Home is the safety net for people. Not feeling in your own home sort of defeats the purpose of having your own home. If you live in a place that is not a secure neighborhood or just travel a lot – no matter what the reason – having an extra layer of security is a must.
Doors and windows are the main targets for burglars or anyone wanting to partake in mischief or crime, having a home security system helps to save yourself when at home and keep an eye on your home when away.
A smart video doorbell has become one of the important resources for many people. It is actually gaining popularity and becoming a common installment for homes. Today I am going to be discussing the upgraded versions of two video doorbells that I have already discussed with you guys.
SkyBell HD vs. Ring Pro
Ring and SkyBell both will provide you with home security systems that are top of the line. You will find Ring and SkyBell 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
- Motion Sensor
- Video Quality
- Night Vision
- Cloud Storage
- 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.
|Features||SkyBell HD||Ring Pro|
|Field of View||180°||160° Horizontal and 100° Vertical|
|Video Quality||720p/1080p HD||720p/1080p HD|
|Live Video on Demand||Yes||Yes, when wired|
|Night Vision||Yes (Colored up to 15 feet)||Yes (Infrared)|
|Cloud Recording and Storage||Yes||Yes, paid|
|Wi-Fi Connectivity||Long-range Wi-Fi Compatibility||Enhanced Wi-Fi connection and one-way video (for privacy)|
|Support||iOS and Android Support||iOS, Android, and Windows Support|
|Easy to Set-Up||No||Yes|
|Color choices||Two finishes available||Four finishes available|
Field of View
The field of view means the area that your camera covers from your front door or wherever it is installed. The SkyBell HD has a better field of view as it covers 180 degrees with auto-scaling, while the Ring Pro covers 160 degrees horizontally and 100 degrees vertically.
The difference isn’t vast, but comparatively, if we are talking about the best coverage, then I would have to go for SkyBell HD.
Motion detection is one of the important features when it comes to a security system. Motion sensors that are installed nowadays are getting smarter and we can see them in the video doorbells we are discussing as well.
The motion detection feature is very different in both the products. SkyBell HD uses traditional motion detection techniques. It starts recording after 10-30 seconds of detecting motion. This is similar to how motion-detecting outdoor lights activate. There isn’t an initial image that can be fed for the device to pick up on minor changes, but you do get to adjust the sensitivity level of the motion sensor – low, medium, or high. This helps to steer clear of false alarms but also could be too late if someone was stealthy enough to quickly move in and out of the zone.
On the other hand, Ring Pro features an advanced motion detection system, wherein an initial image of the doorway or a covered area is fed into the device during setup. Any changes in the initial setup image and the current image will trigger an alarm and recording will start right away.
You also get to choose eight sensitive motion zones that require more security focus. You don’t have the option to change the sensitivity of the motion detection, so false alarms are an issue, but you can choose the zones in a way that you can counter this issue.
The whole point of having a smart doorbell is being able to see who is at the door without having to answer the door. Both devices produce 1080p HD videos, but there is a significant difference in their performance.
SkyBell HD transmits a 1080p HD video with 5x zoom and produces color footage. Irrespective of the lighting, SkyBell HD performs better. The video transmitted is better in terms of details and colors, and even the videos in low light or no light work well. This is because of a light that is situated at the top of the camera. This light shines upward and helps illuminate your entryway making it easier for the camera to pick up on details even when using night vision. This isn’t helpful if you want it to be discrete though.
Ring Pro, on the other hand, uses more stealth when recording because it does not use any light, but because of this the footage isn’t as top-notch as SkyBell HD. Ring Pro uses infrared lights and produces black and white images. The night vision, as a result, might produce poor quality footage.
Night vision is an important aspect of having a home security system. SkyBell HD transmits color footage and can produce up to 15 feet of colored footage. This is because of the light that is a part of the camera system as discussed above.
Ring Pro uses infrared so you get black and white images but the absence of lights makes it a more suitable smart doorbell system if you don’t want to alert the intruders that they are being watched.
You get color footage with SkyBell HD and more stealthy recording with Ring Pro. At the end of the day, it boils down to preference.
Having the option to store the footage seems like a privilege with many systems. SkyBell HD provides you with limited cloud storage. You can store footage up to 7 days for free, and that’s basically it.
Ring Pro, on the other hand, has a paid cloud storage option. There is no free storage option. You get 6 months storage and it is chargeable at $3/month or $30/year.
When it comes to the looks, both have different strong points. When it comes to appearances, SkyBell HD is a more modern and sleek design and upgrades the overall look of your doorbell, while Ring Pro is on the bulkier side and is obvious. When it comes to color options, you get more choices with Ring Pro than SkyBell HD.
The SkyBell HD comes in two faceplate color finish options:
- Silver finish
- Bronze finish
The Ring Pro comes in four faceplate color finish options:
- Satin Black finish
- Dark Bronze finish
- Satin Nickel finish
- Satin White finish
SkyBell HD comes with a one year warranty coverage and a free replacement option in case of theft. Ring Video Doorbell Pro has a lifetime warranty policy and also provides free replacement like SkyBell HD in case of theft. The free replacement in case of theft policy is a one time occurrence for both the devices.
Smart Video Doorbells vs. Smart Home Security Cameras
People often get confused when it comes to choosing a security system that fulfills their needs. Why should you choose a video doorbell instead of a smart home security camera system or vice verse – is one of the major questions.
Basically, smart doorbells and home security cameras, in essence, perform the same task.
- Both systems show you what is happening in the outside surrounding of your home and allows you to keep an eye when you are away.
- Both systems come with motion detection systems.
- You also get a two-way communication system in both the security systems usually.
Main difference however is the doorbell element. A smart doorbell security system is more preferable even when you are indoors because it is more proactive. The doorbell systems will alert you whenever a person sets foot on your property via your phone or the doorbell chime, but the security camera system won’t.
Not only are the smart doorbells more efficient when it comes to alerting, they are also a better installation solution. The security camera systems, if not operated by batteries, require a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlet for power. This limits the options of usage. The smart doorbells can be wired into your existing low-voltage wiring and are easier to install.
So, choosing a smart video doorbell has a lot of advantages over smart home security cameras.
Night Vision: Color vs. Regular
Security cameras have always had the night vision black-and-white night vision until recently. This is due to the reliance on the standard, infrared light. The night vision security cameras are equipped with these high-powered LEDs, usually installed around the lens of the camera, that bombard the field of view in front of the camera with IR light.
As the light falls outside the visible spectrum, it’s invisible to our eyes and can be only seen by the security camera. The camera itself doesn’t detect visible light but only measures the intensity of the captured infrared light, making the captured image black-and-white.
Color Night Vision cameras too come equipped with the infrared night vision setup. This increases the overall clarity of the Color Night Vision feed as the black-and-white night vision provides optimal feed if the lighting conditions drop too low.
Many video doorbell models come with Color Night Vision support. By turning on this feature for your doorbell, the camera will interpret the ambient light of the captured scene and create a false color image in your live feed. As a result you’ll get a good quality night vision feed with a better sense of your color depth to it.
Benefits of a Video Doorbell
Often we have found ourselves in a situation where we haven’t felt safe answering the door directly, at least not without knowing the person visiting you. A video doorbell helps you check on your visitor without personally answering the door and putting yourself at risk.
If you want to enhance the safety of your home and make it more secure, a video doorbell is a smart home security solution for you. These extra sets of eyes and ears will help you protect your home and will always let you know who and what is at your door, even when you’re away.
Let’s look at some of the benefits of having a video doorbell:
If you find yourself away from the door or the house and are unable to answer your door personally, don’t worry. You can log into the doorbell app and have a two-way conversation with the visitor. Tell them to come back some other time or just instruct them to leave the items they’re supposed to deliver on the door.
Choose Whom to Let in
Worried about opening the door without knowing who the visitor is? Worry not. A video doorbell would allow you to see your visitor before answering the door. The wide Field of View of the video doorbell camera provides a full view of your porch or doorstep as compared to the limited FOV of the peephole on your door.
Comes with Night Vision
Some doorbell models come equipped with night vision. The night vision can be the standard infrared, black-and-white, or colored. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Faces and number plates captured by the colored night vision in low lighting conditions are easily recognizable, but without sufficient ambient light, the infrared night vision provides optimal low-light image quality.
Helps Keep Packages Safe
According to a survey, More than 30% of online shoppers have reported their packages stolen from their front porch. With a video doorbell installed, you can quickly secure the packages delivered at your door, and if your packages get stolen, the doorbell will capture the culprit in the video feed.
SkyBell HD vs Ring Pro: Which is Better?
Both these brands have made a name for themselves in the video doorbell market. So, when you choose any one of them, you are bound to get quality. The answer to this question depends on your preference. Let’s take a quick look at the similarities and differences.
- Both brands offer a 1080p resolution when it comes to video quality.
- Both brands have an anti-theft policy that provides free replacement once.
- No external battery is needed for both the devices because they will fit in with your old doorbell wiring system.
- Both the video doorbells are equipped with a two-way communication system.
- Both of them have motion sensors but SkyBell HD lets you adjust the sensitivity while Ring Pro lets you define the sensitive zones.
- Both doorbells have night vision. SkyBell HD provides color night footage up to 15 feet and has a light that helps with it. Ring Video Doorbell Pro uses infrared and provides black and white footage but is stealthy because of no light.
- SkyBell HD has 7 days of free footage storage option and Ring Pro has a paid plan that lets you store your footage for 6 months.
- SkyBell HD provides one year warranty and Ring Pro provides a lifetime warranty.
From taking a look at the features one by one, you can see that there is a reason why SkyBell HD and Ring Video Doorbell Pro are bestsellers. Both of them are great options. I, personally, prefer Ring Pro because of the advanced motion detection system and stealthy recording at night. It also has a paid storage plan and a lifetime warranty.
This doesn’t mean that SkyBell HD isn’t worth it. It has a greater field of view and also provides color night footage. If you want to alert the intruders, then the light used in the night is also great. As I mentioned, it all boils down to preference. No matter which one you choose, you won’t be disappointed.