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Old 8th March 2016, 19:09   #1
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Default 15 minute DIY: Wireless reverse parking camera for my BMW 320d

My F30 320d Prestige did not come with a reverse parking camera. Any OEM retrofit cost a bomb and involved splicing wires . As I felt it is a reasonably useful gadget to have, I explored a few options and settled on the Yada digital wireless camera and 5" monitor from Amazon.com (US). Amazon Global Shipping delivered it quickly.

Cost me INR 17500 approx including shipping. Cheaper Alixpress options were available, but I have had some bad experiences with Aliexpress. Amazon's was a delightful order and delivery experience.

The camera can be easily mounted on the license plate and powered directly from the 12v socket in the boot. I did not want to open the boot trim or run the cable through the boot lamp holder / or drill a hole or splice reverse lamp wires - so went for the quick and dirty install. The 12v adapter has a switch to turn it on or off.

I placed the monitor next to the iDrive display - this takes up minimal dashboard space and does not block vision. Camera and monitor came paired and worked at the first shot.

The display is crystal clear - digital wireless never loses connectivity. As I leave it on while driving, it acts as a second rear view mirror looking at the license plate level. Objects appear farther than they really are, but clarity is surprisingly good. Markers are not of much use ( can be turned off / on and adjusted). A second camera can be connected and paired. Night vision is surprisingly effective even in poorly lit areas. Appears to be water proof - survives washing with a Resqtech spray gun!

See the photos shot evening time. You can see the wiring below the license plate. Unless I drill a hole or route it through the license plate mounting screw holes, a bit of wire will be seen. But all things considered, looks like a good investment.

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Default Re: 15 minute DIY: Wireless reverse parking camera for my BMW 320d

Hi Ravich,

That's a nice DIY there. But my personal opinion is that it looks out of place. I would have preferred a solution which integrates into the idrive screen. I think an aftermarket solution which integrates into the idrive screen would have cost double, but then you could have got an OE looking camera (which is placed with the number plate lights) and a module to connect it to the idrive.

But this is useful too as another reverse camera, and you can possibly connect a front camera to it too.
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Hi Ravich,

...it looks out of place. I would have preferred a solution which integrates into the idrive screen...
Agreed . That's why I called it quick and dirty !. I did not have the confidence to retrofit the OEM iDrive kit myself for fear of warranty issues and skill levels in opening the trims.
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