We Tried the Best Doorbell Cameras for Better Home Security

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Best Video Doorbell Cameras for SurveillanceAmber Joglar

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As the number of porch pirates continues to rise, now is a great time to beef up your home security system. Video doorbells monitor your property’s most accessible entry point with live video and motion detection alerts. This lets you keep an eye on visitors and packages from your phone, whether you’re at home or away.

Doorbell cameras come equipped with two-way audio systems so you can communicate with anyone who comes to your front door. You can see who’s at your entryway and respond from your phone or smart display in real-time. This intercom comes in handy for relaying instructions to a delivery person or deterring a potential intruder. Below you’ll find the best smart doorbells we tested for keeping you up to date with the comings and goings of your property.

Check out quick info below of the top six doorbell cameras from our testing, then scroll deeper for helpful buying info and full reviews of these and other high-ranking options.

Best Video Doorbell Cameras

What to Consider

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How We Selected

To create our pool of video doorbells for testing, we researched and cross-referenced best-selling models on retail sites with reviews. Ensuring we had a range and balance of compatibility, features, and performance, we then installed each doorbell and used it over the course of a week. This time allowed us to evaluate picture and response times in the dark, daylight, and overcast conditions. Below are our selections for the best video doorbells for a safer, more secure home.

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lowes.com%2Fpd%2FGoogle-Nest-Doorbell-Battery-Wireless-Smart-Wi-Fi-Doorbell-Security-Camera-Snow%2F5003039937&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.popularmechanics.com%2Ftechnology%2Fgadgets%2Fa27271615%2Fbest-doorbell-camera%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Nest Doorbell</p><p>$149.99</p><p>lowes.com</p>

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Nest Doorbell



Unlike its rivals, Google’s Nest Video Doorbell includes extensive features like package detection, cloud storage, and subject identification alerts without the need for a subscription. You control the doorbell entirely through the Google Home app, and it seamlessly integrates into this ecosystem.

The narrow field of view can be off-putting to those who want the picture to extend to both sides of their door—however, the wide vertical captures compensate for this. Short and tall people, as well as any packages left by the door, quickly show on your phone or Nest Hub.

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The Nest Doorbell is also very easy to set up. To get started, we connected it to a USB-C wire, scanned the QR code from the Google Home app, then plugged in the Wi-Fi password. The doorbell instructed us to install the mounting plate with the two included screws and slide it downward to lock it in. From the Google Home app, you can click for a live view, watch recorded events, and adjust settings such as video quality and wake-up sensitivity.

Within 2.3 seconds of the doorbell detecting a person, our test phone pinged with an alert. Notifications lack an accompanying screenshot, which other options do to help identify if an alert is worth checking out.

On the flip side, it registered a minimal amount of false events—throwing a ball across the device’s field of view didn’t trigger an alert, as we’d hoped it wouldn’t. This accuracy saves energy, helping the battery to last longer.

Unfortunately, the Nest Doorbell might have too much discretion, waiting to register until someone is basically at the door rather than catch them at the approach. You can view a preview of each event as well as jump into the feed within four seconds, but the Ring Pro 2 below trumps this, loading into footage nearly instantaneously.

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A nighttime shot of the author grabbing packages.Hunter Fenollol

The picture remains clear after dark with night-vision infrared lighting. Even in this non-deal lighting the camera is clear enough to make out details like text on a shirt, a forearm tattoo, and the words on packaging as seen by the nighttime shot above. It’s also clear enough to identify faces, with the advanced facial detection using photos to identify and announce visitors on devices like a second-generation Nest Hub.

Another benefit to owning a Nest hub is that the doorbell feed shows up directly to the smart display, from which you can then respond with your voice or preset messages. The wireless installation, fast notification times, and clear picture day or night make the Nest hard to beat, especially for the price.

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09JF9RJG3?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10060.a.27271615%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Wireless Video Doorbell Pro</p><p>$99.98</p><p>amazon.com</p>

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Wireless Video Doorbell Pro



This improved version of Wyze’s affordable doorbell is surprisingly powerful for its sub-$100 price tag. It packs a sharper 2K resolution, wide 150 degree field of view, and fast notification speeds in a sleek, compact design. Outside of performance, the Wyze software is easy to use, automate, and integrate into your entire home setup. You can see and control Wyze camera and lock statuses from all of your devices such as a Nest Hub or Echo Show.

Like the Google and Eufy doorbells above, the Wyze Pro is powered by either a battery or wired installation. All you need to do is screw the base into your doorway and mount the doorbell inside of it. The ultra bright LED lighting helps illuminate the area when the doorbell detects motion and is an effective warning for anyone approaching your door. Thanks to the sharp resolution you should make out fine details like textures, but a lack of HDR means color reproduction can appear a bit dull.

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The Wyze struggles to capture details of moving subjects.Hunter Fenollol

Notifications roll in at just under four seconds which is fast, especially for a budget device. The plug-in chime is a nice touch—so you not only get the phone and smart home notifications, but an audible ring as well. Wyze locks its most impressive features behind its subscription which comes in at $3 a month. This grants you smart alerts that identify activity (person, pet, package), extensive clip storage, and less frequent cooldown periods.

However if you have frequent power outages, Wyze products are a hit or miss when it comes to reconnecting to Wi-Fi on their own. While this isn’t a major deal if you’re home for a quick reset, you won’t be able to see doorway activity if you travel often or are on vacation when an outage strikes.

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HRNG8CR?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10060.a.27271615%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Essential Video Doorbell</p><p>$110.91</p><p>amazon.com</p>

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Essential Video Doorbell



The Essential Wireless Video Doorbell from Arlo is another reliable choice for your front door, especially if you get packages delivered often. The 180-degree field of view gives you a wider sight range than others we’ve tried, so you’re more likely to see what’s getting dropped off. Since this is a wireless model, it comes equipped with a removable battery, so you don’t have to completely dismount the doorbell in order to give it a charge (though you do have to remove the entire device to access it).

Notifications of movement came within seconds, and the recorded video quality was clear. While the image quality is reliable, colors and details can be a little muddy in the dark. Setup was fairly simple and fuss-free. The app has easy-to-follow instructions, and you connect the doorbell via a QR-code in the Arlo app. The app also provides tips and directions on how to mount the doorbell.

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Something to keep in mind is that a lot of features for the doorbell require a subscription—in this case, Arlo Secure. But it’s very affordable, starting at $2.99/month for one device, or $9.99 for unlimited cameras at the same location.

Some notable features of the subscription include package detection, so you can get alerted when something has been delivered to your front door, and messaging capability so visitors can leave a message if you aren’t able to answer the door within 20 seconds. The doorbell also won’t save any videos unless you’re signed up for Arlo Secure. You do get a free trial for initial testing, but you’ll later have to make an in-app purchase for long-term access.

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086Q54K53?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10060.a.27271615%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Pro 2 Video Doorbell</p><p>$249.99</p><p>amazon.com</p>

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Pro 2 Video Doorbell



The Ring Pro 2 lives in the extremes. It’s a beastly video doorbell with a sharp 1536p resolution, vivid HDR colors, and advanced features like plotting a subject’s movement path over a bird’s eye view of your property. On the other hand, it’s almost excessively expensive, locked to the Alexa ecosystem, and only comes in a wired installation option. Still, it’s one of the best video doorbells we’ve tested, with the option to expand the system from a basic base station to indoor/outdoor security cameras, smart lighting, and a variety of other sensors.

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A possum (circled in red) sets off a notification at 4:40 a.m.Hunter Fenollol

Right off the bat, the image is a bit wider and clearer than the Google Nest above. While Amazon touts its 3D motion-detection feature, which indeed cuts down on false alerts from moving branches and light changes, it still failed to stop alerts from deer or possums in the early morning hours.

As for human detection, the camera responsively triggered notifications within three seconds of an arm entering its wide field of view. This sensitivity ensures that you’ll know if someone even thinks about stepping foot near your door. Even after withdrawing said arm quickly, the Ring Pro 2 managed to catch it and send a screenshot of it to our test phone with an alert. And whether our tester stole a plastic envelope or a large box, the Ring caught everything without a cool-down period.

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The shades of red, green, and brown pop thanks to the HDR camera on the Ring Pro 2.Hunter Fenollol

The Video Doorbell Pro 2 also stands out for its bright HDR colors. This is helpful for identifying the correct shade of an article of clothing on a potential intruder and video just looks livelier overall. You can even make out the seasonal change in the shades of grass. Captures are processed virtually instantaneously (compared to the brief processing time of competitors), despite the higher resolution and better color. This means you can jump right into clips from notifications without any friction.

Perhaps the best feature of the Ring Pro 2 is the automatic time-lapse that passively captures periods of inactivity so that you can see what occurred overnight or in a certain period. If you have an Echo Show device, you can get a feed of your doorbell sent straight to the smart display as well as respond to visitors with a tap. The Pro 2 is the most expensive option here and requires electrical wiring. But if you want the latest features, best colors, and fastest clip processing times, it’s worth the splurge.

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099RX62SC?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10060.a.27271615%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Dual+ Security Video Doorbell</p><p>$199.99</p><p>amazon.com</p>

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Dual+ Security Video Doorbell



Like our other video doorbell picks, the Eufy Dual has two-way audio so you can communicate with guests, an easy-to-press button, and solid night vision. But unlike most of the other options, it offers exceptionally good resolution, works wired or with a battery, and integrates into either an Alexa or Google smart home. Your clips are saved both locally and to the cloud without a subscription.

Oftentimes, video camera doorbells just show you a direct glimpse of who is ringing the bell. But rather than being limited to a single camera view, the Dual also has a Porch View camera that helps eliminate blind spots, which we found to be a beneficial feature for an entryway without a big porch or front stoop.

There are also two small LEDs on either side of the second camera that light up when motion is detected. Once the camera is online, there is a noticeable wide color range and high resolution imagery. Zooming in on footage still retained detail without a drastic drop in quality.

The model is on the larger side and has a pretty sizeable camera, so it’s not the most discrete and could be a little intimidating to visitors. It measures over six inches in length, and a little over two inches wide, likely to account for the long-life battery. It took about six hours to get a full charge, and even after weeks of use it hasn’t required another juice.

Another aspect to keep in mind is that the doorbell has to be connected to the Homebase security system (included), which plugs directly into your router. We had to scan the QR code on the Homebase, the doorbell, and the Eufy app to get the camera online. While that may complicate the setup, the Homebase stores all the videos from the doorbell and also alerts you when the doorbell is being rung, which is convenient for moments when you're not directly next to your phone.

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Overall, the Eufy is a great high-end option that plays nice with Alexa and Google ecosystems and works with your smart hub of choice. As a jack of all trades, it doesn’t pack all the cool features of a first-party device, like facial recognition. And the notifications are slow, with around a seven-second reaction time. But for those looking for the highest clarity doorbell camera, this is your best bet.

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0973VX7F2?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10060.a.27271615%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Circle View Video Doorbell</p><p>$199.99</p><p>amazon.com</p>

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Circle View Video Doorbell



If you’re an Apple loyalist, you know that the HomeKit doesn’t have as many compatible smart home devices as some of the other ecosystems out there. Accessories that do work with it, however, often perform well because of lightning-fast response times and Siri assistant integration. Logitech’s Circle View is one of these supporting devices and offers the fastest installation setup, cleanest UI, and quickest response times out of the pool. Unfortunately, it’s locked to Apple’s walled garden and requires not only an iPhone but also a HomePod or an Apple TV to act as hub, which makes it hard to recommend for most people.

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Feeding the two doorbell wires into the back of the Circle View mounting plate for an easy and secure snap installation.Hunter Fenollol

Unlike with other wired systems that require you to wrap the wiring below screws to transfer power, you simply feed the mounting plate holes the two low-voltage wires— securely locking them into place with contact plates. The camera snaps into the mount and receives power instantly. Similar to connecting other Apple accessories like Airpods or a HomePod, the pairing process is streamlined so you simply tap the Circle View camera with your phone or scan a QR code to kick off pairing. Your doorbell connects to Wi-Fi automatically and immediately integrates into your HomeKit app within seconds. The others here each take a few minutes to integrate.

Once the device detects motion, it sends a notification and a screenshot to your phone in an average of 1.21 seconds. It’s the fastest of our entire pool and can mean the difference between being able to catch an event taking place and being too late. Clicking the notification brings you directly into the feed with no loading, so you can respond immediately. From here you can talk, pressing the button once, and the sound is clear on both ends.

The user interface is smooth, working like you’d expect an Apple-compatible camera to. From your view, you can see a scrollable history, interact with the camera, and adjust settings from a tap without needing to dive into submenus.

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Night color vision captures the red, pink, and yellow tones in an unlit garage.Hunter Fenollol

The 3:4 vertical and 1200 x 1600 picture looks decently sharp but doesn’t impress in the dark, as you can see in the image above. The motion detection is super sensitive—great for peace of mind, but bugs and light changes often set off the camera. There’s no way to adjust this, so you either have to be OK with a mountain of notifications or turn them off entirely. While my apartment complex is covered in light, I hooked up the Circle View to some wiring in my garage to test out the color night vision. With the lights off, the camera showed a dull rendition of my Jeep’s bright red body and watered down pink overhead storage totes to a beige color.

Overall, the effect is more pleasant to look at than a colorless infrared image, but the Circle View can’t reliably recreate lifelike hues. Though, like Google- and Alexa-compatible doorbells, this one can integrate directly into your photos to announce the names of visitors on your HomePod or AppleTV hub.

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