I’ve been testing out the best video doorbells currently available in Australia. The main contenders are the Eufy Range, The Ring and The Google Nest. I tested out a few of the other options including the Arlo and some of the cheaper options on Amazon but found they just weren’t worth it and had pretty terrible user experiences.
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The Best Video Doorbells in Australia
These are the best video doorbells currently available in Australia. All of these are wifi video doorbells and most are battery powered.
Eufy Dual (Best Pick)
- Requires No Subscription
- Two Cameras for Excellent Field of View
- Best Video Quality
- Expensive upfront price
The Eufy Dual is my top pick for best video doorbell in Australia. The main reason I’d choose the Eufy Duel over the other options is there are no ongoing subscriptions required to get the most out of your doorbell.
It has the same “smart” tech as the other doorbells. It can recognise people, pets and cars and unlike many of the other video doorbells it can see and notify you when a parcel gets left on the ground outside your door. The Eufy Dual has two cameras, one is designed to see parcels on the ground and other is for viewing people.
The Eufy Dual has some of the best video quality thanks to its enhanced 2k resolution. Most of the other video doorbells available in Australia top out at 1080p (or similar). The Sony sensor in the Eufy is excellent and the video looks great.
The Eufy Dual is more expensive than the Ring and Nest. However there is no ongoing subscription. So over the long run you’ll most likely end up saving money. It is nice not having to worry about another subscription.
I’ve found the Eufy app to be a little less polished than the Google and Ring Apps. But it still has most of the same features and it’s pretty easy to use. It also gets regular updates so it has been getting better and better.
Google Nest Video Doorbell
I think the Google Nest Video Doorbell is one of the best looking smart doorbell cameras available in Australia. It’s also the only video doorbell I could find that offers 24/7 video recording to the cloud.
The Google Nest Doorbell has a 145º field of view. This is slightly less than the Ring and you’ll see substantially less compared to the Eufy Duel but it does have a vertical view so that you can see packages as well as people. In my opinion the Google Nest has the best detection features. This AI smart detection is what Google does best so it’s no surprise that their doorbells also perform really well.
Like the Ring Doorbell to access most of the cloud features, you will need a Nest Aware Subscription. However even without a Nest Aware subscription, the doorbell will keep video clips for a short time. Where as the Ring doesn’t store any clips without a subscription.
If you have Google Smart Home Products then the Nest doorbell will work best for you. It integrates with other Nest and Google Home devices.
As well as the Eufy Dual, Eufy also sells a cheaper single camera video Doorbell, the Eufy 2k. If you’re looking to spend a little less, I think it’s a great option as well.
The price of the Eufy Doorbell is around the same as current generation Ring Doorbell. But you don’t need to pay any ongoing subscriptions. The Eufy 2k uses the same Eufy App as the Duel. Which as I mentioned above isn’t as polished as the competitors.
The field of view isn’t as good as the Dual as the 2k only has a single camera. But the video quality is still better than the Ring and Google Nest cameras.
Have you got the Eufy 2k? Leave a review here.
The Ring Doorbell Camera is one of the most popular (if not the most popular) smart doorbell in Australia.
The 4th Generation Ring camera was added in 2021 and it adds colour preroll footage. The Ring can record a few seconds of footage before an event is detected. This adds a little bit of extra context to clips and I’ve found that the clips recorded by the Ring tend to be the best in terms of what they pick up. Remember smart cameras like the Ring don’t record 24/7 video and instead only record when motion is detected. To add prerolls, the latest Ring doorbell is constantly recording and overwriting those clips. And then it adds that little preroll to a clip when motion is detected.
The Ring video doorbell no supports quick replies. You can record a greeting message and you guests will be able to leave a message.
Ring Works really well with other Amazon Products. If you have an Echo smart speaker or smart hub, the doorbell can ring through that device. Ring also has the most accessories including mounting options. It’s been around the longest so it has the most third party accessories as well.
To get the most out of your Ring Video Doorbell, you’ll need a subscription to Ring Protect. The doorbell will still work without it and you’ll get notifications and be able to see live video, but it won’t keep recorded clips.
Ring 2 (Best Budget)
The Ring 2nd Generation is my top budget pick.
Amazon stills sells the previous versions of their doorbells. They all offer the same video quality but the newer models support 5ghz Wifi so they should have a more reliable connection.
You won’t get colour preroll on the older ring models and there are fewer mounting options. You also can’t remove the battery to charge.
If you’re looking for a cheap video doorbell then the Ring 2 or even the original Ring are still great options. I find the Ring Doorbells easy to setup and install and they have fewer issues than some of the competitors. They’ve been around for a long time and they’re tried and tested.
How Hard is it to Install a Video Doorbell?
Battery Operated video doorbells are easy to install. They come with a mounting plate that gets screwed into the wall. A video doorbell can be easily installed with basic tools.
Wired Video Doorbells can be a little more complex. Some video doorbells operate on 8v which is what old fashioned wired doorbells ran off. Others use a transformer. You’ll need to check the power requirements of the individual doorbell and some might require the help of an electrician.
How Long Does a Battery Powered Video Doorbell Last?
The length between charges in video doorbells does vary a lot. A battery will drain differently depending on the ambient temperature and how often motion events are detected. Most people will end up charging a video doorbell between 1-3 times per year.
One tip I have is to make sure you setup motion zones if you live on a busy street. This allows you to select a specific area within the video to capture motion. And only events occurring within that area will get recorded. I’ve found this helps with battery life.
What are the Best HomeKit Video Doorbells
Unfortunately there are no good HomeKit video doorbells currently for sale in Australia. You can try an import the Netatmo doorbell, but it requires a wired installation. The same with the Circle View Doorbell. Neither are easily available in Australia.
The Eufy camera can be connected to HomeKit using a Homebridge plugin. This is definitely for advanced users.
All the cameras here have iPhone apps and I’ve found I haven’t really missed the HomeKit support. While I would love the doorbells to support HomeKit Secure Video as it is more private, I’m not as concerned about privacy for a doorbell camera as I am for a camera inside the home.
I’m expecting we will start to see some more HomeKit options become available over the next couple of years.