Video Baby Monitor Reviews: Summer Infant Ultrasight and Clearsight

After testing both of these and agonizing over the decision, I have decided to replace my old broken Summer Infant Secure Sight monitor with the Ultrasight. Here’s why:

The Ultrasight

The Ultrasight has a wide angle lens that shows the entire crib at one time, plus a zoom and pan so you can zoom in on baby. The Clearsight does not show the entire crib from where it’s placed across from the crib on a dresser in the room. The Clearsight has a zoom but no pan which makes the zoom pretty useless. Unless you have a baby who always sleeps in the middle of the crib (RJ always sleeps at one end or another).

The Clearsight

This is nitpicky but the Clearsight talk-to-baby button is next to the volume button on the receiver which means I accidentally pressed it a few times, never actually waking the baby, but I could see that it might happen at some point. My old monitor did not have a talk-to-baby button and overall I think it’s pretty useless other than to scare the crap out of your spouse when they are in the baby’s room.

The reason that choosing between these two monitors was so hard was that the Clearsight video quality is much better. But like I said, occasionally she is out of the frame. The Ultrasight video quality is good enough to see if she is standing, sitting, lying down, or lying down with her head down (these are the factors that really influence how I’m going to respond if I hear noise from the nursery). It is easier, however, to see on the Clearsight whether baby’s eyes are open or shut and what sleeping position she is in (back, side or stomach).

Both the Ultrasight and Clearsight video feeds are more jumpy than my old monitor though. What is up with that?

I’m not thrilled with either of these monitors because I feel that my old monitor did everything that it needed to (the pan, zoom and talk-to-baby are pretty unnecessary features) and had smoother video. Summer Infant discontinued my old monitor though, otherwise I would have bought it again. Hopefully Summer Infant will improve their monitors in upcoming models, because adding useless features and not improving the lacklustre video quality is kind of lame.

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My broken video baby monitor

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Without ever having used one before, I knew I wanted a video baby monitor for when RJ was born. Conceptually, it made totally sense. So like any thrifty-mom would, I ordered the cheapest one I could find on Amazon. Which was this one.

And today, dear reader, I am very sad because I dropped the receiver and the video no longer works. The audio is still working so at least I don’t have to rush out and buy a new monitor right away. Now I will have to research video monitors like crazy to see if there are any that might be cheap and durable enough to suit me.

RIP ability of receiver to display video. I only used you for 5 months, but you were great while you lasted.