Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens
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- Interchangeable optical lens capability - allowing you to customize viewing angle and zoom
- Remote pan, tilt and digital zoom
- 3.5 inches color LCD display in sleek, compact unit with sound-activated led display
- One optical zoom lens included.Data Rate : 3 Mbps
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The Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Monitor is the first baby monitor with interchangeable lens technology. Three separate lens types normal, wide angle (sold separately) and zoom allow you to choose the most suitable focal length and viewing angle for the specific environment, just like a professional camera system. Video is streamed in real-time to a compact 3-1/2 in. LCD color display providing a crystal clear image. The DXR-8 is packed with a roster of advanced features for added convenience including remote camera pan/tilt, infrared night vision, talk-back function, room temperature sensor and more. A product usage procedure note has been incorporated in units shipped since March 2015 that explains this new software update where you can toggle the beeping warning alerts. Please see attached pdf file.
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My brother bought a stand alone HD 1080p video quality camera to monitor his kids. However, you must have a WiFi connection to set it up on. They also needed a separate audio monitor solution with the setup they chose. Also, they have to monitor the camera with an app, which based on our real-life experience with the DXR-8 would no longer be a consideration for us.
Having a self-contained system in the DXR-8 is absolutely the simplest and best option for a number of reasons in our opinion. Firstly, it is stand alone and does not require WiFi, it communicates directly from the camera to the monitor. Also, you don’t need to have an app on your phone which is soooo nice, because you can have the monitor up and listening to audio at all times and still have your phone free for all the things you do on there. Having this self-contained system is awesome, when we go to the Lakehouse or to a hotel when traveling the DXR-8 is small and a snap to pack up and set up in the new location - no trying to get WiFi access. It is - quite simply - effortless.
Also, I cannot think of a practical need for a higher-resolution monitor (screen) for monitoring your baby while they sleep or play. The primary things we watch for is 1) are they breathing, 2) how are they positioned in the crib, 3) are they sleeping or fighting going to sleep. The resolution on the DXR-8 is more than adequate for all of those things. Plus, and one of the most exceptional feature - is the zoom feature. While they do have several different lenses you can put on the camera (which is awesome), we found that the standard lense works best for us BECAUSE OF THE ZOOM OPTION! So we can set the camera on the corner of the crib with some Gorilla tape underneath it to hold it in place, or we can set it across the room and zoom in and still see everything we need to see. Then of course you can pan left and right and tilt up and down, so you can do everything you can possibly conceive of with this system.
Also, and we didn’t realize this being new parents when we bought this - most of the time, and throughout the night - audio cues are primarily what you will be paying attention to. You can flip on the camera anytime, and it has settings for staying on 3min or 5min before the screen blanks, or until you click the button again to turn the image off again. Having the camera off extends the battery life. If you need to keep the audio turned off, any sounds the baby makes will still register a color scale on the left side of the screen from red (low volume sounds) to green (high volume sounds) so you can still monitor audio activity without having the volume up. My spouse and I take turns having the monitor every other night, and if our son wakes us up initially with a sound, we can turn the volume off and continue to monitor the audio level with the led register.
Also you can dim the screen, we have it on full dim at night so it doesn’t completely light up our bedroom in the middle of the night if we check on him. It brightens plenty to see it outside during the daytime as well.
And I could write more great details on the night mode as well as day mode. Also, the camera pan and tilt is not noisy as I had read in one review. While it may not be completely silent, it it definitely not a significant source of sound and has never had an effect on our sleeping child.
And on top of all that, their customer service is absolutely top-tier. Gladys has helped us twice since we’ve had the product. We have had a battery start to have issues with not holding a charge and they rapidly got the replacement process started the same day we reached out to them. I don’t know if you’ll get Gladys, but whoever you get will be as excellent as her I’m sure. There are real people in the support department and they treat you like a person; you’re not just another number feeling like getting real support help is more theoretical then it is practical with these guys.
So, highly recommmend from A to Z. Don’t think you can go wrong with this! Also you can pair up to 4 cameras to the one monitor. We just move the camera around during the day, but you could install one in the nursery, on in the living room, and wherever else you like - and switch between them all with one monitor.
Hope this has helped if you’re a research nerd like I am. I had to read multiple reviews in multiple different locations to make my final decision on what to buy. Hopefully this review has been thorough enough to help you learn all you need to know about the DXR-8. Maybe it’s not what your looking for, but I would be hard-pressed to imagine any scenario where another product could serve its purpose any better. As for us, we are happy, happy campers. :)
I'm unsure what the repair and return process is for Canada, it might work through a 3rd party but just wanted you to beware that it is not with Infant Optics and therefore you might want to factor this into your buying decision. I'm now 2 weeks into this and been without the monitor for this period of time which is not good, I'm now at the point of having a new one shipped to a friend who will then ship this on to me.
To conclude though, we were impressed with this product until this point, the screen has broken within 10 months and the hassle of getting exchanged means I would struggle to recommend this product anymore.
The dedicated video monitor is also great. It means I can have the video on all the time, instead of a “smart” baby monitor taxing my cellphone if I use it as a constant video feed and crushing its battery life as it steams live video.
Seller will not accept return outside of the return period The manufacturer warranty is only available in the USA.
So now we've got an expensive and useless piece of garbage.
I DO NOT RECOMMEND BUYING THIS ITEM. THE SELLER AND MANUFACTURER FALL SHORT.
What can I say - this company have really listened to the customer feedback and made great changes to their monitors! Infant Optics recently reached out to me offering a replacement with the updated version of the monitor due to my bad experience with the older version. And wow, so much better! All of the cons have been resolved! The power cable fits snugly! It also comes with a USB charger now! And it no longer makes that crazy beeping sound when losing signal for 1 second as the wireless signal module has been upgraded!! We have been testing it out all weekend, and it is really great! It also comes with an additional lens, and back up battery - which is even better! On top of that, great visual on the screen and ability to communicate as always!
I love the new version of this monitor, and from what customer service has told me, the V1.3 is the newest version they are shipping from the Amazon warehouses - so you should only be getting this new version!
Thanks again Infant Optics, you guys rock!
Previous review for older version of monitor Mar 2017:
I have such mixed feelings about this, but please take this as a warning as I would never buy again. My hubby and I were looking to upgrade our monitor for our 2nd baby coming. We bought 2 cameras for this and several types of lenses. Below are my pros and cons:
Easy to operate and clear picture and sound
Has an awful beeping alarm when it runs low on batteries. Like shrilling piercing beeping. Ok, fair enough - the batteries are running low.
The power cord does not fit snugly into the monitor, and after 2 replacements it still does not. Hence the low batt sounds going off often.
The worst part: EVERY TIME IT LOOSES RANGE, EVEN FOR 1 SECOND, IT BEEPS. THE SAME SHRILLING, LOUD, ANNOYING BEEP BEEP BEEP.
Want to use your phone when the monitor is on? BEEP BEEP BEEP
Want to use your laptop when the monitor is on? BEEP BEEP BEEP
Want to watch Netflix when the monitor is on? BEEP BEEP BEEEEEEEEP
Basically anything that interferes with the range will send it into a beeping frenzy and make you want to throw it across the room. Couple that with new baby sleep deprivation and it is a nightmare.
I literally NEVER review my purchases, and we have now been using this for 2+ years, but it is nap time and I turned on my laptop and the monitor went daft. It was time. Time to warn you guys.