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A great system -- just short of perfect
, January 26, 2013
This review is from: Levana Jena Digital Baby Video Monitor with 8 Hour Rechargeable Battery and Talk to Baby Intercom (Baby Product)
Our first baby video monitor was a Levana and it was terrific (2008 -- the BABYVIEW20). That being said, it did start to have audio problems, then the camera stopped working, but it exceeded our expectations and lasted three years of heavy use.
When I have the opportunity to get this, I jumped. As good as our old model was, this one beats it in every way.
IMAGE QUALITY/RANGE/BATTERY LIFE
The quality of the image is great -- in the daytime or very dark. In the darkest room, it's not a green image or anything, the baby is lit by infrared light that allows you to see the baby rather well in black & white. It transmits 15 frame per second, so the video is rather fluid. The range is crazy far. I was able to go about 300 feet away from the house and it still worked great. After quite a few months, we still haven't had it go dead yet! The book lists four hours of battery life, which is longer than we ever need.
The camera is more compact than the other model and it actually has the ability to use AAA batteries to transmit in addition to the AC adapter. It has a speaker for lullabies and the "Talk to Baby" feature I'll write about below. Remarkably, it has an external temperature probe, which is a testament to the designer's desire to get an accurate temperature. It also has a nightlight on top that is switchable from the monitor. The green power light on the front is rather annoying to us when it is near us when sleeping, so I covered that up.
The thermometer feature is a fantastic bonus -- you have to enable it in the menu, but it is nice to always know that it is not some extreme temperature.
Talk to Baby intercom is obviously to talk to the baby, and this is not something my daughter likes, but some kids might do well it. This also opens this kit to other interesting uses -- like a front door monitor.
You can play lullabies from the monitor -- with five to choose from. My daughter isn't a fan of this feature either, but maybe yours will! This was a big annoyance on our last model and this one, too -- the button to play a lullaby is the on the side of the monitor, so if you drop it, hold it wrong or bump the button, you could play a lullaby and wake up the baby. NO!! I wish they would add an option in the menu to deactivate those buttons.
The last options in the menu are to activate VOX (silent on the monitor until there is noise) and the ability to change between multiple cameras.
This model has a charging base that appears to have an intelligent charging system that stops charging when the battery is full (or at least the light goes out when it is charged). If this is intelligent, it will help the battery life.
Overall, I'm impressed with the changes Levana has made in this model and I'd highly recommend this model to everyone that is looking for a baby video monitor.
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