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Nanit Plus Review

Expensive camera with nice video, fewer features, and average sound clarity
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Price:   $300 List | $300 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to use, good visuals, movement monitor potential
Cons:  Pricey, average sound, fewer features
Manufacturer:   Nanit
By Wendy Schmitz, and BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Aug 1, 2019
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  • Range - 20% 10
  • Sound Clarity - 20% 5
  • Video Quality - 30% 8
  • Ease of Use - 15% 9
  • Battery life - 10% 10
  • Features - 5% 7

The Skinny

The Nanit Plus is a Wi-Fi camera that can be combined with special sleeper to work as a movement monitor for younger infants. This monitor is easy to use, provides nice video and can be used as a movement monitor with an additional purchase. This monitor is one of the most expensive in the review and it has some of the fewest features for the price. This makes it a poor choice for families on a budget or those looking for baby-centric features. While it offers nicer visuals, the sound is less impressive and for the price, we think both should be exceptional. This monitor might be an option if you want a movement monitor (not tested), but in general, it is expensive and doesn't match the other Wi-Fi competition.


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Pros Easy to use, good visuals, movement monitor potentialAwesome images, face recognition, easy to use, lots of featuresInternet range, great images, versatile long term useWi-Fi range, lots of features, great images, easy to useWi-fi capable, budget-friendly, quality images
Cons Pricey, average sound, fewer featuresNot baby specific, expensive, poor sound, some features require subscriptionNo internet / no monitor, disappointing soundSub par sound, higher price, internet dependantRequires internet, disappointing sound
Bottom Line Expensive camera with nice video, fewer features, and average sound clarityFancy wi-fi with impressive video but the price may not be worth it for baby monitoringReally cool camera with lots of uses and great video for simple baby monitoringCool wi-fi option with all the bells and whistles that is easy to useStraightforward, wi-fi capable camera with good images and an impressive price
Rating Categories Nanit Plus Nest Cam IQ Indoor... Nest Cam Indoor... iBaby Care M7 Wi-Fi LeFun 1080p Wi-Fi
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Specs Nanit Plus Nest Cam IQ Indoor... Nest Cam Indoor... iBaby Care M7 Wi-Fi LeFun 1080p Wi-Fi
Communication Technology 2.4GHz and 5GHz (Optimized for 2.4GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
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 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!) Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity
Max Sound 90 db 86 db 86 db 82 db 85 db
Screen Size n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Max # of Cameras 5 10 Per Home with 3 Homes Per Nest App. Log In 10 Per Home with Unlimited Homes Not Listed (Unlimited?) Not Listed (Unlimited?)
Temperature Yes No No Yes No
Movement Detection Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sound Activation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Talk-to-Baby Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pan/Tilt/ Zoom None Zoom, Close-up tracking Zoom Pan/Tilt/Zoom Pan/Tilt/Zoom
Battery Life n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
EMF @ 6 Feet from Camera 0.79 V/m 0.91 V/m 0.92 V/m 1.42 V/m 0.84 V/m
Warranty 1 Year 2 Year 2 Year 1 Year 1 Year

Our Analysis and Test Results

Nanit is a relatively new company run by a "collection of scientists, parents and designers" according to their website. The Nanit is relatively unique technology that goes beyond basic monitoring and includes optional "breathing wear" that uses machine learning algorithms to learn human behavior to help monitor a baby's breathing.

Tips for Wi-Fi Use
  • Buy from a retailer with a generous return policy for easy returns in case your internet isn't up to snuff
  • Be sure to give your new monitor a test drive to be sure you will have sufficient WiFi bandwidth for proper use
  • Try to use a separate device for monitoring so you don't lose a connection when on a call
  • Change the password that comes with the device! Hacking your monitor is far easier if you keep the default password

Performance Comparison


The Nanit Plus is a Wi-Fi monitor that requires pairing with a smart device of your choosing.
The Nanit Plus is a Wi-Fi monitor that requires pairing with a smart device of your choosing.

Range


The Nanit works wherever you can get an internet connection. The camera connects to your home Wi-Fi router and your parent device can work connected via Wi-Fi or your smartphone if you have a data plan. This capability makes it a good choice for families with larger homes or a home with more than four walls between the baby monitor and the parent device that will make using a dedicated monitor challenging.

The Nanit sound was measured for decibel levels to compare to the competition in our testing for sound quality and clarity.
The Nanit sound was measured for decibel levels to compare to the competition in our testing for sound quality and clarity.

Audio / Visual


Sound clarity is important, even in a video monitor. Hearing your little one is what prompts you to look at the screen. The Nanit has only average sound clarity but it is better than much of the Wi-Fi competition. It has a maximum volume decibel level of 90db with clarity dropping off after 88db. This monitor offers hollow sound with good clarity. You can turn the sound off, but then you no longer get notifications. If you have the sound turned on and close the app you will still get notifications.

While you can see the baby's face on the day time images for the Nanit  the details are somewhat blurred and zooming in does not improve the visuals.
Daylight images for the Nanit are easier to decipher than the night images with similar to real-life color and almost readable eye chart.

The video quality is better with images that are better than all of the dedicated monitors we tested but not as good as most of the Wi-Fi cameras in the group. The Nanit images have color that isn't exactly like real life with sight distortion providing cooler results than the baby's room. The images have good clarity when viewed as original size, but the quality goes down once you zoom in.

While large items in the night video are easy to see  the details in the room are missing and not true to life.
When zooming in on the night video for the Nanit you can see that the baby's features are missing and the eye chart is virtually unreadable.

Night images are slightly less impressive with a bright spot in the center and some darker edges. Everything is still visible and clear, but even light across the screen is better.

The Nanit has a Wi-Fi button on the side that is easy to use.
The Nanit has a Wi-Fi button on the side that is easy to use.

Ease of Use


The Nanit is one of the easiest monitors to use with a high score compared to the dedicated options we tested and some of the Wi-Fi products.

Setup for this monitor is very easy with a quick start guide and ap that is simple to navigate. It pretty much set itself up after we plugged it in and followed the app directions that include manual pairing. It is easier than much of the Wi-Fi competition in this review.

For daily use, the app has the features you typically use on the home screen and the frequently used features on the video screen. When you launch the app, you always have to turn the background sound setting on. If you turn the sound off, you will not get sound notifications. We experienced no time delay in our testing between what was happening in the room and what we observed on the app.

Battery Life


The Nanit camera does not have a battery and must be plugged in for it to work. For battery life, we tested the life of the parent device. For a Wi-Fi option, this life depends on the device used, what other apps or services are being used, and how old the device is. However, most devices have the potential to last longer than the parent devices for dedicated monitors.

The Nanit has an easy to use interface that has the majority of features on the main viewing screen.
The Nanit has an easy to use interface that has the majority of features on the main viewing screen.

Features


The Plus comes with a variety of features but not as many baby-centric features as some of the competition. This monitor does offer sound activation which we think is an important feature, but the camera cannot be controlled remotely limiting your potential field of view.
  • One year of Nanit Insights sleep tracking and coaching (after a year, $5/month or $50/year)
  • Temperature and humidity sensors
  • Two-way talk
  • Up-facing soft glow nightlight
  • Bird's-eye perspective mounting to "look down" for full crib view
  • Hear your baby while using other apps/when the screen is locked
  • Save videos and photos
  • White noise and nature sounds
  • Up to 3 users
  • Works with Amazon Alexa

The Nanit EMF reading is relatively low for a monitor of its kind compared to similar products.
The Nanit EMF reading is relatively low for a monitor of its kind compared to similar products.

Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Levels


We test EMF under the same circumstance for each monitor so we can compare the results from one camera to another. Because there is always the potential for outside EMF interference we are not saying that our results are the same as what you might experience in your home. The Nanit Plus has an average reading of 0.79 V/m 6 ft from the EMF reader. This is one of the lowest readings in our tests. EMF exposure decreases the further you place the camera from your baby. For this reason, we recommend placing your camera as far from the baby as possible where it will still work.

The Nanit Plus camera has a single field of vision with no ability to remotely move the camera.
The Nanit Plus camera has a single field of vision with no ability to remotely move the camera.

Security/Privacy Concerns


Finding security and privacy information on the Nanit website is challenging at best. There is no specific page for the information leaving us to search for the information. Upon searching all we found were vague assurances that the product is secure.

When asked, "Can Nanit be hacked?" Nanit has this to say:

While no device is ever completely secure, Nanit follows strict security guidelines so that your data and video feed are safe. We specifically designed Nanit's camera so that your video stream can never be pulled from the camera directly — it can only be pushed by our secure servers onto your mobile device.

Tips to help keep the camera safe from would-be Hackers
  • Be sure to update the firmware
  • Always alter the default password that comes with the monitor
  • Your new password should be at least 8-10+ characters with both lower & upper case letters, and complex variety of numbers or characters
  • Change the password for the app frequently
  • Only allow the camera to see what you need it to
  • Always unplug the camera when it isn't in use because most can be activated remotely

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Wendy Schmitz, and BabyGearLab Review Team