Last updated: August 10, 2021

Welcome to our big doorbell with camera test 2021. Here we present all the doorbells with camera that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information for you and also added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best doorbell with camera for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a doorbell with camera.




The most important facts

  • A doorbell with camera can make life much easier, especially for people who find it difficult to run quickly to the front door when the doorbell rings due to physical limitations. But this doorbell also offers special protection for children.
  • A distinction can be made between surface-mounted and flush-mounted doorbells on the one hand and between doorbells with wire and radio technology on the other.
  • Before buying a doorbell with camera, you need to think about the functions you want. Depending on your requirements, a different model may be suitable for you.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a doorbell with camera

What is a doorbell with camera?

A doorbell with camera automatically starts a sound and image transmission when the doorbell is pressed to show the owner who is at the front door.

Most wireless doorbells have WLAN. This allows you to access the recorded images of the doorbell via your smartphone. (Image source: unsplash.com / Bernard Hermant)

Some doorbells with a camera also save these recordings so that you can retrieve the images later if someone has rung the doorbell while you were away. A doorbell with a camera saves unnecessary trips and provides security.

As a rule, the doorbell also has an intercom system, which makes it easy to answer a ring at the front door from inside without having to open the front door.

Doorbells with camera are available in variants for single and multi-family houses and can be divided into so-called 2-wire and 4-wire systems as well as radio systems.

A doorbell with camera can have many other functions. For example, via WLAN it is possible for family members or friends to contact you even while you are away.

Many doorbells are equipped with an HD camera, two-way audio and sometimes even a door opener.

A doorbell with a camera can make life a lot easier, especially for people who find it difficult to run quickly to the front door when the doorbell rings due to physical limitations.

This doorbell also offers children special protection, as children often tend to open the front door without thinking. However, the camera on the doorbell can satisfy children's curiosity on the screen even before the door is opened.

What does a doorbell with camera cost?

There is a wide price range between the different doorbells with camera. Depending on the wishes and requirements of the doorbell and the camera and depending on the manufacturer, model and the respective functions, the cost point varies.

The price also depends heavily on whether you need the doorbell with camera for a single-family house, an apartment building or even a flat with many residents. The range can be from around 25 to well over 700 euros.

Type Price range
2-wire and 4-wire doorbell 70€-600€
WLAN doorbell wireless 25€-700€

You can get rudimentary doorbells with a camera for as little as €25, but you shouldn't expect quality in this price range. Adequate doorbells with a camera in good quality are available from around 100 euros.

For wireless doorbells with a camera, the range is the most important factor for the price. If the distance to the receiver is too great, you won't be able to understand anything even with the best loudspeaker. Therefore, we would advise you to buy a model for 100 euros or more.

What should I look for when buying a doorbell with camera?

Before buying a doorbell with camera, you should think about the functions you want. Depending on your requirements, a different model may be suitable for you.

If you want to be able to access the camera recordings from anywhere, even when you are not at home, the doorbell should have a Wi-Fi function.

If the doorbell also has a door opener function, you can, for example, open the garage door for the postman from work so that he can leave your order there.

You should also consider whether you want to mount the doorbell entirely on the plaster or whether the technical components of the doorbell should be built into the wall. There are specially designed models for these two variants.

In addition, there are serious technical differences to consider when buying a video doorbell, which exist not only between the products of different manufacturers, but also between the different products of one manufacturer.

Can I retrofit a doorbell with a camera?

If you want to retrofit a doorbell with a camera, there are a few things you need to consider. We have briefly summarised what is important.

If you decide on a wireless doorbell with camera, the effort is limited. You only need to pay attention to the signal range of the wireless doorbell.

If you choose a wired system, the installation is a little more complicated. Before you buy a doorbell with camera, you should check which cables are already laid. Then compare this with the wiring diagram of the new installation.

Effort and costs should always be considered carefully before buying a doorbell with camera. Doorbells with radio technology are usually easier and less complicated to install than doorbells with wire technology.

If you already have double lines, a 2-wire doorbell is a good choice and you can save yourself the effort of laying new lines.

However, if you would still like a 4-wire doorbell, you can use additional radio channels with some 2-wire doorbells or you can lay additional cables.

What alternatives are there to the doorbell with camera?

Basically, there is no alternative that combines all the features of a doorbell with camera. Nevertheless, here are some options that can replace a video doorbell in whole or in part.

Alternative Description
Surveillance camera A surveillance camera is purely a monitoring instrument. With it, it is also possible to monitor the area in front of the front door by means of a camera. Burglars can thus be deterred or more easily convicted after the crime.
Door peephole The door peephole is a scaled-down version of a video doorbell. Through a peephole in the door, you can see who is in front of it. The integrated magnifying glass helps to better recognise the visitor and ensures that it is not possible to see through in the opposite direction. The disadvantage, however, is that you have to step right up to the front door to be able to see the visitor.
Conventional door intercom system A conventional door intercom system enables communication between visitor and resident over a certain distance.

Decision: What types of doorbells with camera are there and which is the right one for you?

If you want to buy a doorbell with camera, there are several alternatives to choose from:

  • Surface-mounted doorbell with camera
  • Flush-mounted doorbell with camera
  • Wire technology doorbell with camera
  • Wireless doorbell with camera

What are the features of a surface-mounted doorbell with camera and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

With a surface-mounted doorbell with camera, the entire doorbell system with all components is mounted on the outside of the wall or on the plaster. This means that even the technical components such as push buttons and radio transmitters are mounted outside and not recessed into the wall.

Advantages
  • Quick and clean installation
  • no hole is left in the wall
Disadvantages
  • Clunkier models
  • Technical components not recessed in the wall

You can save yourself a lot of work with this type of installation and you can do it quickly and cleanly. Even if the doorbell is replaced, no large hole is left in the façade.

A disadvantage of this variant can be that the doorbells often look clunkier and less integrated. However, newer and further developed surface-mounted doorbell models are now already available in a more delicate form.

What distinguishes a flush-mounted doorbell with camera and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

With a flush-mounted doorbell, part of the bell, usually the push button and other technical components of the bell such as the radio transmitter, is installed under the plaster in the façade.

Mounting type Description
Bolt plate The bolt plate is located on the back of the doorbell and is therefore not visible from the front. The doorbell with camera is plugged directly into the wall into the dowels. The doorbell can thus be removed with a blunt object (e.g. a screwdriver). This way you can easily reach the wiring at any time.
Silicone adhesive The bell plate is glued to the wall. Here you should be careful not to draw any joints, as this does not look good.
Tension springs for flush-mounted boxes Using a tension spring for flush-mounted doorbells, you can easily insert your new doorbell into an existing flush-mounted box. The tension springs anchor the doorbell permanently in the box.

This allows for a very flat design on the outside, which is a visual advantage. The disadvantage of a flush-mounted doorbell, however, is that a relatively large hole is required in the house wall.

Advantages
  • Flat design of the visible part
  • Visually appealing
Disadvantages
  • Hole in the wall is required
  • More complicated installation

What are the features of a video doorbell with wire technology and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

With a doorbell with wire technology, the signal is transmitted via cable. A distinction can be made here between 2-wire and 4-wire doorbells. With the number of wires, the more power you provide your doorbell with, the more functions it can perform.

However, a higher number of wires usually also means more effort when installing the doorbell. If you already have a doorbell system whose wiring can be used, this makes the effort much easier.

A 2-wire doorbell is advantageous if you want to replace an existing doorbell that is only connected via a double wire. This saves you the effort of laying new cables, for which you would have to calculate material costs and working time.

However, if you still don't want to do without the advantages of a 4-wire doorbell, you can use additional radio channels with some 2-wire doorbells.

Doorbells equipped with a camera using 4-wire technology also offer the advantage that the video quality is higher than with 2-wire wiring.

Advantages
  • High interference resistance
  • More functions with higher wire count
Disadvantages
  • Not mobile
  • wires must be laid

Wired systems have the advantage of higher interference immunity. In addition, they can take over the power supply of the connected stations completely or at least partially.

What distinguishes a video doorbell with radio technology and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

A doorbell with radio technology is particularly suitable for existing buildings or if it is not possible to lay cables. In new buildings, it is more advisable to lay a 4-wire line in order to keep all options open.

With radio systems, the front-door station and each indoor station require their own power supply. The doorbells are usually battery or rechargeable battery operated. The installation effort for doorbells with radio technology is usually less than for retrofitting doorbells with wire technology.

Advantages
  • Mobile use
  • Partially high range
  • Less installation effort
Disadvantages
  • Not always weatherproof
  • Batteries must be recharged regularly

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate doorbells with cameras

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible doorbells with camera.
The criteria you can use to compare the doorbells include:

  • Resolution and angle of the camera
  • Night vision
  • Recording function
  • Door opener function
  • Power consumption

Now we will go into more detail about the individual buying criteria.

Resolution and angle of the camera

The resolution of the camera is decisive for how sharp and detailed people can be recognised on the monitor. It is therefore advisable to choose a doorbell with the highest resolution camera possible.

The angle of the camera varies greatly depending on the model. As a rule, it is between 50 and 160 degrees. The larger the angle of view, the more is captured by the camera and the better the overview you get of what is happening on your doorstep.

If you choose too small an angle of view, a child, for example, may not be captured by the camera. It is best to orientate yourself on the natural viewing angle of the human eye. This is around 130 degrees.

Night vision

The night vision function enables the camera to deliver a usable image even under problematic lighting conditions and in the dark. Infrared sensors convert invisible radiation into visually perceptible light and thus make the surroundings visible.

It should be noted that night vision usually only works up to a distance of one metre.

When the doorbell is pressed, LED spotlights are also activated, which additionally illuminate the nearby surroundings. Depending on the model, either a combination of these two night vision systems or only one of them is used.

Recording function

The camera is activated either by a motion detector or the doorbell. The camera then delivers the sound and image material to the indoor station and automatically records the data.

However, care must be taken when handling personal data. Data on which persons are recognisable must not be published!

This function makes the recordings of your potential visitors available to you even if they have rung the doorbell in your absence.

Door opener function

Another practical function is the door opener function. This could be implemented, for example, by a door opener button inside the house.

If your parcel arrives when you are not at home, you can open the garage door for the postman yourself from work. (Source: unsplash.com / Cosmin Vulpe)

Especially modern doorbells with a camera allow you to open the door remotely. The advantage of this is that you don't have to rush to the door or look for keys when the doorbell rings.

This function is used, for example, when renting out a holiday home. You do not have to wait for your guests to arrive. You go about your daily business as normal and are notified via your smartphone as soon as the guests have arrived.

Now you can open the door remotely or upgrade your guests' smartphone to a digital key. This function is also useful when you are waiting for a package to be delivered.

If the postman arrives when you are not at home, you can still communicate with him and open the garage for him using the door opener function. The postman can then safely leave your parcel there.

Power consumption

For a doorbell with a camera to work, it naturally needs electricity. Video doorbells with wireless technology, which have WLAN, for example, are usually battery or rechargeable battery operated.

With radio-operated doorbells and especially with mobile devices, you should always pay attention to the battery life. The longer the battery lasts, the better.

To avoid a "power failure" and leaving your guests out in the rain, you should replace the transmitter batteries regularly. To prevent such a failure, many manufacturers offer an external battery indicator.

Models that are hard-wired do not have to worry about this problem, as they draw their power from the mains.

Facts worth knowing about doorbells with camera

How do I install my doorbell with camera?

When mounting the outdoor station, you should make sure that the sunlight does not directly hit the lens. The mounting height of the camera should be about 150 cm in order to be able to capture faces well.

If there is a risk of splashing water due to rain, you should seal the outdoor station on the left, right and upper sides with silicone. The bottom should be left free so that any water that enters can drain off again if necessary.

Direct sunlight should also be avoided for the screen. The mounting height of the display can be selected as required at a height of about 140 cm.

A conventional telephone cable is sufficient for the cables, but the cable should not be laid together with a 230V cable. The maximum length of the cable must not exceed 70 metres, otherwise there is a risk that the picture function will no longer work properly.

What is permitted and what is prohibited with my doorbell with camera? (Legal aspects)

If you decide to use a doorbell with camera, you must ensure that data protection is guaranteed. You are only allowed to monitor your own property. Public property such as the street or the pavement may not be monitored, nor may your neighbour's property.

Since the video recording of the doorbell only starts when someone rings it anyway, everything is fine from a data protection point of view.

Nevertheless, you should warn visitors about the surveillance by putting up a sign. This also serves as a deterrent against burglars and vandals.

The recordings may only be used for private purposes. If you have captured images of would-be burglars, you can make them available to the police.

Making recordings of people public, for example by posting them on social media, is strictly prohibited.

How can I connect my video doorbell to my Fritzbox?

If you connect your doorbell with video function to your Fritzbox, you can use your smartphone as an intercom and use it to see the picture from the camera. You can answer the call from any phone in the house that is connected to the Fritzbox.

We have prepared a step-by-step guide for you here:

  1. Door intercoms with an analogue telephone connection are connected to the A/B port of a telephone system.
  2. For the hands-free and telephony function, you need a sufficiently long telephone cable that bridges the distance between the door intercom and your Fritzbox. First, however, the door intercom must be wired to the power source.
  3. Now the doorbell system must be mounted either "surface-mounted" or "flush-mounted". Follow the instructions provided.
  4. Then connect the telephone cable of the door intercom to the analogue port of the Fritzbox.
  5. Now you can set up your door intercom as a telephony device in the Fritzbox.
  6. That's it. Now you can answer door calls directly on the phone.

Image source: flickr.com / Steve Garfield

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