- 1 Samsung SEW-3037 Tilt And Zoom
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 Key Features Of The Samsung Tilt And Zoom Video Baby Monitor
- 5 Samsung SEW3037 Tilt And Zoom Video
- 6 What The Customers Say
- 7 The Last Word
Samsung SEW-3037 Tilt And Zoom
Key Features Of The Samsung Tilt And Zoom Video Baby Monitor
We’ve created reviews on a wide range of monitors on this site, and this unit is no different to most in that it comprises two sections, the camera monitor and a portable screen for mum and dad, called a parental unit. We think the best way to cover them is to explain their features independently, before looking at what real parents have to say that have battle tested this monitor for real.
Base Station Camera Unit
First things first, in case this is the first time you’ve researched baby monitors, the base station is the term we use to refer to unit that sits next to your baby’s cot as they sleep, and contains the camera which points towards them. Most, if not all, models also include an ambient microphone built into the device, allowing you to remotely hear your child.
As you’re researching a video monitor, let’s start with the camera. As the name suggests, the camera can be remotely tilted and zoom in and out, so that you don’t need to go to baby’s cot and manually adjust the direction of the camera each time they move around the cot. Of course, in the early month’s they tend to stay in the same place, but as time goes on they’ll likely move all over the available space in their cot during the night. Being able to adjust the direction and size of the image on your screen from elsewhere in the house, you’ll save a lot of wear on the carpet and your legs!
The camera unit also has integrated infra red light from LEDs that are designed to be non visible. This allows you to see in the darkened room that your baby sleeps in using your monitor. There’s also a very soft night light available, but it’s not really useful to see what you’re doing, more to comfort your child in a very dark room so there’s something visible (I was going to say focus on, but very young infants won’t be focusing yet, certainly over that distance).
On to the sound, the microphone picks up a good level of noise in baby’s room, and also includes a speaker for you to talk to your baby. Again, like the tilt and pan controls, that’s really helpful in reducing the number of visits to your child’s bedroom during their sleeping hours if you can soothe them and settle them back to sleep remotely.
The SEW-3037 tilt and zoom’s parental unit is among the best we’ve seen. The stand out feature is the 3.5 inch (diagonal) LCD screen, that gives a good picture when within a reasonable range of the base station. The controls are simple to use, so controlling the direction with panning, tilting and zooming into baby are a breeze. You can also use the monitor’s combined infra red night vision and night light support to significantly improve the picture quality.
As with most monitors, the range indicated by the manufacturer is optimistic to say the least. If you live in a big old house with thick walls, you may find the signal is degraded if you get far enough away from baby, but for most homes it works well. Even testing this in a three storey town house has been fine, so having an entire floor in between the base station and parental unit shouldn’t be a problem – a useful tip is to leave doors ajar or open if you have issues.
Samsung have included a really handy VOX feature in their monitor – this means that the audio shuts off on the parental unit when its quiet in baby’s room. If you suffer from low level interference in your home (perhaps from your or your neighbour’s DECT phones or wireless networks), is can solve the headache of buzzing or white noise. If baby wakes or there are other noises, the monitor will activate its speaker. The threshold for the monitor’s speaker to be activated is also configurable so you can set it to your particular needs.
Finally, talking to your child is a breeze. Just press a button on the parental unit and your child will hear your every word, just like you can hear them. It’s great to be able to talk to them, or even sing a lullaby from anywhere in the house, helping them back to sleep or buying you a few minutes to finish whatever you’re doing.
Samsung SEW3037 Tilt And Zoom Video
Here’s a really useful video about the functions of Samsung’s Tilt and Zoom monitor to help you get a better idea of what it looks like and what it can do:
What The Customers Say
Next we’ll talk a little about the points previous customers have raised about SEW-3037W video baby monitors. We believe in giving you a balanced view by summarising other people’s views, so it’s not just our opinion. Here’s the most common views:
Start Up Sound
We don’t usually start on a negative, but this is a really common gripe. When you turn the parental unit on, it plays a tune (or perhaps a better description is a few short tones) to tell you it’s powered on. That’s fine if you’re downstairs with your baby asleep in their room, but if you forget and activate it near your child and you have a light sleeping baby, that can fast become a frustration. Not a big deal for most people, but monitors are supposed to help reduce the stress caused to parents as their child sleeps, not create it! This is one key area that prevented this video monitor from ranking higher in our top ten too.
Great Sound Quality
If you discount reports of wi-fi and phone interference, the majority or customers mentioning sound quality are very impressed. If you’ve been unlucky enough to have had a bad experience with a previous monitor, you’ll know how background noise can really affect your sleep if you like to leave the monitor (not so) quietly doing its job on the bedside table. The VOX function (mentioned above) is a real hit with customers too.
No Breathing Sensor Support
This product doesn’t have any support for sensor mats (if you’re looking for that, check out Motorola’s Babysense video monitor). Generally you buy these products as a one off, rather than add to them later, so that shouldn’t be a problem. The exception to that is additional cameras – read on!
Support For Up To Four Cameras
The technology advances have really helped if you’re a customer with multiple young children, or want to see your baby from several angles. The parental unit will support up to three additional cameras (making a total of four including the supplied camera). Therefore, if you want to watch multiple children, even if they’re in different rooms, the SEW3037 can help.
No Temperature Indicator
This model doesn’t give you a temperature reading for baby’s room. That’s actually not a common feature on monitors, even though it’s a common gripe when it’s missing. It’s easily solved though, as we’ve said before, especially as your monitor has tilt and zoom support. Just get a Gro-Egg, and place it near the cot where you can see it by moving the camera.
The Last Word
This is one of the great video baby monitors, it’s just a little more expensive than other models and has an annoying start up sound on the parental unit. Those, frankly, were enough to push it to our number ten spot in our top picks table. If you want a big screen, and like the ability to remotely move the camera, this is still a good choice for you. Just don’t turn it on near a sleeping baby!