Never miss a visitor or parcel delivery with a doorbell camera – great for keeping an eye on your home
The once humble doorbell has changed beyond all recognition. It can now provide gateway security to your property and with improved video, technology can let you see all visitors to your front door via a doorbell camera.
Best Doorbell Camera Comparison
|Product||Field of View||Video Resolution||Check Price|
|Ring Wifi Enabled Doorbell||160 Degrees||1080P|
|Zomodo Street Greet||180 Degrees||1080P|
|Ring Video Doorbell 2||160 Degrees||1080P|
|Laview Video Doorbell Camera||180 Degrees||1080P|
|Wisenet Smartview Doorbell Camera||150 Degrees||1600 x 1200 Res|
|Yeoman Video Doorbell||180 Degrees||720P|
|Skybell Video Wifi Doorbell||180 Degrees||1080P|
|Nest Hello Ring Doorbell||160 Degrees||1600 x 1200 Res|
|August Doorbell Cam Pro||120 Degrees||720P|
|Dophigo Pro Video Doorbell||156 Degrees||960P|
In this review we pick the top ten best selling doorbells with full reviews and pros and cons of each, making a selection of the right doorbell camera easy for you.
First off though, let’s look at what you are trying to achieve, the technology behind the doorbell camera and how it has been transformed.
So before you begin think about what you are trying to achieve by installing a doorbell camera.
- What time of day is the threat the greatest, so you can choose the right cameras for the job.
- Do you want cameras mounted in obvious locations that stand out and deter potential perpetrators, blend into your décor, or both?
- If you want to capture license plates, you may need to dedicate a camera to this, as it requires camera tuning adjustments that make the overall picture darker.
- If you want to keep an eye on your parked cars, it is recommended to have two cameras mounted so they crisscross the area.
- Do you want to see wildlife activity?
- Do you want to design the system for Detection, Observation, Recognition, Identification (DORI) or all of them?
- Detection: Determine with a high degree of certainty whether or not a person is present
- Recognition: A high degree of certainty that an individual is the same person seen before.
- Identification: Detail sufficient to enable establishment of identity beyond reasonable doubt.
In the traditional doorbell when you push the button that action closes a circuit to ring a chime inside your home.
With a doorbell camera, the technology is a bit more complex. If you push the button on a doorbell camera, the doorbell’s camera sends a video feed to your smartphone via a Bluetooth connection or Wi-Fi, you can then press a button in the app which allows you to talk to the person at the door over a two-way speaker.
Most doorbell video will support ring alerts, which can notify your phone when a person rings your doorbell.
A doorbell camera typically requires 16 volts or more to work. If you have a newer house, this may not be an issue. However, if you have an older home with more-antiquated electrical systems it may not deliver enough juice to your doorbell. Some doorbells, like the Ring Video Doorbell 2 and the RemoBell, can run on battery power.
This can help alleviate this problem if your existing wiring isn’t getting the job done and you don’t want to upgrade the transformer. Just remember that you’ll have to recharge these units regularly.
The choice of your doorbell video will also depend on whether you’re replacing an existing doorbell or installing a doorbell where there isn’t one already.
For example, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the most flexible. While it can replace a hardwired doorbell supplying 8-24 volts of electricity, because of its rechargeable battery it means you could put this doorbell anywhere. And the optional Ring Chime add-on can even sound an audible chime inside the house, just like a traditional doorbell would.
When installing your doorbell you also need to consider what sort of view you are looking for. Do you want a narrow view of just the person at the door, or do you want to see everything around your entryway?
Some Video doorbells boast 160-degree viewing angles, which let you the whole porch and driveway. Other doorbells have tighter angles, of 120 degrees, something to consider when purchasing a video doorbell.
Another aspect to look out for is video resolution. The higher the resolution, the sharper the image, which will make it easier to identify people at your door.
Some video doorbells in our list record video in 1080p, while others record in 720p HD.
You also need to think about operation during the night. The video doorbells we tested take different approaches to capture video at night. Some of our video contenders use motion-activated LEDs to light the area in front of the camera, so it can capture colors a little better. Other doorbells use infrared night vision to see in the dark, but the result is monochrome video.
Finally, we consider the question of Video Doorbells vs. Security Cameras. Video doorbells will not necessarily make great security cameras. While the apps let you choose to receive motion alerts as well as doorbell alerts, motion-triggered events often resulted in a video of a person or car just exiting the frame.
A dedicated security camera may be a better choice if you’re looking for actual security because you can position such a camera in more places. And when you get a motion alert, you can back up the video and see what happened before the alert came in you can read our review of security systems here.
For now, let’s get into considering our top 10 video doorbell’s.
The Ring Video doorbell range is probably the most well known of video doorbells. They have produced a marketing campaign that you have probably seen on your TV.
The Ring Video Doorbell has a video activated camera that sends back stunning HD video of your visitor.
It gives you the ability to see, hear and speak to anyone at your front door in real time using your smartphone.
The guys from Ring have really thought about your doorbell look and feel as it comes available in a style of faceplates from Venetian Bronze to Antique brass.
The Ring Video Doorbell lets you answer the door from anywhere. Whether you’re halfway across the world, or just too busy to walk to the door, Ring lets you see, hear and speak to visitors from the comfort of your smartphone, tablet or PC.
When someone presses your doorbell, Ring sends you instant alerts. From the free Ring app, you can see your visitors in brilliant HD video, and hear and speak to them with crisp two-way audio. You also get a free trial to Cloud Video Recording, which lets you review, save and share videos captured by Ring.
Pros & Cons Ring Doorbell
|* 720 HD Video||* No cloud storage|
|* Easy to install|
|* Works with Alexa|
See, hear, and speak to your visitors on your smartphone, whether you’re at home or on the go. Tell the delivery man to leave the package at the door, and ward off potential burglars looking for an empty home by answering your door from wherever you are. With HD video, smart motion detection, real-time alerts and cloud playback, it’s like you’re at home, even when you’re not.
The Zmodo Greet Doorbell is equipped with a PIR sensor, providing accurate motion detection so that it can alert you with a video clip when anything’s out of the ordinary. Video clips are saved on cloud for 12 hours . Choose when you want to receive notifications and even set quiet hours to silence your chime from ringing.
There is an improved night vision function that allows you to manually switch on the night vision mode based on different light strength to make sure you have one of the best view even in a dim environment. Simultaneous two-way audio allows you to communicate with people at the doorbell end smoothly.
Setting up Greet doorbell with Zmodo app in seconds, you will get a 720p HD live view.
The doorbell’s camera is manually adjustable, allowing you to get the angle of your visitors. It’s specially designed to show you a vertical HD image so that you can talk to and see visitors of any height.
The only downside is this doorbell requires a mechanical doorbell chime and a transformer with a low-voltage of 10VAC-36VAC. It is not compatible with Digital Doorbell.
Pros & Cons Zomodo Greet Doorbell
|* Cloud service||* Only hardwire|
|8 Two way audio|
Ring Video Doorbell 2
The cousin of the original Ring Doorbell the Ring 2 Video Doorbell is much smaller and actually looks more like a doorbell than the original.
The upper part of the doorbell actually holds the camera and the lower portion has a removable face plate so you can customize colors ether matt black or satin.
When the doorbell arrives it will be complete with everything you need to install it which include instructions, screwdriver, screws, and all other components to help you install it successfully.
Beneath the face plate is the rechargeable battery which is rated to last between three and six months between each charge. You can release the battery from its bay to charge it using the USB charger.
The video doorbell camera captures video in 1080p and has a 160-degree field of view. It can provide up to 30 feet of night vision and has two speakers and a microphone for two way communication, and don’t forget the internal chime.
You can connect the doorbell to the same Android or iOS app as all other Ring doorbell products.
The Ring doorbell is great for supporting neighborhood watch schemes. The My Devices screen on the app has a Neighborhood feature that lets you share recordings with neighbors if they have the app downloaded. You can also receive alerts if they post any video or the police or fire department are in action in your neighborhood.
If you tap the live stream on the app you can access live streaming video in full-screen landscape and access microphone and audio controls to communicate with visitors. You can also check battery strength, wifi signal, and system status through the app.
You might have to set up the motion controls to make sure you don’t get alerts from passing vehicles.
If you are looking for a doorbell camera that is easy to install and set up it is definitely worth considering the Ring Doorbell 2. With support for I.A.devices like amazon Alexa it can also be wired to your existing doorbell set up.
It doesn’t offer pre-buffered video recording that captures several seconds of video before an event trigger or doorbell ring. However, that aside if you want a doorbell camera without the wiring this might be for you.
Pros & Cons Ring Video Doorbell 2
|* Easy to install||* No video buffer|
|* Good video production|
|* Battery or Hardwired|
If you are looking for a budget option doorbell camera then you might want to consider the Laview.
The Laview has it’s own mobile application ‘Laview Connect’ that allows you to access your doorbell camera from anywhere which means that you can check the status of your home at any time.
The unit comes with a motion detector and mobile notification. This means you will get a message every time someone approaches your door. The advanced motion sensors which are easily customized to survey whichever area you want can easily pick up movement in the allotted areas.
The doorbell delivers 1080HD video production and smart night vision. The camera’s infrared night vision allows you to see 15 feet in the dark, therefore protecting your home.
Its viewing angle is an admirable 180 degrees which is one of the largest available with the doorbell cameras on the market currently.
One issue is that the doorbell does need wiring in either to existing wiring or new 16-24V AC wiring, so this may be something to bear in mind.
There have also been a few issues with connectivity and a buzzing with the chime, however, we did not encounter any of these in our testing.
Pros & Con Laview Doorbell Camera
|* 180 degree view||* Hard wired|
|* Remote viewing||* Connectivity issues|
|* 1080 resolution camera|
The Wisenet SmartCam D1 is a smart video doorbell that offers face recognition, sound detection, and sharp image detail.
The Smartcam D1 is part of the Samsung security family and has to be installed in place of your existing doorbell, which may be a downside for some.
The doorbell kit comes with everything you need to install it, including a screwdriver, the only bit missing is a drill.
It also comes with three trim colors which are silver, black, and brass, plus an array of screws, clips and connectors. Luckily it also has a good, well-written instruction manual.
Once you have the Smartcam wired up as above, it is the time to get connected to a SmartCam account and your mobile.
Once connected, one of the cool features of this doorbell is that it not only tells you when someone is at your front door, it also tells you who is there and allows you to communicate directly with that person. This is where the facial recognition software comes in, as you can preload familiar faces. You can simply drag and drop captured images of your favorite visitors into ‘interested faces’ on the SmartCam app.
The SmartCam comes with excellent video quality. It has the option to switch to high definition is you need to or stay at a low resolution.
The other great feature is that the doorbell can recognize abnormal sounds such as sirens or glass breaking and sends an alert notifying you of the event.
It has great night vision at 16 feet in complete darkness and the unit adjusts accordingly to changes in lighting conditions.
The positives for this doorbell camera is the technology it can offer, and although you have to hardwire it in place it is fairly easy to do.
As negatives go, some reports have said the connectivity can be a problem and also you have to pay for video storage.
Pros & Cons - Wisenet SmartCam
|* Excellent video quality||* Cost for video storage|
|* Facial recognition||* Have to hardwire in|
|* Abnormal noise detector|
|* Easy to install|
Very similar to the Wisenet is the Yeoman doorbell camera. It comes with a full 180 degree wide viewing angle, PIR detection, and facial recognition.
Like the other doorbell camera’s you can see and speak directly to your visitors from your smartphone. You also receive real-time alerts when visitors press the doorbell or there are movements of people or animals within the vicinity of the doorbell.
In the box are the Yeoman doorbell, mounting bracket, screws, rechargeable battery, and an 8GB SD card.
The Yoeman has an enhanced night-vision sensor with adjustable sensitivity, which allows you to manually switch on the night vision mode based on different light strength to make sure you have one of the best views even in a dim environment, detecting distance is 6 meters (20ft). Also designed with simultaneous two-way audio, you can communicate with people at the doorbell end smoothly.
You can connect Yeoman doorbell with the existing wiring or just use the rechargeable batteries for its power source, just can simply download the free mobile app and follow the on-screen instructions to register your wireless doorbell.
It has an IP65 rating makes the Yeoman doorbell camera suitable for outside use and keep recording in the ever-changing outdoor environment no matter rain or shine.
One of the good things about the Yeoman is that it offers lifetime subscription to its free cloud service. With the plan, you can save, and share footage at any time.
On balance, this is an affordable doorbell camera that offers similar features to others in the same range, there have been some reviews complaining about connection issues but on the whole, it comes as a favorable alternative to the more expensive Ring.
Pros & Cons Yeoman Doorbell Camera
|* Affordable||* Connectivity issues|
|* Facial recognition||*|
|* Lifetime cloud storage|
The Skybell Doorbell Camera represents the upper end of the doorbell camera market. The Skybell delivers highly detailed video at 1080P, color night vision and captures several seconds of footage proir to an event being triggered.
The first Skybell came onto the market in 2015 and this is an upgraded version of the doorbell. The ‘hockey puck’ shaped device measures 2.8 inches in diameter, is under an inch thick and comes in brushed bronze or silver.
You get everything in the box to install the Skybell including a drill bit, and it can replace your existing doorbell.
It delivers full 1080p HD video and has a 180-degree field of vision, and uses multicolored LED’s to provide color night vision.
The doorbell uses a mobile app ( no desktop available) available in either iOS or Android which can provide live or recorded footage. The video is stored in the cloud and unlike other doorbells, it comes free for 7 days.
The MyDevices screen on the app displays all connected devices by name and with their latest captured images. You can launch a live stream by tapping the ‘Watch Live’ button, this button also allows two-way audio.
The Skybell is compatible with an array of smart home devices and supports other apps like Amazon Alexa voice control.
The Skybell is easy to install and provides feature-rich video.
Pros & Cons SkyBell
|* Sharp 1080p Video||* No web app|
|*Color night vision|
|*Free cloud storage|
The Nest Hello Doorbell is probably one of the serious competition for the Ring range of doorbell products.
The Nest has a stylish design, produces HD/HDR video playback, face recognition and is easy to use.
Installation might be a problem compared to other products but it makes up for that by the quality of the product.
The Nest has a slender design making it easier to fit into tight spaces. It comes in one color black with a blue halo surround. Out of the box, it is probably more of an issue than some others as it needs hardwiring into your home’s electricity supply.
However, once it is installed you never have to worry about changing batteries as it is always connected to the mains supply.
When you have the Nest all wired up you just need your smartphone to download the Nest app which is available on both iOS and Android. There is a clear step by step instructions on the app of how to set up the doorbell to your home wifi network.
The live stream from the doorbell includes both audio and video so you can easily see and talk to anyone who arrives at your door. The Nest also allows you to set pre-recorded messages which you can play instead of living speech. The quality of your wifi though will determine how good the video stream is.
The Nest has a familiar face function using face recognition software, which means you get a notification of any loved one or family friend arrives at the door. The unit will save video clips of motion detection for a 5 day period, this will be deleted unless you subscribe to the Nest Aware subscription package. This will give you access to full 24-hour recordings.
To conclude, the Nest isn’t the cheapest of doorbell camera’s but you are buying a good looking quality product that is easy to use, feature packed doorbell that doubles as a good security camera.
Pros & Cons Nest Doorbell Camera
|* Easy to use and set up||* Has to be hardwired|
|* Face recognition|
|*Quality video and tracking|
If your looking to make a bit of a statement at your front door then maybe the August Doorbell Pro is for you.
It just under 3 inches square with a large oversized button, it will surely be noticed by any visitors to your door.
The doorbell makes a good addition to the August Smartloc to give you added security to your home.
The installation of the unit is fairly straightforward with the instructions coming via the app, not inside the box.
Once up and working the doorbell camera gives a nice sharp image through the app. The resolution is 960 x 1280p and the field of view is 120 degrees. It does lack control for brightness and contrast.
When you first install the doorbell you will get a month’s free video cloud storage, then you will have to pay a $5 a month subscription.
Movement detection is via an infrared motion detector rather than video, there is a sensitivity setting.
When someone rings the doorbell the smartphone alert is accompanied by a chime and also allows a quick view via the smartphone app. If you miss it the action is recorded for you to view later.
The August doorbell has a little light in the middle of the doorbell that can aid night vision. However, it lacks enough light to aid the night vision of the doorbell so you may also need a porch light to help.
This video doorbell will work together with August’s smart lock and its Smart Keypad to provide look-out and access, if desired, to your front door. The smart lock can be opened remotely from the same app, so if a delivery person comes to the door, it’s technically possible to unlock the door so they can place a package inside, and then re-lock it when they are done, all while watching and conversing with them through the doorbell.
Although it is a well-designed doorbell it probably lacks some of the smart connectivity that other doorbells possess.
Pros & Cons August Doorbell Cam Pro
|* Nice design||* Integral light not strong enough|
|*Easy to install and set up||* Expensive cloud storage|
|* Responsive app|
To finish this review we end with an affordable option if you are looking for a doorbell camera that will not break the bank.
As many other doorbell camera’s the Dophigo will let you see and converse with visitors at your door.
The installation is pretty easy to carry out, without the need for professional help. It comes complete with a fully rechargeable battery that should last for up to 3 months when fully charged. It also comes certified for IP65 operation and it is also fully wind and dust proof.
The app comes with a group function, which means you can notify other family members when someone presses the doorbell.
Another positive is that there is free lifetime cloud storage of all video, it is free from yearly subscription charges.
Where it falls down is probably the fact that video is only recorded in 960p and it only has a detection coverage of 156 degrees, and this is not easily adjusted.
One unusual feature is that the camera comes equipped with military-grade infrared night vision which helps to keep vigil at your door even if during the hours of darkness.
As stated although it has limitations, it does offer a good budget end doorbell camera, easy to install and good regular features.
Pros & Cons DopohiaGo 360
|* Easy to install||* Detection range|
|* Military grade night vision||* Video quality|
|* Free cloud storage|