Baby Monitors

Infant Optics DXR-8 Vs DXR-8 Pro: [10 Times Better]

Ashley Davis

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In this post, I provided a detailed comparison of Infant Optics DXR-8 and Infant Optics DXR-8 Pro which was recently released and I have also reviewed the new Infant Optics DXR-8 Pro which was released in late 2020.

In our list and review of best non Wi-Fi baby monitors, Infant Optics Pro model emerged top, thanks to the great improvements in design and functionality that this new model has.

It is important to note that the current Pro model is the fourth generation and the first Infant Optics Pro DXR 5 which was introduced in 2010 and 2nd-generation Infant Optics DXR 6 are no longer available for sale.

The 2.8-inch DXR 5 monitor is still listed on Amazon here and DXR 6 is still listed on Amazon too here. For the avoidance of doubt, Infant Optics DXR 8 is interchangeably referred to as the ‘Old’ or ‘Original’ or ‘Regular’ model despite being the third-generation brand by Infant Optics.

Having used the old model(DXR 8), my concerns about what Infant Optics could improve on its subsequent Pro model resonated with many users of the original model. The main concern for me was the persistent signal drop, lack of voice-activation feature, static noises, and poor night vision mode.

If you’ve used the new Pro model, you must have realized how stable its signal connection is and they listened to my request to add the voice-activation feature! I had commented on various platforms and on my review on Amazon, I clearly stated how VOX mode makes a baby safer with EMF radiation and can improve battery life. I am glad they added the feature.

In the next section, we dive deep into the difference between Infant Optics DXR-8 and Pro versions (Infant Optics DXR 8 Pro);

Infant Optics DXR 8 vs Pro(Regular DXR-8 vs DXR-8 Pro)

Compared to the 2nd-generation model of Infant Optics, the new Infant Optics DXR 8 Pro model now has improved features such as VOX mode that were lacking and its signal connection is stable and doesn’t drop frequenty as it did with the old model. The Pro model also features a bigger 5-inch 720 p HD LCD screen with more pixelation giving you much clearer images and videos compared to the 480p resolution on the Visual Graphic Array (VGA) screen. VGA screen in the old model was smaller, measuring 3.5 inches in diagonal and had very low resolution especially at night with night vision mode.

To solve the problem of static noises or background sounds, Infant Optics added an active noise reduction(ANR) feature which filters out the background noises that we common in the old model. The ANR feature and the improvement in signal connection are the key factors that I found to have really made a difference in making the Pro model stay ahead of its competitors. To give you even crispier audio, the Pro model has an improved 1000 mW speaker that essentially doubles its output without compromising on audio quality.

Some people may find the improved zoom capability from the 4x in the old model to 6x in the current new model to be significant but I honestly found the 4x Okay. I don’t often have to use the zoom feature but when I have, the 4x wasn’t that bad.

While I don’t have an infant now to use the feeding reminders/alarm add-on feature that the new Pro model has, it is essential for any parent with an infant. The feeding reminder/alarm feature wasn’t in the old model and can set alarm for 1,2,3,4,5 or 6 hours.

Another add-on that this Pro model has is an extended warranty of up to 36 months. It is important to mention, however, that it comes with a standard 12-month warranty but can extend for up to 24 months if you register the warranty on its website within 2 weeks of purchasing it. With this extended warranty, you don’t have to purchase Amazon’s Asurion Protection/warranty.

The old model has the standard 12-month warranty period. I mention warranty here because Infant Optics customer support has been praised for being excellent in honoring any warranty claims. This is important as some brands such as VTech don’t even honor their 3-month warranty period.

The Pro model is still lacking a few features that I hope Infant Optics could include in the next version. Some features that could be added include split-screen viewing when using more than one camera, lullabies to soothe the baby, and sound-level indicators for deaf parents. If you’d like a dual-camera monitor with a split screen, we have some recommendations here. For deaf parents or those with hearing impairments who need vibrating, LED lights or visual alert types, we also have deaf-parent monitors here.

For these additional features, Infant Optics DXR 8 Pro sells for up to $35 more than the regular Infant Optics DXR 8 but as you will read in my review, these add-ons are totally worth the $35.

Infant Optics DXR-8 vs DXR 8 Pro: Table Comparison

In the table below, I have highlighted more than 10 differentiating features between the old DXR-8 and the new DXR-8 Pro by Infant Optics;

Infant Optics DXR-8 ProInfant Optics DXR-8
LaunchLaunched in 2020Launched in 2013 with improved version (still in the market) launched in 2015.
DisplayLarge 5 inch 720p screen3.5 inch with low quality 480 VGA  format
ZoomUp to 6X zoom with optical and digital zoom used togetherUp to 4X zoom with optical zoom and digital zoom used together
SpeakerImproved 1000mW speaker 800mW speaker
Pan/tilt Pan: 270°Tilt 108°Pan: 270°Tilt 110°
Interchangeable Optical Lens with zoom and wide-angle(sold separately)Yes Yes 
Warranty12 months default warranty which can be extended by 24 months when you register the warranty on their website12 months
Active Noise Reduction Technology (ANR)Yes No 
ExpandabilityPairs with up to four cameras with scan mode. Check the price of the add-on camera here. Pairs with up to four cameras with scan mode. Check the price of the add-on camera here.
Transmission Range Up to 1000 ftUp to 700 ft
Battery Capacity6 hours8 to 10 hours
VOX ModeYes No 
Transmission TechnologyNon-wifi and uses FHSS technology; RF Frequency: 2400 Mhz ~ 2483.5 MhzNon-wifi and uses FHSS technology; RF Frequency: 2400 Mhz ~ 2483.5 Mhz
Volume ControlYes Yes 
Brightness ControlYes Yes 
Sound activated LED barYes Yes 
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Conclusion: Is Infant Optics DXR 8 Pro better than regular/original?

You can’t go wrong with either of these monitors; it’s just a question of if you are willing to spend the extra $35 for a bigger screen, higher picture resolution, and a few extra functions like noise reduction and VOX mode.

Below is an image of Infant Optics DXR-8 PRO Video Baby Monitor;

Below is an image of the original Infant Optics;

Infant Optics DXR 8 Pro Review

The DXR 8 Pro is a traditional non-WIFI video baby monitor that utilizes FHSS transmission technology. It features a 5-inch parent unit with 720p resolution, which is a huge upgrade from the 3.5-inch screen and 360p quality the DXR 8 has, so it has bigger and clearer pictures. It has a similar appearance to the older model, but bigger. The camera is also similar to the one of DXR 8 in most aspects. The new DXR 8Pro parent unit has volume and brightness controls allowing you to have these at your comfort level.

Image of Infant Optics DXR 8 Pro
Infant Optics DXR 8 Pro

The DXR 8 Pro camera has interchangeable lenses (zoom and wide-angle) to give you a clear view of the baby’s room. The zoom lens is included, but the wide-angle lens is sold separately at $10. You can pan the camera 270 degrees wall to wall, and 108 degrees floor to ceiling, right from the buttons in your handheld device. Pan and Tilt capabilities are very handy when monitoring toddlers and you want to see what they are up to. Additionally, it has up to 6X zoom when you use optical and digital zoom combined. This enables you to get an up-close view of your baby.

One thing that sets the DXR 8 Pro apart from other baby monitors is the active noise reduction technology (ANR). It is the only monitor with this cutting-edge technology that reduces background noises from fans, air purifiers, humidifiers, air conditioners, and other home appliances so you can hear the baby more clearly. However, the manufacturer warns that it may not work for sound machines because it can result in “a distorted warping sound in the background from the monitor unit.” The monitor has an ANR button to turn this function on or off.

Infant Optics has also improved the transmission range by 50%, where the range increased from 700 ft of its predecessor to 1000 ft. This means you should have a reliable signal from anywhere within your home.

The Pro also has a thermometer to check your baby’s room temperature and also has an alarm clock timer which is a nice addition. You can talk with your baby through the monitor, and it lets you see your baby clearly at night with night vision.

In case you want to monitor different rooms or multiple children, the Pro can support up to 4 additional cameras. Each camera is going for $100. It has a scan mode to view the cameras at set intervals of 5 to 60 seconds, or you can just choose which camera to view and switch one after the other

The DXR 8 Pro monitor is slim and compact and weighs just 1.98 pounds, so it is easy to carry in the pocket, and the good thing is that you can continue having 24/7 reception and use your phone at the same time because it doesn’t need an app or wifi.


Features

  • A large 5-inch screen that gives bigger pictures
  • 720p resolution produces clear pictures even when the camera is placed far from the crib
  • Adjustable volume control on the parent unit with up to six levels
  • Adjustable brightness control on the parent unit with up to six levels
  • The interchangeable lens allows you to switch between zoom lens (with up to 6X capacity including optical zoom) and wide-angle lens enabling you to see closer or further
  • The remote pan/tilt/zoom function allows parents to move the camera angle to better view the baby’s room right from the parent unit.
  • Optional wide-angle lens
  • Two-way talkback function that lets you talk and soothe your baby
  • Sound-activated Led bar lets parents know when the baby is crying even if the audio is muted.
  • Powerful 1000mW speakers produce high-quality audio with loud volume and clearer sound output.
  • Active Noise Reduction (ANR) technology minimizes background noises from home appliances and amplifies the baby’s sound
  • Improved range by 50% from the older version, up to 1000 ft for reliable transmission throughout the home.
  • Automatic night vision 
  • Expandable to up to four cameras allowing parents to keep an eye on more than one child in separate areas of the home at the same time.
  • A temperature sensor that displays readings on the parent unit
  • Alarm timer helps parents keep up with feeding and nap schedules
  • VOX mode allows the screen to remain asleep and turns it back on when the monitor detects noise in the baby’s room
  • Rechargeable and replaceable 2800mAh battery that lasts for 10 hours in sleep mode and 6 hours in display mode.

Overview

  • It comes with its own dedicated parent unit, which means you can check the baby anytime. You don’t need an app or your phone.
  • Compared to its predecessor, which has been a bestseller in major retail stores, the Pros has a larger screen and better resolution, allowing you to see everything you need clearly even at a distance.
  • Unlike others in its class, DXR8 Pro has interchangeable lenses for different views. It includes an optical zoom lens, and you can add an optional wide angle lens for a panoramic view.
  • It has the patented Active Noise Reduction technology that filters out background noises from fans, humidifiers, heaters, and other home appliances so you can hear the baby’s voice clearly.
  • The parent device has volume and brightness control that allows you to adjust these to your comfort level. This is so nice when you are trying to catch some sleep. Some monitors do not give users such control.
  • It has Voice-activated mode, which was absent in its predecessor. The screen remains in sleep mode with Vox mode (though you can still hear) and turns on if the monitor detects noise in the baby’s room.
  • The parent unit has a sound LCD bar that shows you noise levels in your baby’s room. This way, you can mute the audio and still get to know if your baby is fussing or screaming.
  • It has the ability to pair with four additional cameras allowing you to monitor multiple kids and rooms.
  • The monitor has a two way talkback intercom that lets you talk to your child or soothe them to sleep.
  • It has night vision, allowing you to see if your baby is asleep, how they are positioned, and so forth without needing to go to their room to check.
  • It has a thermometer that monitors room temperature and displays readings on the parent device. This way, you can tell if temperatures are outside the safe range or not.
  • The monitor has an alarm timer which is handy for moms on a feeding schedule, or when planning to nap for a few hours.
  • The monitor has a long lasting battery that lasts all day or night up to 10 hours with the screen on standby mode or 6 hours with video playing.
  • It has an excellent range compared to its predecessor and others in its class because it can reach up to 1000 ft, giving you good reception anywhere within your home.
  • It comes with a micro USB plug to connect to your computer or power bank.
  • It includes a wall mounting kit for those who want an up/down view, or you can also mount the camera on the tabletop.
  • The monitor is slim and compact, just like your phone, so it fits easily in your pocket when you are moving around in your home doing other stuff.

Pros and Cons Overview


Pros 

  • Easy and simple set up: It’s literally plug and play! its
  • Easy to use controls: The monitor has an intuitive interface where the volume and brightness controls, which you will frequently be using, are located on the top of the monitor for easy access. The other settings are on the D-pad, which controls navigation, and pan/tilt is also easily accessible. On the screen, the top bar is where everything is displayed from temperatures, time, signal strength, battery life, digital zoom, and you can see whether ANR is on or off.
  • Clear picture day and night: The Pro has upgraded from the basic VGA to 720 p resolutions giving clear pictures, as you can see from these snap shorts. The monitor may not have high definition resolution, but the clarity is sufficiently good for its purpose.

  • Loud volume and clear sound quality: The monitor uses noise reduction technology to muffle background noises from your household appliances to let you hear the baby clearly. Some parents even said that they are able to hear the baby even when watching TV because the sound quality is loud and clear, unlike other monitors.
  • Monitors multiple cameras: You can pair the parent unit with up to four cameras to monitor multiple kids, an elderly, or pet, and you can set it to cycle through the views or click on the specific camera you want to view at the top of the screen of the parent unit.
  • Impressive zoom capabilities The monitor has a 2x optical zoom lens, which is great if you are monitoring across a big room. Plus, the digital zoom goes up to 3x, and with this, you can achieve up to 6x magnification.
  • Wide field of view: This monitor has a 270 degrees pan and up to 108 degrees tilt that is sufficient for baby monitoring even without buying an extra wide-angle lens.
  • Longer transmission range: This monitor provides 50% more coverage up to 1000 ft from 700 ft which its predecessor covered. It allows you to receive a stable signal anywhere within your house, backyard, garage, and driveway.

Cons 

  • Interference from other electronics: The monitor uses a 2.4GHz frequency, which gets interference from other appliances like phones, microwaves, TV, and the likes running on the same frequency depending on where they are positioned.
  • Incompatibility with DXR 8 camera: You cannot use DXR-8 camera and DXR-8 Pro monitor, and a lot of parents who had the older model wish this was possible to avoid spending $ 100 for the Pro camera.
  • No split screen view: Unfortunately, even though you can pair up to four cameras, the DRX 8 Pro does not support split-screen viewing like some in its class. But, you can set it to scan cameras every 10 to 60 seconds, or you can choose whichever camera you want to view.
  • Requires charging daily: The monitor uses a 2800mAh lithium-ion battery, which takes up to seven hours to charge. It lasts about 10 hours on standby mode and six hours with continuous video monitoring, so you will need to charge it daily. But, at least you can still use it as it charges.

Safety and high security of ​​Infant Optics DXR 8 Pro

Infant Optics DXR 8 Pro uses FHSS technology (Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum), which works by spreading/hopping audio and video signals over rapidly changing frequencies (75 sub frequencies at 400 milliseconds) within the 2.4 GHz band. Additionally, it also uses multiple access methods in frequency hopping code. So as the signal moves from the transmitting baby unit to the receiving parent unit of the Infant Optics DXR 8 Pro, it moves so fast, making it hard for a hacker to get hold of a particular signal and the decryption code that they would use to intercept your baby’s signal to see or listen in.

FHSS technology is highly secure and was originally developed in 1940 for secret military communication and to prevent radio signal jamming and has continued being used over the decades in various industries, including baby monitors.

This makes DXR 8 Pro the best baby monitor for parents who are concerned about security and hackers getting hold of their baby’s signal. 

Infant Optics DXR 8 Add on camera

DXR 8 Pro has the ability to pair up to four cameras with the monitor. This enables parents to monitor multiple children or rooms.

The only caution here is that you may not be able to connect the DXR 8 camera as the plugs are different.


Installation Manual

You can check and download the manufacturer’s manual for more details on how the DXR 8 Pro works here.


About Infant Optics

Infant Optics is a globally recognized manufacturer of high-quality, award-winning baby monitors. They are a subsidiary of Genexus LLC, based in San Francisco.

Their first baby monitor model was the DXR 5, which hit the market in 2010, followed by the DXR 6. followed by DXR 8 in 2013. The Infant Optics DXR 8 has been the most successful version, with the highest ratings on all major retailers in the US. .