The $199 Doorbell Cam Pro (roughly £155/AU$266 converted) is August’s second-gen smart buzzer. With solid HD livestreaming, motion alerts, two-way audio and integration withand , the Doorbell Cam Pro is competitive with Ring and SkyBell models. Almost.
Instead of offering night vision like its competition, this doorbell has an integrated LED floodlight to assist in low-light conditions. While this allows you to view the feed in color rather than gray scale, the video quality isn’t as good as what you’d get with night vision. August also charges $5 per month for its cloud storage service. Ring’s subscription is just $3 per month and SkyBell offers free cloud storage. And, at nearly 3 inches wide, this square August buzzer won’t easily fit on a standard door frame.
Still, August’s Doorbell Cam Pro is a very good option — especially if you want to use it with anor . If you don’t, consider or the instead.
Comparing smart doorbells
|August Doorbell Cam Pro||Ring Video Doorbell 2||SkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell||Ring Video Doorbell Pro|
|Color finish||Silver, dark gray||Satin nickel, venetian (both finishes included with purchase)||Brushed aluminum, oil rubbed bronze||Satin nickel, venetian, satin black, pearl white|
|Power source||Hardwired||Hardwired or removable, rechargeable battery||Hardwired||Hardwired|
|Resolution||1,280×960p HD||1,920x1080p HD||1,920x1080p HD||1,920x1080p HD|
|Field of view||120 degrees||160 degrees||180 degrees||160 degrees|
|Cloud storage||Yes, 30-day storage for $5 per month||Yes, 60-day storage for $3 per month||Yes, free||Yes, 60-day storage for $3 per month|
|Mobile app||Android and iPhone||Yes, 60-day storage for $3 per month||Android and iPhone||Android and iPhone|
|Night vision||No, built-in floodlight||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||2.9×2.9×0.9 inches||5.1×2.5×1.1 inches||2.8×2.8×0.9 inches||4.5×1.9×0.8 inches|
|Third-party integrations||Alexa; Nest||Alexa; IFTTT; Wink||Alexa; IFTTT; Nest||Alexa; IFTTT; Wink|
|Operating temperature range||-13 to 122 degrees F (-25 to 50 degrees C)||-5 to 120 degrees F (-20 to 48 degrees C)||-40 to 140 degrees F (-40 to 60 degrees C)||-5 to 120 degrees F (-20 to 48 degrees C)|
While the Doorbell Cam Pro’s price is in-line with Ring’s Video Doorbell 2 and the SkyBell HD, it has lower video resolution, a narrower field of view and a higher cloud storage fee. It also relies on integrated LEDs to provide light at night. The floodlight ensures that you can view your video in color rather than traditional night vision’s gray scale, but the video clarity suffered somewhat.
Theand outdoor security cameras work similarly. Designed as porch light cameras, they borrow light from whatever bulb you’re using instead of night vision tech. As a result, the quality of the live video feed often struggles in low-light conditions.
Installation, configuration and performance
August’s Android and iOS app makes it easy to install and set up your Doorbell Cam Pro. Simply download the app on your device of choice and follow the step-by-step instructions.
The app will ask you what device you want to install and take you straight into the configuration process. Note: August wants you to connect your Doorbell Cam Pro to your local Wi-Fi network before you install it outside. Plug the included USB-compatible dock into a wall outlet and set your doorbell on it. A white pulsing light should appear; if it doesn’t press the “reset” button on the back of the doorbell’s faceplate.