The $199 Doorbell Cam Professional (roughly £155/AU$266 transformed) is August’s second-gen good buzzer. With strong HD livestreaming, movement alerts, two-way audio and integration with Nest and Amazon Alexa, the Doorbell Cam Professional is aggressive with Ring and SkyBell fashions. Nearly

As a substitute of providing evening imaginative and prescient like its competitors, this doorbell has an built-in LED floodlight to help in low-light situations. Whereas this lets you view the feed in coloration reasonably than grey scale, the video high quality is not nearly as good as what you’d get with evening imaginative and prescient. August additionally prices $5 monthly for its cloud storage service. Ring’s subscription is simply $three monthly and SkyBell affords free cloud storage. And, at practically three inches huge, this sq. August buzzer will not simply match on a typical door body. 

Nonetheless, August’s Doorbell Cam Professional is an excellent possibility — particularly if you wish to use it with an August Smart Lock or Smart Lock Pro. Should you do not, take into account Ring’s Video Doorbell 2 or the SkyBell HD as a substitute.

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Evaluating good doorbells

August Doorbell Cam Professional Ring Video Doorbell 2 SkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell Ring Video Doorbell Professional
Value $199/£155/AU$266 $199/£155/AU$299 $199/£155/AU$265 $249/£195/AU$325
Coloration end Silver, darkish grey Satin nickel, venetian (each finishes included with buy) Brushed aluminum, oil rubbed bronze Satin nickel, venetian, satin black, pearl white
Energy supply Hardwired Hardwired or detachable, rechargeable battery Hardwired Hardwired
Decision 1,280×960p HD 1,920x1080p HD 1,920x1080p HD 1,920x1080p HD
Discipline of view 120 levels 160 levels 180 levels 160 levels
Livestreaming Sure Sure Sure Sure
Cloud storage Sure, 30-day storage for $5 monthly Sure, 60-day storage for $three monthly Sure, free Sure, 60-day storage for $three monthly
Cell app Android and iPhone Sure, 60-day storage for $three monthly Android and iPhone Android and iPhone
Internet app No Sure No Sure
Night time imaginative and prescient No, built-in floodlight Sure Sure Sure
Alerts Movement Movement Movement Movement
Exercise zones No Sure No Sure
Dimensions (HxWxD) 2.9×2.9×0.9 inches 5.1×2.5×1.1 inches 2.8×2.8×0.9 inches four.5×1.9×0.eight inches
Third-party integrations Alexa; Nest Alexa; IFTTT; Wink Alexa; IFTTT; Nest Alexa; IFTTT; Wink
Working temperature vary -13 to 122 levels F (-25 to 50 levels C) -5 to 120 levels F (-20 to 48 levels C) -40 to 140 levels F (-40 to 60 levels C) -5 to 120 levels F (-20 to 48 levels C)

Whereas the Doorbell Cam Professional’s value is in-line with Ring’s Video Doorbell 2 and the SkyBell HD, it has decrease video decision, a narrower area of view and the next cloud storage price. It additionally depends on built-in LEDs to offer mild at evening. The floodlight ensures that you would be able to view your video in coloration reasonably than conventional evening imaginative and prescient’s grey scale, however the video readability suffered considerably. 

The Kuna and Toucan out of doors safety cameras work equally. Designed as porch mild cameras, they borrow mild from no matter bulb you are utilizing as a substitute of evening imaginative and prescient tech. In consequence, the standard of the dwell video feed usually struggles in low-light situations. 

Set up, configuration and efficiency

August’s Android and iOS app makes it simple to put in and arrange your Doorbell Cam Professional. Merely obtain the app in your system of alternative and observe the step-by-step directions.

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Take a look at the doorbell after set up to ensure every part’s on-line.


Screenshot by Megan Wollerton/CNET

The app will ask you what system you need to set up and take you straight into the configuration course of. Be aware: August desires you to attach your Doorbell Cam Professional to your native Wi-Fi community prior to installing it outdoors. Plug the included USB-compatible dock right into a wall outlet and set your doorbell on it. A white pulsing mild ought to seem; if it would not press the “reset” button on the again of the doorbell’s faceplate. 

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