Motorola MBP36S Baby Monitor Review

By Erika Holme

Motorola MBP36S is a decent enough baby monitor that has all the required features of a typical baby monitor. However, the newer baby monitors have included features that MBP36S are lacking.

If you look at Eufy Spaceview, you can see that they outperform Motorola MBP36S in almost all features and performance. Motorola does bundle 2 cameras together, so for parents who need 2 cameras all at once, you can consider MBP36S.

Camera Video & Audio Quality

First up, in Motorola MBP36S you get 2 cameras out of the box. Most of the baby monitors give you 1 camera out of the box. This is helpful for parents who want to setup multiple cameras in 1 baby room, or to setup multiple cameras in multiple rooms. It supports up to 4 cameras with its parent unit.

The sound quality is good as per our tests and it can pick up noises accurately without much effort. However, the video quality isn’t impressive. The video feed in the parent unit gets flickery and we didn’t like that.

Other than that, it is easy to adjust the brightness of the video and the volume. Parents can also easily off the display and go to sleep, and the audio is there to pick up any noises if your baby wakes up.


It has a 3.5 inch display which is standard size in a lot of baby monitors. Many recent baby monitors are using 5 inch display which we enjoyed using, but MBP36S 3.5 inch display is decent enough to see clearly. It has a split screen function which might be helpful for parents to see 2 screens at once.

Signal Strength

Motorola MBP36S uses a wireless 2.4GHz connection, which has a good range that works for most houses. Parents can expect to get connection of up to 590 feet, including obstructions, walls and interference.

General Features

Motorola MBP36S has lullabies function that include 5 pre-recorded lullabies. This isn’t the widest range but you are able to use this to soothe your baby. Parents get the ability to remotely pan, tilt and zoom the video image. It has a 300° viewing angle which gives you a broad view.

There is an automatic infrared night vision feature that picks up on dim light and allow parents to see clearly in both day and night time. There is a 2 way talk function which allows parents to easily communicate and talk to your baby when you are not in your baby’s room.

Do take note that you are hearing sound that is tagged to the particular camera. This prevents confusion as you won’t get to use the sound of another camera while viewing the current camera.

Battery Life

Motorola MBP36S gives you about 5-6 hours in battery life without plugging in. This is helpful for monitoring baby during their daytime naps but for night time, you will need to plug in the power.

Do take note that the low battery sound alert can be quite loud in the parent unit, so it might disturb your baby if he or she is sleeping and you have your parent unit near them.

A number of customers brought up similar concerns with the power cords not charging properly, which is quite common in baby monitors especially after some time in usage. If you have similar concerns, you can bring it up to Motorola’s support.


Motorola MBP36S uses an encrypted FHSS radio signal, which is less prone to being hacked as hackers have to be in proximity and then decode the encryption. Wifi baby monitors are more exposed to hacking as compared to FHSS radio baby monitor.


Through the wireless connection, the parent unit and camera both emits electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) and radiation, which has adverse effects for babies. Do keep a distance of at least 6 feet away from babies to prevent EMF exposure.

Parents also have to keep at least 3 feet away from the parent unit when you are sleeping to prevent EMF exposure. If you would like to find out more about baby monitors and radiation, you can read more in this article.

The Verdict

Motorola MBP36S has a decent setup but there are a few things that aren’t up to standard, especially with the quality of their video’s resolution and their battery life. They have most of the essential features of a baby monitor and has a sturdy build.