August Doorbell Cam Pro

Last updated date: April 23, 2019

DWYM Score
7.4

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We looked at the top 1 Doorbells and dug through the reviews from 9 of the most popular review sites including The Ambient, TechHive, Tom's Guide, Top Ten Reviews, Digital Trends, PG Magazine - SE Asia, Slash Gear, Gear Brain, SafeHome and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Doorbell you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 74 expert reviews, the August August Doorbell Cam Pro placed 10th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 25, 2019:
Checkout The Best Doorbell for a detailed review of all the top doorbells.

Expert Summarized Score
8.0
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
6.2
193 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
August also includes an integrated “flood light.” This gets you colour night-time video instead of black and white night vision. This doesn't actually give you a flood of light, more a tiny stream, but it does the job to help you see who’s at your door.
- The Ambient
October 6, 2018 | Full review
Portrait-mode video means it fills up your smartphone screen without having to rotate it.
- TechHive
January 30, 2018 | Full review
Another clever feature with the August camera is HindSight; the camera is continually recording video, so when it detects motion, it will save a couple of seconds of video prior to a person entering the frame, so that motion alerts are more likely to show people actually in the frame instead of walking away from it.
- Tom's Guide
December 8, 2017 | Full review
You can connect the doorbell to an August Smart Lock to make it easy to let visitors into your home. It's the only video doorbell we tested that lets you control a companion smart lock without leaving the call, making it more convenient than navigating to another app.
- Top Ten Reviews
The bell is equipped with a rechargeable battery, which ensures the device will work even if there’s a power outage.
- Digital Trends
November 1, 2017 | Full review
With the Doorbell Cam Pro ($199), August addresses both of these gripes and adds a few other nice features, including Hindsight, which uses pre-buffering to capture 10 seconds of activity before a motion event occurs, and a neat little floodlight feature that lights up the video feed at night.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
December 21, 2017 | Full review
There are three levels of floodlight brightness, with a choice of defaulting to low or medium each time, and it both triggers automatically when movement is detected or manually from the video preview screen.
- Slash Gear
October 10, 2017 | Full review
We also liked how easily the Doorbell Cam Pro worked with August smart locks. When someone rings your Doorbell Cam Pro, you can see who is there and talk with them through the August app.
- Gear Brain
December 15, 2017 | Full review
It performs reliably even in low-light situations, which makes it an excellent choice for those seeking a reliable product for areas along the back or side of the home.
- SafeHome
April 3, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Awkward design may not fit on some doors.
- The Ambient
October 6, 2018 | Full review
Built-in light doesn't do a great job of nighttime illumination.
- TechHive
January 30, 2018 | Full review
Another shortcoming of August's camera is that its 120-degree field of view didn't show as much of my porch as the Ring cameras, which boast 160-degree viewing angles — the widest of the doorbell cameras we reviewed.
- Tom's Guide
December 8, 2017 | Full review
August Doorbell Cam Pro can only use its battery as a temporary backup. During our tests, it usually lasted a few hours before shutting down.
- Top Ten Reviews
Audio quality to your phone via the integrated microphone and speaker isn’t spectacular – in either direction – but is sufficient to be understood.
- Digital Trends
November 1, 2017 | Full review
The Pro doesn't work with third-party smart home devices and you can't use August's If This Then That (IFTTT) channel to have it trigger other devices.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
December 21, 2017 | Full review
Requires existing doorbell wiring.
- Slash Gear
October 10, 2017 | Full review
Spotty Wi-Fi connection and only works with mechanical doorbells.
- Gear Brain
December 15, 2017 | Full review
It allows users to access the app to lock back over the previous 24 hours to see what alerts occurred. However, for those who want to add more time to this, it is possible to do with the upgraded premium service. This provides 30 days of lookback features for an additional fee of $4.99 per month.
- SafeHome
April 3, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

August Doorbell Cam Pro lets you answer your door from anywhere.HindSight™ constantly monitors your doorway and captures the moments before a motion alert. The free, Basic Video Recording subscription, lets you replay any videos from the last 24 hours. August Doorbell Cam Pro pairs with any August Smart Lock.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Nest Hello Doorbell
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 7
3. STARPOINT Expandable Wireless Doorbell
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 3
4. Ring Video Doorbell 2
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 9
5. VueBell Wireless Smart Doorbell
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 5
6. Honeywell Portable Wireless Doorbell
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 4
7. PHYSEN Video Doorbell
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 3
8. Vasteko Wireless Doorbell Kits
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 2
9. SkyBell HD WiFi Video Doorbell
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 8
10. August Doorbell Cam Pro
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 9
11. Simplisafe Video Doorbell Pro
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Doorbells

A smart doorbell can be a great way to keep an eye on your front porch. Whether you’re watching for package theft or you just want to be able to answer the door from wherever you are, the right doorbell can serve that purpose. Thieves have grown savvy to spotting smart doorbells, upping the chances that they’ll skip your home, especially if you pair it with a security camera.

But there’s another benefit to a smart doorbell. If you are home and that door-to-door salesman stops by, you can answer without going to the door, which may make it easier to cut the conversation short. With most doorbells, every second of activity at your front door will be recorded and saved, which means you’ll have a record if you ever need it.

But some customers still prefer a more traditional doorbell. If you’re in the market for one that simply chimes to notify you that someone’s arrived, you’ll be surprised to find how easy newer ones are to install. If it’s battery-powered, you only have to hang it, plug in one or more receivers around the house, and you’re ready to go.

One thing to look at if you’re shopping for a smart doorbell is how recordings will work. With many smart doorbells, saving those videos for later reference requires a monthly paid subscription, so make sure you’re prepared for that ongoing expense before you buy.

With so many smart devices now, consumers are looking for items that can communicate with everything else in their house. If you already have an Alexa, look for one that can connect up. You may not know how you’ll use it now, but it will come in handy down the road.

One of the most popular doorbell integrations, though, is with security cameras. You can buy cameras from the same brand that make it easy to integrate, but you may also find that many doorbells are built to work with standard home security cameras. These cameras can come in handy for capturing activity in your back yard or your driveway.

Another important consideration is whether your doorbell begins recording when motion is detected, or it records constantly throughout the day. Obviously, motion-detection cameras are easier on your utility bill, but those that record constantly ensure you never miss a thing. If you ever have to look back to see if a particular car passed your house, for instance, an always-recording doorbell will have you covered.

DYWM Fun Fact

Traditional doorbells are built with an electromagnet inside. Electricity creates a magnetic field and when someone presses the button, it completes an electrical circuit. At that point, the magnetic field sends a signal that creates the sound you hear inside the house. There is also a transformer inside a doorbell that turns the usual 120-volt current for household appliances to the low-voltage current needed to power the doorbell. A smart doorbell, on the other hand, uses built-in Wi-Fi to interact with connected smartphones. Since doorbells require very little voltage to operate, they use minimal electricity, which means you probably won’t see a difference in your monthly utility bills after connecting one.

The Doorbell Buying Guide

  • There are two popular choices when it comes to doorbells today. Wireless doorbells behave similarly to the doorbells you’ve always used. You’ll simply set the doorbell up and plug at least one speaker in inside your home. When someone arrives, you’ll be notified. A serious competitor, though, growing in popularity, is the smart doorbell. Brands like Nest and Ring have become well-known in the field for a reason. With a smart doorbell, your phone notifies you someone is at your door and you can answer it, no matter where you are. You’ll speak to the person at your door through a speaker built into the doorbell, and they’ll be able to respond.
  • If you already have smart devices in your home, it’s important to consider compatibility if you choose a smart doorbell. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Ring Video Doorbell 2 will work with Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT. If you have a smart lock, check which brands work with Ring doorbells. If you have a smart lock made by Kevo, LockState, Kisi or Lockitron, you should be set. This compatibility means you can trigger certain actions within your home when someone’s at your door. The Nest Hello Doorbell is compatible with the Nest Cam IQ Indoor and Google Home speakers.
  • In most cases, the quality of the video feed may not matter so much. However, if you ever need to capture those intricate details, good video quality will come in handy. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Ring Video Doorbell 2 both record in 1080 HD video, while the Nest Hello Doorbell boasts HDR video.
  • Traditionally, when someone rang your doorbell, a chime inside the house let you know about it. Wireless doorbells like the STARPOINT Expandable Wireless Doorbell continue that tradition, giving you two receivers that you can plug into any electrical outlet in your home. Smart doorbells like the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Nest Hello Doorbell and Ring Video Doorbell 2 send those notifications to your smartphone. You can set up your phone to answer, even when you’re away from home.
  • As important as functionality is, it’s also important that your chosen doorbell serve as a great complement to your front door. It’s the entry point to your home, so you’ll be making a first impression with it. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro lets you choose from four faceplates, all included in the box. It also has a slim design that you may find preferable to the bulkier design of the Ring Video Doorbell 2.
  • Ideally, your doorbell will be in a well-sheltered area, protected from the elements. However, that’s not always easy. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Ring Video Doorbell 2 are designed to be weatherproof, withstanding various types of precipitation. The STARPOINT Expandable Wireless Doorbell is better for front doors that get very little exposure to the elements.
  • Front door activity doesn’t always happen during daytime hours. To capture that after-dark video, you’ll need a smart doorbell with infrared night vision. Both the Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Ring Video Doorbell 2 have that feature.
  • Installation isn’t always easy, but some doorbells are battery-powered, which means you don’t have to wire them to your home. The STARPOINT Expandable Wireless Doorbell and Ring Video Doorbell 2 are battery powered, while you’ll need to wire the Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Nest Hello Doorbell. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro comes with a power kit to make installation easier.
  • If you choose a smart doorbell, all those videos you record will need to be stored somewhere. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Ring Video Doorbell 2 require a monthly subscription if you want to save all your recordings to the cloud.