BMW 5 Series Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 5 Series: Setting brightness and contrast

Brightness and contrast can be adjusted with Surround View or Panorama View switched on.

Via iDrive:

1. Move the Controller to the left.


  • "Brightness"
  • "Contrast"

3. Set the desired value.

Functional limitations

The system can be used only to a limited extent in the following situations:

  • In poor light.
  • In case of soiled cameras.
  • With a door open.
  • With the trunk lid open.
  • With exterior mirrors folded in.

Gray hatched areas with symbol, for instance open door, in the camera image mark areas that are currently not displayed.

System limits

Non-visible areas

Because of the camera angle, the areas under the vehicle cannot be viewed by the cameras.

Detection of objects

Very low obstacles as well as high, protruding objects such as ledges may not be detected by the system.

Some assistance functions also consider data from the PDC Park Distance Control.

Follow the notes in the PDC Park Distance Control chapter.

The objects displayed on the Control Display may be closer than they appear. Do not estimate the distance from the objects on the display.


A camera malfunction is displayed on the Control Display.

and the recording A yellow symbol is displayed and the recording range of the malfunctioning camera is displayed in black on the Control Display.

Remote 3D View


With the proper equipment, the BMW Connected App and the camera images from Surround View can be used to display the vehicle surroundings on a mobile device such as a smartphone.

The function displays a momentary view of the situation.

Functional requirements

  • Data transmission must be activated.
  • BMW Connected App must be installed on the mobile device.

Switching the function on/off

Via iDrive:

1. With the standby state switched on: "My Vehicle".

2. "iDrive settings".

3. "Data privacy".

4. "Remote 3D View".

Functional limitations

The system may not be fully functional or may not be available in the following situations:

  • In poor light.
  • In case of soiled cameras.
  • With a door or the trunk lid open. Dark fields in the display indicate areas that are not recorded by the system.
  • With exterior mirrors folded in.
  • When other camera functions are being performed in the vehicle.
  • When the vehicle moves faster than walking speed.
  • It may not be possible to use the function in every country.
  • For reasons of data protection, the function can only be used three times within two hours.


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