- Rechargeable batteries
- Parent unit and smartphone app
- Kodak-quality picture
- Set up took a while
The Kodak Cherish C525 Smart Video Baby Monitor is a smart-based design that features sound and motion alerts, as well as a talkback function and lullabies. Our tester Alex Sexton, who is mum to five-month-old Oli, tried and tested this baby monitor for our in depth GoodtoKnow review.
Search for smart baby monitor online and the Kodak Cherish C525 Video Baby Monitor will come up time and time again as a great buy, and this is for good reason. At a glance the most appealing feature of the Kodak Cherish C525 Smart Video Baby Monitor is the fact that you can view footage of your child on both the dedicated parent unit and via the secure Kodak app on your smartphone or tablet. If you’re keen to buy into the high-tech capabilities of a smart monitor, but want to have the option to turn your phone off at the end of the day then having a separate parent unit to view your child as they sleep is a very practical option. This means you can go off-line and have a little peace and quiet. This is also highly practical as it means that if you have plans to go out and want to leave your child with a babysitter, there’s a separate parent unit they can access while you can check in via your smartphone.
While its dual-viewing screen capability makes the Kodak Cherish C525 Smart Video Baby Monitor a versatile buy, it has the ability to do so much more. For a start, it delivers an impressive picture quality. This is perhaps the most obvious feature you would expect from a design made by Kodak, and it doesn’t disappoint. ‘The picture quality is very clear on this baby monitor both in light and dark and it’s the main reason we were keen to buy it,’ says Alex. ‘We instantly found the app easy to use, and you can check it from anywhere if it’s connected to WiFi, which makes it very convenient to use.’
Type: Smart monitor | Sound alerts: Yes | Motion alerts: Yes | App control: Yes | Talkback function: Yes | Lullabies included: Yes | Nightlight: No
The design of the Kodak Cherish C525 Smart Video Baby Monitor is carefully thought through. From the easy to hold five-inch parent unit to the smooth form and stylish white finish of the camera. It comes with an HD camera that delivers a crystal clear 720p HD image of your child to its five-inch parent unit and your smart device. ‘The camera feels good quality and sits discreetly in our nursery and is also very portable,’ says Alex. ‘It’s light enough to move freely around the house, which comes in useful if I want to put Oli for a nap in another room in the house during the day.’
Compact in its design, it holds rechargeable batteries in both the camera and monitor, which is a nice touch as it means you can take easily take it on your travels without having to worry about plug sockets. While it can stand neatly on the side, the camera can be mounted onto a wall if desired. Trying to achieve the perfect required a little trial and error, however. ‘We put the camera on the corner of Oli’s crib and due to the angle, we sometimes can’t see his face, which is key when you’re looking for whether his eyes are open or if he’s just fussing in his sleep. We managed to fix this though by adjusting the position of the camera and mounting it further away on the wall.’ The nightlight on the parent unit is quite powerful, and Alex also found this a little annoying next to the bedside. ‘I fixed the glare by putting a piece of blu-tac over the light,’ says Alex.
Set up took a while for Alex due to a software patch, but when this was fixed with a little help from the Kodak support team she could use it freely around the house. ‘It can work up to 4,000 square feet and that’s more than enough for our home,’ says Alex. ‘You do get a little feedback when the moNitor is turned on in the same room as the camera, but this is easily avoidable and something we’re careful not to do.’
The Kodak Cherish C525 Smart Video Baby Monitor features smart motion and sound notifications that are delivered to the app and parent unit. ‘The app notifications are very accurate and I could tell exactly what time Oli was crying through the night and it records automatically if motion is detected and displays it on a timeline, which is easy to read,’ says Alex.
You get a clear 85-degree viewing angle of your child through the Kodak camera and you can pan, tilt and zoom the camera remotely to adjust the view of your child. This comes in useful if your child is particularly wriggly in their sleep. ‘You can use it to take photos, which is sweet when Oli is doing funny things in his sleep and I want to capture the moment as a keepsake,’ says Alex. ‘As it comes with an SD card and cloud recording options, it’s easy to save photos and video too.’
Alex found the feature on the app to be intuitive but had a little difficulty with the white noise option. ‘It was tricky to work out how to make the white noise constant, which I find helps soothe Oli and I seem to only be able to do this via the app,’ she says. ‘The Vox function is great though and turning the sensitivity down at night means we aren’t always disturbed when Oli makes noise – and he can be quite a noisy sleeper! There’s also two-way talk, which means that if he wakes and is crying I can comfort him with my voice before I get to the room. A temperature alert also means we don’t need a separate temperature device to make sure Oli’s room doesn’t get too hot or too cold.’
With a dedicated parent unit and smart capabilities, we think the Kodak Cherish C525 Video Baby Monitor is great value for money - use it to capture and save top-quality HD pictures of your child as they snooze, instantly soothe them when they wake up, get an overview of their sleeping patterns, play them soothing lullabies and more. While it has a few cons, we found the Kodak Cherish C525 Video Baby Monitor to be a reliable design overall with a good set of practical and stylish features.