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(Pocket-lint) - Los timbres con video son esenciales para cualquier hogar inteligente. No solo pueden proporcionar una mirada instantánea a los llamadores de puertas y permitirle hablar con ellos directamente, sino que también funcionan como excelentes dispositivos de seguridad. Con un timbre inteligente superior, nunca te perderás la acción en el frente de tu casa.

Lo principal que deberá decidir al comprar un timbre con video es si desea una opción con cable o una opción que funcione con batería. Si opta por el cableado, es probable que necesite un electricista para que lo instale, especialmente si no tiene un timbre con cable existente. Las opciones que funcionan con baterías se pueden montar en su puerta, pero deberá cargar la batería o comprar una batería de respaldo para cambiar.

Hay una serie de opciones sólidas disponibles actualmente en el mercado, pero también vale la pena considerar que cada empresa también tiene diferentes opciones de suscripción. Deberá tener esto en cuenta en el costo total, especialmente si desea ver grabaciones históricas de timbres de video.

Si todo suena un poco confuso, no se preocupe, para eso estamos aquí para ayudarlo, y por eso tenemos una sección dedicada de preguntas frecuentes llena de cosas que debe considerar antes de comprar.

Dado que el equipo editorial de Pocket-lint prueba y revisa continuamente los timbres inteligentes, tanto con batería como con cable, también estamos aquí para darle una idea de las mejores opciones que existen. Siga leyendo para descubrir los timbres con video que recomendamos actualmente.


¿Cuál es el mejor timbre con video? Actualmente, recomendamos Ring Video Doorbell 4 . Sin embargo, esto es seguido de cerca por Google Nest Hello (cableado) , Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 , Google Nest Doorbell Battery y Arlo Essential Video Doorbell sin cables .


Nuestra mejor elección: timbres con video

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Ring Video Doorbell 4

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Para

  • Imágenes de gran calidad
  • Totalmente personalizable

Contra

  • La configuración de movimiento es más compleja de lo necesario
  • Se necesita suscripción a Ring Protect

El Ring Video Doorbell 4 es nuestro timbre con video de primera elección y funciona con baterías, lo que permite una fácil instalación.

Su diseño no es tan elegante como el Nest Hello con cable o la batería del timbre Nest, pero tiene un gran conjunto de funciones y su carcasa exterior se puede personalizar, lo cual es un buen toque.

También ofrece controles de movimiento personalizables, pre-roll en color para capturar eventos antes de que sucedan, entregando imágenes de buena calidad en todo momento. En pocas palabras, es un paquete completo,

Querrá recoger un Chime o Chime Pro para escuchar un timbre en toda su casa, y probablemente también uno de los dos niveles de suscripción de Ring Protect, ya que este es un requisito para aquellos que desean acceder a 30 días. historia.

Video doorbells we also recommend

There are a number of video doorbell options out there, many of which are excellent for different types of users. So, while we have our top choice, this might not suit everyone - especially those that specifically want a wired option, or those that prefer Google Assistant over Amazon Alexa.

We think our top pick is currently the best option in terms of price, features and performance, but there are four other models we highly recommend checking out. 

Video doorbells we also recommend

There are a number of video doorbell options out there, many of which are excellent for different types of users. So, while we have our top choice, this might not suit everyone - especially those that specifically want a wired option, or those that prefer Google Assistant over Amazon Alexa.

We think our top pick is currently the best option in terms of price, features and performance, but there are four other models we highly recommend checking out. 

Video doorbells we also recommend

There are a number of video doorbell options out there, many of which are excellent for different types of users. So, while we have our top choice, this might not suit everyone - especially those that specifically want a wired option, or those that prefer Google Assistant over Amazon Alexa.

We think our top pick is currently the best option in terms of price, features and performance, but there are four other models we highly recommend checking out. 

Video doorbells we also recommend

There are a number of video doorbell options out there, many of which are excellent for different types of users. So, while we have our top choice, this might not suit everyone - especially those that specifically want a wired option, or those that prefer Google Assistant over Amazon Alexa.

We think our top pick is currently the best option in terms of price, features and performance, but there are four other models we highly recommend checking out. 

Video doorbells we also recommend

There are a number of video doorbell options out there, many of which are excellent for different types of users. So, while we have our top choice, this might not suit everyone - especially those that specifically want a wired option, or those that prefer Google Assistant over Amazon Alexa.

We think our top pick is currently the best option in terms of price, features and performance, but there are four other models we highly recommend checking out. 

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2

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Para

  • Magnífico ángulo de visión de la cabeza a los pies.
  • Detección de movimiento basada en distancia

Contra

  • No incluye timbre
  • No puedo aprender las caras de la gente

El Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 es otra opción cableada y tiene muchas funciones, junto con una buena vista de gran angular y metraje de calidad decente.

No ofrece reconocimiento facial como el Nest Hello, y deberá comprar un Chime o Chime Pro por separado, pero el Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 es una excelente opción para aquellos que buscan una opción con cable.

Aún así, hay algunas características excelentes a bordo, como la detección de movimiento basada en la distancia y la capacidad de elegir una placa frontal diferente.

Sin embargo, como es de esperar, necesitará una suscripción a Ring Protect para acceder a algunas de las funciones de primer nivel.

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Google Nest Hello (con cable)

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Para

  • Excelente calidad de imagen y video
  • Gran reconocimiento facial

Contra

  • Caro con la instalación
  • La instalación con cable no se adapta a todos

El Nest Hello es un timbre con video brillante, pero está cableado, por lo que puede que no sea adecuado para todos los hogares.

Para aquellos que pueden acomodar una variante con cable, el Hello tiene algunas características excelentes, que incluyen reconocimiento facial, imágenes HDR y un hermoso diseño premium.

La calidad de video e imagen es excelente, la integración con Google Smart Displays es excelente y el reconocimiento facial funciona bien. No es barato, pero merece la pena.

Solo tenga en cuenta que necesitará una suscripción a Nest Aware para aprovechar algunas de las funciones más premium, como aumentar el historial de eventos de video de tres horas estándar a 30 días o más.

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Timbre con video Arlo Essential sin cables

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Para

  • Excelente calidad de video
  • Buena duración de la batería

Contra

  • Necesita una suscripción para obtener todas las funciones
  • Construcción voluminosa

Essential Video Doorbell sin cables de Arlo es una excelente opción para aquellos a quienes les gusta la flexibilidad que ofrece Ring Video Doorbell 4, pero el diseño más delgado del Nest Hello.

Es más voluminoso de lo que parece desde el frente, pero ofrece una excelente calidad de video, fácil configuración e integración con el sistema más amplio de Arlo.

Solo tenga en cuenta que, como con casi todos los timbres con video, tendrá que suscribirse a Arlo Secure para aprovecharlo al máximo. Para el modelo Wire-Free, eso significa obtener acceso a al menos 30 días de almacenamiento en la nube.

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Batería del timbre Google Nest

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Para

  • Diseño limpio y moderno
  • Gran conjunto de funciones
  • Buena duración de la batería

Contra

  • Sin opción de batería de repuesto
  • La aplicación Google Home no es tan fluida como la aplicación Nest
  • Una unidad bastante grande

La batería del timbre de Google Nest es la respuesta de la compañía a la configuración sin complicaciones de las ofertas de Ring, con un diseño sólido y sostenible encantador, así como una excelente integración con Google Home.

Como su nombre indica, funciona con batería, aunque también se puede conectar, lo que facilita la instalación que el Nest Hello. La desventaja es que no ofrece una calidad de imagen y video tan buena, y tampoco funciona con un timbre cuando funciona con batería.

Sin embargo, hay algunas funciones excelentes a bordo de este timbre con video, incluido el reconocimiento facial familiar (con una suscripción a Nest Aware), así como muchas funciones sin una suscripción también, como el historial de video de tres horas.

La batería del timbre de Google Nest es un excelente timbre con video que ofrece más funciones sin suscripción que Ring y funciona de manera brillante con una casa inteligente con tecnología de Google. Por ejemplo, no necesitará un timbre adicional si tiene un altavoz o una pantalla de Google Nest, ya que pasará a través de las llamadas.

Cmo comprar un timbre con video

Hay muchos timbres de video para elegir, listos para mantener su propiedad segura y alertarlo cuando alguien está allí, donde sea que esté. A continuación, le indicamos cómo elegir el que más le convenga.

¿Qué necesito del sensor de la cámara?

Cuanto mayor sea la resolución, mayor será el nivel de detalle del metraje y la posibilidad de que funciones como el reconocimiento facial sean útiles. Además, algunas cámaras tienen un campo de visión más amplio que otras, lo que vale la pena revisar para que sepa exactamente lo que verá.

Tenga en cuenta que los timbres con video utilizan una gran cantidad de datos, por lo que si su wifi es lento, es posible que no vea los beneficios de una cámara más cara con video de mayor resolución.

Sencillez de instalación

¿Quieres un timbre con video inalámbrico o con cable? Cableado significa que no hay batería que se agote, inalámbrico significa que la instalación es significativamente más fácil: simplemente instale el timbre en el lugar correcto y listo. Pero necesitará recargar la batería, a veces hasta cada dos semanas.

La instalación con cables no siempre es complicada, ya que en la mayoría de los casos el cableado del timbre ya está en su lugar. ¿No estás seguro de hacerlo tú mismo? Considere el costo de un electricista.

¿Necesita un centro de hogar?

Algunos timbres de video se conectan a un concentrador que se conecta a su enrutador de banda ancha, otros se conectan directamente al enrutador. Ambos funcionan bien, pero el sistema sin concentrador ocupa menos espacio. Por otro lado, si está construyendo un sistema doméstico inteligente completo, es posible que necesite un concentrador para vincularlos a todos.

Si bien los timbres con video generalmente funcionan de forma independiente, un concentrador puede significar una mayor versatilidad. Entonces, por ejemplo, cuando el timbre detecta movimiento, si está en la misma configuración que una luz inteligente, puede programarlo para que la luz se encienda al mismo tiempo.

¿Necesitas un timbre también?

En muchos casos, el timbre de video simplemente se conectará al cableado de su timbre existente, por lo que el timbre ya está allí. De lo contrario, o si el timbre actual no es compatible, deberá comprar un timbre nuevo.

Características

Hay muchas funciones disponibles, pero estas son algunas que debe verificar.

¿Puedes editar a qué parte de la vista de la cámara responde? Si recibe notificaciones cada vez que un automóvil pasa el final del viaje, eso envejecerá rápidamente.

¿Tiene reconocimiento facial? Esto es ideal si desea un mensaje rápido para confirmar que la persona en su puerta es el paseador de perros o su hijo que llega a casa de la escuela.

¿Tiene visión nocturna? ¿Es en color o en blanco y negro?

¿Registra cuando ve a alguien cerca en lugar de solo cuando realmente presiona el timbre?

Precio

Los precios varían mucho, por lo que esto siempre será una consideración. A veces, un modelo más caro simplemente agrega un diseño más elegante, una forma más delgada o un acabado metálico. O puede estar pagando por funciones que no necesita, así que verifique con cuidado.

¿Existe una suscripción en curso?

En la mayoría de los casos, para obtener el máximo rendimiento de su timbre con video, deberá obtener una suscripción mensual o anual. Sin una suscripción, seguirá recibiendo notificaciones cuando suene el timbre, pero es posible que la cámara no almacene imágenes en línea o no por tanto tiempo.

Algunos extras, como el reconocimiento facial o la capacidad de diferenciar entre una persona o un paquete, también tienen un costo adicional.

Muchas suscripciones al menos le permiten cancelar en cualquier momento, por lo que puede optar por suscribirse para las funciones adicionales solo en los meses en los que se va de vacaciones, por ejemplo.

Información adicional de David Phelan

How to buy a video doorbell

There are plenty of video doorbells to choose from, ready to keep your property secure and alert you when someone’s there, wherever you may be. Here’s how to pick the one that’s right for you.

What do I need from the camera sensor?

The higher the resolution, the greater the level of detail in the footage, and the chance that features like facial recognition will be useful. Additionally, some cameras have a wider field of vision than others, which is worth checking out so you know exactly what you’ll get to see.

Note that video doorbells use a lot of data, so if your wifi is slow, you may not see the benefits of a pricier camera with higher-resolution video.

Simplicity of installation

Do you want a wired or wireless video doorbell? Wired means there’s no battery to run flat, wireless means installation is significantly easier – just mount the doorbell in the right place and you’re done. But you will need to recharge the battery, sometimes as often as every couple of weeks.

Wired installation isn’t always tricky as in most cases the doorbell wiring is already in place. Unsure about doing it yourself? Factor in the cost of an electrician.

Does it need a home hub?

Some video doorbells connect to a hub that plugs into your broadband router, others connect directly to the router. Both work well, but the hub-free system takes less space. On the other hand, if you’re building a complete smart home system, you may need a hub to link them all together.

While video doorbells usually work independently, a hub can mean greater versatility. So, for instance, when the doorbell spots movement, if it’s in the same set-up as a smart light, you could program it so the light comes on at the same time.

Do you need a chime as well?

In many cases, the video doorbell will simply connect to the wiring for your existing bell, so the chime is already there. If not, or if the current chime isn’t compatible, you will need to buy a new chime.

Features

There are plenty of features available, but these are a few you should check for.

Can you edit what part of the camera view it responds to? If you’re getting notifications every time a car passes the end of the drive that will get old quickly.

Does it have facial recognition? This is ideal if you want a quick message to confirm that the person on your doorstep is the dog walker or your child arriving home from school.

Does it have night vision? Is that in colour or black-and-white?

Does it record when it sees someone nearby rather than just when they actually press the doorbell?

Price

Prices vary a lot, so this is always going to be a consideration. Sometimes, a more expensive model merely adds a spiffier design, a slimmer shape or a metal finish. Or you may be paying for features which you don’t need, so check carefully.

Is there an ongoing subscription?

In most cases, to get the absolute maximum out of your video doorbell, you’ll need to stump up for a monthly or yearly subscription. Without a subscription, you’ll still get notifications when the doorbell rings, but the camera may not store footage online, or not for as long.

Some extras, such as facial recognition, or the capability to tell the difference between a person or a parcel, cost extra, too.

Many subscriptions at least let you cancel at any time, so you might choose to subscribe for the extra features just in the months in which you’re going on holiday, say.

Additional reporting by David Phelan

Other products we considered

To choose the best video doorbell on the market to recommend in this guide, the Pocket-lint editorial team spend countless hours researching and reviewing the different models. Several factors are considered, including consumer reviews, our own experiences, brand quality and value for money. 

Like our other buyer's guides, we like to keep our list of recommendations fairly short, but there are still other options to consider - some that might be better suited to you and your home. Some are older models, but you may find them better value for money, albeit with fewer features.

Other products we considered

To choose the best video doorbell on the market to recommend in this guide, the Pocket-lint editorial team spend countless hours researching and reviewing the different models. Several factors are considered, including consumer reviews, our own experiences, brand quality and value for money. 

Like our other buyer's guides, we like to keep our list of recommendations fairly short, but there are still other options to consider - some that might be better suited to you and your home. Some are older models, but you may find them better value for money, albeit with fewer features.

Other products we considered

To choose the best video doorbell on the market to recommend in this guide, the Pocket-lint editorial team spend countless hours researching and reviewing the different models. Several factors are considered, including consumer reviews, our own experiences, brand quality and value for money. 

Like our other buyer's guides, we like to keep our list of recommendations fairly short, but there are still other options to consider - some that might be better suited to you and your home. Some are older models, but you may find them better value for money, albeit with fewer features.

Other products we considered

To choose the best video doorbell on the market to recommend in this guide, the Pocket-lint editorial team spend countless hours researching and reviewing the different models. Several factors are considered, including consumer reviews, our own experiences, brand quality and value for money. 

Like our other buyer's guides, we like to keep our list of recommendations fairly short, but there are still other options to consider - some that might be better suited to you and your home. Some are older models, but you may find them better value for money, albeit with fewer features.

Other products we considered

To choose the best video doorbell on the market to recommend in this guide, the Pocket-lint editorial team spend countless hours researching and reviewing the different models. Several factors are considered, including consumer reviews, our own experiences, brand quality and value for money. 

Like our other buyer's guides, we like to keep our list of recommendations fairly short, but there are still other options to consider - some that might be better suited to you and your home. Some are older models, but you may find them better value for money, albeit with fewer features.

How to choose a video doorbell

There are plenty of video doorbells to choose from, ready to keep your property secure and alert you when someone's there, wherever you may be. Here's how to pick the one that's right for you.

Is video doorbell camera resolution important?

The higher the resolution, the greater the level of detail in the footage, and the chance that features like facial recognition will be useful. Additionally, some cameras have a wider field of vision than others, which is worth checking out so you know exactly what you'll get to see.

Note that video doorbells use a lot of data, so if your Wi-Fi is slow, you may not see the benefits of a pricier camera with higher-resolution video.

Wired or wireless - which is best?

Wired means there's no battery to run flat, while wireless means installation is significantly easier – just mount the doorbell in the right place and you're done. But you will need to recharge the battery, sometimes as often as every couple of weeks.

Wired installation isn't always tricky, as, in most cases, the doorbell wiring is already in place. Unsure about doing it yourself? Factor in the cost of an electrician.

Do video doorbells need a smart hub to connect?

Some video doorbells connect to a hub that plugs into your broadband router, while others connect wirelessly to the router. Both work well, but the hub-free system takes less space. On the other hand, if you're building a complete smart home system, you may need a hub to link them all together.

While video doorbells usually work independently, a hub can mean greater versatility. So, for instance, when the doorbell spots movement, if it's in the same set-up as a smart light, you could program it so the light comes on at the same time.

Typically, this comes down to whether you already own a compatible Alexa or Google Assistant hub - and you should naturally factor this into which doorbell brand you opt for. 

Do you need a chime?

If you're opting for a wired doorbell, it will typically connect to the wiring for your existing bell, so the chime is already there. If you're going down the battery-powered route, or if the current chime isn't compatible, you will need to buy a separate chime to actually hear when someone's at the door.

What can a smart video doorbell actually do?

There are plenty of features available, but these are a few you should check for.

Can you edit what part of the camera view it responds to? If you're getting notifications every time a car passes the end of the drive, that will get old quickly.

Does it have facial recognition? This is ideal if you want a quick message to confirm that the person on your doorstep is the dog walker or your child arriving home from school.

Does it have night vision? Is that in colour or black-and-white?

Does it record when it sees someone nearby rather than just when they actually press the doorbell?

Do video doorbells need a subscription?

In most cases, to get the absolute maximum out of your video doorbell, you'll need to stump up for a monthly or yearly subscription. Without a subscription, you'll still get notifications when the doorbell rings, but the camera may not store footage online, or not for as long.

Some extras, such as facial recognition, or the capability to tell the difference between a person or a parcel, cost extra, too. Many subscriptions at least let you cancel at any time, so you might choose to subscribe for the extra features just in the months in which you're going on holiday, say.

How to choose a video doorbell

There are plenty of video doorbells to choose from, ready to keep your property secure and alert you when someone's there, wherever you may be. Here's how to pick the one that's right for you.

Is video doorbell camera resolution important?

The higher the resolution, the greater the level of detail in the footage, and the chance that features like facial recognition will be useful. Additionally, some cameras have a wider field of vision than others, which is worth checking out so you know exactly what you'll get to see.

Note that video doorbells use a lot of data, so if your Wi-Fi is slow, you may not see the benefits of a pricier camera with higher-resolution video.

Wired or wireless - which is best?

Wired means there's no battery to run flat, while wireless means installation is significantly easier – just mount the doorbell in the right place and you're done. But you will need to recharge the battery, sometimes as often as every couple of weeks.

Wired installation isn't always tricky, as, in most cases, the doorbell wiring is already in place. Unsure about doing it yourself? Factor in the cost of an electrician.

Do video doorbells need a smart hub to connect?

Some video doorbells connect to a hub that plugs into your broadband router, while others connect wirelessly to the router. Both work well, but the hub-free system takes less space. On the other hand, if you're building a complete smart home system, you may need a hub to link them all together.

While video doorbells usually work independently, a hub can mean greater versatility. So, for instance, when the doorbell spots movement, if it's in the same set-up as a smart light, you could program it so the light comes on at the same time.

Typically, this comes down to whether you already own a compatible Alexa or Google Assistant hub - and you should naturally factor this into which doorbell brand you opt for. 

Do you need a chime?

If you're opting for a wired doorbell, it will typically connect to the wiring for your existing bell, so the chime is already there. If you're going down the battery-powered route, or if the current chime isn't compatible, you will need to buy a separate chime to actually hear when someone's at the door.

What can a smart video doorbell actually do?

There are plenty of features available, but these are a few you should check for.

Can you edit what part of the camera view it responds to? If you're getting notifications every time a car passes the end of the drive, that will get old quickly.

Does it have facial recognition? This is ideal if you want a quick message to confirm that the person on your doorstep is the dog walker or your child arriving home from school.

Does it have night vision? Is that in colour or black-and-white?

Does it record when it sees someone nearby rather than just when they actually press the doorbell?

Do video doorbells need a subscription?

In most cases, to get the absolute maximum out of your video doorbell, you'll need to stump up for a monthly or yearly subscription. Without a subscription, you'll still get notifications when the doorbell rings, but the camera may not store footage online, or not for as long.

Some extras, such as facial recognition, or the capability to tell the difference between a person or a parcel, cost extra, too. Many subscriptions at least let you cancel at any time, so you might choose to subscribe for the extra features just in the months in which you're going on holiday, say.

How to choose a video doorbell

There are plenty of video doorbells to choose from, ready to keep your property secure and alert you when someone's there, wherever you may be. Here's how to pick the one that's right for you.

Is video doorbell camera resolution important?

The higher the resolution, the greater the level of detail in the footage, and the chance that features like facial recognition will be useful. Additionally, some cameras have a wider field of vision than others, which is worth checking out so you know exactly what you'll get to see.

Note that video doorbells use a lot of data, so if your Wi-Fi is slow, you may not see the benefits of a pricier camera with higher-resolution video.

Wired or wireless - which is best?

Wired means there's no battery to run flat, while wireless means installation is significantly easier – just mount the doorbell in the right place and you're done. But you will need to recharge the battery, sometimes as often as every couple of weeks.

Wired installation isn't always tricky, as, in most cases, the doorbell wiring is already in place. Unsure about doing it yourself? Factor in the cost of an electrician.

Do video doorbells need a smart hub to connect?

Some video doorbells connect to a hub that plugs into your broadband router, while others connect wirelessly to the router. Both work well, but the hub-free system takes less space. On the other hand, if you're building a complete smart home system, you may need a hub to link them all together.

While video doorbells usually work independently, a hub can mean greater versatility. So, for instance, when the doorbell spots movement, if it's in the same set-up as a smart light, you could program it so the light comes on at the same time.

Typically, this comes down to whether you already own a compatible Alexa or Google Assistant hub - and you should naturally factor this into which doorbell brand you opt for. 

Do you need a chime?

If you're opting for a wired doorbell, it will typically connect to the wiring for your existing bell, so the chime is already there. If you're going down the battery-powered route, or if the current chime isn't compatible, you will need to buy a separate chime to actually hear when someone's at the door.

What can a smart video doorbell actually do?

There are plenty of features available, but these are a few you should check for.

Can you edit what part of the camera view it responds to? If you're getting notifications every time a car passes the end of the drive, that will get old quickly.

Does it have facial recognition? This is ideal if you want a quick message to confirm that the person on your doorstep is the dog walker or your child arriving home from school.

Does it have night vision? Is that in colour or black-and-white?

Does it record when it sees someone nearby rather than just when they actually press the doorbell?

Do video doorbells need a subscription?

In most cases, to get the absolute maximum out of your video doorbell, you'll need to stump up for a monthly or yearly subscription. Without a subscription, you'll still get notifications when the doorbell rings, but the camera may not store footage online, or not for as long.

Some extras, such as facial recognition, or the capability to tell the difference between a person or a parcel, cost extra, too. Many subscriptions at least let you cancel at any time, so you might choose to subscribe for the extra features just in the months in which you're going on holiday, say.

How to choose a video doorbell

There are plenty of video doorbells to choose from, ready to keep your property secure and alert you when someone's there, wherever you may be. Here's how to pick the one that's right for you.

Is video doorbell camera resolution important?

The higher the resolution, the greater the level of detail in the footage, and the chance that features like facial recognition will be useful. Additionally, some cameras have a wider field of vision than others, which is worth checking out so you know exactly what you'll get to see.

Note that video doorbells use a lot of data, so if your Wi-Fi is slow, you may not see the benefits of a pricier camera with higher-resolution video.

Wired or wireless - which is best?

Wired means there's no battery to run flat, while wireless means installation is significantly easier – just mount the doorbell in the right place and you're done. But you will need to recharge the battery, sometimes as often as every couple of weeks.

Wired installation isn't always tricky, as, in most cases, the doorbell wiring is already in place. Unsure about doing it yourself? Factor in the cost of an electrician.

Do video doorbells need a smart hub to connect?

Some video doorbells connect to a hub that plugs into your broadband router, while others connect wirelessly to the router. Both work well, but the hub-free system takes less space. On the other hand, if you're building a complete smart home system, you may need a hub to link them all together.

While video doorbells usually work independently, a hub can mean greater versatility. So, for instance, when the doorbell spots movement, if it's in the same set-up as a smart light, you could program it so the light comes on at the same time.

Typically, this comes down to whether you already own a compatible Alexa or Google Assistant hub - and you should naturally factor this into which doorbell brand you opt for. 

Do you need a chime?

If you're opting for a wired doorbell, it will typically connect to the wiring for your existing bell, so the chime is already there. If you're going down the battery-powered route, or if the current chime isn't compatible, you will need to buy a separate chime to actually hear when someone's at the door.

What can a smart video doorbell actually do?

There are plenty of features available, but these are a few you should check for.

Can you edit what part of the camera view it responds to? If you're getting notifications every time a car passes the end of the drive, that will get old quickly.

Does it have facial recognition? This is ideal if you want a quick message to confirm that the person on your doorstep is the dog walker or your child arriving home from school.

Does it have night vision? Is that in colour or black-and-white?

Does it record when it sees someone nearby rather than just when they actually press the doorbell?

Do video doorbells need a subscription?

In most cases, to get the absolute maximum out of your video doorbell, you'll need to stump up for a monthly or yearly subscription. Without a subscription, you'll still get notifications when the doorbell rings, but the camera may not store footage online, or not for as long.

Some extras, such as facial recognition, or the capability to tell the difference between a person or a parcel, cost extra, too. Many subscriptions at least let you cancel at any time, so you might choose to subscribe for the extra features just in the months in which you're going on holiday, say.

How to choose a video doorbell

There are plenty of video doorbells to choose from, ready to keep your property secure and alert you when someone's there, wherever you may be. Here's how to pick the one that's right for you.

Is video doorbell camera resolution important?

The higher the resolution, the greater the level of detail in the footage, and the chance that features like facial recognition will be useful. Additionally, some cameras have a wider field of vision than others, which is worth checking out so you know exactly what you'll get to see.

Note that video doorbells use a lot of data, so if your Wi-Fi is slow, you may not see the benefits of a pricier camera with higher-resolution video.

Wired or wireless - which is best?

Wired means there's no battery to run flat, while wireless means installation is significantly easier – just mount the doorbell in the right place and you're done. But you will need to recharge the battery, sometimes as often as every couple of weeks.

Wired installation isn't always tricky, as, in most cases, the doorbell wiring is already in place. Unsure about doing it yourself? Factor in the cost of an electrician.

Do video doorbells need a smart hub to connect?

Some video doorbells connect to a hub that plugs into your broadband router, while others connect wirelessly to the router. Both work well, but the hub-free system takes less space. On the other hand, if you're building a complete smart home system, you may need a hub to link them all together.

While video doorbells usually work independently, a hub can mean greater versatility. So, for instance, when the doorbell spots movement, if it's in the same set-up as a smart light, you could program it so the light comes on at the same time.

Typically, this comes down to whether you already own a compatible Alexa or Google Assistant hub - and you should naturally factor this into which doorbell brand you opt for. 

Do you need a chime?

If you're opting for a wired doorbell, it will typically connect to the wiring for your existing bell, so the chime is already there. If you're going down the battery-powered route, or if the current chime isn't compatible, you will need to buy a separate chime to actually hear when someone's at the door.

What can a smart video doorbell actually do?

There are plenty of features available, but these are a few you should check for.

Can you edit what part of the camera view it responds to? If you're getting notifications every time a car passes the end of the drive, that will get old quickly.

Does it have facial recognition? This is ideal if you want a quick message to confirm that the person on your doorstep is the dog walker or your child arriving home from school.

Does it have night vision? Is that in colour or black-and-white?

Does it record when it sees someone nearby rather than just when they actually press the doorbell?

Do video doorbells need a subscription?

In most cases, to get the absolute maximum out of your video doorbell, you'll need to stump up for a monthly or yearly subscription. Without a subscription, you'll still get notifications when the doorbell rings, but the camera may not store footage online, or not for as long.

Some extras, such as facial recognition, or the capability to tell the difference between a person or a parcel, cost extra, too. Many subscriptions at least let you cancel at any time, so you might choose to subscribe for the extra features just in the months in which you're going on holiday, say.

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Como siempre, es difícil proporcionar una lista de recomendaciones que se adapte a las necesidades de todos, pero nos centramos en las áreas anteriores y en las opiniones de los expertos del equipo de Pocket-lint para hacer nuestro mejor esfuerzo en este sentido.

Lo que siempre intentamos evitar al entregar estas selecciones son comparaciones de especificaciones y líneas de marketing difíciles de entender; solo queremos proporcionar una reseña concisa que le dé una idea de cómo es el uso de cada cámara. Nuestros veredictos son breves, pero esto es puramente en aras de la brevedad. Tenga la seguridad de que todas las cosas de esta lista se han probado por completo.

Escrito por Britta O'Boyle. Publicado originalmente el 1 Marzo 2021.