I have read a number of reviews concerning this Baby Monitor and I have decided to add my own opinion with regard to the camera and the service offered with it. I found a dropcam review on Baby Monitor Ninja searching for baby monitor reviews.
First of all, I believe the price is competitive. $200 for a product that records in Full HD and can be used as a Baby Monitor, looks like a fair offering, especially when you look at it as long term investment. The looks of the monitor and the build quality certainly stand out, especially when you compare it with what the competition has, which is mostly cheap plastic and – depending on the particular item – lower specifications.
Setting it up requires no more than a few clicks if you’re on a computer or own an iOS device, which makes it a great choice for the ones who aren’t technology specialists. The baby monitor can also be secured via a password, so there is a sense of security involved, which also applies to the cloud storage option, but more on that later. Placing it neatly in the corner of a room or whenever you consider it suitable is able to provide you with great coverage of the area. I must admit that I was a bit skeptical regarding the overall quality of the footage, as I had other surprises in the past when products didn’t live up to the expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that not only is the quality very good, but the details are sharp and the night-time surveillance feature is outstanding!
The fact that you are able to stay connected while not physically present in the house is a great thing. One of the features I most appreciate is the on-the-go alerts. For example, if there’s a suspicious activity inside your home, the camera, based on the audio and motion sensors, will send you both a picture and an alert notifying you that something is not right. For me, that is extremely useful, especially if you have things of particular value in the house.
Moreover, one of the things with which I was confronted when reading about the Dropcam Pro were the complaints about the video surveillance and cloud storage system. While I understand that as a customer, you have the right to state your opinion, I don’t see why there are so many critiques to the fact that the makers of baby monitor require a subscription in order to have the videos recorded and saved online. I have read the product’s description very carefully and the subscription fees for the recording service are clearly laid out for everyone to see. There are no hidden costs other than the ones mentioned there, so this makes me wonder if the buyers have simply clicked on “Buy” rather than reading all the conditions that come with the product.
For saving 7 days of videos you have to pay $99 a year – which is not a lot by any means, especially if you look at the monthly cost of $9.95. You spend a lot more on coffee per month so I clearly do not see the issue with this. The second, larger offer, gives you the chance of having 30 days of video recording saved in the cloud for $299 a year. A brief analysis of the situation will simply reiterate what I said earlier – a person who is able to spend 200$ for the product will most definitely afford the subscription fees associated with it, especially if that feature is needed. I would kindly suggest to those who have bought or who wish to buy this Baby monitor to read both the item’s description and the service associated with it more attentive, as this will certainly help with the decision of purchasing the product or not and, most important of all, will avoid any potential complaints.
All in all, I would say that I’m pleased with the product, as it is better than I expected it to be, concerning the video quality and the alert features and I would definitely recommend it to those who might need the features it offers. For those of you who aren’t convinced yet, I suggest you give it a try, as I have, despite the complaints, and see for yourself what this camera has to offer!