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VTech VM343 Safe & Sound Video Baby Monitor with Night Vision, Pan/Tilt/Zoom and Two-Way Audio

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Technical Details
Model NumberVM343
Item Weight953 g
Product Dimensions8.6 x 2.8 x 14.2 cm
Batteries:1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
Item model numberVM343
Batteries requiredNo
Standing screen display size4.3 inches
Number of channels24
  
Additional Information
ASINB00YXV39RS
Shipping Weight953 g
Date First Available16 April 2016
  
 

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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars 92 reviews
87 of 94 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid option - Comparison to Infant Optics DRX-8 4 Aug. 2015
By Greg A - Published on Amazon.com
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We purchased this unit as a possible replacement for our Infant Optics DRX-8, which we have owned for a little over a year. While the DRX-8 is great unit overall, we grew tired of the constant WiFi interference issues (any nearby devices using WiFi would cause the unit to constantly beep that it was “out of range”). So we were excited when another comparable model came onto the market, as most other models out there either lacked features we wanted or had numerous negative reviews. So I’ll treat this review as a bit of a comparison between the two models, because I feel that the DRX-8 is one of the best currently on the market.

So far we are pleased with the performance of the VM343. It doesn’t seem to have the interference issues the DRX-8 has, and has most all of the features we wanted, needed, and were used to having. The picture quality is very comparable in both regular and night-vision modes. See attached photos for some examples. The VM343 might be a tad bit more grainy (perhaps due to that larger screen size), but it’s not a deal breaker.

Features we like in both units (DRX-8 & VM343):

-Intuitive and easy to use menus, with the VTech having several more menu options
-The picture quality is very good on both units
-The pan/tilt/zoom works great on both
-We have found the range on both of these units to be acceptable… easily stretching all over our two-story home
-The battery life is great on both. We keep the monitors plugged in all night on the nightstand… but off the charger all day for the naps and neither has ever needed charging during this time.

Pros of the VM343:

-The screen is a good bit bigger than the DRX-8 (4.3” vs 3.5”)
-A vibration option when sound is detected
-A motion activation option for the monitor
-The temperature reading seems to be more accurate than the DRX-8 (which always seemed to read about 4-5 degrees higher than the actual room temp)

Cons of the VM343:

-Due to the way it mounts on a bracket (instead of the base of the camera attaching direct to the wall), we found that it’s not able to tilt low enough to get the whole crib in the frame. This may not be an issue for you depending upon your desired mounting location and the distance from the camera to the crib. But we mounted ours on the same screw the DRX-8 was on and 30% of the crib is out of frame.
-We like for the sound to stay on all the time and not just kick on when noise is detected (this may not be your preference though)… which the VM343 does not do by default. However, the sound machine in our child’s rooms seems to keep the sound on most of the time anyway.
-The overall volume level of the VM343 seems to be a bit lower than the DRX-8… but still within acceptable limits. Mounted in the same place as the DRX-8 (which makes it the same distance from the sound machine), the volume is noticeably lower than on the DRX-8.
-On the DRX-8, we liked how when you turn on the screen, it shows a quick blip of how the baby was positioned when the screen was turned off (so you can tell if they have moved since the last time you viewed them). The VM343 doesn’t do this.
-This unit doesn’t have the interchangeable lenses like the DRX-8. However, we never really found a need for them anyway. I suppose it could be useful in the future if we eventually needed to change the perspective or place the camera further away.

At this point, we’re still on the fence about which unit we will stick with. I will update this review a bit down the road after we’ve had a chance to break in the VM343 a bit more. Thanks for reading!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, easy to use and feature-rich monitor and camera! 23 Jun. 2016
By LicoriceWhip - Published on Amazon.com
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We love this monitor! It's super easy to use and install, the screen is big enough to see baby easily, the pan/tilt/zoom feature is great for when baby moves around in his crib. All in all this monitor is great for parents!

Pros:

Large, visually appealing screen features full color in light or B &W night vision.
Easy to use on screen features include a temperature alarm (it will notify us if the room gets hot or cold, based on whatever temperature we input), digital zoom (the camera itself doesn't zoom in, but you can zoom in on the image on the monitor), ability to network multiple cameras if we desire.
Easy to set up and use right out of the box. Just turn it on and go!
The monitor features a microphone talk feature so you can soothe your baby as you walk to the room.

Cons:
One feature that we wanted to take advantage of that doesn't seem to work - the unit is supposed to be able to be turned off and then turn on only when there is sound. That doesn't work and we can't figure out why, but no big deal.
The zoom feature isn't a true zoom, it's just a digital zoom from the image on the monitor.

All in all this is a great monitor for parents. The market is often so confusing, I had no idea where to begin. Networked cameras? One of the many stand alone cameras? This monitor has the best of both worlds. I highly recommend it for you and your baby!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money. 14 July 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I didn't dislike this monitor at first, but it didn't take long to really hate it. For the money, I thought it would be great, and it is nice because you can pan the camera around the room from the handset, and the temperature gage is nice, too. However, the camera and the handset have major connectivity issues. I don't have a big house, we are never out of range, and my bedroom is literally 10 feet from my little one and the camera. Yet the camera always disconnects, there is severe interference resulting in loud static noise on my end (lovely when it wakes you up in the middle of the night), and both of these issues can only be fixed by getting out of bed, sneaking into my little one's room and unplugging the camera to reset it. Even then it's only fixed for **maybe** the length of a night. And if we have a thunderstorm? Forget it. It knocks the camera offline and I have to sneak in to unplug it again, then hope the storm ends before I fall asleep so that I don't wake up to find that I don't actually have a functioning monitor. Save your money. I preferred my $99 monitor from Walmart.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed in this monitor 22 Jun. 2016
By JShel - Published on Amazon.com
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Very disappointed in this monitor. Does not reach the 1000 feet like advertised. I have stepped it off and it only reaches 56 feet. Traveled with it to my parents house and it reached 47 feet, which is even worse. Picture quality and sound are good, but like I said, we bought it so we could go outside and still see our baby while she was sleeping and it barely reaches to our kitchen. Another annoying thing is that it randomly stops charging in the night and makes an awful beeping sound. It does not hold a charge for more than an hour, which is very frustrating - would not recommend this product.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic expectations for a product. 18 Sept. 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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It has its pros and cons-
Pros- picture quality is great, you can see the littlest movements on it. I can see my infant blinking, so other reviews parents post about not hearing the sound- really all you have to do is look at the screen to know if your baby is awake or not, and even with the nighttime view I can see his breathing patterns if he isn't dressed in dark clothing.
The temperature gauge is fantastic, it's extremely accurate, and the alert setting it has when it gets too hot in the room is very helpful- I've woken up a few times to the alarm that it's too hot, I find myself sweaty but I wouldn't have woken up to know.
It's nice that the monitor's charger is very long, which brings me to the cons-

Cons- holy battery life. I've had the monitor for two months now and since day one, fully charged, it has not lasted more than 4 hours which is fine on a nap schedule, but not helpful overnight- good thing that the cord reaches so far so I can charge it and have like a good three feet to move it where I want.
Some parents say there's a sound issue- I've noticed hit or misses- sometimes it doesn't pick up the sound of him whimpering but it can pick up the tv in the next room. I have always had it pick up on crying, or voices of adults talking, it just seems to be the lighter noises where it struggles but honestly, if it can pick up the tv, it might just need to be repositioned.
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