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Infant Optics Split-Screen, Switch, Scan Mode & Add-on Camera

Ashley Davis

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In this post, I review Infant Optics add-on camera with details about how to switch between cameras, scan mode, and how to pair. All the additional cameras on this list are supported by their respective baby monitors. Some monitors in this list can support up to four cameras while others such as Arlo can support up to 15 cameras.

For the fourth year in a row, Infant Optics is still our favorite and most recommended no-wifi monitor on our list.

In this article, I have explained in detail the features that you get with add-on cameras for different brands. It is important to note that some cameras in this list have split-screen viewing, allowing you to see all the video feeds on one screen. In a separate post, I reviewed Infant Optics DXR 8 Pro vs the original.

Infant Optics DXR-8 Add-On Camera (Infant Optics Second Camera)

If you have an Infant Optics DXR 8, you can purchase the Infant Optics DXR-8 add-on camera for almost 2/3 the price of the original Infant Optics baby monitor. You can use an Infant Optics baby monitor to monitor your twins by purchasing this add-on camera. With two cameras, you can view two video footage from two different cameras of Infant Optics DXR 8.

Replacement camera for DXR 8
Infant Optics DXR-8 Add-on Camera (Not Compatible with DXR-8 PRO)
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If you have the newer Infant Optics DXR-8 Pro version, below is its compatible camera;

Replacement/second add-on camera for DXR 8 Pro
Infant Optics DXR-8 PRO Add-on Camera (Not Compatible with DXR-8), White
Pros:
  • Has remote PTZ
  • Has night vision
  • Auto-activating night vision
Cons:
  • Not compatible with DXR 8
  • Does not support split-screen(only scan mode)
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If you have the older DXR-8 model, get the older DXR-8 add-on camera above. If you have the newer DXR-8 Pro model, the compatible add-on Pro camera(second image above).

Infant Optics baby monitor add-on camera is sold by Genexus Distribution, a parent company of Infant Optics.

With this second camera, you can monitor your twins using the 3.5-inch screen of Infant Optics monitor. You should, however, note that the Infant Optics screen is not split-screen and it’s scan mode that flips through the cameras every 12 seconds. Moonbaby, another non-wifi baby monitor that appeared on our 2023 list, has split-screen viewing features and allows you to monitor your twins from a single screen without switching.

Infant Optics cameras (including add-on cameras) do not need batteries as it relies on AC power and needs to be plugged in unlike its Infant Optics replacement screen that requires batteries.

Features:

  • It can pan, tilt and zoom
  • Can be remotely controlled by DXR-8 Monitor
  • Compatible with Infant Optics Optical Zoom Lens and Optical Wide Angle Lens, both sold separately
  • Built with multi-layered aluminum glass lens pieces for improved performance

The table below has more details of Infant Optics second camera:

Name Infant Optics Add-On Camera Unit for Infant Optics Dxr-8
Weight of Infant Optics add-on camera8 ounces (0.23 kg)
Infant Optics Add-on camera dimension 2.5 x 2.5 x 4 inches
Infant Optics Scan mode timingInfant Optics switches from one camera feed to another every 12 seconds
Requires batteriesNo, it uses AC power
Pan 270 degrees covering the entire room
Tilt110 degrees covering the roof to the floor of your baby’s nursery

The Infant Optics DXR 8 additional camera does not include an optical zoom lens or a wide-angle lens. However, it comes with a power adapter and can be paired with three other Infant Optics cameras to stream on the 3.5-inch or 5-inch screen.

Infant Optics DXR 8 (Original)Infant Optics DXR 8 Pro
The range is 700 ftHas an extended range of up to1000 ft.
Does not have a feeding alarm functionThere are 1/2/3/4/5/6 hour timer alarm options
800mW speaker1000 mW speaker
Does not have a background-noise reduction feature, ANRIt has a special feature to reduce background noise for crisp audio called Active Noise Reduction Technology (ANR)
Up to 2X zoom with optical zoom and digital zoom used togetherUp to 6X zoom with optical and digital zoom used together
3.5-inch display with low-quality 480p VGA  formatLarge 5 inch 720p HD display/screen
12 months warranty12 months default warranty but another 12 months is available upon registration of warranty (total of 24 months)
Supports up to 4 cameras. Add-on cams are available on Amazon here. Does not have split-screen.Supports up to 4 cameras. Add-on cameras are available on Amazon here. No split-screen
It does not have VOX modeIt has VOX mode
Battery life of 6 hoursDecent battery life of 8 to 10 hours

Here is a post with a detailed comparison of Infant Optics DXR-8 Pro vs Original.

Infant Optics adding a second camera

In Infant Optics’ manual, they’ve provided the steps on how to add a second camera to the Infant Optics monitor.

how to add camera to infant optics monitor

Infant Optics Scan Mode – How to Switch Between Cameras

To switch Infant Optics cameras on scan mode, you can do so by toggling between the cameras manually or by setting so it can display in a loop of camera 1, camera 2, camera 3, and/or camera 4.

After finishing the six steps of installing the Infant Optics additional camera, you can scan between one camera feed to another every other 12 seconds. It shows each camera feed for a period of 12 seconds before switching to the next one automatically. Below is a snapshot from the manual on how Infant Optics scan mode works, enabling you to easily switch from one camera to another.

This scan mode feature makes Infant Optics ideal for monitoring twins and we included it on our list of monitors for twins. It is audio only as you can from one camera feed to another. You don’t hear more than one audio feed as it only picks up the sound in the room displayed on the video monitor.

infant optics dxr-8 scan mode

Infant Optics does not have split-screen viewing, a feature that enables parents to view camera feeds from more than one baby or from more than one room.

Infant Optics DXR 8 Split-Screen

The older Infant Optics DXR 8 and the new Infant Optics DXR 8 Pro do not have split-screen viewing but instead enable you to view video feeds from two or more cameras in 12-second intervals. You can manually toggle between the cameras easily or you can set it to automatically switch from one camera to another every other 12 seconds.

While both Infant Optics DXR 8 and Infant Optics DXR 8 Pro support and can pair with multiple cameras up to 4, you will only be able to see footage from one camera at a time as it doesn’t have split-screen viewing. You can’t see the footage from the multiple cameras side by side. One option is to set it so the camera can switch automatically a

Infant Optics Pro Add-on camera

The new Infant Optics Pro is expandable and supports up to 4 cameras and you can purchase Infant Optics Pro’s second or add-on camera on Amazon. If you want to know how Infant Optics stacks up when compared with other baby monitors that do not use the internet, read this post