Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Video Doorbell with Night Vision

How to find a door-front security system that can see in the dark.

Man ringing doorbell.
A doorbell camera is a great way to deter potential package thieves from stealing your home deliveries.Cottonbro

With the increase in home-delivered products, and crime increasing in many areas, video doorbells have become key security add-ons for many households. But a video doorbell is only effective if you can put it exactly where you need surveillance. Here are three important considerations for anyone who is shopping for a video doorbell.

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 product lets you view your front door in real-time and save footage in the cloud or on a memory chip.Amcrest

Video doorbells operate in real-time, so you can get a live view of the doorway area and communicate with someone at the door via your phone. But you can’t always be available to look and communicate with someone, so a doorbell that saves the footage enables you to see who was at the door after the fact. Some doorbells save the video footage either in a cloud storage subscription or on an SD card. You’ll have to pay a monthly fee for cloud storage, so if you want to avoid that, look for a video doorbell that offers the option of storing footage on an SD card.

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
A rechargeable battery powers this model.XTU

A night-vision doorbell is especially important for security in areas with no ambient light. You’ll be able to see and record any movement in the doorway area at any time, and you won’t have to go to the expense of adding lights to the area. That said, if you live in an apartment or condo that doesn’t have a doorbell, or if you want to put a video doorbell in a place other than a main doorway, make sure the doorbell you choose can run on batteries. Such a unit is also a good idea if you experience frequent power outages and are concerned about security during those times.

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
Up to five users can simultaneously view what’s in front of this model.ieGeek

If you want other family members to be able to monitor the doorway through the video doorway, or if you have a business and want employees to have access, make sure the video doorbell allows you to share access with others. Some allow sharing with up to five users.