The newest baby monitor is the monitor that actually lets you watch your baby. Now you can watch your baby having conversations with their stuffed lamb BaaBaa on your own personal video baby monitor! Video baby monitors use a small wall- or table-mounted camera that you mount close to your baby's crib, even on the ceiling for a wide-angle view.
The camera transmits images to a small television set or handheld television set.
Small television units are typically a 5.5 inch black and white monitor. Handheld units offer a 2.5 inch color LCD screen that clips onto your belt or rests in a table-top stand. Many handheld units offer brightness control and allow you to zoom in and out so you can focus on your baby.
Cameras are equipped with infrared light so you can still see your baby at night when the nursery is dark. Cameras use a self-filtering directional microphone, on two separate channels to eliminate static and provide clear audio reception with very little interference.
Most small television monitors are light-weight and portable, making them easy to move around without straining your back. Many video baby monitors transmit images and sound from the camera to the television using a wireless connection. The television monitor must be plugged into an electrical outlet, but there are no wires running from the camera to the television monitor.
Older video monitors use wire to send video, audio and power between the camera and television monitor. These monitors do not move around easily and are usually placed in one central location. If you don't want to run 60 ft of wire through your house to connect your camera to your television monitor, the newer wireless systems are an attractive and cost-efficient alternative.
Most handheld video baby monitors double as a standard audio baby monitor. Handheld units have volume control so you can adjust the volume as needed. Handheld units are equipped with low battery indicator lights and sound-activated lights.
Newer wireless video baby monitors allow you to feed the images into your own television using a color camera. Audio and video signals are sent wirelessly from the camera to a receiver. You can connect the receiver to a standard TV, a VCR for recording, or to a PC equipped with a video card.
The popularity of video monitoring systems is driving the price down and increasing the number of features. Many newer video baby monitor systems offer optional PC software and an adapter so you can monitor, record, and send messages via the internet, your cell phone, or pager.
- The number of video baby monitors on the market is rising quickly. Your choices are increasing, but after reading countless customer reviews I would say the Summer Infant Baby Quiet Sounds Hand Held Color Video Monitor is the best buy. This video monitor has some of the best customer review ratings. The picture is clearer, the reception is clearer, the night vision is better, the camera can be moved with your baby, and you can hook the receiver into your television. The screen is small and the receiver will pick up static, but as far as video monitors go, this one gets the vote.