Garmin has offered a "20" backup camera for some time coupled with a 7 inch GPS. That's too big for me but they recently started offering a "30" backup camera which their website indicates will work with their GPSs as small as 4.3 inch (specific models). Reviews I can find for the 20 camera are generally positive but nothing yet on the 30. Both transmit wirelessly but there is wiring involved to get power to the transmitter for the camera. I believe installation also involves use of a new cradle for the GPS and power cable.
Anybody else looking at these and/or purchased one? Thoughts?
I wish they would provide a battery option for the camera for temporary use in difficult backing up situations.
We have a 40 foot motorhome, and while it has a back up camera on the back in the center, I really need to see right were my back wheel is on the passenger side from time to time. It would be nice to be able to suction cup a small camera on a temporary basis. Running wires for that purpose just is not gong to happen.
"Professional Installation Recommended
For installation, Garmin recommends taking the BC 30 to your dealer. But if you’re a diehard do-it-yourselfer, that’s an OK alternative as well. You’ll need to mount the camera on the rear of your vehicle and connect it to a power source, such as the rear lights. The BC 30 is rugged enough to withstand even the harshest of weather. And up to 4 cameras can be used together in 1 system, for multiple viewing angles."
BC™ 30 Wireless Backup Camera compatible devices:
at this online but man it costs more than what I paid for my GPS. Would be nice to have integrated with the Garmin however.
Wouldn't it be just as easy... and a lot less $ expensive $, to just turn around and look... or use your rear view mirrors..!..?
I have used one of these for several years, mag mount, could be adapted to a suction cup I imagine. I stick it on my hitch to couple up with the trailer. Camera is rechargeable as is the display. My nuvi isn't one of the models that accepts a camera feed so the extra gizmo adds to the clutter but it really makes a bumper pull hitch up a simple single person affair.
It is but I like gadgets
Just what my husband always said until our new car came with a backup camera. He had to admit he loves it and wouldn't want to do without it....
I have a SUV and a convertible. The SUV I can see out of but not at the height of a child or an animal. There is a blind spot behind it where I cannot see. My bigger concern is the convertible, however. It's blind spot is bigger because the rear window is so small. It is very easy to not see cars in a parking lot (who all zoom along thinking they are completely visible). Putting down the top solves the problem but isn't always reasonably possible.
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