If you’re searching for the best video baby monitor on the market today, the Infant Optics DXR-8 comes with a host of features that are sure to satisfy the most finicky of parents. Infant Optics has interchangeable optical lenses as well as pan, tilt, and zoom features. If video quality is important to you, then you’ll be pleased by the larger 3.5” full LCD display screen, as well as the additional features that that will bring you closer to your baby, than any other camera can boast about.
One of the main features that makes this baby monitor stand out from the rest are its interchangeable optical lenses. The Infant Optics baby monitor claims that they’re the first to make an interchangeable lens type of product. The monitor comes with one standard lens and one zoom lens. A wide angle lens available as an optional purchase, so you can customize your baby monitoring the way you like, or even switch the lenses around on a weekly basis. The wide angle lens is great for a toddler, as it’ll give a wider view of the room, as your child becomes more mobile. The downside is that each lens has to be manually screwed onto the camera, though this only takes seconds. But don’t expect to have both zoom or wide angle functions together.
Customizing the viewing angle and screen will allow you to find the best view of your baby in their room. The camera can be controlled remotely by using the LCD unit, so that you can pan, tilt, and zoom in order to obtain the best view of baby’s crib. The camera operation is quiet, so it won’t disturb your child as you remotely operate the camera.
Most baby monitors come with a standard 2.5” full color screen, but Infant Optics comes with a 3.5” full color screen so you can really see what is happening in the room. The camera angle is also easily adjustable to pan, tilt, and zoom, so you can get in closer to baby. The screen controls on the LCD unit are simple to use, and quite intuitive, if you don’t have time to read the instruction manual at all. At least there is a manual, unlike some other monitors where you have to download the manual online.
There’s also a footrest type of support in the back of the LCD unit so you can sit the unit up, rather than leaving it lying flat on the table all day. This will make it easier for you to see if baby is resting comfortably or not, particularly if you’re standing across the room.
You’re lucky if you get six full hours of battery life out of the other baby monitors on the market, but this unit boasts an impressive ten hour battery life in power save mode, with a full six hours in full screen mode. You can charge it up overnight, then be on the go for almost a full day, before having to recharge it. An indicator light and beep will inform you of how low the battery charge is getting, warning you to charge it soon. Unless you want to constantly watch baby on the screen all day in full screen mode, you really only need the power save mode, which will light up the screen if baby starts making noises.
Some baby monitors don’t provide the range that has been advertised, but the Infant Optics more than delivers on their range promises.
The unit also comes with a retractable antenna, to help you find the optimum range within your home. What’s handy about this unit is that you can also take it outside when you need to work in the garden, and still expect it to work from baby’s room.
Being able to see what your baby is doing at night time, without leaving the overhead lights on is definitely an optimum feature. You don’t want to keep baby wide awake with the lights on, yet you still need to see your baby on the monitor when the lights are off. The infrared night vision on the Infant Optics also exceeds expectations. Video images aren’t grainy like they are on other baby monitors. You can see your baby quite clearly, even with the infrared night vision on the Infant Optics baby monitor. It also helps that the screen is 3.5” to make viewing images easier in the dark.
Besides being able to check on baby via the screen, there is also a sound-activated LCD display, which will turn on your screen, whenever baby makes a sound. This also allows your unit to preserve its battery charge, rather than leaving the video on all day, which you can also do if you prefer. You can simply set up your unit on your desk, kitchen counter, or wherever you’re working in the home, going throughout your day. If your baby makes a sound, you can quickly check on them, but the LCD screen will light up first, sending you a warning.
The infant Optics baby monitor includes some nifty additional features that can be quite useful in monitoring baby’s room, such as the temperature control gauge. The temperature control on this unit tends to be fairly accurate, by around two degrees, which isn’t bad for a unit that’s main purpose isn’t monitoring room temperature.
Infant Optics comes with the standard built-in talkback feature, so that when baby cries, you can soothe them to sleep with your voice from the other room. You can also use your Infant Optics as an intercom system, in a pinch. It’s a convenient means of communication with another adult in baby’s room, saving you time from running back and forth all day long if one parent needs to be brought something, such as formula, blankets, or clean clothes. The sound on the Infant Optics unit is also crystal-clear, so you can hear even the slightest noises coming from baby at night time.
If you have more than one child, or a large house, then it’s great to know that you can add multiple cameras onto your monitoring network. Up to four can be installed with your Infant Optics system, which will all work with your one LCD unit.
Infant Optics provides excellent customer service that’s available seven days a week. By utilizing the full set of camera features of the Infant Optics baby monitor, you really can get closer to baby, even when you’re not in the same room as they are.