How to Choose the Best BMW Backup Camera Retrofit

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BMW parts or aftermarket parts?
With so many camera kits to choose from, finding the right one for your
needs isn’t always easy.

Perhaps the first choice to make is between an OEM camera kit made up of
genuine BMW parts or an aftermarket alternative. The former is a perfect
match for a factory-installed camera kit, including all the same original
parts. The latter uses third-party components, which can reduce cost. A
well-designed aftermarket RV camera for BMW will still match the quality of a
factory-original camera, though, and offer the same level of integration with
your vehicle.

Autosvs’s BMW Backup Camera Retrofits are some of our most popular kits,
and cover both BMW original and high-quality aftermarket options. These DIY
kits let anyone handy with a screwdriver install, upgrade, and retrofit your
Bimmer with the goodies you’ve been dreaming about. And we’re here to help,
from choosing the perfect kit to factory programming if necessary.

If you have doubts about the installation process, you can check how to
install a BMW backup camera here. If you don’t feel comfortable with DIY you
can find an installer in your city.

We offer three different rear view camera kits, all of which work
seamlessly with your existing factory display to give you the rear visibility
and dynamic parking line guidance you need to avoid obstructions and back-up
and park safely. They all feature outstanding picture quality, automatically
activate when shifting to reverse, and mount in the trunk handle just like a
factory-installed park assist camera. And none of them require any
wire-cutting!

But which one is right for you?

OEM RV CAMERA RETROFIT
This Original Equipment Manufacturer kit is what BMW installs at the
factory and offers the highest picture quality as well as a higher price than
the other options.

To take advantage of all of this kit’s features, your BMW needs iDrive with
Navigation Professional and a Parking Distance Control (PDC) system. If your
BMW fits the bill, the OEM Rear View Camera Retrofit is our only backup
camera that includes the ability to add on such options as side-view and
top-view cameras as well as trailer hitch mode.

Once this BMW OEM camera is installed, your BMW requires coding before you
new camera can be used. We help you activate the factory coding remotely,
free of charge.

If you have a BMW without Navigation Professional and PDC, we advise
choosing the MMI Rear View Camera Retrofit below.

OEM-INTEGRATION REAR VIEW CAMERA RETROFIT
This backup camera retrofit kit uses your BMW’s factory iDrive screen and
camera mode, so you get the same look and feel as a factory-installed cam,
with nearly the same picture quality at a much lower price. We designed the
kit to match the BMW OEM camera kit as closely as possible, including
mounting the camera module in a custom trunk handle, just like the factory
rear view camera. The result is an uninterrupted look inside and outside your
vehicle, indistinguishable from a factory-original park assist camera.

If your BMW features PDC, the proximity warnings will appear as usual on
the right side of the screen. If not, you will simply see a car diagram
without any sensor information. In most vehicles, our OEM-Integration camera
displays dynamic parking lines over the image from the camera. These parking
lines curve with your steering wheel, making it easier to back up.

Like our OEM camera kit, we help you activate the factory coding remotely,
free of charge. A great option if you have Navigation Professional and PDC,
but want a more value-priced option to the OEM camera. To see how closely the
OEM-Integration camera matches the BMW original park assist camera, see the
video here:

MMI REAR VIEW CAMERA RETROFIT
Our MMI Rear View Camera is our biggest departure from the original BMW
backup camera, but the changes we’ve made will improve the park assist
experience in many vehicles.

Like our other kits, this fully aftermarket kit uses a camera mounted
discreetly in the trunk handle, for a clean, factory-like look. Inside the
car, the image from the camera is displayed on the iDrive screen, exactly
where you need it.

Unlike the other backup camera kits we offer, our MMI Rear View Camera
Retrofit features a full-screen display from the camera, without sharing the
screen with the PDC display particularly useful in vehicles with the smaller
6.5-inch iDrive screen. It’s a great match for anybody who doesn’t have PDC
in their vehicle or prefers to rely on the view from a park assist
camera.

Perfect for any BMW model with a factory screen, this kit is truly plug and
play no coding or remote activation necessary! It displays on-screen dynamic
parking lines in most vehicles, just like our OEM-Integration Rear View
Camera Retrofit kit. If your BMW already features PDC, this kit’s obstacle
marking feature will automatically kick in, giving an extra warning about any
obstacles creeping up on your car.

To get an idea of how the MMI Rear View Camera interface differs from the
factory BMW camera, watch the video below:
What’s more, this backup camera is fully compatible with an optional front
camera, or our range of additional multimedia upgrades. Depending on your
vehicle, you may be able to add smartphone mirroring, Apple TV or Apple
CarPlay to your camera kit. All at about the same price as the
OEM-Integration Rear View Camera Retrofit.
Got a 3 Series BMW? See how to install the Rear View Camera (MMI) retrofit
on E90:

The below chart summarizes the most important features of Autosvs rear view
cameras:
Product name Picture quality Camera location Car integration Type of
operation Requirments Features Installation
OEM (same as factory installed) 5 stars Trunk handle integrated Same as
factory installed Automatic when car goes in reverse Navigation and PDC
Dynamic parking lines
Obstacle marking
Trailer hitch mode (optional) DIY with no wire-cutting. Vehicle coding is
required and included.
OEM- Integration 4 stars Trunk handle integrated Uses factory screen and
native BMW camera mode Automatic when car goes in reverse Navigation Static
parking lines
Dynamic parking lines (optional) DIY with no wire-cutting. Vehicle coding
is required and included.
MMI 4 stars Trunk handle integrated Uses factory screen and overrides the
screen Automatic when car goes in reverse Any type of factory screen Static
parking lines
Dynamic parking lines (optional)
Obstacle marking (with PDC)
Front camera (optional) DIY with no wire-cutting. Vehicle coding is not
required. Plug and Play.

If you’re still unsure which kit is best for your model or how some of the
features work, we’re just an email away. Get in touch and we’ll point you in
the right direction.

Autosvs offers park assist camera retrofits for most modern BMW models,
including E60, E61, E70, E71, E81, E82, E84, E87, E88, E90, E91, E92, E93,
F01, F02, F10, F11, F07, F22, F23, F25, F26, F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F36,
F48, F80, F82, F83, F45, F15, F16, F06, F12, F13, G30, G31, G11 and G12. To
check which backup cameras are available for your BMW, click on identify your
BMW/MINI.

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