20/07/2017

Infant Optics DXR-5 vs DXR-8 Comparision And Review

Having babies and becoming parents is the prettiest thing in your life. However, this pretty thing is sometimes not easy. After all, nothing is more important than the life, health and safety of a child. This is also the speech of Candice Monique – the CEO of Infant Optics – the brand which brings us two models of great baby monitor DXR-5 and DXR-8. For you to have comprehensive view about these two models, we will list out and analyze here some same and different points to make comparison two models Infant Optics DXR-5 vs DXR-8.

At the price of under 200$ and to be rated around 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon, Infant Optics seems to be success in their mission of development and manufacturing of high quality baby monitors which give parents, grandparents and caregivers the most advanced capabilities available.

Until now, Infant Optics provides two model Infant Optics DXR-5 vs DXR-8. Overall, the Infant Optics DXR-8 baby monitor is loaded with many new features including interchangeable lenses capacity. While Infant Optics DXR-8 has large color LCD screen (3.5’’) with bunch of features as smart alerts, interchangeable optic lens or temperature display, Infant Optics DXR-5 is a more compact and affordable one with common features. So, let’s take a quick look on following table, then our detail review to decide which monitor is best for your situation:

Quick comparison of Infant Optics DXR-5 vs DXR-8

Criteria Infant Optics DXR-5 Infant Optics DXR-8
Images  Infant Optics DXR-5 vs DXR-8  Infant Optics DXR-5 vs DXR-8
Brand

Infant Optics

Infant Optics

Warranty

1 year

1 year

Display unit 2.4” Full-color TFT Display screen

Infrared night vision

3.5’’ color LCD screen

Infrared night vision

LEDs display on screen to indicate the sound level in baby’s room

Camera features

Remote pan/tilt and digital zoom

Interchangeable lens ability

Battery ~ 4 hours

12 hours in VOX mode.

6 ~ 10 hours depending on mode (power-saving or screen mode)
Two way talk

Power saving mode

(but support Standby Mode)

Range 800 feet in open areas and 150 feet in enclosed areas Unobstructed range up to 750 feet.
Alarm function

Low battery or out of range warning
Temperature sensor

Battery indicator

My review point and price

8.75/10

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9.5/10

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Read detail review as below

Detail review of Infant Optics DXR-5 vs DXR-8         

Above side by side comparison shows many differences and changes of Infant Optics DXR-5 vs DXR-8. The preliminary evaluations indicate that Infant Optics DXR-8 baby monitor has many advanced technology and features than DXR-5 model. But, do you really need these features? Which one is more suitable with your situation? Let’s scroll down to read some detail reviews and comparisons about Infant Optics DXR-5 vs DXR-8:

Infant Optics DXR-5

Infant Optics DXR-5 vs DXR-8

If you are searching for an inexpensive and impressive video baby monitor, Infant Optics DXR-5 should be your choice. As you may know, this video baby monitor has been in tops of best sellers on Amazon for years. There are many reasons for you to love this compact video baby monitor.

It’s not random when it becomes the best seller for years, let’s me list out some outstanding features of this model:

  • Compact design

This Infant Optics DXR-5 is designed with portability in mind, it’s slim and lightweight construction. It’s only 1.5 pound. So I find that it’s easy to hold in hand. Plastic and other material contribute to its lightweight. However, this material make it seem easy to be broken. But I see it’s more durable than we think.

  • Voice activated mode

You can save power with this function. The monitor unit turns to sleep mode after a time of silence. I think this is convenient, because you can expand the battery life time up to 12 hours in this VOX mode while the normal life time is only 4 hours.

  • Auto-mute mode

This function eliminates white noise, static and residual sounds.

  • Expandable up to 4 cameras

This Infant Optics DXR-5 is expandable up to 4 cameras for you to monitor 4 separate rooms in your house.

Why you should buy this baby monitor? And, whom this baby monitor is suitable to? Let’s find the answer by following reason:

  • Affordable price

Infant Optics DXR-5’s price is a little bit more (or sometime even lower) than 100$. Image that you are a young couple and you have to spend a lot of money for your baby (childbirth, clothes, milk or caregiver), and baby monitor is only small part on this. And, this DXR-5 video monitor ensures your baby safety with basic functions while still help you not to break the bank on it.

  • Compact and portable design
  • Simple and basic function

This baby monitor is very easy to use with basic features which still ensure the monitor function. Just plug and play, nothing is complicated.

Although I find it very useful for me, it still remains something I don’t like.

  • No remote pan/tilt function

Sometime I find it is very inconvenient. But overall, it doesn’t affect much on me. If you have infants or newborns who are in crib, it’s no problem with this.

  • Not very impressive design

Its design brings some kind of cheap feeling. However, it’s just feeling. Its durability and quality is much better than it look.

Overall, for a very basic baby video monitor like Infant Optics DXR-5, it does well its functions of monitoring baby and alarming parent any changes in baby’s room. So, if you do not expect for added or advanced features like some other high-end baby monitor or do not want to spend too much on baby monitor, Infant Optics DXR-5 is a great choice which is money-saving and has good quality.

It is suitable for low or average income family and people who want to save money. And, for those who are looking for a simple and easy to use baby monitor, this is also a great choice.

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Infant Optics DXR-8

Infant Optics DXR-5 vs DXR-8

To be rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, Infant Optics DXR-8 is the best seller on Amazon and one of the best baby monitor rated by customers. Winning reputation based on thousands of feedback from parents just like you. Because Infant Optics DXR-8 has many advanced features, it becomes first best seller on Amazon including interchangeable lens function. Let’s list out some outstanding features of this model:

  • Compact design

Its weight is only 2 pound and easy for handheld. Like DXR-5, this model is very compact and simple in design. However, white and beige color make DXR-8 more delicate than DXR-5.

  • Excellent range

Its range is about 600 feet indoor and 750 feet outdoor. It seems great among baby monitors which are in same price.

  • Interchangeable optical lens

This is the most remarkable features of this Infant Optics DXR08 which allows people to change view angle and customize camera performance. You can switch different lenses for different views and this process just takes just seconds. There are 3 lens types in total: normal lens, zoom lens and wide lens. You have to buy wide lens separately.

  • Optical zoom view

Unlike other digital zoom, optical zoom function doesn’t simulate images so it can keep the quality or resolution of images.

  • Sound-activated LED display
  • Remote pan, tilt and zoom

It will be more convenient than DXR-5 when you can sit in different room and remote camera pan/tilt from monitor screen without entering and adjusting camera in nursery.

  • Two way talk

This function allows people to communicate with their baby or family via monitor unit and camera.

  • Alarm function, IR night vision

As other baby monitor, Infant Optics DXR-8 monitor alarms you when sound exceeds preset level. Moreover, this baby monitor is added with row of LEDs which allows you to see alerts, this is very useful when you have to turn the volume down, in silent mode or surrounding is noisy. In addition, “beep” warning alerts are also provided for units sold by Amazon to warn out of range or low battery.

  • Expandable up to 4 cameras
  • Power saving mode

With this function, you can put screen off and still keep audio on to hear your baby. You can resume video by push a button on screen.

In conclusion, Infant Optics DXR-8 is a very impressive baby monitor. So, let’s me summarize some strong and weak points of this model:

Strong points:

  • Portable, compact and simple which is easy to use
  • Advanced technology, especially interchangeable lens function
  • Strong signal, good privacy

Weak point

  • No clock on the monitor

But I think this doesn’t affect much on parents. You can use small watch or smartphone if want to know what time is it.

This Infant Optics DXR-8, in my point of view, is suitable for those who have growing family. Because, you do not need to purchase one more baby monitor when you child turns to toddler period. In that period, you child will play, explore and run around the room, not only in the crib when he is a newborn. So, wide lens is very helpful in that case. You can watch your baby and surrounding him without purchasing another baby monitor.

However, the price of Infant Optics DXR-8 is not very affordable. Some people tell that it’s expensive. However, I don’t so, it is not expensive at all. If you look at what it brings to us, you will see it is really worthwhile. So if you need a baby monitor for long time using, let consider this DXR-8.

We also have a separate topic to talk further about DXR-8 model, if you need more detail information about this one, let read our Infant Optics DXR-8 review.

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Common points between Infant Optics DXR-5 vs DXR-8

I have listed out and analyzed some features of Infant Optics DXR-5 vs DXR-8. Each has its own features and strong points or weak points. Therefore, each one will be  suitable for certain situation. We cannot point out that which one is better because in some cases this one is more useful but in some cases that one is better. So, let’s see some common points between these two models:

  • Good quality of video and audio in suitable price.

While other audio-only baby monitor is not much cheaper than this, Infant Optics DXR-5 vs DXR-8 still saves your money and brings you comfort and peace of mind as you can see your baby.

  • Non-Wi Fi technology

Parents won’t worry about security and safety of their babies when using WIFI baby monitors which transmit videos and images to internet. But Non-Wi Fi baby monitor limits number of users and range. So, if you need a baby monitor that allows multi-users and transmitting videos on Internet that you can see your baby even when you are in office, you can choose a model from iBaby – M6 baby monitor, you can read the our An in-depth iBaby monitor M6 review to find out more information about this

  • No lullabies and music playing function.

If you need this function, let’s consider some other baby monitor such as Motorola MBP43 review or iBaby M6.

Summary

In bottom line, I want to highlight that these two model Infant Optics DXR-5 vs DXR-8 has received many positive responses from parents. For my own evaluation, these are two in top of best video baby monitor. People love it for its compact, simple and light design with many features for ensuring safety of baby and peace of mind of parents. All are in very suitable price. If have to make a choice, I will choose model DXR-8 for its advanced technology of features. However, DXR-5 is suitable for those who love simple and want to save money. Moreover, I think for those who are looking for a more versatile, a dropcam baby monitor will be more suitable. Or, you can find more comparison in our topic compare baby monitors to have more comprehensive view of different types of baby monitor.

Hope that this blog help you in choosing the best one for your family.

Best wishes,

 

N DC

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