The Complete Guide For Foscam FBM3501 Wireless Digital Video Baby Monitor

Make By:
Foscam
Version:
FBM 3501
Price:
$99.99

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On March 30, 2015
Last modified : May 20, 2016

Summary:

Foscam FBM3501 is one of the cheapest video baby monitor equipped with so many useful features which make this gadget one of the best selling model. Large 3.5 inch LCD screen with automatic night vision and two-way communication facility brings peace of mind. VOX ensures baby’s safety while saving battery life. Room temperature display and feed timer guaranties baby’s comfort. Remotely controlled pan and tilt will give you freedom from trips down to baby’s room to confirm everything in place.

Foscam FBM3501 is a low price but is equipped with many important features that often found in expensive video baby monitor. You are gonna love its Full color 3.5 inch LCD screen, automatic night vision, two-way communication facility, automatic power ON/OFF, long signal range and many more useful features.

That’s why Foscam FBM3501 is one of the bestsellers in its category on Amazon.

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Introduction to Foscam FBM3501 :

Let’s start with product familiarization –

Camera Unit - foscam fbm3501 Wireless Digital Video Baby Monitor

Camera Unit – Foscam FBM3501 Wireless Digital Video Baby Monitor

Camera Unit - Foscam FBM3501 Wireless Digital Video Baby Monitor - Details

Monitor Unit - Foscam FBM3501 Wireless Digital Video Baby Monitor

Monitor Unit – Foscam FBM3501 Wireless Digital Video Baby Monitor

Monitor Unit - Foscam FBM3501 Wireless Digital Video Baby Monitor -Details

Large 3.5 Inch Color Display :

Foscam FBM3501 is equipped with large 3.5 inch LCD screen. The Foscam FBM 3501 provides you full color video all day long. You can view every detail of the crib working in kitchen or outside.

foscam fbm3501 Large 3.5 inch LCD display panel

Large 3.5 inch LCD display panel

Automatic Night Vision :

Eight infra red lights transmit black and white images during night. The LEDs will automatic be activated if the light sensor detects low light in the room.

The infra red lights are not quite invisible as it said. It may disturb your baby in the darkness of the room.

The light sensor is placed on the top of the camera. Sometimes it misses the darkness of the crib as the camera and the light sensor focuses different places. The light sensor may completely unaware of the light level of the crib and may pick light from some other places even when the crib is in dark.

Foscam FBM3501 Wireless Digital Video Baby Monitor

Foscam FBM3501 Wireless Digital Video Baby Monitor

Digital Zoom :

Images of the baby can be zoomed digitally by using parent unit. You can Zoom the picture by pressing only one button on your monitor. If you press the button once the image will zoom 2x, for normal images you need to press the button once again.

Grow Your Network As Your Family Grows :

You can add up to four cameras to your network. If you have more than one baby at your home, Foscam FBM3501 can keep an eye to every child (upto 4).

You can select the camera and view the images of that camera manually.

Automatic scan option is not available with Foscam FBM3501.

VOX Sensitivity Function :

The monitor will go off if the camera does not pick any sound from your baby for 30 seconds. You can on or off the VOX function by pressing VOX button. You have to set VOX sensitivity between low, medium or high manually. If your baby does not make any sound for 30 seconds, the monitor will go into sleep mode, provided the VOX function is on. The green light of VOX function ensures that the VOX function is ON. The monitor will come live once the noise level reaches the setting level (If you set VOX sensitivity to LOW then the monitor will turn on when the noise level will be high). VOX function also saves battery life of the monitor.

Two-Way Communication Facility :

This is an excellent feature of Foscam FBM3501. You can hear your baby’s voice and can talk to the kid too. If your baby wakes up in the middle of a nap, you can sing lullaby to your baby to sleep once again from remote location by using this facility.

Remote Controlled Pan and Tilt :

This is another great aspect of Foscam FBM3501. This feature comes handy when your kid started moving around. The camera can be adjusted horizontally and vertically from the monitor by only pressing few buttons.

Remote control Camera Pan & Tilt

Remote control Camera Pan & Tilt

Long Reception Range:

In an unobstructed area, the signal range is good upto 500ft (150 mt). The reception range is reduced if any thick wall comes in between.

The monitor will display “Out Of Range” text if there is no signal from the camera.

2.4 GHz FHSS Secured Data Transmission:

Foscam FBM3501 provides data security with 2.4 GHz FHSS encrypted technology. This brings your peace of mind that nobody else can view the video stream.

Temperature Display:

Temperature sensor located on camera let you know temperature of the baby’s room. Celsius and Fahrenheit scales are available, you can choose the option as per your convenient. It also sounds an alarm when the temperature reaches to a pre-set level (you can set the limit).

Feed Timer Setting:

Foscam FBM 3501 also offers you to set an alarm to alert you to feed your baby. You can set alarm to 2/3/4/5 hrs according to your requirement. Although, you do not need to be remind to feed your baby. Do you?

Battery Life :

Foscam FBM 3501 uses an 1100 mAH rechargeable lithium-ion battery. With VOX on the monitor can live 6-7 hrs with one charge. Battery dies in 3-4 hrs if you choose to ON your monitor continuously. You may need to put the monitor on charge

Status Information:

The status bar informs you the following –

Status bar information - Foscam FBM3501 Wireless Digital Video Baby Monitor

Status bar information

  1. Signal strength
  2. Camera number in view
  3. Temperature alert on/off
  4. Room temperature
  5. Zoom in
  6. Feed timer
  7. Talk-back indicator
  8. Battery status/charging indicator

Warranty:

Like all other video baby monitor Foscam FBM3501 covers one year of manufacturer warranty.

Pros:

  • Large LCD screen offers more clarity of the images.
  • Digital zoom enables you to view close up images.
  • Two-way communication facility.
  • Multiple camera compatibility.
  • Voice activated video saves the battery life as well as monitors your baby.
  • Remote controlled pan and tilt option provides you a wide range view without much of an effort.
  • High temperature and feed timer alert.
  • Equipped with lots of useful features that too at lower price.

Cons:

  • Relatively short battery life.
  • IR lights are not invisible, may scare the baby.
  • Automatic scan option is not available for multiple cameras.
  • The light sensor cannot get the exact status of light of the crib due to its location. The night vision may not start its operation when needed.

Foscam FBM 3501 The Low Price High Utility Gadget:

The light sensor may not upto the task to sense darkness of the crib as it located on the top of camera unit not where it can focus directly to crib. Battery life is also a bit of concern. But overall Foscam FBM 3501 does justice to its price and popularity.

Specification :

Specifications
CameraFrequency2.4 GHz
AntennaDipole antenna
Transmission distance150 M (Line of Sight)
ModulationGFSK, FHSS
Image SensorCMOS image sensor
Lensf 3.0mm, F 2.4
IR LED8 pcs
Dimensions8.5(W) x 11(H) x 10(D) cm
Weight223g
PowerDC 6V, 800mA
Operating temperature0℃ ~ 40℃ (32℉ ~ 104℉)
MonitorFrequency2.4 GHz
AntennaMonopole antenna
ModulationGFSK, FHSS
Display3.5" LCD panel
Display colorsFull-color
Brightness Control8 levels
Dimensions12(W) x 8.3(H) x 2.6(D) cm
Weight154g
PowerDC 6V, 800mA or Li battery
Operating temperature0℃ ~ 40℃ (32℉ ~ 104℉)

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Foscam FBM3501 is one of the cheapest video baby monitor equipped with so many useful features which make this gadget one of the best selling model. Large 3.5 inch LCD screen with automatic night vision and two-way communication facility brings peace of mind. VOX ensures baby’s safety while saving battery life. Room temperature display and feed timer guaranties baby’s comfort. Remotely controlled pan and tilt will give you freedom from trips down to baby’s room to confirm everything in place.

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