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DXR-5 Versus DXR-8: Infant Optics Baby Monitors

Updated on July 23, 2014

Are you looking for the perfect baby monitor for you & your child and quite fancy the look of the Infant Optics DXR-5 and DXR-8 models, however are a little unsure which is the best overall one to go for and exactly what the exact differences are between them? If so, this comparison guide of the Infant optics DXR-5 Versus DXR-8 will definitely be able to help you out with just that.

Firstly, you can check the comparison table just below to get an idea of what features come with which model and then just below that we will discuss their aspects -- clarifying exactly what each feature does. Then to summarise we will come up with an overall winner as to which represents the best value for money -- however pelase don't be misunderstood both are really decent baby monitors that's for sure.

DXR-5 Versus DXR-8 Side By Side Comparison Table

 
Infant Optics DXR-5
Infant Optics DXR-8
Price (RRP)
$150
$250
Technology
2.4 GHz FHSS
2.4 GHz FHSS
Range
Up to 800ft (open)
Up to 700ft (open)
Two Way
No
Yes
Display Screen
2.4 inch TFT
3.5 inch LCD
Real Time
Yes
Yes
Infra-Red Night Vision
Yes
Yes
Room Temperature Indicator
No
Yes
Sound Level Indicator
No
Yes
Long Lasting Battery
No
Yes
Camera Features
No
Yes
Standby Mode
Yes
Yes
White Noise Eliminator
Yes
Yes
Extra Camera Add Ons
Yes
Yes (up to 4)
Low Battery Indicator
No
Yes
Out of Range Warning
No
Yes
Brightness Controls
No
Yes
Alarm
No
Yes
Dimensions
3 x 1 x 3 inches
9.2 x 8.5 x 3.6 inches
Weight
1 lbs
2 lbs
Rating
3.8 out of 5
4.4 out of 5
A comparison of the differences between the Infant Optics DXR-5 and DX-R8.

Both the video baby monitors are designed to offer you peace of mind whether you are cooking or just chilling out watching TV, you can take them literally anywhere with you in the house being both light & compact -- and you won't lose a connection. However, there are some pretty big differences between the DXR-5 and DXR-8 which we will highlight in detail below:

Digital Wireless FHSS Communication

Both the DXR-5 and DXR-8 are supported with a 2.4 GHz wireless communication link that offers you a secure and encrypted network via an automatic frequency hoping system, that offers quality audio and video frequency. However, the transmission covering distance is slightly different on the two models, the DXR-5 offers up to distances of 800ft when in an 'open area', however 150ft when in your home (enclosed areas).

The same goes for the DXR-8, but is only able to reach 700ft in unobstructed areas -- the reason you can't reach as far with DXR-8 is due to the two way talk back system integrated (which is not available on the DXR-5 model), so you can communicate to and from with your baby.

Display Screen with Night Vision

In this regard they are slightly different the main monitor of the DXR-5 measures 2.4 inches with a "super bright" TFT based screen. The DXR-8 however comes with a larger 3.5 inch and better quality (and adjustable, in brightness) LCD screen. Both the monitors obviously feed you data in real time (at a reported thirty frames every second). They both also have a pretty cool 'night vision feature' which essentially allows you to see into the darkness of your baby's room at up to 15 ft, you can simply switch it on and off as you need it.

White Noise Mode

Both the baby monitors also have a cleaver integrated audio shut off mode that will cease and 'white noise' that is being produced by the monitor, when a sound level is under a specific dBA rating for at least 10 seconds. If any noise is detected e.g. the baby is in distress, the baby monitor system is immediately reactivated. This is an optional feature to have on or off.

Power Saving Standby Mode

The monitors are also energy efficient -- a voice activated power saving mode is installed (VOX) -- so you can essentially save on battery power whilst still being aware of what your baby is up to. Moreover, there is a sound detection feature where if there is quietness (under 60 decibels) for longer than 3 minutes, the monitor will start to conserve the battery. Then like the white noise feature if any sound is picked up, the monitor turns on. Again this has the ability to be toggled on and off for when needed.

Extra Features With the DXR-8

The above features are what make up the essentials of a baby monitor and are all featured on both the DXR-5 and DXR-8, however as you will have noticed with the comparison table just above, the DXR-8 comes with additional bells and whistles as well -- to essentially become the ultimate baby monitor

  • Room Temperature Indicator - this sensor will let you know how warm the camera is from the monitor.
  • Picks Up Sound Levels - you will get an idea of how loud the sleeping area is for your child and if you anything is bothering them.
  • Extensive Battery Life - it has the ability to last for up to a huge 10 hours (both the batteries are rechargeable on the DXR-5 & DXR-8 baby monitors)
  • Reduce Distance - Signal warning for if you are getting too far away from the baby cam.
  • Low Battery - the monitor will let you know when it needs charging (but I would just make a habit of putting it on charge every other morning or so).
  • Alarm - you also have the ability to set up an alarm system on the DXR-8

Infant Optics DXR-8 Complete Review

However, we haven't even touched on the best aspect of the Infant Optics DXR-8 yet. It is the first ever baby monitor to have an interchangeable lens capability, so you can customise the angle and zoom in if you wanted.

As you would expect it has a normal setting that offers you a crisp clear image with a range that can show your baby is nice and safe, with a view of the surroundings. Then you have a zoom lens and a wide range lens, the former offers you a close for viewing whilst your baby is asleep (however doesn't suffer in image clarity) at up two times the image. The latter wide range lens allows you to grasp a 170 degree panoramic view, which is better suited for when the baby or toddler is active and you can just quickly check up on them to make sure they aren't up to no good (you really will have eyes in the back of your head with this).

  • Normal Setting using the Aluminum Lens Hood provides a crisp clear image with mid-range coverage: close enough to ensure your baby is safe with a wide field that captures immediate surroundings.
  • Zoom Optical Lens is perfect for close-up viewing during sleep. Unlike digital zoom where software simulates an image to appear closer, the optical zoom effect does not deteriorate resolution or image clarity. Place camera far from your baby and still enjoy an effective close-up view.
  • Wide Angle Lens (sold separately) captures the entire room, a full 170 degree panoramic view. Best for active babies and toddler — they can play and explore and you can monitor them and their surroundings. Nothing will escape your notice.

You also have the ability to completely control the cam through tilting forward and performing a pan to keep tabs on your baby without disturbing them. Moreover, you are able to buy additional cameras for the DRX-5 and DXR-8 (up to four in total), so you can get a complete overview of a room if needed. See extra cams below (these of course have to be bought separately).

Infant Optics DXR-5 Review

Which Baby Monitor Should You Get?

Clearly, the DXR-5 is an all round standard yet very decent baby monitor. However, for me I would get the DXR-8, it is nice knowing that all the extra features that come with it just offers me that bit more reassurance that my kid is doing alright. Although the difference in price is over a hundred bucks, I think all the add ons and extra features actually make that pretty fair in opinion.

But, what do you think, which will you get and why? Plus if you have any questions please be sure to hit them up below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Which will you buy the Infant Optics DXR-5 or DXR-8?

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