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4.0 out of 5 stars Good reception/decent video quality. Simple to use., November 27, 2008
This review is from: Levana BABYVIEW20 Interference Free Digital Wireless Video Baby Monitor with Night Light Lullaby Camera (Baby Product)
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The most important factor about these devices are not having any dropped receptions, etc. Carrying a video signal wirelessly seems like a pretty hefty task. The Levana Babyview20 *INTERFERENCE FREE* Digital Wireless Video Monitor does a good job carrying a consistent signal; I haven't experienced any major freezes or losing video signal. However, I did notice some very brief pause when there's fast motion during night vision, but it is very brief.

The night vision works very well. The camera contains 9 infrared lights. In the dark, you can actually see it glowing red, but it is pretty dim (the green power LED is brighter); hopefully, that's not something that would scare the baby at night. You can see the actual infrared lights during the video I've uploaded, but it is actually not that bright; that is how the digital camera sees it -- not to the human eye. But from the video, you can just get an idea of how much infrared lights are in there. According to Levana, the infrared lights are 100% safe to the baby.

There is a VOX (Voice Operated eXchange) feature, which allows the monitor to be off and only turns on when there is sound detected (for example when the baby starts crying) on the camera. This is a nice feature, but it would have been nice to be able to adjust the sound sensitivity to even detect lower sounds.

The monitor comes with a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. According to Levana, it takes 3 hours to fully charge; blue LED means it is charging and when it goes off, it means fully charged. The camera requires four AAA batteries (not included) if you don't connect it to an AC adapter. Levana claims the camera can operate for 4.5 continuous hours with AAA batteries. (and about half if you use the night light) So obviously, it's best to have an outlet nearby the camera to use the AC instead or be sure to buy some rechargeable AAA batteries.

On the left side of the monitor, it has a PLAY/STOP, NEXT, and VOX button.
On the right side of the monitor, it has ON/OFF dial (which also controls the volume), and BRIGHTNESS UP/DOWN button above it. The power adapter jack is also on the right side bottom.

Below the LCD screen, it shows the POWER/LINK/VOX/MUSIC indicator; there's also an audio level indicator between them with green LEDs. And of course, there's the speaker below it.

That's all it is. It is really basic and simple.

* Takes about 3 seconds for the monitor to turn on
* There's four levels of brightness.
* 3 lullabies can be played on the camera. You can play/stop/next from the monitor.
* There is a Night Light switch on the camera, which just turns on three star-shaped lights on the camera.
* The camera comes with two mounts. One is for clamping on a crib and the other is a magnetic cradle. The cradle is actually pretty nice, which will allow you to rotate the camera in many directions freely with ease.
Careful with the magnetic cradle! The magnet is pretty strong, so you'll want to keep sensitive electronics, especially hard drives away from it.

Sure, in today's HD world, it'd be nice to have everything in great quality. However, higher quality videos will obviously take higher bandwidth to transmit and more battery power. The video quality is pretty much what one would expect with low-end/average webcam. It's not horrible, but you have to be realistic. Overall, it's decent since you can still tell what you're looking at.

Pros:
- Good range for around the house (100-150ft)
- Have not lost any reception.
- Design is fit for a baby's room.
- Pretty close to real-time (about approx 0.5 second delay - not a major big deal)
- Night Vision works great.
- Night light
- Monitor can be clipped on to your belt or as a stand
- Comes with two AC adapters for powering camera or charging monitor
- Basic, very simple to use.

Cons
- No color adjustments; you get what you get. (webcam quality)
- Could use wider lens to see surroundings. (perhaps have an add-on to attach easily to screw on to the lens)
- There should be a button on the monitor to turn on/off the night light.
- The camera could use rechargeable lithium batteries like the monitor.
- Should be able to adjust sound sensitivity for VOX
- Would be really nice to have an automatic panning/zooming capability
- Sound can echo.

I give this product a 3 1/2 stars, but will be a bit lenient and give it a 4, since I have not tested other baby monitors.
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Initial post: Dec 1, 2008 3:21:16 PM PST
Excellent video! It makes for a very helpful review.

I suspect your "unhelpful" vote came from someone trying to drag competing Vine reviews down. I'm sorry to see you slammed by some unscrupulous individual.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2008 3:24:16 AM PST
Auntie Em says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2008 7:15:31 PM PST
M. Duran says:
Yes you are totally correct. I am sure that in the time the person shot the video, wrote the review, edited the video he or she NEVER actually used it on a baby... all of this just takes 4 minutes!! Furthermore, how is it possible to review a baby monitor for sound quality, video quality, and range without having a real baby!!?? Consumer reports should stop using those color charts for testing video and start shooting out their windows. Auntie Em you are a moron.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2009 2:58:36 PM PDT
Kiyo M. says:
Auntie Em,

Would it have made a difference if I used it to monitor a baby or a kitten? (I actually have 3 cats). It's still a camera after all. I love gadgets. If I were to review a pacifier then that would be a whole new story...

Posted on Jun 15, 2009 9:33:33 PM PDT
Thaby Ery says:
The video IT IS very helpful...!
Now, who on earth would use his real baby for the world to see it. I wouldn't!

Posted on Jun 16, 2009 9:10:24 AM PDT
D. Maddox says:
Thank you for the video! You really showed me everything I could want to know about the product before buying it. I haven't decided on a monitor yet, but you have certainly helped the process!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2009 5:36:00 AM PDT
STABERDEARTH says:
I fail to see the relevance of using or not using a "real" baby. It has absolutely NOTHING to do with why one would be evaluating this product! On outside security cameras would you not buy it if the video was not of a "real" burglar"? Come on now!

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 9:38:34 AM PST
Leenie says:
Video was helpful in showing the different features and functions, as well as how the product looks in your hands. For example, one reviewer mentioned on the Costco website that their handheld monitor kept falling over because it didn't balance. Well, clearly from this video you can see that the monitor has a stand to hold it upright, so the reviewer was confused. And I have to disagree with the other commenter that you have to have an actual baby to review this product. As a mother, I wouldn't want strangers to see an image of my sleeping baby. Unnecessary.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 11:41:44 AM PST
Very helpful video!! I found it useful to see how well the camera sat in its base and how easily it could be repositioned. Hearing the lullabies confirmed what I thought - unnecessary feature. If lullabies are in order, I'll opt for the true musical versions from my ipod - not the chintzy synthesized ones. I would have liked to have seen the reviewer walk away with the monitor until it was out of range or try some things to disrupt the signal. All in all...great review input. thanks!

Posted on Sep 8, 2012 6:46:22 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 8, 2012 6:52:43 AM PDT
Dan Thompson says:
Is the VOX feature optional? I would like to have the video run constantly. Also, is the video good enough quality to see if his oxygen prongs are in his nose? And would I be able to hear if he sounded congested?...loud enough that I might wake up?
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