Top 6 security cameras to keep an eye on your home

Kelsey Chapman
Thursday 12 November 2020 18:15
Home & Garden
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Nowadays, folks are ordering items to be delivered directly to their doorstep more than ever, and being able to see when those orders arrive can be very important! No one wants to lose packages to thieves or be accosted by the rare and random salesperson, so monitoring your front door is a great way to stay in the loop and safe.

So which doorbell cameras are best? We looked at dozens of models to see what folks are saying about their investments, and gathered some of the top choices here to guide you in the direction of your new favorite home security solution. Whether it’s affordability, video clarity, or longevity, keep reading to see which customer favorites made our list of the best doorbell cameras on the market.

Related: Since so many systems like the ones mentioned below operate off wifi connection, check out our favorite routers that ensure yours is in top condition.

You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn a commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing, expert advice and our own research. This revenue helps to fund journalism across The Independent.

Ring Video Doorbell – 1080p HD video, improved motion detection, easy installation – Venetian Bronze (2nd Gen)

Ring is an OG name in terms of doorbell cameras, and this new-and-improved model comes in an attractive bronze color that will look high-class and modern on your home’s exterior but doesn’t clash with older architectural styles. 1080p HD video lets you hear, see, and speak with anyone at your doorstep, and you’ll receive a notification every time someone approaches whether with a package or just to annoy you on a lazy Sunday morning.

“I had the original Ring Doorbell for about a year and really enjoyed it,” one user reports. “It was cheap but lower quality video resolution. It was fine for the time I had it. When the same thing with improved video was being released, I jumped on it. I received it today and got it installed. The video quality is night and day as shown in the photos and much better than the 1st generation.”

EZVIZ Outdoor Security Camera Turret WiFi H.265 1080P, 100ft Night Vision, Active Defense Siren and Strobe Light, Two-Way Talk, IP67 Weatherproof(C4W)

This outdoor turret is wall-mounted and provides full HD 1080p resolution for crystal clear monitoring all day and night, meaning you can rest well and relax even when you're gone knowing nothing will slip past this camera.

Other perks are the active defense strobe light, customizable voice alerts, and a 100dB alarm to ward off any intruders. Should any of these trigger, you'll get an immediate notification on your smartphone and be able to handle as needed. With the two-way talk system, you can also talk to any visitors through the camera.

eufy Security Wi-Fi Video Doorbell

Eufy promises “crystal-clear 2k image” with high def pictures and advanced HDR and distortion correction. This means, in simple terms, that this camera doorbell offers up twice the picture quality of other comparable models with no monthly fee to weigh down your finances. Thousands of ratings back up these claims, as reviewers mention frequently the ease of installation, clear imaging, fast notifications when someone enters or leaves, and excellent tech support should any problems arise. It’s also pretty easy on the eyes, with a more futuristic look than the Ring to suit the exterior of more modernized homes.

Google Nest Hello Smart Wi-Fi Video Doorbell

For Google loyalists, this is the obvious choice. The nest is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Voice Assistant, and at just under five inches tall, it’s an inconspicuous addition to any entryway. One user who calls it the “best on the market” explains:

“If you are looking for a video doorbell, this is the one you need to get. I have used other video doorbells and the NEST HELLO is by far the best one I have ever seen. Installation is extremely easy. Nest Hello needs to be wired in order to stay powered on to deliver 24/7 streaming, so if you don’t have a current wired doorbell, you would have to have the wiring installed by an electrician first.”

Amcrest 1080P WiFi Wired Video Doorbell Camera with IP55 Weatherproof, 2-Way Audio, 140-Degree Wide Angle

The Amcrest has all the same abilities as the other models, with an emphasis on being weatherproof and having night vision camera abilities. All that for under $100? Sign us up.

Reviewers tend to agree, calling it convenient and praising the wide angle look you get at anyone approaching the home, but some point to a bit trickier install, so be prepared to hire an electrician in order to save money and get this highly beneficial machine up and running.

ADT Blue Doorbell Camera

When it comes to brand recognition in home security, you’ll be hard pressed to find a bigger player that ADT, and their multitude of perks included with the Blue Doorbell Camera are wondrous: night vision, facial recognition, push notifications with preview, two-way talk with noise cancellation, and customizable motion detection zones combined with unlimited cloud storage to protect you from any package thieves or potential intruders no matter where you install it. It also comes in two different color choices so you can match different shades of gray to whatever best suits your abode.

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