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The best video doorbells for 2020

Don’t you hate the feeling of not getting the whole picture when someone comes knocking? Or coming home to an empty porch knowing that a package was supposed to be there? Now you can see more of what’s going on at your front door with a full digital video doorbell system. 

There’s certainly an abundance of models to check out, which is why we’ve put them to the test. Our experts have spent weeks with various doorbells to find their perks and flaws. We have good news. The best picks are simple, effective, and affordable.

Ring Video Doorbell (2nd gen)

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Ring recently announced another member to its extended family of video doorbells, the Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen).  Six years after the original’s release, which set the stage that kicked off the explosion of video doorbells, a second generation model was introduced that packs along updated specs with an affordable cost.

The main changes include an upgrade to 1080p resolution (up from 720p), two-way audio with noise cancellation, and adjustable motion zones that’ll monitor specific areas to lessen false alerts. You can also set “Privacy Zones” that allow you to exclude areas of the camera’s field of view from recording. The Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) is made better with the $ 50 Solar Charger, which fits over the doorbell to supply it with power — lessening the need to remove the Ring doorbell and recharge its battery.

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While it may not offer some top end qualities found in other cams, like 2K resolution or object recognition, it’s hard to overlook its $ 100 price.

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Arlo Video Doorbell

Arlo Video Doorbell

One of the biggest issue with video doorbells is that they can appear distorted, fish-eye looking video. Arlo’s Video Doorbell camera doesn’t suffer the same fate, thanks to an HD camera that has a 180-degree viewing angle and a 1:1 aspect ratio. Plus, the aspect ratio allows for more of the scene to be in frame.

The Arlo Video Doorbell packs all the necessary features to make a versatile camera for your porch. It’s intelligent enough to discern people, pets, and even packages, which can notify you of what it sees through notifications. There’s also the option to set up zones to prevent false alerts, focusing only on the most important areas. And lastly, it’s a cinch to set up, even if you’ve never installed one before. Although, it does require a pre-existing doorbell system in order to install.

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August Doorbell Cam Pro 2nd edition

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Out of all the video doorbells on our list, the August Doorbell Cam Pro 2nd edition has the most unique design — an easily distinguishable square shape, with a prominent doorbell button. Don’t let its unconventional design fool you, just because it packs a built-in floodlight with three different brightness levels. That means you won’t have to settle for grainy footage at nighttime.

Motion detection ensures events are captured, but there’s an extra layer of protection with its continuous monitoring that records moments before motion is first detected. Beyond that, you’re still getting a video doorbell with two-way audio, Alexa support, and real-time alerts.

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Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus

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Timing is key! It can mean the difference between knowing who might’ve snatched a package off your porch or not. That’s where Ring’s new Pre-Roll technology is most useful, as it captures video footage four seconds before motion is detected. It’s exclusive to the new Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus, which is one of the latest models put out by the company. With this extra footage, you’ll be able to see more of what’s going on.

There are still plenty of other features to like about this doorbell cam, like its 1080p video footage, dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity, quick release battery pack, night vision, and smart home integration with Amazon Alexa.

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Nest Hello Video Doorbell

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With 24/7 streaming, this Nest doorbell ensures you won’t miss a thing when it comes to the security of your front door. It’s designed to show you a full view of your doorstep, so you’ll see people from head to toe, and you’ll be able to spot packages on the ground.

Check in whenever you feel like it, or you can scroll back through a three-hour snapshot history to make sure everything’s A-OK. The doorbell delivers clear video and crisp audio during any time of the day or night, thanks to built-in night-vision capabilities. It offers the same security as the Nest Cam, the company’s home security camera, along with all the functionality of a doorbell. If you opt for a Nest Aware subscription, you get additional features like continuous recording for up to 30 days, which allows you to scan through your entire video history.

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Eufy Security Video Doorbell

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Anker’s first foray into the video doorbell arena is an impressive one with the Eufy Security Video Doorbell, offering a mixture of high-end features combined with an aggressive price point. The standout feature here is the integrated camera supporting 2K UHD video (2560 x 1920 resolution) and High Dynamic Range — topping many of its contemporaries in the image quality department.

It’s paired with a wide, 160-degree field of view, night vision, and person detection — features that places it ahead of the curve. And best of all, the Eufy Video Doorbell supports local storage as well with its embedded 4GB eMMC storage module. It’s hard to believe that it is priced at well below the competition!

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