Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor With Interchangeable Optical Lens, White/Biege – Reviews, Questions & Answers

Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor With Interchangeable Optical Lens, White/Biege

Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor With Interchangeable Optical Lens, White/Biege features

  • First-ever monitor with interchangeable optical lens capability – allowing you to customize viewing angle and zoom
  • Large 3.5″ full color LCD display in sleek, compact unit with retractable antenna, with sound-activated LED display
  • Remote pan, tilt and digital zoom
  • Long battery life: 10 hours on power-saving mode, 6 hours with screen on
  • One (1) Optical Zoom Lens included. Wide Angle Lens sold seperately
  • First-ever monitor with interchangeable optical lens capability – allowing you to customize viewing angle and zoom
  • Large 3.5 inches full color LCD display in sleek, compact unit with retractable antenna, with sound-activated LED display
  • Remote pan, tilt and digital zoom
  • Long battery life,10 hours on power-saving mode, 6 hours with screen on
  • One Optical Zoom Lens included. Wide Angle Lens sold seperately


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From the Manufacturer

The DXR-8 Video Monitor by Infant Optics is the first baby monitor with interchangeable lens technology. Three separate lens types — Normal, Wide Angle (sold separately), and Zoom — allow you to choose the most suitable focal length and viewing angle for the specific environment, just like a professional camera system. Video is streamed realtime to a compact 3.5″ LCD color display providing a crystal clear image. The DXR-8 is packed with a roster of advanced features for added convenience: remote camera pan/tilt, infrared night vision, talk-back function, room temperature sensor, and more.

This camera is an investment that grows with your family. Use a close-up lens for intimate vision of your infant, and swap for a panoramic lens when your child becomes more mobile to provide a full view of your child’s activity.

World’s First Interchangeable Lens System

DXR-8 camera lens views

Interchangeable optical lenses after the viewing angle and zoom
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DXR-8 lens mount illustration

Optical lenses mount on camera in seconds.
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Total Vision control of your baby’s room, or any room, is finally a reality. The DXR-8’s innovative lens technology allows you to customize camera performance by switching different lenses on the camera in just seconds:

  • Normal Setting using the Aluminum Lens Hood provides a crisp clear image with mid-range coverage: close enough to ensure your baby is safe with a wide field that captures immediate surroundings.
  • Zoom Optical Lens is perfect for close-up viewing during sleep. Unlike digital zoom where software simulates an image to appear closer, the optical zoom effect does not deteriorate resolution or image clarity. Place camera far from your baby and still enjoy an effective close-up view.
  • Wide Angle Lens (sold separately) captures the entire room, a full 170 degree panoramic view. Best for active babies and toddler — they can play and explore and you can monitor them and their surroundings. Nothing will escape your notice.

Note: Optical lenses must be manually inserted into camera unit. Normal and 2x Zoom Optical Lenses included with DXR-8 Video Monitor set. Wide Angle Lens sold separately

DXR-8 lens range of motion illustration

Features full range remote-controlled camera direction.
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3.5″ Color LCD Screen with Night Vision, Temperature Indicator and Sound-Activated LED

Display unit shows real-time video and sound from your baby’s room, so you can see and hear everything. 3.5″ color LCD screen has crystal clear resolution and an automatic infrared night vision feature that ensures your baby is visible throughout the night. Display unit includes room temperature indicator and sound-activated LED display: with volume down, LEDs indicate the sound level in your baby’s room.

Remote-Controlled Camera

Display unit provides complete remote control of the camera. Pan and tilt the camera direction to follow your baby without disturbing them.

2.4GHz FHSS Communication with Data Encryption + Talk-Back

2.4GHz FHSS provides clear, realiable transmission, and built-in data encryption for added security. Talk-back feature allows two-way audio communication. No more dropped signals, plus outstanding range and transmission quality. Retractable antennna provides 700′ range in unobstructed conditions.

Additional Safety Features

DXR-8 includes convenient quick-key volume & brightness controls, alarm function, out-of range warning, low battery warning, and battery power indicator.

Extended Battery Life

Long-lasting battery provides reliable charge: 10 hours in power-saving mode, 6 hours with the display screen constantly on.

Creating a Monitoring Network Throughout Your Home

Link up to four cameras in a single display unit. The DXR-8 features ‘scan mode’ which automatically cycles through cameras at 12-second intervals, providing continuous video and audio surveillance on multiple cameras.

Customer Service

The DXR-8 comes with support & service available 7 days a week from one of the most trusted brands in home technology.

Infant Optics DXR-8 Accessories

DXR-8 wide angle lens

Optical Wide Angle Lens
Captures 170° panoramic view

DXR-8 Optical Zoom Lens

Additional Optical Zoom Lens
2x zoom lens
Note: Item included in DXR-8

DXR-8 Additional Camera Unit

Additional Camera Unit for DXR-8
Expand up to 4 cameras


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Q:How’s the range?

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Actually pretty good, I have a small workshop outside my home and I still get three bars there with no video dropouts. I can watch and hear him while tooling around and that is with the camera in a closed room on the other side of the house at least 60 feet away with the signal going through my living room, a home office, garage, and finally on a shelf 8 feet into the workshop

Q:Can you turn the screen off but still hear sound? And can you adjust the volume?

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Yes you can turn the video off and still use the sound. Then just hit a button to turn the video back if you need to. Great feature to help keep the room dark while sleeping. You can also control the volume and pan the camera from the video unit.

Q:Is this easy to set up? I’d like to travel with it and want to make sure I won’t be frustrated at the resort b/c I need a router or anything like that.

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Yes, it is! We have traveled a few times with it. No issues. This was my fourth monitor. None of them compare!!! By far best one out there for picture quality.

Q:Is there a way to disable the beeping sound the monitor makes when the screen turns off?

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Amazon is selling the new March 2014 units, which allow you to turn the alarms off completely.

Q:Is the camera able to be wall-mounted?

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Yes. The Camera has a slot on the bottom allowing you to mount it to the wall using a traditional drywall screw & anchor. We do not currently have ours mounted but likely will when the new nursery is finished.

Q:Can I see multi cameras streaming at the same time on the monitor unit (divided monitor space) ? Or only by switching between cameras?

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it switches (scans automatically or switch manually), honestly, the monitor would be too small to divide up. I can say that the scan works great for two cameras, one on a 8 week old and the other on a 3.5yo.

Q:Does this unit work with 240V/50Hz power (as found in Europe)?

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The unit does work with 240V/50Hz power. The monitor unit can also be charged directly from a computer USB outlet.

Q:How long are the power cables that come with the camera and the monitor?

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The power cable for the monitor is 10 ft, for the camera the cable is 8.5 ft. We put the monitor in a few places and never needed the full cord!

Q:Can you see if the baby’s eyes are open in the night vision?

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Yes, you can. My baby sometimes cries in her sleep, so knowing that she is just dreaming saves me from accidentally waking her up.

Q:Is there a low battery and/or out of range warning?

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Yes, there is an audio warning under both circumstances.

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Q:Can anybody tell me if this monitor has encryption? If so, what kind? Security is very important to us. Thanks!

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These cameras do not have the capability to be viewed via WIFI, and therefore wouldn’t be susceptible to any privacy issues that an Internet remote camera would. Instead, these cameras are “paired” by pressing a physical button on each unit. Once paired, other units wouldn’t have the capability to “pick-up” transmissions. Unfortunately, as with all electronic devices, there are no 100% guarantees of privacy, but none of the other units use any type of encryption unless they are remote internet connection capable. I have 2 units and feel very secure. I’ve had other units…
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These cameras do not have the capability to be viewed via WIFI, and therefore wouldn’t be susceptible to any privacy issues that an Internet remote camera would. Instead, these cameras are “paired” by pressing a physical button on each unit. Once paired, other units wouldn’t have the capability to “pick-up” transmissions. Unfortunately, as with all electronic devices, there are no 100% guarantees of privacy, but none of the other units use any type of encryption unless they are remote internet connection capable. I have 2 units and feel very secure. I’ve had other units that have performed well also, but needed a system that could handle more that one camera. Great customer service folks too.
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Q:Does this version have VOX (Voice activation) like the Dxr-5?

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There is no VOX mode, but there is a SLEEP mode, where the screen will turn OFF (audio remains ON) after a pre-set time delay. The time delay can be set in the menu options. The default time delay is 5 minutes. You can also manually enter SLEEP mode by pressing the POWER ON/OFF/SLEEP button.

Q:Does the camera have a battery backup in case of a power outage?

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No battery backup in the camera.

Q:Do the cameras need to be plugged in or do they have battery power?

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The monitor can work on battery power. The camera cannot. The power connection on our monitor was very weak and loose (a micro-USB connection) and broke after only 4 months…not sure if the company has solved this problem…

Q:Is there any night vision option?

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Yes, the night vision is good on this monitor.

Q:mountable

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Yes. Ours is hanging on the wall.

Q:Does the monitor turn on whenever the child moves or makes a noise?

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No

Q:Can I leave the monitor ON all the time -while it’s plugged-?

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We leave ours on for large periods of time 10-12 hours plugged in with no worries. Take it off the charger and it’s still in tip top battery life to use for a few hours away from the charger

Q:Can additional monitor screens be purchased for this, like one for my side of the bed, one for my husbands?

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I would email the company about that. I know you can have 4 cameras for one monitor, not sure about the other way around tho.

Q:Does this monitor interfere with wifi?

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There will be no wifi interference if the camera and monitor units are at least 3′ away from your wifi-operating device (e.g. router, smartphone, tablet, etc.).

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Q:I’m looking for a monitor to keep an eye on my disabled husband when I go outside into the yard while he naps. Would you recommend this or another?

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I would. If it works for infant it should serve your purpose well – as long as your husband is able to communicate his needs by sound (speaking, clapping, etc…) so you could hear him so you don’t have to look at the monitor constantly.

Q:Has anyone had problems with the unit not charging? It worked very well for 4 weeks and now all of the sudden the unit will not charge.

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Yes actually, mine worked very well for several months, but then the connection became faulty! I got on to customer service via email and they were extremely helpful.

Q:Does this unit function on its own or does it need to be connected to a computer or other type connection.

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It functions on its own. The camera has an A/C adapter so it needs access to an outlet and be plugged in all the time. The monitor has a rechargeable battery.

Q:Will it work if we take it somewhere where there is no internet? (i.e. cabin up north)

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It should. It isn’t actually connected through the Internet.

Q:Does it have night vision?

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It does. Works perfectly when the lights are off and it’s completely dark in the room.

Q:Does anyone know if the DXR-5 cameras will pair with the DXR-8? There are places we want to setup cameras where there’s no need for the extra features

A:

that is something I can’t answer, but one of the reasons I bought my camera was because of the support. Contact them via email: mae @ infantoptics .com

Q:Is the whirring sound from the audio normal on these units, or do I have a broken speaker?

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When we turn off all sound generating devices in camera room the display unit audio has a slight hiss when volume is at maximum setting. The hiss is very minimal, but is still present. You have to hold it very close to hear it. I would not consider it even remotely bothersome. If yours is significantly noticible, you probably have a fan or air vent or noise maker creating some artifact or you have a defective unit.

Q:does this monitor utilize FHSS technology

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Yes, according to the Amazon product page.

Q:does it record

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No it doesn’t

Q:It says that this monitor and camear requires batteries, but then I read some people’s reviews that said the power cord for the camera and monitor were long. Does a power cord come with this unit when you buy it or do you have to buy it seperate? Was…

A:

Ours came with a rechargeable lithium battery. 3.7v. And two power cords. A short chord and a long cord.

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Q:can you mute sound

A:

Hello Chris,
No problem to mute the sound. You can adjust the level from 0 to 8.
Best

jM

Q:Is it portable? Can you travel with it and use it somewhere else? If yes, does it come with a pouch?

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as long as you don’t plan on mounting it to the wall it is portable, I keep mine on a shelf. it did not come with a pouch but I’m sure it would fit in a standard camera bag

Q:does this unit require WIFI ?

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This does not use WIFI.

Q:Are there lights that are constantly lit or flickering on the display? Wondering if this would be an annoyance if kept on the night stand overnight.

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Yes, there is a light on signaling that it is charging or on. Also, when there is sound coming from the room with camera, lights light up indicating that too. Overall, they are not terribly bright.

Q:Is there an “image flip” option when you mount the camera to the ceiling? That way you don’t have to turn the monitor upside down?

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May be but I haven’t found it yet :)
We hold it upside down but got used to it very quickly

Q:If you are monitoring two cameras with the scan mode, will it stop scanning when noise is selected or does it keep scanning?

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Do you mean if your child makes a noise, does it stop scanning and show only that room? If so, then no. It keeps scanning. You just click the ok button to stop the scan if you need to.

Q:Does the monitor automatic turn off while baby moving? If so Can I set it up to stay on?

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Yes, go to MENU and the third Icon you will three options ( 3 min, 5 min or off) go to off press ok and all set.

Q:I am reading in the reviews and questions that there is no VOX mode. Is this true for the newest model being sold?

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I’m sorry I’m not sure, im pretty sure there is a VOX mode. I keep mine on all night. But the first night we had it I remember it “going to sleep” and then when she had started crying it had turned back on.

Q:doesn’t turn on

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You can contact their customer support via email to: Mae@infantoptics.com.

Q:Do the cameras need to be plugged in or do they have battery power?

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The cameras have to be plugged in. The monitor has battery option or plug in only.

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Q:Is there a temperature sensor feature?

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Yes there is a temperature indicator

Q:Hello, can you link this with your iPhone?

A:

No

Q:Does this have an intercom function?

A:

Yes

Q:Is it possible to get a second camera for this device and use for two children? If not, are there any recommendations on what else I should buy?

A:

You can get second camera, I also got the wide angle lens for when my son gets older.

Q:Do you need to have wifi either for the camera or the monitor?

A:

No, it uses it’s own wireless to communicate.

Q:how many lens does this come with? just one? or does it come with the zoom optical lens? i see that the wide angle lens is sold separately

A:

The wide angle lens is sold separately. The camera comes with a zoom lens and then the regular lens.

Q:Is it possible to have the monitor muted? Sometimes I want to make sure my toddler is in her bed, but it is not necessary to hear her every breath.

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You can turn the volume down to inaudible levels. I usually have the volume low so I don’t hear music or the fan in the babies room

Q:I am concerned about WIFI Interference. We have WiFi in our home. Plus we carry around our iphones that are using WiFi when we are home.

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I haven’t had any problems unless I set the monitor and phone right next to each other, like touching each other. Then all it does is beep and you just have to move them a few inches apart.

Q:True distance range for this device? We have a 2500sqft home with a basement & 5 acres of land. I need to be able to walk around inside and Outside

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We are able to go across the street to our neighbors house and have it in their front window. It is probably close to 100 -150 yards.

Q:Does this monitor have a room temperature display?

A:

Yes

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Q:Does this monitor come with night vision?

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Yes

Q:Can you just have the sound on and moniter off?

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Yes. You can. But the monitor does not automatically turn on when the baby starts crying!

Q:Is the night vision light on the camera invisable or tiny tiny tiny? Or is it just for babies that don’t get distracted by this…?

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It’s IR, so invisible to the human eye. The camera does have a small green light that is pretty unnoticeable.

Q:We’ve been using this monitor for about 8 months and have had to replace the battery 4 times now… has anyone else experienced this?

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Are you using the original charger? Do you leave the charger in all night even though it is fully charged?

Q:RE: the ZOOM- is there a functionality to zoom when the zoom lens is attached or is it zoomed by default?

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Don’t buy- we have had two and both have broken at the handheld and the charger part. Very expensive to last less than a year

Q:LED noise indicator light isn’t functioning. Anyone else had this issue?

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No. But their customer service is very responsive. I would contact them.

Q:Thinkn about mounting cam on ceiling or high on a wall. Is there any concern about leaving the cam on 24/7, or does it need to be turned off regulrly?

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We leave his on all the time no issues

Q:Does it have voice detection and Alarm, where when the LCD is turned off and the device detect the baby voice it will alert us by the LCD ?

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It has a hot mic that is on all the time. You hear everything in there room

Q:Is this system able to be hooked up to a computer for monitoring?

A:

No it’s not. The monitor does have really good range though.

Q:Can I use more than one monitor with only one camera?

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As it says in manual you can but I only used one monitor for it

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Q:What lens are included in the box? Which lens would you recommend to buy?

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Comes with standard and close-up lenses. The wide-angle lens is a separate purchase.

Q:Of the three lens, does it only come with one?

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Yes

Q:Is there a talk back feature to talk to the baby in the other room?

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Yes

Q:Does the camera turn back on automatically after a power outage? The other IO model requires you to reset switch on camera after an outage.

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Yes

Q:I live in condo with units above, below, and either side. Will their wifi signals interrupt monitor connection, and it will beep constantly?

A:

Yes

Q:can i view on iPhone?

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No

Q:Hi there, can you put one camera in one child’s room and buy another to use in 2nd child’s room- and only operate with one parent unit? thank you

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Yes

Q:Can the camera be mounted upside down on the ceiling?

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Yes

Q:Does this allows two cameras in separate rooms to be scanned through while still in sound activation mode (ie a silent parent unit).

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Yes you can mute the volume and still have it scan between up to 4 camera’s. It switches every about every 10 seconds.

I have one in my room on her rock n play and one in her room on the swing she naps in so I don’t scan ever but I just tested it out and it worked

Q:Can you view 2 cameras at once? Like a side by side on the monitor?

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No, you have to flip from one to the other

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Q:I have twin babies who share a room, sleep in separate cribs. Would one camera be enough to check on both of them, or would i need an extra camera?

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My thought would be that you would want to purchase a separate camera so you can get the angles you want. It may depend on the setup of the room but the camera can only move so far so it may just be easier to have the secondary camera that can be paired on the one monitor.

Q:Is the camera wireless?

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Yes, the camera is wireless. Once charged you can take it with you around the house.

Q:Is this the newest model?

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From what I have found yes.

Q:Someone said this monitor doesn’t have an audio only mode. Do I really have to have the video activated in order to use the monitor?

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You can click the button on top of the monitor once to make the screen go to sleep and only use the audio if you like.

Q:Can I get the sound and video feed from my tablet or phone?

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No, this is a closed system and can only be heard/viewed from the monitor unit.

Q:take snapshots

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No, it doesn’t

Q:What color is the cord? We’ll be mounting it on the wall…

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White

Q:Does the camera mount on the wall?

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Yes, it is made to mount easily on the wall. I use ours out of reach on the wall above the crib.

Q:Can you view this on your iphone?

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No

Q:Ordered this unit a week ago and annoyed at the background noise when camera and monitor is on, is your monitor completely silent when it’s on?

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I find that when it’s on a lower setting it’s better without white noise you should test it out with someone cause even though it’s on 2 and it seems like you can’t hear you can;). It’s much much better than my last monitor trust me I am completely satisfied ;)

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