Any mom will tell you that an excellent baby monitor is worth its weight in gold. As technology changes, so does the baby monitor. Recently, Summer Infant released the Baby Pixel™ 5.0 Inch Touchscreen Color Video Monitor, and the reviews are in! Learn all about Summer Infant’s patent-pending video monitor and the cool technology it brings to make your life easier.
SleepZone™ Virtual Boundary
When we heard about SleepZone™ technology, we couldn’t wait to see it in action! It turns out, it was just as amazing as we predicted.
With SleepZone™ technology, your baby monitor alerts you any time your baby or toddler moves outside of your designated “safe zone.” After you position your baby monitor camera, use the touch screen monitor to indicate the boundary box for your child.
If there is movement outside the zone, your monitor will alert you. This is helpful when you have little ones who are starting to try to climb out of the crib or wandering toddlers who don’t want to stay in bed.
Although it isn’t advertised to serve this purpose, this feature also comes in handy if you have pets. In a review that I read, one mom noted that her monitor alerted her when her cat jumped into her baby’s crib.
It seems that whenever something crosses the boundary lines that you establish, your monitor alerts you. Whether it’s your baby’s arms reaching outside of the crib, your toddler making a break for it, or your pet trying to score some extra love; you will be notified.
Moonlite™ Night Vision Boost
Moonlite™ Night Vision is another Summer Infant technological advancement that we couldn’t wait to see. If you’re like me, there have been times where you’ve found yourself staring at your video monitor at night wondering, “Well, what the heck is that?”
Wonder no longer! With Moonlite™ Night Vision, a temporary light illuminates your camera’s viewing area. This gives you the ability to clearly see–in the middle of the night, no less–what’s going on.
Plus, your fully illuminated subject appears on the monitor in color! This is a real game changer when you’re playing the 2 a.m. round of Blowout or Colorful Onesie.
360Tilt™ Camera Steering
Again, this is another new feature that we’ve been waiting for! The 360Tilt™ technology allows you to tilt your monitor to get a full picture of what’s happening. Literally, as you tilt your monitor from side to side or up and down, the camera in your child’s room mimics the actions to let you see anything you want.
I remember the first time a friend posted a 360 video on Facebook, my mind was blown. It felt like I was transported to their vacation spot. While a needy child is no vacation, it is a huge convenience to be able to take a look at exactly what is going on before attending to your child.
5″ Color LCD touchscreen
The 5″ screen allows you to watch your child with a color picture. As with other video monitors, there are controls for the screen brightness and volume adjustment. It also features a flip out kickstand, which is also relatively common in video monitors.
One feature that I enjoy about this monitor is the sound activated LCD’s. Even if your monitor is set on silent or low, you can see the LCD bar illuminate as sound volume in your child’s room increases.
This monitor is also completely rechargeable and has a low battery indicator.
Voice Activated Video On/Off
Whenever there is a noise in your child’s room, the display on your monitor will automatically turn on and alert you. Then, when there has been no noise in the room for 30 seconds, the monitor display will return to power save mode.
This is also a great way to ensure you don’t miss out on some memorable moments. Have you ever walked by your child’s room and heard them telling their stuffed animals a story? Now, you can watch it happen without worrying about interfering.
Talk to Your Baby
With this monitor, you are able to talk to your baby. You can use this feature to soothe your baby back to sleep or let your little one know that you’re on your way.
2-Color Off/On Nightlight
Personally, I think this is one of the coolest features on the Baby Pixel™ 5.0 Inch Touchscreen Color Video Monitor. There are two colors for you to choose from: red or blue. The red light creates a sunset-like hue in your room. The blue light is more for you.
On the Summer Infant website, they recommend that you use the blue light to help you see a little better in the middle of the night. This is perfect for late night diaper changes and feedings.
- The temperature display lets you know the temperature in your child’s room.
- The time display helps you navigate through your day.
- 3-Level zoom helps you get a better view of your child and their room.
- An expandable system of up to 4 cameras (Pixel Extra Camera 29970) lets you keep tabs on your other children.
- With a range of up to 1,000 feet, you can confidently be in other areas of your house without worrying about coverage.
- Wall mount hardware helps you secure your camera so you can have the best view possible.
- A 1-year warranty ensures that your baby monitor will work like it’s intended.
Watch the Video
At this price people have high expectations about what to expect from a baby monitor. For some, this monitor is going to be worth every penny. However, other people may feel that this baby monitor doesn’t deliver enough to justify the price. Really, it all boils down to the features you value and how well this monitor works for you.
Energy Saving Mode Turns Your Screen Off
For parents who want to constantly see what’s going on in their child’s room (even when nothing is going on), this might be a real deal-breaker. From what I can tell, there is no way around this. As long as there is no noise and nothing is crossing the SleepZone™ boundary, the screen will turn off after 30 seconds.
When there is a noise in the room or when the boundary is crossed, the screen will turn back on. This is, of course, provided that your baby monitor is on.
On/Off Button Is Combined with the Menu Button
For a monitor that relies so heavily on the Menu button, it really would make sense for it to be its own button. You need the Menu button when you want to use features such as talking to you child or seeing your child at night.
A heavy touch can be frustrating, especially in the middle of the night. If you’re worried enough about your child to turn on the night-vision, you really don’t want to also have the stress of potentially turning your monitor off.
Very Bright Night-Vision Light
You probably understand that, in order for the baby monitor to give you a color image, there’s going to have to be a very bright light. And, while the light is temporary, it can be enough to wake your child. I think we all agree that that’s a real problem.
The Camera Needs to Be Secured
The camera for this baby monitor is rather substantial. Unlike other stationary cameras, this one plans to move. That’s just part of the 360Tilt™ technology. In order to get a full view of your child’s room, the camera is going to move.
So, to be able make the most of this feature, use the included wall mount hardware. If you’re planning on taking this monitor on trips, try to Velcro the camera in place.
Although the touchscreen monitor sounds like a good idea, there can be issues. Some people reported such extensive issues that they quit using the touchscreen and instead used the arrows to navigate menus. The people who complained about this issue had such a bad experience that they said they wished the monitor just had basic navigation arrows like older models they have used.
Another complaint is that the sound on the monitor is too quiet. One person complained that they could hear their baby cry, but they couldn’t hear their toddler babble.
The final serious complaint that I read indicated that there was a distorted image when zooming. The individual said that the image looked pixelated, and they expected a better quality zoom for the amount of money they were spending.
Also, I think that it’s worth mentioning that, because of its large size, this monitor does not fit in your pocket. For those who may be used to slipping the monitor in your pocket as you tend to business, that may be a disadvantage.
I remember when I got my first video baby monitor. It was a total pain in the neck to install and, when the sunlight came into my son’s room during nap time, he became completely invisible. At night, a gray fuzz indicated that we had a child in the crib.
And I was ecstatic! For the first time, I was able to see (sort of) what was going on in his room without actually having to go in. This video monitor, basic as it was, cost me $99, and I thought that was a steal!
In my opinion, video baby monitors are one of the best inventions ever. I also think it’s worth spending more money on a monitor to get more of the bells and whistles. As the mom of a boy who would stuff himself in the corner of his crib and then cry about it, I would have loved the new technology of SleepZone™ and Moonlite™ Night Vision. And, I feel like I would have gotten great use out of the night light–both for soothing and for late night feedings and diaper changes.
Even with the potential issues of technological malfunctions in the monitor, I would still recommend the Summer Infant Baby Pixel™ 5.0 Inch Touchscreen Color Video Monitor. However, if you’re going to love this monitor, you need to be okay with the screen turning off without your consent.