The Summer Infant Secure Picture Me is a video baby monitor that has been around for a couple of years. It has some good feedback across the main e-commerce sites. It has all the basics covered. It comes with a handy 3.5″ colour LCD screen, secure digital picture and sound, temperature sensor and display, and 100m range.
Summer Infant is a well renowned baby monitor brand. They also make a lot of other baby products. They first started in the baby products business way back in 1984. They were the first company to launch a video baby monitor. Summer Infant have been around for thirty years. They are a well trusted company who produce quality baby products, in particular, video baby monitors.
Summer Infant Secure Picture Me Review
The Secure Picture Me baby monitor is easily set up. It really is as simple as taking it out of the box and plugging in to the mains. Even more importantly it’s easy to use, no degree in English is required to decipher the instruction manual. If you are a man this is a god-send, instructions, what instructions!
The sound and picture quality for the monitor is really impressive. The nice-sized 3.5″ (9cm) screen delivers a sharp picture. During the day the picture is in colour. At night, in black and white. The unit automatically changes to black and white when it becomes dark. Simple, but effective. Most decent baby monitors will have a night vision mode. If they don’t, leave well alone is my advice.
The monitor has a VOX-function, also known as Voice Operated eXchange, or voice activated control. The VOX facility allows you to turn off the baby monitor. When your baby makes a noise, it will switch the monitor back on. You can adjust the VOX settings so the monitor switches on at a sound level you are happy with.
You can also use the monitor as a picture frame, which can hold up to 10 pictures. These are stored on a first in first out basis. While it’s not the main reason to buy this monitor, (buy a digital picture frame, they are a lot cheaper!) it’s a nice feature when the baby monitor isn’t being used during the day or night.
The baby monitor has visual LED lights on the parent unit that captures your baby’s sound. The LED light indicator changes from green to red, depending on noise levels in your baby’s room. This helps you understand if noises are constant, like crying, or your baby turning over in their cot.
Lights, camera, and temperature display
You can add up to three additional cameras and have two cameras feeding into the parent unit on auto-scan. The pictures from both cameras will auto-scan at a set time interval. If you have four cameras set up, you can manually look at the other two cameras that do not auto-scan. Adding an additional camera is quite straight-forward.
The parent unit displays the temperature of the room where the sending unit is located, normally your baby’s room. Knowing if it’s too hot or cold in your baby’s room is something you need to know to make sure your baby gets a good night’s sleep. Not all baby monitors have this feature.
If you want to hear just the sound from your Summer Infant Secure Picture Me baby video monitor, there is a sound only option available. Personally I am not sure why you would want to use this; for me it defeats the purpose of owning a video baby monitor. However, it’s an option if you want it.
One of the few downsides is the parent unit isn’t mobile. You have to have to plug it into the mains while it’s in use. So you cannot clip it to your belt or easily move it from room to room. However, as long as the room you are in has a plug point this shouldn’t be a big issue.
The Summer Infant Secure Picture Me doesn’t come with talk-back, which would normally let you speak to your baby through the monitor. I have never needed to use this with my baby monitor; mainly for fear of frightening my little boy. But you may want this feature, so be aware it’s not available.
Some people, who have bought this video baby monitor, while they rate it highly, have remarked it’s not the best looking video baby monitor in existence. So, only a few bad points about this unit, but ones you need to be aware of.
- Large colour 3.5″ (9cm) LCD Screen
- Daytime vision in colour – night vision in black and white
- Visual LED lights captures baby’s sound
- Can store up to 10 photo images to share with family / friends
- Can add three additional cameras
- Camera scanning for up to two cameras
- Audio sound only option
- Temperature sensor and display
- Can be mounted on wall or table
- UK and EU mains plugs included
The Summer Infant Secure Picture Me baby monitor is easy to set up and just as easy to adjust any of the settings. It has a nice sized LCD 3.5″ (9cm) screen, and has very good picture quality (including night vision mode). It also has very good sound quality. The temperature sensor and built in temperature display (on parent unit) is extremely handy. You can add up to three additional cameras to view other parts of your baby room or another room or rooms. The ability to use the monitor as a digital picture frame is a nice feature.
The parent unit isn’t portable and has to be plugged into the mains while in use. The video camera isn’t able to be remotely controlled. There is no two-way talk facility and a few people who have bought it, have said it’s not going to win any design awards!
The Summer Infant Secure Picture Me is a good video baby monitor and makes it easy for you to securely watch and listen to your baby. The picture quality, including night vision, is rated highly. The sound quality is just as good.
Having to plug the parent unit into the mains is a slight pain. The lack of talk-back function isn’t a huge problem, but would have been helpful if installed. And yes, it’s not the best looking monitor out there, but it does what it’s supposed to do.
This baby video monitor may not have all the bells and whistles some of the more expensive video baby monitors have. However, it’s a solid unit with an impressive range of features to warrant serious consideration.