Bell With Camera: Review & Recommendations

Welcome to our big bell with camera test 2020, where we present you all of our more closely tested bell with camera. We have put together detailed background information and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the net.

We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best bell with camera for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a doorbell with camera.

The most important facts in brief

  • Ringing with camera allows you to communicate with your visitor even before you open the door. Thanks to the video function you can also see your visitor.
    Ring with camera offers a variety of additional features.
  • A basic distinction is made between bells for single-family homes, for apartment buildings and wireless systems, whereby all three variants are available in different price ranges and with different equipment.
  • All video door phones have an outdoor unit with one or more bell buttons and one or more indoor units. Bells for apartment buildings have two or more indoor units so that those residents can have their own monitor.

Bell with camera Test: The Ranking

1st place: AWOW video doorbell

This wireless ringer with camera offers 1080P HD video recording with 16 GB memory card. It works over WiFi and connects to a smart app compatible with IOS and Android. Remote control works over 2.4G WLAN.

The AWOW Video doorbell automatically switches between day and night mode. Night vision is established with infrared function, so the image is clearly visible regardless of day or night.

With this product you also get 2 rechargeable batteries (a full charge can support 5-6 months use). Video recording can last up to 60 hours.

2nd place: ELRO DV477W2 Video door intercom

The ELRO video door intercom comes in two versions: for single and multiple family homes. It offers a 7-inch colour display together with a camera with night vision, so you can see the visitor easily in any condition.

This bell is equipped with 4-wire technology and can also be connected to electric door openers. You can also choose one of 16 ring tones.

3rd place: Smartwares video door intercom

The Smartwares Video door phone offers an adjustable HD camera with 15° pan/tilt function. Thanks to the 7 inch LCD monitor you can see who is at the front door from a distance. You can purchase it in different versions for single and multiple family homes.

You can choose from 20 melodies and use the buttons on the side to adjust the volume to your liking. This system can also be connected to your existing door opener thanks to the 2-wire technology. It also offers a recording function and night vision function.

4th place: BALTER EVO video door intercom

You can purchase BALTER EVO video door phone in variants for single and multiple family homes. On the 7 inch touchscreen display you can watch live videos of your visitors as well as stored videos.

The EVO door station has a camera with a viewing angle of 150°. Thanks to the night vision function through the integrated white light LED, you can see your visit clearly even in complete darkness.

With 2-wire BUS technology, only 2 wires are needed to transmit video, audio and power simultaneously. You can also expand this video intercom system with up to 2 additional monitors.

Advisor: Questions you should consider before buying a bell with camera

Why do you need a bell and camera?

Not only for personal safety, but also for all the people living in the house, it is a very important advantage to know who is at the front door even before you open it.

Ringing with a camera or video door phones not only allow you to look outside the door, but also to talk to the person standing in front of it. This way you can avoid an unfavourable face-to-face situation in advance.

Where can I buy a doorbell with camera?

You can buy bells in every hardware store and department store as well as in many online shops. In addition, it is often possible to buy a video intercom directly from the manufacturer.
Directly from the electrician you can get professional advice. The installation in combination with the product may be cheaper.
According to our research, most of the bells with camera are sold through these online shops:

Ihrschutz24.de
avitec24.com
amazon.com
ebay.com
saturn.com
bauhaus.info
hornbach.com/shop

All of the camera-ready bells that we present on our site have a link to at least one of these shops. Once you have found a video doorbell that you like, you can strike right away.

How much does a doorbell with camera cost?

There is a wide price range between the different video intercoms. Depending on the quality and functions of the device, the cost is variable. The range can be from around 30 to 2,000 euros.

Depending on how high quality the camera is, how many families use this ringer together, brand, viewing angle and other features, the price of the product varies.

You can find the very simple rings with a camera (suitable for single-family homes) from about 75 euros. If you are more interested in quality and additional features, you can buy them for about 200-800 Euro.

For houses that are occupied by several families, you usually need a video intercom system with two or more cameras, which ranges from about 115 to 1,500 euros.

The price also depends on the type of connection. Wireless video intercoms are often cheaper than wire-based ones – from about 30 Euros. However, they can also cost up to 1,200 Euros depending on quality, manufacturer, functions, etc.

What are the alternatives to doorbell with camera?

Depending on what you want to use your bell with camera mainly for, other alternatives are possible. If you mainly want to monitor your entrance area, a surveillance camera could also be an option for you.

Of course there are also different doorbells. The simplest version of an intercom system is an audio door phone, which is based on audio transmission. It consists of a button module, loudspeaker and microphone.

The number of button modules can be extended according to the number of families in the house. The audio signals are sent to the indoor station’s loudspeaker via the microphone of the outdoor station.

If you are very concerned about security, a doorbell with a camera is not the only way to see who is at the front door. Many houses even have a whole camera surveillance system, sometimes they are even protected by an alarm.

Decision: What types of camera-operated doorbells are available and which one is right for you?

If you want to get a doorbell with a camera, there are three alternatives you can choose from:

  • Bell with camera for single family houses
  • Bell with camera for apartment buildings
  • Wireless bell with camera

All video door phones have an outdoor unit with one or more bell buttons and one or more indoor units.

A system for multi-family houses must be equipped with several indoor units so that each resident of the house can have their own monitor connected to the bell. For a single family

Nowadays not every bell has to be connected through the wiring of the house. There are many models that work through wireless or IP technology.

What distinguishes a doorbell with camera for single family homes and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

The easiest way to install an electronic video door phone system is to wire it into an existing system.

If you want to recognize the person at the front door or apartment door before you let them in, you can also install an electronic doorbell with camera in a detached house. Modern video intercom systems ensure your safety not only by voice, but also by a video signal.

Advantages

Easy installation
Low cost
Security of own house
Any range

Disadvantages

Fixed indoor unit
Long-term expenditure

These systems are usually less expensive than those for apartment buildings, as they only require one monitor. This is because a doorbell for single-family homes has only one outdoor unit with a bell button and one indoor unit.

You can also have multiple monitors for the doorbell with camera installed in different rooms of your home so that you can access the system from anywhere.

What distinguishes a doorbell with camera for apartment buildings and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

In apartment buildings, the product solutions that are centrally connected to the doorbells at the door are practical. These provide each family with a receiver.

If the new doorbell with camera is to be for a two-family house, for example, the model must also have two separate indoor units. A system for a three-family house or a larger apartment building therefore requires even more receivers.

Advantages

An exterior for all residents
One-time expense
Split costs
Any range

Disadvantages

Total costs higher
All residents must agree
Complicated installation

It is often difficult to make a joint decision in a rented house. The overall cost of this bell is higher than for a single-family house. On the other hand, the installation of the outdoor unit with bell buttons would be shared between the residents and therefore the installation costs would also be reduced.

What distinguishes a wireless bell with camera and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Not every video door phone system necessarily has to be connected to the cabling of the house. Nowadays, wireless models are becoming increasingly popular.

If you want to install a bell with camera, you can either upgrade the existing system with camera and monitor or have a completely new system installed. In both cases you will need a connected cable system.

There are two ways to have a doorbell with camera wireless:

  • Video door intercom radio
  • IP Video Door Intercom System

This involves choosing between a fixed indoor station with display (video door intercom radio) or controlling the video door intercom via smartphone and app (IP video door intercom).

In both cases you unfortunately have the disadvantage that the outdoor unit has to be powered by rechargeable battery and you have to check and change it regularly.

Advantages

System without cable constraint
Connection to home network
Control via smartphone or tablet possible
Answer also possible in absence

Disadvantages

Limited range
Battery capacity
Requires stable Internet

Purchase criteria: You can compare and evaluate ringing with camera based on these factors

In the following, we would like to show you the factors you can use to compare and evaluate ringing with camera. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular camera bell is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Camera coverage angle
  • Wiring
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  • Door opener function
  • Night vision
  • Touchscreen
  • Installation flush-mounted/surface-mounted

Camera coverage angle

Depending on the quality of the outdoor camera, you can see visitors better or less well on the monitor of the indoor station. The angle of the camera or field of view determines what can be seen on the monitor.

The market offers video door phones with coverage angles between 50 and 180°, some of which can also be adjusted manually. The greater the angle, the better you can see the person ringing, regardless of their height.
For children, the coverage angle is more complicated. Due to their small body size, they can only be seen from an angle of 130°.

Wiring

According to our research there are these three possibilities when it comes to wiring the bell:

In a nutshell, the 4-wire technology requires thinner cables and thus enables a fast conduction of several outputs (e.g. monitors).

The new 2-wire technology is usually just as effective, if not more so, because thicker cables are used. The BUS, as mentioned above, allows many connections.

If you decide to use a 2-wire intercom system, the cables must meet certain requirements. The best thing is to get an idea of the wiring, so you know which video door intercom is best for you to connect without having to lay new cables.

As the name suggests, with 2-wire technology, audio, video and control signals for door openers are sent via two cables.

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In general, the larger the display, the better you can see the person outside. Most camera-operated doorbells have a 7-inch screen.

If you buy a bell with a camera, you should pay attention to the screen diagonal. Although the small models may look good, they are not practical.

It can happen that if the diagonal is too small, you will not be able to see anything clearly and, in case of doubt, you will not know who is at the front door. The display size can be particularly important for seniors or people with a visual impairment.

Door opener function

In addition to video and audio communication, almost all systems also allow the apartment door to be opened. The door opener function is possible because most of the doorbells with camera are compatible with 2-wire technology.

If your front door already has an electronic door opening mechanism, it can also be controlled via your video intercom.

Most door phones with video function can be easily connected to an electric door opener so that you can unlock the front door at the touch of a button.

Night vision

A door intercom system offers you mainly an extra plus in security, because you can see immediately who is ringing your doorbell and if necessary you don’t have to tell if you are at home or not. But what if it is dark outside?

Especially for the evening hours alone at home, ringing with camera and night vision function are advisable.

Most modern door phones have LEDs or a light and motion sensor so you can easily see who is at the front door in the dark. The LEDs are activated when someone presses the bell button.

You can also switch on the camera with lighting at any time from the indoor station of your system.

Touchscreen

A display that can be controlled by touchscreen, the bell with camera can be operated more easily and intuitively.

There are two concepts regarding the operation of an indoor station:

  • Classical push buttons
  • Touch screen.

Classic buttons, i.e. ordinary bell buttons, are particularly common for bells with a limited range of functions. Keys are therefore particularly recommended for older people, as they have a clear pressure point and it is always clear which key has been pressed.

Especially systems with a wide range of functions can be operated faster and more intuitively with a touch screen than with buttons. In addition, more compact indoor units can be built with touchscreens.

Installation flush-mounted / surface-mounted

When mounting your bell, you have two general options:

  • flush-mounted
  • Surface-mounted

It is important to decide on a model before you buy it. Not every system is suitable for installation without a roof.

For new buildings it is advisable to install the intercom system flush mounted. This way the bell system is protected from rain even without a roof. You can then easily move the plaster around the outstation.

Of course, you can also install the system flush-mounted at a later date, but not without great effort. You would have to remove the existing plaster by hollowing out the wall and then replaster it after installation to make sure the system is well sealed.

If you want or have to do without a concealed installation, a surface-mounted model is the best alternative. You can easily mount it on the plaster without much risk

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about doorbell with camera

Is the doorbell with camera allowed?

A video door intercom system is permitted in Germany.

The same applies to places or areas that can be used by several people at the same time. An example is a common entrance and exit.

Under no circumstances may a doorbell with camera be used to monitor public and private properties of third parties.

The installation of the bell with camera

The installation of a video intercom system varies according to various factors. It depends on the type of wiring in your house, the type of wire used for your bell, or whether it is wireless, how many people live in your house, etc.

When you install a doorbell with camera function, you come into contact with electricity, so you should be sure of your safety and otherwise leave the installation to a professional.

In any case, if you want to install an additional camera to your existing intercom system, you should check with the seller or manufacturer to see if an external camera can be installed and connected to the system before you buy.

To give you a better idea of the whole thing, we have selected two suitable videos with instructions for installing a video door phone.

It is advisable to consult an electrician when installing a video intercom system.

You can get expert advice from a specialist and perhaps the assembly in combination with the hardware is cheaper.

At what height is it best to install the camera?

The mounting height for the outdoor unit of a doorbell with camera is normally determined by the manufacturer’s specifications. As a rule, it is advisable to install the camera at a height between 1.50 and 1.65 m. This is the height at which people can best be detected.

Make sure that the camera is not placed in direct sunlight. If this is not possible, a sun visor can help.

But when choosing the height, don’t forget that the bell push button must also be easily accessible for the visitor!