Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
We have to admit we're a bit baffled as to why the MobiCam AV Wireless Monitoring System remains a bestseller among video baby monitors. Although it's economical, you definitely get what you pay for with this run-of-the-mill analog video monitor.
One of the biggest problems with these video baby monitors is that no rechargeable batteries are included; both units must either be plugged in using the AC adapter or AA batteries must be inserted (six into the receiver unit and four into the camera). Not only does this limit mobility, it also makes it extremely expensive when the monitor is portable since it requires so many batteries and they drain so rapidly. Additionally, the monitor has frequent static and a constant, low buzzing regardless of where the receiver unit is positioned – a problem that apparently worsens with extended use.
On the contrary, the monitor works surprisingly well when it comes to picture quality. It provides a sharp, crisp image in both full daylight and complete darkness and the night vision turns on automatically when the room becomes too dark. However, there are several reports online from users that say the picture quality also deteriorates with extended use and in some cases the screen goes intermittently blank or won't even turn on at all.
Not surprisingly, the system is rather limited on features. The camera (which does not come with any wall-mount hardware) has limited range and no pan or zoom capability, making it difficult to get a good view of the crib. Plus, there isn't a video standby mode or audio-only mode. In fact, the only noteworthy feature the monitor boasts is VOX mode, which (as counterintuitive as it seems) can only be turned on at the camera unit.
We also strongly disliked this video baby monitor's clunky design and unattractive colors (more so than any other monitor we reviewed). For a video baby monitor, we would've liked to see something more universally appealing with a more contemporary, slimmer build.
Although there's a lot we don't like about this Mobi video monitor, it does have a few redeeming qualities. For starters, there is an A/V output that enables you to connect the receiver unit to a larger viewing device. It can also support one additional camera and, like many other video baby monitors with multi-camera expandability, it boasts auto-scanning between both cameras. One feature we actually really liked was the video baby monitor's compatibility with the MobiCam AV Internet Kit (sold separately by Mobi). The kit enables you to record and stream video via an online connection from the monitor to your PC.
While the MobiCam AV Wireless Monitoring System provides a cost-effective alternative for those interested in an analog video monitor, we weren't terribly impressed with its overall performance and limited range of features. In addition, its issues with interference, static and portability are definitely factors to consider. On the whole, we'd suggest opting for a better-performing monitor, such as the Summer Infant Day&Night analog video monitor.