Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Motion-activated Doorbell Camera

Protect your home and safeguard your package deliveries with a video recorder that’s triggered by movement.

Motion-activated doorbell camera beside doorway entrance.
A doorbell security camera can show you who’s visiting your home, even when you’re far from it.XTU

Home security is more important than ever. Video doorbell cameras not only function as a greeting tone but also offer real-time surveillance and two-way communication with whoever is at your doorstep. Onboard memory cards make it easy to review a history of who has come calling while you are away, confirm package deliveries, and track other activity. If you are looking for a simple first step in wireless home security or want to add an extra layer to an existing smart-home network, here’s what to look for in a video doorbell system.

WiFi Video Doorbell Camera, XTU Wireless Doorbell Camera with Chime, 1080P HD, 2-Way Audio, Motion Detection, IP65 Waterproof, Cloud Storage and 32GB SD Card Included
You can view footage from this device on a smartphone.XTU

Resolution and field of view are the two factors determining image quality. Industry specifications range from the traditional 720 HD to a non-standard 1536 x 1536 resolution (a 1:1 aspect ratio that offers head-to-toe coverage). The field of view determines how much you can see and varies from about 140 to 180 degrees. A wider field of view means greater coverage but also more image distortion. A 160-degree camera with 1080 HD resolution falls right in the middle of the market spectrum.

Amcrest 1080P Video Doorbell Camera Pro, Outdoor Smart Home 2.4GHz Wireless WiFi Doorbell Camera, Micro SD Card, PIR Motion Detector, RTSP, IP55 Weatherproof, 2-Way Audio, 140º Wide-Angle Wi-Fi AD110
This model installs with your current ringer’s wiring.Amcrest

Two of the most important features to look for in a video doorbell camera are motion detection and night vision. Motion detectors can send a mobile notification to alert you when someone is at the front door, even if you are away. Night vision enhances security when and where you need it most—on your doorstep, in the dark.

WiFi Video Doorbell Camera, 1080P HD Wireless Home Security Door Bell with 32GB Pre-Installed/Chime, IP Camera Doorbell Wi-Fi with Motion Detector Waterproof, 2-Way Audio/Night Vision/166° Wide Angle
The batteries in this unit last for two to four months before needing replaced.Conico

Another decision to consider is whether to go completely wireless or use your current doorbell wiring. The advantage of the latter is you can connect directly to an existing chime, but you first must do a bit of simple wiring. Fully wireless systems do not require a hard connection. Instead, they either must be periodically recharged or have their batteries replaced. These models usually incorporate a remote chime that plugs into a home USB port or adapter.

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Video Doorbell Camera - GazingSure Alexa WiFi Wireless 1080P FHD Home Security Camera Outdoor with Indoor Chime, Easy Installation, Human Detection, 2-Way Audio, 32GB Card & Reader, Cloud Storage
This model connects with Google Assistant and accepts voice commands.GazingSure
ieGeek WiFi Video Doorbell Camera, Wireless Smart Door Camera with Motion Detection, 32GB Pre-Installed, 6700mAh Battery, 2-Way Audio, IP66 Waterproof, Night Vision, USB Indoor Chime Included
This unit can capture images at a 166-degree angle.ieGeek