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Panasonic - Connected Home Video Baby Monitor with 3.5" Screen - Black/White-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Full Featured Baby Monitor

    Posted
    DaveW
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    I want to start this out by saying I have a 5 year old and a 3 year old. They are older kids, but they still get up in the middle of the night needing to go to the bathroom or have nightmares. I am a heavy sleeper, so I need the monitor or else I wouldn't hear them. I have used this monitor for a few nights now, and I have been really happy with its performance and its features. I am replacing a 6 year old video monitor that is on its last legs, but I was able to use them side by side for the last few nights to see how they stack up to each other. I am pretty impressed by the breadth of features and settings available on this monitor. I came from a simple 1.5" screen monitor (it was a top pick 6 years ago), that has a stationary camera and 1-way sound. The Panasonic immediately outshines my old monitor with a 3.5" color screen, tilt/pan/zoom camera, and 2-way sound. That just scratches the surface for the capabilities of this monitor. Additional features of the monitor include motion and sound detection, nightvision, lullabies/white noise, and temperature probe. What the monitor does with these features is pretty cool. You can set lullabies/white noise to play automatically if your child is getting restless and triggers either the motion or sound detectors. You can also set a run time for the lullabies to play - up to 2 hours. The temperature probe can also alert you if your child's room gets too hot or cold based on a range that you set. The motion and sound triggers also light up the display with either a green or amber light. I found this helpful when I was playing games with my headset on, and my daughter woke up needing to go to the bathroom. I didn't hear her call out, but the monitor lighting up really caught my attention. Depending on your needs you can disable the lights or the alerts altogether if you don't need them. I found this adjustability really beneficial. I can adjust the motion and sound sensitivity up or down. Since, I have older kids, I knocked the sensitivity down, but someone with a newborn would probably push it the other direction. Either way this system really delivers a lot of peace of mind, and for new parents that is truly beneficial. Right now, I am really liking the lullaby and the 2-way microphone. I use the mic to wake my kids up in the morning, and the lullaby to persistently annoy them until they get out of bed. This has made the last few mornings start a little easier. The display is a pretty well-built little unit. The button layout is easy to follow, and it's easy to operate with one hand. It has a kickstand, and when lying flat it has little feet that prop up the underside to keep the speaker from being muffled. The antenna folds seamlessly out of the way when you don't need it. All of the settings are managed from the display unit. The menus are pretty nicely laid out, which helps manage the range of features and settings for the system. I definitely recommend drilling down through each menu item to get a feel for its layout process. I did this once, or twice, and I am confident in my ability to easily navigate its menus now. Overall, it's a pretty good design with 2 small caveats (for me at least). I would have liked to see the kickstand extend a little further out for a little better stability. I also would have opted for a different location for the microphone opening. It is really easy to cover that opening when pressing the mic button. The manual does state that you need to avoid this, so they are aware that it can happen. Overall not a big deal, so I can live with it. The camera is a neat little design. It reminds me of Eve from Wall-e. It looks perfectly in place in my kids' room. The camera feels really well built, and the tilt/pan functions work great. The motors are pretty quiet, so you don't have to worry about waking up a sleeping baby if you want to take a look around the room. The wall mount is a cool feature - I didn't use it because I had a good spot to stand the monitor. It is pretty easy to to install. Basically if you can hang a picture, you can put this mount up. I would recommend hitting a stud with one of the mounting screws/nails that you use. This way your child can't yank on the cord in the and rip it off the wall. The last thing I tested was the range of the display. This system uses DECT vs. 2.4GHz that is commonly found in these monitors. This gives it much greater range and signal stability. Since most houses are blanketed with 2.4/5GHz WiFi signals, most monitors experience some interference with their signal. My old monitor was this way. I couldn't have my old display unit and my phone on the same nightstand without causing connection issues. With the Panasonic, no such issues have presented themselves. I did a range check tonight, and I was able to walk down my street for about 600 feet before I lost my connection. My old monitor lost connection at about 250 ft, which I would consider to be pretty OK. 600 ft isn't the advertised 1500, but I would need direct line of sight and live in an area with far fewer points of signal interference. Overall, I'm really happy with the range. I can be on any part of my property and still have signal. This is a great baby monitor. Its amazing how far these things have come in the last few years. I really like the features and the customization of the settings. I only had a few small issues with the overall design, but otherwise this system is very easy to operate. I have no problem putting my trusty old monitor out to pasture because its replacement is so much better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Like a Two Way Radio of Video Monitors!

    Posted
    TechBuyer
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    In this day and age where everything is become Smart Home connected, its nice to see there are still some purpose-built, affordable options out there that just get it done without much setup, fuss or management. The Panasonic Home Video Baby Monitor is such a device that creates a point-to-point camera and display that requires 0 set-up out of the box. There are a number of customizable options that let you tweak the main capabilities, but for the most part this unit is plug and play. Here's the Pros of the Unit: +Motion Detection and Sound Detection work very well. The Sound detection probably works a little too well, so we disabled the chime and only set it to Lit. The motion detection works well during both day and night so we keep the chime on for that notification. For both sound and motion detection you can choose Chime + Screen Lit, one or none. +Effortless set-up and easy to navigate controls. The camera paired to the monitor unit automatically when I plugged in the battery and power on the camera. The controls are intuitive and easy to use if you have ever used a video came controller or printer set-up menu. +Excellent range. My house isn't huge, but its a split level and this monitor still gave excellent connectivity from the top floor to the basement (4 split levels). You can easily take the monitor with you around the house and it has good range and battery life. +Adjustable camera. You can toggle the camera using the Dpad to pan around the room with a pretty solid range of motion. +Good quality video and latency. There's about .5s lag between the camera and monitor, so when you change the camera it is pretty responsive. Quality is maybe 720p which is good enough to see what's going on. +Battery life is solid and you can charge the monitor portion using any MicroUSB cable or charger. I leave the monitor plugged in our bedroom and then take it with us around the house as we move around. +Easy to turn the monitor on/off using the top power button. Off is instant, On takes about 2 seconds. +A number of audio features including microphone/speaker, lullaby, tunes etc. Its not all super positive, just a few minor annoyances: -The sound detection is way too aggressive, so we turned the chime off. The motion detection can also be a bit ambitious, for example, right now it is chiming frequently because the wind is blowing tree branches and causing shadows to move in the baby nursery. -Another annoyance is after a motion detection event, you have to hit the OK button before the Microphone works. -The kickstand does not lock, so it can kind of slide back closed which is annoying. -The battery did not come installed and requires a screwdriver to install. Overall we are very happy with this unit. We have Cloud cams as backup, but its nice to have a simple point-to-point camera and monitor that is no fuss, no muss and just works without opening apps and waiting for things to come online.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Panasonic Delivers Peace of Mind for Parents

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    TECHBEENGOOD
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    Panasonic Baby Monitor KX-HN3001W: Is there anything Panasonic left out of this baby monitor? I’ll summarize the features below, but my quick take . . . everything a parent could want is here. And, it all works exceptionally well. We’re pleased by how easy the setup is and how useful the monitoring features are. SETUP: It was really easy to get our monitor operating. However, all of the sensors and notifications can be overwhelming because they are all pre-configured, operating, and a bit in the way, at least initially. Everything can be changed. I set the camera up in a completely dark, no windows, closet. I’ve provided a picture so you can see how effective the infrared lighting is at illuminating my model . . . a patient gallon jug of water. In this night mode using infrared support, the image is B&W and very sharp, although not so good that the jug label can be read. With no motion, the monitor screen went to sleep, but waking it up revealed a top menu bar showing room temperature, camera number (3 can be supported), mute status, night vision mode, range status, and battery level as well as a great image of baby jug. I’ve got a 2800sqft home, and I placed the monitor at one end and the camera at the other end, with no loss or deterioration of the image through multiple walls. NO WiFi is required, as the Panasonic uses their own DECT technology, unaffected by interference from 2.4GHz devices, and which they suggest will cover 1500 linear feet!! SETTINGS and FEATURES: Everything can be modified, including the sensitivity of the motion, sound and temperature sensors which persistently notify you if they are triggered. The sound sensor lets you modify sound sensitivity for ALL noise or just BABY noises as well as customize the type of notification you will receive. Adjust them in a way that meets your needs.. You can Zoom or shift the camera to scan left/right and up/down. You can adjust the monitor volume and the camera’s speaker volume. The monitor/camera is functionally a two-way radio, allowing you to talk with your growing toddler. You can modify brightness. There’s even a collection of lullabies as well as a number of timers to allow you flexibility with notifications or applying and delaying various features. Panasonic suggests that the KX-HNC3001W color monitor will last up to 13 hours of standby time, and up to 5 hours of active, continuous use. The camera is always plugged in, and a very lengthy cord is provided. SUMMARY: It’s hard not to be impressed with the performance of the Panasonic Baby Monitor or the many features and operating controls it offers. If it’s typical of other Panasonic products, it should be part of a growing family for a long time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid monitor, exaggerated marketing

    Posted
    Jaron
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    Pro -Lots of settings and customization -Independent two-way radio, doesn't use your home wireless network -No mobile app required -Comes with wall mount -User replaceable battery -Movement, noise, and temperature sensors -Expandable with extra cameras Con -No where near 1500 foot range -No recording function -Camera can't pan up far, must be mounted fairly high up -Lullabies are cheesy MIDI -Temperature sensor reads about ~5F too warm -Sensor warnings can be limited and annoying Overall Panasonic's claim of 1500 feet for this monitor seems impressive at first glance. However, the 1500 feet is only a maximum range under perfect conditions ( meaning putting the camera on one hill and talking the monitor to an adjacent hill on a clear day ). In real-world use, I could only get about 130 feet away inside a typical office building ( up one floor and down a long hallway ) before signal was completely lost. But even if the monitor did have a reliable quarter-mile range, when would you actually use it that far away? I can't imagine even leaving my yard with my kid alone in their room, let alone going to a neighbor's house ( as depicted in Panasonic's product video ). This isn't a knock against the product, as the monitor range is more than adequate for anyone that doesn't have their child sleep in the guest house on the other side of the compound, but it does make you wonder about Panasonic's marketing team ( why yes, I'm perfectly fine with leaving my baby all alone in their crib while I attend a party at the other end of the block ). For the security minded, the monitor uses its own radio frequency in the 50 MHz range fro the camera and monitor to communicate. I count this as a plus since it doesn't require nor is it limited to your own home 2.4/5 GHz wireless network. Nor does it require a mobile app on your phone or tablet to use and setup. Not only does this make the monitor more accessible to those not as technically savvy or equipped, but its also means your home computer network can't be compromised by someone hacking your baby camera. The control unit also has a replaceable battery, allowing the monitor to be useful even if the battery wears out and the whole system can be expanded by buying additional cameras ( about $100 each ). Function-wise, the monitor is fine. The control screen has full remote control over the camera, including zooming and panning. the camera comes equipped with a low-light "night vision" mode and will automatically switch when necessary. Picture quality from the camera is acceptable, but not great ( you can see faces clear enough, but reading large text is hit and miss ). Along with video sent back to the control screen, you also get two way audio, so you can hear what's happening at the camera end and can also use the control unit as a mic and the camera's speaker will play it ( volume adjustments on both ). Speaking of adjustments, this monitor is pretty customizable. Apart from basic volume and camera/display brightness/contrast levels, you can also specify how sensitive the camera's various sensors are to movement, audio, and temperature ranges ( though my particular unit reported a temp about 5 % higher than actual ) and how the control unit will display alerts when the sensors are tripped. The alerts can be a small icon on the video feed or a full light up warning with beep and pop-up. The pop-up is pretty annoying when triggering when you're using the menu system as you have to press the OK button before doing anything else. Sadly you can't have the monitor just light up without the pop-up. The camera can also be configured to auto-play built-in lullaby tunes or other sounds when the motion or sound thresholds are tripped. The lullabies are very low-quality tunes, which is disappointing since higher quality digital music recordings should be easy to arrange. Other downsides include no video recording or screenshot capture function. The camera has good range of movement from the control screen, but it can't pan up very far, necessitating a fairly high mounting location ( which makes some sense if this is designed to primarily look down into a crib ). But these are fairly minor complaints about an otherwise fully featured system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Good Baby Monitor that Could Be Improved

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    DarthNeyehilus
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    Overall, Panasonic delivers a solid, well-built baby monitor with a good amount of features, but falls a little short with the night time video quality and smart features. Let's start with the basics here. We've had the device for over a week and a half, and have used it in conjunction with another monitor we already have. The monitor and camera both look like baby devices, so they aren't winning any design awards. They function well, and we never experienced any drops in connection. Setup was pretty straightforward, and the buttons on the device all were fairly intuitive too. Plug the camera in, and turn on the monitor and you're good to go. The camera is big, and shaped like a robot, but works and the movement features are stellar. Day time use is good, with the camera displaying a crisp and colorful image. The screen shows you via notifications if it detects noise or movement, and how hard those are, making it a nice visible queue. I found the battery life to be good too, as we repeatedly found our monitor getting over 5-hours of use (Panasonic claims 5-hours). There are smart features such as auto-lullaby, which will play a song whenever it detects noise, along with a built-in timer for noise, but we'll touch on those later. I really only have a couple gripes, but the do end up costing the monitor one star. Unfortunately, the video quality during night mode is not that great, in my opinion. Is it serviceable? Yes, for sure. But it's not great, and is very apparent when you zoom in (X2) with the camera. We have a cheaper monitor, and it's night time feed is noticeably better, even though day time it's no match. I mentioned smart features, and while they sound good in theory, they're not completely thought out. You can turn on the auto lullaby feature, but it's only good for when sound is detecting, not movement. For our baby, who moves quite a bit and then makes noise, it would be good if the software could be applied to movement as well. Lastly, the monitor-to-camera connection, once powered on, takes a solid 15-seconds or so. This isn't a huge deal, but again our other monitor hits the mark in 5-seconds. As a parent, you know those seconds can matter. That all said, it's a solid monitor overall. We still use it as our main monitor now, even with its shortcomings.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Cool Features but Needs Work on Basics

    Posted
    zboot
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    The Panasonic Connected Home Baby monitor is a pretty nice looking baby monitor. Like many baby focused electronic products, the camera unit has a cutesy look, maybe owl like in appearance so it doesn't look too out of place in a baby's room. I think this is to help make it look more familiar or less scary. It also comes with a wall mount for the camera unit which can be pretty nice - especially if you want a more permanent installation or don't want to use up table or shelf space for the camera. The monitor's design is typical for the industry, rectangular shaped with buttons/controls on one side, power button on the top surface and wedge shaped fold out antenna. From an aesthetic point of view, no complaints and is pleasing. Aside from the core baby monitoring features, color video when there's enough light, night vision via IR in low/no light, and audio from the camera unit, it also supports what seems to be a growing standard - bi-directional communication via a microphone on the monitor unit. The sound from the camera is actually a lot better than I'd expected. Where this deviates from a typical monitor are the added features. The monitor can pair with up to 3 cameras. From the monitor, you can configure a host of smart capabilities.One can configure motion and sound alerts which will trigger a notification (LED, beep, both) on the monitor. You can configure he motion detection sensitivity and range, sound sensitivity including modes that are sensitive only to baby voices. This can be quite useful if you have your own sound/noise machine that you don't intend to replace with the camera's built-in capabilities. Speaking of which, it can play lullabies from the camera with various selections include a few "white noise" options.There's also an "auto lullaby" feature where it will only play the chosen lullaby when a sound event is triggered. This can be nice if one just wants to use white noise or the normal lullaby music to get a baby to sleep but turn off after a preset period and only engage the music again if the baby starts to wake during the night. The lullabies, both auto and manual allow specifying a time period for which they'd run, in preset increments up to 2 hours. There's also a timer feature on the monitor. It lets you specify an amount of time where after the normal auto "off" period, the monitor will turn back on. This can be useful when running on-battery with a child that sleeps well. Or for parents who themselves have trouble going to sleep with noise. I was really impressed with all the additional features available. I really liked the lullabies as it reduces the number of devices I need in a child's room (which reduces the number of outlets you need and thus the number of things one needs to train a toddler not to touch). Sadly, the monitor did not do as well on the basics. The unit was pretty sensitive to echo. Once a baby started crying, feedback between the two grew. I think that's a good thing with the camera being that sensitive, but a bit annoying. This occurred with the sound setting on the mode sensitive to a baby's cry. The color video was not as sharp as I'd expected, same for the B/W night vision video.I suppose that's a design tradeoff to get all these other cool features, but it really reduced how much I liked/wanted to use the unit. After all, while all the smart features are cool, my foremost need is a baby monitor.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised, but image could be better

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    callmeageeth
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    As a father of two kids, the most important thing in a baby monitor for me is distance: how far can I walk away from the crib? This unit advertises extra long range, and while I didn't measure it, I have no complaints. At its core, this monitor is like any other. A camera you keep plugged in, and a video unit that you can charge up but operates primarily on batteries. But this Panasonic unit has a lot of extra features that come in handy that put it at the top of your list. SETUP and EASE OF USE I will read instruction manuals when needed, but I do appreciate when a product is just so intuitive, no instructions are needed. This monitor falls pretty close to not needed instructions. The buttons on the monitor are pretty old school (no touchscreen, D-pad with an "OK" button). The other buttons are pretty self-explanatory (i.e. microphone, menu, brightness level). First time use was easy I didn't have to setup anything. The only thing I did was plug in the camera and insert the battery the monitor and voila, it was setup. I didn't have to connect the two. FEATURES This monitor is stuffed with nice features.It can detect the temperature in the room and will alert you (via light and the screen lighting up) if it gets outside a certain range. It also detects motion and sound. You can limit the "zones" of motion that i detects, but I didn't care that much. I actually disabled motion and relied on audio since I had the camera trained on an infant in a crib. But the monitor would light up yellow for sound or green for motion and alert you whenever it detected either. i found it a little overbearing as I didn't always want to get my kid from his crib just because he made a slight noise. But it's a great option nonetheless depending on your circumstances. BATTERY LIFE AND PERFORMANCE The distance you can take the monitor away is impressive and deserving of praise. Obviously, you can only go so far with your monitor before you're too far away, but it should be able to easily cover two floors and a basement and the surrounding yard. I was able to take it even further, even a few hundred yards down the street. The battery life is pretty good when just relying on audio. Mine lasted a few days of intermediate use. I'm sure it would be shorter if you used the video all the time. But the battery meter is nice and gives you ample notice of a low battery before flat out dying. VIDEO QUALITY Really the only knock on this monitor is the video quality. All I'll say is luckily you aren't downloading and saving these videos because they aren't that good. Honestly, you don't need high quality footage when monitoring a baby, but it does allow you to zoom in under certain circumstances. OVERALL This a great monitor. it does exactly what it's supposed to do, with a little extras. While the video quality isn't great, it doesn't have to be. The range alone is worth the purchase if you're in the market.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    At or near the top

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    TheTruQ
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    Baby monitor requirements usually make for a short list – decent picture/video, sound, mounting options. Panasonic offers that and more with the Connected Home Video Monitor. The monitor comes in a very compact box. Everything neatly packaged and nearly fully assembled. The camera looks like a little robot, so it’s cute for kids – appealing to the eye. The only assembly required is the installation of the battery in the receiver. To install the battery, you will need a small (P1) screwdriver. When loosening the screw, it’s important to note that the screw will come out of the battery cover. I think Panasonic could have prevented the screw from falling out of the cover. It is a small screw, so take note. The battery must be installed prior to use, or you will receive an impassable battery error. Simply plugging in the camera and receiver (post battery installation, of course) makes the monitor operational. Once powered up, you will navigate a pretty straightforward set up. Once setup is complete, voila, picture. The picture quality is pretty good; actually, it’s the best I’ve seen on a baby monitor. Granted, I have only seen maybe 4 of them, but I was impressed based on my limited experience. The very first thing that really stood out was the motion detection – it is sensitive. Not only are the sensors fantastic, but there are also different alert types dependent on the activity level detected. When motion is detected, you are notified both audibly and visually. There are different colors dependent on the level of activity – green and orange. This is great, because you can easily tell if your baby is awake during night or nap time, or you can tell if the baby is moving a little too much during awake times. The Connected Home Monitor offers good pan/zoom/tilt functionality. Pan and tilt are available by simply using the arrow keys on the receiver. Zoom can be found in the settings, and I believe this is acceptable. As for those settings: you can control every aspect of this device in settings. Motion sensitivity, camera zoom, picture quality settings, audio configuration… You name it; you control it. There are also built in lullabies and ambient noises. You can even set schedules for sound play. Excellent feature with great execution. Panasonic claims this monitor has ridiculous range. Well, I will say that you should have absolutely no problem using the receiver from the other side of the house. The claim of 1500 feet is probably accurate in a place without walls, but I will admit, this thing has great range. You could easily walk outside with the receiver and remain in touch, so to speak. The technology employed to give users a stronger, more penetrating signal works. Good job Panasonic. With a good picture, rangy pan and tilt, a plethora of features and controls, long range, and steady performance, it’s difficult to pass this monitor up. When choosing a monitor, this should be at or near the top of the list.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice monitor with a few drawbacks

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    Clshipp91
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    So coming from a combination of a repurposed $200 wireless security camera and a very cheap audio only baby monitor combination,this monitor comes as a mixed bag but, I do think I'll keep using it over my previous set up. Video quality The video quality on this camera is so-so. The night vision is where I really notice the difference between this camera and my old camera and it's not great. You can definitely make out baby's movements but, it's no where as clear as my old camera. The pan and tilt function is definitely an improvement though. I really do like the ability to move the camera around as my baby moves around the crib at night. This is a must have feature on all video baby monitors. Audio Not much here, you can hear baby. I haven't had any problems, it will get pretty loud and you have the ability to turn the volume all the way down if you want. Notifications This is a really cool feature. You can set the monitor to alert you via a ringtone and light when baby either cries or moves. I like this because I use a white noise machine in baby's room so, with this feature, I'm able to turn the volume on the monitor way down so I don't heartbeat constant white noise. You can adjust the sensitivity levels of the noise and motion detection to best suit your needs. I keep mine on medium and it works pretty week. Temp sensor This monitor comes with a temperature sensor as well. You can easily see the temperature on the monitor screen and also use it to notify you when baby's room gets too hot or cold. I haven't ever used this notification functionality since baby's room hasn't left that temp range but, it is a good thing to monitor. Base station The base station is pretty great. The screen is bright and controls are easy to use. Other than the so-so image quality, I have no real complaints. The battery life on the base is pretty great, I haven't ran the battery down all the way yet. And having a rechargable battery is a real plus. Extra features There are a few other features this monitor comes with that I don't find super useful. The first being white noise and lullabies. This is a good idea in theory but, Panasonic really failed to execute here. The speaker on the camera is terrible. It isn't very loud and does not sound good at all, I could not see using this as a functional white noise machine for my babies room. The other problem here is that the white noise has a present time limit. You can adjust the time but, the maximum is 2 hours, which doesn't work for me because my baby wakes up as soon as the white noise goes off. The camera also has a talk back function, not sure why you would ever use this but, you still have to use the mediocre camera speaker so your voice sounds pretty weird coming through.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An unbelievable system; color AND black and white

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    stevefromtheburbs
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    I cannot believe how much value there is in this monitor. You must realize that not only is this a great baby monitor, but can be used for many other things. This could be used at an office to greet visitors in a lobby. It could be used to watch the downstairs of your house at night while you are upstairs. You might even use this if you have a small retail store, to watch for customers coming in. It won't record, but is a great live view monitoring system. I could even see using this to monitor the dogs in the car (I leave them in the car periodically, with the air conditioner running) and take the wireless monitor with me. So, as for being a baby monitor, it is simply amazing. It has color and black and white cameras, with built-in infrared light for night time viewing (black and white mode). You can pan and tilt the camera to get a good view, and you can also do a digital zoom in to 2x. The camera has a wall mount that comes with it, should you choose to mount on the wall. And the power cord is extra long to allow it to make it to an outlet without an extension cord. It has motion detection activation, sound activation, and even temperature monitoring. You can set it up to see just icons, or you can have it make noise and flash a large light on top of the unit. It can make noise, or not. It can listen in, or mute the volume. You can speak back to the camera side as well, so two way audio. This can even play a lullaby from the built in choices. And you can set a play time or have it play a lullaby if they wake up. The monitor can be set to "SLEEP" after a variable amount of minutes with no activity, or leave it on all the time. It defaults to turning off absent of motion or sound, I didn't like this mode, but probably others will like it. This has a solid feel, with Panasonic quality at its finest. The battery is rated for 5 hours for the receiver, and the camera has no battery so it must be plugged in all the time as you probably already expected had to be done. As for a baby monitor, it excels beyond anything I have seen before. Quality is top notch. And the applications for this are endless. It does NOT connect to the internet, and I applaud Panasonic for this - baby monitors should not be out there in the internet for the world to hack and see. The picture quality is decent, with a very slight lag. The image isn't going to be 4K or anything, but is decent enough. Just know that it is color AND black and white, depending upon ambient lighting. If there is one negative, it is that the camera lacks backlight compensation, meaning if looking at a window with bright light, it has a hard time seeing properly. For this price point, I can avoid bright light of windows.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Monitor!

    Posted
    Danno
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    First and foremost, please don’t take offense that for privacy reasons; we opted to not have a photo of our little one. Instead it’s of the crib and where she sleeps. What we love is that each component was nicely wrapped and protected. Out of the box you can tell it has a nice build. This is a plus for new parents, expecting parents or those wanting to keep an eye on their toddler. Both monitor and heldheld screen are lightweight. I don’t recommend dropping either from a high distance, but both feel durable. The handheld device has arrows to the right of the screen. This allows you to rotate up or down and left or right. That’s really helpful to fully and quickly scan the room. Settings allow for zoom capabilities, screen dimming and volume control. The camera has both a motion detection and sound detection features. This is especially helpful for when our little one gets restless. If the camera detects a sound or motion, your handheld device will receive a chirp and notification. Another interesting feature is that you can actually talk into the handheld device and your child can hear you through the camera. The camera doesn’t have a battery, but uses a power cord. The monitor has a rechargeable battery, so when it gets low you can plug it in. It seems like a decent lifespan, but I’ll have to test it further. My only issue is the quality of the video. It’s not a deal breaker, but you want a clear picture when you’re trying to watch your baby. I’m not saying it should be 4K, but I thought it was going to be a bit clearer. Overall, this is a great monitor system. It does what you need and a bit more. I’m very pleased with it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid build good camera quality but

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    BestbuyGuy210
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    This panisonic smart camera (baby monitor) works very well with a nice Selectio of features/options. First the camera quality is very clear when lights are on. And only good with lights on aka night vision. But that is night vision as a whole and this is only a baby monitor system. So it’s ok. The wireless monitor itself is great large screen, fairly clear and definitely solidly built. So if you drop it,I think it will hold up. The camera unit itself does have a solid feel as well. With the head being able to swivel a bit.motion/ detection is cool. It’s not the widest angle lens.wish it was wider for sure.But it’s supposed to be set at your kids crib or toddlers bed anyhow. This set comes with sound monitoring which actual works well enough. The monitor tho has the ability to talk to the kids through the camera if they are getting up and playing. Funny honestly. Works kinda like a two way. I like that. You can even monitor and set a min-max temperature warning. That is probably the surprise feature. We all want our kids to be comfortable while they sleep. It’s hard enough having to worry that someone were to happen. That’s just me tho. The camera has to be connected to the included power plug and that wire is maybe 10 feet long. Works perfect for our baby monitor placement. And the wireless hand held has its own charger with rechargeable battery. Me and my wife are happy with it. Only downside is the camera doesn’t have a wider angle lens so we can maybe see the whole room.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Home Video Baby Monitor!

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    Selva
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    I have a two year old kid and looking for a video monitor for some time. Setup is quick and easy Panasonic - Connected Home Video Baby Monitor with 3.5" Screen. I was able to connect my homework quickly. I am impressed with the features of this baby monitor. The screen size is really good with 3.5" color screen with lot of great features like tilt/pan/zoom and 2 way talk. Two-way talk works really well with clear sound and noise reduction for two-way audio communication with the child. Build quality is really good with great looking display. It has a feature with motion and sound detection and Infrared night vision. There are lot notifications available like room temperature, motion and sound-triggered alerts with customized sounds, including chime, LED monitor notifications, auto screen-on mode, and lullaby and white noise auto play. The buttons are very easy to operate with turn on/off options. Both camera and display connected automatically. The battery life of monitor is really good and it can be charged using MicroUSB or charger. It has excellent range for connectivity. The quality of video is good and there is slight latency between camera and monitor. Panasonic Home Video baby monitor exceeded my expectation and reasonably priced as well. I highly recommend this baby monitor for anyone who have small kids.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Thoughtful, Helpful Features and Impressive Range

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    EricJay
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    This video baby monitor from Panasonic goes way beyond the basics, with many useful features and an impressive range. Bells and whistles aren't very helpful if a baby monitor doesn't offer clear sound and picture -- and I'm happy to say that this one does. We can see our baby clearly on the screen, even through the mesh walls of the bassinet, or in low light thanks to the night vision feature. The ability to move the camera remotely both horizontally and vertically seems like it will be very helpful once our little one us a bit more mobile. Audio transmission is very clear, in both directions (this model allows us to push a button on the display unit and transmit audio back to the baby's room). The unit can be set down on a hard surface or mounted to a wall with the included bracket. The viewer unit has a rechargeable battery and micro-USB connection for recharging. Once we were satisfied that the essential functions were accounted for, we tried some of the extra features. The noise sensor and motion sensor, both with adjustable sensitivity and audible or silent alarm options, make it very easy to know quickly if baby has moved or starts to fuss. The fact that you can choose parts of the screen for the motion sensor to ignore was also super helpful for avoiding false alarms (from shadows, blowing curtains, etc, on the other side of the room). The specs on this model promised up to 1,500 feet of range, and honestly, I wasn’t sure who’s going to monitor their baby from so far away. Still, I decided to give it a try, and sure enough, I could see and hear baby from several houses down the block (we live in a moderately densely populated suburb, obviously your experience will vary based on any number of things that could block signal in your neighborhood). Overall, this is a great baby monitor, and I’m very happy with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very useful functions!

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    Katie
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    This video baby monitor will definitely get the job done when it comes to keeping an eye on the little ones. I will admit, first impressions of this monitor were not all that great, the design of the battery setup in the piece that has the screen was a bit annoying. A screwdriver is needed to open the battery cover panel, and then the compartment that holds the battery is just barely big enough for the battery and its wire/plug, so it took a few times of making adjustments before the battery cover fit properly. Once the battery was installed and the camera was plugged in, things went very smooth. There was no syncing or connecting to be done at all, they just connected together on their own. The range on motion on the camera is definitely the most impressive factor, no matter where I put the camera in the room, I can see the majority of the room so for someone looking to keep an eye on multiple babies, this is an excellent choice. The distance range is the other very impressive feature this monitor has. I left the camera plugged in my family room, walked past a closet under the stairs, past my dining room, out the front door, and out to the sidewalk and a couple houses down, roughly a total of about thirty to forty yards away. While at that distance I can still see video, as well as talk and hear to anyone near the camera. Also a very cool function is all the sound options to play, only downside is the quality of the speaker/audio is not all that great. Speaking of quality, the one downside of this monitor is the quality of the screen. It seems like it has the quality of a screen from about 5 years ago. With how good screens are in everything is these days, I was really expecting better in this device. Overall though, this is very useful device that I would recommend to anyone in the market for a baby monitor.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Full-Featured Monitor

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    VADarkstar
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    The design here is really nice - operation is intuitive and picture and sound transmit beautifully up to 1500 ft. (!!!). There is a background noise reduction feature that makes the sound transmission especially clear. The base unit monitors the environment for temperature and can send alerts if the temperature goes out of range - it can also be set to send alerts based on motion or sound - and though the alerts get your attention, they are not at all obnoxious. The portable monitor uses a rechargeable battery that will last up to about five hours of continuous live-feed use - it lasts much longer on interval use to check-in or in alert mode. The base unit has a magnificent night mode that transmits IR images from a totally dark environment so you can monitor at night. The base can be triggered to generate soothing white noise or lullaby sounds either remotely or as a response to sound (e.g. crying or vocal agitation). And as you might expect, the monitor allows for two-way communication with the base. Out-of-the-box, it is ready to be used with the base unit on a flat surface (like on a table or dresser) - but the package includes mounting hardware to allow it to be wall-mounted. And even though the you can pan, tilt, and zoom the camera remotely, it cannot “look up” - so the best position for the unit (for me) is up closer to the ceiling where looking down can give you a more comprehensive view of the whole room. Obviously these things aren’t designed to be little HDTV baby channels (yet), but the image and sound here are really quite good even when the remote monitor is a LONG way away from the base. Calling it a long-range baby monitor kinda undersells what all it does - this is absolutely top notch. Note: "Black/White" refers to the colors of the device - the image is in color.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great baby monitor but it has issues..at least for

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    RandallFlagg
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    So this is probably one of the best baby monitors currently on the market. It has smart sensors for sound, motion and temperature, but I've yet to figure out how to get them to my liking. The motion and sound detection goes off nonstop and you find yourself constantly hitting the ok button when you are trying to go through the menu. The unit has no issues working through the one wall I have between the camera and the handheld monitor. Battery life seems good and the box states 13 hours standby and 5 hours screen on. This thing is always on so I just leave it plugged in unless I need to take it elsewhere for a few minutes. The camera is able to tilt down, pan back and forth as well as 2x zoom. The unit has clear night mode, but I haven't had a chance to test it. I've read both good and bad reviews on the graininess of the picture, so I'd advise a buyer to look into that feature. There are mics and speakers for 2 way communication. The box states it has noise reduction, but I've had some high pitch squeals when I get the two too close to each other. Another feature I haven't tested yet is the lullaby and white noise. The box states the it can be remotely activated or auto-played via the sound sensor. For those familiar with Panasonic 2.4 ghz devices, the monitor uses the DECT technology to secure an interference free zone up to 1500 feet. The box comes with the hand-held monitor, the camera, a wall mount, two power adapters - 1 for each unit and a rechargeable battery for the hand-held. Overall it's a nice setup except for the glitches with the motion and sound software. It would be nice to say it was just an inconvenience, but it really is a pain in the rear as it goes off constantly. That said, I'd still recommend the unit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great product, lacking in user experience

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    tvoLAD
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    So, first off this product does its job really well. The camera quality is good, picks up sounds well, motion detector works well. But its not that easy to use / it is not completely user friendly. Lets start with the Pros - - I can hear what's going on in my baby's room clearly. - And if the monitor goes off to sleep, it wakes up automatically if there is any motion detected in its field of view. - I like the night vision view as well, it works well even in a dark room - It even shows the temperature in the room, so you can be sure your baby's comfortable - Love the amount of configuration we can do, from sound sensitivity, motion detector sensitivity, even temperature sensitivity. - If you fix it up on the wall, you can even move the camera head in different directions using the monitor unit. Cons - - As I mentioned its use is not user friendly, they are not completely intuitive. - Out of the box, the system displays a message every time it detects motion or sound, that quickly becomes very irritating, since that popup message blocks all other controls, till you dismiss it. Good thing is you can disable it in the settings. - Also, if the monitor unit's display switches off, there is absolutely no indication at all that the unit is on, that it is detecting sound and motion (which it is). There should have been an LED, to let us know the unit is not completely shut off. - The talk back functionality, makes your voice sound so throaty and hoarse that my kid gets scared when she hears this ghoulish voice that sounds like her Dad. But overall I will definitely recommend this unit. You get used to its shortcomings, and the benefits stay relevant.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for at home use, not for remote monitoring

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    GH06903
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    This baby monitor has a very clear image, The setup is very simple. Just make sure you have a small precision screwdriver to take the back cover off so that you can insert the battery. Once powered up, the camera automatically syncs with the video monitor via DECT technology. Because of that, I have found that there is virtually no lag versus other baby monitors I have used that connect via Wifi. The pan and zoom capabilities are very impressive and the communications are virtually lag free as well. I like that the monitor is rechargeable so that I can take it from room to room without plugging it in. Other cameras I have used have a phone app that allows me to use anywhere, but that requires connection through Wifi which presents certain security risks The temperature monitor is very accurate. I checked this against two other temperature sensors and it is spot on. I found the monitor to be sharp and clear, but would like it better if I could adjust the viewing angel. It is not optimal for the location I want to put it in. The camera itself is great, my daughter thinks it sort of looks like an owl and named it Henry. For a closed system, this camera performs very well, but is not an option if you want to check in on the kids while travelling or at work. Also, it seems to be one camera to one monitor. It would be nice if I could place multiple monitors throughout the house. Overall I would recommend this monitor for people who are always home or as a secondary baby monitor for when you are at home, but if you are planning to check in from outside the home, a Wifi camera is a better option.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best baby monitor on the market today.

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    CrysisComplex
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    Panasonic really made a great device with this connected home video baby monitor. First off I want to highlight the build which seems to withstand drops to the ground, it has such a durability. Don't worry about falls it can take them. Next up is the large screen which is in full color. My wife loved looking and zooming to see if there are any rashes on our baby, its great for checking things out in full detail. It shows in a nice resolution as well. Setup is easy just place the camera where you want and connect it. You are pretty much done. The range is LONG they are not kidding with this product about that. My wife went down the block in Chicago while I stayed behind and it seems to still connect to the home...It did bring us a little bit of extra comfort to see that it made it that far. The baby monitor claims its more than 4 football fields in range but I could never test that far. Battery life is about 13 hours in standby and 4.5 hours of screen on time. Buttons on the device are easy to understand and read. Night mode is clear which you can see your baby just fine in the pure dark. There is also PAN/Tilt/ Zoom function keys so you can get in on every aspect of your child. Microphones and speakers are on the device with 2-way communication, You can play white noise or a soft lullaby that can autoplay if you set it up. Overall Its the best baby monitor on the market today, there is even sensors and alerts when things change like the temperature. They really care about the comfort of the baby and yourself. must have if you have a baby.

    I would recommend this to a friend