup camera, I already have a Garmin and was able to find an installer in my area... Love the discount! [ Judy Langlois  Sep 14, 2017 ]
The main reason for this purchase over the other Garmin navigators that we own were the features leading to greater safety when driving! The number one of all would be the voice command ability! [ robert a.  Sep 01, 2017 ]
as a gift [ IGNACIA  Aug 04, 2017 ]
compatibility with gps device [ Adrian  Jul 04, 2017 ]
Worked with my Garmin GPS [ Donald  May 28, 2017 ]
Hoping the higher resolution of 51lmt deluxe will produce clear view [ KIYOHIRO  May 12, 2017 ]
I needed a wireless backup camera paired with my Garmin dash cam GPS. Camera works good even at night or rain. [ T  Apr 07, 2017 ]
Wanted for connecting up my trailer(s) [ Michael  Mar 15, 2017 ]
We can all use the best car-related visibility possible...especially at the back/corners. [ Bruce  Feb 09, 2017 ]
Recommended [ JOHN  Feb 01, 2017 ]
Had a rental car with a backup camera. Then learned I could add one to my Garmin. Awesome. [ GEORGE  Dec 16, 2016 ]
Own a Garmin GPS and did not want to mount another screen in the dash. The rearview mirror backup cameras didn't review very well. [ M  Dec 12, 2016 ]
wife request - again the right "tool" for the job. availability of tech support if needed. sale price helped! [ William  Nov 29, 2016 ]
looks like its simple to install and I have a garmin [ Kim  Nov 29, 2016 ]
Desired item. Compatible with existing Garmin GPS.Price. Free Shipping. [ Stephen  Nov 28, 2016 ]
Backup wi-fi camera compatible with Garmin DriveSmart 60LMT [ IGOR  Nov 27, 2016 ]
Low price [ Honghui  Nov 26, 2016 ]
I have a garmin gps in my truck [ jeffrey  Oct 30, 2016 ]
I wanted a backup camera, but had no place for a monitor. Advisor Jane found a combination of camera and GPS that would allow me to replace my existing GPS, getting double duty out of the screen. [ Ken  Oct 27, 2016 ]
I got a new car that does not have a back up camera. I have a Garmin Nuvi 2599 that is compatible so this was the logical choice. Have always used Crutchfield for most of my electronic purchases. [ William  Oct 21, 2016 ]
It seems to be the only one that works with the Garmin nav system. [ RICHARD  Oct 03, 2016 ]
Works with my Garmin Nuvi [ Rebecca  Sep 25, 2016 ]
I chose the Garmin BC 30 because I trust the Garmin name and I already own a Garmin RV660LMT GPS which is compatible with the BC 30 Back-up Camera. [ Jeffrey  Sep 21, 2016 ]
Wanted a back up camera that integrated in to my GPS so no additional monitor in the car [ D  Sep 20, 2016 ]
Compatible with my Garmin GPS [ Ronald  Sep 13, 2016 ]
Recommended by a friend [ Mimmye  Jul 29, 2016 ]
I have an RV and utility trailer. After installing the BC 30 on my utility trailer and seeing the performance resolution, I've decided to get a second camera for the RV. Another reason, I didn't have to buy another $200 GPS to use it with. Even though my truck has the navigation system factory installed, having the nuvi is not a problem to place on the instrument panel. [ Marvin  Jul 28, 2016 ]
I already have a compatible GPS and it and it looks like an easy install. Reviews were good and your recommendation was a good piece of equipment. [ JohnC  Jul 20, 2016 ]
Good price reputable co. [ Laurel  Jul 19, 2016 ]
I have a Garmin GPS and this will work fine with it. [ Earl  Jul 13, 2016 ]
I have a Garmin nuvi 67 GPS and wanted to get the optional backup camera - Crutchfield has the best price that I could find. [ Robert  Jul 10, 2016 ]
To pair with a Garmin DriveLuxe 50 GPS Navigator. [ James  Jul 07, 2016 ]
I needed a backup camera for trailer hookup & towing and I already owned a Garmin GPS so it was an easy decision. [ Kevin  Jul 04, 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 ]
works with Garmin GPS devices, and it has a wireless transmitter, great for use on a travel trailer! [ Jonathan  Jul 01, 2016 ]
Great product at a great price. [ john  Jun 27, 2016 ]
Looked like the same item that others had listed but this one was $20.00 cheaper plus there seems to be lots of help when I screw up the installation by calling your 1-800 number. We will see what happens. [ David  Jun 26, 2016 ]
Price Reputation [ DANIEL  Jun 21, 2016 ]
Cpmpatible with Garmin [ L  Jun 18, 2016 ]
My wife's car has one and it is nice to have in tight spaces so I decided to get one for my car. [ David  Jun 14, 2016 ]
Compatible with Garmin I already have [ CARLOS  Jun 11, 2016 ]
Great price. Goes with my Garmin GPS unit [ Carol  Jun 11, 2016 ]
Can add this as a additional feature [ Timothy  Jun 09, 2016 ]
To mate with Garmin NuviCam LMTH [ B  Jun 09, 2016 ]
I want to take full advantage of the features available for my Garmin GPS and Crutchfield always beats any local or searched price. [ GEORGE  Jun 08, 2016 ]
I recently purchased a Lazy Daze Motorhome and after our first trip realized that a back up camera and GPS navigation tool would be necessary for future trips. Liked that the Garmin BC 30 is compatible with Garmin RV 660 LMT. [ William  Jun 06, 2016 ]
Purchased to view my boat behind my 5th wheel. Not the best picture but it works well. I am satisfied with the product. But it would be nice if I could plug an adaptor into an after marker radio to view it on my radio. Garmin, you already know Kenwood, make it happen! [ KEN  Jun 05, 2016 ]
i needed a backup camera and a gps, already had the gps. [ Dale  Jun 04, 2016 ]
To use with the Garmin GPS. [ Anthony  Jun 01, 2016 ]
Needed a back-up camera compatible GPS with features available on nuviCam. [ Richard C.  May 31, 2016 ]
I selected the Garmin BC 30 camera because it is compatible with my Garmin Nuvi 2597LMT GPS. [ Pete  May 29, 2016 ]
recommended camera for item ordered [ Julie  May 27, 2016 ]
Your price was the best and you didn't gouge me for shipping to Alaska! [ Catherine  May 21, 2016 ]
Add camera to Garmin RV660LMT nav. [ Raymond  May 19, 2016 ]
Camera that worked with GPS [ Vignesh  May 16, 2016 ]
Very much needed backup camera for my truck for rear viewing to get close for trailer ball hitch connect, at night backing up and pedestrians. [ Jimmy  May 16, 2016 ]
recommend buy others [ George  May 11, 2016 ]
I needed a new GPS for our RV that didn't route me through the middle of town like my old GPS. I thought it would be nice to be able to back up my 5th wheel in the dark - a lot of campground are back in sites only, and many sites are situated in a "blind" backing situation (passenger side). After a number of positive reviews on the Garmin back up camera I thought I would try it out. I chose Crutchfield because of the technical support they offer. [ Michael  May 03, 2016 ]
Compatible with current GPS [ Paul  Apr 30, 2016 ]
I have a Garmin Nuvi and love their product. This enhancement is priced right and will make a complete package of Garmin products! [ JAMES  Apr 27, 2016 ]
It was the best price available [ Michael  Apr 25, 2016 ]
Saw in your catalog and already have gps [ Brian  Apr 23, 2016 ]
fits my gps [ gordon  Apr 23, 2016 ]
they carry the best of prices [ James E.  Apr 22, 2016 ]
Wanted backup camera for my Miata. It's a safety issue. [ Fred M.  Apr 16, 2016 ]
My wife's car did not come with a factory installed backup camera and this seems to be a good fit with the already owned Garmin GPS! [ Daniel  Mar 25, 2016 ]
I've used Garmin in my airplane,on my motorcycle and cars. Always had good luck.This is my first time trying the crutchfield camera that just so happens to be compatible with the garmin nuvi 55 [ Gary  Mar 15, 2016 ]
Garmin's name Crutchfield's price [ Ed  Mar 06, 2016 ]
0I have it on two other cars and it works great day or night. This I am getting for my son's car..... [ glenda  Mar 04, 2016 ]
I have for many years trusted Garmin also needed a back-up cam [ Richard  Mar 02, 2016 ]
Cheaper than anyone I've found [ Brian  Mar 01, 2016 ]
For semi trl [ steve  Feb 24, 2016 ]
Matches my Garmin GPS and has good reviews [ Dennis  Feb 19, 2016 ]
Good Price [ Paul  Feb 10, 2016 ]
I needed a backup camera for both mo Ford Truck and Toyota vehicles. I ordered one on Friday and received it on Monday and wanted to check it our before I bought another one. Today, Monday, I bought the second one which I could not fimd a more less expensive price on these Garmin units.Thank you Crutchfield you have a repeat customer. [ Rich  Feb 08, 2016 ]
Best price and free shipping. I have ordered from Crutchfield in the past and was always 100% satisfied so this order was a no-brainer. [ CRAIG  Feb 07, 2016 ]
Was looking to add backup camera to my 05 mazda 6 wagon and didn't want to do 2 din dashboard upgrade for 600$. I own Nuvi 2597 and that was the best option (and less expensive) I read reviews and decided to go with this upgrade. [ filip  Jan 30, 2016 ]
i picked this item because i own a garmin nuvicam gps [ Jose  Jan 27, 2016 ]
best price found, free ship [ Keridwen  Jan 07, 2016 ]
Wanted a backup camera to go with a GPS - Garmin recommended this model [ Roxana  Dec 30, 2015 ]
I added the bc-30 to a Garmin GPS to give my wife Nav and a backup camera for her car for Christmas [ James M.  Dec 21, 2015 ]
Because I already have a Garmin unit with which this camera works. [ Philip  Dec 18, 2015 ]
I need it to hook up my trailer. [ EDWIN  Dec 07, 2015 ]

20 questions already asked

I installed it on a Chevy HHR by using the license plate clip that comes with it. The camera cable was routed along existing wiring., the module was located behind the lights in the fender. As for the Tundra, you may not want to mount it on the license plate if its low on the bumper, I would suggest super Velcro to mount the camera. Of course you need a compatible GPS to view. [ William  Dec 02, 2017 ]
Installed mine on license plate on lift gate on ford escape has never needed adjusted . Don't know how plan to mount, but if you have clearance for fingers to operate the handle it should work [ FRANK  Sep 18, 2017 ]
Thanks for your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Kenny  Aug 23, 2017 ]  Staff
I don't know,I'm using bracket that came with the unit on my Ford escape on the lift gate and even with opening and closing of the lift gate I have not had any issues with adjustment or any other problems for over a year [ FRANK  Jul 28, 2017 ]
Sorry. I am not sure. Mine worked well with whatever came with the package. All the best. Thanks. [ RAVINDRANATH  Jul 27, 2017 ]
returned the BC 30 and bought a YAYA DIGITAL for a chevy 1500 ,works great [ Morrie  Mar 27, 2017 ]
I am not sure on how this vehicle looks like. However, I see no reason why it should not be mounted as long as GPS can receive the signal from the transmitter meaning there is no obstruction between the two. Hope this helps. Thanks. [ RAVINDRANATH  Mar 26, 2017 ]
I hooked it up to a 2014 BMW X3 and Also hooked one up to a 2016 BMW 228i convertible with no problem. You will have to check with Garmin to see if it is compatible with your pickup. [ JOHN M  Mar 26, 2017 ]
It takes mine about 2 seconds, works great. [ Greg  Feb 17, 2017 ]
Almost immediately [ mohammed  Feb 17, 2017 ]
Just in 2-3 seconds . [ RAVINDRANATH  Feb 17, 2017 ]
I'm afraid that information isn't provided in our research or the Garmin BC 30 owner's manual. You may want to try contacting Garmin's support directly for more details on that--you can visit their support page at http://support.garmin.com/en-US/ or call them (800-800-1020) [ Larry  Feb 21, 2017 ]  Staff
I have been looking for a front bumper/grill mounted camera so that when I go off-roading in my 4x4 Tacoma I will know how close I am to a large rock or drop off when making a tight turn-around. The Ford Raptor has include a front mounted camera for a couple years now. Garmin if you are reading, please add to your software the option of reverse switching the image (I can make a switch to turn it on, acting as the Reverse)... Walt [ Walt  Jan 16, 2017 ]
If you mount the camera on the front of your car, then it would show whatever you see ahead......but only when you are in reverse. Not sure why you would want to do thst. [ William  Dec 31, 2016 ]
Smart question but unfortunately there is not an option for reversal. [ Ayham  Dec 30, 2016 ]
mine works well at night with my backup lights [ Johnstrong  Nov 28, 2016 ]
Yes, it does. [ Ayham  Nov 28, 2016 ]
It's not on the compatibility list at the garmin website and the 52LM shows no such compatibility, so I would say the answer is no. [ David  Oct 08, 2016 ]
You need a compatible garmin GPS [ Johnstrong  Jul 14, 2016 ]
I do not believe it will. I'm not permitted to post the link, but go to Garmin BC-30 camera page and look at compatible devices. Bill [ William  Jun 01, 2016 ]
I believe so but you can make sure at the Garmin web site [ ruth  Jun 01, 2016 ]
No. It's made for use only with compatible Garmin portable GPS units. You will find the complete list of compatible models by clicking the "Details" tab on the camera's main webpage. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  Mar 21, 2016 ]  Staff
No, you'll need to check the Garmin website to find the compatible models. [ Greg  Mar 12, 2016 ]
I have not connected it with any other Garmin so can not say anything on other products. [ RAVINDRANATH  Mar 11, 2016 ]
If the camera gets its power from the backup light circuit, the GPS will automagically switch to camera view when you put the car into reverse. (I think that mode can be overridden, but you want it to work as such.) The downside to this is that you can't use the icon, since the camera isn't powered at all times. It,s one or the other mode. [ Alan  Mar 11, 2016 ]
The camera will automatically come on in reverse with model2689 garmin. Bill [ William  Mar 11, 2016 ]
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your current gear. They will be able to pull up your Nuvi and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff  Feb 22, 2016 ]  Staff
Yes! [ Norm  Mar 12, 2016 ]
I did not use it with nuvi 2797. I would recommend that you talk directly to garmin support [ Dafer  Nov 22, 2015 ]
I am not sure, I am using mine with my garmi nuvi #2639 and 55.Really works great with them. Well satisfied and will recommend that camera. [ WILLIAM  Nov 11, 2015 ]
I'm not sure about your compatibility question. I do know that the quality of picture from the BC30 is poor. I'm sorry I bought it. [ DALE  Nov 10, 2015 ]
The BC30 transmits its signal via radio (bluetooth I believe) and is not compatible with standard monitors [ Johnstrong  Nov 10, 2015 ]
I have no idea sorry. [ JOHN M  Nov 10, 2015 ]
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Aug 10, 2015 ]  Staff
16 gauge will be plenty. Very low power draw from the Garmin unit [ DALE  Jul 01, 2015 ]
I used the wire that came with the back-up camera. However I did have to replace the back up lights fuse from a 10a to 15a [ JONATHAN  Jun 30, 2015 ]
It's roughly 22-24ga. I ended up stripping and soldering with a cordless soldering iron I use for PC work. Even the smallest positap was too big (Honda Civic 2007 was my target car). Install went fine, will be writing a detailed review later. All 8 hours to install, not including research time and time taken to gathering tools. Seriously! [ David  Jun 30, 2015 ]
IT is small gauge wire. I would guess about 20 gauge [ JOE  Jun 30, 2015 ]
You have to find the backup light wire on your car and that is the wire you splice into I used splice connector that you can get from and auto supply store. So splice the backup camera wire to the backup light wire and it should work. Before you splice try connecting the backup camera wire to your battery and see if the unit works. If everything works then do a permanent connection. Hope this helps you with you installation. [ JOHN M  Jun 30, 2015 ]
I would recommend you pose that question to the Garman Corporation since they have the specs for their product. I purchased the product brought it to a professional technician and he spent over two hours trying to install the wireless backup camera without success. I spoke to technician and he spent over two hours trying to install the wireless backup camera without success. I spoke to garman customer service and they were unable to provide any assistance. I would not recommend the purchase of this product unless you were willing to spend garman customer service and they were unable to provide any assistance. I would not recommend the purchase of this product unless you were willing to spend 2 hours I'll contact time for the possible installation. [ EDWARD  Jun 30, 2015 ]
The traffic cord has a receiver built in to receive the signal from the wireless trasmitter that installs in the back of the vehicle near the back up camera. If you don't use the power cord with the built in receiver, the backup camera will not work with the GPS device as it cannot receive the wireless signal from the camera. [ Lawrence  Feb 08, 2017 ]
Apparently the traffic power cord is used to pickup up the bluetooth link from the camera. My set up would only work with the traffic power cord provided with the camera, not with the power cord that came with the GPS. [ Edward R.  Apr 28, 2015 ]
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