Dropcam Baby Monitor Review

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Hi there, in previous posts, I have written some articles about best baby monitor 2017 such as: Motorola MBP33s reviews, Motorola MBP43 review, ibaby monitor m6 review or Infant Optics DXR-8 Review; So today, I come here with a new post to review Dropcam baby monitor. Some people will feel a bit strange when I choose this one to be a baby monitor but not other brands with more specialized baby monitor. But let’s me list out something and point out the reasons why it is suitable to be a good baby monitor.

In this post, I will make reviews for two model: Dropcam and Dropcam Pro and point out some reasons for it to become a good baby monitor. Moreover, I also mention to some remarks when you buy this type of baby monitor as well as what you should expect to when you choose it as baby monitor.

Overview about Dropcam baby monitor

Dropcam is a brand founded in 2009. This company has been widely recognized as the industry leader when it comes to surveillance technology. For many people, it is the first name when it comes to home surveillance system. Currently, Dropcam offers two wifi video monitoring camera models, Dropcam and Dropcam Pro that I will review to day.

Dropcam provides free live streaming video which is accessible through a web add and mobile app for both IOS and Android. So, it is no matter whether you use which kind of mobile.

Unlike common baby monitor, Dropcam doesn’t provides specialized features like lullabies playing or temperature monitoring. However, both models offer zoom function, two-way audio (communication, night vision, motion and sound detection, scheduling and location awareness capabilities.

Let’s take a quick look on below tables to make comparison these two models:

Dropcam

Dropcam Pro

Images Dropcam Baby Monitor Dropcam Baby Monitor
Weight/ Dimensions/ Design 4.5″ x 3.15″ x 3.15″

5.5oz (156g)

4.5″ x 3.15″ x 3.15″

5.7oz (162g)

Accessories
  • HD Camera
  • Aluminum stand
  • Wall mounting hardware
  • 10-foot USB cable
  • USB power adapter
  • Quick start guide
  • Pro HD Camera
  • Aluminum stand
  • Wall mounting hardware
  • 10-foot USB cable
  • USB power adapter
  • Manual book
Field of view 107 degree 130 degree
Night vision Good Excellent
Audio quality Solid Superior
Video quality H.264 encoding, 720p HD

1280 x 720 at 30 frames/sec

H.264 encoding, 720p HD

1280 x 720 at 30 frames/sec

Wi Fi

(Router)

2.4 GHz 2.4 and 5.0 GHz
Set up Computer Computer, IOS and Android
Review points 9/10 9.5/10
Price Dropcam Baby Monitor Dropcam Baby Monitor

What should you pay attention to when considering these as baby monitors?

Setting the right expectation

Before make decision to buy or not buy the Dropcam baby monitor, you should set the right expectation for it. As I said before, Dropcam doesn’t manufacture this type of monitor for the only purpose of monitoring baby. You can use it to monitor people, pets, your property, house or your children from your computer, tablet or smartphone. So, you shouldn’t expect it for some functions of playing music or lullabies. Instead, it provides you clear and high quality video of 720p and wide field view.

What should you expect from this Dropcam baby monitor?

If you intend to buy Dropcam baby monitor, you should expect that it is very easy to use and intelligent alert system together with good monitoring capacity

When should you buy it?

When you have children who are growing, running, exploring and playing around room.

Product features

Dropcam baby monitor

Dropcam baby monitor

This is the first monitor that Dropcam launches. Dropcam is a Wi Fi video monitoring camera which allows you to monitor your home, property or your baby wherever you are. Followings are its outstanding points:

  • Design

Common design, not very outstanding with silver color. The camera has solid base and axis between base unit and camera unit. This base is the part which helps us to change the view. I have feeling that its design makes it look durable.

Its base provides flexible mounting option. You do not need to buy any support device to mount it on wall when you need. I think it is a strong point when you choose security camera to become baby monitor.

  • Easy to set up

60 seconds to set up. I think I need more than 60 seconds but not over 2 minutes!!! I just need to unbox, use computer to set up and find wifi connection, and then use it. I have no complains or trouble when set up Dropcam baby monitor. Completely satisfied. However, take note that you must have computer to set up it

  • High quality video with wide angel view

HD View Dropcam baby monitor provides a 107 degree view angle with 720p HD video. In condition of good light, the video quality from Dropcam baby monitor is really amazing. When the light turns darker, it will automatically change to night vision.

There is one thing I don’t like is that I cannot remotely pan or tilt the cameras. However, it has wide angle view; so it doesn’t affect me much. Moreover, you can zoom but this camera just provides digital zoom not optical zoom because the lens is fixed. But even when I zoom, I can still see everything pretty clearly.

  • Two way communication

Fortunately, this camera still has this function. You know, we choose baby monitor to watch our baby and stay connected with family when we are away from home. So two way communication function helps me very much on this purpose.

  • Intelligent streaming, scheduling and alert.

Dropcam baby monitor provides bank level-encryption which frees you from worrying about data streaming. For those who often worry about hack or video leaking can have peace of mind with this Dropcam.

Sound and motion will be also monitored and you will receive alerts whenever there is something wrong.

  • Service options

Automatic and free updates

Free mobile and web apps

You can easily Cloud Video Recording service available on Amazon with different option such as. I choose the package of 30 days of saving video and pay 299$ for a year. Some people often pay by month (about 29.95$). However, I tried this service for 1 month then I buy 1 year because it is more saving.

Pros and cons of this HD View Dropcam baby monitor

Pros:

  • Easy to set up and use
  • Good quality of video and clear sound (for two way communication)
  • Reliable and smart alert
  • Available service options

Cons:

  • No remote pan/tilt and optical zoom
  • Must have computer to set up

Dropcam Baby Monitor

Dropcam Pro

Dropcam baby monitor

Dropcam Pro is an upgraded and latest version which has more remarkable point than its previous version. Dropcam Pro provides 8x zoom capacity instead of 4x as in HD View Dropcam baby monitor. It also own wider angle view, better video and audio quality in comparison with Dropcam baby monitor. Let’s see its outstanding features:

  • Design

There is nothing changed between HD View Dropcam and Dropcam Pro, except for color, in overall appearance. The Dropcam Pro still keeps the interesting design and fairly tiny with two parts: the base and the cameras as usual. I can remove the camera from its stand but i often leave it on and mount it on wall.

  • Further support for easily setting up

Dropcam pro baby monitor supports users to set up on computer, IOS or Android device. So you mustn’t have to computer to set up it like in HD View Dropcam. I think this is a very nice upgraded point which provides people further convenient.

  • Wider angle view with better video and audio quality

130° field of view and 8x zoom with 720p HD Video are upgraded points from HD View Dropcam to Dropcam Pro. Just two points but it is the big change which offer people better experience. This new optics and updated image sensor provide 2x sharper vide. I am not sure there is any change in night vision but I see its images at night are better also.

  • Remain amazing features

This Dropcam Pro still remain remarkable points from its previous version such as: smart alert system, two way communication to stay connected with your family wherever you are, scheduling and mobile and web apps for free and available service option.

In overall, this Dropcam Pro is really innovative changes from its brother – HD View Dropcam baby monitor. I feel that when use this baby monitor, I will miss nothing. Although it doesn’t have features like lullabies playing or humidity and temperature monitoring but I think I would choose this one again.

Its pros and cons:

Pros:

  • Advanced technology with upgraded points for further peace of mind and comfort
  • More convenient and easy set up with any smart devices (computer, IOS or Android device)

Cons:

  • Higher price
  • No remote pan/tilt and optical zoom

Dropcam Baby Monitor

What customers are saying?

With overall 3.9 out of 5 stars, Dropcam and Dropcam Pro is choice of many families for different purpose. It is not exaggerated to say that this camera is a versatile and multifunctional camera. Real reviews form customers who use it is the most reliable words; so let’s see what customers are saying about these two cameras?

After read many comments and reviews from customers on Amazon, I find that most of them have common thinking with me. I am satisfied with the modern, sleek and advanced technology of these two Dropcam baby monitor models. Many people buy it to monitor their baby and feel that it is reliable with smart alert system and customizable functions.

Some others say that it will be more perfect if it is added with some specialized features of a baby monitor. However, as I said before, you should set a right expectation for it when you consider buying it. In this price range, what it provides to me is so amazing.

It is a little inconvenient for people because it does not have remote pan and tilt, some customers also mention it but they can overcome with wide angle view of this baby monitor. So I think it will not affect much to you.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I am satisfied with Dropcam in the role of a baby monitor. With its features, I think it will be more suitable with family who want to monitor children in big room or has toddlers rather than infants. Because, wide angle view will helps you much in this case. Infant, in usual, often need function of lullabies or temperature monitoring, so you should choose another camera. You can find other suggestion for your unique situation in our post to compare baby monitors. If you have twins and want to find best video baby monitors for twins or best baby monitor for two rooms, you should consider some models like Motorola MBP25-2 with affordable price or Summer Infant Dual View with advanced technology.

Thank you for reading carefully my post. Although the post doesn’t have full of information, just from my experience, but hope that you will find down what is the best baby monitor for your home.