I'm about to have my third child this January and our baby monitors are verrrrry tired and in need of replacment. They're about 5 years old (we have an audio-only AND a video) and have basically been turned on that entire time. The batteries are obviously shot and they need to be plugged in at all times. I seem to remember them both being kind of spendy and a quick look at Amazon tells me that this kind of thing is STILL spendy.
My big problem with them over the years is that for as expensive as they were (especially the video one) they just didn't do a lot. The screen was small, the feed was crappy, the device was bulky. I often wondered how I had a slim iPhone with better capabilities than these stupid monitors, for not much more in price (and an iPhone also does a crapton more than just the camera/audio portion).
I've kind of been wondering about these IP cameras that are marketed for home security. I know a few people that are using them as baby monitors in tandem with apps on their phones. They seem to have WAY more features for LESS than what a lot of the other legit baby monitors on the market cost.
This one has a two-way speaker (Can you imagine how awesome that would be at age 2 and 3? "GET BACK IN BED!"), remote tilt/pan, and I think you can even lift video and still photos off of it!
Anyone using this kind of thing to keep an eye on your kids?