Are you looking for a video baby monitor but don’t want to spend a fortune on one? The Infant Optics DXR-5 Video baby monitor might be just the thing for you.
This no frills monitor does a great job of giving you a way to monitor your baby with a video camera. While it doesn’t offer a lot of options, it is a basic monitor that everyone can afford.
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Main Features of the Infant Optics Monitor:
- Automatic Night Vision – so you can see your baby in the dark
- 2.4 inch super bright TFT screen – to clearly see your baby
- Lightweight monitor – easy to carry around
- Encrypted audio & video data – keep things private
- Basic & simple – nothing extra to complicate things
- Priced so you can afford it
Setting Up To Use The First Time:
The Infant Optics video baby monitor is simple to use right from the start. All you need to do is to plug the adapter into the camera and into the monitor unit, turn both units on and you are good to go.
The battery needs to be charged before using the monitor on battery power. First, you have to put the battery into the monitor. Don’t snap the battery down vertically, instead slide it down from the left. Once the battery is installed, plug the monitor into the wall in order to charge the battery. It takes 3 hours to fully charge.
When placing the camera you have several options. You can mount it on a wall or stand it up somewhere in the room. You will need to experiment to learn where the best place is in order to get the best view of your baby.
The camera runs on a/c power.
The monitor has a rechargeable battery with a power adapter. Most people wish the battery lasted longer – it has an average time span of just a few hours before needing to be plugged in again to be recharged. This is not a problem as long as you keep it plugged in most of the time.
There is also a VOX mode which basically turns the monitor off when your baby is quiet. This saves on the battery and some parents use this mode during the night and find that the battery lasts all night long.
Another thing to be aware of is that there is not much warning given when the battery is dying. The monitor has a light which starts to blink, indicating low battery power and within a few minutes, the battery is dead. So if you don’t see the blinking light, you may not realize that your monitor needs to be plugged in.
The plugs can handle 110-240v so you can use this monitor if you are traveling.
This monitor features a 2.4 inch video screen with full color video at 30 fps (frames per second).
The camera has 8 led lights that turn on automatically giving you infrared night vision. You have the option to turn this night vision off if you want to. While the page on Amazon states that you can see up to 15 feet in complete darkness, the manufacturer’s state that night vision is clear up to 10 feet – so you may want to keep that in mind when setting up the camera in your baby’s room.
You can easily adjust the brightness of the screen on the monitor – there are 5 levels of brightness to choose from – however you cannot turn it off completely unless you are using the VOX mode.
In order to conserve battery power, the monitor has a standby mode (VOX mode) which basically turns the monitor off after there is 3 minutes of quietness. When the camera detects sound, the monitor will automatically turn back on.
You have the option of turning this VOX mode off, but you will save your battery power by using it.
Using 2.4 GHz static free wireless transmission, the audio on this video monitor is nice and clear.
You control the level of volume with a button on your monitor. There are 9 levels of volume to choose from.
The auto-mute function turns the sound off when the camera does not detect any noise above a certain level of sound for 10 seconds. As soon as a noise is detected, the sound comes back on. The purpose of this function is to eliminate “white noise” or static, keeping the monitor quiet so you can sleep better.
This is different from the VOX mode, which puts the video on standby mode. This only turns the sound off.
You can choose to use this function or you can turn it off. It comes preset with it on.
This unit does not have a 2-way communication/intercom function. If you are looking for a monitor with this feature, check our review of the Motorola Baby Monitor.
I am not technically minded when it comes to this type of thing, so I’ll simply tell you what the manufacturer says:
“FHSS (Automatic Frequency Hoping System) – jumps between different channels in the 2.4 GHz range which virtually ‘encrypts’ the data ensuring others will not be intercepting your precious video and audio feed.”
This video monitor has a range of 800 feet in open areas and 150 feet in enclosed areas.
Physical Features of the Infant Optics Monitor & Camera:
The monitor is very easy and straighforward to use.
Right under the video screen there are 3 LED lights. The one on the left indicates that the unit is on. The middle light indicates that the monitor is receiving a signal from the camera. The one on the right shows it is charging.
There are 2 buttons on the front of the monitor. The left one is the power button – what you use to turn the monitor off and on. The right one is the paring button – use it to pair it to the cameras you have.
The volume buttons and the brightness buttons are found on the sides of the monitor.
The camera is extremely easy to use as well. It comes with a mount that allows you to place the camera on a flat surface or you can mount it on the wall. Once the camera is plugged in, you are all set.
- 1 Monitor Display Unit
- 1 Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
- 1 Camera Unit
- 1 Camera Mount
- 2 Power Adapters
- Handstrap for the monitor
- 1 English Instruction Manual
- 1 Year warranty
- 24/7 Lifetime Technical Support
Add On Cameras
Additional cameras – this monitor can support a total of 4 cameras, so you can buy an additional 3 cameras to place in different rooms of your house. Simple to set up, you can cycle through the channels on your monitor to see the different videos. You can purchase additional cameras here.
Have an extra battery on hand for those times when won’t be able to keep your monitor plugged in and you want the added security of knowing you have another battery available. Additional batteries available here.
Wall Socket Power Adapter
Great if you want to have extra adapters so you can plug in your monitor in various rooms of your house. Fits both the camera and the monitor. 110v-240v compatible. (worldwide voltage). Get yours here.
The Infant Optics video monitor comes with a 1 year warranty and a 30 day money back guarantee.
Pros and Cons of the Infant Optics Video Monitor:
- Great video monitor in its price range
- Clear video
- Clear audio (cuts out white noise)
- Simple and easy to use
- A bit “cheap” feeling
- No alarm other than a blinking light when the battery is dying
- Some had interference with wifi – many found updating their router solved the problem, others simply turned off their wifi when monitor was on. It should also be noted that most people did not have problems with interference at all.
Owners of this baby video monitor are very happy. They were looking for a basic video monitor and that is what this is. For the price they paid, they are very satisfied.
Many commented that they liked how easy this is to use – no complicated buttons or programming to figure out. Very simple and intuitive.
Although some felt that the monitor felt cheap and lightweight, many others have remarked that although it doesn’t feel very durable, it has survived drops and other accidents.
Current owners also gave Infant Optics customer service lots of praise for their quick and ready help when needed.
Currently this monitor has over 300 5 star ratings, which tells you that this is a great monitor.
(read more reviews here: Infant Optics DXR-5 Video Baby Monitor Review)
Amazon Rating: 4.0