* I received a free sample in order to facilitate my review, but all opinions are my own.
Baby monitors have come a long way since the staticy radios that would pick up random radio signals like I had with my oldest daughter. Parents now have a wide range of monitors to choose from, but I can’t think of one that I have seen in recent memory that is cooler than the D-Link HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Baby Camera (Model DCS-855L).
This camera is frankly, in a word, amazing. It’s coolest feature is the remote pan and tilt technology, which allows parents to rotate the camera remotely so you can see the entire nursery. But the awesome features don’t end there – the camera has HD video integrated motion and sound detection, temperature sensing, night-vision, and video recording.
When I read all that this camera can do, I was really concerned that this was going to be difficult to set up. But truly, it wasn’t hard AT ALL because of the Wi-Fi. You simply download the free mydlink app onto your device, and follow the process to set up the app and link the camera. You will need to know your Wi-Fi password in order to link the camera to your home Wi-Fi. The whole process of unboxing and setting up the camera took about 5-10 minutes tops.
Then, you simply plug it in and place it in the location you want, and you are ready to remotely monitor your baby’s nursery. It has pinch and zoom capabilities, so you can zoom in on smaller details. The camera has full tilt and and swivel capacity – you can look ALL around the room. The display is also incredibly clear!
Here is a screen shot of the app – in addition to having awesome HD video, it is also really easy to use. You have the ability to mute it, so that you can hear your baby but they can’t hear you or ambient noise in the room you are in. You can also unmute to talk to your baby through the monitor if you need to. Even though the microphone looks small, it packs a powerful punch! You can hear VERY well, and the sound through the phone and into the camera is plenty loud.
Parents can also soothe their baby back to sleep with two-way audio, and if your baby gets fussy at your voice, there are pre-recorded lullabies that you can set for a certain time period. Or, if you want to record your own lullabies, you simple plug in a microSD card – this will also let you plan scheduled recordings. Here’s an example of the pre-recorded lullabies.
One of the other great parts of the D-Link HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Baby Camera is that it is relatively unobtrusive if you don’t want it to be seen – as you can see, it fits right in to the bottom of our book shelf, and because of the tilting and panning, you can still see the whole room.
Or, if you want to make the D-Link HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Baby Camera part of your nursery decor, you can customize it based on your baby’s gender, because it has interchangeable accent ring colors!
The D-Link HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Baby Camera is a seriously amazing tool for new parents, and frankly, I wouldn’t want a nursery without one. These would make a fantastic baby shower gift, and for what it can do, it is really reasonably priced at $226.99 at Amazon! I highly, highly recommend the D-Link HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Baby Camera for any new parents!