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IP camera with pan and tilt to use indoors as baby monitor

black110 118 50 April 4, 2016 at 02:05 PM
As the title states, I'm looking for an IP Camera to use as a baby monitor that can pan/tilt. I currently have a Foscam C1 which has a great picture and great sound for my sons room (about 12'x10') which I got for around $50 through SD. I'm very happy with the price/performance ratio of the C1 as a baby monitor. The only con to the C1 is that it is stationary and does not rotate (pan/tilt/zoom).

I now have another newborn and my other son is about to turn 2. I need to buy another camera to use as a monitor in the other childs room and would really like one that I can move around to check on my 2 year old as he runs around his room when he's supposed to be in bed. I have an older Foscam baby monitor system that does pan/tilt/zoom that I've reverted back to for my 2 year old but the camera quality is really bad, especially at night. It also uses a dedicated 3.5" video monitor screen which has low wireless range and bad battery life.

So basically, I want to put my current C1 in my newborns room since I can aim it right at the crib and leave it there. I need a new camera to put in my 2 year olds room so I can track him as he runs around. I need the camera to be able to rotate or pan and I would love to be able to keep the same video quality as the Foscam C1. I would like to stay under $75 but I'd be willing to pay more for a unit that fellow SD'ers think is a good value. I've been eyeing the motorized pan/tilt Foscam units like the FI9816P but the majority of them get mixed reviews for trying to use apps to move the camera around (which is what I would be using). I would also be open to dedicated baby monitor suggestions but most of the ones I find would cost me a lot more money to get 2 cameras. Thanks in advance for your help and suggestions!

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As the title states, I'm looking for an IP Camera to use as a baby monitor that can pan/tilt. I currently have a Foscam C1 which has a great picture and great sound for my sons room (about 12'x10') which I got for around $50 through SD. I'm very happy with the price/performance ratio of the C1 as a baby monitor. The only con to the C1 is that it is stationary and does not rotate (pan/tilt/zoom).

I now have another newborn and my other son is about to turn 2. I need to buy another camera to use as a monitor in the other childs room and would really like one that I can move around to check on my 2 year old as he runs around his room when he's supposed to be in bed. I have an older Foscam baby monitor system that does pan/tilt/zoom that I've reverted back to for my 2 year old but the camera quality is really bad, especially at night. It also uses a dedicated 3.5" video monitor screen which has low wireless range and bad battery life.

So basically, I want to put my current C1 in my newborns room since I can aim it right at the crib and leave it there. I need a new camera to put in my 2 year olds room so I can track him as he runs around. I need the camera to be able to rotate or pan and I would love to be able to keep the same video quality as the Foscam C1. I would like to stay under $75 but I'd be willing to pay more for a unit that fellow SD'ers think is a good value. I've been eyeing the motorized pan/tilt Foscam units like the FI9816P but the majority of them get mixed reviews for trying to use apps to move the camera around (which is what I would be using). I would also be open to dedicated baby monitor suggestions but most of the ones I find would cost me a lot more money to get 2 cameras. Thanks in advance for your help and suggestions!

Personally, I have found the pan and tilt\rotate cameras worthless as the feature is just a pita and requires you to manually control it. And most of the cameras with it are cheap junk. You are better off with a wide angle lens\full HD camera instead of going for the cheap Foscam type garbage imo. My go to camera is the Laview Panda 2 MP. On sale they can be had for around $80 each and they are full HD and work great. Usual price is around 100-120 dollars.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6881183051
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HI, Dear,

Better you bought 720P WiFi IP Camera, now all plug-and-play, very simple to install it, you can control pan, tilt by app. on smart phone (but if you hold click "Pan" or "Tilt", it will turn around, if stop clicking then camera won't turn around), however, after installing PC Client software from http://down2.54it.cn, you click "Pan" and it will start Pan without stopping, or you click "Tilt" it will start Tilt without stopping, unless you click it again to stop it, so perfect choice for you to take care of your babies.

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Personally, I have found the pan and tilt\rotate cameras worthless as the feature is just a pita and requires you to manually control it. And most of the cameras with it are cheap junk. You are better off with a wide angle lens\full HD camera instead of going for the cheap Foscam type garbage imo. My go to camera is the Laview Panda 2 MP. On sale they can be had for around $80 each and they are full HD and work great. Usual price is around 100-120 dollars.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6881183051
My current 720p Foscam C1 has a 115 degree wide angle lens and it still doesn't cover the majority of the room. The camera you linked to has an even narrower range of only 100 degrees. Thanks for the suggestion though.
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My current 720p Foscam C1 has a 115 degree wide angle lens and it still doesn't cover the majority of the room. The camera you linked to has an even narrower range of only 100 degrees. Thanks for the suggestion though.
I would strongly recommend Hi-Kam S5. Below I'll explain why.

Last month my car was broken into. Of course it was bad on losing some valuables, but it was even worse that I felt so unsafe. An old friend of mine, who moved to Germany couple of year ago, suggested me to buy Hi-Kam security camera, which is sold on Europe Amazon. Thanks to my friend for helping on purchase and shippingSmilie. I got a bullet camera A7 and a baby camera S5 two weeks ago, and I am very happy with them. The reason for buying S5 is that I've been interested in checking out what my Siamese cat does when I'm out.

Go back to the baby camera, I think the highlights of S5 are:
1, clear image
2, automatic switch between day and night vision
3, 360 degree pan (it can also support tilt)
4, light in weight and small in size
5, build-in headphone to support 2-way audio with good quality (if you know Siamese cat, you would also know they really love to talk)

You may refer to this link for reference. I believe you would find similar stuff for S5.
http://www.technikkram.net/2015/1...ch-im-test
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