DCS-800L - best nanny cam reviews


Keep your baby safe with the D-Link DCS-800L nanny cam

The D-Link DCS-800L nanny cam (babysitter camera) is one of the cutest looking nanny cams on the market and transforms your mobile device into a versatile nanny cam or baby monitor. 

This means that when you are away from home, maybe at work, overseas or just keeping a personal appointment, you can keep in contact with your baby or children and make sure that they are OK.

480p Resolution

  • 2-way communication.
  • No SD Card Slot (save to mobile device).
  • 480p Resolution.
  • IR night time vision (5 meters or 16.4 feet).
  • Digital zoom (x4).
  • Manually adjustable angle and pivot.
  • Angle of view: 57 degrees H x 42 degrees V x 68 degrees D.
  • Powered by mains or USB battery.
  • Plays 5 gentle lullabies.
  • Sound and motion email and SMS alerts.


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Sound and motion notifications

This model is the most basic of the five D-Link DCS nanny cams, but it still has both sound and motion detection, so if your baby cries you are instantly alerted via email or SMS on your mobile device.


2-way communication

With the easy two-way communication, you can talk to your baby remotely and soothe them or even sing to them, if they are upset or just to help them drift off to sleep.

You can also chat to your partner in the nursery and watch them as they change or feed your baby, so you still feel part of the family when you are at the office or away at a conference.

If you have a nanny cam located in the main living areas, you can also use this baby cam to monitor your toddlers or your older children and talk to them while they are working on their homework or having dinner.



The D-Link 800L allows you to take snapshots and store them to your mobile device, which is a great feature because once they are stored on your phone, you can share them with your friends or upload them from your phone to your Facebook page.


Digital zoom

The D-Link DCS-800L baby cam has a x4 zoom facility, which you can operate remotely. So you can zoom in for a closer look to check up on your baby  (a lot of the other branded nanny cams don’t have this feature).

This means that you can also take some lovely close-up shots of your baby for your album, even when you are away from home.



A nice feature of the DCS-800L is the selection of lullabies, which you can play remotely, when you feel that they will help your baby drift off to sleep.


Colored rings

Another well thought oD-Link DCS nanny camut feature of the D-Link DCS-800L is that it comes with three interchangeable accent color rings in blue, yellow and pink.

So you can easily match the nanny cam to your decor or baby’s gender or just change them over when you feel like it.


Setup of the DCS-800L nanny cam

Set up is also quite easy, but you do need a PC for the initial setup. All you need to do is to download the mydlink Baby Camera app from the Apple App Store or from Google Play and from then on, you can connect to your DCS-800L nanny cam through your home WIFI or remotely via the internet.



Uses of the DCS-800L nanny cam for the home

DCS-800L - best nanny cam reviewsMany people purchase this lovely little nanny cam to monitor their baby when they are not at home, but they also use it to keep an eye on their elderly relative or even their pets when they are home alone.

If you set up a nanny cam in the nursery and the living areas, then you can watch your family when they are having dinner and chat to them, just as if you were really there with them.

  • Observe your baby in the nursery when you are at work
  • Chat with your children, baby or partner from the office
  • Keep in touch with the babysitter at all times
  • Make sure your elderly relative is safe at home
  • Watch your pets misbehave while you are at work



Features of the D-Link DCS-800L nanny camera

  • WIFI: 802.11n.
  • Size: 2.3 x 3.0 x 3.9 inches.
  • Battery: Can be powered by an external USB battery with at least 2A output..
  • Recharge time: N/A.
  • Power supply: 100-240 VAC/5 DC
  • Operating systems: Microsoft Windows 7, 8, Vista, Mac OS X (v10.6 or higher).
  • Storage: Save photos and video clips directly to your mobile device.
  • Two-way communication: Yes, with push button operation you can talk to your children.
  • Infrared: Yes, you have a range of 16 feet for night time vision with LEDs.
  • Zoom: Digital zoom, 4x.
  • Pan & Tilt: No.
  • Temperature sensor: No.
  • Lullabies: Yes, you have 5 lovely lullabies you can play.
  • Installation: Connect the cables, plug in the camera and run the setup wizard.
  • Live feeds/Remote monitoring: Yes, via any mobile device.
  • Email notifications: Yes for both sound and motion detection.
  • WIFI range: Depends on your signal strength.
  • Password protection: Yes.
  • Warranty: 1 year limited warranty.

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Recording Specifications of the DCS-800L baby cam

  • Video resolution: 640 x 480, VGA.
  • Frames per second: 30.
  • Color images: Yes in daylight, black and grey at night or in low light levels.
  • Viewing angle: 57 degrees x 42 degrees x 68 degrees.
  • SD card: No.
  • Cloud storage: Yes – but only for live video monitoring, not for past event viewing.
  • Audio: Yes – 2-way audio with a push button facility.
  • Sound detection: Yes.
  • Motion detector: Yes.



Inclusions with the D-Link DCS-800L baby cam

  • A micro USB-to AC power adapter
  • Blue, pink and yellow rings
  • Wall mount kit
  • Blue, pink and yellow rings
  • Quick installation guide



DCS-800L compared with DCS-820L and the DCS-825L

There are a few differences between these three particular models:

  • The DCS-800L is the basic model, so it does not have a SD card slot for local storage, remote pan and tilt or a temperature sensor
  • The DCS-820L has all the features of the DCS-800L, but in addition it has a SD card slot (for recordings triggered by motion or sound and snapshots)
  • The DCS-825L has everything that the DCS-820L has, but also has a temperature sensor for the ambient air (and email or SMS alerts if the temperature changes)
  • The DCS-800L and the DCS-820L both have 480p video resolution whilst the DCS-825L has HD 720p
  • With the DCS-820L and the DCS-825L you can use the SD card and upload your own selection of lullabies (with the DCS-800L you have to use the stock lullabies)



The DCS-850L and the DCS-855L

These two modeD-Link nanny camls are more expensive than the three previous models, because as you increase in price, the resolution quality improves and you have more features.

The DCS-850L does not have an SD slot card, so it is similar to the basic model in that regard, but it does have remote pan and tilt and a temperature sensor. It also has 480P resolution.

The DCS-855L, is the top of the range and has all the required features along with HD 720P resolution.



What do customers think about the D-Link DCS-800L nanny cam?

Online customer reviews are quite mixed about the D-Link nanny cams with most customers finding that they are great in themselves, but that the app is a problem to use and they keep loosing connectivity.



Summing up the D-Link DCS-800L baby cam

D-Link DCS nanny camThe D-Link DCS-800L is the most basic of the five D-Link nanny cam models, but even so, it has a digital zoom, which is a great feature in a basic entry nanny cam. 

The main problems with this nanny cam are with the initial set up of the D-Link cameras and in maintaining connectivity. However, the cameras themselves are pretty well liked, if there are no connectivity issues!

The DCS-800L is the cheapest of the D-Link nanny cams and is the most basic model. As you move from the DCS-800L to the 820L and then the 825L, you also step up in price. This is because you increase the functionality of the nanny cam, but they all seem to have the same problems, because they all use the same app.


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DCS-820L nanny cam with audio


Read my D-Link DCS-820L review here.



DCS-825L - nanny cam with audio


Read my D-Link DCS-825L review here.