D-Link DCS-850L Review


D-Link wireless camera - DCS-850L

The D-Link DCS-850L is a super little nanny cam for the home

The D-Link DCS-850L is near the top of the range of the D-link baby cams and has just about all of the features you will most likely need in a good nanny cam. 

  • 2-way communication
  • Digital zoom
  • Pan & tilt
  • Temperature sensor
  • Lullabies
  • IR night time vision
  • Email & SMS sound and motion alerts

WIFI and Wireless nanny cam

With this D-Link wireless camera you have both WIFI and wireless capabilities, so you can be out of the house at work or even overseas and still observe your baby 24/7, when they are sleeping or feeding.

You can also monitor them when you are at home, but you are busy in another room or at night when you are in bed asleep by simply accessing the app on your mobile device. So you don’t need to buy both a nanny cam and a baby monitor, as a nanny cam can help you to monitor your baby from both inside and outside your home.

Two-way communication

With this D-Link nanny cam you have two-way communication, so you can chat with your baby or toddler whenever they are awake. Some nanny cams don’t have this feature, but most parents like being able to soothe their baby when he or she wakes or even sing a lullaby to them as they drift off to sleep.

Temperature sensor

There is also a temperature sensor, so you can always be sure that the nursery is kept nice and cozy for your baby at all times. Many baby cams don’t have this feature, but if it comes built-in then it is a nice extra feature.

IR night time vision

The 16ft range of the IR night time vision is a great feature, giving you clear vision and easy monitoring of your baby during the night or during low light levels. This 16ft range should cover the distance between any nanny cam and the crib, so you shouldn’t have any problems monitoring your baby at night. 

Digital zoom DCS-850L - D-link cameraand a pan & tilt

With this model D-link camera you also have a digital zoom (x4) and a pan & tilt functionality. This means that you can move the camera around remotely and zoom in for a closer look at your baby. Having both the digital zoom and the pan & tilt are really great features in a baby cam.


Don’t forget the 5 preset lullabies which you can switch on and off remotely to soothe your baby if they are upset or to help them nod off to sleep. Being able to talk to your baby and play lullabies for them, when you are away at the office for example, makes you feel that you are still part of the family and is a good feeling to have when you can’t be with them all the time.

Sound and motion alerts

You also receive both sound and motion alerts via your mobile device in the form of emails or SMS. So you will always know when you little one is awake, crying or unsettled.

Anything else?

The only feature you don’t have with this D-Link wireless camera is an SD storage slot (you do have this feature with the D-Link DCS-855L), but you can save any snaps and videos to your mobile device, so that isn’t really a problem.

You might not know, but multiple family members can all check in at the same time, which is a great added feature.

Lastly, you can power this nanny cam with an external USB battery, so it is great if the power goes out, because it will keep working.



How can you use the D-Link DCS-850L nanny cam?

DCS-850L nanny cam with audio

Quite a few customers buy the D-Link DCS-850 to monitor elderly relatives or even their pets while they are away from home, because it is a great all-rounder with lots of fabulous features.


  • Observe your baby when he or she is asleep at night or during the day
  • Keep in touch with your baby or children when you are away at work
  • Chat to your partner when they are feeding
  • Make sure everything is going well with the babysitter
  • Keep an eye on an elderly relative
  • Watch your pets while you are at work



Features of the DCS-850L nanny cam

  • WIFI: Yes, 11 b/g/n connectivity and compatible with 3G and 4G
  • Size: 8” x 5.5” x 8.3”
  • Battery: This D-Link camera can be powered by an external USB battery
  • Power supply: 100-240 V AC/5 DC
  • Two-way communication: Yes, you can talk to your baby 24/7
  • Infrared: 16ft night time IR vision with LEDs
  • Zoom: Digital zoom x4
  • Storage: You can store snapshots directly to your mobile device
  • Pan and Tilt: Yes – 340 degree pan and 120 degree tilt
  • Temperature sensor: You can check the ambient temperature remotely
  • Live feeds: Yes, you have live video feeds 24/7
  • Security: Secure password protection and HTTP and RTSP authentication
  • Alerts: Sound motion notifications via email or SMS 
  • Lullabies: Yes, you have 5 preset lullabies 
  • Warranty: 1 year limited warranty



Recording specifications

  • Video resolution: 640 x 480 VGA
  • Color images: Yes during day light and grey and black at night time
  • Frames per second: 30 fps
  • Motion detector: Yes
  • Sound detection: Yes



Inclusions with the D-Link DCS nanny cam

  • White, blue and pink rings
  • Wall mount kit
  • Quick installation guide
  • Micro USB-to AC power adapter



D-Link DCS-850L baby cam

What do customers think about this nanny cam?

Pros:  58.0% of all customer reviews gave this D-Link wireless camera a 4 or 5 star rating. Most people found that the initial set up was easy and like the reliability of this D-Link camera.

They also like being able to talk to their baby remotely and to being able to switch the lullabies on and off from their mobile device.

You can see your baby perfectly in the daylight or night time.

I would recommend these to every parent.

We’ve even purchased a second one because we like the features.

Camera and excellent customer service very helpful.

Cons:  14.1% of all customer reviews gave this D-link camera a one star rating. People who complained usually had problems with connectivity and with maintaining a solid WIFI connection at home – mainly due to the app they were using.

This might have been because of their home network’s configuration, because most people were more than happy with this D-Link camera.

To be fair, customer service does respond to most of these complaints online and requests that the customers contact them for help or offers them a solution then and there.

One of the solutions is to make sure that you download the app “mydlink Baby Camera Monitor” from the app store – as there are apparently other apps which can be used with the D-Link cameras, but can cause problems with connectivity.

For more customer reviews on the D-Link DCS-850L baby cam – check the website here.



Discounted Price for the D-Link DCS-850L nanny camera

For today’s discounted price on the D-Link DCS-850L nanny DCS-850L nanny cam with audiocam –  check the website here.



Shipping Options

US Shipping: For deliveries within the US, shipping is free.

Australia Shipping:  This D-link wireless camera ships to Australia.



Summing up the D-Link DCS-850L nanny camera 

The D-Link DCS-850L is a nice little baby cam, near to the top of the D-link range. The only real difference between this model and the top of the range model (DCS-855L) is that the DCS-850L does not have an SD card slot.

So if you want 2-way communication, in-built lullabies, a temperature sensor, digital zoom and a pan & tilt functionality, but are not bothered about saving your snaps to an SD card, then this is the model for you.

Just be aware that some customers do have problems maintaining connectivity with their router, but most have no problems at all and love this D-link camera.



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