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      03-19-2013, 12:17 AM   #1
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Back-up camera first-hand comparison: Bimmer-tech vs. Modmynav

I've got a 2009 335xi and have been through two back-up camera systems, modmynav and bimmer-tech, so I thought it would be helpful to post this head to head comparison. I initially got the modmynav cam almost 2 yrs ago when I bought my car and just switched to bimmer-tech.

This comparison is based on a number of criteria including ease of installation, incorporation into CIC, coding requirements, other features, and overall quality. Both of these cameras are integrated into the trunk handle.

Installation:

The modmynav camera system was more complex to install, involving removal of the CIC display monitor as well as glovebox. However the step-by-step instructions were great in guiding the process. The bimmer-tech camera installation involved only taking down the trim, removing the climate control panel and CIC module in addition to installing and wiring the camera.

Coding and CIC integration:

The modmynav camera activation did not require any coding and was activated on installation, whereas the bimmer-tech camera required coding to incorporate the reverse camera into the CIC. What was nice about this integration is that you can control contrast and brightness of the video with i-drive. This was not possible with modmynav camera. Coding was basic and easy to do myself, but help was available online as the man in charge of bimmer-tech was able to make corrections and code via skype and internet connection even though he was on the other side of the world several time zones away.

Other options:

While modmynav's module offers a frontview camera and additional video inputs not offered on the bimmertech, I found that the module was always hot, or 'on,' even when the car was off, causing drain on the battery. The modmynav module also had an advantage of full screen display when using the reverse camera, whereas the one incorporated into CIC had the bird's eye PDC split screen view.

Quality:

When comparing the video quality, I found the modmynav video to be a little grainy, particularly at night. Also, the fitment of the camera of the trunk handle did not clip on, like the OEM trunk handle or the bimmer-tech camera. Rather it was held in place with 3M double-stick foam.


Personally, I prefer the CIC integrated back up camera from bimmer-tech. It feels more OEM which requires basic coding, but some may prefer the option of additional video inputs to play dvds or to have a front facing camera. Modmynav would better suit those needs.

Hope this is helpful for those deciding on a back-up cam for their e90. Feel free to ask me questions regarding these two back up cams.

Cheers!

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Thanks for the comparison, possible to see screen shots of the bimer-tech camera in action?
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here's a link to a youtube video of bimmertech's camera in action:



attached below is a pic of my M3's install i did a few days ago:
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very cool i have same setup with navtool camera interface
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