These are many reasons why you should consider a video monitoring system, from keeping an eye on the baby's room, to your roommate with sticky fingers, or to keep track of that delivery that you are expecting. There are solutions that do not require a full blown, complex system and that you can set it up yourself in a matter of just minutes.
Logitech Alert 750e Outdoor Master System
This system is designed for outdoor video monitoring with a wide lens and HD camera that can endure all sorts of nasty weather. The camera features motion detection and even night vision for evening monitoring, a built-in microphone and the ability of pan, tilt and zoom. The system comes with a wall mounted hardware and 2GB of MicroSD memory (you can add more memory as needed). The system can send you .jpg preview image email alerts and you can control up to six cameras remotely using the internet, making this a surprisingly robust home security system.
Avaak Vue Personal Video Network
Like something straight out of the Pixar movie Wall•e! This is a very simple system to set up and get working out of the box. The Avaak Vue consists of a base station and two battery operated wireless cameras equipped with magnetic mounts. The cameras have CMOS image sensors (like what is inside modern digital cameras) and records in the FLV format, snapping .jpg images for alerts.
You can view the camera feed online and even share your feed with others. The only problem is since the cameras are battery operated, they cannot be on 24/7. The system connects to the cameras wirelessly with Vue's FrameMesh technology, which is a low power to reduce battery drain. Set up requires no software whatsoever and it will connect to your home network with a single click, making it a reasonable consumer grade solution.