|SVAT GX5201 Wireless Portable Video Monitor with 2.5-Inch LCD & Night Vision Security Camera (Color)
|List Price: $219.99
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Wireless Handheld Color Video Baby Monitor with Nightvision - compatible with GX515, GX515B, GX517, GX519, GX519B, WSE103C, WSE201C. Want to be able to see your infant from another room while she sleeps and plays? Want to feel secure from room to room? Now you can with the GX5201, the advanced child monitoring system that allows you to see and hear what is happening on the wireless handheld monitor. This portable security solution is made possible by a 2.4 GHz wireless system that includes a high-resolution camera with a built-in microphone and a large 2.5-inch colour TFT-LCD screen monitor. Use this system at home, at work, at your business or at your daycare. The GX5201 also provides you with the ability to record a home video from any r
- 2.5-inch TFT-LCD screen provides crisp images
- Range up to 300 feet (ideal range 100 feet)
- Eight infrared LEDs let you see in the dark
- Alarm sounds when the adjusted noise level is reached
- Easily connects to a TV, VCR, computer or DVR for recording
- Too much static
This product did not work well in our house, almost as soon as I left our child's bedroom, we got static and the screen rolling, and with each step down the hallway it got worse. I tried various settings and still had the problem. There is no way I could have slept with this monitor on in our bedroom with all the static....more info
- It works. But poor range
First of all, it works. When the monitor is within a short range, the picture quality is reasonably good, even though the colors are not that accurate. Night mode is okay as well. Audio reception is alright. The camera is so small and light weight that it's better fixed on a wall than being kept on a table or something. The monitor stand is a good thing and the monitor can also be wall-mounted.
The biggest problem is with the range. The picture reception is good for just about 50 ft, no more than that. The product description says 300 ft and ideal is 100 ft. But the results I see are nowhere close to that.
The other problem is with the channel selection. In case you forget to select the correct channel on the monitor, then you keep loosing signal. But I won't call this a real problem since selecting the right channel solves the problem....more info
- Poor reception, static, and crackling
I purchased the SVAT GX5201 after reading the favorable reviews. I returned it 2 days after I received it. The reception was horrible - even when I was in the same room as the camera, the reception was poor. The sound, and automatic audible alarm were even worse. To get the audible alarm to work, we had to manually touch the video camera to get the microphone to pick it up. There is a single pencil-tip thin hole on the bottom of the camera ball which is the microphone.
I turned off all of our cell phones, cordless phones, and internet (per the Tech Support's request), and the reception was still poor. Who actually lives in a house without cordless phones or wireless internet, anyway?
Don't be fooled by the favorable reviews - I think in the case of this product, they are "planted" reviews.
- Not worth the price
SVAT CX5201 Wireless Portable Video Monitor
The monitor works fine with the power adapter but does not work with batteries as it's supposed to do. The camera is OK for low light as it has infrared LEDS but the field of vision is limited, would be fine for baby watching but not enough to see around the crib if someone else is in the room until the person is by the crib....more info
- Color Monitor
This product was excellent, just what my Neice needed for her toddler. It was well packaged and arrived as promised....more info
This is the second baby monitor that we have owned in a year, and I must say it is the best. The picture gets 5 stars but the sound gets only 3. The one thing I have noticed on the video/sound monitors is they almost always have a popping noise. So we just purchased a cheap 900mhz sound monitor and it is crystal clear. This is definitely worth the money for the night vision alone. ...more info
After reading reviews, I knew I would still need an audio monitor, and I do. This model has too much static. But the video is great and we are stretching the distance at which it was supposed to work - opposite ends of the house and upstairs versus downstairs. I would recommend it....more info
- Great for Alzheimer's monitoring.
I bought this setup, the battery for the monitor, and an extra camera. It works very well for monitoring my mom (who has Alzheimer's) at night. Infrared images are good, as is reception. Interference from the microwave, but not a problem.
It seems from the negative reviews I read, most had trouble with reception with other wireless things, routers and the like, but all I have is the microwave and a cordless phone (no problems), so I like the product very much.
I'm going to get a third camera.
I'm very satisfied!...more info
- Peace of mind.
SVAT GX5201 Wireless Portable Video Monitor with 2.5-Inch LCD & Night Vision Security Camera (Color)
This product has been a Godsend to me. Although it was designed as a baby monitor I have used it to keep track of my herd. Instead of running to the barn every 2 hours to check on pregnant does, I can check the monitor to see if there is any activity and be well prepared for it.
It has been a very useful tool and the sound alerts are also extremely helpful. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who is looking for peace of mind. The portability of the monitor, also makes life simpler. This product is very versatile! There is occasional disruption by using a microwave, so put the monitor in a room other than the kitchen, or keep the microwave use to a minumum when checking it. You won't be disappointed by this product!...more info
- Only Video
If you need a video and a Sound monitor this is definitely NOT the right Monitor (So much static that there is no place for any sound from baby), Even if a video without any sounds is OK (even though the night vision works great) I still would not prefer this monitor (static effects the video too), It is definitely not worth the money, I will never ever buy more SVAT item's....more info
- good product if used in the right way
You need to use it in an interference - free zone. It works great in our bedroom, but not downstairs. Also, the interference is MUCH less if you have the volume turned off. Which is fine for us, since we had a sound monitor from before, so we just use that with it. The only way it works sensibly is if you buy the rechargeable batteries to go with it. That way you can take it to another room when you need it, and plug it in when you need to, without having to take out all the batteries to plug it in (what a stupid design - whoever though of that should go back to design school). Caveat - the little clip that holds in the (heavy) rechargeable pack is very slight, and any bump will break it, so then the rechargeable battery just hangs off a chord (I want to complain to the company about this). But despite all these issues, I like it, because the image is really good when you're using the infra red in a really dark room and there is no static. Then again, maybe all monitors have this good an image. I just have not seen that many of them (btw - it's nothing as good as the photo they give you but it's still pretty good)...more info
- Great Product. It accomplishes Exactly What we needed
We got this Video Monitor System to watch our new son while he was in his bedroom. This System has been awesome!!! it is not going to be digital quality but it is very clear and we are able to watch our son crawl around his crip, stand up on the rails, throw his pacifier on the floor, etc. the system gives us a sense of security, knowing that we can see that he is ok even if he is crying or making noise. the alarm system is great because if he starts moving around in the middle of the night, the alarm will go off and wake us up so we can make sure he is ok. I was a little worried about some of the neg. feedback about static but it seems to work great in my house and we have a wireless network & so do a few of my neighbors....more info
- SVAT system
For the money this system works very well. On the positive side, it is economical and very easy to use. I purchased the system with 2 extra cameras (total of 3). Setup and operation was a piece of cake. Plug it in and go (just don't forget to set each camera to a different channel which is accomplished by a switch). When set on automatic, the system switches between cameras automatically so you get to see every camera. This was a great feature and so simple to use. One big negative, however, was that it apparently operates on a 2.4 Ghz frequency which means that your wireless home phone may interfere with it. I needed a new phone anyway so I simply bought a new 6.0 phone system which eliminated the interference. I also have a wireless home network, but don't seem to have noticed any problem (although some other users have reported issues). Although the cameras have IR capability, my experience has been that they need sufficient light to be effective. In extremely low light I couldn't make out the images. Quite good when there is sufficient light, though, and for the cost it performs well. The main attraction for me was the fact that the entire system is wireless.
All in all I have to give the system good marks because of it's ease of installation and setup while doing the job it is advertised to do. If you need a system that will operate in total darkness look elsewhere (but you will spend much more). ...more info
- Great monitor, value for money
This is a great product, well designed, particularly as compared to other baby video monitors on the market. It is small, not bulky, gets a great picture and works well. We have two cameras/two monitors, and have the rechargeable battery for the monitor, which improves the design issue of where the power cord attaches. Overall though, a quality product designed well....more info
My standards may not be as stringent as some other reviewers, but this product works in our home, and I give it 5 stars for that. We live in a zero lot line subdivision so we have lots of neighbors in close proximity and we received TONS of interference with other video monitors (we tried 3 different brands before this one). One popular brand even showed our neighbors baby when turned to channel A -- um, creepy, and no. The others received so much interference that literally all we got was static and hiss. This monitor worked really well. It knocked out our wireless router on channel 1, but when switched to channel 2, that issue went away entirely. The microwave disrupts it when its running, and sometimes you have to adjust the monitors position on the table if it starts to flicker a little, but overall, this unit works and works really well. Sound is great and if we turn it up loud we can hear the baby breathing -- even over ths white noise of the humidifier running. Its not a high definition picture, but its clear enough to see whats going on , and its in color. Overall, extatic with this purchase for the simple fact that this monitor works where so many others didn't....more info
- Great monitor!
We bought this about 2 weeks ago and wish we had bought it a long time ago. The camera has a very good picture for no light/low light settings (although you may need to adjust your monitor's brightness). The daytime/color picture is okay, but not great -- but since we only use the night settings, it doesn't make any difference to us.
We have the camera mounted on the wall, up by the ceiling, above our daughter's crib - which we found to give us the closest, most complete picture we could get. The mounting hardware was easy to use - the only dilemma was where to plug it in...
One design improvement that would be helpful is the placement of the AC adapter plug into the battery compartment. An upgrade to a rechargeable lithium ion battery would be great (like our other sound monitor).
As for interference, using the microwave does screw it up temporarily. The other issue is our wireless network which can cause some interference if the monitor is too close to the wireless router or our computer. Other than that, not too bad.
For the money, this is far and away better than any other product out there. I will highly recommend it to all of our friends with infants and small kids....more info
- Very reliable
This unit works great. I have a number of wireless products in my home and the only time I get interferance is right next to my computers. The resolution is more then adequate to see what is going on. I also get great range, end-to-end in a spralling ranch style home with lots of walls in between the camera and base. The night vision does not work well in a blacked out room, but with as little as a night light going it provides great resolution. Love the function to auto switch between the 3 cameras you can have linked to the base unit....more info
- poorly designed but functional
This unit will pick up interference from any number of household electrical items. In my case, this was seen by a rolling line on the screen - maybe once a second or so. Annoying when using the night vision mode, and also when you want to use the sound from the camera too - with each roll of the line, you get a clicking sound.
I was able to, largely, get rid of this interference by slapping on a ferrite core noise suppressor to both the camera power line and the monitor power line. FERRITE CORE 1/4" CORD NOISE SUPPRESSOR well worth the couple of dollars.... Though why on earth the manufacturer didn't work this little gem out and do it already is beyond me.
I have a set of wireless speakers in the housePodz Wireless Rechargeable Speakers, I use a 2.4GHz wireless router (same frequency as this camera) and was able to prevent interference by using ONLY channels 1 and 2. Using channel 3 blocked my router completely. Cordless telephones were unaffected.
The power adapter input for the monitor IS inside the battery compartment which is a royal pain if you plan on going truly wireless with rechargeable batteries. You have to pull out the batteries and leave the battery compartment cover off to use.
The metal kickstand is alright, it works, it doesn't fold over and droop as I expected.
The 'scan' function works surprisingly well - this allows you to set the monitor to come on whenever sound is detected (baby crying, or door opening etc). You can even set the level at which the thing activates, which is actually quite sensitive.
In 'auto' mode the monitor will track between however many cameras are connected - flicking between views every 10 - 20 seconds or so, which again is rather handy. I will be putting one camera at each end of our basement so I can see what the kids are up to.
The camera mount will move if you even so much as think about looking at it, so place or mount it carefully unless you want to be for ever re-adjusting the thing.
The IR LED night vision... other reviewers put the useful range at about 6 foot - that's generous, but it really depends what you need to see. Still, it's good enough to see what our infant is doing in his crib at night. I dare say you could improve this by using another IR source in the room though (to see what I mean, play around with your TV remote, you will see the flashes...).
The selection switches for camera input are wicked small DIP switches (3 pin) that are secreted away at the bottom of the monitor unit. Still, I suppose that once they are set you don't need to be changing them all too often. I am shocked that the manufacturer did not hide them behind the power adapter input or somewhere even more inaccessible.
Oh! And you can plug this into your TV if you really need to. The picture quality is alright, you can even plug in the sound too....more info
- better than traditional baby monitors but.........
First, the picture on the screen in the product shot is hilarious. You will never see anything that clear or colors that vibrant. Then again, most people want to hear if their child is crying and maybe see if they've rolled over, or climbed out of crib etc. and for that purpose this works. I took this system traveling with me and its performance varied wildly. In some places it was totally unusable within 10 feet line of site. In others it worked from one end of a house to another. 2.4GHz wifi will interfere. For example every time I clicked on a link in my browser the monitor would go hazy. The bottom line is you will have to test it in your setting. Oh and like other reviewers said, the fact that you have to remove the batteries to plug it in is stupid. I modified, but I doubt most people want to take a soldering iron to their baby monitor out of the box.
Compared to most consumer electronics this is a pretty weak system. But
the sad fact is that baby monitors sold through babys-r-us and the like are of awful design and quality, and they are as expensive as this unit. It is the best option I have found.
I have found this system completely blocks my wireless router's signal on channel 2. It has three channels for three cameras. On channel 1 the camera's image is so severely distorted as to be useless. I think this is due to my neighbor's wireless router, but I can't be sure. I have yet to try it on channel 3, but given the fact that I had planned to connect at least one more camera, I think this system is pretty much useless in my house. As I said above, this system is very dependent on your location. I am sorry that when editing an review you can't take away a star. ...more info
- Remote Camera and Receiver
Product works very well considering the fact that it has to go thru about 5 or six walls that are structured in steel. If it works this good in an environment that has a lot of interference, it should work great in normal environments....more info
- Awesome. Works great!
SVAT GX5201 Wireless Nightvision Video Monitoring System (Color)
My wife and I love this product. I honestly don't know how people got by before the advent of video baby monitors. The night vision works great and allows us a chance to relax and know our little one is sound asleep (or not). Some slight interference when using the wireless internet but it's nothing major.
Great product and a reasonable price. Will probably be adding a second camera soon....more info
- A great product!
I purchased the GX5201 system(camera and monitor) and an extra camera plus rechargeable batteries for both the monitor and cameras.
I purchased this system after extensive review of the products available on the market. I am the father of four children ages 12, 6, 2 and 8 months and made this purchase primarily to monitor the newborn while sleeping and the 2 year old during naps etc. However, I found that as a homeschool family we can also use this system to monitor the kids while they work on schoolwork and my wife and I cook, clean etc.
One of the main reasons I made this purchase was the quality of design. Many of the competitors products are "cute" and oversized...somewhat akin to a babies toy. The GX5201 system looks like what it is...an electronic device. The performance is fantastic with the exception of an occassional screen flicker here and there which as I understand is inherent to wireless technology. The optional rechargeable batteries were in my opinion a must and they do not disappoint. They are designed very well and fully integrate with the monitor and camera perfectly. The ability to move either of the cameras to any room is great and the charge is about 3-5 hours. I give my highest recommendation to the purchase of this product and cannot stress enough the additional purchase of the optional rechargeable batteries.
This review is entirely honest and I am in no way affiliated with this company.. just very pleased with a great product.
Thomas Chmielarczyk ...more info
- I love this item
I have an older version of the SVAT monitor system for my twins, and we love it. It's black and white, but it does a great job. My husband and I bought the new Color monitor system for my sister and her husband for their new baby. WOW! What a difference. It has a great picture and so many new features. We wish we had one for ourselves. I highly recommend the system. ...more info
- Good product but could be much much better
I was hesitant to purchase this after reading the last review. But my experience has been delightful.
I have no issues with power interference or power filter problem. Power supplies for camera and receiver are perfectly fine. I can connect the units to any outlets around my house and they work fine.
I originally had some WiFi interference with my wireless router because the receiver was right next to the router in my office when I was testing it. But, once I moved it away from the router, it worked perfectly fine with no interference.
**UPDATE** There is some interference but not drastic enough to distort the image. It depends where the receiver is around the house.
* Color picture quality is excellent compared to the black and white Summer Infant monitor product (which had terrible interference problem).
* Also, I like the auto enable feature. Basically, the unit stays on standby (the receiver screen in shutoff until a sound from the camera activates it automatically). The input audio level can be adjusted on each individual camera.
* The unit supports up to three cameras
* The receiver color screen brightness is adjustable (so late at night, you can make it a bit darker)
* Lens has a nice wide-angle view. From 6 feet away, it can almost cover the length of a twin mattress
* The receiver uses four AAA batteries. I would have preferred a slightly thicker unit if it accommodated AA batteries. I have plenty of high capacity rechargeable AA batteries that I use for all our digital toys, but no AAAs. AA batteries are generally cheaper too.
* The power plug connects inside the battery compartment. The batteries have to be removed in order to use the power adapter. BAD DESIGN. This is incompetent design.
* Night vision is weak past 2 feet away. I can barely see anything past 4 feet.
* Camera lens does not zoom in or out. A manual zoom lens 2x or 3x would be a great feature to add in the future.