Updated 8 Dec 2017

Project Nursery

Video Baby Monitor System with pan/tilt/zoom camera PNM401

Snapshot: The Project Nursery PNM401 baby monitor listens for sound and watches for motion. But is it any good?

Video Baby Monitor System with pan/tilt/zoom camera PNM401
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Test results

Overall score
Ease of use

Good points

  • Good sound quality.
  • OK video quality.
  • Very easy to use.
  • Baby motion alert.
  • Temperature monitor with alarm.
  • "Talk to baby" feature.
  • Plays a tune.
  • Camera pan control.
  • Picture zoom.
  • Allows video recording to micro SD card.


  • Baby unit cannot run on batteries (couldn't use it outdoors).
  • The way baby unit is packed makes it prone to break during unboxing.

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 & motion
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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