Doorbell With Camera: Review & Recommendations

Welcome to our big doorbell with camera test 2020, where we present you all the doorbells with camera we have tested in detail. We have put together detailed background information for you 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 doorbell 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, which you should pay attention to if you want to buy a doorbell with camera.

The most important facts in brief

  • A doorbell with a camera can make life much easier, especially for people who, due to physical limitations, find it difficult to answer the doorbell when they need it. […]
  • A distinction can be made between surface-mounted and flush-mounted doorbells on the one hand and doorbells with wire and radio technology on the other.
  • Before buying a doorbell with camera, you need to think about the desired functions. Depending on your requirements, a different model will come into question.

Doorbell with camera Test: The Ranking

1st place: Ring Video Doorbell

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 has a resolution of 1080P HD, a 160° viewing angle and infrared night vision. The WLAN function allows you to access the live recordings of the camera from your smartphone at any time.

With built-in motion detection, you’ll get a message on your smartphone when someone rings or triggers the motion sensor.

The doorbell is powered by a replaceable battery pack or via a hard wiring to the mains. Customers appreciate above all the easy installation and the good picture quality.

2nd place: TMEZON Video door intercom

The TMEZON Video door phone is a model with two 7 inch indoor monitors and a camera with included night vision and 100° viewing angle. The camera is mounted via a 4-wire connection and is weatherproof.

When a visitor rings or triggers the motion sensor, a snapshot is automatically taken and stored. The doorbell with camera has an intercom and door opener function.

The doorbell is operated via the power supply. Customers of this model praise above all the good price-performance ratio.

3rd place: Safe2Home doorbell

The Safe2Home doorbell is a wireless system with camera, intercom, WLAN, night vision and a large coverage angle of 180°. The doorbell simply needs to be connected to the WIFI and a smartphone and is ready for use.

The model is operated by a rechargeable battery with a battery life of approx. 4 months. If someone rings the doorbell, a picture is generated and stored on the internal 8GB memory card. Customers especially appreciate the nice design, the good price-performance ratio

Advisor: Questions you should deal with before buying a doorbell with camera

What is a doorbell and camera?

A doorbell with camera automatically starts a sound and image transmission when the doorbell is pressed to show the owner who is at the front door.

Some doorbells with a camera also store these recordings so that you can recall the pictures later if someone rang the doorbell while you were away. A doorbell with camera saves unnecessary ways and serves for security.

As a rule, the doorbell also has an intercom system, which allows you to answer a doorbell at the front door conveniently from inside without having to open the front door.

Doorbells with camera are available in variants for single and multi-family houses and can be divided into so-called 2- and 4-wire systems and radio systems.

A doorbell with camera can have many other functions. For example, WLAN makes it possible for family members or friends to

Many doorbells are equipped with an HD camera, two-way audio and sometimes even a door opener.

A doorbell with a camera can make life a lot easier, especially for people who, due to physical limitations, find it difficult to walk quickly to the front door when the doorbell rings.

This doorbell also offers special protection for children, as children often tend to open the front door carelessly. However, the camera on the doorbell can satisfy the child’s curiosity on the screen even before the door is opened.

How much is a doorbell with camera?

There is a wide price range between the different doorbells with camera. Depending on the wishes and requirements of the doorbell and the camera and depending on the manufacturer, model and the respective functions, the cost varies.
The price also depends strongly on whether the doorbell with camera is needed for a single-family house, an apartment building or even an apartment with many residents. The price can range from around 25 to well over 700 euros.

Rudimentary doorbells with camera are available from 25 euros, but you should not expect quality in this price range. Adequate doorbells with camera in good quality you get from about 100 Euro.

For wireless doorbells with camera, the range is the most important factor for the price. If the distance to the receiver is too great, you won’t understand anything even with the best speaker. Therefore we would advise you to buy a model from 100 Euro.

Where can I buy a doorbell with camera?

Doorbells with camera are available in specialist shops or department stores as well as in many online shops. The most important information can be found in trade journals or on special internet platforms.
The advantage of buying in a specialist shop is that you can have a close look at the device, you are sometimes well advised and can take the doorbell with camera home with you.
Buying a doorbell with camera from an online shop has the advantage that dealers usually provide detailed information about the different models, you can choose from a huge selection of models and you have a lot of customer reviews available.
According to our research, most doorbells with a camera are sold through these online shops:

amaon.com
ebay.com
conrad.at
hornbach.com
obi.de
pearl.at
avitec24.de
mediamarkt.de

All doorbells with camera that we link to you on our site have a link to at least one of these shops. If you have found a suitable doorbell with camera that meets your requirements, you can also

What should I pay attention to when buying a doorbell with camera?

Before buying a doorbell with a camera, you should think about the desired functions. Depending on your requirements, a different model will come into question.
If you want to be able to access the camera recordings from anywhere, even if you are not at home, then the doorbell should have a WLAN function.
If the doorbell also has a door opener function, you can, for example, open the garage door for the postman at work so that he can place your order there.
You should also consider whether you want to install the doorbell completely on the plaster or whether the technical components of the doorbell should be built into the wall. For these two options, there are models specially designed for this purpose.
In addition, when buying a video doorbell, there are serious technical differences to consider, not only between the products of different manufacturers, but also between the different products of one manufacturer.

Can I retrofit a doorbell with camera?

If you want to retrofit a doorbell with a camera, there are a few things you need to consider. We have briefly summarized what is important to you.
If you decide on a wireless doorbell with camera, the effort is limited. You only have to pay attention to the signal range of the WLAN doorbell.

If you choose a wired system, the installation is a bit more complex. Even before you buy a doorbell with a camera, you should check which cables are already installed. You can then compare this with the circuit diagram of the new installation.

Effort and costs should always be considered carefully before buying a doorbell with camera. Doorbells with wireless technology are usually easier and less complicated to install than doorbells with wire technology.

If double lines already exist, a 2-wire doorbell is a good idea and you can save yourself the effort of laying new lines.

However, if you still want a 4-wire doorbell, you can use additional radio channels with some 2-wire doorbells or you can lay additional cables.

What alternatives are there to the doorbell with camera?

Basically, there is no alternative that combines all the features of a doorbell with camera. Nevertheless, some possibilities are shown here which can replace a video doorbell completely or partially.

Decision: What types of doorbells with camera are there and which one is right for you?

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

  • Surface mounted doorbell with camera
  • Flush-mounted doorbell with camera
  • Wire technology doorbell with camera
  • Radio technology doorbell with camera

What distinguishes a surface-mounted doorbell with camera and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

In the case of a surface-mounted doorbell with camera, the entire doorbell system with all components is mounted on the outside of the wall or plaster. This means that the technical components such as push buttons and radio transmitters are also mounted outside and not recessed into the wall.

Advantages

Quick and clean assembly
No hole left in the wall

Disadvantages

More bulky models
Technical components not embedded in the wall

With this type of installation you can save yourself a lot of work and you can do it quickly and cleanly. Even if you replace the doorbell, no large hole remains in the facade.

A disadvantage of this variant may be that the doorbells often appear clumsier and less integrated. However, newer and further developed surface-mounted doorbell models are now already available in a more delicate form.

What distinguishes a flush-mounted doorbell with camera and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

With a flush-mounted doorbell, part of the bell, usually the push button and other technical components of the bell such as the radio transmitter, is installed under the plaster in the facade.

This means that a very flat design can be attached on the outside, which is an optical advantage. The disadvantage of a flush-mounted doorbell, however, is that a relatively large hole in the house wall is required.

Advantages

Flat design of the visible part
Visually more appealing

Disadvantages

Hole in the wall is required
More complex installation

What distinguishes a video doorbell with wire technology and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

In a doorbell with wire technology, the signal is transmitted via cable. A distinction can be made here between 2-wire and 4-wire doorbells. As far as the number of wires is concerned, the more power you make available to your doorbell, the more functions it can perform.

However, a higher number of wires usually also means more work when installing the doorbell. If there is already a doorbell system whose cabling can be used further, this makes the work much easier.

A 2-wire doorbell is advantageous if you want to replace an existing doorbell that is only connected via a double wire. This way you can save yourself the effort of laying new lines, for which you would have to take into account material costs and working time.

However, if you still don’t want to do without the advantages of a 4-wire doorbell, you can use additional radio channels with some 2-wire doorbells.

Camera-equipped doorbells with 4-wire technology also offer the advantage that the video quality is higher than with 2-wire cabling.

Advantages

High noise immunity
More functions with higher wire count

Disadvantages

Not mobile
Cables must be laid

Wired systems have the advantage that they have a higher interference immunity. They can also take over the power supply of the connected stations completely or at least partially.

What distinguishes a video doorbell with radio technology and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

A doorbell with radio technology is particularly suitable for existing buildings or when it is not possible to lay cables. For new buildings, it is more advisable to lay a 4-wire cable in order to keep all possibilities open.

With radio systems, the outdoor station and each indoor station require their own power supply. Usually the doorbells are operated with battery or rechargeable battery. The installation effort for doorbells with radio technology is usually less than for retrofitting doorbells with wire technology.

Advantages

Mobile use
Partially high range
Reduced installation effort

Disadvantages

Not always weatherproof
Batteries must be charged regularly

Purchase criteria: You can compare and rate doorbells with camera based on these factors

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can choose from the multitude of possible doorbells with camera.
The criteria that you can use to compare the doorbells include

  • Camera resolution and angle
  • Night vision
  • Recording function
  • Door opener function
  • Power consumption

Now we will take a closer look at the individual purchase criteria.

Camera resolution and angle

The resolution of the camera is decisive for how sharp and detailed people can be seen on the monitor. It is therefore advisable to choose a doorbell with a camera that has the highest possible resolution.

The angle of the camera is quite different depending on the model. Usually it is between 50 and 160 degrees. The wider the angle of view, the more the camera captures and the better the overview you get of what is happening in front of your door.

If you choose an angle that is too small, it can happen that a child, for example, is not captured by the camera. It is best to use the natural angle of vision of the human eye. This is around 130 degrees.

Night vision

The night vision function enables the camera to provide a usable image even under problematic lighting conditions and in the dark. Infrared sensors convert the invisible radiation into visually perceptible light and thus make the surroundings visible.

It should be noted that night vision usually only works up to a distance of one meter.

When the bell is pressed, LED spotlights are also activated, which additionally illuminate the immediate surroundings. Depending on the model, either a combination of these two night vision systems or only one of them is used.

Recording function

The camera is activated either by a motion detector or the doorbell. The camera then delivers the sound and image material to the indoor station and automatically records the data.

However, caution is required when handling personal data. Data on which persons are recognizable may not be published!

This function makes the recordings of your potential visitors available to you even if they have rung the bell in your absence.

Door opener function

Another practical function is the door […]

Especially modern doorbells with camera allow to open the door even from a distance. This has the advantage that you do not have to rush to the door or look for keys when the doorbell rings.

This function is used, for example, when renting a holiday home. You do not have to wait for your guests to arrive. You can go about your daily business as normal and will be notified via your smartphone as soon as the guests have arrived.

Now you can open the door remotely or upgrade your guests’ smartphone to a digital key. This function is also useful if you are waiting for a package to be delivered.

If the postman arrives exactly when you are not at home, you can still communicate with him and use the door opener function to open the garage for example. The postman can then safely deposit your parcel there.

Power consumption

In order for a doorbell with camera to work, it also needs electricity. Video doorbells with radio technology, which have WLAN for example, are usually operated with battery or rechargeable battery.

With wireless doorbells and especially with mobile devices you should always pay attention to the battery life. The longer the battery lasts, the better.

To avoid a “power failure” and leave your guests out in the rain, you should replace the transmitter batteries regularly. To prevent such a failure, many manufacturers offer an external battery indicator.

This problem does not need to be taken into account for hard-wired models, as they draw their power from the mains.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about doorbells with camera

How do I mount my doorbell with camera?

When mounting the outdoor station, you should make sure that the sunlight does not directly hit the lens. The mounting height of the camera should be about 150 cm to be able to capture faces well.

If there is danger of splashing water from rain, you should seal the outstation on the left, right and upper side with silicone. The bottom of the station should be left free so that any water that has entered the station can run off again.

Direct sunlight should also be avoided on the screen. The mounting height of the display can be selected according to requirements at a height of approximately 140 cm.

For the cables, a conventional telephone cable is generally sufficient, but the cable should not be laid together with a 230V cable. The maximum length of the cable must not exceed 70 metres, otherwise there is a risk that the picture function will not work properly.

What is allowed and what is prohibited with my doorbell with camera? (Legal aspects)

If you choose a doorbell with a camera, you must ensure that data protection is guaranteed. You may only monitor your own property. Public property such as the street or sidewalk must not be monitored, nor must the neighbour’s property.

Since the video recording of the doorbell only starts when someone rings anyway, everything is in order according to data protection law.

Nevertheless, you should warn visitors of the surveillance by putting up a sign. This also serves as a deterrent against burglars and vandals.

The recordings may only be used for private use. If you have captured pictures of alleged burglars, you can make them available to the police.

Making recordings with people public, for example by posting them in social media, is strictly prohibited.

How can I connect my video doorbell to my Fritzbox?

If you connect your doorbell with video function to your Fritzbox, you can use your smartphone as an intercom and see the picture of the camera with it. You can answer the call from any phone in the house that is connected to the Fritzbox.

We have now prepared a step-by-step guide for you:

    Door intercom systems with analogue telephone connection are connected to the A/B port of a telephone system.
    For the hands-free and telephony function you need a sufficiently long telephone cable that bridges the distance between the door intercom and your Fritzbox. First, however, the door intercom must be wired to the power source.
    Now the doorbell system must be installed either “on the wall” or “flush-mounted”. Follow the instructions supplied with the doorbell system.
    Then connect the telephone cable of the door intercom to the analogue port of the Fritzbox.
    Now you can set up your door intercom as a telephony device in the Fritzbox.
    Done. Now you can take door calls directly on the phone.

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