Baby monitors are your window to rest and relaxation at the end of a long day taking care of young kids. Without them, you may feel the urge to constantly check on them and be in a perpetual state of anxiety.
But this is your time, and you need to relax!
The downside is that (quality) baby monitors can get expensive. If you are planning to have another baby then that doubles the cost…. Or does it?
We have reviewed the best dual camera video baby monitors for multiple rooms. Some come with two cameras (and can handle up to 4), and others include just the one with the capacity to expand when you need extra cameras.
This allows you to minimize your upfront costs and only invest in expansion if and when you need it.
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Dual Camera Baby Monitor Performance Comparison
Here are our top recommendations for the best dual camera baby monitors. Our top pick is the Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor. We didn’t think the split-screen functionality was a big deal. But you may prefer the Babysense if it is to you.
We have also highlighted the Motorola which connects to your smartphone via an app so you can carry that feed with you everywhere (great for working moms and dads).
The following dual camera baby monitors have also been reviewed in this article:
- Best Value – Summer Infant Lookout Duo Monitor
- Best Baby Monitor for Recording Video – DBPower Sound Activated Monitor
- Best Budget Pick – AXVUE E632 Dual Baby Monitor
How Many Cameras Included?
We have included baby monitors that can support two or more cameras on our list. However, not all include two cameras with the basic package you can buy.
To avoid disappointment just the following list before buying so that you know if you can monitor two rooms with the starter pack, or if you have to buy extra cameras to expand to multiple rooms.
This can make a big difference to the overall cost so we wanted to be clear on this point before diving into the baby monitor reviews.
One Included – extra purchase required:
- Infant Optics DXR-8
- DB Power
- Summer Infant Lookout Duo
- Babysense Video
- Motorola MBP50-G2
- AXVUE E632 Dual Camera
Best Baby Monitor for Two Rooms in 2021
1. Infant Optics DXR-8 Video – Best Overall Baby Monitor
The Infant Optics DXR-8 video baby monitor may be a surprising top selection due to the fact it only comes with one camera. However, superior functionality, picture quality, and capacity to add additional cameras overcome this.
We see the single camera as a plus and allows you to keep your initial investment to a minimum if you want the best baby monitor you can buy, and do not yet have two kids (but are planning to in the future).
You can buy the additional cameras as you need them and can include up to four cameras.
The cameras are expensive but are technological wonders (which explains the price!). They provide a crystal clear view, have an interchangeable optical zoom lens, and provide 1x zoom so you can get right up close.
You also have remote control over the pan, tilt, and zoom controls which is a massive convenience. Especially if you have an older toddler in one room who will not always stay put.
If you want a wide-angle lens to see the whole room you can also upgrade this as a separate purchase.
The monitoring unit has a 3.5” color LCD display with a retractable antenna and kickstand to make it both easy to carry and keep nearby where it is easy to see. It also has up to a 700-foot range, which allows you free roam of nearly your entire house.
If you need to run on battery power you will get about six hours of use. You can get up to double this by using the two power-saving modes:
- Sound activated – the unit to sleep until there is some noise from your baby to bring it back to life.
- Audio only – switch off the video altogether.
Some extra features that were the cherry on top for this baby monitor were the room temperature monitoring on the control unit, sound-activated LED lights, and alerts for low battery and out of range.
The biggest limitation in our view is the lack of split-screen capability. You can cycle through the camera views automatically though and in our view this was not a big sacrifice. But this may be more important to parents with very active kids!!
- Remote camera adjustment
- Sound and temperature gauges on the monitor
- 100% digital privacy
- Supports up to 4 cameras
- Power-saving mode
- 270° pan and 120° tilt
- Only 2x AA batteries required
- Mid-sized display screen
- Only includes one camera
- Long charge time and mid-range battery life
- Alarm can be irritating
2. Summer Infant Lookout Duo – Best Value Baby Monitor
Now we get into the baby monitors that actually include two cameras (but you still have the option to buy just one).
The Summer Infant is a quality second pick that is packed with extra features and at a lower price point. Which makes it our selection for the best value baby monitor with 2 cameras.
You get a massive 5″ screen on the parent unit which is the equal largest on the list. There are also a few functions that you don’t get with the Infant Optics.
- Automatic night vision
- Built-in lullabies and white noise
- Massive 1,000ft range
You will not lose out on a number of other performance features with the following also performing reasonably well:
- Excellent quality color LCD screen
- Zoom functionality
- Expansion up to four cameras
You also have two-way talk functionality so you can communicate with your baby as required and a temperature display on the control unit.
The Presto-Mount unit allows you to install the camera easily by sticking the unit to a wall and holding it in place for 30 seconds.
But make sure you give it enough time to set before mounting the camera as per the instructions!
The signal can drop out when switching between camera views, but this is usually only a short lag if it happens at all.
The power-saving feature can also make the unit less responsive to movement, and there can be a lag to switch it back on. But if you plan to just leave it connected to an outlet then this shouldn’t matter.
- High functionality in camera and display screen
- User-friendly installation
- Range of up to 1,000 feet
- Signal can stutter when switching
- Lags when on power saving mode
- Requires 4 x AA batteries
3. Babysense Video – Best Split Screen Baby Monitor
The Babysense is another baby monitor with two cameras included and a parent unit that allows split screen functionality. If you have overactive kids then being able to see both at once may be especially important.
You get a lot of inclusions for the price but also some limitations with the camera and screen size that saw it bumped down our list a couple of places.
But let’s start with the positives. We mentioned the split-screen, and you have the option to toggle between this and the scan cycle mode.
The parent unit is chock full of special features, including:
- Temperature gauge with high/low alerts
- Low battery and out of range warnings
- 2x digital zoom
- Lullaby music player on camera
- Timer setting for feedings, diaper changes, etc.
You have sound activated night vision mode, two-way audio, plus pan, tilt, and zoom functionality in the cameras.
Plus a temperature gauge with high and low alerts will allow you to tend to your baby before they get unsettled. This can be a real-time (and sleep) saver!
The range is also massive – you can venture about 900ft from the cameras with the parent unit and still be connected. While this is impressive, you will need a big house for this to be relevant.
The range on this monitor display is also very good (up to 900 feet unobstructed) and the rechargeable battery will get about 7-hours of life.
You can extend this a bit further with the eco power-saving mode, which changes the monitor to sound-activated display.
Despite its excellent features, there are a couple of drawbacks.
The zoom is double the Infant Optics at 2x. But the screen size itself is a lot smaller (2.4”). You also cannot adjust the camera angles remotely and will have to physically move them. But it does come with 2.4GHz FHSS Technology and is full LCD color display.
So while the video feed of your baby is good quality, it is limited compared to others on the list.
The camera angles also cannot be adjusted remotely. You need to manually angle them just right before you are ready to use them for the first time.
The cables that connect the cameras can also be limiting in terms of their placement.
So as you can see it is a solid baby monitor that offers good value, and great functionality. But it just falls short in a couple of areas that can cause some frustration for the user.
- Able to set a timer for feeding/diaper change
- Comes with 2; expands to 4 cameras
- Temperature monitor with high/low alerts
- Infrared night vision
- Up to 900-foot range
- Lullabies on demand
- Manual camera adjustment
- Short cables for the cameras
- Smaller screen size
4. DBPower Sound Activated – Best Baby Monitor for Recording Video
If you are looking for a video monitor that can double up as a nursery security system that allows you to record and playback video then the DBPower digital video monitor may be the one for you.
You also have the flexibility to set up sound-activated recording to minimize periods of non-activity. Or you can just setup the recording manually.
You will need to provide your own Micro SD memory card to connect to the parent unit to store the data though.
Lot’s of great features come with the DBPower including a room temperature monitor and alert system, two-way talk functionality, a nightlight, built-in lullabies, and sound-activated LED lights.
This set only comes with 1 camera but the system is expandable up to 4 cameras but must be purchased separately.
When using multiple cameras you can use the auto-scan mode or split-screen on the large 4.3” display.
The only downside to the multi-camera view is that there is only an option to view 4 screens no matter how many cameras you have installed. This is why we didn’t this our best split screen baby monitor (despite the larger screen size).
Convenient fully remote pan, tilt and zoom control – 100° tilt zoom and 270° pan – which has up to an astounding 1,000-foot range and up to 9 hours of battery.
The battery life is longer than most others on the list for regular operation. But has less flexibility for saving battery power (e.g. no audio-only mode) so wouldn’t last the full ten hours you get with the Infant Optics in power saving mode.
- Supports up to 4 cameras
- Large 4.3″ screen size
- Supports SD card for digital recording
- 2 way talk function
- Remote pan, tilt, and zoom
- Up to 1,000-foot range
- Multi camera view always shows 4 sections on screen
- Only includes one camera
- Limited power saving options
5. Motorola MBP50-G2 – Best WIFI Baby Monitor for Two Rooms
For working parents it can be nice to have your babies right at your fingertips all day at work. The Motorola offers just this through a direct WIFI connection and the option to view the baby video via the Hubble app on your cell phone.
The starting package comes with two cameras that are fully controllable via the parent unit.
You can also have full control of the unit remotely from a smartphone, just like you would if you had the parent unit in your hands; full camera control, 2-way talk, night vision, room-temperature sensor, lullaby control, and camera auto-scan functionality. All able to be controlled remotely.
The wide angle lens captures a large portion of the baby’s room on your screen so you can see everything that is going on, not just in the crib or bed area.
The system includes an auto-scan option that toggles between cameras, and also includes the split screen options so you can view multiple rooms simultaneously.
The main display has a screen size of 5” which is the equal largest on our list. The split screen is a bit more user friendly than the DPpower also.
The baby sensor will pick up sound in the two rooms, but not movement. So you will know when your baby cries and is distressed, but may not when she is just unsettled.
The battery life is also short at a frustrating 5 hours. Less than what you may need for a busy night!
- Massive 5″ screen size
- Comes with 2 wide angle lens cameras
- Wi-Fi capable for smartphone viewing
- Unlimited range when connected to Wi-Fi device
- Big color LCD display screen
- Remote pan, tilt, zoom
- Two way communication
- Short monitor range
- Shorter battery life
6. AXVUE E632 Dual Camera – Best on a Budget
The AXVUE E632 video baby monitor is a decent dual camera monitoring system for the family that need a baby monitor on a tight budget.
This kit comes with two cameras but is expandable up to four cameras in total. There is no split screen option so you cannot view two rooms at once, but you can cycle through the on screen camera views via auto-scan on the large 5.0” display.
The baby monitor has up to an 800-foot range and up to 8 hours of battery life. You can set the monitor to VOX (video off, activated by sound) mode to save a bit more battery if you are going cordless.
Unfortunately, the cameras cannot be adjusted remotely.
However, the camera angle is fully adjustable in all directions, pivoting forward and back as well as side to side in addition to the regular pan option.
From the parent unit, you can also monitor the room temperature and noise level (via LED lights), plus night vision. There is also a rechargeable battery.
You also have the option for two-way talk to let your baby hear your voice without having to disrupt them by entering the room.
While this is not among the best baby monitors and does not perform as strongly as others on the list, if you are on a budget this is a good cheap baby monitor.
The video quality is not the best and may not be suitable if you want a crystal clear view of your sleeping angels on screen.
- Large 5″ screen size
- Comes with 2 cameras, expands to 4 cameras
- Power saving VOX mode
- Night vision & temperature sensor
- Rechargeable battery
- Manual camera tilt and rotate
- Tedious to switch camera views on screen
- Cannot view multiple cameras simultaneously
- Sub-par video quality
Video Baby Monitor Vs Audio Only
After relying on an audio baby monitor for several years, many parents are now making the switch to video monitors.
The question is: is it merely just following a trend, sticking with the latest technology, or are there actual benefits from using a video monitor?
An audio baby monitor can give you some peace of mind, giving you the ability to hear your baby’s breathing while she sleeps or those first peeps of her waking up. But that is the thing: you only get audio.
There have been many times where I have gone in to get my baby after hearing her waking noises, only to find that she was not fully awake or trying to fall back asleep, and I sabotaged her efforts.
Having video allows you to actually see what your baby is doing.
There may be many times that she sounds awake, whether she has already been asleep or is trying to put herself to sleep, but she is really just readjusting or winding down.
Utilizing video and audio allows you to get the full picture of what is going on! This allows you to make a better judgment on whether your presence is needed in the nursery, or if you will just be ruining her efforts to get back to sleep by coming into the room – creating more work for tired parents!
When babies and toddlers are awake, they tend to make a lot of noise, so when they get quiet, you know there is a good chance they have gotten into something they should not.
There have been many times that my daughter has been in the other room and very quiet, and I turn the corner to find that she has grabbed my empty coffee mug or has found my phone or glasses lying around.
If you are a parent that puts your toddler in her room for a nap while she is still awake, or you have a playroom where your child spends some time by herself, video also allows you to keep an eye on what she is doing.
Especially if she gets very quiet – in which case audio monitors do you no good.
Can I Just Use Two Baby Monitors?
So, now that we have looked at some of the benefits of having video monitors over audio-only, you may be asking another question: why would I look for monitors with two cameras, rather than just getting a set with one?
The key issues for your personal circumstances will be timing and cost. By the time you need two cameras, you may have already purchased a baby monitor for your firstborn.
So unless you have had twins, or your first baby monitor is not working properly it may work out cheaper to just buy a second single camera unit.
One for each parent, and you have multiple rooms covered.
But the cost of the units we have reviewed above is comparable to the higher quality single camera options, so there are good reasons to upgrade your baby monitor anyway.
A dual-camera baby monitor is more convenient if you have multiple children who sleep in separate rooms. You can have a camera in each room to keep an eye on each of them.
This especially comes in handy if you have a monitor set that allows split-screen viewing like the Babysense or the Motorola, so you can view both rooms at once.
As we mentioned the designated playroom before, you can have a camera installed in the sleeping room and play area so that you do not have to deal with the hassle of switching the camera between rooms and you can allow your child some independent playtime.
Finally, depending on the size or layout of your child’s bedroom, you may want two cameras for different angles.
One can be focused directly on the crib or bed, so that you can have a close look at her while she is sleeping, and the other can give you a wider view of the room to keep an eye on playtime or babysitters.
Features and Benefits of a Multi Room Baby Monitor
Here are some of the main features that we have compared to find the best performing video baby monitors that will give you coverage over two rooms:
With your video baby monitor, you want portability.
Of course, you will not be wandering far, leaving your baby at home while you run to the grocery store, but also do not want to be confined to the room next door in order to keep the signal strong between the monitors.
Finding a monitor with a long range will allow you to free range of the house so you can get things done or simply relax on the couch in front of the TV.
Some monitors even have a range long enough that you can check the mail or enjoy some sunshine on the porch.
With some newer digital monitors, you are also given the option of viewing your baby on your phone via mobile app.
This option is great for those times that you leave your baby with a sitter to enjoy a date night or just some quiet time out of the house.
For years, baby monitors have operated on radio waves, making them, essentially, expensive walkie-talkies.
Due to their radio frequency, baby monitors have been known to pick up stray signals, either from other walkie-talkies or from truckers.
Opting for a digital monitor allow for a safer frequency with no interference.
You will not have to fear a stranger hearing you and your baby in your home or your baby being woken by a random voice over the monitor.
Bedtime is primarily when you want to be using your baby monitor videos. You want to make sure your baby is resting well, comfortable and breathing.
But what good is a video baby monitor if you cannot see your baby in the dark?
Many video baby monitors have integrated night vision which allows you to see your baby in the dark.
In addition to having a night vision feature, it is also preferable to find a monitor with automatic night vision, so that you do not forget to turn on that feature at night.
There are few things worse than putting your baby down for a nap, with grand plans to spend some time outside or get some chores done around the house, and having your monitor low on battery or die with no warning.
Long battery life will allow you to remain mobile with your monitor rather being tied to an electrical outlet to keep the connection going.
Having a battery indicator is also a good feature, as it will alert you when the battery is low so you can charge it before you need it.
Some monitors even have an additional battery feature which will save battery power while it is in use.
When running on battery, rather than plugged in, the display will only activate when there is movement or when you prompt it, keeping the screen off when it is not needed and saving your battery.
Sound Level & Room Temperature Display
Putting babies down to sleep can be a difficult task. After fighting for what feels like forever, the last thing you want is for them to wake up, due to sound or being uncomfortable, and have to start the process all over again.
But you also do not want to have to sit in silence for the 2 hours your baby is napping.
Newer models of baby monitors sometimes include features that can indicate the temperature of the baby’s room and the amount of sound that she can hear from her sleeping spot.
These features are very handy for making sure you can keep your baby happy and asleep while you are still able to enjoy yourself and get things done around the house that may create some noise.
Having two cameras, either in the same room or in separate rooms, means that you can adjust the angle to be able to see what you need to.
But sometimes, one angle is not enough, especially if the camera is in a playroom where your baby is on the move.
A great feature to look for in your video baby monitor purchase is a camera that can be controlled by the parent unit. This will allow you to pan the room and see from all angles.
Cameras that have this feature can also, oftentimes, zoom in, which will come in handy when you want to see a close-up of your baby to check her breathing or see if her eyes are still open.
Digital baby monitors can be vulnerable to hackers. If someone were to tap into the video baby monitor signal they will have visibility on a large portion of your house.
Not to mention who is in there!
With the night vision functionality of many of these baby monitors, this can be a serious security risk.
The thought of this is unsettling at best, and dangerous at worst. Make sure you check out our full guide on how to prevent your monitor from being hacked so you know what to look out for.
So after assessing the best baby monitors with two cameras, our top recommendation is the Infant Optics DXR-8.
Even though this kit only comes with one camera, extras are easy to locate and purchase separately to expand your baby monitor system to its full functionality.
We also like that the remote pan, tilt and zoom options, and the extra lens that provide a clearer picture of the baby’s room.
It may not come with all the bells and whistles you may find in other systems, but you get what’s important: a temperature sensor, talk-back, wide range, and LED sound indicating lights.
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For the working Mom we would recommend the Motorolla MBP50-G2. This baby monitor does have some shortcomings, but being able to access the live feed via your cell phone when at work is priceless. Especially if you are pumping breastmilk in the office!
Plus it comes with two cameras which is a big plus if you don’t want to worry about add-ons.