In this post, I have shared details on how to change Infant Optics temperature on the parent unit from Celcius to Fahrenheit (C to F) and how to swtich from Farenheit to Celcius (F to C). I also share details of Infant Optics temperature sensor and the accuracy of the Infant Optics reading.
Below this temperature guide, I have a full review of the older Infant Optics DXR 8 and have compared it with other non-wifi monitors available in the market today. You can read the review of the Infant Optics DXR 8 Pro which is an upgrade to this model
Temperature Sensor not very accurate – Gives Wrong Reading
Having a reliable baby monitor with temperature sensors can come in handy for any parent purchasing a baby monitor to assist in SIDs and temperature-related risks. Infant Optics DXR 8 uses a precision temperature sensing technology that enables parents to view the temperature in the baby’s room either in Celsius or Fahrenheit.
The readings are shown on the screen (see the screen below for an example). The temperature sensor in the Infant optics DXR 8 is located in the camera and it should begin sensing the temperature as soon as the camera is powered. Sometimes the reading on the camera ar LL or HH and this basically says the temperature is too low (LL) or too high (HH).
To change the temperature from Celcius to Fahrenheit or vice versa, all you need to do is to hold down the short-cut button for at least three seconds and it will change the temperature. Some parents, especially those living in ventilated units have complained about the temperature accuracy of Infant Optics DXR 8. We’ll cover a sub-topic on Infant Optics temperature accuracy in the next section below.
Infant Optics Temperature Accuracy(HH, LL & Temperature Change from F to C or from C to F)
Are you wondering or surprised that the infant optics temperature is wrong or inaccurate? Several tests have indicated that Infant Optics temperature could have a deviation of 1 to 2 degrees as a result of heating caused by the camera that houses the temperature sensor, especially when it has been powered on for a long time. If the variation is more than 2 degrees, then read further.
What Could Be Wrong With The Infant Optics If The Temperature Readings Are Wildly Off?
Infant Optics can give you wildly wrong readings if you place it next to an AC or Air Vent unit as it will sense the cold and give you a reading indicating that the temperature is lower than it actually is in the entire nursery. This has made some parents suggest that Infant Optics may not be the perfect camera to sense the temperature in enclosed HVAC rooms. If you have more than one camera, you can add one of the cameras away from the air vent unit and this can guide you on the readings at any time.
If are wondering how you can change your Infant Optics temperature from one unit to another, i.e from Celcius to Fahrenheit or Vice versa, follow the steps below:
- Power on the parent unit of your Infant Optics DXR 8
- Select the ‘Short-cut’ button shown in the diagram below and hold it down for at least three seconds.
You can also follow the instructions in the video below describing how you can go about changing the temperature settings on your Infant Optics DXR 8. You’ll see the temperature units on the display change from one to another. If you see LL on your Infant Optics display, it means that the temperature is too low and if you see the Infant Optics display showing HH, it means that the temperature is too high in your baby’s room. Again, the temperature being displayed is that of your baby’s nursery and not of the camera.
Please note that all temperature sensing technology detects any heat in the surrounding so you need to mount your camera in a place that is far from any electronics that may be emitting heat.
If you are very particular and want to focus on finding a baby monitor with the best temperature sensing technology, you can view our comparison below:
Comparison of Infant Optics DXR 8 and Other Baby Monitors with Temperature Sensing
|Name of Baby Monitor||Temperature Reading ||Temperature |
|HelloBaby Video Baby Monitor||Celsius or Fahrenheit||Yes|
|Philips AVENT SCD630/37||Celsius or Fahrenheit||Yes|
|Infant Optics DXR 8||Celsius or Fahrenheit||Yes|
“The Mighty DXR 8 Baby Monitor” – Review of Infant Optics DXR 8
Infant Optics DXR 8 is an all-time best-selling video baby monitor. It has sold over 500,000 units since its release to the market on September 3rd, 2013 when it sold for $229. The price has since been dropped by more than 35% and the ‘Mighty DXR 8’ has been the best-selling baby monitor since 2017. Infant Optics DXR 8 also made it to 10BabyGear’s 2020 list of best non-wifi baby monitors.
That’s quite impressive for a baby monitor with almost no recognizable brand compared to its peers such as Philips Avent which is doing dismally. This report will uncover all the secret details of what makes Infant Optics DXR 8 the best child monitor of all time and cover some critical subtopics that are often downplayed by marketers such as the harmful radiation emitted by Infant Optics DXR 8.
Here is a Video Review of Infant Optics DXR 8:
Below are awards Infant Optics DXR 8 has won:
Over 20 expert reviewers as well as pediatrics have given Infant Optics a clear lead and crowned it the overall best baby monitor of all times or simply the “Mighty DXR 8“. Below are some of the awards it has won over the last two years;
- The Bump Award – The Best Baby Monitor In 2018
- The Wirecutter – The Best Baby Monitor In 2018 (In 2019, it lost it to eufy)
- Amazon Ranking – The Best Selling Baby Monitor of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020
- New York Magazine – The Best Baby Monitor Of All Time
- Engadget – Number 1 Baby Monitor of 2019
The company currently ships out about 15,000 units per month on Amazon and has maintained a rating of 4.4/5 from over 29,000 customers that have left a review on Amazon site. Clearly, parents are impressed with Infant Optics DXR 8 and in the history of baby monitors, there hasn’t been a baby monitor brand that has consistently been on the baby monitor best-seller-list for more than 2 consecutive years. Compared to Motorola, VTech, Samsung or Philips Avent, Infant Optics has managed to stand out mainly because of the 11 reasons we’ll highlight in this article below. First, we’ll review a bit of history and features/functionalities that make Infant Optics DXR 8 worth every dollar.
History of Infant Optics DXR 8 Video Baby Monitor
It is incredible that Infant Optics, a company that’s barely a decade old can command a strong lead as a reliable and trusted baby monitor brand beating century-old companies such as Philips (127 years old). Infant Optics, the company that markets Infant Optics DXR 8 is owned by Genexus LLC, a San Francisco-based company. When you purchase Infant Optics on Amazon, it is shipped by Genexus Distributions, a sister company of Genexus LLC and Infant Optics.
The company did not invent the baby monitor technology or any of the accessories such as the camera, interchangeable lens or the mounting stand. Infant Optics made arrangements with other patent holders to use those existing patents to manufacture the units in China and import them to the US. The first version of the Infant Optics baby monitor brand was the Infant Optics DXR 5 which was launched in 2010. Infant Optics DXR 5 did fairly well in the market before it was discontinued.
Infant Optics DXR 6 followed the Infant Optics DXR 5 and in 2013, Infant Optics launched the Infant Optics DXR 8, the most successful model of the Infant Optics series. As of July 24, 2019, it sells about 16,000 units on Amazon per month!
This analysis will seek to uncover some of the great features that parents can’t stop talking about but first, below is a quick comparison of the three Infant Optics baby monitors.
Comparison of All Infant Optics DXR Series :
|Current Monthly Sales||~ 72 (on Amazon) ||~ 64 (on Amazon)||~ 17,000 (on Amazon)|
|Battery life||6 hours ||10 hours||12 hours|
|Digital Zoom||No||Yes||Yes, 2x|
|Display size||2.4 inches||2.4 inches||3.5 inches|
|Expandable||Yes||Yes||Yes, 4 cameras|
|Historical Sales Chart|
|Night Vision with Invisible Infrared Light||Yes but not invisible IR||Yes||Yes|
|Transmission Technology||2.4 GHz FHSS||2.4 GHz FHSS||2.4 GHz FHSS|
|Two Way Talk||No||Yes||Yes|
|Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
Infant Optics DXR 8 Pros:
Below are the main reasons parents have relied on and trusted Infant Optics DXR 8 to monitor their babies:
100% Secure From Hackers
Infant Optics DXR 8 uses a superior FHSS transmission technology invented in 1941 that utilizes the 2.4 GHz frequency band for secure and encrypted transfer of audio and video signals making it 100% hack-proof.
Though 2.4 GHz band is the same band used by wifi routers for wifi connection, Infant Optics DXR 8 is a non-connected monitor. Simply put, it does not connect to the internet. So, what is FHSS technology and how secure is it?
In 1941, a patent for FHSS technology was filed by two Americans as a way to transmit communications securely during world war II. This invention paved the way for all secure FHSS communication and by the 2000s, Federal Communication Commission had allowed companies to operate FHSS-enabled devices in the unregulated 2.4 GHz frequency band.
Infant Optics became a beneficiary of the FCC’s ruling which allowed baby monitor manufacturers to use this band as it guarantees privacy and experience less interference.
There are just so many devices that operate on the 2.4 GHz band and interference is very common and using the spread spectrum technology enables Infant Optics to reduce interference while securing signals. The 2.4 GHz band is used to transfer digital signals in discrete numbers, 1 and 0, rather than continuous shapes like analog radio waves and the advantage is that digital signals can be easily encrypted. Any hacker would need to bypass the encryption.
What Makes Infant Optics Security Superior?
FHSS is a short form for Frequency-hopping spread spectrum (FHSS), a method of transmitting signals in one frequency band while switching/hopping from one channel to another. FHSS technology comes with all the benefits of digital signal transfer but in addition, it allows the signal to hop from one sub-frequency to another within the 2.4 GHz band as it moves the audio and the video signal from the transmitting baby unit to the receiving parent unit of the Infant Optics DXR 8.
The signal hops automatically and very quickly using a pseudo-random sequence known to both the transmitting unit and the receiving unit. It hops between 75 sub-frequencies within a period of 400 milliseconds! It also uses multiple access methods in frequency hopping code making it hard for hackers to get a hold of a particular signal and decryption code to allow them to watch or listen to your baby.
In addition to this security feature, FHSS technology enables Infant Optics to utilize several channels within the 2.4 GHz frequency by avoiding those with interference. Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) spreads the signal across a wide channel.
As of this publication, none of the baby monitors using FHSS technology have been hacked. You can find the list of those FHSS baby monitors here. Although not entirely impossible to hack Infant Optics DXR 8, it is very difficult for any hacker to succeed and they would probably look for another baby monitor that can be easily hacked, such as the wifi baby monitors.
It is important to note that FHSS technology does not provide encryption by itself but Infant Optics made built-in encryption. In addition to being the overall most secure baby monitor, we also crowned Infant Optics DXR 8 as the top FHSS baby monitor in our list of 11 best baby monitors using the FHSS technology in 2019. Some other secure baby monitors are analog baby monitors and digital baby monitors that use DECT technology.
Aside from its secure communication technology, Infant Optics was also the first baby monitor brand to introduce interchangeable lens in baby monitors. This brings us to our second reason for Infant Optics DXR 8’s wild success, the superior camera with interchangeable lenses.
Superior Camera With Interchangeable Lens
Infant Optics DXR 8 comes with a camera that allows you to interchange the lenses (normal, zoom or wide-angle) to fit the focal length you desire and the particular viewing angle appropriate for the baby’s nursery. The optical lenses are made of aluminum (great for night vision) and the zoom lens are telephoto lenses with great detail focus. A great combination of features makes Infant Optics just the right baby monitor to get the best view of your baby.
Here is some history of the interchangeable lens:
Infant Optics DXR 8 became the first baby monitor to introduce an interchangeable lens to baby monitor cameras. Between 1977 to 1984, Minolta perfected what came to be known as interchangeable lenses in cameras. The lenses essentially enabled photographers to change lenses depending on the type of picture they’d like to take. It was not until 2012 when the world first experienced the magic of the interchangeable lens in a baby monitor. Let’s go through each of the lenses:
Infant Optics DXR 8 comes with a camera that allows you to do the following at ease:
- Control the type of video feed or pictures that the camera takes by switching from the available normal camera, zoom camera or the wide-angle camera. No other baby monitor allows you to interchange the active camera in the baby’s crib with ease and simplicity like the Infant Optics DXR 8. Regardless of the size or the layout of your baby’s crib or room, this baby monitor will allow you to choose a suitable camera lens that can give you the best view possible.
When mounting your Infant Optics DXR 8 camera on the crib, you should position the aluminum lens to capture the entire crib. All lenses made from minerals work with a wide range of wavelengths but they are great within the infrared spectrum. We’ll go into detail later on why Infant Optics DXR 8 is great with night vision. The lens should allow you to view the baby on all sides of the crib. Most parents use this lens all the time and do not actually bother to switch to a wide-angle or zoom lens.
You can also switch from the normal lens to the wide-angle lens to get a view similar to the human eye, up to 170 degrees pan. The wide-angle lens zooms outwards giving you a bigger view, albeit with less clarity. If you have a very large room or if you’d like to monitor more than one baby, you can use the wide-angle lens to get a bigger, more expanded view of the room capturing more than one crib or capturing every activity in the room. The wide-angle lens is purchased separately. If you’re purchasing Infant Optics as a security camera, a wide-angle lens is appropriate as it gives you a wider view area. In 2018, Infant Optics was challenged by Eufy which introduced Eufy Spaceview, a baby monitor that comes with a wide-angle lens. Unlike Infant Optics DXR 8 that requires you to make a separate purchase of the wide-angle lens, Eufy Spaceview ships the wide-angle lens when you purchase the baby monitor.
Infant Optics DXR 8 comes with an excellent telephoto lens that zooms inwards, making your baby appear closer and enhancing every detail at a further distance. A telephoto lens allows you to focus on the baby’s details while placing the camera away from the crib.
Infant Optics Add-On Camera
Infant Optics DXR 8 comes with one camera but it is expandable. This means you can add up to three more cameras and the display will support it. In other words, Infant Optics supports up to four cameras. Each add-on camera is currently retailing less than the original price of Infant Optics. You can check the price of the add-on camera on Amazon here.
In BMC’s review of Infant Optics DXR 8’s add-on camera, we found that the quality of video feed from the additional cameras is lower than the quality of the feed from the original camera. With this add-on camera, you can use Infant Optics DXR 8 to monitor twins or babies in separate rooms.
If you are considering an add-on camera for Infant Optics, you should watch this video on Infant Optics as a monitor for twins.
The pictures of the add-on camera are not of great quality as those of the original camera
|Infant Optics DXR 8||Eufy SpaceView|
|Camera Lens Options (Default)||Normal Lens, Zoom Lens (You can purchase wide angle on Amazon)||Normal Lens, Zoom Lens & Wide Angle Lens|
|Pan & Tilt Angle||270 Degrees Pan and 120 degrees Tilt (If you purchase the wide-angle lens, you can tilt up to 170 degrees)||330 Pan and 110 Degrees Tilt (This is with the wide-angle lens that it comes with|
|Lens Aperture||f/2.8||Not listed|
|Lens Focal Length||2.5mm||Not listed|
|Zoom||2X||1.5X and 2X|
|Changing Lens||Any lens can be removed and switched with any other of the two.||The standard camera lens is not removable. When you want to use the wide-angle lens, simply place it over the standard camera lens and fasten.|
|Lens Manufacture Material||Aluminum (ideal for night vision)||Not listed|
|IR or Camera Night Vision||8 IR LEDs and 1 low light sensor||Not listed|
|Camera Operating Voltage||5.9 V, 1000 mA||Not listed|
Decent Video and Image Quality
Though the pictures you get from Infant Optics are not in high definition, they are of impressive 720p quality. As a parent or caregiver, you are given control over the zoom, tilt or pan functionalities that you can control remotely using the parent display unit. With Infant Optics, you get your feed on a 3.5-inch display that is not the largest of all non-wifi secure baby monitors but does the job well.
For most parents, the images are great and wouldn’t change a pixel but some other parents prefer to go for high definition video or images. Parents have found the video and audio quality of this baby monitor great and should suffice a parent who doesn’t care much about the video quality. Some customers had the following to say:
Range/connectivity is one of the functionalities that Infant Optics DXR 8 has been praised consistently for. We went through 4,447 verified customer reviews that mentioned their satisfaction with Infant Optics’ range.
More than 80% reported that the connection within their small or large homes worked perfectly. The manufacturer’s disclosed outdoor range is 700 ft but does not disclose its indoor range. Various tests have indicated that Infant Optics DXR 8 has up to 75 ft indoor range, about 6 walls rivaling VTech long-range audio baby monitors.
The indoor range is usually measured using the number of walls the audio and video signal can travel through has a considerably long-range, 700 ft. Lose of connection has been identified as a problem that can result as the monitor gets older. The range should be good for an average American family.
Reliable customer Support and Warranty
Infant Optics has excellent customer support. If you have issues with your baby monitor unit, you can qualify for a replacement unit, whether you are within or out of warranty.
Infant Optics DXR 8 Cons
Infants Optics does not record
A common question we get here at 10BabyGear is, does Infant Optics record. The quick and correct answer is No. Infant Optics does not record as it does not have a micro-SD slot and does not save video clips to the cloud. Unlike baby monitors that can record a video of your baby or keep snapshots of your baby when you are away, Infant Optics does not record. Similarly, there is no Infant Optics baby monitor app, Infant Optics DXR 8 iPhone app or any smartphone app that connects to Infant Optics DXR 8 as it does not connect via the internet.
If you are looking to specifically have a camera that does record and has playback, you can look at our list of top baby monitors with playback.
Short Battery Life Compared to Latest Brands
Even though the baby monitor comes with a replacement battery, customers have indicated that all their lithium-ion batteries do not last past 6 months. That means you need to buy replacement batteries every 6 months, Check Price). You can purchase this from Infant Optics or can get it anywhere as lithium-ion is available in most shops. The battery has also been reported to die at night, if not plugged in. I do not, therefore, encourage parents to keep the unit unplugged overnight. In addition, the charger uses 0.5 A, which makes it slow to charge as other standard chargers use 2.0 A and charge faster than Infant Optic’s battery charger.
The parent or the display unit of the Infant Optics DXR 8 uses lithium-ion batteries to power the 3.5-inch display. Even though the manufacturer claims that the battery lasts for 10 to 12 hours, tests indicate that Infant Optics DXR 8 can battery can last for up to 15.5 hours. The lithium-ion battery is rechargeable and can take about 4 hours to fully charge it.
Like other lithium-ion batteries, sometimes Infant Optics DXR 8 won’t charge. You may notice this since the infant optics baby monitor power button may not seem to be working when actually the battery has not charged when you thought you were charging. We have details on how you can troubleshoot charging issues for Infant Optics battery in another section.
You can also get the below 5000mAh Replacement Battery Mount Holder for Infant Optics DXR-8 Monitor:
Infant Optics DXR 8 Battery Specs :
- Capacity: 1150mAh
- Type: Li-Polymer
- Voltage: 3.7V
- Dimension: 48.76 x 30.22 x 7.20mm
- Certificated with ISO9001, RoHS & CE;
You can watch this video to see how to replace Infant Optics DXR 8 battery and read our separate post on baby monitor batteries. You can also make a purchase on Amazon by clicking the Infant Optics battery below (this is the cheapest we found on Amazon):
Indicator Light Too Bright
The indicator light on the parent unit is too bright for some parents.
Small screen size:
If you prefer a large screen baby monitor, Infant Optics may not be perfect for you. It has a medium size screen as most baby monitor screens range from 2.4 inches to 5 inches. Infant Optics DXR 8 has a 3.5-inch baby monitor display.
Night vision deteriorates over time
Parents have reported that Infant Optics has great night vision, in the first few months after purchase. However, after a few months, the quality of the images/videos from the camera are not as great (as shown in the picture below). Definitely, Infant Optics did not make it in our top baby monitors with night vision.
Below are a few things that parents had to say about the night vision of Infant Optics DXR 8:
Infant Optics Has Excellent Night Vision
Humans are unable to see in low-light conditions and we rely on night vision technology to enable us to view objects at night. Infant Optics DXR 8 has built-in night vision technology with one low light sensor that automatically activates infrared (IR) light emission from 8 invisible IR LED lights. When it gets dark in the baby’s room, you won’t need to go to the baby’s room to adjust the camera. IR LED lights are perfect for the baby’s crib because it illuminates the baby, allowing the camera to ‘see’ and record the video stream while at the same time the baby cannot see the IR light because it is not visible in a human eye. The IR light has the capacity of illuminating up to 15 ft and as long as the baby is within the 15 ft. range, the camera will be able to capture the color images. The baby will, therefore, get a good sleep and not get disturbed by some glowing light. The imaging at night is great and has been praised as one of the best.
|Infant Optics DXR 8||Eufy Spaceview|
|Night vision range||15 ft.||13 to 16 ft.|
|Video Color at Night||Color but relatively deep blue||Black and White|
|Number of LED Lights||8||Not Listed|
|Automatic Low Light Sensor||Yes||No|
If you are experiencing unclear or grainy screen at low light conditions (at night), you are probably using either the zoom-in lens or the wide-angle lens. The default lens is best as it is made from aluminium and as explained above, metal-based lenses are best with night vision. Switch back to the original lens and see what that does. You can view more troubleshooting here
Infant Optics DXR 8 Suited For:
- All Parents – All parents will enjoy the features that Infant Optics has to offer
- Deaf Parents – When the baby cries or when the volume of sound increases in the baby’s nursery, Infant Optics’s display lights up indicating to a deaf parent that cannot hear the voice to go check on the baby. This feature makes it easy for anyone with hearing impairment to monitor the baby
- Traveling Parents who may use hotel rooms
Infant Optics DXR 8 Vs Motorola MBP36XL
|Infant Optics DXR 8||Motorola MBP36XL|
|Manufactured by Infant Optics||Manufactured by Binatone Electronics|
|Released to the market in 2013 and the new model has been around since Jan 2015||Released to the market in 2014|
|Currently rated 4.4/5 on Amazon (August 2019) by over 31,600 reviewers||Currently rated 2.6/5 on Amazon (August 2019) by 1690 reviewers|
|Uses FHSS 2.4 GHz transmission technology and does not rely on WiFi||Uses FHSS 2.4 GHz transmission technology and does not rely on WiFi|
|Currently the best-selling baby monitor brand on Amazon||Currently ranked number 84 among the top 100 best-selling baby monitors on Amazon|
|It cost $165 but can check its price today here||It cost $129 but can check its current price here|
|Uses rechargeable Li-ion battery batteries||Uses rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack|
|Battery cost $6 to replace||Battery cost $8 to replace|
|Can pan up to 270 degrees||Can pan up to 300 degrees|
|Minimal noise when panning or tilting||Some noise when panning or tilting|
|Does not have split-screen viewing||Has split-screen viewing|
|Outdoor range of 700 ft and an indoor range of 85 ft.||Outdoor range of 590ft.|
|Does not have lullabies||Has 5 pre-recorded lullabies|
Infant Optics vs Motorola Baby Monitor (Motorola Halo+)
The table below has detailed comparison of features between Infant Optics DX-8 and Motorola Halo+ baby monitor.
|Infant Optics DXR-8||Motorola Halo+ over the crib baby monitor|
|Best Video Baby Monitor||Most Versatile baby monitor|
|Made by Infant Optics||Made by Binatone|
|Currently rated 4.4 out of 5 by 37583 customers||Currently rated 3.8 by 243 customers|
|Price $165.99||Price $299.99|
|Has a 3.5 inch screen parent unit||Has a 4.3 inch screen parent unit|
|Uses 2.4GHz FHSS transmission technology and doesn’t rely on Wifi||Uses 5 GHz transmission and relies on Wifi|
|No app||Has Hubble app|
|Has night vision||Night vision|
|Allows two way talk||Allows two-way talk|
|No lullabies||No lullabies, but can play from Hubble app|
|Has temperature sensors||Has temperature sensors|
|Interchangeable lens with pan/ tilt and zoom||Camera lens is stationary with only zoom function|
|Expandable up to four cameras with scan mode||Supports one camera|
|Camera with 720p resolution||Camera with 1080p HD resolution|
|Raises alarm for sound only, but it displays temperature readings||Raises alerts for sound motion and temperatures|
|Check Price||Check price|
Infant Optics DXR 8 Vs iBaby M6 Vs iBaby M7
|Infant Optics DXR 8||iBaby M6||iBaby M7|
|Uses 2.4 GHz FHSS technology||Uses 2.4 GHz Wifi technology||Uses 2.4 GHz Wifi technology|
|Streams videos to a dedicated parent unit||Stream videos to smartphone App||Stream videos to smartphone App|
|Uses AC and batteries||Uses AC||Uses AC|
|3.5-inch LCD display||No LCD Display||No LCD Display|
|Released to the market in 2013||Released to the market March 25 2016||Released to the market August 17 2017|
|Does not have air quality sensors||Has air quality sensors||Has air quality sensors|
|120 degrees tilt||110 degrees tilt||140 degrees tilt|
|270 degrees pan||360 degrees pan||360 degrees pan|
|Check Price||Check Price (currently 43% of Sep 2019)||Check Price|
Infant Optics DXR 8 Vs Philips Avent SCD630/37
The table below shows the differences and similarities of Infant Optics DXR 8 and Philips Avent SCD630/37:
|Infant Optics DXR 8||Philips Avent SCD630/37|
|Uses 2.4 GHz FHSS transmission technology||Uses 2.4 GHz FHSS transmission technology|
|Supports up to 4 cameras||Does not support more than 1 camera|
|Manufactured by Infant Optics||Manufactured by Philips Avent|
|No recording or playback||No recording or playback|
|It is voice-activated and regarded as VOX baby monitor||It is voice-activated and regarded as VOX baby monitor|
|3.5-inch LCD screen||3.5-inch LCD screen|
|Released to the market in 2013||Released to the market on April, 19 2016|
|Check Price||Check Price|
Infant Optics DXR 8 Vs Nest Cam Vs Nanit Plus
Infant Optics DXR 8 is a non-wifi baby monitor while Nest Cam and Nanit rely on the internet to transmit its video and audio signals from the camera to the parent unit. The table below shows a full breakdown of the similarities and differences between Infant Optics and Nest and Nanit Plus
|Infant Optics DXR 8||Nest Cam Indoor||Nanit Plus|
|Non-HD video quality||1080p HD video quality||960p HD video quality|
|Uses FHSS technology||Uses Wifi technology||Uses Wifi technology|
|3.5-inch LCD screen||No LCD screen||No LCD screen|
|Encrypted communication||AES-128 bit encryption||AES-256 bit encryption|
|Does not monitor sleep||Does not monitor sleep||Monitors sleep|
|Designed as a baby monitor||Designed as an indoor security camera||Designed as a baby monitor|
|1-year warranty||2-year warranty||1-year warranty|
|No movement detection||Motion detection||No movement detection|
|Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
Infant Optics DXR 8 Radiation
Infant Optics is a wireless, digital video baby monitor and that means that it uses radio frequencies to transmit audio and visual signals. The frequencies create an electromagnetic field and those fields emit radiations that may have harmful impacts on your baby. Infant DXR 8 radiation has been measured to be 1.89 V/M. Compared to the FCC’s guidelines, the radiation is within the acceptable SAR limit of 4 v/m. Several scholars have argued that any exposure of your baby to radiofrequency radiation may impact the development of the brain. There are several other bad consequences which you can read on our 2019 comprehensive guide to baby monitor radiation. The guide will give you some critical insight into the two main types of radiations: microwave and infrared radiations that Infant Optics exposes your child to. You can also learn about how you can protect your child from such harmful effects.
Other baby monitors with the interchangeable lens are:
- Babysense baby monitor with an interchangeable wide-angle lens
- VTech VM351-2 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Wide-Angle Optical Lens and Standard Optical Lens
- MoonyBaby Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens – Normal/Zoom/Wide view Lens Included. Change the optical lens easily, you could customize the viewing angle and zoom in seconds without any tools.
- VTech VM351 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Wide-Angle Optical Lens and Standard Optical Lens
No, Infant Optics DXR 8 does not have a phone that you can connect to your smartphone as Infant Optics is not connected to the internet. The only way you can connect your Infant Optics to your phone (or use the phone display) is if your phone has FHSS capabilities to connect at a speed of 3Mbps on a 3.375 bandwidth which is impossible.
Infants Optics does not record as it has not MicroSD card and neither does it connect to the cloud.
Infant Optics DXR 8 does not have an iPhone app or any smartphone app as it is a non-wifi baby monitor
Where to buy:
You can check Infant Optics DXR 8’s price on Amazon here.
I am Ashley Davis, a mom of three kids and the editor here at Motherhood HQ (formerly 10BabyGear). I have been a parent since 2011 and have been doing full-time consulting as a baby sleep expert since 2019. When I am not researching or testing the next baby gear hitting the market, you’ll find me teaching my toddlers a trick or two – especially over the last few months with the lockdown. I hope you’ll find my guides and reviews helpful as you make your next purchase decision. If you have any questions, you can reach me at email@example.com.