Keep your baby safe at home with the Infant Optics DXR-5 baby monitor
The Infant Optics DXR-5 is a lovely little baby monitor with no bells and whistles. However, whilst it does not have a lot of functions, what it does have – it does well and for the price and quality – is well liked by mums and dads.
- 3 to 4 hour battery life.
- IR night time vision.
- Max 800 ft range.
- VOX standby mode to save battery life.
My Infant Optics DXR-5 review
The DXR-5 Infant Optics baby monitor does not have a zoom, pan and tilt facility or a temperature sensor. However, the DXR-5 does have two great features – IR night vision, which is a necessity for nighttime monitoring of your baby and a standby mode which saves battery time, if no sound is detected for 3 minutes.
You can mount the DXR-5 camera on the wall or stand it on a dresser or unit in the nursery, giving you lots of options for full coverage of the nursery – so this is a good feature.
Another great feature of the DXR-5 is that the handheld monitor not only has a rechargeable lithium battery, but it can also be recharged by plugging it into the mains power. On the other hand, the camera needs to be plugged into the mains to operate.
You can also add an additional 3 cameras to the DXR-5 system, but you have to manually switch between cameras, whereas with the Infant Optics DXR-8 this facility is automatic (switching between cameras every 12 seconds).
With the VOX feature you can switch the video monitor off, which conserves the battery life, and it will automatically switch itself back on when sound is detected. It will also turn itself off if no sound is detected for 3 minutes and automatically turn itself back on when sound is detected.
VOX mode helps to extend the basic 3 to 4 hour battery life, so you might find that you only need to recharge the handheld unit once a day.
There is also a mute button, which allows you to turn the sound off whilst keeping the LED display screen active on the hand held monitor – the sound automatically turns back on when a sound is detected.
The Infant Optics DXR-5 is a closed unit, so you do not need WIFI to operate the system and you cannot access the video recording or monitor your baby using a smart phone or an iPad.
Also, it does not have a clip to attach to your clothes (neither does the DXR-8), so you will have to put the monitor in a pocket or next to you on a bench or unit.
- Keep an eye on your baby when you are busy in another room of your home.
- Monitor your baby when they are asleep in the nursery at night.
- Make sure your elderly relative is safe at home.
Features of the Infant Optics DXR-5 Baby Monitor
- WIFI: No.
- RF frequency: 2.4 Ghz digital wireless FHSS communication link
- Battery: The video monitor is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery which last for 3 to 4 hours, depending on how long the screen is continuously used.
- Power supply: 110V-240V, will need a power converter for countries outside of the US.
- Operating systems: This baby monitor does not need a computer for set up or to operation.
- Storage: No.
- Two-way communication: No.
- Infrared: Up to 10 ft in complete darkness.
- Zoom: No.
- Pan and Tilt: No.
- Temperature sensor: No.
- Live feeds/Remote monitoring: Yes.
- WIFI range: N/A.
- Data encryption: Secure FHSS data encryption.
- VOX: Yes.
- Range: 800 feet in unobstructed conditions, 150 ft in enclosed spaces.
- Lullabies: No, the infant optics baby monitor does not play lullabies.
- Warranty: 1 year warranty and 7 day a week support from the manufacturer.
- Screen size: 2.4 inches.
- Pixels: 320 x 240 auto tuned.
- Color images: Yes during daylight hours.
- Motion detector: No.
- Sound detection: Yes.
Inclusions with the DXR-5
- SD card: No.
- Batteries: Yes. Lithium Ion rechargeable.
- Power cords: Yes, the Infant Optics DXR-5 comes with 2 power cords, one for the camera and one for the handheld monitor.
More than 70% of customer reviewers gave the Infant Optics DXR-5 baby monitor a 4 or 5 star rating.
Customers liked the clear images from the camera and the energy saving standby mode. Also, they found that the set up is super easy, night vision is excellent and the range is good.
12% of customer reviews gave the Infant Optics DXR-5 2.4 GHZ monitor a one star rating.
The main concerns were that the volume was too low, there were problems with the range and the signals were easily lost.
In fairness for the manufacturer, they have said that it is best to move any 2.4Ghz devices, such as internet TVs, routers or smartphones, at least 3 ft away from the monitor as these can interfere with the transmissions.
It is nice to see that Infant Optics customer service responds to nearly all negative reviews on Amazon – offering help and solutions.
Compare the Infant Optics DXR-5 with the DXR-8
The DXR-8 has more functionality than the more basic DXR-5 with pan and tilt, zoom, a temperature sensor and 2-way communication.
If you only want a budget model, then the DXR-5 is a sturdy little baby monitor, although the extra features of the DXR-8 are very seductive.
Also, remember that if you want to add more cameras to the system, you can’t mix DXR-5 and DXR-8 cameras on the same system.
If you want a nice little baby monitor with no bells and whistles, that works well and is very affordable, then the Infant Optics DXR-5 might be the one for you.
This is a basic model, but it has everything you will most probably need at a budget price. If you want more features then you can step up to the DXR-8 model which has additional features.