Updated 31 Oct 2016


Wi-Fi Baby Camera DCS-825L

Snapshot: The D-link Wi-Fi Baby Camera DCS-825L is an audio and video baby monitor with plenty of features. But how well does it perform?

Wi-Fi Baby Camera DCS-825L
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Test results

Overall score
Ease of use

Good points

  • Good at detecting and reproducing soft sounds.
  • Excellent sound range through indoor walls.
  • Easy to set up and use.
  • Has a movement sensor.
  • Has room-temperature monitor (with alarm).
  • Has a video monitor.
  • Has "talk to baby" function.
  • Video & images can be stored on phone or SD card.
  • Plays lullabies from list or SD card.


  • Baby unit doesn't run on batteries.
  • No night light.
  • Instructions are online only, minimal instructions in app.
  • When playing a lullaby, baby unit microphone performance is reduced and sound notification stops.
  • Some delay in sound reception.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Audio/video monitors:
Picture performance (30%)
Sound performance (40%)
Ease of use (30%)

Audio-only products:
Sound performance (70%)
Ease of use (30%)

Performance assesses:
Sound range (how well it transmits through indoor walls).
Sensitivity and sound quality (whether the baby unit picks up soft sounds and how well the parent unit reproduces them).
Picture quality (of video monitors).

We also check for interference from a microwave or a digital cordless phone – and whether the monitor causes interference in a TV or a digital cordless phone.

Ease of use assesses:
The size and clarity of the labels, indicators and controls.
How easy it is to operate the controls and set up the unit.

Prices are from a November 2017 survey.

Key data


Avg price


Audio & video
Battery on baby unit
Battery low indicator


Video monitor
Movement sensor
Room-temperature monitor
Sound indicator lights
Night light
Portable parent unit
Belt clip
2-way audio communication (talk to baby)
Plays a tune/s (e.g. lullaby)

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