Summer Infant Best View Handheld Color Video Monitor with 2.5" Screen (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've seen better... And stopped working after 10 months... So what can I say? Poor quality... What is going on???Published 14 months ago by Vitor Yamagata Takaoka
My daughter still uses this product. Great quality at a good price!Published 15 months ago by Gloria M. Oconnor
This was nice while it lasted. When I needed to add another camera after my second child was born, I was told it was discontinued and I could only find cameras on EBay. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mrs. KC
It never kept its charge. Works for maybe five minutes of viewing unplugged and then dies. Only works when plugged in.Published 21 months ago by S. J. West