Eufy Video Doorbell – Best Subscription-Free Doorbell Camera

Eufy Video Doorbell – Best Subscription-Free Doorbell Camera


Who is it? It’s you. You, who? YOU … you You You, Who? There’s no shortage of video doorbells to
choose from today. The market is full of options from Ring, Nest, August, and dozens of others.
About a year ago I published a review of the Ring Video Doorbell 2, which I’ll include
a link in the description if you’d like to see that one. With all of the options available,
it really comes down to what features are important to you and price.
And as far as features go, how does no subscription fee sound to you? Today, I’m going to be taking
a look at the Eufy Video Doorbell and if it’s worthy of consideration. Before I dive in, take a moment and hit the
subscribe button and notification bell, so you don’t miss out on future videos like
this one. I’m Matt Ferrell … welcome to Undecided. The reason I went with the Ring Video Doorbell
2 a year and a half ago, and probably the most critical part of deciding which doorbell
is right for you: power. It was the best option that didn’t require existing doorbell wiring.
Most video doorbells on the market require between 16V-24V of power, but the Ring Video
Doorbell 2 has an onboard battery that gives you between 5-6 months of power before needing
to be recharged. I’d still recommend it as an option for folks without existing wiring,
but if you have power available, there are better options today. And that leads me straight into the Eufy Video
Doorbell. I’d like to thank Eufy for sending me the doorbell to check out. And just like
with my EufyCam E security camera review, there were no strings attached, so my opinions
are my own … no holds barred. A few basic specs worth calling out are that
the doorbell is IP65 rated for outdoor weather and has operating temperatures between -4
° and 122 ° degrees Fahrenheit or -20 ° and 50 ° Celsius. You’ll also need to have
2.4GHz WiFi available. When it comes to power, the Eufy Video Doorbell
requires between 16V-24V. So how did I power it if I don’t have doorbell wiring? I ended
up buying a 24V power supply and wire for under $20 that was designed specifically for
people in my situation. You plug it into an outlet inside the house close to the door,
and then fish the line as best you can to the outside. In my case, I was able to drill
a small hole through a closet wall to the outside to place the doorbell in the location
I wanted. And yes, that’s a cat toy sticking through my wall. I used that to fish the wire
through the hole. If you do have existing doorbell wiring, but
aren’t sure of the voltage, you can usually find the voltage printed on the doorbell transformer
if you can find it. Or you can pick up an affordable multimeter from a hardware store
and test the line. Out of the box, Eufy provides a wireless door
chime that you can drop into any outlet, plus mounting plate, screws, extension cables,
and an angled wall plate in case you need to adjust the angle of the camera. Installing the doorbell is very straightforward.
You attach the mounting plate to the wall around the wire, screw down the wires to the
terminals on the back of the doorbell, and then snap into place on the mount. That’s
it. And before anyone asks in the comments, I had a special mount 3D printed to fit over
my vinyl siding. Otherwise it wouldn’t sit flat. I’ll include a link in the description
to the Etsy merchant I worked with to create it for me. It’s affordable and makes for
a neat installation. The app setup process was just as simple.
After powering up the doorbell, you scan a QR code from the packaging (it’s also on
the back of the doorbell), to authenticate and connect the doorbell to your WiFi. The
first time user experience is really top notch just like setting up the EufyCam E. They have
clear directions at each step and video tutorials to help as well. There’s a similar QR code
scanning procedure for setting up the chime and then you’re essentially done. Probably the most important aspect of a video
doorbell is … well … the video camera. And this is one area the Eufy Video Doorbell
comes out swinging against the competition. Most of the best selling video doorbells on
the market have camera resolutions around 720P to 1080P. The top of the line Ring Doorbell
Pro takes 1080P video and so does my Ring Video Doorbell 2. One downside of that type
of resolution is the wide 16×9 aspect ratio. It’s using a lot of that resolution on a
wider image instead of using it on more height. That’s why some video doorbells have gone
with the 4:3 ratio, like the August Doorbell Cam at 1280×960 or the Nest Doorbell’s very
high resolution of 1600×1200. Well, the Eufy Video Doorbell crushes all
of those doorbells with a 2K, 4:3 resolution at 2560×1920. To put all of that into context,
the 1080P and Nest cameras have a little over 2x more pixels than the 720P cameras. And
the Eufy has a little over 2x more than the 1080P cameras. At it’s highest settings
the Eufy video quality is crisp and easy to make out faces from a good distance away.
The video tends to blow out the brightest sections of the video, but that’s because
the camera is adjusting to the lower light levels closer to the camera in my setup. It’s
doing the right thing to ensure that faces are properly exposed at the expense of the
sky being blown out. If you turn on the HDR feature, then details come back to those blown
out locations, but you’ll notice that the colors get a little more muted. I’ve found
leaving the HDR feature off to be better for my use case. The Eufy also has a built in microphone and
speaker, like pretty much every other video doorbell on the market. So you can hear and
talk to people at your front door. One feature I think is pretty handy is the quick response
feature. When you’re viewing a live feed, you just tap the little speech balloon icon,
make your choice, and it plays the recording. There are a few pre-recorded messages that
say things like, “Excuse me, can I help you” or “Please leave it at the door.”
You can also record your own. [Toilet flush] “I’ll be right there.” Another nice feature is being able to save out screenshots
in real time, as well as activating a recording. The motion detection is also top notch. My
Ring Video Doorbell 2 can be hit or miss with triggering a recording, which is mainly due
to its reliance on low-power infrared sensors to detect movement. The Ring Video Doorbell
Pro and Nest Doorbell are using more advanced methods like using the camera itself. It compares
if there’s been a change in pixels and can also use machine learning to determine if
it’s a person or face coming into view. This type of system is far more accurate and
reduces false recordings and notifications. The Eufy is using this more advanced form
of detection and it’s been working extremely well. You can configure the sensitivity of
the system to dial in how frequently it will record and notify you. And if you’d rather
not use the face detection at all, you can customize motion detection zones to narrow
down the notification frequency. One thing I really appreciate about the face detection
is the actual notification you get on your phone. If it’s available, it will include
a cropped thumbnail image of the person’s face. If you’ve been watching my channel for a
while, you’ll have seen the trend that I’ve been moving my smart home to more locally-hosted
options wherever I can. And the Eufy fits right in with that. It has 4GB of built-in
memory to store about a week of videos, which means there’s no subscription fee and you
maintain tighter control of your data. It also means that your video will still get
recorded if your internet goes down or is spotty. But if power goes out, you’re out
of luck as there’s no onboard battery backup. The downside to having the data stored directly
in the doorbell is that if someone steals the doorbell, they’ve stolen all of the
recordings as well. That’s not something I’m too concerned with, but Eufy does have
an optional cloud service starting at $2.99 for their Eufy Security line of products if
that’s something you’re looking for. The doorbell in practice has been amazing
so far. It’s only missed capturing a couple of recordings compared to my Ring missing
dozens. And the false alarms have been nonexistent. The doorbell appears to be recording a non-stop
video stream into a buffer because it captures 3 seconds of video before the actual triggered
moment. On my Ring there are countless recordings of someone’s back as they’re leaving my
front door because it didn’t trigger until they were already at the top of the stairs.
With that 3 second buffer on the Eufy we’re getting better recordings of people walking
up the walkway towards the door now … not just the side or back of their head. And the
night vision mode works just as well as you’d expect. The notifications are timely. I’ve been
seeing the motion notifications pop up right around the moment the person actually reaches
the front door. Doorbell press triggers a notification within a 1/2 second to 1 second
on my phone, and the wireless chime inside the house goes off instantly. The only delays
I’ve noticed are when talking with the push to talk feature. The Eufy Video Doorbell has some well executed
features and specs, and it performs extremely well, but what does it cost? It comes in at
$160, which makes it cheaper than the Ring Video Doorbell 2, Ring Video Doorbell Pro,
Nest Doorbell, and August Doorbell (just some of the more popular options). Not only is
it cheaper, but you’re getting one of the best video resolutions in its class, as well
as some of the more advanced features like face and body detection. You can find cheaper
cameras around $100 in price, but you often lose out on the resolution and advanced features
with all of those cameras. Where my big criticism comes in, much like
my EufyCam E review, is around integrations. The only integrations available right now
are with Amazon and Google. If you link up your Eufy Security account with something
like Google Home, you can view live video feeds on any Google smart device with a screen,
like a Google Nest Hub. While it works, it’s very slow to respond. It’s 5 seconds or
more for the feed to get going, which at this point makes it useless in conjunction with
responding to a doorbell ring. There’s no IFTTT support or integrations
into platforms like Smartthings, Hubitat, or Home Assistant, which greatly limits some
of the benefits of Eufy compared to other systems that do. For instance, with Ring I’m
able to trigger my porch light if motion is detected at the front door after sunset. It
may seem like a small nitpick, but there are a lot of upsides when you can integrate a
device like this into the rest of your smart home. I’m also surprised that their doorbell
can’t tie into the EufyCam hub in some fashion. It’d be fantastic if you could have the
doorbell backup its video clips to the SD card in the EufyCam hub. I’m also surprised
you can’t setup RTSP video streams to a Synology Diskstation or other device as you
can with their EufyCam security cameras. Hopefully they’ll roll out more integrations over
time, and based on their track record they probably will. I like to maintain tighter control over my
privacy and data, so locally-hosted gear is a big selling point. It’s one of the reasons
I really like the EufyCam E security cameras over something like the Arlo cameras. Even
though Arlo can backup locally to an SD card, it’s just a backup. You can’t opt out
of the cloud storage. Eufy has taken the path of local storage first
for all of their products. This is a move and design direction I can get behind. You
still get many of the great features of competing products, but with the benefit of your data
being encrypted and in your control at all times. The Eufy Video Doorbell beats out the competition
on price and core features, but falls short on integrations. If tying a video doorbell
into services like IFTTT are a must for you, then I’d recommend looking elsewhere. But
if you want a high quality video doorbell that remains local, Eufy should be at the
top of your list. They’re really putting out some great security gear. Jump into the comments and let me know what
video doorbells you’re using and how they’re working out for you. I’m also curious how
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41 Replies to “Eufy Video Doorbell – Best Subscription-Free Doorbell Camera”

  1. Matt, great video. I haven't purchased a video doorbell yet because of the monthly subscription costs, but this may be a good option for me. Thanks for putting this together.

  2. I like that you're not "opted-in" to a cloud service. So many other cameras are being sold for data harvesting purposes by 3rd parties and government agencies. I think this recent article is relevant: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190807/20024842742/ring-is-teaching-cops-how-to-obtain-doorbell-camera-footage-without-warrant.shtml

  3. This meets almost everything I would want in a doorbell. The only lacking features would be local storage to a nas or security program and POE. I prefer hardwired Ethernet over WiFi for many reasons and POE to power would also be a plus. Yes many will not want or need this but I think it would be a nice option or add on that can clip on the back. I would easily pay double if I could get these features in a doorbell cam

  4. This is currently retailing for $119.99 on eufy's website…for that price it's a no brainer…
    As always, great review…!!

  5. Local storage is really nice. I’m waiting on something with full HomeKit support. This one is tempting, though.

  6. excellent video. I was a very early adopter of the Ring products, growing my "Ring of Security" to include a doorbell Pro, multiple Spotlight Cams, and multiple Stick up Cams, including their home security package for doors, windows, and motion. I'm at the point of being unimpressed and frankly, a little drained with this system. I've had more than enough issues and spent hundreds of dollars to "fix my slow WiFi" to appease the Ring support engineers I've worked with, that I've been looking elsewhere.
    (And don't get me started on SkyNet—-I mean Amazon buying them)

    I enjoyed your Eufy E review, and that led me to look at them more seriously, after seeing this video, and knowing my integrations are 0, I will be purchasing this door bell and the Eufy AI cams.

  7. Great review as usual!! I just bought this doorbell on Amazon when they had it discounted for $110! However, I just saw a review on YouTube by lifehackster from two months ago (https://youtu.be/VnrzIhrMr5A) where he found several problems with the doorbell. Two major ones being that when he copied the video to his phone it was not 2K and was only 10 fps. Also, he found a major bug that when the two way audio gets activated the camera stops recording. Can you check if these issues have been addressed in a firmware update since then? Thanks!

  8. Hi Matt… long time viewer, first time commenter. Love the channel and this video! I have a Ring Pro and it’s just OK, curious how this doorbell allows for remote app viewing of footage since you are storing locally. Does the doorbell spin up a web server? Sorry if I missed that in the video. Thanks again!

  9. I hope you let us know when you eufy provides connection to their base station. I'm not interested in the doorbell until it does

  10. It looks like your subscriber count has more than doubled since I stated watching. Glad you’re getting traction .

    Great video Matt

  11. My wife and I recently purchased a ring doorbell pro. The resolution is great the only problem we run into it the giant Pilar near our door which obstructs the view. But overall we are happy.

  12. Matt – Great content as usual. Eufy products are killing it! Just wish the doorbell was integrated into their hub.

  13. Eufy is supposed to add Homekit Secure Video. When they do, I’ll jump on this and their cameras. Until then, I’m holding off. Privacy is a top priority.

  14. I just don't get it. What's the point? If you're already at home, it's more convenient than hauling your (fat) ass out the chair to look through the front door peep hole to see who it is? Wow. What a brave new world. :-/ If you're not at home, again, what's the point? So you can pretend to be home? Half the time I don't answer the door when I am at home (I'm sure most other people do the same thing), so what's really being added here? And if it is someone doing wrong and you're not at home… then what?… you're not at home. This is a solution looking for a problem. Please, someone telling what I'm missing?

  15. Thanks for the review. If they offer the ability to auto-save videos to a NAS on the local WiFi network, I’ll buy one. I’ll never give Amazon or Google access to video of my house.

  16. I prefer local storage. I've not found the need for a doorbell yet, so I just use a Unifi camera on my porch. Watch it from anywhere. I'll never pay a sub fee for somethig like this.

  17. Thanks Matt, do you have to use Eufy router or is there another option. I've set up a nice UNFI Wifi mesh net and would like to use without more WIFI signals in the air. Thanks

  18. My three biggest complaints with the Eufy Video doorbell are it's inability to ring my internal door chime (my Nest Hello can), lack of ability to tie into the Eufy HomeBase if you have one, and lack of RTSP support to just stream to a NAS or network share, this would allow for the possibility of having 24/7 recording like I have on my Nest Hello. I still haven't filled the 4gb of internal storage after the month of having it installed, but it would still be nice. Hopefully most of those features can be added in a future firmware.

  19. Another very nice video. I'm one of your recent subs after watching the eufy and solar videos recently. This doorbell is another great video. Looking for a subscription-less doorbell after Kasa cancelled theirs and nest I'm hearing reports of being a data hog.

    Prioritizing Android widget support, consolidating apps (single app for several devices), and speed to pull it up on the Google home. Since I already have the Kasa switches and plugs, I've been using the Kasa Cams as well. They been great dog and baby monitors. The widgets keep a still image on my phone's home screen for quick reference.

    Though maybe I should prioritize notification triggers and resolution. Your review really makes it sound great at the foundational parts like those. I wish it had home base support: if all eufy cams could do that I'd be interested in a few outdoor cams and doorbell on one base.

    How does their app work for privacy? I question, if their app can access it, how do you know they can't access the videos?

  20. I’ve been waiting for this; thanks for the video!

    Internet in Sri Lanka always has a cap, so going local is the only sensible option for me. Hopeful that they’d enable IFTTT and the likes soon.

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