Using a name inspired by the Roman birthing diety, Levana was founded by Rajesh Jain, a video security expert and owner of Canadian-based SVAT Electronics. Jain started Levana in 2002 when he was dissatisfied with the sound quality and range of his niece’s analog baby monitor. Today the company manufactures and markets highly regarded audio, video and movement monitors for infants and small children. Both Top Best Reviews (for the Jena 32111 model) and Karina Fabian of Top Ten Reviews (for the Stella PTZ 32018 model) award Levana high ratings; Levana products fare similarly well when rated by Amazon reviewers.
There is an exhaustive list of Levana baby monitors currently for sale at their website — note that the company mixes and matches video, audio and movement monitors to be sold as separate products. For example, the Ovia PTZ Baby Video Monitor is also sold as the Ovia with Oma+, combining baby video monitor and movement sensor. Levana also sells accessories for their products including additional cameras, charging cradles, wireless camera dock and power adapters.
Levana Ovia with Oma+ Baby Monitor Review
Concerning the Ovia with Oma+, it is the priciest model in Levana’s line of high-end products and thus is worth examination as it contains most of the features aggregated from the company’s less inclusive monitors. The Oma+ is a movement sensor that stays in constant contact with baby as it clips snugly to the child’s diaper. This innovation is highly preferable to most other movement sensors that are under-the-mattress monitors which are more likely to register false alarms. Should the sensor detect complete stillness from baby for longer than 15 seconds, the monitor will gently vibrate against baby’s tummy to stimulate the resumption of regular abdominal movements. Then, if no movement is detected for more than 20 seconds, a noticeably loud alarm sounds that attempts to arouse baby while alerting the caregiver that the child requires immediate attention. The movement monitor also can detect weak and irregular abdominal movements; should abdominal movement occur less than eight times per minute, the movement indicator flashes an orange light and a different warning tone sounds. Note that this default feature of the sensor can easily be disabled. For safety reasons (i.e., strangulation hazard), safety experts stress that no wires or cords be within three feet of baby’s crib. Thus Oma+ is completely wireless with convenient indicator lights and reliable, long-life battery power.
Ovia, the video camera/monitor part of the product, comes with a large 4.3 inch (10.16 cm) color LCD 860×480 resolution quad screen and touch panel controls. The dynamic screen icon menu facilitates easy setup and customization of the monitor. Ovia‘s PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) remote-controlled camera has 270° horizontal pan adjustability, 110° vertical tilt and 2x zoom magnification for comprehensive coverage of baby’s crib and nursery. The wall-mountable camera also features built-in photo and video recording with a micro SD card included for data storage. Transfer to computer is easy with the SD adapter or play back photos and videos instantly with the parent unit. The Ovia monitor has a 24-hour rechargeable battery life with the power-saving PEEP (Power on/off Energy Efficient Picture) which lights up the monitor screen when baby makes noise.
Other notable features of the Ovia with Oma+ include
- 750 feet (228.6 meters) — optimally 150 feet (45.72 meters) — with a secure 2.4 GHz digital signal transmission range
- Two-way talkback capability
- Automatically activated, invisible infrared LEDs for nighttime vision up to 15 feet (4.57 meters)
- Smart LED indicator ring; ring color changes when volume is turned down and features adjustable sensitivity;
- Pink: Disconnected
- Blue: Low volume/whispers
- Green: Low-medium volume/murmurs
- Yellow: Medium volume/cooing
- Orange: Medium-high volume/chatter
- Three remote-controlled lullabies
- Expandable up to four cameras
Oddly enough for such a feature-laden product, the Ovia with Oma+ inexplicably has no room temperature sensor, no programmable feeding timer and no nightlight (offered on the Levana Melody audio monitor; see below). Some may grouse that the PTZ camera only has 2x zoom magnification whereas some competitors offer a camera with 4x magnification.
Levana Melody Baby Monitor Review
For those parents content with just the capabilities of a digital audio monitor, Levana offers the Melody. This is a five piece product that includes one baby unit, one parent unit, one parent unit recharging base, two power adapters and assorted mounting hardware. The portable and rechargeable parent unit has a range of up to 2,000 feet (609.6 meters), two-way talkback intercom, temperature monitoring, three popular lullabies, a programmable feeding timer, a soothing nightlight and a handy LED flashlight built into the parent unit. The Melody also includes an energy-saving ECO mode and VOX (voice activation) technology that puts the system into hibernation mode when sounds are not detected. It has out-of-range warning and low battery alerts, LED volume levels that permit the caretaker to monitor baby’s sounds silently and an integrated belt clip and wall mount.
As noted previously, reaction to Levana’s products is almost uniformly favorable. While rosy testimonials at the company website are to be expected, customer feedback from retail customers is generally positive as well. Baby Goes Pro lauds Levana’s Jenna 32111 Baby Video Monitor, calling it “a good deal for parents.” Some consumers have reported problems with battery life and charging, video quality, static/interference, poor transmission and night vision issues but most seem to consider it a good value. Some of the “pros” users mention include the Levana monitors’ simplicity to set up and use, the number of features they offer and their clear and extensive signal range.
Levana baby monitors are available online from the company website and on Amazon. They’re also found at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Toys ‘R’ Us, WalMart, Best Buy and Target retailers and can be ordered online from these establishments as well. Levana offers a one year warranty on their products and lifetime customer support as well as replacement parts including the Oma and Oma+ battery.