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Infant Optics DXR-8 Baby Monitor


The Infant Optics DXR-8 is the best radio baby monitor of the year. It came well ahead of its competitors in our tests if you’re looking for a radio monitor. All the basic features that we’ve come to expect from a video baby monitor are well executed, and the DXR-8 goes the extra mile with a few interesting extra features. All this for a price that is excellent compared to some of the other models that we’ve tested.


Our Rating: 9.5 / 10

Price: $165.99


Infant Optics DXR-8

Summary


We like:

  • Best video quality in our testing

  • Can view up to 4 cameras at the same time on the display

  • Intuitive navigation when using multiple cameras

  • Wide angle camera with interchangeable lens

  • Pan, tilt, zoom, and room temperature features are great

We dislike:

  • No option to play lullabies


Where to Buy


$165.99 on Amazon


Alternatives


  • The Nanit Smart Camera if you want the best WiFi video baby monitor with improved video quality and insights to help improve your baby sleep ($191.96).

  • The Angelcare AC517 if you want a more comprehensive package with breathing and movement monitoring and a larger display ($157.96).

  • The Philips Avent SCD630/37 if you don’t need all the bells and whistles but don’t want to compromise on video quality and signal range. The best value for money monitor ($195.24).


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FAQ


Question: Can I see more than one camera at a time in split screen?

Answer: No. While you can add up to four cameras to one parent unit, you will be able to see only one camera at a time. The Infant Optics DXR-8 does not have a split screen mode.


Question: How do you change the viewing camera when using multiple cameras with the Infant Optics DRX-8?

Answer: Press the OK button on your parent monitor to quickly cycle through each paired camera.


Question: How do you pair a new DXR-8 camera with the parent unit?

Answer: Press and hold the PAIR key underneath the camera unit for at least 3 seconds. The LED light will flash green to indicate that the camera is in pairing mode. On your parent monitor unit, you will see the new camera appearing in the add camera menu. Just select the new camera and you’re done.


Question: Can I hear the audio from all the cameras at the same time?

Answer: No. You can only hear the audio from one camera at a time. But you can easily switch cameras from your monitor or use the auto switch option to automatically rotate from one camera to the next.


Question: Does the Infant Optics DRX-8 have an iPhone App?

Answer: No. The DRX-8 is not a Wifi baby monitor, so you will need the parent unit to see and hear your baby. Have a look at our review of the best Wifi baby monitors if you want to be able to pair it with your iPhone or Android phone.


Question: Can it be voice-activated?

Answer: No. The Infant Optics DXR-8 does not have a VOX mode per say, but there is a Sleep mode, where the monitor screen will turn off after a pre-set time delay while keeping the audio on. So you can manually turn the video back on if you hear some noise.


Question: Can I speak to only one camera at a time?

Answer: Yes. When you use the two-way communication feature, your voice only goes to the camera that is currently selected.


Question: Can the Infant Optics DXR-8 extra camera be purchased separately?

Answer: Yes. You can use up to four cameras in total with your parent monitor. You can purchase the additional add-on cameras here.


Question: Can I pair one camera with two receivers?

Answer: No. You can pair up to four cameras with one receiver, but not the other way around.


Question: Is there an Infant Optics DXR-8 range extender available?

Answer: No, there is no range extender available for the DXR-8. That said, the Infant Optics offers one of the best range possible for a radio baby monitor. If you need even more range, we recommend you get a Wifi monitor instead (check the Nanit Smart Camera) and boost your home Wifi network with a relay antenna.


Question: How is the Infant Optics DXR-8 temperature accuracy?

Answer: It’s ok but not as good as the temperature accuracy of the Nanit or the iBaby Care. In our tests, the DXR-8 indicated a temperature that was a few degrees below the actual room temperature. It wasn’t a big difference, but if temperature accuracy is important to you, you might want to get another baby monitor.


Question: What is the Infant Optics baby monitor warranty?

Answer: The DXR-8 comes with a standard one year warranty. We recommend you contact Infant Optics if you experience any issue with your model after purchase. You can call them during normal office hours or email their customer support team. Their response time was relatively quick and comprehensive.


Question: What is Infant Optics’ customer service number?

Answer: If you’re calling from the US, you can contact Infant Optics by phone: (800) 291-0195. You can also email their support team from anywhere in the world at mae@infantoptics.com or just visit their website. Their email support center should get back to you within 24 hours.

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