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How to choose a smart doorbell for my home

by | April 20, 2019
How to choose a smart doorbell for my home

With technology advancing everyday different manufacturers produce products with different capabilities. A comparison between similar products becomes hard when there are so many manufacturers around.

Smart Doorbells and intercoms are becoming more and more popular in our homes and deciding which brands suits you might be a difficult task.

In this article Smartest Home tries to compare the biggest names in the Australian market to help you choose the most suitable product for your home.

Some of the important specs which we take into consideration for this comparison are as below:

1-      Video: resolution of a video is possibly the most important thing which defines the quality of the picture. Some intercom also come with night vision option which adds an extra security factor to the product. Being able to see a clear live video at night could be crucial for vulnerable, and elderly people.

2-      Sensors: some products are coming with PIR motion detector sensor. The sensor can detect and inform you if there is any activity behind your door as well as in some cases can trigger camera recording.

3-      Field of view: the greater the FOV angle the greater area is covered by your door bell camera.

4-      Audio: having a two way audio enables you to talk to the person behind the door without needing to attend at the door.

5-      Power: weather the device is battery powered or gets its power from supplied wires is important. Battery powered devices don’t need wiring therefor you have the flexibility for the installation location but relying on limited battery power might not be an option for everybody.

6-      Connectivity: it is important how the device connects and communicates with you. Same as the power the connectivity could also be wired or wireless. It is also important to know whether you have local device service or the device is accessible everywhere through your mobile phone.

7-      Storage: if the device have storage option, it could store the recordings locally on a SD card or on the cloud. If you need secure storage, the cloud storage possibly is the option for you but you should be aware that in most cases charges will be applied for cloud storage setup and usage.

8-      Price: we have tried to provide average pricing for each device, however the prices could be different and can change from time to time.

 

Knowing the above, now let’s look at some of the most popular doorbells in Australian market.

Ring Pro:

Ring Pro door bell

 Brand

Ring Pro

Colour

Satin Nickel, Pearl White, Venetian, Satin Black (all colours included)

Weight

 

Dimension


4.80 in. x 2.75 in. x 2.17 in. (11.94cm x 6.98cm x 5.51cm)

Video

1080 HD Video, Live View, Night Vision

Sensor/ Detector

Custom Motion Zones, built in

Field of View


160° horizontal, 100° vertical

Audio


Two-way audio with noise cancellation

Power

16-24 VAC

Connectivity

Wifi 2.4/5 GHz 802.11

Temperature protection

Yes (-20, 48 C)

Storage

$3 per month cloud storage

LCD screen

Smartphone App

Conditions

Temperature -5°F to 120°F (-20.5°C to 48.5°C), Weather Resistant

Price range

$240-$260

Smanos Doorbell

Smanos Smart Door bell

 

Smanos DB-20

Colour

Charcoal, silver

Weight

 

Dimension

131.7 x 62.2 x 36.2mm"

Video

1080 HD Video, Live View, Night Vision

Sensor/ Detector

Motion detection time set, built in

Field of View


170° horizontal, 90° vertical

Audio

Two-way audio

Power

AC 8-24V and backup battery for  2 hrs

Connectivity

Wifi 2.4/5 GHz

Temperature protection

Yes

Storage

up to 72hous free recording

LCD screen

Smartphone app

Conditions

Temperature: -20~+50℃ (4~122℉), Humidity < 95% RH

Price Range

$280-$320

Brinno SHC1000W doorbell

Brinno  SHC door bell

 

Brinno peephole camera (SHC1000W)

Colour

Black

Weight

170g without batteries

Dimension

3.4”x6.2”x1.3” (87 x 158 x 34 mm)

Video

AVI

Sensor/ Detector

Separated PIR, powered with 1XCR2450 battery, lasts for 28000 triggers. Inbuilt knocking sensor.

Field of View

 90° vertical

Audio

 

Power

4* AA batteries, lasts for 1800 triggers (Aprox)

Connectivity

 

Temperature protection

 

Storage

Micro SD card (supports up to 32 GB), Email box of your choice

LCD screen

Yes

Conditions

Temperature 32 °F ∼ 113 °F (0 °C ∼ 45 °C)

Price Range

$410-$460

Fibaro Intercom

Fibaro Intercom

 

Fibaro intercom

Colour

Silver/Black

Weight

420g

Dimension

85 mm x 37 mm (External)

Video

4 megapixel image sensor and Up to 1080p / 30 fps, Night Vision, HDR

Sensor/ Detector

For detecting motion in front of device

Field of View

180° horizontal / 120° vertical

Audio

Two-way audio with noise cancellation, Beamforming, Echo Canceler technologies

Power

POE or external 12 VDC power supply

Connectivity

10/100 Base-Tx auto-sensing, Wifi 2.4/5GHz

Temperature protection

 

Storage

Micro SD card  (supports up to 32 GB) and Cloud

LCD screen

Smartphone App

Conditions

Temperature -30°C to +40°C (-22°F to + 104°F), IP54

Options

- 2X switch inputs

- 2X Relay outputs

- 1X Alarm output

Price Range

$1800-$2000

Nest Hello

Nest Hello video door bell

 

Nest Hello

Colour

 

Weight

121.6 g

Dimension

 4.3 x 11.7 x 2.6 cm (1.7 x 4.6 x 1.0" )

Video

1/3" 3 MP (2K), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA), 30fps, HDR, night Vision

Sensor/ Detector

Motion and Sound detector

Field of View

160° Diagonal

Audio

Two-way audio

Power

16-24 VAC

Connectivity

Wifi 2.4/5GHz , Bluetooth

Temperature protection

 

Storage

Cloud storage

LCD screen

No

Conditions

Temperature  -20 to 40°C (-4 to 104°F ), IPX4

Price Range

$340-$380

Skybell

Skybell video door bell

 

Skybell

Colour

Silver

Weight

53 g

Dimension

71.2 mm x71.2 mm x 22 mm (2.8 x 2.8 x 0.9")

 

 

 

Video

1080p/720p/480p, Colour Nigh Vision

Sensor/ Detector

Motion detection, 180 degrees, to 15 feet

Field of View

180°

Audio

Two-way audio

Power

10-36 VAC, 12 VDC

Connectivity

WiFi 2.4/5GHz, SuperSpeed 2 x (150 MHz)

Temperature protection

 

Storage

Free Cloud storage

LCD screen

No

Conditions

IPX4

Options

 

Price Range

$280-$300

Hikvision intercom

Hikvision Intercom

 

HIK Vision DS-KV8X02-IM

Colour

Silver

Weight

 

Dimension

100 mm x182 mm x 32.5 mm (3.9 x 7.0 x 1.2")

Video

1280 x 720, night vision

Sensor/ Detector

 

Field of View

120°

Audio

Two-way audio

Power

Power over network, 12VDC

Connectivity

TCP/IP, SNMP, SIP, RTSP, RS485

Temperature protection

 

Storage

Storage Server (PC)

LCD screen

 

Conditions

Temperature - 40° C to + 70°C (-40° F to 158° F), IP65

Options

-Up to 256 access cards, Multi resident capability
-door magnetic status and tampering alarm
-4X input
-1X Output

Price Range

$300-$400

Swann wireless doorbell

swann door bell

 

Swann wireless doorbell (SWADS-WVDP720CM)

Colour

Black

Weight

242 g

Dimension

70  mm x37 mm x144 mm

Video

720 p (1MP), night vision

Sensor/ Detector

Thermal and motion detection

Field of View

112°

Audio

Two-way audio

Power

5 VDC, 16-24 VAC, Rechargeable USB Battery

Connectivity

Wifi 2.4GHz (wireless range up to 65ft/20m)

Temperature protection

 

Storage

Free 30 day video storage on-device

LCD screen

No

Conditions

Indoor/Outdoor IP65

Options

-Wireless Chime Unit

Price Range

$180-$200

Ring Elite

ring smart door bell

 

Ring Elite

Colour

Satin Nickel, Pearl White, Venetian, Satin Black

Weight

 

Dimension

119.4 mm x 69.8 mm x 55.1 mm

Video

1080 HD Video, Night Vision

Sensor/ Detector

Custom Motion Zones

Field of View

160° horizontal, 100° vertical

Audio

Two-way audio with noise cancellation

Power

Power Over Ethernet

Connectivity


802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connection @ 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz, Ethernet Connection

Temperature protection

 

Storage

$3 per month cloud storage

LCD screen

No

Conditions

Temperature -20.5°C to 48.5°C, weather proof

Price Range

$699-$750


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