Most baby monitors with two cameras have fixed cameras—if you need a monitor that you can remotely pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ), we’d suggest Motorola’s MBP50-G2. In our hands-on testing, this monitor came out on top for two-camera PTZ baby monitors.
Why would you need a camera you can remotely move? Well, if you have a baby and toddler, you might want to focus on the baby’s crib—and then check in on your toddler who is playing elsewhere in the nursery. Here’s what we liked about this model:
What We Liked
• Split screen or auto scan. We liked this monitor’s overall flexibility: you can view both cameras in a split screen or set the monitor to swap between two feeds automatically.
• Out of range alert. This is helpful to warn you the monitor is too far from the cameras—if you are out in the garden, for example.
• Expandable up to 4 cameras. The monitor also has two-way talk and a room temperature monitor. There are also five pre-loaded lullabies (but you can’t control the volume of this feature, which seems like an odd oversight).
• 5″ screen with good quality. While the picture isn’t high definition (the resolution is 420p), we found it sharp enough to do the job.
• Brand name. Motorola is one of the better-known brands in the baby monitor space and has a good track record for overall quality.
What’s Needs Work
• No included wall mount. That’s an extra purchase, unfortunately.
• Battery life is short. At three hours, the battery life for this monitor is one of the shortest we tested. Now, most folks leave a monitor plugged in overnight so the battery isn’t an issue. But if you plan to go cordless with this monitor for long stretches of time, this may not be the best choice.