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Explore which video baby monitor is right for you

Exploring the options in a wide world of baby-related gadgets and gizmos.

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Video baby monitors come in all shapes and sizes, so we looked at some of the most popular devices to decide which is the best on the market.

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Five of the seven monitors we reviewed had standalone base station monitors. These are ideal for monitoring in the home, when you're only a few rooms away from the child. For remote monitoring, you'll want an app-enabled device.

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The iBaby Monitor M6S is a higher-end, $230 monitor from smart-home startup iBaby. While it doesn't have the convenience of a separate base station monitor, it has one of the best monitoring apps around, along with consistent 1080p image resolution.

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The mid-range Panasonic Wireless Home Baby Monitor Kit doesn't include pan/tilt control or a standalone monitor. But the Panasonic hub that comes in the kit allows users to integrate the monitor with other tech, like door/window sensors and motion detectors. This kit will set you back $180.

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The high-end $230 Samsung BrightView HD Baby Monitoring System has all the basics covered. While its 720p resolution and retrograde touchscreen monitor won't impress anyone, Samsung's reliable connection and inclusive feature list make its device one of the better monitors on the market.

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Summer Infant's In View Digital Color Video Baby Monitor is a much more affordable model than many of the competitors we reviewed. At $130, you won't get the benefits of true night vision or pan/tilt control. But for a basic, reliable video monitor, it's worth considering.

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The $200 VTech Safe & Sound Owl Video Baby Monitor has few extra features hidden up its sleeves, but it works well. Quirks like the glowing red eyes and PlayStation Portable-like low-resolution screen might turn off some potential customers, though.

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Motorola's $180 Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor is one of the only devices offering both a standalone base station monitor and an app. Sadly, the app barely works, leaving this device as a run-of-the-mill gadget that struggles to justify its price.

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The high-end $300 Project Nursery Video Baby Monitor System is a feature-rich kit with some clever design. The wearable monitor is a clever addition.

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