- 5.0-inch portable flat-screen color LCD handheld video monitor operates on 2.4GHz wireless digital technology
- Wide angle lens camera to see 4x more of baby’s room
- Digital zoom camera with automatic black and white night vision
- Two-way audio communication with sound activated LED lights
- Low battery and out of range indicators, with range up to 600-feet/182.88-meters
- Add up to 3 additional cameras, Summer Infant item # 29180/Amazon item # B00I3K1IXC
It works but it’s not my favorite.
This monitor for the most part works just fine but the biggest complaint that I have is that the battery life stink on it. I am lucky if I can get 4 hours out of it. By the time my baby goes to bed I still have several hours that I am awake and moving around the house getting things done. I need a monitor that lasts longer than 4 hours. I don’t understand why something that costs 150 dollars contains such a crappy battery!
A bit basic…
I am a huge Lorex fan when it comes to baby monitors. I have found them to be very durable and even use Lorex for my home security.I have never heard of Summer Infant with cameras, I have for other baby items. but the wide angel seemed like a great monitor. When I received it, it was very simple to set up. I had it up within minutes. It took longer to get it out of the box. I loved the size of the monitor and also loved that the camera had an extra long power cord. I have found a lot of cameras have short cords and this one is longer. Both power cords are marked with either a monitor or camera on the back of the power adapter so you know which one to use, literally idiot proof.The camera to me has a rather large footprint and I feel very limited angles. It only goes up and down and left and right. I can never get a great view and have to adjust it a lot. The camera itself has decent infrared.The monitor, I have such a love hate relationship with it. It is very basic. It you are wanting something with bells and whistles, keep looking, it is very basic. One thing I did love about this monitor over all the others I have owned it you do not have to power it down and back up to see the screen. It has a button on the top you can hit that puts it is standby mode. This feature was probably one of the best things they made on it. However, for being a wide angle camera and a really large screen size, I do not feel I am getting a decent area. It seems very limited due to the camera and angels. The colors are not that great and as far as I can tell you can only turn the brightness up and down. It seems to have a purple hue to it which I find annoying. It does have a very stable kickstand on the back which is nice that you do not have to worry about it falling over if moving from room to room. I also like that the screen is matte and does not show fingerprints that much. The monitor has a HUGE lag to it though. My toddler daughter will be leaving her room on the camera but yet she is standing next to me in the kitchen. It is a very significant lag, too much of a lag for parents to be concerned about their little ones. It also will freeze up at times. It is like watch a movie where someone is standing in one place and they suddenly are in another room.The most annoying feature for me is the range. I have the monitor and camera no more than 30 feet apart and it loses the signal all the time! I will look at the monitor and it states `signal lost’. I have tried to move it to other locations but it does the same thing. There does not seem to be any interference in the way either.Summer had a good idea but think they brought this to market before it was ready. I personally cannot recommend this camera.
Poor camera design makes getting a good angle close to impossible.
Over the past two years I’ve had experience with three other video baby monitors and have come to find that some have some pretty nice features while others don’t. This monitor from Summer Infant seemed like it had the potential to be a really good monitor based on the product description, but in reality, it ended up being our least favorite of the four video monitors we’ve used.What I like about this monitor is the fact that the infared lights don’t have a bright red or fuschia glow like the monitors from The First Years that we have reviewed in the past. I also like the nice big screen for the monitor. The sound quality was so-so, but I certainly liked the feature that allows you to talk to the baby through the monitor using the parent unit. That’s helpful if you’re trying to talk to someone while you’re in the nursery with the baby.My dislikes, with regards to this monitor cover several different areas. First off, the camera unit needs a bit more flexibility for getting the angle just right. It can only tilt up and down and turn from side to side. The monitors that we have that are on a ball pivot allow us to get a much better angle of our baby’s crib. This monitor just doesn’t give us the angle we’re looking for. The package boasts that this monitor has a wide angle view but it really isn’t much wider than other video monitors. I also don’t like that the zoom feature doesn’t allow you to navigate around the way the video monitors from The First Years and Samsung do. It gives the impression of being poorly designed. The night time view is quite bad. In fact, it’s the worst I’ve seen out of the four monitors we’ve had and that’s saying a lot considering the one montior from The First Years (Crisp and Clear) that we have has only a 2 inch screen with a pretty grainy picture that offers more night time clarity.In all honesty, I’d stay away from this monitor. My preferred monitor is the one from Samsung (Samsung SEW-3036WN Wireless Video Baby Monitor IR Night Vision Zoom 3.5 inch). It is the one that is the best made of the four we’ve used and is the one we will continue using.
Great monitor – Basic Video Monitor with Some Features Lacking
This baby monitor is really wonderful. My son is 8 months old, and I’m constantly on the lookout for a baby monitor that fits all of my needs. I was excited for the chance to review this monitor for amazon. It definitely hit most of my needs/wants, but left me wanting more.Pros:- Large screen- Somewhat clear picture (as compared to my cheaper models of baby monitors)- Easily mounted to the wallCons:- Confusing menu options- Battery doesn’t last – AT ALL- Screen saving mode while off of the charger. This annoys me- Camera does not turn side to side – made getting a good view of the crib slightly difficult- No temperature gaugeI know my Cons list is a little picky, but I think that having a temperature gauge on the baby monitor should be something that all baby monitors have. This is my third baby monitor. I believe that I like this one the most out of the 3 that I’ve tried; A V-Tech monitor (which is a great monitor for the price) and a Levana monitor (for the price, not so much).Once the monitor is off of the charger, the monitor goes into screen saving mode after about 5 minutes – you still get audit, but the picture goes black. You can hit the screen button to make the image re-appear, but that does really annoy me. I want the picture to be constantly on the video monitor. If a customer didn’t want a screen to look at, they would have purchased an audio-only monitor. But that’s just my gripe. But I understand why Summer Infant decided to create the screen saving mode – because the battery is absolutely TERRIBLE when the screen is on non-stop. It lasts me for maybe an hour to an hour and a half. I can’t watch a movie in the living room without the battery dying on me. Not cool.Other than those main things, I do like this monitor. I like that it came with a VERY long cord for the camera, as well as mounting tacks. I was able to mount my camera on the wall by the window and thread the wire down the interior of the window frame with the cord holders. It looks great and you can’t even tell that there is a wire coming down the wall! I like good aesthetics Overall, I would recommend this monitor to anyone looking for a decent baby monitor. I like it and I’m using it as my primary baby monitor at the moment, so I’m getting great use out of it. The range is nice and I have yet to lose the signal, which is a huge plus for me.
I have reviewed several other monitors on Amazon. I can safely say that I do not think the Summer Wide View is as good as some of the others. Without belaboring what others have said, I find the feed to be choppy and uneven. Although the screen is a great size and the definition is great (when it works), I believe the minuses are making me only give this monitor 3 stars, I think you can best spend money on other monitors or even stay in the Summer family but upgrade to a much better monitor. I find this would be good for a definitive close in source (i.e. just the crib alone) but not if you are looking to monitor a large room (or expect to pan to other areas without quality loss).
Doesn’t pan, but does have a large screen.
I have tried several baby monitors over the past few years. It’s amazing how quickly they have added new features. I like the 2 way communication that this one allows. The wide screen helps, but I prefer one that pans. The advantage to a wide screen is that some of the ones that pan make a noise when you re-position the camera. This one dose allow for a close up.Set up is easy and there is additional help on the company’s site. They encourage you to contact them if you have any problems. Picture quality is better with light, but that is true of most monitors.
Better video than the Motorola MBP36
I love this baby monitor. I can compare this one to the Motorola MBP36 and I like this one better because the video quality is so much better on this one. I thought the MBP36 was good until I got this one, then it was absolutely no contest. In fact, I wish I could return the MBP36. The MBP36 is good because you can pan the camera remotely using the controls on the monitor and I like that the buttons on the monitor is on the face and not on the edges because that makes it so you are not constantly accidentally pushing buttons when you’re carrying it, but that’s it. In video quality, this one wins hands down and since that’s the most important part – I prefer this one. The wide angle is nice because you can see a greater area, but then you’re not getting a close up. There’s a zoom feature which kind of makes up for it but if you are only using this to point into one specific area and want to see like your baby breathing – you may want to get the non-wide angle version of this baby monitor. This one is great if you want to monitor the whole crib or a whole room. If your baby is very mobile, this would be your best choice. The camera is static (doesn’t pan), but you won’t need it to because you can set it up so it shows you the whole room at once.What could be improved:1. Battery life of the monitor – it only lasts a few hours of continuous use. The charger does have an extra long cable, but it would be nice if the battery life was better.2. The buttons are all along the edges of the monitor – this is nice because you get a very nice big viewing screen, but not so nice because you’re constantly accidentally hitting buttons on the thing when you’re carring it around.3. Picture quality – Yes, it’s much better video quality than the Motorola MBP36 and it’s good enough that you can easily see your baby breathing, but it could always be better….if we’re being greedy.What is great:1. Great wide screen so you can see an entire room in one shot. You don’t need it to pan. Screen size is bigger and better than the MBP362. Great video quality – you can easily watch your baby breathing3. Great night vision – you can easily watch baby breathing4. Very reliable5. Excellent portability – I have a 1500 sq ft house on a half acre lot and I’m able to monitor the baby from pretty much my entire property. So everywhere in the house and out in the yard as well. Excellent. It beats the Motorola MBP36 in this area as well.6. Has an internal antenna which is way nicer than the externa antenna of the Motorola MBP36 – while still having better connection.7. The stand is better and sturdier on the monitor than the MBP368. Pretty much everything you need to monitor your baby.9. The monitor and camera can be closer together before you get feedback – basically, just as long as they are at least 2 feet apart, you won’t have feedback issues. Not like the MBP36 which gets feedback if they are in the same room. This is especially important if you’re trying to adjust the placement of the camera while looking at the monitor. Or – if you rig this up in your car to use as a car baby monitor (which I did). I would recommend using the non-wide screen version if using in the car, but this one would work as well. I love using this in the car because 1. It’s way better than trying to rig up a bunch of mirrors to monitor my baby in her rear facing car seat. 2. You can’t see the baby with mirrors if driving at night – but you can with this monitor because of the night vision. 3. With the zoom feature, you can easily see baby breathing in her car seat – this is especially important with the rise in incidents where babies stop breathing in their car seats. I am able to drive with confidence and not have to worry because I can totally see her face and chest and know everything is okay. I have the monitor mounted on my dash with a GPS monitor that accepts a 5" screen.10. Durability – I’ve been using this in all different capacities, every day for the past 2 months and it’s been going strong. I’ve dropped the monitor a few times and it’s gotten scuffed on the edges, but still working great.Great product that I use on a daily basis and am extremely happy with.