The Summer Infant Baby Touch Digital Video Monitor has everything you need from a video monitor and at a price that is right. This was the first of the touch screen digital video monitors and although others have since joined the market, the summer infant is still highly recommended and packed full of features.
I always like to start with picture quality and range when it comes to video monitors and should it pass this test then I look at the other features which can often be the difference between a good video monitor and a great one. The official range of the Summer Infant Video Monitor is 120 metres and there are no issues to report on this front. You may find that you need to change channels on your WiFi connection as it has been known to interfere with the efficiency of your wireless Internet, however, this doesn’t seem to be a widely reported problem so I wouldn’t worry too much about it; Summer Infant have excellent customer service and will happily help and advise on any issues you may have.
The picture quality is superb and is exactly what you need for viewing your baby on a monitor. In day light (or with lights on in the room) you can clearly see your little one in full colour and in the dark, the camera automatically switches to infra red mode; even if the room is pitch black, you will be surprised at how clear the image is of your baby sleeping soundly.
The touch screen parent unit is very easy to navigate and you can move the direction of the camera(pan), zoom in and out and turn the volume down quite simply. When the camera position is changed (pan) it is very quiet and there is no danger of it waking your baby up as have been reported on other monitors.
There is the option of adding up to 4 cameras so the summer infant could quite literally grow with your family. The battery life of the parent unit is good enough to last the day and evening (provided that you place it back in its base at night time to allow it to fully charge). You can easily switch between sound only and video/sound with the touch of a button, it also has a visual indicator should you have the unit on mute.
I can’t stress how reassuring it is to be able to see your baby sleeping on a clear video monitor screen and not have to disturb her unnecessarily when you are going to sleep yourself. (Unless of course you can’t resist). Should you wish, you can also plug the monitor into your TV to watch your baby on a bigger screen (not necessary but a nice touch). The microphone picks up sounds clearly and the talk back function works well. I love the fact that the camera can be rotated 360 degrees; you can watch your baby sleep and know that she is safe and also, during the day, watch her play without disturbing her (so frustrating when you get caught looking at your child playing on their own and ruin the moment for them).
You will not be disappointed by this innovative piece of kit, if you can work a touch screen phone then you can easily navigate the parent unit and have this set up in no time at all.
What is good about the Summer Infant?
- Camera can pan 360 degrees and is very quiet when doing so.
- Automatic infra red mode for when the room is too dark.
- Easy to navigate touchscreen menu.
- Can be connected to a tv.
- Option of battery or mains power.
- Can add up to 4 additional cameras.
What could be improved?
- No screen lock on parent unit.
- Room temperature not as accurate as I would like. (Probably the heat from the camera affecting it by about 2 degrees).
What is in the box?
- 1 x Parent unit
- 1 x Magnetic charging base
- 1 x Camera
- 1 x Battery pack
- 1 x Mains lead
- 1 x AV lead
- 1 x EU/UK adapter plug
- Extra large 9cm (3.5″) Colour Display with black and white night vision
- Easy to use touch screen display and menu controls
- Pan and Tilt Camera
- Up to an amazing 10-hour rechargeable battery
- Allows scanning of up to 4 different rooms automatically With Additional Cameras