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Summer Infant Best View Handheld Color Video Monitor with 2.5" Screen

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  • 100% digital technology for a secure and private connection up to a 350' range
  • Small, lightweight size with a 2.5'' color LCD screen with B&W night vision, LED sound lights and one touch video on/off for night time convenience
  • Remotely pan, scan and zoom camera
  • 10 hour rechargeable battery, auto time-out feature
  • Belt clip and flip stand included
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Technical Details
Item Weight2.8 pounds
Product Dimensions3 x 3.2 x 7.2 inches
UPC012914026403 012914026441 012914026410
Item model number02644
Power source typeElectric, Rechargeable Batteries
Batteries requiredYes
Battery life600 minutes
Standing screen display size2.5 inches
Display typeColor
Maximum indoor range350 Feet
Handheld display size2.5 inches
  
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ASINB001NAATW0
Best Sellers Rank #58,169 in Baby (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.8 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  
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Product Description

For parents looking for the best in handheld color video monitors, Summer Infant's 'Best View' Handheld Color Video Monitor is it. It's not only 100% digital, providing a clear and secure transmission, but it looks and works great and has a 2.5" color display screen with remote pan, scan and zoom camera options to get the best view of baby. Digital technology provides a secure and private connection up to a 350' range. The small, lightweight receiver has a 2.5'' color LCD screen with black and white night vision and LED sound light to see and hear baby's every sound. One touch video on/off for night time convenience and belt clip & flip stand. 2.4GHz.

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For parents looking for the best in handheld color video monitors, Summer Infant's 'Best View' Handheld Color Video Monitor is it. It's not only 100% digital, providing a clear and secure transmission, but it looks and works great and has a 2.5" color display screen with remote pan, scan and zoom camera options to get the best view of baby. Digital technology provides a secure and private connection up to a 350' range. The small, lightweight receiver has a 2.5'' color LCD screen with black and white night vision and LED sound light to see and hear baby's every sound. One touch video on/off for night time convenience and belt clip & flip stand. 2.4GHz.

Customer Reviews

The picture is clear and the sound is very good.
Amanda
Love the zoom feature, and the fact that I can control the camera remotely.
M. Bono
It doesn't charge the battery anymore, but it powers the unit.
A. Ingraham

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

447 of 453 people found the following review helpful By Snap, Crackle and Pop on April 2, 2009
Video monitors might seem gimmicky, or for obsessive parents, but they are much more useful than you might think (see more thoughts in the last section of this review).

And the Summer Infant BestView is one of the top choices (the other one as of now being the more expensive Safety 1st High-Def Digital Video Monitor). Summer Infant has done a lot of things right - they got the basics of audio and video working, and added useful features like pan and zoom. And they haven't added too many useless features (like music or nightlights).

There are a few things, as mentioned in other reviews and below, that leave you wondering what they were thinking. But all of the monitors we've owned - three video monitors and two audio monitors - have had a few strange twists like that. And oddly our first video monitor, the seemingly stone age analog Summer Infant Video Monitor with a video tube, still has the best audio and video quality of all of them (when there's no static). But it's far from portable.

With any monitor, the video and audio quality are by far the most important features, and on the the Summer Infant Best View Monitor those work well. The pan and zoom also work well, and are useful features:

GOOD VIDEO: The video quality is good when using night vision, considering the limitations of night vision; and very good in normal light, with good color. There is little or no time delay, and relatively few skips in the movement.
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153 of 159 people found the following review helpful By Suzi on March 28, 2009
This has good video and audio quality, which makes it better than the other video monitors out there. That's something.

So why take away from that with a few things that make no sense at all:

What is with the flashing red lights on the camera? Sure they aren't that bright, but they are visible AND they go off briefly about every 5 seconds. That's all my baby can look at. Maybe it won't be a problem long term. But I know these lights for night illumination can be invisible, other monitors are. Even Summer Infant makes some where the baby doesn't have to see the night vision lights. And they sure don't need to go on and off.

And, because the night vision lights on the camera go out, it makes the video on the monitor pulsate in brightness every 5 seconds or so too. It's still usable, just really annoying when you have the video on in a room that's low or no light. Flash .... flash .... flash ...

And last of all, for goodness sakes when will they figure out that you don't put a huge bright green LED on the front of a baby monitor camera, just to let you know the power is connected? If I want a nightlight (or a spotlight, sheesh), I'll get one!

They need to let a few real moms use the products before they release them, and listen to what they say.
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160 of 171 people found the following review helpful By Shaun on March 1, 2009
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So first I will say I have tried many cameras and this one is great. It has a great picture and great sound. The pan and zoom feature is great. I have no interference from my wireless internet or cordless phones.

However it has three flaws and one is major.

The first is the lights that let you know the baby is crying only work when the volume is turned up. Also the louder the volume on the monitor is turned up the more lights that light up even if the baby is crying at the same level. The issue is you can't simply have the volume tuned down or low and watch the monitor to see if the baby is crying. This is useful if you are on the phone or the monitor is sitting on your desk or even if your spouse is sleeping and you have the monitor and don't want the sound to wake them. The lights should light up no matter that volume you have the monitor on.

(I am told this has been fixed with the newer models that Amazon now has)

The second issue is adjusting the volume. You have to go into the menu to do this because there are no volume controls on the unit. So as an example at night if the video on the monitor is shut off and the baby starts crying you can't just turn the volume up or down you need to wake the video on the monitor then hit menu then adjust the volume.

The third issue which is major and is why it needs to go back is in nightvision. Every 5 seconds or so the picture flashes bight light on the monitor. I went in and looked at the camera and it turns out that the LED lights that are used for nightvision on the camera actual are flashing off and on about every five seconds which is what is causing this.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By T-Shan on September 30, 2009
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We purchased this to replace a 3+ year old Summer Infant 900MHz Day & Night 2.5" color system (a good system; make sure you use tuner cleaner on the controls every so often, and plan on replacing the batteries every 18 months). The description for this Best View monitor on the Amazon site states it is 900 MHZ. WARNING: It is not 900 MHz, but 2.4GHz.

The flyer in the Best View box stated that the 2.4GHz may cause some interference, and that it would be best to turn off those devices for best performance. Well, with TiVo, Linksys wireless router, iTouch, laptops, wireless printer, etc., all using 2.4GHz 802.11g, that is impractical. How bad is the interference? With the video camera on the top floor, the wireless in the house generally still worked for anything beyond 20 ft from the camera, but it significantly slows things down, and may not be immediately apparent to you. But, if the monitor (receiver) is moved near another device (say on a lower level), it REALLY brings the network to its knees. I ran performance tests, and it could reduce network throughput by up to 80%, and even lock it up. Ouch! Furthermore, when we ran our laptops up near the camera, in this case a bedroom next to it, those laptops could not even use wireless networking ... not at all - LOCKED UP 100% of the time (Mac and PC). As soon as the camera is turned off, the network is back up and running.

I even ran tests by assigning different 2.4GHz 802.11g channels (Channel 9 for router, Channel 3 for camera (camera was fixed)), and still had the same problems. I cannot speak for 802.11n networks, so that may be what some of the reviewers are having success with. It could be that since some devices support the 5GHz version of the 802.11n standard, that may be your best bet for a work-around.
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