The Best Doorbell Cameras

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While you’re on the quest to upgrade all your household electronics, consider adding the doorbell camera to your list; if you find your packages going mysteriously missing, or you just want to see who’s at the door before you answer, you could use a doorbell camera to help you figure out what’s happening on your doorstep. Most doorbell cameras on the market right now can connect to your other devices through Wi-Fi, so you’ll have a seamless integration and can see the videos that it records on devices like your smartphone, and they can either work with your existing doorbell wires or through batteries.

We’ve put together this list of some of our favourite doorbell cameras on the market, and we kept a variety of price points and usage features in mind. We’ll go over a couple of frequently asked questions at the end of the article too, like why you’d want to use a doorbell camera in the first place and if you should purchase a wired or wireless model. You’ll also find an outline of some of the key features you should be looking for in a new doorbell camera — you’re just a couple of steps away from getting some extra home security, so let’s get started!

1. Editor’s Pick: Eufy Security Wi-Fi Video Doorbell with 2K HD 2-Way Audio

1. Editor’s Pick: Eufy Security Wi-Fi Video Doorbell with 2K HD 2-Way Audio
  • Two-way audio, so you can chat with whoever is at the door
  • No hidden fees for file storage
  • Sophisticated alert system that can detect body shape and face pattern
  • Connects to Google Voice Assistant and Amazon Alexa
  • Locally stored video without any subscription fees
  • Expensive
  • Some buyers had issues with occasional disconnects

Key Specs

Wired: Yes
Battery Required: No
Video Capture Resolution: 2k
Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 4.3 x 2.4 cm
Product Weight: 90.72g

If you’re looking for the best and most trusted doorbell camera to keep your home safe, we think that the Eufy Security Wi-Fi Video Doorbell with 2K HD Two-Way Audio is it; with a two-way audio system and no hidden costs for storage, you’ll love the features that come with this tech.

This doorbell camera will give you clear image quality, so you’ll know exactly who’s been on your porch, and with no hidden fees you’ll be able to store the videos that it takes without worry. When someone’s at your door, it’ll send you an alert with a quick facial snapshot, so you can know exactly who’s there without answering first. You can also set up pre-recorded responses to give instructions to your guests, and you can connect the device to voice assistants like Google Voice Assistant or Amazon Alexa to check in at any time — even if you aren’t home.

2. Runner Up: Arlo AVD1001B Video Doorbell

2. Runner Up: Arlo AVD1001B Video Doorbell
  • Two-way audio so you can chat with whoever is on your doorstep without opening the door
  • Receive notifications and alerts when motion is detected
  • Clear and detailed picture quality
  • Night vision that helps see in the dark
  • Built to withstand a variety of weather conditions, like heat, cold and rain
  • Subscription based services that will cost you money every month to use

Key Specs

Wired: Yes
Battery Required: No
Video Capture Resolution: HD
Product Dimensions: 4.57 x 2.54 x 3.81 cm
Product Weight: 113.4g

We think that the Arlo AVD1001B Video Doorbell is the next best option because it has many of the same features as our top pick, but it also has night vision and it’s built with more weather conditions in mind. This doorbell camera has a large field of vision, so you’ll be able to see most people from head to toe, and it has a good picture quality, so you’ll be able to tell exactly who’s there — or exactly who took one of your packages in the night, with its built in night vision capabilities.

While it might seem like a better price point initially than our top pick, just keep in mind that to access most of the features with this one you’ll need to pay for a subscription every month, which could be worth it but it’s not the most ideal situation.

3. Best Budget Pick: SSYING HD Video Wi-Fi Doorbell Camera

3. Best Budget Pick: SSYING HD Video Wi-Fi Doorbell Camera
  • Two-way voice chat, so you can have a conversation with whoever is at your door
  • Wireless, which makes it easier to install
  • Night vision to help you figure out what’s happening at night
  • IP65 waterproof rating
  • MicroSD card slot you can use to save your videos, instead of the cloud-based service
  • Subscription based service if you want to use the cloud storage
  • You’ll need to recharge or replace the batteries every few months

Key Specs

Wired: No
Battery Required: Yes
Video Capture Resolution: HD
Product Dimensions: 15.09 x 8.31 x 6.91 cm
Product Weight: 200g

So far the doorbell cameras that we’ve picked have been a little pricey, but they aren’t all that way; this one will still give you good quality video, and you can save videos onto a MicroSD card instead of using their cloud based service, which saves you some money every month.

This model also has night vision, and it saves eight-second video clips whenever a button is pressed or motion is detected, so you’ll know exactly what’s happening on the front of your property.

While the cloud-based storage option will cost you money every month to use if you choose to use it, this doorbell camera also comes with a built in MicroSD card slot, so you can save videos onto your own MicroSD card (there isn’t one included!). Also keep in mind that this is a wireless doorbell camera, so you’ll likely need to replace or recharge the batteries every few months.

4. Best Wireless: Blink Outdoor Wireless Weather-Resistant HD Security Camera

4. Best Wireless: Blink Outdoor Wireless Weather-Resistant HD Security Camera
  • Works with Amazon Alexa, so you can monitor your home using voice commands
  • Motion detection alerts right to your phone
  • Two-way audio, so you can chat with whoever is on your doorstep
  • Built to withstand the elements outside
  • Easy to set up and install, and can be mounted anywhere — even somewhere inconspicuous
  • No doorbell function
  • Not as good at filming nighttime videos

Key Specs

Wired: No
Battery Required: Yes
Video Capture Resolution: 1080p
Product Dimensions: 71 x 71 x 31 mm
Product Weight: 48g

This is one of the best wireless options you’ll find on the market, and while it doesn’t technically have a doorbell function, it’s still an effective tool for figuring out what’s happening on your property when you aren’t around to see.

You’ll love this camera because it’s so easy to install — it’s completely wireless, so you don’t need to set it up near an outlet, and it can be mounted anywhere of your choosing. You can also create customized motion detection or privacy zones with this camera, so you’ll only be notified about the movements that you care about.

5. Best Value: Eufy Security Video Doorbell (Wired) with Chime

5. Best Value: Eufy Security Video Doorbell (Wired) with Chime
  • Two-way audio; chat with anyone who’s on your doorstep
  • Crisp and clear video quality
  • No hidden storage or subscription-based costs
  • Only get alerted for notifications that matter, not for something like a stray cat
  • Can be connected to Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa for voice control
  • Storage can’t be expanded or put onto an external card

Key Specs

Wired: Yes
Battery Required: No
Video Capture Resolution: 1080p
Product Dimensions: 13 x 4.3 x 2.4 cm
Product Weight: 498.95g

This Eufy Security Video Doorbell is very similar to our top choice, however this pick is a little bit more affordable, and it too doesn’t have any hidden storage fees, which makes it a great option to consider.

The videos that this doorbell camera can take will be crystal clear, because of its advanced HDR and distortion correction. It also comes equipped with AI detection software which can detect body shapes and face patterns, so you’ll only get alerted when there’s a human around, and not the neighbourhood cat.

6. Best Battery-Powered Option: Ring Video Doorbell

6. Best Battery-Powered Option: Ring Video Doorbell
  • Works with Amazon Alexa, so you can monitor your home using voice commands
  • Motion detection alerts right to your phone
  • Two-way audio, so you can chat with whoever is on your doorstep
  • Only get alerted for notifications that matter, not for something like a stray cat
  • Night vision that helps see in the dark
  • Subscription based services that will cost you money every month to use
  • You’ll need to recharge or replace the batteries every few months
  • Battery drains fast in cold temperatures

Key Specs

Wired: Optional
Battery Required: Yes
Video Capture Resolution: 1080p
Product Dimensions: 126.5mm x 62mm x 28mm
Product Weight: 1.124 lbs

If you don’t want to go through the process of installing a wired doorbell, this is a great battery operated model that provides you with many of the same features as its wired counterparts. With 1080p video resolution and built-in motion sensors, you can see who’s at your door in real time — even better, you can adjust your motion settings to get alerts of key areas so critters crawling around your yard won’t blow up your phone.

Other great features include two-way talk, night vision, complete control over your security camera through the Ring app, and the ability to connect to Alexa devices to get alerts right to your Echo or Fire TV electronics.

7. Best Smart Device: EZVIZ DB1C Wired Smart Video Doorbell Camera

7. Best Smart Device: EZVIZ DB1C Wired Smart Video Doorbell Camera
  • Motion detection alerts right to your phone
  • Two-way audio, so you can chat with whoever is on your doorstep
  • Night vision helps to see in the dark
  • Compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT devices
  • IP65 weatherproof rating
  • Some buyers had issues with occasional disconnects
  • Not as good at filming nighttime videos

Key Specs

Wired: Yes
Battery Required: No
Video Capture Resolution: 1080p
Product Dimensions: 17.25 x 10.21 x 9.7 cm
Product Weight: 99.79g

Compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa and IFTTT devices, you can set specific detection ranges to minimize unwanted alerts and talk to visitors at your front door from anywhere in the world with this smart doorbell camera. Another powerful option capable of withstanding the elements is the EZVIZ wired smart video doorbell camera. This device has an IP65 rating, meaning it can handle both dust and water. It’s also equipped with a wide angle camera so you can keep an eye on your packages left on your porch as well as the faces of your tallest friends.

If you don’t want to pay for their subscription, this device supports micro SD cards up to 256 GB (not included) to help save you a few bucks every month.

8. Best Basic: GEREE Video Doorbell Camera

8. Best Basic: GEREE Video Doorbell Camera
  • Night vision helps to see in the dark
  • Motion detection alerts right to your phone
  • Two-way audio, so you can chat with whoever is on your doorstep
  • MicroSD card slot you can use to save your videos, instead of the cloud-based service
  • Subscription based services that will cost you money every month to use
  • Some buyers had issues with occasional disconnects

Key Specs

Wired: No
Battery Required: Yes
Video Capture Resolution: 1080p
Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 5.8 x 3.8 cm
Product Weight: 520g

Last but certainly not least — another amazing budget friendly wireless option from GEREE. Similar to most of the models on this list, this doorbell camera features 1080p video resolution and has two-way audio to help you monitor and communicate with visitors at your front door.

With smart PIR motion detection and night vision, no matter the time of day, this camera automatically adjusts its sensor to provide you with crystal clear images. And although it doesn’t have the ability to connect to 5GHz Wi-Fi just yet, the 2.4GHz band allows you to connect your camera to your phone so you can keep an eye on your property at work, while driving or even on vacation.

What's great about this little device is that it supports up to 30 seconds of pre-recorded voice messages so you can tell your delivery person to leave the package at the door without moving a muscle.

Why Do I Need a Doorbell Camera?

We live in strange times when people’s packages are often being stolen right from their doorstep. Doorbell cameras can offer you some peace of mind and protection, since you’ll likely be able to identify what’s been happening on your porch, and it can save the videos taken, just in case you need to present them to the authorities. Many of the options on the market can connect to your other smart home devices, like smart locks, and can be controlled by your voice through various apps, which make them a handy little device.

On the other hand, they aren’t only good for package protection purposes — it can also be useful to know who’s at your door before you answer, so that you can determine if it’s safe to answer or prepare anything that you need to before opening the door, like putting on a mask for delivery people or grabbing your wallet to get your food order.

Wired or Wireless?

One of the main decisions you’ll need to make is if you want to install a wired or wireless doorbell camera. Wireless ones are easier to install because you won’t need to fiddle with your existing doorbell wiring, and it’ll run using batteries — this can be both a blessing and a curse, because although its simple to install you’ll need to change the batteries more often, and if you live somewhere with frequent cold weather your battery will deplete more quickly.

Wired options can be a tad more difficult to install, but definitely not impossible, and you won’t need to worry about making sure there’s a working battery because it’ll pull power from your home’s doorbell wiring. If your home doesn’t already have doorbell wiring installed, then you might run into some problems, but other than that it’s generally an easy process where you’ll disconnect your old doorbell and reattach the camera.

Keep These Features in Mind

Video Capture Resolution: It won’t do you much good if you buy a new doorbell camera that has a video quality so bad that you can’t recognize anyone’s face; try looking for a model that has at least 1080p resolution, so that you’ll be able to tell who’s at your door or who’s been stealing your Amazon orders from your doorstep.

Voice Assistant Compatibility: Many doorbell cameras on the market right now can be incorporated into your smart home, and then it can respond to voice commands through an assistant. If this is something you’re interested in, make sure your new doorbell camera is compatible with the voice assistant you’re currently using, like Google Home or Amazon Alexa, so that you’ll be able to give it commands like “show me who’s at the door.”

Storage: Some doorbell cameras can store your security videos on a local hard drive that’s built in, but most will have the option of uploading videos to a cloud-based digital system — which isn’t always free. With some doorbell cameras, you’ll need to purchase an additional subscription plan to store and send videos, so be sure you know what you’re getting into before purchasing one.

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About the Author: Michael Pilon

Michael Pilon is a writer based in Toronto, who loves everything tech, gaming, and digital art. With two years of professional writing experience and a lifetime of learning about new gadgets, he aims to provide helpful, accurate stories. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English and media studies from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Arts in fashion from Ryerson University, exploring digital and technological applications throughout. When he isn’t writing, you can find him playing the newest fantasy and horror games, or out discovering new coffee shops in the city.

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