LeFun 1080p WiFi Review
Pros: WiFi capable, budget-friendly, quality images
Cons: Requires internet, disappointing sound
Our Analysis and Test Results
In 2010, LeFun launched its company offering wearables electronics. The company goal is to offer quality electronics for reasonable prices. LeFun believes that together, engineers and designers can create useful and functional products.
- In case your WiFi fails to work well, make your purchase with a retailer with a generous return policy, like Amazon
- Test your monitor as soon as it arrives; video monitors require more bandwidth than movie streaming services.
- If you can, use a dedicated device instead of your phone so that you have continuous monitoring.
- Always change the password that comes with the camera to avoid making it easy for hackers to guess.
Given the WiFi connection of the LeFun, it doesn't have range limitations.
While you can use this camera in larger homes or those where a traditionally dedicated monitor won't work well, WiFi monitors do have limitations. You will need strong, fast, reliable internet service to use the LeFun. If your internet fails, then you won't have monitoring capabilities, and if it is slow, you could suffer lag times or dropped connections.
Audio / Visual
Like the other WiFi cameras in this review, the LeFun sound capabilities don't impress.
While you choose a video monitor so you can see your baby, it is the sound ability of the monitor that alerts you to look at the screen. The sound on the LeFun has a maximum decibel level of 85 dB, and we were able to hear our white noise maker no matter what setting we chose despite adjustable sensitivity and sound activation features. The sound is bright, and there is often an echo and breaks in audio. Will it work enough to wake you? Probably, but you may not be able to tell what is exactly going on in your baby's room.
This LeFun has better images than the previous LeFun 720dpi.
The true to life image of the 1080p camera is on par with other WiFi options that cost significantly more.
This camera has good images that are just as impressive at night as they are during the day. The color is true to life, and the crispness is good enough to see your little one breathing. It has a nice zoom feature so you can get close to the action and see if your baby's eyes are open or closed.
Ease of Use
The LeFun is harder to use than the competition both WiFi and dedicated units.
Linking this camera with your phone is manual and requires downloading an app and following the steps. It is straightforward enough, but not as intuitive as the competition. It has a monitoring time delay that varies between 1 second to 2 minutes based on internet speed and other factors we couldn't pinpoint, but it got worse when we tried to move the camera remotely or use the zoom feature. The lag time when remotely operating the camera can be so long we wondered if it was even working.
Shortly after setting it up, we had to update the software and restart the camera. The motion detection feature works well, and the features you are most likely to use are on the main screen, and other settings are easy to get to and intuitive. You cannot listen to your baby's room when using another app or making a call.
Because the LeFun plugs in and you use your personal device for monitoring, there is less concern for battery life.
Using a dedicated device for this camera and keeping it plugged in will extend the battery life for monitoring. Only using the LeFun app will also keep you monitoring for hours without concern which is one of the reasons we think you shouldn't use your phone.
The LeFun comes with a variety of features that none that are truly baby specific.
The LeFun monitor also has the following features:
- 2-way talk to baby
- Motion detection
- Ethernet connection
- Mounting hardware
- Remote camera with pan and tilt
- Sound activation
- Micro SD capable for up to 5 days recording
- Add multiple cameras (sold separately)
Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Levels
The LeFun has the lowest EMF recorded in our tests out of any camera in this review with an average reading 6 feet from the camera of 0.84 V/m using WiFi and 0.71 V/m using an Ethernet cable. Your EMF exposure will decrease the further away from the device you get, and the level may vary in your home depending on other devices in the area emitting EMF.
There are safety and privacy issues with every WiFi camera, but we didn't discover "known" security concerns with the Lefun. The company website states that their cameras have "financial level encryption technology and that they have CE, FCC, and RoHS certification.
They also recommend you change the default password during set up.
- Update firmware when possible
- Use a unique password at least 8-10 characters long including numbers, special characters, and upper case letters
- Change passwords on a regular basis
- Use the smallest field of view required to meet your needs
- Unplug the camera when you aren't using it to avoid it being turned on remotely by a hacker to watch your baby
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz
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