PROS / This nanny camera offers a unique panoramic view.
CONS / It does not have an overwriting feature.
VERDICT / This nanny cam provides a wide angled view due to its smoke detector design, but produces mediocre video quality and lacks a few recording options that the best models offer.
The Bush Baby Smoke Detector is an average performing nanny cam when it comes to video recording quality. The camera produced fairly clear recordings in our tests under bright-light conditions, but there was some slight fuzziness after 10 feet. Other than that, the motion in the videos was smooth, even with fast movement. However, in low-light conditions, this hidden nanny cam struggled a bit. It received a score of 65 percent in our test, while the average was 67 percent. The night video recordings came out dark and grainy, making it difficult to distinguish small details and black objects. Moreover, this nanny cam does not have audio recording functionality.
This smoke detector spy camera is slightly lacking in recording options, but it has the essential features for a wireless nanny cam. The unit includes time-stamped recording and a motion detector that only captures footage when there is activity in the room. You can also use the camera in continuous recording mode. However, this hidden nanny cam does not have an overwrite feature that automatically deletes the oldest recording on the internal storage – a feature that is useful with continuous recording, though not absolutely required. Furthermore, this unit also lacks any type of scheduled recording function, unlike some of the best nanny cams we reviewed.
The nanny camera offers a bird's eye view design that provides a unique and comprehensive vantage point for monitoring. The device has a convenient built-in lithium-ion battery that recharges through an included power adapter. Additionally, the camera has a remote control for remote operation. This is especially good since the camera can capture still pictures; simply pressing the remote control lets you take images from a distance.
The Bush Baby 2 Smoke Detector DVR has a USB port, so it can only connect to a computer or other USB-enabled device for viewing. This isn't necessarily a disadvantage, but the camera cannot directly connect to a television. It comes equipped with nonremovable storage, and you can choose from among three different capacities: 8GB, 16GB and 32GB.
The Bush Baby 2 Smoke Detector DVR is great if you want to capture footage from a panoramic perspective. The camera lacks a few features, such as overwriting and scheduled recording, and it’s recording quality is only average. However, while it falls short of the best models we reviewed, it's a good nanny cam for most families, homeowners and business owners.