Despite surge in medical technology: Philips cancels annual targets

Frankfurt A sharp decline in the business with household appliances and consumer products due to the corona crisis has occurred in the Dutch PhilipsGroup slump in profit in the first quarter. In medical technology, however, the pandemic led to higher sales of ventilators and monitoring monitors for patients and ventilators, among other things. The demand for IT solutions for the healthcare industry and telemedical offerings also increased.

CEO Frans van Houten withdrew the annual targets still issued at the end of January, according to which sales should increase between four and six percent. Now the Philips CEO only expects a modest increase in sales and a similar improvement in the margin.

“Given the uncertainties and volatility, we cannot give a more specific outlook for 2020 at this point,” said van Houten. The company anticipates a further decline in business in the second quarter as the pandemic has spread worldwide since March. The company boss hopes for a recovery in the second half of the year.

The bottom line, the Philips boss sees the corona crisis as a confirmation of the corporate strategy of the past few years, in which the company has focused heavily on digital technologies. “We have always said that health IT and cloud-based solutions have to play a greater role in order to network providers with each other and with the patient.

The demand for such offers is now accelerating due to this crisis, ”said van Houten in an interview with the Handelsblatt. Among other things, Philips has developed a smartphone app that makes it easier for doctors to remotely care for Covid patients.

Nevertheless, medical technology was unable to compensate for the weak business with consumer products at Philips: Overall, sales in the first quarter remained almost stable at 4.2 billion euros. Calculated on a comparable basis – i.e. without currency effects and purchases and sales – sales shrank by two percent. Net profit decreased from € 162 million in the prior-year quarter to € 39 million.

Order intake increases by 23 percent

The first quarter results were below analysts’ expectations. Still, many stuck to their recommendations. Philips’ position as a manufacturer of urgently needed medical products will help the company to survive the crisis without major damage, say the analysts of the Commerzbank.

Positive news from Philips includes that order intake rose 23 percent in the first quarter. The company also adheres to the planned dividend payment of 0.85 cents, which is now to be paid out in shares.

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At the Euronext in Paris, Philips’ shares temporarily rose by more than seven percent. The titles of other medical technology companies such as Drägerwerk and Siemens Healthineers won.

The fact that the corona crisis brings medical technology companies an order boost does not apply to all companies in the industry. Because the pandemic is delaying some predictable operations, which has negative effects on manufacturers of artificial joints and surgical equipment.

The US company, for example, had last week Johnson & Johnson significantly reduced its sales forecast for the medical technology division. The family-owned company B. Braun, whose subsidiary Aesculap manufactures artificial joints and surgical devices, also expects demand in this business area to decline temporarily in the regions affected by the Corona crisis.

Philips also feels that these predictable, so-called elective interventions are being postponed. Especially in the cardiovascular area. Many cardiovascular surgeries that are supported with Philips imaging technology are being put on hold.

Frans Van Houten believes the impact on imaging techniques is quite large. For this reason, Philips expects sales in the Diagnostics & Treatment business areas to decline overall. “We expect these patients to come back in the third quarter when the situation normalizes,” says van Houten.

Production capacity is greatly expanded

In order to meet the significantly increased need for ventilators and patient monitoring systems, Philips is investing more than 100 million euros in expanding production capacities in the USA and also at the German location in Böblingen.

For example, the production of clinical ventilators is expected to increase fourfold by the third quarter. Among other things, Philips wants to serve a major order from the US government for 43,000 respiratory advisors and at the same time supply other regions with the urgently needed medical equipment.

Despite its corona crisis, Philips is sticking to its plan to split off the household appliances division. The company announced in January that it was parting from the 2.3 billion euro business with coffee machines, deep fryers and vacuum cleaners because it does not fit the company’s medical technology focus.

“We are making progress with the preparations to split off the household appliances division. We said the process takes 12 to 18 months. We are on target. ”Although the division saw double-digit sales losses in the first quarter, Houten does not believe that this will have a negative impact on price negotiations in a possible sales process.

“The household products business is a strong business. We know from previous crises like the SARS pandemic or the economic crisis how quickly business is recovering. We have a strong brand, ”the Philips boss is confident.

More: Philips CEO: “There will be no Google model in the health sector”

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Current Dax rate: Dax gives way slightly

Dusseldorf The German stock market starts the new trading week in a friendly manner, but slips further down the line. In afternoon trading, the leading German index Dax is down around 0.2 percent and is trading at 10,559 points.

The negative signs are increasing: According to a study, the Germans will put more money on the high edge this year. The savings rate is expected to climb to 12.5 percent this year from 10.9 percent in 2019, the economists at DZ Bank calculate. That is the highest private savings rate since 1992.

According to DZ Bank, uncertainties about job security and income prospects in particular contribute to a greater propensity to save. In return, consumption will shrink accordingly.

For example, less durable consumer goods such as cars would be bought. Private consumption in Germany is likely to fall by 2.8 percent, which would be the worst slump since reunification. The slump in consumption increases the proportion of savings in disposable income.

Overall, the disposable income of private households is expected to shrink by 1.1 percent this year, according to the DZ Bank experts. That would be the first decline since the 2009 financial crisis.

And according to the VDMA industry association, machine builders in Germany are increasingly feeling the drop in orders due to the corona crisis. In mid-April, 89 percent of the companies surveyed said they were affected by the effects of the pandemic. Overall, 45 percent of the companies report noticeable, 32 percent of those surveyed even serious order losses or cancellations.

As a result, the prices of cyclical stocks in particular are slipping. Daimler leads the list of losers with a minus of around 2.6 percent, as does the supplier Continental. In return, shares in non-cyclical companies such as the medical technology group Fresenius Medical Care (plus 3.2 percent) and the reinsurer Munich Re (plus 2.5 percent).

Investor sentiment is currently “wait and see neutral”, the possibility of a continuation of the recovery rally is limited in the short term, the risk of a setback is greater. This can also be seen in the current evaluation of the weekly Handelsblatt survey Dax-Sentiment.

Because surprisingly, the investment rate of investors is again at a relatively high level. This can also be seen from the overbought condition of the US selection index S&P 500, which rose too quickly after the price slump.

The insider barometer shows a similar picture, which analyzes the trading of Germany’s board of directors and supervisory boards in the shares of their company. Because with the recovery on the stock markets, insider buying has decreased.

The executives, who know their companies better than anyone else, go bargain hunting if they think their company’s shares on the stock market are undervalued. That is no longer so clearly the case.

Olaf Stotz, a professor at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, would only be able to support a new, larger rush of directors and supervisory boards to buy shares in their own companies Dax-Stands around 8500 points expected.

Look at individual values

Deutsche Bank: Germany’s largest money house is preparing for higher credit risks in the wake of the corona crisis. Actually, CEO Christian Sewing had promised a black zero in operating profit for 2020 after a billion minus in the previous year.

However, analysts now expect the bank to face a loss of around two billion euros. The share is down 1.8 percent.

Ceconomy: The restrictions on public life cause Saturn / Mediamarkt’s mother to plummet sales and lose quarterly. These numbers come as no surprise, a trader said. Nevertheless, the share of the electronics retailer loses 3.6 percent.

Philips: The Dutch medical technology group posted a significant drop in profits in the first quarter due to the virus crisis. Philips cited a drop in demand for electric toothbrushes, shavers and other health products as a result of the virus crisis as the reason for the decline. However, the share price rose 5.9 percent.

Look at other asset classes

The fall in oil prices cannot be stopped: In the afternoon, a barrel (159 liters) of the North Sea Brent cost $ 26.73, down 4.9 percent. The price of a barrel of the American grade WTI dropped temporarily by around 40 percent to around eleven dollars, the lowest level in 21 years.

While the slump in demand due to the corona crisis continues, concerns have recently increased on the US market that the oil deposits there may be reaching their capacity limits.

The slump in prices for US oil has thus amounted to almost 75 percent since the beginning of the year. Concerns about crude oil storage caused prices to plummet compared to North Sea oil, where discounts last year were 68 percent.

As market watchers from the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group reported, inventory levels in Cushing, Oklahoma, have increased by a whopping 50 percent since the beginning of March. “We still have hope of a recovery at the end of the year,” said the experts.

The EU summit on Thursday with the discussion on corona bonds has already on Monday impact on the bond market. The yield spread between German and Italian government bonds continues to increase and is now 2.32 percentage points. The yield on ten-year bonds is currently approaching the monthly highs reached last week at 1.940 percent.

This “spread” has become a kind of fever curve in the Italian economy. This risk premium reached a record level of 3.3 percentage points in 2018 when the EU Commission rejected the draft budget for the second time in November.

“Residential properties could emerge from the crisis as winners”

In any case, the Italian bond market is facing another test at the end of the week when S&P Global reviews Italy’s BBB rating with a negative outlook.

What the chart technique says

Corrections within the overall trend very often end at the 50 percent mark. Currently related to the Dax, this means that the downward trend has so far been from the record high in mid-February at 13,795 points to the low point in mid-March at 8255 points.

The 50 percent mark is accordingly at 11,025 points. With the increase to 10,820 points last Tuesday, the index of this brand has already approached.

Should the Frankfurt benchmark break this 11,025 point mark, the next resistance would be at 11,266 points, the August 2019 interim low.

The important resistance zone is in the range of 10,279 to 10,391 points. From the first-mentioned brand, the leading index started its rally in December 2018, which continued until a record high in February 2020. The brand was “confirmed” last Tuesday because the index ended trading right there.

Just below that there are so-called price gaps for which there were no quotes this year. The last gap would be closed at a Dax level of 10,097 points.

Here is the page with the DAX course, here is the current tops & flops in the Dax. Current Short sales of investors can be found in our Short sales database.

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Dax current: Dax is giving way significantly – cyclical stocks come under pressure

The release of new data illustrates the extent of the corona crisis. The savings rate is increasing and consumption is likely to shrink significantly. .

Investment experts were too euphoric

Frankfurt At the end of the week, many investors have regained their courage after there have been some hopeful reports in the fight against the corona virus.

Even if a drug to treat Covid-19 was found quickly, the way back to normality would be a long and rocky one, said portfolio manager Thomas Altmann from the investment advisor QC Partners. “The consequences of the economic lockdown at company level and the rise in the unemployment rate cannot simply be reversed.”

Timo Emden from the analytical company of the same name said something similar. “Investors are longing for the big hit in the corona pandemic,” he said. For the market, however, it is still clear that even an active ingredient is not a panacea for the affected global economy.

The German Leading index Dax climbed to 10,756 points on Friday. By the close of trading, however, he surrendered part of the profits and closed with a gain of almost 3.4 percent at 10,642 points. The development of the EuroStoxx 50 is similar: the European stock market index went out of trading with an increase of 2.7 percent at 2,888 points. In the US, investors were also initially in good spirits on Friday. The Dow Jones ended the year up 2.9 percent at 24,216 points.

Badly hit global economy

Jochen Stanzl, chief market analyst of the broker CMC Markets, compared the current increases in the stock market indices with the situation before the big sell-off in December and January. “Even now soaring technology stocks are driving like Netflix, Amazon and Tesla attention away from the fact that the real economy is in ruins, ”he said. “In the end, these companies will do good business, but they won’t save the global economy.”

Despite all the euphoria, the companies are “facing a major adjustment process, accelerated by the additional costs and burdens from the lockdown,” says Stanzl. At the moment, no one could say what the size of company closures would be in the end and how long it would keep stock exchanges from reaching the old highs.

In view of the relaxation of the contact restrictions, Jörg Krämer, chief economist at Commerzbankthat the economy will pick up strongly in the short term. “In the long term, however, there are considerable dangers – for example, due to the sharply increasing corporate debts caused by the crisis,” he said. A V-shaped upturn, i.e. a very rapid pickup in the economy, is unlikely. Rather, a gradual return to growth can be expected.

Jörg Krämer

The chief economist at Commerzbank expects the economy to pick up strongly in the short term.

In the coming week, the developments around the corona virus and current figures on the economic situation will continue to be the dominant topics on the markets. For example, stock marketers are eagerly awaiting the EU’s virus crisis summit next Thursday. Among other things, there will be a possible inclusion of jointly guaranteed debts to overcome the pandemic consequences.

In addition, shareholders will increasingly look at the quarterly figures of individual companies in the coming week. After companies in other countries have already submitted figures for the first quarter, the balance sheet season is now also beginning in Germany. The kick-off is as usual SAP.

In the current balance sheet season, a total slump in profits of 40 percent can be expected, said Ulrich Stephan, chief investment strategist for private and corporate customers at German bank. Nevertheless, he is optimistic: thanks to the multi-billion dollar aid packages from central banks and governments, investors are looking beyond current developments and are concentrating on profits in the second half of the year and 2021.

Entry into the stock market

Given the current price gains, some investors are wondering whether they have already missed the best opportunity to enter stocks. According to the DZ Bank analysts, the volatility will remain high for the time being due to the continuing uncertainties caused by the corona virus and further price setbacks cannot be ruled out. “From previous stock market cycles, we know that after a recession has bottomed out, the stock market has the highest and most sustained growth rates,” said DZ-Bank. “It will take some time before this low is reached. Our economists see this so far in the second quarter of 2020. “

Looking ahead to the coming years, the DZ Bank analysts expect: “By 2022/23, the Dax companies could earn as much again as in the previous record year 2018, and the Dax could reach its highest level again in 13,800 points in 2024.” Who in the continue to buy shares in the coming quarters, should achieve very good long-term investment results. However, it is important to only have shares in companies in the portfolio whose prospects are viewed positively over a three or five year period.

Altmaier wants to gradually ramp up the economy

This is how it will continue in the coming week:

Monday: At the beginning of the week, quarterly figures of Philips, Vivendi, and IBM expected. In Japan, figures on foreign trade are published in March, in Germany data on producer prices in March. The Bundesbank also publishes its monthly report.

Tuesday: The balance sheet season starts and SAP starts as usual. However, the software company had already published preliminary results in early April and lowered the full-year targets. In addition, Netflix, London Stock Exchange (LSE) and Coke Numbers before. The ZEW index provides information on the mood of German stock exchange professionals. UK unemployment figures come from London.

Wednesday: Preliminary data on consumer confidence in the euro zone are expected from Brussels. Lay at the company Alcoa, Ericsson, Caterpillar, Heineken and Roche first quarter figures.

Thursday: The publication of the GfK index will give an indication of the Germans’ buying mood. Alexander Roose, chief equity investor at asset manager Degroof Petercam, expects consumer confidence to “be severely impacted by the severe recession in the services sector due to rising health care costs and lower purchasing power”. In addition, the preliminary Markit purchasing manager index for the euro zone (industry, service, composite) is published. In the United States, the number of initial jobless claims for the week ending April 18 is published. Among other things, they provide insights into their books Credit Suisse, Volvo, Renault, Unilever and Intel.

Friday: At the end of the week, the Ifo index is on the schedule. It provides information about the mood on the German executive floors. Experts expect another slide to 77.2 points from 86.1 points in the previous month. In the United States, data on orders for durable US goods are also published. Experts expect a drop of 11.4 percent. Quarterly figures come from Sanofi, American Express and Nestle.

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Musk is now producing ventilators instead of electric cars

New York, Berlin Tesla-CEO Elon Musk is always good for surprises. He shows it now: “The coronavirus panic is stupid,” wrote the 48-year-old on March 6th. While California’s companies closed the doors, Musk defiantly continued to produce.

Just two weeks later, he changed his mind. Now he is profiling himself as the savior of the hour. He has 1255 ResMed ventilators, Philips and Medtronic bought in China and shipped to Los Angeles. Now he offers them to the hospitals.

“If you want to get a free ventilator installed, let me know,” Musk tweets. He has also donated 250,000 respirators from his factories to hospitals.

The entrepreneur teases with his ideas, he is used to that. With its startups Zip2 and Paypal he messed up the phone book manufacturers and the banks, with Tesla he made the car industry uneasy. With SpaceX, he demonstrated the NASA.

The South African-born Musk, who studied engineering in Canada, attributes his success to Aristotle’s “First Principles”. It is about getting to the bottom of problems and rejecting solutions that others simply copy.

But these days he behaves exactly like this: he copies the behavior of others. And that even though he tweeted a week ago, panic would “do more damage than the virus”.

Cries for help from all over America

In the meantime, Musk – like the bosses of the major US auto companies – has stopped production at its main plant in Freemont. Similar to GM-Chefin Mary Barra and Ford boss Jim Hackett has now also offered to manufacture ventilators: “They are not difficult, but they cannot be produced immediately,” Musk explains on Twitter and asks which clinics need the devices most.

The reason for his change of heart was the widespread criticism and the calls for help online. Doctors like Dr. Little from Florida asked on Twitter “Switch off Elon”.

The Mayor of New York, Bill De Blasio, pleaded with Musk on Twitter: “@elonmjusk New York City is shopping! Our country is facing a drastic shortage and we need ventilators as soon as possible – we will need thousands. We try to get it as soon as possible, but we can use your help! ”

In Germany, many are wondering what the corona crisis means for the new Tesla plant in Grünheide in Brandenburg, where Tesla plans to build half a million electric vehicles a year from next year.

Brandenburg’s Ministry of Economics does not believe that the planned factory is at risk. “We are still very optimistic,” a ministry spokeswoman told the Handelsblatt. In addition, there are “no negative signals from Tesla”.

According to the spokeswoman, despite the restrictions resulting from the crisis, work is currently underway on the Tesla site. The fact that a public hearing of 373 objections to the project has recently been postponed indefinitely due to the corona pandemic does not represent a real hurdle. “The objections and statements are currently being processed by the licensing authority,” a spokeswoman for the State Environment Ministry said on request.

A building permit can only be issued at the end of the environmental approval process. However, Tesla can start construction at its own risk before issuing a permit and would have to restore the old state if the green light fails to appear.

Will Musk personally lay the foundation stone? He leaves this question unanswered for the time being because he knows that it is the pandemic that is currently dictating the schedule. In the coming weeks, electric cars will take a back seat in Musk’s life – ventilators and respirators will become important.

More: GM, Ford and Tesla are checking to see if they produce medical devices. German corporations are not that far yet. But there are unconventional Corona aids.

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Climate change is becoming a risk for the nut brand

Cologne The bush fires in Australia also have consequences in the Swabian town of Ulm. Not only did the fires kill koalas and kangaroos, 6000 hives were destroyed in New South Wales alone. As of July, the almond trees are now missing millions of bees for pollination.

“This could lead to serious crop failures with almonds,” fears Ralph Beranek, Co-Managing Director of Seeberger, specialist for nuts and dried fruit. After all, Australia is the second largest almond producer in the world after the USA.

Climate change is increasingly becoming an unpredictable business risk for Seeberger. “The shortage of water in California a few years ago caused the prices of walnuts, almonds and pistachios to explode,” says the 54-year-old. Three years ago there were hardly any dried apricots worldwide due to the drought. In order to better spread risks, Seeberger has been buying its goods from different climate zones and continents for several years.

The former grocery store Seeberger has been selling coffee, nuts and dried fruit for more than 175 years. With almost 600 employees, the family company today generates around 300 million euros.

“We have never had any loss years and have grown strongly recently. But rising raw material costs are already a burden, ”says Clemens Keller, co-managing director from the shareholder family. Regarding the result, he only says Swabian reserved: “We are satisfied.”

Second mainstay

“Seeberger has established itself as the top dog in the field of fruit and nut snacking in Germany,” says Sebastian Theopold, Managing Director of Munich Strategy Consulting. Europe’s leading brand provider benefits from the trend of natural snacks. If dried fruit and nuts stuck to something stale for a long time, they are now on the menu of vegans and hipsters.

Because the prices of natural goods fluctuate strongly, Seeberger has built a second pillar: the all-round supply of companies and restaurants with coffee and tea. The Ulm company offers coffee machines with filling, technical service and in-house payment systems nationwide. “We deliver our own roasted coffee, our nut and fruit snacks and oat bars in our own machines – nobody else can do that,” says Beranek. Customers are Miele, Iveco or Philips,

Seeberger started in 1844 as a small grocery store. Back then, the free commercial city of Ulm was the capital for nuts and seeds alongside Hamburg. They were delivered from the northern Italian ports. In 1882, a large coffee roaster was added and today it is one of the oldest in Germany.

After the Second World War, the Seeberger family, who had no suitable descendants, handed over their five-man company to the current Rohm / Keller family. Ralph Beranek has been on the management board since 1996, initially with owner Julius Rohm. Ulm Beranek has already completed his dual business studies at Seeberger. After two years in sales controlling for an international freight forwarder, the company brought him back for international business. “It was a rocky road to make our brand known abroad,” he admits.

Today, foreign sales are around a quarter of total revenue. In 2003 Clemens Keller, 48, took over the management post from his uncle Julius. After completing his studies, he worked in industry for a few years.

Seeberger bosses Clemens Keller and Ralph Beranek (right)

Coffee as a second mainstay.

(Photo: Seeberger)

Keller takes care of the Ulm location, production, finance and human resources. Beranek is responsible for sales, marketing and purchasing. “We also complement each other well: I am the more extrovert, Clemens Keller the analyst and strategist,” says Beranek. When two shifts were introduced in 2014 due to increasing orders, there was trouble with the works council. “It has long been established, the cooperation is going well and constructively,” emphasizes Keller.

Beranek explains the success of Seeberger as follows: “Unlike our competitors, we work with fixed suppliers – sometimes for generations. We know the entire supply chain right down to the tree. The farmers get the best and most beautiful nuts and fruits from the field for us. ”Only ten percent of a harvest has“ Seeberger quality ”.

It has its price. “Customers expect something special from us. We cannot and do not want to keep up with the discounter prices,” explains Keller. The company deliberately does without private labels. Seeberger’s market share among the branded products is around 30 percent. Competitors are the family company Kluth from Henstedt-Ulzburg or nut specialist Ültje, which belongs to the Intersnack snack biscuit group.

Seeberger tries to stand out from the competition with product innovations. For example with soft fruits such as plums or apricots. In 2009, the Ulm company developed a special process to keep them juicy and durable at the same time. Bestseller remains student food. Exotic nut mixes with cranberries and mangoes are increasingly in demand.

“Our customers are getting younger,” says Keller. “Students also afford high-quality natural products today.” Three years ago, the traditional company took over the start-up Müsliglück from the Black Forest. But it was not until Porridge’s breakthrough came. “A new product rarely hits Germany like a bomb, we have to be patient,” says Beranek. Industry expert Theopold honors this: “Seeberger is extremely strong in bringing new concepts to the shelf.”

Competition from corporations

New in the range of around 100 products are natural snacks for on the go such as fruit balls, oat bars and nut mix in bar format. “Healthy snacking continues to be a growth segment,” said Theopold. Last but not least, this can be seen from the fact that Nestlé and Mars is just going big in this market. Mars with the “Be Kind” nut bar and Nestlé with “Yes!”

In addition to balanced nutrition, more and more consumers are also paying attention to sustainability. Seeberger produces around 100 million orange bags of dried fruit and nuts every year. The packaging should keep it fresh for as long as possible. “Biodegradable films made from corn or sugar cane cannot do that at the moment,” says Beranek. This year, however, the Ulm company is converting the packaging to recyclable mono-material film.

The Seeberger bosses not only sell natural products, they are also close to nature in their free time. For many years they undertook racing bike tours and triathlons. They completed the one-week Transalpine Run several times in a team of two.

“With extreme running, you learn to appreciate and trust each other,” says Beranek, who is now a little sporty. Clemens Keller continues to run and relies on a secret weapon from Seeberger: “No marathon without dried pineapple.”

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Baby monitor with camera: How useful are models with a camera?

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These practical models give parents security

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Parents can not only hear but also see the baby in the room next door with a baby monitor with video function

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A baby monitor with a camera is now indispensable for many parents – here’s an overview of how you can recognize a good device and which models are worth the money.

IDo you want your child to move into their own room or do you want more flexibility in everyday life, for example to be able to do household chores while the little ones are sleeping? A baby monitor with a camera allows you to look to the right from another room so that you can be there immediately if necessary. The device listens, so to speak, and informs you immediately with audio and video if the offspring moves or makes noises. In our tips, you can find out what you should pay attention to when buying a really good and useful device.

The most important information to the baby monitor

A common baby monitor consists of a base that is set up in the nursery and a receiver that parents can carry with them. The device aimed at the child has a microphone. If there is a certain volume, the activity is sent to the mobile receiver so that users are made aware of it. A baby monitor with a camera also seems particularly practical: experiences from parents confirm this, because the additional video function makes it easy to check whether a visit to the children’s room is really necessary or whether the baby may already be sleeping on.

For many parents, a baby monitor with a large range is also crucial, so that they can move around the house as flexibly as possible and at the same time always have an ear or an eye on the offspring. In addition, many models offer additional functions such as an intercom function, a room thermometer and a hygrometer for measuring the humidity. Others can also be easily used with the mobile phone via the home WLAN, so that the range is even greater.

Basically you should pay attention to the following features when buying:

  • Night light for children

  • good night vision for use in the dark

  • vibration function

  • Two-way audio for communicating

  • if necessary also a lullaby function

Baby monitor with camera: practical models

That is cheap and powerful Model by GHB* Highlight with 3.2 inch screen and good night vision camera. The range is 260 meters outdoors, it can also be used on different floors without any problems.

The manufacturer offers a baby monitor with two cameras Miniboss* – In total, four rooms can be monitored with the monitor. The range measured here is 290 meters outdoors.

Connect baby monitor camera to mobile phone

A baby monitor with camera, but without an additional monitor comes from the brand Victure* – Baby monitors and cell phones can be connected via WLAN here. If the camera detects movement or noise, you will receive a message on your smartphone. So you can see what is going on and communicate with your child via the camera speaker if necessary. To use it, just download the appropriate app and select your own home network. The smartphone finds the camera and connects after a few seconds – however, a router with a 2.4 GHz frequency is required. The big advantage: Several users can access the camera and a check is also possible on the go.

A baby monitor with video function, very long range and long battery life offers this Philips Avent*. However, buyers criticize the night mode and the sound quality here. However, this device is also well suited for use in the playroom – just like the audio version of the manufacturer. The much cheaper one Baby monitor without camera* allows you to hear sounds from the children’s room via DECT technology. In Eco mode, the radiation exposure from the device is slightly lower than during continuous operation.

Conclusion: baby monitor with or without camera?

A baby monitor with a camera is usually a little more expensive than a device with a pure audio function. However, many parents like to invest a little more for additional comfort. Because while it is not always possible to do without looking at the children’s room with simple baby monitors, you can check on a video monitor what the offspring is doing and whether consolation, help or a lullaby are necessary.

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