Summer Infant Ultra Sight pan/scan/zoom video baby monitor: A Review

The Summer Infant "Ultra Sight" pan/scan/zoom video baby monitor helps me to check on my baby when I'm not in the room. Here is my experience with this intelligent device.

I recently bought the Summer Infant "Ultra Sight" pan/scan/zoom video baby monitor to help me check on my baby when I'm not in the room. There are many different kinds of baby monitors available today, ranging from audio systems to breathing monitors. I wanted a monitor to literally be able to see what he is doing in his crib when I'm in the kitchen or in busy with my household chores. I wanted to share my experience of the unit with other parents to help them make a choice, if they're looking to buy this unit.

About the Summer Infant Ultra Sight video baby monitor

The Ultra Sight is a video monitor that lets you zoom, scan and pan at multiple levels to keep an eye on your infant. It also comes with two way communication, so that you can talk to your baby reassuringly if it is disturbed. There is a handheld parental unit that you can carry with you, and you can also add up to three additional cameras if you want, to get more visibility of your baby's room.

The positives

There are plenty of good things about the Summer Infant monitor. It has an amazing daytime picture quality with very clear color picture. There is a low battery indicator which is very useful, unlike other similarly priced models such as some by Foscam. This will prevent the danger of the unit powering off in the middle of the night if the battery runs out. This unit is also very reasonably priced, and compared with some other units by Samsung or Motorola that we looked at, has similar features, so I know that I got a bang for my buck.

The portable parental unit is also very handy, as it comes with a belt clip that I can hook to my clothing when I'm running errands around the house. There is also a tabletop stand that I prop the monitor on for when I'm working at my home-office desk.

The audio quality is excellent, with no white noise or interference with WiFi and other signals in the house. This is usually a big concern with budget monitors, but I have faced no issue with interference. The zoom is excellent, if a bit grainy, but that's not a big concern. The panning features work great. The unit is easy to use and I love the fact that it offers two-way communication so my baby thinks I'm in the room when I talk to him through it.

The product details promised a range of 600 meters, and in my small 2-story house, I've had no issues with cutting signals when I'm on one floor and the nursery is in another. I can even take the handheld out to the yard and still be able to see my baby on the video screen. You can check out more features of the unit at their online portal.

The negatives

One of the biggest problems with this model is that the switch that you use to go from camera one to camera two takes four steps and it's very difficult to negotiate in the middle of the night. This is one design area that could be improved. When you already are in the scan mode, going from camera one to camera two needs you to press a few buttons and I often end up exiting the scan mode whenever I hit a wrong button. It's frustrating to the point that I'd not recommend the camera to people who have their babies sleeping in another room and want to keep checking on them in the middle of the night. Another problem is that the power on button is a little small, so it's easy to press the volume pp by mistake when you're trying to get the camera to power on.

The picture quality is also not very good in the dark. Having said that, I can still see my baby's face when I zoom in and whether or not his eyes are open. So, overall, as long as you're not expected high resolution pictures in the dark, this camera does its job.

The verdict

If you're looking for a video monitor that offers high resolution video, then this is not for you. However, if you want a functional video monitor with 2-way communication at a great price, then this Summer Infant video monitor is highly recommended.

Article by Juana
Juana is a freelance writer publishing with Constant Content and sister sites of Techulator. She writes on a variety of subjects that interest her. She is a voracious reader and that helps her keep abreast with the latest in technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Eng. Lit, is a mom, a wife, a homemaker and a qualified teacher.

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