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Old 05-02-2013, 09:57 AM
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Aftermarket backup cameras

I searched and found a few old threads, there one was camera that replaced one of your license plate lights but it looks like it was discontinued. All you other guys what kind of camera do you have? I really don't want to replace my license plate light, I wanna mount a camera next to the license plate light. The cover that houses the license plate light looks big enough for that.

All I'm seeing on ebay is some cheap chinese stuff and I'm not sure about the quality
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:48 AM
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Are you sure you really need a backup camera on a 7-series? If you have parking sensors, a camera really won't add much value. Installation is fairly involved if you want to do it yourself, or costly for a professional job.

I recently installed a camera on a Toyota Highlander, and I got the parts from eBay for about $60 total (camera + LCD). It's cheap, and you shouldn't be expecting HD quality, but it works sufficiently well, even at night. Installing the camera is fairly straightforward, but getting power and video up front can be tricky. I think it may be possible to use the navigation screen on the E65, but you will need some sort of video playback modification. On the Highlander, I just stuck the LCD to the top left corner of the windshield.

The camera kit came with a 2.4GHz wireless video system, but using wireless will only make the quality worse, as well as being more suspectible to interference. The owner also preferred to have both the LCD and the camera powered only when in reverse, so I went with a fully wired approach. To run power and video, I had to remove the entire driver's side interior trim, the entire trunk lid trim, most of the trunk interior trim, and part of the headliner. On a sedan, you may have trouble getting from the trunk to the passenger compartment.

Anyways, that was a fairly high-level overview of what it will take to install the system. You will need a lot of cable ties, some splice taps, some ability to solder, about 15 feet of wire and coax video cable, and plenty of patience. If you have any questions or would like pictures, feel free to ask.

EDIT: Here's the link to the kit I used: http://www.ebay.com/itm/400357600789

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Old 05-04-2013, 10:54 AM
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Re: Aftermarket backup cameras

I have the naviks video interface which gives me video on the mmi and also a video input for a backup camera which comes on when the car is put in reverse. Backup sensors are nice but I'd like a camera too that's why my only headache right now is finding a good camera and figuring out where to mount it. Preferably I want one with 170 degree viewing angle, infrared and night vision

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Old 05-04-2013, 11:08 AM
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Where is the connector for video input? If it's in the trunk, you're off to a better start.

I mounted the camera to the license plate screws, and that was the only place that would fit a large camera with IR LEDs without drilling into any body panels. If you want IR illumination, the license plate frame is probably the best spot since those 5mm LEDs take up quite a bit of space, unless you don't mind mounting it next to the license plate lights. Viewing angle is much less than 170 degrees, I would say maybe 120 degrees max.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/121070702895
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003T91K94/

You may be able to get better viewing angles with a name-brand camera, but those are an order of magnitude more expensive. There's one problem with some of these cheap cameras, and it's that they have built-in guide lines, which are only useful when the camera is angled a certain way. If the camera is pointed too far down, the lines are useless and distracting.
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:07 AM
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Re: Aftermarket backup cameras

I also have naviks with camera input. Bought after market camera and installed next to reverse lights. Panel with reverse lights simple to remove. Remove panel on inside of trunk lid and 4 screws hold in place. Camera came with drill bit to make hole and then installed camera and connected to naviks unit and reverse light.

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Old 05-08-2013, 05:41 AM
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Re: Aftermarket backup cameras

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I also have naviks with camera input. Bought after market camera and installed next to reverse lights. Panel with reverse lights simple to remove. Remove panel on inside of trunk lid and 4 screws hold in place. Camera came with drill bit to make hole and then installed camera and connected to naviks unit and reverse light.

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Mind sharing which camera you bought? And also some pictures of it installed please?

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Old 05-08-2013, 02:36 PM
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Re: Aftermarket backup cameras

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Old 05-08-2013, 07:23 PM
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I have the naviks video interface which gives me video on the mmi and also a video input for a backup camera which comes on when the car is put in reverse. Backup sensors are nice but I'd like a camera too that's why my only headache right now is finding a good camera and figuring out where to mount it. Preferably I want one with 170 degree viewing angle, infrared and night vision

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How easy was it to install the naviks? Is it installed in the trunk to back of the screen ..
Any trick or advice you give while installing it ..thx
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:14 PM
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How easy was it to install the naviks? Is it installed in the trunk to back of the screen ..
Any trick or advice you give while installing it ..thx
Installation is relatively easy all naviks does is tap into your navigation unit in the trunk so it can feed video to the mmi. It also comes with detailed installation instructions
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:34 PM
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Nice Job! looks good. I would consider this but I'm pretty happy with the sensors since they give a graphical representation of distance.
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Old 05-10-2013, 02:09 PM
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Thanks alot bro I ordered the same exact camera you have, should receive it in a week or two

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Old 05-19-2013, 06:21 AM
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Reverse (back-up) Camera

Is there any way to add/install a reverse (back-up) camera on an 07 750Li?
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Old 05-19-2013, 07:23 AM
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I can see this is your first post so I'll try to be nice for once, there are a few threads about this posted I even started one to help out a bit more, here is the link
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=693619

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Old 05-19-2013, 06:54 PM
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Ok. Appreciate that. lol
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:12 PM
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Reverse (back-up) Camera

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Old 05-20-2013, 04:23 AM
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The sensors are great, but the only down fall would be if you have a faulty ASK unit, then that particular output will have no audio, but will still have the MMI display. So Im with King Silver a back-up camera is a great addition and work in conjunction with the PDC.
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:17 AM
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The sensors are great, but the only down fall would be if you have a faulty ASK unit, then that particular output will have no audio, but will still have the MMI display. So Im with King Silver a back-up camera is a great addition and work in conjunction with the PDC.
That's how I feel too. My camera arrives today, can't wait to install it!

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Old 05-20-2013, 01:24 PM
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Backup cam install

I am installing a backup cam on my e65. Trying to decide between the Navtool or Naviks. Any opinion is appreciated.
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:51 PM
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here is the PDF file for the OEM backup camera , for those of you that need it .
Also the part #'s
66210417354
66210303089
GOOD LUCK finding a dealer that still has them in stock .


http://ebookbrowse.com/gdoc.php?id=1...6962fcdb774474



http://ebookbrowse.com/bmw-rear-view...pdf-d122552099
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Old 05-22-2013, 04:14 PM
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Re: Aftermarket backup cameras

Anyone got a pictire of the reverse signal wire they tapped into for the backup camera? I'm a bit afraid to splice into the wrong one

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Old 05-22-2013, 04:30 PM
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I'm not 100% sure, but here's some general advice. If you look at the connector for the reverse lights, there should be only two wires. Ground is usually white or white/black, so you'll want to tap into the other one. You can also use a multi-meter to check the voltage of the pins, then trace them to the wire.
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Old 05-22-2013, 04:31 PM
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Re: Aftermarket backup cameras

Why not read the pdf file I posted to
Get the info you need

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Old 05-22-2013, 05:51 PM
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Re: Aftermarket backup cameras

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Why not read the pdf file I posted to
Get the info you need

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Because I read that pdf and it doesn't show the reverse wire only how to and where to plug in the factory components.

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Because I read that pdf and it doesn't show the reverse wire only how to and where to plug in the factory components.

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really !!!
that's funny cause I read it & it does tell you about the
reverse wire & even gives you the color of it .
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:32 PM
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really !!!
that's funny cause I read it & it does tell you about the
reverse wire & even gives you the color of it .
That's not being helpful. Even with a background in EE, it took me a while to understand the document, and I'm still not sure what is the color of the reverse lamp's positive lead.

On page 6, it says to splice into a white/yellow wire of the "registration plate light," so that should be ground. On page 9, it says to connect the power supply to the red/white X1889 cable, so that is probably positive.

KingSilverback, can you check what the reverse lamp wire colors are? One of them should be red/white if I read the document correctly.

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