Summer Infant Panorama 2.0 review

We tested 11 baby monitors at a range of prices, and the Summer Infant Panorama 2.0 outshone all of them. When it came to signal strength, extra features and ease of use, this monitor was a worthy Mumsnet Best winner.

Best price £112.49 (Mothercare)

The Summer Infant Panorama Number 2.0 is kitted out to the max, with an on-screen nursery temperature display, two-way talkback and a colourful night light. It's not the cheapest option on the market, for sure – but our tester couldn't fault it's performance.

It's lightweight, with excellent picture quality and range, and plenty of extra features – and is now a permanent fixture in our tester's home. So impressed were we that we gave it the coveted Mumsnet Best badge as overall winner of our baby monitor category.

Video review

What's in the box?

Monitor, camera, two power adapters, instruction manual

Pros

  • Pan, tilt, zoom camera function
  • Infrared night vision camera and high resolution colour LCD video screen
  • 12.7cm screen display
  • Add cameras to monitor multiple children
  • Two-way talkback
  • Blue and red soft glow night lights (blue to soothe and red to help your baby to sleep)
  • Temperature display

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Audio can be a little fuzzy
  • Screen power-saving mode

Key features of the Summer Infant Panorama Number 2.0

  • Two-way talkback
  • Pan, tilt and zoom function
  • Blue and red soft glow night lights
  • 12.7cm screen display with infrared night vision
  • Add cameras to monitor multiple children
  • Sound activated LED lights
  • Range: 240 metres
  • Extras: Panorama Monitor Extra Camera (£80 at time of writing)

What are the specs?

  • 14 × 7.6 × 1.3cm
  • 812g

How good is the camera on the Summer Infant Panorama 2.0?

Picture quality is very good, and the large screen size gives you a great view of your sleeping baby. As the name suggests, the camera offers a panoramic view, and you can pan around to see a good portion of the room.

Night vision is a great extra and really works – you can see your baby just as clearly during the wee hours as you can in the day. The camera itself wasn't small, though, so if you're tight for space get the measuring tape out before you buy.

Summer Infant Panorama 2.0

How good is the audio quality?

As well as having excellent video clarity, the Summer Infant Panorama 2.0 couldn’t be bested on audio quality. It was one of the clearest we tried – you could even hear the baby’s breath when the unit was placed close to the cot.

How good is the signal strength?

The Panorama impressed our tester with its fantastic range of up to 240m – it reached the garage, garden, and the bottom of the driveway without dropping out.

How good is the battery life?

Battery life wasn’t the longest at 6-9 hours, so you’ll need to keep it on charge when using it overnight. But it was on par with others tested and the unit gave you plenty of warning when it was about to give up the ghost.

Summer Infant Panorama 2.0

Can you add a second camera to the Summer Infant Panorama?

Our tester – a mum of two – really liked the Summer Infant Panorama's scalability. You can purchase up to four additional cameras (£80 each from Amazon), so you can monitor kids in different rooms. If you have more than one young child, this could be super useful.

Set up took no time at all, and the additional camera didn’t cause problems with the signal or make the unit harder to use overall.

Night lights, thermometers and other extra features

Night lights are fairly commonplace on monitors, so when the manufacturers made a big play out of the colours (blue and red) offered by the Summer Infant Panorama. We scoffed a bit at its ‘soothing’ properties – but in fact it worked a treat on our tester’s baby.

The built-in temperature display was also a hit with our tester. This feature was reassuring and reliable, and meant you could skip a standalone thermometer.

Summer Infant Panorama 2.0

How easy is the parent device to use?

The 12.7cm touchscreen parent device was quick to set up and intuitive in its design. Our tester loved how easy it was to pan, tilt and zoom the camera, and switch between multiple cameras in different rooms.

A handy light bar indicates when sounds are detected (and their volume!), so the volume doesn't have to be cranked up at all times. It came it really handy when our tester was watching television or listening to the radio and the monitor was in her eye-line.

How long will it take to assemble?

It took less than five minutes to put this monitor together using an easy-to-follow quick guide – a more in-depth manual can be found in-box and online.

The camera unit can be used freestanding on a shelf, or fixed to a wall or the side of the bed – you'll need a hook or nail from the bits and bobs drawer to attach it in that case.

How easy is it to keep clean?

There's nowhere for dirt to build up on the Summer Infant Panorama 2.0's smooth surfaces, so zero elbow grease is required to keep it clean.

How does it look?

The monitor has a nice, modern look and the large display – complete with neat navigation – is easy on the eye. The camera was a little on the chunky side but the screen size and extra features made up for this.

Is it good value for money?

It's not the cheapest model on the market, but this device ticks all the boxes. Our tester has opted to switch full-time to the Summer Infant Panorama 2.0 – you can’t ask for a better endorsement than that.

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Awards

  • Best Baby Monitor

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