The Infant Optics DXR-5 2.4 GHz digital video baby monitor has been hot on Amazon for years. Two weeks before my baby son MJ came to the world, I shopped it from there after doing some research and comparison. Given my horrible experience with my audio baby monitor, I didn’t expect much from it. But much to my surprise, it works damn well, and I just can’t wait to share my review with you guys.
Table of Contents
- Infant Optics DXR-5 Offers Crystal Clear Video – Even In Night Vision Mode
- The Sound System Is Equipped With Two Amazing Features
- The Reception Range Is Long Enough Though There is Slight Signal Interference
- Multiple Camera Capability Is Not That Good
- The Battery Life is Super Long
- This Infant Optics DXR-5 Is Such An Adorable Gadget
Infant Optics DXR-5 Offers Crystal Clear Video – Even In Night Vision Mode
I was thrilled with the image quality the first time I turned it on. It was way out of my expectation as I didn’t expect much on the video clarity. After all, it is just a cheap video monitor under $100. It displays full color video with a 320×240 resolution on a 2.4″ TFT screen. I am able to view nearly all the details of my little son when he is in the crib. The video feed at the rate of 30 frames per second is smoothly streaming.
Our Rating: (3.8 / 5)
Night vision mode – It is a common feature of video baby monitors, which allows me to watch over my baby at night without the need to keep a lamp on in the nursery. The infrared sensor works pretty well as it can always distinguish what is dark and bright.
It provides a visual range of up to 15 feet in darkness, which is pretty enough to cover the sleeping area of my son. The image is still clear enough to observe what he is doing, though the overall quality drops sharply compared to the daytime, which happens to all video baby monitors. So I have nothing to complain about.
The Sound System Is Equipped With Two Amazing Features
The sound is clear but not loud. However, it is not a big issue to me as long as I can hear my son cries or mutters. You can also turn the over-all volume up via a switch on the parent unit. Then again, the sound system comes with some amazing features that could be super helpful. One of them is the white noise eliminator, which will be triggered when the sound of the baby room is below a certain level for ten seconds.
In this way, you will not be annoyed by the static or clicking noise anymore. I used to have an analog audio-only monitor that always generated that noise when the nursery is completely quiet, and it ended up in some corner of the garage after 2 weeks of usage because it bothered me a lot! So I really appreciate this noise muting feature that brings peace to my ears when my son is sleeping quietly.
The other useful feature related to the sound system is the VOX standby mode which expands the battery life. After 3 minutes of quietness from camera view, the parent unit will shut the screen down and enter sleep mode to save energy. It will come back to work once the camera picks up any meaningful sound from the baby room.
According to personal experience, the battery life can last about 3 hours longer when this function is toggled on. The audio monitor often picked up traffic noise when some guy drove through our house. Then again, in the standby mode, the DXR-5 primarily responds to my son’s mutter or crying when he wakes up, so that it helps me filter out any unnecessary noise around.
The Reception Range Is Long Enough Though There is Slight Signal Interference
I have no problem receiving smooth video and audio feed when I carry the parent unit along in the kitchen, the living room ,the yard or the garage. But when I step to the other side of road in front of my house, I lose connection. Remember that the range also depends on the material and layout of your house. It doesn’t come with out-of-range alarm, but it will flash blue LED when the reception is poor.
Referring to interference, it works fine with other wireless household devices, such as the cordless phone. I used to do a small test by placing the camera close (about 2 feet) to the wireless router, and the Wi-Fi network seems to be unstable. After I turned off the camera, everything just went back to normal. So I figure out it is not completely interference-free as advertised to be, but it generally works well as long as you place it in the right spot.
Multiple Camera Capability Is Not That Good
You can add up to 4 cameras to the monitoring system to supervise different rooms or babies. However, the parent unit can’t automatically switch between different cameras on the TFT display, and you need to manually toggle between them to see each camera’s view, which is not handy at all. Lucky for me, I do not have several kids to watch over simultaneously.
In fact, they can accomplish this function easily by updating the firmware. I am surprised that they have not done that yet. Anyway, I have written a letter to give them my feedback about this ‘issue’. Maybe they will fix this ‘issue’ some day and allow users to select between automatic and manual switch.
The Battery Life is Super Long
The company does an amazing job on this part – it has updated all the DXR-5 modules sold after 15th Jan 2014 with an enhanced battery which lasts up to 12 hours with VOX feature on. Guess what? I am one of the lucky dogs. Though I never tested that yet, I can always have about 10 hours of usage on a charge. In comparison, none of the popular video baby monitors out there can do that well, including some ‘high-end’ modules that will cost you more than 200 bucks. This super amazing performance really makes it stand apart from the crowd.
The early version of this module does not include low battery warning feature which is really critical for a baby monitor. No parents want to wake up finding that the baby has been crying for god knows how long because of the failure of the battery. The Infant Optics company seems to take customer feedbacks seriously as they added this key feature in all the DXR-5 units sold after 20th July 2013.
This Infant Optics DXR-5 Is Such An Adorable Gadget
With original wall mounting screws, I am able to mount the camera on the wall of the nursery easily. In this way, I can have a wide angle of view. The portable and compact monitor unit is such a lightweight and adorable gadget. You can also clip it to the belt though I never do that. Some people wrote their reviews on Amazon stating that the lightweight and blue plastics feels sort of cheap, but personally I do not think it as a big deal.
- Affordable price
- Crystal clear video feed
- Built-in noise elimination
- Portable and compact design
- Super long battery life
- The sound is not big enough
- It feels cheap to some people
- It doesn’t have many advanced feature
There are no other words but ‘cost effective’ to express I how feel about it. I have used it for more than two months, and it just works great. If you would like to take some time to do the research on baby monitor market, you will be surprised by how cost effective this little gadget is! It is a practical design that has impressive performance. I don’t think it is way too much to say it is the best baby monitor for those who always put practicability before bells and whistles. However, it is not for those who expect tons of advanced features like two-way talk or temperature display. It is not designed to be as versatile as those high-end modules.