Motorola MBP36S Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor – Review

Being a new parent can be nerve-wracking. Every unexpected cry or irregularity in your newborn’s sleeping patterns always seems the very emergency you’ve kept yourself up at night over. This fear is often exponentially increased when your baby isn’t in the same room as you. Luckily, baby monitors have been designed with the latest innovations to help ease these concerns, including video. Now you can both hear and see your newborn remotely while you get some much-needed alone time.

But with the proliferation of baby monitor manufacturers who all include video capabilities, it can be hard to determine which one is best for you. Motorola’s latest model, their MBP36S Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor, comes with a plethora of amazing features that illustrates how they have listened to concerns of new parents and have responded as a result.


Who is This Designed For?

  • New parents
    -Child Care Professionals
  • Day Care, providers
  • Doting grandparents
  • Natal Care Health Professionals

2.4Ghz Technology with 2 -way Talkback

In your new role as a parent, you’ve probably done enough research to learn that many older baby monitors used radio frequencies that often received interference or was so shaky that the signal often dropped. What you many not know is that these older analog frequencies were much more vulnerable to be intercepted by third parties or even hacked for other purposes besides monitor your newborn. That’s why you want a monitor like this one that uses a digital radio frequency that provides a greater level of privacy and security that won’t leave this signal susceptible to outside observers. What’s more, the MBP36S has a range of 590 ft and comes with two-way talkback, allowing you to speak or sing to your baby to lull them back to sleep from another room.

3.5 Color LCD Video Screen

Baby monitors usually present their video images in either black and white or the dark green of night vision mode. And it is true that this model does, in fact, come with an infrared camera that gives you ample visibility at nighttime during sleep or naps. But ifs daytime mode comes with full-color capability on ifs 3.5 inch LCD screen. There is no drop off in resolution quality like you might get with a larger version. This means you can see everything within you’re a range of view – even the ability to tell whether or not your baby’s eyes are open – both during the day and at night.

Monitoring sensors

Most models come with basic features of audio, video, night vision, remote camera control and day modes. The Motorola MBP36S, however, comes with a whole host of additional features not normally found on other baby monitors. A room temperature sensor displays on the screen how hot or cold your newborn’s room is. Not only is this model expandable for up to 4 camera units, but you also get both auto – -scan for all camera views as well as a picture -in –picture view as well.

It also comes with “out of range” and “low battery” alarms to let you know if your camera is too far away or if you need to recharge the unit. Finally, if you wish to automate the way this monitor cares for your child, five built-in soothing polyphonic lullabies can sing your baby back to sleep for you if they wake up in the middle of the night.

Remote Pan, Scan, and Zoom

The Motorola MBP36S comes with a remote pan, scan, and zoom functionality. This means you can rotate the camera angle and tilt the viewfinder horizontally as well as focus in on a particular section of the room you’re observing with this monitor. The digital zoom helps you focus in on your baby’s face to help you determine whether or not they are awake for asleep. This way, you can tell if they’re okay or if you need to check on them much faster. Such a range of control over the camera via the monitor without being in the same room gives you the feeling of having an actual surveillance system just for your baby.

Sound Indicator

A more light-sensitive camera is not the only upgrade that you might need. A powerful microphone gives you the ability to be able to hear any and all sounds emanating from your little one’s room. Every cry, every a cough, every fallen blanket and every strange creek and bump in the night should be heard from your baby monitor. But often, many of the sounds that emanate from your newborn’s room are difficult to discern by human ears.

This is why this Motorola model comes with a row of LED lights that indicate any sounds the monitor unit in your newborn’s room detects and displays their intensity with these LED indicators. This means you can tell both audibly and visually if a louder than usual noise is being made in your child’s room.


  • Temperature Sensor
  • Remote pan and scan and zoom
  • Color monitor
  • Built-in Lullabies
  • Range and battery alarms


  • There is no VOX mode, meaning the sound is always on even if it’s silent in the room, draining power and giving it short battery life.
  • The interface is awkward, and most controls must be accessed via the menu screen rather than touch buttons
  • Slow to respond pan/tilt


Q1. Which Motorola camera unit is compatible with this system?
A1. Motorola sells additional camera units for the MBP33S and MBP36S individually without having to buy another system.
Q2. Can this camera unit be mounted on a wall or is it table mount only?
A2. There is wall mount on the back of the camera, so yes it can.
Q3. How long is the battery life?
A3. About 3 hours before needing to be recharged.

Final Verdict

There are some minor drawbacks to this unit, such as battery life, an interface with a higher -than -normal learning curve and slow camera responsiveness. But these drawbacks are instantly negated by the wealth of sensors and indicators that come with this model that keep parents more informed about what’s going on in their baby’s room than other similar products. The positives of the MBP36S far outweigh any disadvantages you may encounter when using this it, especially at the price point Motorola is selling it for. Highly recommend for parents who want a unit that does much of the work for them.