Whether it’s due to viral videos or consumers becoming more interested in protecting their home, doorbell cameras have undergone an explosion of popularity in the past few years.
The sleekest offering comes from Google’s new Nest Doorbell, which is the only doorbell camera that offers 24/7 video recording. These videos are recorded at 960 x 1280 pixel resolution and a 145-degree field of view, along with the ability to zoom-in up to 6x to view objects that are far away.
Another feature that the Nest Doorbell offers over other doorbell cameras is an on-device smart AI that will automatically recognize people, animals, or vehicles, and filter them out according to your settings. Doorbells without this feature are typically subject to overloading your smartphone with notifications.
The appearance of the doorbell itself is a compact, thin design with four color options available — white, dark grey, black, and dark green — meaning that it’ll fit with most exterior home designs. Most other doorbells only offer black & white.
Just by itself, the Nest Doorbell can store video recordings for up to 3 hours. This can be useful in some cases, but realistically, if something happens at your doorstep overnight, the recording will already be gone by the time you’ve woken up.
We usually recommend getting the $6/month Nest Aware subscription to get the most out of the Nest Doorbell. It’ll add 24/7 video recording, along with 30 days of event history, and a few other features unique to the Nest Doorbell, like Google’s Familiar Faces. This is an optional feature that uses facial recognition technology to recognize people who frequently show up at your doorstep, along with the ability to tag them so you can be notified immediately who’s there.
But despite all these features, a doorbell camera often isn’t enough to truly secure your home. Security cameras and doorbell cameras are a great addition to any home security system, but they won’t call the police for you. They also can’t offer much peace-of-mind when you’re away from home.
For most consumers looking for home security, the better option will be to tie-in a doorbell camera like the Nest with a security monitoring service like ADT, who Google has a partnership with. With the right setup, this will allow you to remotely lock & unlock your doors, be notified whenever a door or window is opened, along with motion & glassbreak detectors.
If you’re ready to secure your home and loved ones with an ADT home security, give us at Prime Protection a call at 1-800-214-7208. We are the #1 ADT dealer serving the Florida area for a reason.