Updated 31 Oct 2016

D-link

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
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$250

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Test results

Overall score
79
Sound
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Picture
?/10

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.

But

  • 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

We assess each monitor's performance on:

  • 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.

We assess ease of use on:

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

Overall score

Audio/video monitors:

  • Picture performance (30%)
  • Sound performance (40%)
  • Ease of use (30%)

Audio-only product:

  • Sound performance (70%)
  • Ease of use (30%)

Key data

Model

Avg price
$250

Specifications

Type
Audio & video
Battery on baby unit
no
Battery low indicator
n/a

Features

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

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