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BT Digital Video Baby Monitor 1000

BT Digital video baby monitor 1000 with baby displayed on monitor screen

The BT Digital Video Baby Monitor 1000 sees the introduction of British Telecom to the video monitor market. Having previously won awards for the design of their audible monitors I would expect innovative features and well designed essentials. This is exactly what BT has attempted to do, unfortunately some of the features don’t quite match up to its more expensive counterparts but that’s not to say this isn’t a good buy for someone who needs a digital video baby monitor at around the £100 mark.

The LCD screen is 2.8 inches which does exactly what you need it to do; during the day, a full colour video will be transmitted in real time to the monitor and it automatically switches to infra red mode when it is too dark to produce good quality colour vision. In night time mode, the video images are black and white (as they are on all video monitors that have night vision); the image of your baby sleeping in black and white is vivid enough to be able to make out if your baby is safe in her bed and also clear enough to see if she is asleep (which is practically all you need night vision for). The image tends to become slightly grainy if you use the zoom option whilst in night vision mode but as long as you have positioned the camera correctly, I can’t personally see any reason why you would need to do this, so for me it isn’t really too much of an issue.

The range of the Baby Monitor 1000 is 50m indoors and a massive 300m outdoors and there are no problems to report about any interference with wifi connections. The monitor has been heavily tested to ensure this. The parent unit can be used whilst plugged in or on rechargeable batteries and boasts a feature which is not available on most other video monitors: you can adjust the sensitivity settings so that the video monitor screen only springs into life when there is a noise, this saves battery life and helps parents who find themselves watching monitor screens more than anything else in the evenings! (Other video monitors tend to need you to manually switch the monitor screen on when running on battery power).

Talking of battery life, a fully charged parent unit will last a good 12 hours or so (as long as you have adjusted the sensitivity as stated above) so is perfect for charging at night and and using on battery power during the day. Much like the Motorola MBP33 and MBP36 this monitor has 5 lullabies Pre programmed into the unit to help to soothe your little one, unfortunately these can’t be switched on via the parent unit so would mean having to go into your baby’s room and manually press the button, surely the idea of playing lullabies is that you can soothe your little one back to sleep without having to go into him (as this often results in him wanting to be picked up). I think there is definitely room for improvement there.

There is a talk back function which works well and is easy operate and the parent unit also displays the ambient room temperature (as recorded by the camera unit). I love the fact that you can program in your ideal room temperature and the monitor will warn you should this temperature be reached, this definitely helps with your peace of mind as you know that not only is your baby being monitored but the room temperature is too!

You can also add upto 3 additional monitors but unfortunately this seems to result in a loss of sound so not a unit I would recommend if you are thinking of expanding. All in all, this is a decent, reliable video monitor with all the essentials covered (good picture, night vision, long range, talk back). There is room for improvement on a couple of the features but this shouldn’t put you off buying it if you aren’t planning on using them (this is very reasonably priced). If you want one camera and aren’t too worried about playing lullabies through it then you can’t go wrong with the BT Digital video baby monitor 1000

Customer reviews

Good points

  • Extra long range and no wifi interference issues
  • Automatically switches to night mode
  • displays ambient room temperature with adjustable/programmable maximum temperature warning
  • Sound activated video monitoring option

Negative Points

  • unable to listen to your baby when using additional cameras
  • You have to manually switch on the lullabies from the camera unit rather than remotely

What is in the box?

  • 1 x Camera unit for the baby’s room
  • 1 x Parent unit for you
  • 1 x Rechargeable battery for your Parent unit
  • 1 x Battery compartment cover for your Parent unit
  • 2 x Mains power adaptors
  • 1 x Full user guide to talk you through your Video Baby Monitor
  • 1 x Wall mounting bracket
  • 2 x Screws
  • 2 x Wall plugs

Product Features

  • 2.8 inch LCD colour screen
  • Huge range of up to 300m
  • Room temperature display
  • Option to add up to 4 additional cameras
  • No interference with your broadband router or other DECT baby monitors.
  • Talk-back feature
  • Built in lullabies
  • Rechargeable Batteries or Mains powered

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Motorola MBP36 Digital Video Monitor, camera and parent unit

Motorola MBP36 Digital Video Monitor

Motorola MBP36 Digital video baby monitor with baby sleeping displayed on the lcd screen

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

Motorola MBP36 Digital video baby monitor features which include a large 3.5 inch colour screen and pan and tilt camera with night cision

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

Product Features

  • 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)

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Close up of the mbp33 digital video monitor

Motorola MBP33 Digital Video Monitor

The Motorola MBP33 Digital Video Monitor with 2.8 Inch Colour LCD Screen is Motorola MBP33 Digital video monitor with lcd colour screeneverything you would expect from a brand like Motorola, the mobile phone giants and Binatone have excelled again in designing the MBP33 Digital Video Monitor.

First and foremost, lets look at the picture quality; in day mode the camera transmits a clear, colour picture to the 2.8 inch LCD monitor screen and there is no noticeable delay between real life and you being able to view it, the quality is such that you can easily see particular details such as the all important question – “Are my baby’s eyes closed?” There is also the option to remotely zoom in by pressing the zoom button on your monitor screen; one idea would be to set the camera position up in full zoom mode so that you are able to see your baby in her normal sleeping position and use the zoom out function if she has rolled out of view. With that said, you may love the fact that you can zoom in to your little one for a closer look and want to save the zoom function for that purpose. In night time mode the camera will automatically switch to using the infra red functionality so there is nothing you physically have to do to enable this (bar having the unit turned on). The picture quality in infra red mode is as clear as you can expect from a night vision camera and is certainly clear enough to be able to see your baby’s movements and to tell if she is safe, asleep and breathing (the 3 main reasons we want video monitors).

The MBP33 also has the other features that I would expect from a modern, digital monitor; the talk back function is clear and easy to use and the room temperature of your child’s room is also displayed on the parent unit. The parent unit comes supplied with rechargeable batteries that are charged up each time you plug the power cable in, if you are using the monitor in portable mode (battery powered) then it will act as a standard audio monitor until you select the camera view button. The reason for this is to ensure the batteries don’t run down too quickly – the video will be live for 5 minutes before reverting back to audio mode. if you want the video option on permanently then simply take the power cord into the same room as you, otherwise, use it in portable mode and simply select when you want to watch it; if you hear some noises through the monitor simply press a button to see what’s going on. It couldn’t be simpler.

There doesn’t seem to be any problem with interference from or interfering with wireless Internet connections and the range of the signal is 200 metres; if you are out of range you will be advised by means of an audible alarm. There are 2 additional functions that separate this unit from others, one really pleases me and the other I fear is a bit of a gimmick; as well as the talk back function there is also an option to play polyphonic lullabies to your baby by pressing this option on your monitor screen, this may work if you condition your baby to be soothed by loud polyphonic tones in the middle of the night but, personally, It’s not something that appeals to me. It’s a nice idea but one which I feel needs to be improved upon before it becomes a must have feature. The 2nd additional function is security I hadn’t ever considered security in the past when looking to buy a video monitor but, now that the option is there I think it is something worth considering when comparing products; the last thing you want is someone nearby picking up your signal and being able to listen to and talk to/wake up your baby (the most likely case of this happening is if someone else has the same monitors within range). The sound is encrypted on these monitors so there is absolutely no danger of that happening here.

These Motorola MBP33 Video Monitor is secure and reliable with no reception problems noted and a good, clear picture in both day and night mode. Motorola/Binatone are a trusted manufacturer and this product will give you great peace of mind at a very competitive price.

What is good about the Motorola MBP33?

  • Option to add an additional 3 cameras and one extra parent unit
  • Excellent picture quality in both day and night mode
  • Good sound sensitivity with adjustable volume control
  • Encrypted audio signal
  • Fantastic range
  • Remote zoom function

What could be improved about the MBP33?

  • It would be fantastic if this could pan around the room 

MBP33 Digital video monitor has many features as explained hereWhat is in the box?

  • 1 x Parent unit
  • 1x Baby unit
  • 1x User guide
  • 1x Quick start guide
  • 2 x Rechargeable batteries (for parent unit)
  • Power adapter for parent unit and baby unit

Product Features

  • Zoom Functionality: Control the MBP33’s camera remotely to zoom the video image as needed.
  • Five Lullabies Built In: Lull your baby to sleep with one of five polyphonic lullabies programmed into the MBP33.
  • Data Encryption for Security
  • Sound-Activated LED Alerts
  • Up to 200 Metre Range with “Out-of-Range” Warning

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Summer infant baby touch digital video monitor can pan and zoom up and down and left and right

Summer Infant Baby Touch Digital Video Monitor

The summer infant baby touch video monitor with pan, scan and zoomThe 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 Summer infant baby touch digital video monitor can pan and zoom up and down and left and rightthe 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

Product Features

  • 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

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Baby dispalyed on the parent unit of Angelcare ac1120

Angelcare AC1120 Digital Video and Sound Baby Monitor

The Angelcare AC1120 Digital Video and Sound Baby Monitor
is everything you could ask for from a video monitor. First and foremost is the picture quality; during the day you will be able to see your baby napping in full colour, high quality video and during the night, you are still able to get a clear, vivid picture of your baby in infra red mode. As long as you have positioned the nursery unit correctly you will never have to go a moment without seeing your baby.

Angelcare AC1120 Digital Video and Sound Baby Monitor parent and nursery unit

If your little one tends to move around quite a bit whilst in her cot/bed then this isn’t a problem either, you can simply zoom in, zoom out or move the direction the camera is facing by pressing a few buttons on the parent unit(pan); having the option to pan the camera is quickly becoming a must have feature for digital video monitors and one that I would definitely look for when buying one. It is easy to operate, stylish, and well designed, the parent unit is touch screen operation so should appeal to the iPhone/ipad generation, this also makes it very intuitive and easy to navigate.

The Angelcare ac1120 has a 200m range, as you would expect this is subject to their being no interferences. If your monitor does go out of range you will hear an audible alarm to warn you of this. Angelcare have very good customer service and are always happy to help should you need advice on setting it up or if you experience any problems. You can adjust the sensitivity of the microphone so that you are able to hear every sound that comes from your baby’s bedroom or you can set it so that it only picks up on your baby’s cry, this is a good setting if you live in flats and often experience noise from above.

There is a huge feature list as you will see below, it has been very well received by those who recently purchased it and I’m sure the Angelcare ac1120 is going to be a very popular product in 2013. If you would like the peace of mind of an ‘Angel’ looking over your most cherished possession then you can’t go wrong with the AC1120, it does everything a baby video monitor should do and it does it well.

Good Points

  • Excellent quality picture
  • Very clear audioAngelcare AC1120 parent unit touchscreen
  • Easy to use touchscreen
  • Clear images in night time mode
  • Night light option
  • Talk back function
  • Pan and zoom facility
  • Temperature display

Negative Points

  • Signal range can dramatically reduce if used outside

Angelcare AC1120 nursery unit, looks like an angel

What is in the box?

  • 1 x Parent unit
  • 1 x Nursery unit
  • 1 x Charging cradle
  • 2 x AC adaptors
  • 3 x rechargeable batteries
  • 1 x Instruction manual

Product Features

  • Full colour CMOS Video Sensor (240 x 320 pixels, 15 fps) with Night Vision
  • 2.75” LCD full colour digital touch screen, just like your smartphone
  • Digital 2.4GHz crystal clear transmission with more than 60 channels
  • Camera Pan & Zoom–Zoom and rotate the camera from the portable Parent Unit
  • Talk back feature–Speak to your baby through the Parent Unit

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