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9 Of The Best Smart Video Doorbell Cameras In 2020

by Craig Walker
9 Of The Best Smart Video Doorbell Cameras In 2020

Video doorbells are a great starting point to your smart home.

As Ring say, they've "reinvented the doorbell" and it's one of those smart home devices that you'll start benefiting from straight away, you'll be able to see and talk to visitors and delivery drivers at your door from anywhere in the world.

But there are quite a lot to choose from, and with varying features, so how do you know which is the best video doorbell camera?

Let's start first by explaining what a video doorbell camera is:

 

What Is A Video Doorbell Camera?

A video doorbell camera is an internet connected smart camera with doorbell function that allows you to see & speak to anyone at your front door from a smartphone app.

Video doorbell cameras can be wired or battery powered and usually replace your existing doorbell. Most doorbell cameras feature two way talk, night vision, cloud recording and instant motion alerts to your smartphone from anywhere in the world. 

You'll also find plug in wireless chimes that can be plugged into your socket outlets and receive an audible chime when someone presses your doorbell. Most video doorbell cameras work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

 

TOP 10 Doorbell Cameras

 

Ring Video Doorbell 2

1. Ring Video Doorbell 2

BEST FOR: Most popular video doorbell camera, Easy installation (battery or wired)

Top Features:

  • High Quality iOS/Android App
  • Easy To Install - Battery or Wired
  • Instant Motion Alerts
  • Two Way Talk
  • Clear Night Vision

Pros: Easy to install, comes complete with tools and various mounting plates. It has a replaceable battery so you can buy spares and your doorbell will always be operational even when recharging. App is very easy and intuitive to use, you can also tie in other smart cameras and alarms from Ring under one app.

Cons: Cloud storage fees if you want to record, no local storage options (i.e SD Card)

Price: £179


 

IMOU Video Doorbell

2. IMOU Smart Video Doorbell Camera

Top Features:

  • SD Card or Cloud Recording
  • Two Way Talk
  • Night Vision
  • Wired Connection - No need to charge batteries
  • Easy To Use App

Pros: SD card recording means you don't have to pay for cloud recording if you don't want to, Great app, easy to use and can include other IMOU products.

Cons: Wired only, if you don't have existing doorbell cabling then you'll need to do some wiring.

Price: £109.99


 

Ring Door View Cam

3. Ring Door View Cam

BEST FOR: Doors with peephole viewer, Rented properties (Battery Powered)

Top Features:

  • Simply Replaces Existing Peephole Viewer
  • Battery Powered
  • Stylish Design
  • Easy To Use App
  • Fitted In Minutes

Pros: Great concept, simply replace existing door peephole viewer, battery powered with replaceable battery (spares available), 

Cons: Battery life approx 2 months, however it is easy to replace. 

Price: £179


 

Nest Hello Video Doorbell

4. Nest Hello Video Doorbell Camera

BEST FOR: Facial recognition & Google Assistant integration.

Top Features:

  • Person Recognition - Can Tell A Person From A Thing
  • Two Way Talk
  • Easy To Use App
  • Noise & Echo Cancellation
  • Wired - No Batteries To Replace or Charge

Pros: Person recognition let's you save known faces and can alert to un-expected visitors. Two way talk. Comes with tools & Mounting plates.

Cons: More expensive than Ring equivalent. No Battery Options.

Price: £229


 

TECH4 Homeflow Smart Video Doorbell

5. Homeflow Smart Life Video Doorbell Camera

BEST FOR: Smart Life users, ties in with Smart Life app and functionality.

Top Features:

  • Wired or Battery Powered
  • Motion Alerts
  • Two Way Talk
  • SD Card Recording
  • Smart Life Compatible

Pros: Low cost but good build quality and great app. SD Card recording. Can be wired or wireless with built-in rechargeable battery. Works on Smart Life app with other Smart Life kit such as smart bulbs, plugs etc.

Cons: Battery is built in so you have to remove the doorbell to recharge.

Price: £89.99


 

ERA Doorcam Video Doorbell

6. ERA Doorcam Video Doorbell Camera

BEST FOR: All round security when used with ERA Smart Alarms.

Top Features:

  • Stylish Design
  • Two Way Talk
  • 180 Degree Field Of View
  • Great Technical Support Available
  • 12 Months Free Cloud Storage

Pros: All the features you'd expect, backed up by good technical support and the 12 months free cloud storage is a bonus.

Cons: No battery options.

Price: £199.99 RRP

 

Ring Video Doorbell Elite

7. Ring Video Doorbell Elite

BEST FOR: New builds/renovations, Hardwired POE avoids WiFi network.

Top Features:

  • Hardwired POE (Power Over Ethernet)
  • Greater Stability & Lower Latency
  • Stylish Design
  • High Quality App
  • Two Way Talk

Pros: Hardwired for best connection possible. All usual Ring benefits.

Cons: Expensive, Would like to have seen a proper volt free contact at this price point so gates/doors/etc can be opened from a button in the app (existing contact is for chime, there are workarounds to operate home automation devices)

Price: £449

 

EZVIZ D1 Video Doorbell Camera

8. EZVIZ DB1 Video Doorbell Camera

BEST FOR: People who want to record to SD card instead of cloud services.

Top Features:

  • Great Looking Design
  • Two Way Talk
  • Instant Motion Alerts
  • SD Card Recording or Cloud
  • Great App

Pros: Great app that can also include smart cameras, floodlight cameras etc. Nice white design, most doorbell cams are silver/black so this is a nice alternative if you have a white door.

Cons: No battery power options.

Price: £134.99 RRP

 

Ring Video Doorbell

9. Ring Video Doorbell Camera

BEST FOR: Rented properties (Battery Powered), Low Budgets As It's Good Value For Money

Top Features:

  • Two Way Talk
  • Night Vision
  • Cloud Recording
  • Battery Powered or Wired
  • Works With Amazon Alexa

Pros: Low cost entry to the Ring eco-system. Battery Powered.

Cons: No removable battery, need to remove doorbell to charge. Not as good as the Video Doorbell 2 overall.

Price: £89

 

Conclusion

As you can see, most video doorbells have very similar features, our recommendations are to 1) stick with a top brand name so you can be assured of quality and data protection and 2) start as you mean to go on... i.e if you're looking to add cameras around your home then it's often better to keep to the same brand throughout as you'll then be using one app instead of multiples. So if you're planning on adding Ring floodlight cam, spotlight cam and an indoor cam then you're best going for a Ring video doorbell!

As usual our Smart Home Advisers are here to help, feel free to email, live chat or call 02392 006118 to get some free advice.