The 8 Best Smart Doorbell Cameras of 2019

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 Overall: Ring Video Doorbell 2


Well-known in the video doorbell space, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is a superb choice for buyers looking for a great combination of price, features and ease-of-use. Available right out of the box with motion-activated alerts, 1080HD video (and video recording) and two-way talk, the Ring 2 instantly helps you keep watch over your house via Wi-Fi (and to your phone via cellular connectivity), whether you’re inside the house or on the other side of the world.

Capable of working with just about any home, the Ring 2 incorporates its own internal battery pack that lasts between six months and a year before needing to be re-charged. Beyond battery life, the Ring 2 allows you to monitor via night vision, as well as live video-on-demand through Ring’s subscription-based service (cloud-based storage is included). Compatible with both iOS, Android, Mac and Windows, the Ring 2 also offers a water-resistant design, plus two different color styles.

Best Compatibility: Ring Video Doorbell Pro


Available with a full HD camera and recording video at 1080p, Ring’s Doorbell Pro offers a feature-rich smart doorbell with Amazon Alexa compatibility. The Doorbell Pro includes more standardized options such as night vision (so you can see visitors during the evening hours) and a wide-angle 1080p camera for a complete view of your home’s entrance. Cloud recording enables you to maintain and view footage anytime, while automatic motion sensing sending alerts to your smartphone upon detecting any type of movement at the front door.

The ultra-slim design offers four interchangeable faceplates for pairing with the style of your home. The inclusion of Amazon Alexa allows Ring Pro owners to say “Alexa, how is my front door?” and see what’s going on right from your phone. Installation is easy: It just requires a connection to your existing doorbell since there’s no rechargeable battery option on-board.

Best Video Storage: RCA Doorbell Video Camera


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
Courtesy of Amazon 

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 High-End: Ring Video Doorbell Elite

Ring is a brand to be reckoned with in the smart doorbell space. The standard or even the Pro option can serve most users well for a smaller price tag. But if you’re in need of the most reliable and feature-rich option, take a look at this one.

The Ring Elite offers 1080p HD images and 160-degree horizontal and 90-degree vertical viewing angles. The hardwired ethernet cable ultimately gives you more consistent power without the need to employ a backup battery, though it’s important to note that this means the Elite will need to be installed professionally. It supports 2.4 or 5 GHz Internet connectivity, on-demand video, two-way talk, motion activated alert, and advanced motion detection. Add that to Alexa compatibility and an easy-to-use app and you have a powerhouse of a smart doorbell (if you can manage the price).

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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.

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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.

Test Results: Ring Video Doorbell 2 (Best Overall)

What We Like
  • Easy to install

  • Effective motion sensor

  • Great app experience

What We Don’t Like
  • Bulky design

  • Subscription fee

Ring Video Doorbell 2
Ring Video Doorbell 2 View
Ring Video Doorbell 2 Cover
Ring Video Doorbell 2 Installed
Ring Video Doorbell 2 App

This smart doorbell camera was an immediate hit with one tester because it was easy to install: “Thanks to the battery pack,” she explained, “you don't need doorbell wiring to install it, and you can place it essentially anywhere around your door.” Other highlights, according to one reviewer, were its “reliable” motion-sensing capabilities and its corresponding smartphone app: “The Ring app is well designed and effective,” she said, “providing rapid notifications and letting you view recorded videos with ease.” On the other hand, one tester wasn’t a fan of its “bulky” design and didn’t like that you have to pay a monthly subscription fee.

Test Results: Ring Doorbell Pro (Best Compatibility)

Ring Pro
What We Like
  • Customizable features

  • Streamlined setup

  • Motion sensor

What We Don’t Like
  • Subscription fee

  • Pricy

Unlike some of the other doorbells on our list, the Ring Doorbell Pro was actually a breeze to set up. One of our reviewers said that anyone that can “assemble Ikea furniture” can complete the installation. Lifewire testers loved the ability to set the motion sensor’s sensitivity level and receive alerts when the doorbell detected motion. They also liked the option to record video but noted that there is a $3 monthly fee after the 30-day trial period.

Test Results: Greet Smart Doorbell (Best Budget)

Zmodo Greet Doorbell
Courtesy of Amazon 
What We Like
  • Simple user interface

  • Records audio and video

  • Live camera feature

What We Don’t Like
  • Video records with low frame rate

  • Setup can be difficult

The user interface is great and easy to use, according to one of our testers, making it that much easier to dig into the ample features like the live feed, motion alerts, and cloud storage. One reviewer said setup can be a “pain in the butt” if your doorbell’s wiring isn’t good, but he mentioned that it was no fault of the device. Amazon reviewers also reveal a long setup time (that some say is due to unclear instructions), so allow for ample time to get this smart doorbell fully hooked up. Lifewire reviewers suggest purchasing this camera as a budget-friendly alternative to getting a security camera with audio.

Test Results: RCA Doorbell Video Camera (Best Video Storage)

What We Like
  • Great value

  • Effective

  • No subscription fee

What We Don't Like
  • No smart home connectivity

  • Not high-end

  • Subpar smartphone app

RCA Doorbell Video Camera
RCA Doorbell Video Camera Parts
RCA Doorbell Video Camera Cover
RCA Doorbell Video Camera View

According to one of our testers, this product “provides a very good smart doorbell camera experience for less money than big-name alternatives from Ring and Nest.” One reviewer also liked that it had no subscription fee and thought it was effective: “It ably recognizes motion and alerts you via the app,” he noted, “and provides strong video quality with the option to use an Ultra HD setting.” The downsides? Our reviewers didn’t like that it had no smart home connectivity and also thought that the app was slightly confusing to navigate. One reviewer also said that it “lacks the high-end and high-tech aesthetic of rival devices, looking more like a TV remote or toy.”