Since May 2018, all new cars sold in the US and Canada have been required to come with a backup camera. And for good reason: park assist cameras can make parking considerably quicker and easier, while protecting those around you and preventing your vehicle from being damaged. Many pre-2018 beamer cars, however, didn’t come fitted with a rear view camera, meaning their owners are unfortunately missing out on what is now a standard feature. If that’s the position you find yourself in, adding a BMW backup camera is simple. As long as you have an iDrive dashboard display, a premium aftermarket rear view camera kit will even let you see the image from the camera right on the dash. It’s just like having a camera installed in the factory.
OEM 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.
OEM 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 Backup Camera with the goodies you’ve been dreaming about. And we’re here to help, from choosing the perfect kit to factory programming if necessary.
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.