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The best smart doorbell camera

Engadget

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. If you want to see who's on the other side of your door without having to get up and look yourself, then the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the best choice for most everyone. It lets you screen (and record) visitors and keep an eye out for package deliveries. Motion and ring alerts to a smartphone are typically fast, audio and 1080p video are clear, and the Ring 2 can be powered by either standard doorbell wiring or a removable rechargeable battery. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 performs like a cross between a modestly aggressive guard dog and a trusty digital butler. In addition to notifying you--audibly and via smartphone--of activity, it records all motion events to the cloud, letting you view those recordings (as well as live video) on your phone or computer any time. It's also compatible with a good number of smart-home devices, platforms, and monitored security systems. Though video recording and storage require a subscription, the $30 annual fee (a mere 8¢ per day) for 60 days of unlimited video storage is downright cheap compared with the competition. We like the Ring Video Doorbell Pro for all the reasons we like the Ring 2. Additionally, it has a much slimmer and sleeker design that will fit in more doorframes and includes the option for customized motion-detection zones.


Eufy Security Wireless Video Doorbell review: Very high-res video and no subscription needed

PCWorld

If you object to dropping $100 to $200 for a video doorbell only to find out that you need to pay for a subscription to derive the full benefit from it, you'll want to take a gander at the Eufy Security Wireless Video Doorbell. If you're not familiar with the brand, you might know its parent company, Anker. We like Eufy's battery-powered doorbell camera even more than we do its wired model, the Eufy T8200 that we reviewed in October, 2019. The doorbells themselves look remarkably similar and have nearly identical specs, including video resolution of 2560x1920 pixels, support for high dynamic range, and a 4:3 aspect ratio that provides a tall field of view. That said, we think the Arlo Video Doorbell's 1536x1536 resolution and 1:1 aspect ratio does an even better job of ensuring that you see packages left on your doorstep.


Logitech Circle View Doorbell review: The doorbell to beat for the HomeKit set

PCWorld

The $200 Logitech Circle View Doorbell is aimed at a very specific audience: Homeowners with wired doorbells who've embraced Apple's rapidly growing HomeKit smart home ecosystem. This is not a cross-platform product: Android users need not apply; nor is there any support for Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. The upside of this approach is that it allowed Logitech to take full advantage of what HomeKit has to offer, including HomeKit Secure Video, which uses the Apple hardware in your home to process captured video locally, versus uploading it to a server in the cloud that you have no real control over (you can upload encrypted video to your iCloud account, but you will be the only person with access--Apple won't be able to decrypt the files). I fashioned my own mounting block to compensate for the clapboard siding on my home. The downside, of course, is that you'll need to have that hardware in the first place: A HomePod, HomePod mini, Apple TV, or an iPad (provided it never leaves your house).


Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus review: It's good, but it's not new or improved enough to be the best

PCWorld

The third generation of Ring's doorbell camera comes in two distinct flavors: The $200 Ring Video Doorbell and the $230 Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus, reviewed here. The most notable features the extra $30 buys you are more sophisticated motion-detection zones, a four-second "pre-roll" that starts recording motion events before the doorbell sends you an alert, and a dual-band (2.4- and 5GHz) Wi-Fi adapter. If you're replacing an existing wired doorbell, this one can take advantage of that low-voltage power source, so you don't need to worry about recharging a battery. But the competition in this space is getting fierce, and unlike some other video doorbells we've reviewed lately, Ring hasn't increased video resolution beyond 1080p, and its new camera still has the 160-degree field of view of its predecessor. The battery-powered Eufy Security Wireless Video Doorbell, for example, is also limited to a 160-degree field of view, but it captures video at 2560x1920 resolution.


Remo RemoBell W video doorbell review: High-end features, but not best in class

PCWorld

Remo jumped into the video doorbell product with both feet, so to speak, launching not one but two doorbell cameras at very different price points. We generally panned the budget-priced RemoBell S ($99). The $199 RemoBell W is significantly better, but it's still not best in class. Both Remo video doorbells depend on the presence of low-voltage wiring, so neither is an easy-to-recommend candidate if your home doesn't already have a doorbell. If your home does, or if you're willing to pull wire to the location you want to install it, the RemoBell W is the far better of the two.