The Motorola MBP36 Digital Video Monitor is an upgraded version of the MBP33 and I am pleased to report there are some fantastic extra features without compromising what was already a superb digital video monitor. First of all is the new LCD screen, this comes with a fantastic 3.5″ colour screen which is the same diagonal length as the iPhone (although the monitor screen is slightly more square). The picture you receive from the nursery unit is absolutely crystal clear; in day time mode you can see your baby in full colour vision without any pixelation or blur. There is also no delay in receiving the picture; what you see on the MBP36 monitor is what is happening at the exact moment in time. In night time mode, the camera automatically switches to infra red and your monitor screen (parent unit) will then display black and white video images. It is not possible to have colour vision in a dark room (the technology doesn’t exist) so what you are looking for from a night vision camera is to be able to clearly see your baby and to easily be able to pick out the all important details, such as: if her eyes are closed, if she is breathing and of course that she has no blankets etc covering her face, with the Motorola MBP36 you can do this and it will give you great peace of mind.
The night vision camera is very clear so full marks to Motorola/Binatone for that too. The two way talk button works well and is very useful when attempting to comfort your baby back to sleep without having to get out of bed yourself, it is also handy when you need to communicate with your partner (asking to bring a drink or comforter etc). The parent unit has an antenna which can be be flipped up to increase the signal strength but isn’t always needed; the range for the MBP36 is an impressive 200 metres and there doesn’t seem to be any issues with the signal or any interference problems from wifi connections etc.
So far so good? Yes, but Wait. There is more. If you are concerned that your baby will roll or move out of sight each night and deem your video monitor a complete waste of money then fear not, for the MBP36 has a pan and zoom option (pan not available on previous model – MBP33), this means that you can remotely change the position the camera is facing by simply pressing a button on your parent unit, in fact the camera can be turned 360 degrees! You can rest assured that your baby will always be in sight whether she is asleep in her bed or playing in her room. I am also pleased to report that when panning or zooming there is no ‘motor sound’ associated with it so no risk of waking your little one, this has obviously been well thought out during the design process.
The monitor works off the mains or on battery power; to avoid the battery being drained to quickly, the monitor will revert to being audible only after approximately 4 minutes. You can then manually select to view the camera each time a noise is picked up from your little ones room. All the other features you would expect from a top quality video monitor are also there in abundance; you can adjust the sound sensitivity so that every sound is picked up or just your baby’s cry, there are lights on the parent unit to indicate the loudness of the sound being transferred (handy if you have the volume turned down on the parent unit) and it also displays the room temperature which I am happy to report seems pretty accurate, particularly when you consider that there seems to be an underlying accuracy problem with the majority of temperature readings taken from other monitors.
There is also a feature that allows you to play polyphonic lullabies to your baby, this is a great idea but not one that I would use at this moment in time, in the future I would hope that a memory card slot or built in mp3’s are made available so the lullabies are a little more soothing. All in all, this is a fantastic buy that will grow with your family and do everything you need plus more. The vivid picture in day and night mode, the clear sound, talk back facility, accurate thermometer and option to add up to 4 cameras is what makes the MBP36 a top quality video monitor and is worth every penny.
Motorola MBP36 Best bits
- Clear picture in both day and night mode
- Large 3.5″ LCD screen
- Adjustable sound sensitivity/volume
- Talk back function
- Battery powered monitor with power-save function
- No signal problems or wifi interference
- Option to add additional cameras
- 360 degree pan
- Camera can tilt up and down and zoom in and out
What could be improved about the MBP36?
- Polyphonic lullabies are a nice idea but need further development to be a worthwhile feature
What is in the box?
- 1 x Parent unit
- 1 x Baby unit
- 1 x User’s Guide and Quick Start Guide
- 2 x Rechargeable batteries (for parent unit)
- 1 x Power adapter for parent unit and baby unit
- 3.5″ LCD colour display shows sound and video monitoring, with infrared night vision
- 2.4GHz FHSS Technology with Two-Way Communication
- Pan, Tilt, and Zoom
- Colour LCD Screen with Infrared Night Vision
- Five Lullabies Built In
- Data Encryption for Security
- 5 LED Alerts for Sound-Activated Lights
- Room Temperature Monitor
- Up to 200M Range with “Out-of-Range” Warning
- Optional Accessories (Sold Separately)