Miku Pro Review
Pros: Can be a sleep monitor, sleek appearance, hassle-free mounting, can pair to multiple cameras, infinite viewers, low EMF
Cons: Some connectivity issues, unexpected updates make the app frequently not usable, expensive
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|Pros||Can be a sleep monitor, sleek appearance, hassle-free mounting, can pair to multiple cameras, infinite viewers, low EMF||WiFi range, lots of features, great images, easy to use||Great video quality, lots of features, low EMF reading||Easy to use, WiFi range, lower EMF||Budget-friendly, good video quality, WiFi connectivity|
|Cons||Some connectivity issues, unexpected updates make the app frequently not usable, expensive||Sub-par sound, higher price, internet dependant||Delayed camera control is annoying, no precision adjustment to camera, connectivity issues||Sub-par sound, expensive||Past security concerns, no baby-specific features, must physically move the camera, poor sound quality|
|Bottom Line||An aesthetic option that functions as way more than a baby monitor, but beware that app updates come unexpectedly||Cool WiFi option with all the bells and whistles that is easy to use||The great video quality and tons of baby-help features make this a standout pick, but the delay in the camera control causes a big setback for this model||A relatively expensive option that is easy to use and has many features with lower EMF||This barebones model is easy on the wallet and doesn't compromise on video quality|
|Rating Categories||Miku Pro||iBaby Care M7 WiFi||iBaby M8 2K Smart Baby||Nanit Pro||Wyze Cam V3|
|Sound Clarity (20%)|
|Video Quality (30%)|
|Ease of Use (15%)|
|Battery life (10%)|
|Specs||Miku Pro||iBaby Care M7 WiFi||iBaby M8 2K Smart Baby||Nanit Pro||Wyze Cam V3|
|Communication Technology||2.4 / 5 Ghz||802.11 b/g/n||2.4/5GHz||2.4GHz and 5GHz||2.4 GHz|
|Indoor Range Test||Anywhere You Have Connectivity||Anywhere You Have Connectivity||Anywhere You Have Connectivity||Anywhere You Have Connectivity||Anywhere You Have Connectivity|
|Open Field Range Test||It's an app-based monitor compatible with two different types of connectivity, but both are expected to be functional anywhere you have connectivity||Anywhere You Have Connectivity||Anywhere You Have Connectivity||Anywhere You Have Connectivity||Anywhere You Have Connectivity|
|Manufacturer's Claimed Range (*buyer beware!)||Doesn't list exact numbers but states that choosing 2.4 Ghz will have increased range but slower speeds||Anywhere You Have Connectivity||Anywhere You Have Connectivity||Anywhere You Have Connectivity||Anywhere You Have Connectivity|
|Max Sound||100db @ ~1ft||82 db @ ~1ft||85 db @ ~1ft||89 db @ ~1ft||100db @ ~1ft|
|Max # of Cameras||Not Listed (Unlimited?)||Not Listed (Unlimited?)||Not Listed (Unlimited?)||Up to 5. If you plan to use more than 5 cameras contact customer support||5|
|EMF @ 6 Feet from Camera||0.24 V/m||0.75 V/m||0.23 V/m||0.84 V/m||1.47 V/m|
|Warranty||1 Year||1 Year||1 Year||1 Year||1 Year|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Miku's singular focus on baby monitoring using a camera and algorithm to monitor a baby's breathing while providing video and sound with features parents want. Miku is comprised of parents and engineers who worked together to create something they hope creates a "safer world for babies."
- Check your monitor when you purchase it to ensure you have adequate internet. Most retailers have a window for returns, and delaying setup could mean being stuck with a monitor you can't use.
- Use a secondary device for monitoring. This can help you avoid losing connection for monitoring.
- Change the default password! Keeping the default password is a hacker's dream.
As a WiFi-connected monitor, the Miku should have connectivity anywhere, but the box makes claims that by using 2.4 Ghz it will have increased range but slower speeds. If your home is larger or has more than 4-5 walls between the nursery and parent device, you might need a WiFi monitor as a dedicated option may not work.
Audio / Visual
For a camera this expensive you like have expectations of excellent sound and video. Along with the previous model, this Miku had trouble keeping up wit the competition in either metric.
While none of the video monitors offered impressive sound, the Miku was disappointing compared to much of the competition, with a score just below the average. The vocals are relatively crisp, with occasional faint echo and metallic sounds. The sound seems to go in and out like the Miku is being moved in the room when it is stationary. There is quiet fuzz most of the time. When we tested with the white noise machine in the nursery, you can't hear it on the parent device, which is nice if that kind of sound might keep you awake.
The daytime images for the Pro have a fairly decent crispness and clarity with a broad range of colors. However, the video is very bright with little contrast, and the shadows and main visuals are brighter than in real life. While it has a huge field of view, the image isn't as true to life as we expected or as the other WiFi competition.
The night video is even less impressive than the day videos. Overall, it is a blown-out image with a major hot spot that prevents clarity of images in the center of the field of view. It is so bright in the middle that seeing details n our baby was difficult. Outside of the bright bubble, it was better, but you'd have to do some trial and error finagling to put the camera off center to see your little one's face. Our camera disconnected during testing for night images, creating frustration in monitoring that made us feel uncomfortable that the baby is really being monitored.
Ease of Use
With all these bells and whistles, the menu interface and setup are a little more convoluted than a straightforward monitor. This Miku is harder to use than its predecessor, and given the price tag, this feels like an extra bummer to us.
The packaging and marketing for this monitor are slick, and you do feel like you've bought something special that is worth the money. If they had invested as much in their app as their packaging, it would have been a better move as it is barebones and requires a little tooling around to navigate comfortably. You can monitor while on a call, which is nice. The user interface includes tabs for general settings, setup, device settings, shared users, notifications, monitor, analytics, Care+ (a preview page), activity, and settings (whew). If the camera is unplugged (or if the Wifi goes down), it sends an email update to notify you that it went offline. This feels really unhelpful as you aren't checking your email in the middle of the night.
During testing, the Miku app updated itself; it took over and disrupted monitoring and our ability to use it at all. This update took over 13 minutes and prevented any monitoring at a less-than-ideal time. Two hours later, it did another update! Also, using the app for the first time in each monitoring session was a hassle in our tests, and connectivity is not ensured. We experienced dropped signals and waiting for the app to load (after downloading and setup). The monitor lost points for ease of use because the updates are not controllable, last too long for useful monitoring, and each time we turned on the app to monitor, we had connectivity issues. As a sleepy parent who just wants to go to bed, it can be hugely frustrating to be messing with an app and camera that just won't work properly.
The Miku relies on a smart device of your own to pair for monitoring. We recommend using a device that is not your primary phone so you don't have problems with competing calls and apps and potential battery draining that can happen with constant monitoring. The Miku scores well for battery life, but only based on the assumption that you will use a phone or tablet that is not your primary phone, and it will be used only for monitoring to limit battery use.
The Miku Pro is full of features, and it is hard to say they could cram any other features in it. If you want a baby-centric monitor and think all of this information is useful, then the Miku Pro has much to offer.
- 2-way talk to baby
- Temperature/humidity sensor
- Track breathing/Movement detection
- Sound activation
- Movement detection that indicates breathing
- Sleep reports
- Music and "sleep sounds"
- Installation kit
Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Levels
Using a WiFi camera connected to the internet has more opportunities and potential for hacking than a dedicated monitor. While we did not find any information on hacking concerning the Miku, there are other cases of hacking with other WiFI cameras, and parents need to make a decision based on their personal comfort level with privacy and security. Miku provides slightly more transparency on security than much of the competition. On the Miku website, they say:
Crypto Chip Security
- Update the firmware frequently as the company offers it
- Change the passwords regularly
- Passwords should be 8-10+ characters (upper and lower case letters, special characters, and numbers)
- Limit the camera's field of view
- Unplug your monitor when not in use to avoid control from a remote hacker turning it on
Should You Buy the Miku Pro?
We can see the appeal of this one-and-done monitor that offers everything from sound and video to movement monitoring of infants. And while it does some things well, it fails at other things, like the troubling app that underwent multiple updates at random times, disrupting monitoring. So should you buy it? It is not one we'd recommend, but it is better than other monitors that try to do it all. However, if you can afford this monitor, we think you may be better off purchasing a video monitor that is better rated and a separate wearable movement monitor if you feel you need one, which is likely to save you some money and frustration.
What Other Video Monitor Should You Consider?
We think choosing a great WiFi video monitor is fairly straightforward if you aren't looking for a jack-of-all-trades option. The Google Nest Cam 2nd Gen and the Wyze Cam V3 are both simple cameras that can get the job done for less money and have a simpler interface because they lack all the bells and whistles. If you think you simply must have all the bells, the Nanit Pro is a better baby-centric option that does it all and scored higher in our tests, making it the one-and-done we'd choose over the Miku Pro.
— Wendy Schmitz
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