41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2011
First thing I want to say is that this camera also works with the MBP33 baby monitor as well. We bought the MBP33 baby monitor for our 3 month old and we bought an additional camera to keep in our toddler's room. We are pretty happy with it so far. I love the two way communication function and the room temperature feature. My only complaint is that we keep the camera across the room on his dresser, and the night vision light is not very strong so we can not see clearly all the way to his bed. It is about 7 ft from the dresser to the bed. If we adjust the light contrast on the parent unit we can see, but it is pretty dark and grainy. We previously has a Summer Infant video monitor and did not have this problem at all, but then again, the night vision feature broke after 2 years on that monitor. We keep the other camera above the crib in our baby's room and haven't had any problems at all. Overall, we are happy with the monitor and the additional camera.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2012
This camera was purchased for my Motorola MBP36 Baby Monitor which only comes with one camera. I needed a second camera for a new baby. Previous to purchasing the Motorola MBP36, I had used baby monitors from Levana, Lorex, MobiCam, Samsung, and Summer Infant (my search for the perfect one was a little excessive). This Motorola is one of the better ones I've used.
The setup was super-easy, and it worked flawlessly. It's the exact same camera that comes with the MBP36 set, so it swivels all around - tilts, pans and zooms nicely as advertised. It can be placed on a nightstand, and it can be mounted to the wall. I have both cameras mounted to the wall, about 7-8 feet away from the crib. The night vision is excellent. If you have the MBP36 unit with camera, you know exactly what you are getting. I was pretty happy with the purchase.
About a month into using the unit it started to slowly lose the night vision feature. At first it was barely noticeable so I dismissed it; but another month in, it became pretty obvious that night vision was failing. Night vision was still working on the original camera (after months of use), but not on this additional camera (only about a month use). I swapped the two cameras between the rooms and tested them to confirm, and verified that night vision was gone on the second camera only. I probably got a defective unit.
As night vision is one of the key features I needed, this camera became very inconvenient...it basically functioned only as an audio monitor for the second room at night.
Thankfully, because I ordered from Amazon and this camera falls under the baby products 365-day return policy, Amazon replaced it at no charge. Order from Amazon if you want the peace of mind of a 365-day return guarantee. If you want 20% off the retail price, buy with a coupon from BBB, if there is one near you. I believe BBB has a good return policy as well.
I gave it 4-stars because the replacement is working well. I assume that the first camera I received was defective. If this replacement camera fails also, I will write an update to this review and revise the rating.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2013
This is great for 2 kids....only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is that it would be even better with a split screen to see both kids at once. I understand volume would be a problem then. Love how you can pan the room - especially for my mobile 2 year old! Quality image - glad we finally found a good monitor for next few years.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2014
Works like a charm to cover both areas of house. This is the second camera we have to go with our monitor unit and it's great. Can switch between cameras anytime and set monitor to SCAN -- which flips between each camera every 10 seconds.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2014
We bought this as an additional camera for our original set. Very easy to set up, although the long chords these come with is kind of a hazard in a child's room. Wish there was another way to power this item. Otherwise, it works well and as expected - night vision is great and can see my child well. Love having two since we have two little ones and we can scan both cameras since they are currently not sharing a room (they wake each other up)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2013
I bought this baby monitor camera for my second child's room. The IR light on the first one I had burned out. To salvage my first Motorola baby monitor, I purchased (from Amazon) the Clover Electronics IR045 Night Vision IR Lights with 60-Feet Range - Small (Black) to provide an IR light source and a Skylink WS-100/WS-100N Wireless Remote Control switch to wirelessly turn on and off the IR light source.
on May 12, 2015
I've had a horrible experience the last few days with a baby monitor by Motorola that some of you might have. Want to get the word out because I don't want anyone spending money on such a piece of junk.
To Whom It May Concern: I'm so upset about the lack of quality in your baby monitors. Babies are our most precious possession and it just makes me sick that I've been taken advantage of by #motorola. I bought a monitor and camera 3 years ago when my first child was born. About a year ago, the monitor became difficult to turn on and wouldn't hold a charge. So I called the Warranty dept. and I was out of warranty so they told me to buy a new battery pack and charger which I did. It wasn't perfect, but it sort of did the job as long as we didn't move it around. Then we got pregnant with twins and I bought an additional camera about 9 months ago. I should have bought a new system, but anyway, fast forward to this week. We have a screwdriver in the power hole because it won't stay on anymore. I called the warranty dept again and they want me to PAY another $140 for a new system. Why??? why in the world after investing $330 on a monitor system that really should last around 6-7 years to cycle through how long you'd need a monitor for would I then pay ANOTHER $140? I asked to speak to a supervisor and she said there was nothing she could do. So what I get from this experience is that you test your products and make them work until right around the warranty runs out. It would be one thing if it was a cheap product, I wouldn't be so upset, but it's not. In fact, it's one of the most expensive monitor options out there. Who has that much money to keep wasting on a faulty product? I even asked the woman if they would apply the $100 I JUST spent on the new camera towards the new system and I would pay $40. She said no. That's not how they work. Okay, I'll be making sure I go to every mom's group, twitter, Facebook, wherever I can and make sure all the moms out there know not to waste their money on a product that poses as quality. I'm so disappointed I actually CRIED out of frustration!! UGH
Thank God for Amazon though, they are going to refund me for this camera because they are a quality company who puts its customers first. So A+ for Amazon! F- for Motorola
on April 5, 2014
When it was time for my second child, I already owned a Summer Infant video baby monitor that did not allow you to add a camera. We did not love it. In fact, we had to contact Summer Infant within the first year because the video that had started as very clear became so grainy you could only make out a child-like outline on the monitor. Although the customer service was not fantastic (they wanted me to go without a unit for 2 weeks in order to replace it), we were willing to try again. So we bought another Summer Infant monitor and camera, but we couldn't get it to work. We exchanged it for another, and the same problem. We guessed that both of the monitors did not play well with each other. So we decided to look for something new.
I read all the reviews I could find and tried a different Summer Infant monitor, a Samsung monitor and finally this the Motorola MBP36 monitor and camera. We also purchased an extra camera. We have now had the Motorola for almost a year and the picture quality is great. We do not have an issue with interference and we like having the option of talking to our toddler through the camera instead of running upstairs.
Recently, however, we began having issues with the monitor and found that it would randomly stop working. I had read some bad reviews of Motorola customer service, so I pulled out the original box and documentation and prepared to have a difficult conversation, but I was pleasantly surprised. I provided the customer service representative with all of the information she asked for and I was informed that Motorola does not repair the units but that they would ship another unit out to me. In return, I just needed to use the pre-paid label and ship my old camera and unit back. This was a much better experience than Summer Infant who originally refused to ship me a new unit until they received my old unit. (It was only after two more phone calls and a credit card that they agreed to ship the new monitor to me without receiving my old one first).
on February 14, 2014
We have used several different video baby monitors and this one takes the cake! We have one camera in each of our two kid's bedrooms synced to the monitor. We usually have it set to scan between the two (switches cameras every 8 seconds or so) but can quickly and easily be changed to look at either. I love the volume adjustment (very quiet to blasting loud and lots of intervals between), and the parent talk feature. A couple quick cons: 1) the audio on each camera will occasionally bug out (each one will do it about once a month), but I've found just turning off and then turning on the offending camera fixes this. The video has never failed, just the audio. 2) the battery life isn't stellar but perhaps we abuse it by turning the display on to check the kids often...the battery will start to die on us if unconnected to the power supply after 3 or 4 hours if set to scan between the two cameras and we've been hitting the display button semi-often (the display automatically turns off after a couple minutes to save power, which is nice. The audio stays on even when the display is off). We solved this by getting a second power supply for our living room (for when the kids are asleep but we're staying up late) which Motorola provided for free (their customer support is AMAZING!).
Would definitely choose this video monitor system again, even with the couple small issues I have with it and the price. I would also choose this model over the one that doesn't pan/tilt. Worth the cost in my opinion.
Additional Note: When I was shopping for a video monitor, I thought I wanted the audio for all cameras on at all times, even though the video was switching between feeds. Now that I've had this I know better. It is nice to be able to hear only one room, especially when the kid in the other room is singing herself to sleep or what-have-you.
on July 20, 2013
We used another "summer" brand for our daughter but that model had been discontinued. So, we went on a search to find a monitor that would work for our newborn twins. Something that would accept more than one monitor viewing area.
We tested this monitor, right along with a few others. First, we tried the Summer Infant privacy Plus monitor. We immediately didn't like this monitor because the picture was quite grainy. We could believe the difference in this monitor and our other monitor from the same company. The grainy mess was a deal breaker even though the other features seemed to be a nice addition.
Next monitor we tried was the new Samsung SEW Wireless monitor, right alongside this monitor. This two were very similar in picture quality. I liked that the Samsung displayed time on the screen versus this monitor which showed the temperature in the room being monitored. I also liked that the Samsung monitor was a very quick button to adjust, which. Was much easier than this monitor. The thing that sold us on this monitor versus the Samsung was this monitor we felt has a slightly better picture. Wasn't quite as pixely and being brand new, we were sure how it would hold up. Since both were so similar, it was really whether we wanted temperature on the screen or time, and we thought temperature in their room would be more important than the time.
I hope this helps you with purchasing a monitor. It took us quite a long time to decide but are happy with our purchase.