Best Wireless Video Doorbells in Australia
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There are a lot of wireless video doorbell models hitting the market now, although a great many of them are on the dodgy side usually being re-badged mass produced hardware using generic apps. Build quality and privacy are, shall we say, lacking. Of the good ones, many of those are either region limited to countries outside of Australia, or simply don’t work well due to the brand failing to provide local cloud infrastructure.
That being said, these devices offer obvious benefits in terms of security and convenience, and going with a pure wireless model makes for easy installation for those of us without doorbell wiring in our homes. There are a handful of decent products on offer that will deliver the goods for Aussie home owners. My top picks are below, but take a look at the reviews further down for the details on why, and some other options.
My Top Picks
✔ Best in class camera
✔ Advanced smart features
✔ Local and cloud storage options
Best Cloud Model:
✔ Generous cloud storage
✔ Advanced smart features
✔ Replaceable battery pack
✔ Decent camera
✔ Wide vertical field of view
✔ Local and free cloud options
Things to Consider
How about battery life?
Being completely wireless naturally means the devices will be battery powered. These will always be a rechargeable lithium-ion battery of some kind, and will need to be recharged periodically. Battery life is one of the most common complaints I see when looking at these types of devices, both doorbells and security cameras.
In some cases it’s clear that there is a defective battery, these usually occur in batteries and that can result in a raft of complaints for a product over a certain period. Usually the companies involved have done the right thing and replaced these units once that is confirmed, so fair enough, stuff happens. Sometimes it can be down to other factors though, which can range from extreme weather (Li-ion batteries don’t like hot or cold), to how much traffic the camera sees.
Your mileage will vary, as they say, so it’s hard to be definitive about what life you’ll get with any particular product, regardless of what the manufacturer claims. Generally you should see at least a couple of months with a decent brand device and typical settings.
Where are the videos stored?
Cloud storage gives you some obvious convenience benefits, and provides protection in the event an intruder is savvy enough to steal the device that is recording them. These usually require a subscription in order to cover the cost of providing that storage and the servers to access it. Third party cloud services are also prone to questionable security and privacy practices, and this is a much greater risk with lesser known brands that don’t get the scrutiny of security experts.
The alternative is generally to have a locally installed memory card in the device itself, and many subscription free options do it this way. Some provide an additional base station that takes care of the storage and keeps those videos safely inside the house. Not being exposed to direct theft from the outside, and in a less obvious location where an intruder isn’t likely to find them comes close to the same thing as cloud storage.
Viewing angle and resolution
Bigger is always better, right? Not necessarily when it comes to viewing angle. A wider angle lens covers more area, sure, but it also means detail is lost as the number of pixels covering any particular feature is necessarily smaller.
Larger resolution cameras can help with this, but you need to look at the actual resolution. The usage of the moniker ‘2K’ is highly misleading, and becomes even more so when we move away from 16:9 aspect ratios, as some cameras do. The 1080p cameras are a standard 1920x1080 16:9 resolution, but 2K cameras could be various different resolutions. I’ll note those on the feature list in the reviews below.
Consider where you’re going to put the doorbell, and what you actually need it to watch. If you only need to cover the front step, a narrower view is going to give better clarity of what’s important, but go wide angle if you want to watch the whole front yard.
Smart features are becoming more common, but cheaper models are still lacking in this area a lot of the time. These features include things like person detection, adjustable motion zones, quick responses, and presence detection.
These features help to ensure you only get notifications that you care about, and you can respond in a realistic time frame. Tons of useless notifications just mean you’ll start ignoring them, or even turn them off, which defeats the purpose of having a video doorbell. The more of these features, the better off you’ll be in the long term.
You’ll also want to consider robust multi-user support if you’ll be sharing the doorbell with other people. You need to ensure those people can be removed easily and reliably in the event relationships change, and it’s never a good idea to share account passwords anyway.
Smart Home Integration
If you have a smart home, you might want to get a doorbell that integrates with it. However, the benefits of this can be quite limited. Usually you’ll only be able to answer the doorbell using a smart display, have your smart speakers act as doorbell chimes, and possibly be able to use the doorbell as a motion sensor to trigger automation rules.
If you don’t have a smart display, that’s one benefit gone already, and the others may not be very compelling considering you’ll need the makers app installed on your phone regardless. It’s probably worth going with a better doorbell than compromising for one with support for your smart home.
The Best Wireless Video Doorbell Overall
Why this model?
I’ve chosen the eufy Doorbell 2K as the best overall option because it has the most comprehensive set of smart features, and offers both wired and battery power options which gives it maximum flexibility. I find eufy’s app to be thorough in it’s execution, and offers a lot of control over the smart features and doorbell configuration, although this does make it a bit of a handful to navigate.
That feature set is derived from eufy’s bigger focus on being a comprehensive smart home security system, so they offer a variety of other good quality cameras and sensors that can tie into this as well. As this doorbell comes with their Homebase 2 product, you’ll be set if you want to add any of those other products later.
The hardware is well designed and solidly built, with the best quality camera in the line up in terms of raw image quality. Keep in mind the actual quality you get from it will depend on your WiFi connection, as slower performance will force it to downscale as with other wireless cameras. Eufy also has reasonably good support to back up their products compared to some other offerings, all of which adds up to a 90% user satisfaction rating.
Things to watch out for
Charging the battery requires the doorbell to be removed. The battery is built-in, so it has to be done on the doorbell itself, just like my OG Ring before they updated the design to include removable battery packs. It’s not a deal breaker, but that also depends on how often you need to take it down to charge.
Video storage is saved on the Homebase, which is good in that it keeps it away from casual theft, but eufy has opted to only include 16GB of storage, and it can’t be updated. For just the doorbell that’s not so bad. If you’re like me you’re not concerned about keeping weeks of doorbell footage for posterity, just being able to see what you missed, and it’s plenty for that use case. If you start adding other cameras though it could become a constraint.
Seeing as Eufy’s app forms the core of a larger security system, it runs on their back end servers in order to handle login security across multiple shared users accounts (if you want to set them up). Some of their smart features depend on this service too, which is not ideal as you can have issues with certain functions if there are server issues (which there have been).
Best Wireless Video Doorbell for Cloud
Why this model?
Ring was a pioneer in the smart doorbell market and currently has a selection of models for different use cases. The latest standard model is the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus. There is a non-plus model, but the plus offers a nice bonus of pre-roll video so you can see what happened before the bell was pressed. This is very handy as a common complaint with video doorbells is you only capture things a few seconds after. That varies a lot based on many factors, but this feature helps to mitigate it.
Ring has also upped their game recently with new app features which have considerably improved the user experience. These include things like person detection, adjustable motion zones on their battery models, like this one, and timeline snapshots which record stills periodically to fill in the blanks between motion events.
The app offers an easy to use interface for accessing the video, and I quite like how the timeline functions now, as you’re able to watch through long periods seamlessly flowing from snapshots to video clips as you go.
Ring is the only model here that doesn’t need to be removed to charge, and you can buy spare battery packs for quick change outs right from the front panel. That panel (the bottom aluminium part) is also interchangeable for optional ones in a variety of colors and finishes to better suit your home. The plus model also includes a corner kit for free, which allows you to mount it facing the doorstep a little better and avoid some background movement in the process.
Ring includes lifetime theft replacement with all their models which is a nice bonus, and their basic subscription plan is one of the better plans of offer. You get 60 day video storage which is longer than most, all their smart features, and rich notifications. That means you get a snapshot of the event trigger on your phone and smart watch which makes it much quicker to check what’s happening and decide if you need to go further.
Things to watch out for
Even though it’s one of the more expensive options, the camera is still only 1080p on their latest model. For a doorbell I don’t find it a big deal, but it is starting to look lacking compared to the higher resolutions on cheaper models now. You’ll also need to be an indoor chime seperately if you don’t have a wired one, which is now becoming less common as well.
The Ring doorbells and cameras only record to the cloud. While you can use the Ring 3 without a subscription you’ll only get live view and basic notifications, so you really need it. Ring has also been mired in some bad press around privacy controls over the last few years. The security design of their apps and software has generally been good, but the issues have revolved around their internal policies more than anything. They’ve shown considerable moves to correct that, but it’s worth being aware of.
For my money, I’m happy to use them where privacy is less of an issue, and the front door is one of those cases. Their cloud response is pretty good in my experience, and their improvements to the app experience have gone a long way to assuage my concerns by giving us more control of what and when things get recorded.
Best Value Wireless Video Doorbell
Why this model?
If you’re looking for a budget model, it’s easy to fall for one of the many (many!) mass market Chinese offerings. A lot of these are actually the exact same hardware sold under dozens of brand names, and their all a bit suspect in terms of longevity and privacy considerations, even is you don’t use their cloud offering.
Still, if you’re on a budget, a Chinese model is going to be where it’s at, and the Qihoo 360 wireless doorbell offers something with a bit more class than the rest. The design is slick, and instead of the doorbell connecting to your WiFi, it runs through the chime instead which acts as a signal booster. This can be handy as getting good WiFi reception outside the home isn’t always easy.
The camera is better considerably better than the cheaper alternatives, pushing up towards 2K, and offering a 4:3 aspect ration with a wide vertical field of view, good for checking on those packages. Video can be stored in their cloud service, which offers 48 hours for free, or longer storage terms at various subscription levels. What’s good is that they also offer a completely local option on MicroSD card, which can go up to 128GB. You’ll need to provide that, though, as it’s not included.
Things to watch out for
There’s not much in the way of smart notification features here. It’s a fairly basic offering with two-way talk and motion notifications. Placement will be an important consideration to avoid notification spam.
It’s notable that Qihoo recommend placing this in a sheltered location. There’s no official IPX rating provided, but they claim ‘splash resistance’. I’ve listed it as IPx3 as a result. If you have it under eaves or a verandah you should be fine, but that, and the fairly flimsy looking plastic mounting plate suggest a less robust build quality than the more expensive models.
Privacy is always a consideration, and especially with products like these. Thankfully you have the local strage option, which is a big help, and I’d recommend going that way.
Alternative Video Doorbell for Australia
Why this model?
The Toucan Wireless Doorbell offers a solid choice for wide area coverage. The camera resolution is good, although less than 2K, with a square aspect ration. Coupled with the 180 degree field of view vertically and horizontally you get very good coverage of everything in front of the house. This is especially useful for seeing where packages have been left.
The usual issue of extreme fisheye effect and subsequent poor visibility are mitigated by Toucan’s zoom and scroll features in the app. You’re able to more easily focus on parts of the image to see what’s going on with some degree of optical correction, and there’s a built in alarm you can trigger from the app.
Two-way talk is available, or you can opt to use pre-recorded responses for quick messages. The included indoor chime is wireless, which means you don’t need to plug it in to power. Instead is runs on 2AA batteries, which is a departure from most similar accessories. This allows it to be placed anywhere you need it and not take up another power point.
Video clips are stored in Toucan’s cloud service for up to 24 hours. That’s a bit short compared to most cloud offerings considering it’s not free, but should be sufficient for doorbell use cases. You can a 30 day trial on that service, but it really is necessary in order to use the device after that. With the cloud storage enabled, clips can be saved and downloaded to your phone for longer term storage.
Things to watch out for
If you’re strongly averse to subscriptions, this one won’t be for you. Not only do you need to pay for the cloud storage, but they have a higher tier subscription to unlock certain features like the Alexa integration and multi-user access. Just to make sure you don’t get around that limitation, the app only allows one login at a time from the same account.
There aren’t a lot of smart features. You can adjust the motion sensitivity, but the sensitivity can be a bit hit and miss, it’s either too much or not enough. There’s also no motion zones settings or person detection features. So long as you’re not placing it where you’ll get a lot of background motion, this won’t be a big problem, but if you’re facing a busy street it’s probably going to be a source of frustration as there’s no way to filter out unnecessary motion events.
Finally, don’t count on a lot of support. Being US based, they tend to want to send someone out to help with issues. That’s not going to work in Australia, and their remote support hasn’t been well received based on the customer feedback I’ve been seeing.
The selection of wireless doorbells in Australia is notably less than some of the bigger markets, but there are some good options to suit different price points and use preferences.
I’ve been consistently impressed with Eufy’s offerings of late, and their 2K doorbell is an example of that. Offering the best camera in it’s class, comprehensive smart features and local storage it’s hard to go past. It will also set you up to add some of their other security cameras if you want to expand your system later.
If you don’t want something that needs a hub, the Ring Video Doorbell 3 plus offers a good set of smart features, a generous cloud service, and easier battery charging than the rest.
Finally, for those on a budget, I’d recommend the Qihoo 360 doorbell. It’s a bit basic on the features, but offers a good camera, wide field of view, and both free cloud and local Micro SD storage options.