In recent years, having a smartphone in your hand can transport you to a live feed at your favorite band’s concert, the center of a nation’s political uprising, and even the edge of outer space. While the view of Earth was impressive, the average smartphone user wanted to be able to communicate and control more of their day to day lives from their phones. As smart home technology evolved, tech and home security companies identified tasks that people dreaded doing and found ways to automate them. Adjust the thermostat? Check. Turn off the lights? Check. Lock the doors? Check.
Every homeowner can agree, an unexpected visitor at the front door is the LAST thing anyone wants to deal with, so naturally, the smart doorbell camera was born. Doorbell cameras give the homeowner the ability to view and even communicate with visitors to their front door through a smartphone app or desktop application. Here are some of the best options available for adding a doorbell camera to your home.
Ring Video Doorbell
Ring has quickly become the industry leader in doorbell cameras, thanks in part to their compatibility with iOS, Android, and Windows 10 smartphones and tablets. The Ring Video doorbell allows homeowners to both see and speak with visitors from anywhere in the world, granted they have a mobile data connection. At any point in the day or night, users can access a “live view” feed from the Ring Video Doorbell’s camera. With a 180-degree field of view and 30ft night vision/motion detection, this doorbell camera is the idea first line of defense for your DIY home security system.
Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Why list 2 doorbell cameras from the same brand? Because the Ring Video Doorbell Pro does everything the original Ring Video Doorbell does, but with some updated tech that homeowners love. For starters, Ring boosted the camera up to 1080p, providing crystal clear video to both smartphones and desktop computers. The other unique feature Ring added to the Pro version is the ability to customize the areas that the motion detectors scan. So no more false alarms when the neighbors kids are playing in the street, or when a car drive by your home.
SkyBell HD Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell
SkyBell’s video doorbell camera packs some impressive features and integrations into a sub-$200 price tag. It’s 1080p high definition camera allows users to access on-demand live streaming as well as free clip storage. The ability to sync the SkyBell doorbell camera with Amazon’s Alexa, Google Nest, and Nest Cam, making it an attractive option to smart home enthusiasts and DIY home security homeowners alike. Set up and monitoring of the SkyBell Video doorbell camera are performed through a mobile app. SkyBell does not currently offer a desktop or browser based dashboard.
Vivint Doorbell Camera
Vivint’s doorbell camera differs from the previously mentioned products, since it’s a part of Vivint’s home security and monitoring offerings. Where Vivint shines is it’s ability to integrate all of it’s systems into one easy-to-use app. Homeowners can view and communicate with who is at their front door, unlock the door, and turn on the lights for their guest, even if they’re on the other side of the country.
August Doorbell Cam
The August Doorbell Cam come in at just under $200, and is an Apple user’s favorite smart doorbell camera, thanks to it’s ability to sync with Apple HomeKit. A glaring downside to the August Doorbell Cam is it’s odd square shape that often will not fit where a traditional doorbell is mounted. Since the device needs to be hardwired to your existing doorbell line, it often hangs over the end of the doorframe. August is well known for their smart locks, and the Doorbell Cam will integrate seamlessly, allowing users to unlock the door for guests without having to stop and walk to the door.
Chui Face Recognition Doorbell
A bit different than the other products mentioned, the Chui Face Recognition Doorbell is much more than a doorbell camera. In fact, this doorbell can recognize and remember you and your family members, thanks to it’s facial recognition software. When a recognized user approaches the door, a prerecorded voice message addressing the user is played. If the homeowner has additional smart home security devices, such as Lockitron or Phillips Hue lighting, the Chui Doorbell can be synced to unlock doors and turn on lights as soon as you walk into range of the camera.