The Babysense Video Baby Monitor (model V24US) from Hisense is a simple and affordable baby monitor that will work for parents with basic monitoring needs. A great battery life coupled with an eco mode option are its stand out features. This video monitor retails for $75 and four total monitors can connect to the system.
Setup for the Babysense Video Baby Monitor only involves placing the camera near your baby. However, some manual adjusting is needed to ensure that the camera is properly placed — the parent unit does not control the camera to the extent that other video monitors do. The camera has an option for wall mounting.
The camera and monitor are both small and lightweight, each measuring less than four inches long. The monitor unit houses a 2.4″ HD color LCD display, which seems very small, but it manages to still give a pretty clear view of your child. Though it has auto infrared night vision, it has some trouble reading the lighting during midday. During nap times the sensor often flickers between night vision and regular.
The camera sits inside a housing that attaches to a base with a ball and socket connection, which allows the user to manually adjust the angle. The camera itself does not physically move inside its housing, and does not move much via the monitor, which definitely diminishes some of the functionality.
At first I thought that the camera lacked any pan/tilt function at all — this was the first video monitor that I tested that didn’t have any directional buttons. But as I scanned the User’s Guide I discovered that this function was nestled under the menu button. For me this was a bit unusual, but it makes sense when you realize that most of the camera control is done manually.
In addition, the small range of movement that can be controlled through the monitor is done so through very non-intuitive means. In order to move the camera, you hold down the menu button for two seconds, which activates the zoom feature, for some reason. Once you’re zoomed in, you can then adjust the camera. However, when you zoom back out you go right back to where you started.
I had a few signal drop problems at times. This was surprising because the units were only about 15 feet apart with two walls between them. For whatever reason, the problems seemed to go away as the monitor was used more often. The product description claims a 90-foot range in an open area (though I’m not sure why you would need a baby monitor if you were in the same giant room as your child). We did test this range while outside and baby was about 50 feet away inside a room, and it performed well with no out-of-range warnings.
Additional features of the BabySense monitor include a temperature sensor (which turns red when it reads above 90 and below 55 degrees Farenheit), a two-way microphone to allow parents to talk to baby, sound-activated LED sensors, four pre-programmed lullabies, and an alarm. The lullaby volume cannot be changed, and while it is soft and soothing for baby, it’s pretty loud for parents to hear through the monitor. It didn’t completely drown out other noises, though.
One additional feature that’s fairly unique is that the BabySense system also comes with an eco mode that puts the video on standby when no sound is detected. Users can set the sensitivity level to low, mid, or high to have the sound trigger the video to come on again. Users can also turn eco mode off for a steady video stream.
The BabySense monitor excels in its battery life. In fact, I could never complete a full battery test because the monitor lasted so long. But be sure to give it a full charge to get optimal battery performance.
The Babysense video monitor runs on a secure, dedicated 2.4GHz frequency that the company claims is free from interference.
Who This Might Be A Good Fit For
- Users who forget to plug their electronics in often
- Users with children in a crib or bassinet
- Users looking for an affordable monitor with limited functionality
Who This Might Not Be A Good Fit For
- Users who need a wider range of visibility and ability to move their camera around
- Users with many walls between units
The lack of ability to control the camera with the monitor unit and the limited range may prove problematic for some users, but if these aren’t issues for you, this is a quality, affordable camera that provides some extra features which make it a good buy.