Your home is one place that you feel the most secure in, and a video doorbell adds to that security. More and more people are investing in home security systems, especially if they travel or have children at home. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
Today, I bring to you two of the DIY solutions when it comes to video doorbell technology that is easy to install and also trustworthy.
Ring vs. SkyBell: Overview
Ring and SkyBell both will provide you with home security systems that are top of the line. You will find Ring Video Doorbell and SkyBell Doorbell in most of the top video doorbells list and rightly so. They are both DIY installation solutions and still give you a high-quality product at the end.
Both the options offer easy installation, mobile apps, live monitoring, and state of the art tech. We will be comparing them on the basis of:
- Field of View
- Power Supply
- Motion Sensor
- Video Quality
- Night Vision
- Cloud Storage
- Two-Way Audio
- Color Schemes
The features of the products will give us more insight into what makes it easier for you to compare the basics that the devices are equipped with and what they have to offer. Let’s take a look at both of their features side-by-side before we jump into discussing the main features.
|Field of View||180° horizontal, 140° vertical||120°|
|Video Quality||720p HD||640×480 VGA|
|Live Video on Demand||Yes, when wired||Yes|
|Cloud Recording and Storage||Yes, paid||No|
|Dimensions (L x W x H) inches||4.98 x 2.43 x 0.87||2.8 x 2.8 x 0.8|
|Easy to Set Up||Yes||No|
|Color Choices||Four finishes available||Two finishes available|
Field of View
Ring video doorbell has a wider field of view. With a horizontal FOV of 180 degrees and 140 degrees vertically, the camera captures greater area allowing you to see visitors at your front door, regardless of where they stand.
SkyBell doorbell, with its smaller field of vision of 120 degrees, creates blind spots, and won’t allow you to see the visitors outside the camera’s FOV.
The Ring doorbell has a very easy installation process. All the tools that you’ll require for mounting the doorbell are already included. It will take a couple of minutes to complete the installation, which can be done by anyone without the help of a professional.
Setting up SkyBell isn’t as easy and straightforward as Ring. SkyBell needs to be hardwired in your existing doorbell setup. The faceplate and the baseplate have a small gap in between them, leaving less space for wires to fit in. So if you have big hands or find it difficult to handle such tasks, setting up SkyBell can be a difficult job.
You would also need a digital doorbell adapter if your existing doorbell, which is to be replaced, is a digital one. Connecting both the doorbells to your Wi-Fi network and paring them with the mobile apps is pretty easy.
Ring doorbell runs on a rechargeable battery and has support for battery power with a solar charging option. You can also install it on your existing doorbell setup. You don’t have to lay a new wiring system for it.
SkyBell relies heavily on the wires that your current doorbell draws power from. This is why it needs to be hardwired into your existing doorbell wires or lay down new wires if you don’t already have a wiring system in place.
Ring doorbell comes with a basic home security system that includes entryway sensors, motion detection, and a control panel. You also have the option to add video doorbells and cameras. SkyBell offers just a video doorbell camera, so it can’t compare to what Ring has to offer.
Ring’s motion sensor sends you alerts when motion is detected at your front door. With cloud recording on, video can be recorded for reviewing later. You might get some false alerts from the motion sensor, but this can be fixed by tweaking the sensitivity of the sensor with the customizable motion zones. SkyBell’s motion detector allows you to take screenshots when watching the live feed. The sensitivity of the motion sensors isn’t adjustable.
Ring offers a high-definition video resolution of 720 pixels. The high-quality feed, however, might result in some lagging with the Ring’s videos. SkyBell, with its VGA display, provides a video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. Though the quality isn’t as good as the HD quality of Ring video, the feed is lag-free and consistent.
Ring comes with an infrared, black-and-white night vision, a necessary feature to look for. But the picture quality is a bit grainy, and the high video quality does little to compensate for it. SkyBell offers night vision capability out of the box, as well.
Ring comes with cloud storage that allows you to store the recorded feed and review it later. SkyBell doesn’t provide cloud storage and only comes with the capability of taking snapshots of the video feed.
Ring and SkyBell, both allow two-way communication so that you can converse with the person at your door from anywhere in the world. Ring has a noise-and-echo-canceling microphone that makes sure you can clearly hear the person at your door. The speaker is also loud to ensure that the visitor can hear your voice.
Even though SkyBell offers two-way communication, the audio isn’t always clear. It is poorer in quality when compared to what Ring has to offer.
The Ring comes in four color finish options:
- Venetian Bronze finish
- Polished Brass finish
- Satin Nickel finish
- Antique Brass finish
The SkyBell comes in two color finish options:
- Silver finish
- Bronze finish
Features to Look for in Video Doorbell Cameras
When going on a shopping spree, knowing which features to pay more attention to is important to make an informed decision. Here are some of the features you should look for:
1. Installation Procedure
Some doorbells need to be hardwired, some need professional setups, while others can easily be done by yourself. Knowing if you can install the doorbell on your own or would need a professional to do it is important so that you can factor in the cost of installation in your budget.
2. Night Vision
This is an essential feature to have in a smart doorbell. Video doorbells are mainly installed for the purpose of safety. It would defeat the purpose if it didn’t have night vision.
- Check how many feet you will be able to see via the camera in low light settings.
- Check if it has a color night vision.
- Check if there are LED lights that make looking around your property in the dark easier.
Yes, night vision is important, but so is being able to see in the daytime. Make sure that your camera has a good resolution so that you can capture clear pictures and videos. The resolution usually ranges from 720p to 1080p. There are also cameras that have very higher resolutions like 2K.
4. Two-Way Audio
Two-Way Audio allows you to communicate with your visitor. This can come in handy when you want to avoid unwanted guests. If the video doorbell comes with a mobile counterpart, you can receive a notification every time someone is at your door. It is essential for security and convenience both.
5. Storage Options
Check the available storage options before choosing to buy a video doorbell. You might be looking for offline local storage in an SD card or cloud storage. Many options come with free plans that provide limited access to online storage and which can be expanded if you choose to opt for paid subscription plans.
Can the Video Doorbell Be Integrated With Your Smart Home Devices?
With smart home compatibility, you can have Alexa or Google Assistant answer the door for you. This functionality isn’t common, but the ones that are compatible, allow you to use voice commands. The doorbells will come with the instructions documenting the setup process that will integrate your doorbell with your smart assistant.
Ring or SkyBell: Which is the Best?
Ring and SkyBell both are top of the line when it comes to video doorbells. We have discussed all the specifications and features that both the doorbells come with, and they do show one of the doorbells leading.
The Ring video doorbell does have many features that are better than the SkyBell. The video quality is HD, you get better audio quality – both speaker and microphone, you get cloud recording, and also have an option to integrate it with your other smart home devices. The one thing that Ring falls back on, because of all these features is the price.
Ring is more expensive than SkyBell, but rightly so. That being said, SkyBell isn’t only better when compared on the basis of cost, it has a motion detector that is more responsive than Ring’s, and it also has a silent doorbell feature. The live streaming feature, too, comparatively is better and is prone to fewer lags.
Both the devices have some features that are better than others, so it really does boil down to what your preferences are. If budget is not an issue, then you can go for Ring, and if you are looking for a budget option, then you can go for SkyBell.
Knowing what matters more for you will help you make a better decision – better motion detector or better audio, lag-free live streaming or recording capability, etc. No matter which one you choose, the purpose of having a video doorbell is served by both of them. You get the convenience and safety that comes with a video doorbell from both the options.
Both Ring and SkyBell have next-generation doorbells available now. The Ring Pro Video Doorbell and SkyBell HD come with live video feeds, motion detection, night vision ability, two-way communication, etc. They also have upgraded video quality of 1080p. You also get smart lock control and secure encryption.
So, if you want to invest and get a more upgraded system, then you can go for the next-gen versions of either of the doorbells we talked about today.