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How To Choose the Best Rear View Camera Retrofit for Your BMW Featured

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Maybe you own an older BMW without some of the latest technology advancements. Or perhaps the package you purchased didn’t include what you really wanted, like a rear view camera. You're in luck. BimmerTech’s 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.

Today let’s talk BMW Backup Camera Retrofits, some of our most popular kits. If you’ve explored these on our site, you know we have three different options available.

They all 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 factory-installed. And none of them require any wire-cutting!

But which one is right for you?

OEM Rear View 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. Your BMW needs iDrive with Navigational Professional and a Parking Distance Control (PDC) system for it to take advantage of all of this kit’s features, which include 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, we help you activate the factory coding remotely, free of charge. If you have a BMW without the features mentioned above, your best bet is to choose the MMI Rear View Camera Retrofit below.


OEM-Integration Rear View Camera Retrofit.

This rear view 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. If your BMW features PDC, this will appear as usual on the right side of the screen. If not, you will simply see a car diagram without sensor information. This kit displays static parking lines as standard, but offers optional dynamic parking lines, which curve with your steering wheel, making it easier to back up. And like above, 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. See the video here:

 

MMI Rear View Camera Retrofit.

Perfect for any BMW model with a factory screen, this kit is truly plug and play — no coding or remote activation necessary! It displays static parking lines as standard, but offers optional dynamic parking lines as well. If your BMW already features PDC, this kit’s obstacle marking feature will automatically kick in. Plus, it’s fully compatible with an optional front camera. All at about the same price as the OEM-Integration Rear View Camera Retrofit. Be sure to check out the video below:

The below chart summarizes the most important features of BimmerTech 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it away. Get in touch and we’ll point you in the right direction.

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