If you didn’t know already, one of our more popular products aside from your every day security cameras is the baby monitor.
Why is it so popular? Because parents are extremely busy these days and these things are a bit of a life saver when it comes to keeping an eye on the baby while you’re doing your own thing around the house. Once in a while, I get a chance to open up one of our packages and test it out to give our customers a bit of a technical review of the product as opposed to some biased “Buy Our Product” type of review. I would call those advertisements as opposed to reviews. So let me get started.
The object in question here is the Samsung SEW-3037. A little searching on the internet will show you that it has a 3.5″ color LCD screen. The two best functions or most notable functions are the PTZ and the VOX.
PTZ – Pan, Tilt, and Zoom. Unlike your standard straight shooting cameras, the cameras that come with this unit actually Pan, Tilt, and Zoom. (Be advised the the zoom function is not an optical zoom by any means. It is a digital one so you’ll be seeing a blow up image of the targeted area).
VOX – Stands for Voice Activated. To keep it short, it basically means that you’re saving battery life on your monitor. The monitor goes to sleep after not detecting significant sounds for a period of a minute. When it does detect some significant sound, the monitor will turn on and hopefully you’re attention will be turned to it.
From my knowledge, there are two versions of this monitor out there as of right now. Some carriers are still carrying the older version and some of the stock left in Amazon is still the older version. I’m going to tell you how to differentiate between the two.
First off, the newer versions do not have a start up sound.
This is a picture of the newer model. How can you tell? The buttons on the right side say it all. The camera button in the middle is now the scan button. You can flip through your cameras by pressing that button, and holding it down for 3 seconds will put the unit to sleep. The ok/zoom button is another change where the zoom is now directly available to you. The night light will activate or deactivate if you hold down that button as well.
I’ve heard of some confusion among parents about their VOX mode not being sensitive enough. Well, there are two levels of sensitivity for the VOX mode. You can actually switch between the Hi and Low levels of sensitivity by going into menu and designating it as such. *In order to adjust the VOX setting, you have to have you monitor in VOX mode before doing anything.
As you can see, the little microphone looking icon is the VOX sensitivity level marker. You can also tell that the VOX mode is active by the status bar on the top right corner that says VOX.
Let’s say you have to repair your camera. It’s quite simple actually The 3rd icon on the menu is your pairing function. (It is not the scanning function as many have mistaken it for.)
You go to that menu option and select the channel that you’d like to pair. After you’ve done that you’ll have a total of 30 seconds to press the pairing button under the camera. The moment you press it, you should see that the camera has paired to that channel. Then you’re all set to go!
I Cannot Stress This Enough!
Parents! When you order your baby monitor, whether it’s for expecting parents or for baby showers, don’t wait until the baby is born to play around with your camera! You don’t want to buy a camera and wait a few months only to find out that you should’ve returned it and gotten a new one! As with any electronic product, there is always a chance for defects within the system due to the mass production procedure electronics go through. Of course they go through quality control checkpoints, but there are always one or two that get through their checkpoints. You definitely want to open it up and check to make sure everything is working well to avoid losing your chance to replace the item during the valid return periods.
Hopefully this helped you to understand your monitor a bit and receive some feed back from a seller who’s seen the best and the worst.