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On test: baby video monitors

We put the latest baby video monitors on test to find which provides the best value for money in our latest AskBaby review.
Baby video monitors are the new must have gadgets for gizmo loving Mums and Dads. Comprising a portable monitor and seperate camera they enable you to see as well as hear your baby when they're playing or sleeping in a different part of your home. We test the latest models to find out which provides the best value for money.

  • Our favourite : Bosieboo 2.5" baby video monitor
  • Picture quality - We found this monitor provided the clearest picture when in range both during daylight hours and when using the infra red function at night. However, don't expect a perfect coloured image of your baby as this monitor displays largely in black and white with just a tint of blue even when used in optimum colour conditions (ie direct sunlight).

  • Camera range - The advertised range of this monitor is 100 meters and it lived up to this expectation even in a house with particularly thick walls. We also found that it withstood disruptions from wireless laptop signals reasonably well which is a definate plus.

  • Ease of use - This bosieboo monitor is incrdibly easy to set up and use especially as the camera can be positioned on, or seperately from, the tripod.

  • Features - We really liked the flexible features included on this bosieboo monitor - it has infra red night vision so you can keep an eye on your baby when its dark, its fitted with a battery saving standby function that 'sleeps' the monitor until a sound is detected and the image is once again displayed and you can also feed and view the image through your tv.

  • Appearance - Both the camera and monitor are coloured in pale blue and white and have a very quirky, nursery friendly design. We found that their unique appearance is really quite handy as it makes misplacing them around your home almost impossible!

  • Portability - For the size of the screen this monitor is quite bulky and it didn't feel particular comfortable when worn with the plastic clip provided. However, its not so huge that you couldn't comfortably carry it with you as you move around your home.

  • Sound quality - The Bosieboo monitor provides a clear level of sound that is perfectly adequate for keeping an ear on what your baby is up to.
Value for money - Priced at £115 the Bosieboo monitor was the cheapest baby video monitor we tested and although we were slightly disappointed about the colour quality it was our favourite by far so we'd definately have to say that this Bosieboo baby video monitor provides the best value for money.

Available from:Baby Monitors Direct

  • TinyTotsCam baby monitor
  • Picture quality - We found this monitor displayed a more granular image as the screen had a lower density of pixels which meant you didn't get such a clear image of your baby. However, it did provide the most colourful picture out of all the monitors we tested as well as the strongest nighttime picture.

  • Camera range - We trialed one of TinyTotsCam's long range baby video monitors and it transmitted the picture quite clearly however it did seem to be quite susceptible to interference when you move around.

  • Ease of use - We found the TinyTotsCam incredibly easy to set up and position. You do need to enter the monitor's menu to alter the colour and brightness which makes it slightly more tricky to adjust than the other baby video monitors we tested, however this does give you a bit more control and we found this meant you could improved the quality of the image quite significantly.

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  • Sound quality - When accompanied by the image the sound quality of this monitor is perfectly adequate however
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  • Summer Infant handheld video monitor
  • Picture quality - We found the picture quality of the Summer Infant monitor wasn't particularly clear as the screen is very small and the image displays in relatively low contrast shades of black, white and green. This can make it quite difficult to make out what your baby is getting up to.

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  • Bosieboo 5.6" baby video monitor
  • Picture quality - The larger screen availble with this version of the bosieboo monitor is more convenient, allowing you to position it further away but still having a clear picture of your child. However, this monitor also has larger pixels so displays exactly the same level of detail as the smaller monitor just blown up giving the image a slightly blury appearence. Again the monitor displays predominantly in black and white (although this time with a hint of green) but still gives a reasonably clear picture.

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