Why you should consider installing a video doorbell

by | Apr 29, 2024

Getting up to look through the peephole on hearing a traditional doorbell is a thing of the past. Like everything else, technology has upgraded this age-old device for the better. Now a doorbell isn’t just a notification of someone at your doorstep, it’s a complete security surveillance system that we can all use in this day and age.

With a video doorbell, you can monitor activities around your house, get notified when movement is detected in the surroundings, and interact with your visitors even when you’re not home.

A helping hand for people with impairments

A doorbell camera also comes in handy for people with disabilities, especially ones with restricted mobility. You don’t have to reach the door whenever someone is at your doorstep. Plus the security surveillance it offers is much needed if you have support staff visiting your home often.

Let’s dive deep into all the things a doorbell camera can do for you.

Features of a doorbell camera

1. Customisable motion detection

A good video doorbell comes equipped with motion detection—which means you don’t get alerted by any random motion like a passing car or falling leaves. You only get alerts that need your attention.

2. Two-way communication

This enables you to interact with the visitors at your doorstep, whether you are inside or remote. You can convey parcel delivery instructions to your delivery person. The doorbell camera is also a great way of deterring potential package thieves.

3. Facial recognition

Some of the brands in the market also offer advanced video doorbell systems that come with the facial recognition feature. This way you can check whether a visitor is a known face or a potential intruder.

4. Night vision

This way you can have your porch under surveillance 24 hours a day, and won’t get blindsided once it gets dark. We highly recommend you opt for doorbell cameras that come with night vision. You mainly have two options – infrared that captures in black and white and the other is colour. You can go for the black and white option as the colour camera tends to be more expensive.

These are just some of the many helpful features a doorbell camera can offer you. With that being said, with a variety of options available in the market, you can weigh in some factors to help you make the right purchase.

Factors to consider when choosing a doorbell camera

1. Camera resolution

Having a doorbell camera wouldn’t make much sense if the video you’re getting is too blurry and you’re not really able to identify who’s at your door. Not only does it help to identify your friends and family, but in an unwanted situation of a potential thief or burglar at your doorstep, you’ll have their face on record.

You can choose among 3 types of resolution: standard, high definition (HD) and ultra-high definition (UHD). Though UHD is the best choice, we recommend going for a minimum of HD to get the best out of your investment.

2. Power source

Doorbell cameras can either connect directly to your electricity or operate using batteries. Opting for battery-powered ones is better for tenants who may wish to take the device with them once they vacate the property.

💡Bell Electrical tip: If you own the house you live in it’s always a good idea to hard-wire your doorbell camera into your electricity. This guarantees that you will never lose connection. Though battery-powered ones are easier to install, you have to keep charging them regularly to keep them functional all the time.

3. Weather conditions

Keep in mind the weather conditions of your region as the device will obviously remain outside the whole day, 365 days of the year. Does it get too hot and humid for some months? Are the winters too harsh? Does your area receive heavy rainfall for a part of the year? Keep these factors in mind before finalising the right video doorbell for you. Also, check the temperature range your camera can tolerate.

Top brands for doorbell cameras in Australia

1. Ring

Ring as a brand has almost become synonymous with video doorbells. They offer products for all price tiers that come with advanced features such as integration with smart home devices, customisable motion detection, facial recognition, and two-way talk.

2. Eufy

Eufy boasts advanced built-in AI technology that helps with accurate facial recognition, reducing false alarms by a high margin. It’s user-friendly and offers high-end 2K video resolution.

3. Google Nest

Along with all the essential features that a video doorbell should have, the Google Nest doorbell comes with the advantage of seamless sync if you already have a Google ecosystem in place. The camera integrates with Google Assistant, which means you can control it with voice commands. It is also compatible with other Google Nest devices.

4. Arlo Essential

The Arlo video doorbell has great specifications like clear 1080p video, a pre-installed siren, and improved motion detection. You also get free cloud storage of up to 30 days, which makes it perfect for anyone who wants everything in one package.

Wrapping up

Looking to install a video doorbell in your home? Even if you’re not sure you can call us at 0411 471 922 for a free consultation, or email us at info@bellelectrical.com.au.

Need Help?

Do you need to have your electrical systems done? Bell Electrical Contractors is happy to help. Call us on 0411471922 or email us at info@bellelectrical.com.au.