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Doorbell Cameras Guide

December 11, 2019

Lately, doorbell cameras have been growing in popularity, and if you're considering this solution, we'll help you choose the right door camera with this guide. You should first know which factors to consider when purchasing a doorbell camera, including equipment costs, capabilities, a field of view, resolution, compatibility with other applications, warranty, and reviews.



First of all, let's clarify what a doorbell camera is exactly: it's a security camera that looks just like a doorbell and helps prevent burglaries and theft. This camera rings when the guest wants to ring, but the video camera built into it serves to monitor your home or its exterior. Some of these cameras provide the ability to monitor your home or apartment even when you are away from it, with a smartphone or tablet (and it will send you an alert if any activity is noticed), and most cameras allow you to speak directly to the person in front of your door through the speakers. Some also have motion detectors so they only record when there is some activity in front of the door and they detect motions up to 9m around.

When you go into the whole story of installing door cameras, you expect them to exist with all kinds of features, different prices, and resolution. It is important to note that some cameras require a monthly fee, but you will talk to the installer about the specifics of each situation.

Door cameras are currently at maximum resolutions of 1080p, and there are some with as much as 480p. The higher the resolution, the sharper the image, generally speaking. Also, we all know that there is more dangerous at night than during the day, so it would be advisable to buy a camera with night vision options that will give you a little more security 24/7.


When it comes to the field of view of the doorbell camera, this is how wide the camera can see: 180° means the camera can see everything in front of it, and to the sides, while 90° means it can only see to the front and a tiny bit to the sides. A wider field of view is probably preferred for almost everyone.

Door cameras can be hardwired and wireless, and some can connect to your Google Home or Alexa. There are also door cameras that provide the HD video resolution and clear two-way audio.

Before opting for a door camera, it is best to research the reviews and ratings for each brand, as there are many different manufacturers in the market. Look for in-depth reviews that talk about features, resolution, wireless capabilities, design and overall work, and explore specific details that will help you make a purchase decision that is right for you and your home.

Weather resistance is a feature that customers don't usually think of before purchasing a surveillance system of this type, which is why we draw your attention to this in this guide. This is a very important feature because you need to buy a door camera that can withstand all the conditions in the environment in which your house is located. A high-quality door video camera (as well as its hardware) should be able to withstand all climates: rain, heavy snow, freezing rain and ice, strong winds and more.


As we have indicated, some video door camera systems offer the option of Continuous Video Recording (CVR), while others only record when activity is detected. The continuous video recording is a better option if you can afford it, as recording videos from a continuous camera will allow you to access and view actions from both past and present. And keep in mind that video storage will usually cost you, and we'll try to clarify it for you.

There are two types of doorbell camera video storage options that they capture, which are local storage and cloud storage, and both are very different.

Some door cameras offer limited space for free cloud storage but most of them charge an extra fee for this service so, for the sake of saving, you can determine how long you want to keep your recordings and then find a cloud storage plan that fits in so you don't overpay by paying for something you don't need. Cloud storage is much easier and more convenient than using a microSD card. However, you lose control and potentially privacy as your videos are stored on remote servers and can be accessed by others.

It is also possible to store the recordings on local memory because depending on the camera you select and the options supplied, it will have an internal memory function. In this case, you need to see how much GB of internal memory is on and how long it will cover you. Sometimes you'll find a microSD card included with your camera purchase. This way of storing data involves simply inserting a microSD card into the camera and then adjusting the application setting.


Both of these options are popular, and local storage is especially handy for those who don't want to pay endless cloud storage fees and for those concerned about privacy because local storage keeps everything under your control.





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