Best Video Doorbells of 2020 – Locksmith Recommended

Video Doorbell Comparison – Which is the Best Video Doorbell?

If you subscribe to the ACME Locksmith YouTube channel, you know that I love the Video Door bell I use on my home by Skybell and you’ve probably watched me unbox and install another favorite of mine, the EZVIZ.

Here, I review 7 video doorbells available in 2020.

My favorite video door bells for my customers are the ones that don’t require monthly fees to store captured videos and have at least 1080p video resolution. With that, the best video door bells are:

  1. The EZVIZ Wifi Video Doorbell,
  2. The Honeywell Skybell Video Doorbell,
  3. and the Zumimall Video Doorbell.

We’ve included some other products that stand out for different reasons for completeness due to the popularity of the products. For example, if you don’t mind paying monthly fees to view your video, the the new Ring Pro Video Doorbell becomes the number one choice – but I don’t like monthly fees.

We’ve chosen these seven after considering various different products available in the market, and here we will look at many of the pros and cons of each product along with our recommendation.

Without further ado, let us begin with a video doorbell comparison chart for those we’ve reviewed.

The Best Video Doorbells – Feature Comparison Table

Video Doorbell Product Monthly Subscription Fee Required? Wireless Band Works With Video Resolution Two-Way Audio? Need to Modify Existing Chime? Integrates to Other Security Products from Same Company Size (Inches)
EZVIZ DB1 No. MicroSD card enabled – Optional cloud storage subscription 2.4 & 5.0 Ghz 2048 x 1536 Yes Yes – power kit Yes 5.1 x 1.8 x 0.83
SkyBell No – free 7-day cloud storage 2.4 Ghz Only 1920 x 1080 Yes No No 2.8 x 2.8 x 0.9
Zumimall No. 32GB Internal, MicroSD support – Optional cloud storage subscription 2.4 Ghz Only 1920 x 1080 Yes No. The only video doorbell I reviewed that does not require an existing doorbell. Yes 5.3 x 2.4 x 1.6
Eufy Security No. MicroSD card enabled – Optional cloud storage subscription 2.4 Ghz Only 2560 x 1920 Yes No – Chime is Included Yes 4.8 x 1.7 x 0.9
Amcrest Camera Pro No. MicroSD card enabled 2.4 Ghz Only 1920 x 1080 Yes No – Chime is Included Yes 4.7 x 2 x 1.1
Ring Video Doorbell Pro Yes 2.4 & 5.0 Ghz 1920 x 1080 Yes Optional – can use Ring Chime Yes 4.50 x 1.85 x 0.8
Ring Video Doorbell Yes 2.4 Ghz Only 1280 x 720 Yes Optional – can use Ring Chime Yes 4.98 x 2.43 x .87


1.EZVIZ DB1 Video Doorbell

See Our EZVIV Product Review and Installation on YouTube

EZVIZ Key Features (available for purchase on Amazon)

  • 5.1 x 1.8 x 0.83 inch product dimensions
  • Uses power from existing chime’s wiring
  • IP65 Weatherproof
  • PIR Motion Detection Sensor, customized alert alarm area
  • 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz WiFi
  • Up to 128GB microSD card (not included)
  • Free 3-hour history EZVIZ Cloud Storage without a monthly subscription (more storage is available with subscription)
  • High-performance embedded SOC processor, embedded RTOS operating system
  • 2.8″ 3-MP camera sensor with 2.2mm@F2.4
  • Up to 16ft night vision
  • Vertical Field of Vision 180°, Horizontal Field of Vision 105°
  • 2048*1536, QXGA max video resolution quality with smart compression
  • 60Hz @ 30fps, Adaptive frame rate of network

Pros:

  • One of the best video resolutions we came across
  • 3-hour free EZVIZ cloud storage, don’t need to pay for expensive cloud storage
  • MicroSD card slot so you can store videos locally
  • Base plate can accommodate various surface angles
  • Ships with multiple color face plates (white, brown, black) in the box
  • Sensors detect heat to minimize false alarms
  • One of the best field of visions at 180 degrees
  • Dual-band WiFi support, reliable connection at all times
  • Slim design

Cons:

  • Limited customization for motion-detection zones
  • Can’t differentiate different people and animals/li>
  • Additional expense of microSD card if want increased storage
  • Video has a bit of a fish-eye effect (which is common for video doorbells

My Review of the EZVIZ Video Doorbell

You can see my complete product review and installation on my YouTube Channel, here.

Installing the EZVIZ DB1 doorbell is very easy provided your house already has an existing doorbell chime that is compatible with EZVIZ (you can check EZVIZ’s list for compatible chimes here.)

With that being said, the EZVIZ DB1 is an attractively priced smart video doorbell with pretty decent camera quality and overall features. A valuable feature from this smart doorbell is the inclusion of a microSD card slot of up to 128GB. This allows you to store the videos locally and not have to rely on an expensive and unnecessary cloud storage subscription. A little money upfront for the microSD card saves a lot later.

The EZVIZ doorbell also comes with free, 3-hours of cloud video storage and playback. If you prefer cloud storage to using a microSD card, EZVIZ offers a 7-day playback plan for about $5/month and 30-day playback plan for around $10 / month. , which are pretty expensive. However, it does offer a 3-hour playback for free.

The DB1 has limited motion detection customization and face recognition options. But overall, a pretty decent affordable option especially if you are looking for a video doorbell without a subscription.



2.SkyBell Video Doorbell from Honeywell

Honeywell’s SkyBell Key Features (available for purchase on Amazon)

Round Version of the SkyBell

  • 2.8 x 0.9 x 2.8 inch for round version, slim design version is 4.8 x 1.44 x 1.13 inches
  • 1080p HD video
  • 5X zoom
  • Multi-color LEDs, high-quality color night vision and 16 million colors LED indicator light
  • Free cloud recording (no monthly fee), live-view on-demand support
  • Active motion alert system
  • Weather and rainproof
  • Hardwired only (no battery)
  • Multiple users can receive alerts from the doorbell
  • Intuitive activity history of the doorbell like details of missed visitors, answered video calls, motion alerts, etc.
  • Silent mode (no chime sound)
  • Integration with various Amazon Alexa devices and other third-party devices

Pros:

  • No image warp or fish eye effect
  • No ongoing costs (7-day video history cloud storage for free)
  • Durable and high-quality hardware
  • The most attractive of the video doorbells reviewed
  • Many integration options with third-party devices and Amazon Alexa
  • Supports multiple users
  • Trim Version of SkyBell
  • Customizable lighting configuration

Cons:

  • The product is getting very hard to find online, but here’s a link to the slim design doorbell on Amazon
  • Hardwired only (into existing doorbell wires)
  • Should your wifi network change, you have to reinstall the device from on the app from scratch. When my router went out and I received another one, this step was not intuitive.

Photo downloaded from my Skybell Doorbell.
My Review on the Honeywell Skybell Video Doorbell.

This video doorbell is on my home for a reason. The picture quality is awesome, and it show absolutely no distortion in the video. The 7-days of free storage without requiring a microSD card is the best of all the doorbells reviewed. I find the zoom (5X zoom capability) to be very useful when checking the video.

The only drawback is that because Honeywell doorbells aren’t readily available online, it is getting harder to find this great product. If it were easily found, it would be our #1 recommendation!

Installation is a breeze as it is simply powered by the existing doorbell wires, and it requires no modification to the existing chime unit. I was up and running in 10 minutes.

The Skybell HD offers a lot of flexibility especially due to its integration with various smart home applications (especially security and home automation devices).


The Skybell HD offers a really compact, modern, and yet durable design.




3.ZUMIMALL C1 WiFi Video Doorbell

Quick Launch Prerecorded Messages

Key Features of Zumimall (available for purchase on Amazon)

  • 5.3 x 2.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Wireless chime included
  • 100% Wireless with a rechargeable 6600mAh battery
  • Supports 2.4 GHz WiFI (does not support 5 GHz WiFi)
  • Up to 128GB MicroSD card, optional cloud storage service. 32GB internal storage pre-installed
  • PIR Motion detection
  • 1080P FHD camera with night vision, 166-degree wide-angle view
  • 2-Way audio, can use 30-seconds prerecorded voice message for quick replies
  • Device video can be shared

Pros:

  • The only video doorbell to include 32GB microSD storage
  • Wireless chime included, don’t need to modify existing chimes
  • Rechargeable batteries so no current door bell is required! Batteries last up to 2-3 months per charge
  • Great video quality with real night vision
  • The low-cost leader

Cons:

  • App has been reported to be crash from time to time
  • The sensor has only two sensitivities: low and high

My Review on the Zumimall Video Doorbell

If you don’t have a current doorbell, this is your only option for a video doorbell. Because it is battery operated it does not need the wires from an existing doorbell to get power, and it ships with a wireless chime. This, also means that the ZUMAMALL C1 is very easy to setup

Extremely affordable with a good set of standard features: 1080p FHD camera, 32GB video memory, and so on.

A minor downside is that it is a rather large video doorbell and no where near as streamlined as the EZVIZ or SkyBell. It also has a rather clunky smartphone app with several comments stating that it has crashed on users from time to time (hopefully will get fixed in a future update patch), but it’s still one of the best affordable smart doorbells in 2020 due to its price and unique set of features.



4.Eufy Security WiFi Video Doorbell 2K

Best Resolution of our Video Doorbell Comparison

Eufy’s Key Features (available for purchase on Amazon)

  • 4.8” x 1.69” x 0.94” product dimension
  • 2560 x 1920 image resolution with HDR and Distortion Correction
  • No hidden costs with 16GB micro SD card included
  • Optional cloud storage service
  • Respond in Real-Time with two-way audio. Clear audio quality
  • Record and set up 3 instant responses
  • It can differentiate between humans and animals. AI-technology with a sophisticated algorithm can effectively recognize body shape and face patterns.
  • Free electronic chime included, with 8 holiday-themed ringtones and adjustable volume level
  • Free Military-Grade AES 256-Bit cloud storage service

Pros:

  • Crystal clear, very high-quality 2K UHD video. Best resolution of our video doorbell comparison.
  • Easy installation with free electronic chime included in the package, plug & play
  • Compact design
  • MicroSD support, no monthly subscription for video cloud storage
  • Easy to use and intuitive app
  • Alexa and Google support

Cons:

  • Faceplate can be easy to scratch
  • App has been reported to crash during live streaming
  • Design is a little outdated

My Review on the Eufy Security Video Doorbell

One of the key highlights of the Eufy 2K WiFi Video Doorbell is its 2K (2560 x 1920) UHD video resolution quality, which is incredible feat considering its relatively affordable price.

Also, the Eufy app for iOS and Android is really intuitive and easy to use, although it sometimes crashed during live streaming.

It includes a wireless electronic chime that will replace your current chime. The Eufy video doorbell will use your current doorbell’s wiring for power and the current door chime will no longer work.

It includes a 16GB MicroSD in the package for video storage out of the box.

The minor downsides are that the faceplate is fairly vulnerable to scratches and I the design feels outdated. Yet, the Eufy 2K WiFi Video Doorbell is still a pretty decent option as one of the best video doorbells available today especially if the quality of the image is your main concern.



5. Amcrest Video Doorbell Camera Pro

Amcrest Video Doorbell Overview

Key Features of Amcrest Video Doorbell (available for purchase on Amazon)

  • 2MP camera, 1080p resolution, 140-degree field of view
  • 16-feet night vision length
  • Integration with Amazon Alexa devices (and Amcrest devices)
  • 128GB Micro SD support (not included), Amcrest Smart Home Cloud available as an option
  • 2.4GHz WiFi

Pros:

  • A video doorbell with no monthly subscription required
  • Easy to install and setup

Cons:

  • Some features are only available in the Amcrest Smart Home app
  • 140 degree field of view is among the lowest

My Review on the Amcrest Video Doorbell

The Amcrest Video Doorbell Camera Pro can integrate well with various Amrest devices (especially the security cameras) and Amazon Alexa devices.

It doesn’t rely on monthly cloud video subscription fees (supports up to 128 GB of MicroSD) and if you are a Amcrest user already, setup with other devices can be very easy.

It has a nice feature that allows you the ability to mask the motion sensing area (instead of just marking radius or distance). This can help reduce numerous unwanted alarm notifications when motion sensing is turned on.

One of the more affordable video doorbells we looked at.



6.Ring Video Doorbell Pro

New Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Key Features of Ring Pro (available for purchase on Amazon)

  • 4.5″ x 1.8″ x 0.8″ product dimensions
  • 1080p FHD video resolution, 160-degree field of view, 90-degree vertical field of view
  • Hardwired using existing doorbell
  • Dual bandwidth support: 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz WiFi
  • Advanced motion detection technology
  • Two-way communication, an important feature to communicate with visitors from the smartphone app
  • Great app with instant alerts and notifications sent straight to your smartphone, tablet, and PC
  • Excellent infrared night vision, HD vision at night
  • Can work without any existing chimes and doorbell wires
  • Video sharing within a neighborhood (with other Ring users)
  • Lifetime Theft Protection, if your Ring gets stolen, will be replaced for free
  • Great integration with various smart home applications including Amazon’s Alexa

Pros:

  • New! 1080p FHD video
  • New! Sleek and compact design
  • New! Multiple faceplate colors
  • Customizable motion detection zones

Cons:

  • Requires cloud storage subscription fees
  • The most expensive video doorbell we reviewed
  • My Thought on the new Ring Pro Video Doorbell

    I am not going to sugar coat it, the older traditional Ring Video Doorbell, below, has always been my least favorite. It’s large, clunky, and I hate that you have to pay for video storage!

    But this new Ring Pro Video Doorbell has fixed most of the shortcomings of the older product. For instance, it offers 1080p HD instead of the 720p. The advanced motion detection technology allows you to set zones with more precision. Also, it is more compact than the older clunky Ring. And it now includes a selection of colored face plates to match your decor.

    So, all in all, the Ring Pro is obviously a better product than the standard Ring. And Ring is a well formed, managed, and American company.

    However, it still relies on the the Ring monthly video plan and has no local microSD storage. If they fixed this issue, this could become my new favorite video door bell despite it’s expensive price.

    But for me, it’s a no-go, I am only interest in video door bells with no monthly monitoring fees. If that doesn’t bother you, like it does me, then it could be your #1 choice.



    7.Ring Video Doorbell

    Key Features of Ring (available for purchase on Amazon)

    The Legacy Style Ring Product
    • 720p video resolution, 160-degree field of view, 90-degree vertical field of view
    • Only supports 2.4 GHz WiFi
    • Great app with instant alerts and notifications sent straight to your smartphone, tablet, and PC
    • Excellent infrared night vision, HD vision at night
    • Can work without any existing chimes and doorbell wires
    • Video sharing within a neighborhood (for Ring users)
    • Lifetime Theft Protection, if your Ring gets stolen, will be replaced for free
    • Great integration with various smart home applications including Amazon’s Alexa

    Pros:

    • Battery-powered option
    • Infrared night vision
    • Smart motion detection and intelligent alerts

    Cons:

    • 720p video resolution only
    • Requires cloud storage subscription fees
    • Huge and ugly

    My Review on Ring Video Doorbell

    If you’ve watched my YouTube channel, you know my thoughts on products that require subscriptions. I’m strongly against them!

    Ring was among the first brands that pioneered smart security cameras and smart video doorbells, and the Ring (standard) Video Doorbell’s key highlight is that it has good customer support and a great app.

    But it’s age is showing. The door bell is huge, and has bad video resolution at 720p (the least of those reviewed). It does feature good infrared night vision technology making it very reliable at night.

    Combined with the required monthly subscription fee, and you should definitely take a pass on this video doorbell.

    Conclusion

    The 7 video doorbells we have compared above are our in order of my preference for my locksmith customers that trust me with their security. We hope you’ve gathered enough information from this buying guide, and can make a better purchase decision with what we’ve shared.





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