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Garmin BC30

Has anyone purchased one of these. Its a reverse camera, but links to your GARMIN sat nav.


From what ive seen it seems a sensible install, and for me would negate the need to have another screen in the cab.


I can only find American feedback on sites, ( barring a few bits on amazon, which are limited ).


Anyone ?


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Garmin-Wire...s=garmin+bc+30

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Has anyone purchased one of these. Its a reverse camera, but links to your GARMIN sat nav.


From what ive seen it seems a sensible install, and for me would negate the need to have another screen in the cab.


I can only find American feedback on sites, ( barring a few bits on amazon, which are limited ).


Anyone ?


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Garmin-Wire...s=garmin+bc+30
I have installed one two weeks ago, works a treat i have wired it into the 12v supply on my aux zig unit so it's always on if i need it so wireless it works great no inference over 6.5 meters.
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Has anyone purchased one of these. Its a reverse camera, but links to your GARMIN sat nav.


From what ive seen it seems a sensible install, and for me would negate the need to have another screen in the cab.


I can only find American feedback on sites, ( barring a few bits on amazon, which are limited ).


Anyone ?


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Garmin-Wire...s=garmin+bc+30
Today I tested out my newly and expensively installed BC30 camera . It is extremely disappointing ,the picture is very dark and blurry even in bright daylight , so that objects you want to miss are very hard to see. There is too much fish eye wide angle distortion , an unnecessary amount . . It makes no difference how I adjust the Garmin satnav screen brightness , it shows the same dark vague picture . So far the only thing it works for is reversing into white lined parking bays , and that is only because the white lines show up against the general darkness . I tried it at night , and walls etc show up a bit better with the reversing lights reflecting off them . Having used a Toyota with factory fitted camera , I know what a backup camera is supposed to look like in action . Those cameras gain up the available light when it is low , just as a digital camera does ,- not so with Garmin . Plus they do not bend the view into a semicircle distorting your distances .

For what these things cost I think Garmin have swindled me , so be warned and find something better
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I hope it is better than the BC20 was. Mine was poor quality and then stopped working just outside the warranty period. Garmin were a waste of time, they just wanted it sent back to them at a standard cost much higher than the value of a new one ... except they discontinued them.


My advice, send it back and get a full refund if you still can.

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Could it be that something is reflecting light into the camera on these very sunny days?

I know nothing about cameras but I do think that if I've sunlight coming directly at my camera the pic itself goes dark?

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I looked at cameras for ages, and IMHO, the cheapo 40 Ebay ones take some beating, easy to fit, the monitor at 7inch is a bit in your face, but against the A pillar, it's acceptable, I fitted 3 in 3 vans from different sellers, all worked the same.


There are also various kits where you pick a camera and a screen, a little more expensive, but can be tailored to your own needs, some monitors will accept two feeds so you could do down and back.
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Anyone with experience of the bc 30 got any further thoughts? Recently got a garmin 770 sat Nav and interested to find out if it's the best option. Like the fairly straight forward install

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Since you already have it Graeme I'd just go with it n only look for something else if there turns out to be a problem.

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