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Definitely not Levana's best
, January 16, 2013
This review is from: Levana 32000 Lila 2.4-Inch Digital Video Baby Monitor with Talk to Baby Intercom (White) (Baby Product)
This is the second Levana video baby monitor I've owned. The other, the BABYVIEW20, is pretty decent. This one is the opposite. The best thing I can say about it is that it handles interference well and has a nice receiver unit.
We use a sound machine to provide white noise for our kids. This monitor has a sound threshold so that it will be silent until there is sound. Unfortunately, the white noise sets off the threshold so it's always pumping out the white noise, which wouldn't be so bad if the lowest volume setting on the monitor wasn't so darn loud. The thing doesn't resample the baseline ambient sound, so the white noise always ticks off the mechanism. It's super annoying, and strange since the BABYVIEW20, an older product from Levana, *does* resample the baseline.
Next up is the horrendous base station that is permanently fixed to the camera. It is NOT omni-directional at all. When you turn the camera on the base, the angle moves up and down in a continuous wave. THAT's how you adjust the angle of view... ya. The peaks and valleys of the wave are not large enough to provide necessary versatility. The base oddly has a slot for a screw to mount it to a wall. However, you would have to mount the camera directly over your child's bed, which might be OK if the power cable wasn't so short. On top of that, the camera easily twists in the base, which throws off the angle. I found myself readjusting the camera every night, which is a frustrating process altogether.
The receiver unit does actually have one advanced feature. You can pair multiple cameras to it (up to 4 I think) and cycle through them. The main selling point of the camera, the invisible infra-red LEDs, is actually true. I guess some kids get scared of the red ring on other cameras? I don't know, but this one doesn't have that ring at night. However, my camera strangely sent a foggy night time image after only a day of use. I tried cleaning the front with lens cleaner, and it helped a little bit, but was still foggy.
I really cannot recommend this product.
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