A video doorbell camera is essential in a world where we do a lot of online shopping and food delivery. A security requirement is the ability to see who is at the door or that a delivery person has arrived with your package. It also allows you to record intruders and package thieves. The best video doorbell cameras have become less expensive, simpler to install, and significantly smarter. We’ve tested the best doorbell video cameras on the market, so keep scrolling if you need help deciding.
Following the Top 5 Video Doorbell Cameras for 2022
Video Doorbell Arlo
Arlo’s wired Video Doorbell cam is simple to set up performs well and has competitive features and monthly cloud storage fees starting at $3. With a cloud storage subscription, you can get advanced functionality like a custom person, animal, vehicle, and package alerts.
The Arlo Video Doorbell, which received an 8.5/10 rating in our in-depth review, also includes HD video, a built-in siren, two-way audio, motion detection zones, and arm/disarm modes.
Nest Doorbell (battery)
The newest Google Nest doorbell typically costs $180, though it is occasionally discounted, and it is simple to set up whether you have doorbell wiring or not. Easy setup, as well as free, out-of-the-box smarts such as package, person, vehicle, and animal alerts and three hours of event storage, contribute to the device receiving an 8 out of 10 rating in our review.
While these features won’t compare to those available with a subscription – whether with Nest Aware or another service like Ring or Arlo – they’re a good place to start if you’re looking to try out a video doorbell for the first time. A nice extra? The Nest Doorbell (battery) is also compatible with Google Assistant-enabled devices such as the Nest Hub.
Privacy-conscious consumers should be aware that Google complies with warrantless requests for footage in rare emergencies, while Arlo and Wyze refuse to share footage without a warrant or subpoena compelling them to do so, and video processing via Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video uses end-to-end encryption, which prevents Apple or any other third party from accessing it at all.
Wyze Video Doorbell Pro
Unsurprisingly, Wyze’s $100 Video Doorbell Pro is one of the best video doorbells for the price. This doorbell cam is not only battery-powered (which usually adds $50 or so to the price of a doorbell cam), but it also has 2K resolution, a 150-degree field of view with a 1:1 aspect ratio, free cloud storage, and much more. With the included plug-in chime, you’ve got an incredible deal.
The Wyze Pro is also the best wireless video doorbell on the market because it can be used wirelessly.
Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2
With a $310 price tag, the Ring Pro 2 isn’t the best value on the market, but if you’re more concerned with features than cost-benefit analysis, this device won’t let you down. The Pro 2 has a super wide field of view, a 1:1 aspect ratio, 1536p resolution, and all of the basic features you’d expect from a smart buzzer. What distinguishes the Pro 2 is its radar sensing and bird’s-eye-view mode, which allows you to track an intruder’s movement around your yard and provide a clear sense of their route and general activity. Aside from that, the Ring Pro 2 provides end-to-end video encryption.
If you want solid performance and top-of-the-line features, the Ring Pro 2 is a good bet, but you should read up on Ring’s policies regarding law enforcement before investing. The company has a long history of working with law enforcement, and it complies with warrantless police requests for user footage in rare emergencies.
If you’re concerned about privacy, Ring’s optional end-to-end encryption setting is a good option to have here; turning it on will break some of Ring’s features, but it will also prevent Ring or any other third parties from accessing your footage at all.
Ring Peephole Camera
Ring’s answer to apartment doors – or any doors with peepholes – is the Peephole Cam. If you don’t want to – or are unable to – drill into a door frame to install a hardwired or battery-powered doorbell, the Peephole Cam is a viable security system option. It’s the first on our list to receive a rating lower than an 8 (7.8), but it’s still a great option, especially for those living in an apartment or condo.
The Peephole Cam, which is entirely battery-powered, replaces your standard peephole in a few simple steps. You’ll be able to see through it just like a regular peephole, but you’ll also be able to call up a live video feed of your front door and speak to any visitors. You can also view saved Ring doorbell HD video clips if you subscribe to Ring’s Protect cloud service. This bundle also includes the first-generation Ring Chime smart doorbell, which sends you real-time notifications when it is rung.
The Ring Peephole Cam is well worth considering because of its simple installation and clever workaround for apartment dwellers.
How We Test Video Doorbells
The process of determining the best video doorbell is similar to that of determining the best home security camera. I start by downloading the appropriate app and creating an account (if I don’t already have one). While many products come with tutorial booklets in the box, I prefer to start with the app. A good app includes detailed installation instructions, as well as instructions on how to connect to your Wi-Fi network and get the smart device up and running. It’s your one-stop shop for everything related to doorbell installation.
Make sure the doorbell is installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions, whether it’s a hardwired doorbell or a battery- or solar-powered doorbell. I enable features like motion detection and activity zones (which aren’t always enabled by default) to get a full sense of what it’s like to use the product – and to see how well the device works as a replacement for a regular, non-smart doorbell.
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