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Works great, however light sensor is improperly placed
, September 26, 2013
This review is from: Foscam FBM3501 Wireless Digital Video Baby Monitor - Pan/Tilt, Nightvision and Two-Way Audio with 3.5" LCD (Baby Product)
Purchased this right after release with high expectations after using a Foscam FI8910W as a baby-monitor (using smartphone/tablet to view). We are overall very happy with the purchase (particularly in comparison to the price of most other monitors). The parent unit is very easy to use, the temperature sensor works great (and the temperature alarm is a fantastic idea), and the VOX setting on turning the screen on is a very neat idea.
The biggest thing I was concerned about was interference with WiFi due to it using the same frequency - so far, I have seen no issues, where family with other monitors have major interference when using their monitors.
The one issue we have is that the ambient light sensor is one the top of the camera - meaning that it detects the light levels from somewhere other than where the camera is looking. Due to where my baby's crib is located, and where the window in his room is located, his crib will be mostly dark, while the window (blinds) appear bright due to the sun shining on them. The camera turns off the IR lights and makes it impossible to see my baby. If the sensor were placed on the the front of the camera (like most are), this would not be an issue.
I plan to play around with taping paper to the top of the camera to help prevent it from picking up the light directly from the window, but have not had time to do so yet.
EDIT: I colored over a square of paper with sharpie and taped it over the top of the camera to cover the light sensor. The IR lights stay on 24/7, but the monitor works great at all hours now. It will appear colored in day time when there is plenty of window light and black/white at night when it is just using the IR light. Still maintaining 4 stars as this should have been fixed before release, but the camera still works fantastically.
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