The 8 Best Smart Doorbell Cameras of 2020

Always know who's knocking at your door

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Ring Video Doorbell 2 at Amazon

"A superb choice for a great combination of price, features and ease-of-use."

Best Compatibility: Ring Video Doorbell Pro at Walmart

"Cloud recording enables you to maintain and view footage anytime."

Best Video Storage: RCA Doorbell Video Camera at Amazon

"Comes with a 16GB microSD to start, but the slot will accommodate up to 128GB."

Best Budget: Greet Smart Doorbell at Amazon

"A standout option for the wallet-conscious shopper and includes many great features."

Best High-End: Ring Video Doorbell Elite at Amazon

"The most reliable and feature-rich option."

Best Wireless: iseeBell Wi-Fi Enabled HD Video Doorbell at Amazon

"With its app feature, it’s accessible to view live stream video from outside your home."

Best Installation: RemoBell Wi-Fi Doorbell at Amazon

"No need to hardwire the RemoBell to your existing doorbell."

Most Compact: VueBell at Amazon

"Equipped with a camera that can wireless stream 720p HD video to your smartphone."

Our Top Picks

Best Video Storage: RCA Doorbell Video Camera

3.3

Unlike most of the doorbell cams on the market, this option from RCA takes a more long-term budget approach when it comes to video storage. Most video doorbells will give you a free trial period on their cloud service, while eventually charging you a monthly fee. RCA skips those recurring fees in favor of microSD storage. The cam comes with a 16GB microSD card to get you started, but the slot will accommodate up to 128GB, making it a pretty versatile internal storage option.

The other features are pretty top-notch, too, with a 3MP sensor on-board to give you ultra-HD video recording with excellent clarity. The app lets you use a two-way talk feature even when you’re on the go to communicate with anyone at your front door, and the motion-sensing capability sends you notifications, too. And with a 180-degree field of view, you won’t miss anything around your front door. It doesn’t have the same brand recognition as Nest or Ring, but the approach to video storage makes this RCA doorbell cam a perfectly viable option.

Best Budget: Greet Smart Doorbell

Zmodo Greet Doorbell
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4.7

Zmodo’s budget-priced Greet Smart Doorbell is a standout option for the wallet-conscious shopper and includes many great features found on higher-priced models. The Zmodo offers two-way communication, so you can see and speak to visitors, plus smart motion detection that sends alerts via smartphone and records a short video clip whenever motion is sensed. And if you can’t answer the door, the Zmodo can play a brief, personalized voice message when you’re unavailable.

Beyond its mainstream features, the setup utilizes existing doorbell wiring and adds the Zmodo Beam as a dual Wi-Fi extender and Wi-Fi companion to the bell, which pairs quickly to the downloadable Android and iOS smartphone app. Once it’s installed, the 720p camera helps capture up to 8GB of video storage with an option for a subscription-based cloud backup service that combines with night vision, so you can see and remember who is at your door no matter the time of day. While it doesn’t offer true “HD” video capture at 1080p, the Zmodo offers just about every feature a smart doorbell shopper could want at a price that’s too good to pass up.

Best Wireless: iseeBell Wi-Fi Enabled HD Video Doorbell

The iseeBell offers Wi-Fi connectivity at 2.4 GHz without the need of any wire setup or complicated installations. The tiny smart doorbell camera is compact (measuring 3.3 x 0.9 x 2.9 inches) and affordable.

With its dedicated smart app feature, the iseeBell connects to your iOS and Android devices through Wi-Fi, making it accessible to view live stream video from outside your home. The smart doorbell camera can also speak with visitors at your door, receive alerts and even snapshot pictures of any activity from remote locations. Shooting in 720p HD, the iseeBell gives a 180-degree ultra-wide lens field of motion, includes a night vision mode and pushes all its captured content to a convenient cloud storage system completely accessible from your mobile or desktop devices.

Best Installation: RemoBell Wi-Fi Doorbell

If you're looking for a smart video doorbell that's quick and easy to install, check out the one from RemoBell. Available right out of the box with six AA batteries, there’s no need to hardwire the RemoBell to your existing doorbell. Just mount the included bracket by screwing it into the wall, snap the main unit on the bracket and, for added peace of mind, screw in the additional security screw. Beyond fast installation, the RemoBell adds two-way audio, infrared night vision, advanced motion sensors, low battery reminders, 256-bit AES security and a 120-degree viewing angle.

Additionally, the RemoBell is water- and weather-resistant (it's capable of withstanding temperatures 0 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. The included Cloud system for storing video is good, but it requires a small monthly subscription fee (and with no local storage, it’s a must if you want true security). Fortunately, each subscription works for up to five viewers, so it's possible to have multiple household members connected. Looking past storage, alerts come instantly via apps for both Android and iOS. While the lack of a desktop app is disappointing, the RemoBell offers great value, four months of battery life, inexpensive storage options and a great installation process.

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Most Compact: VueBell

The VueBell measures just 3 x 3 x 1 inches, making it one of the tiniest smart doorbells on the market to date. The compact doorbell security system is equipped with a camera that can wireless stream 720p HD video to your smartphone.

The VueBell’s camera gives users a 185-degree horizontal and 120-degree vertical camera view of their outside. It connects to your Wi-Fi network and allows for a remote view on its dedicated app through your iOS and Android mobile devices. The tiny smart doorbell even allows for two-way audio communication and has infrared vision up to 10 meters. Included in the app is a direct line to customer service, so if there’s any problem, you’ll have expedited troubleshooting right there on your mobile device.

Our Process

Our writers spent 35 hours researching and testing the most popular smart doorbells on the market. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

What to Look for in a Smart Doorbell Camera

Video recording - It’s nice to be able to see who’s at your front door right now, but it’s even nicer to be able to record and review footage at a later time. If that’s important to you, be sure to buy a doorbell camera with support for video recording.

Durability - Given that the doorbell is mounted on the outside of your home, it’s subject to all the elements. Some doorbells are more durable than others, operating in extreme temperatures and weather conditions. So if you live in a cold climate, buy one that can survive the winter chill, and if you live in a rainy region, make sure it’s water-resistant.

Budget - Smart doorbell cameras range in price, starting as low as $50 and climbing as high as $250. The more expensive options will offer premium features like 1080p video, though budget options can be equally functional with two-way talk and smart motion detection with text message alerts.