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Which Doorbell Camera Is Right for Me?

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Eufy doorbell camera and Skybell video doorbell.

Choosing the perfect doorbell camera can feel intimidating. There are so many options! A variety of factors might influence your choice of doorbell camera, including where you live, how many people share your home, and what type of home you have.

If you’re trying to decide which doorbell camera to order with your Cove system, this article will:

  • Walk you through the basic functionality and benefits of each of our doorbell cameras.
  • Discuss useful applications for each of our doorbell cameras.
  • Provide a side-by-side comparison between the two cameras in our current equipment offering.
Eufy doorbell camera

Features and Benefits of the Eufy Doorbell Camera

The first thing to recognize about the Eufy doorbell camera is that it is a wireless doorbell camera. This provides a lot of flexibility and can simplify the installation process. The camera is powered via a rechargeable battery with 4 months of life per charge.

Wireless cameras like our Eufy doorbell camera have a few advantages over a wired camera:

  • Since you don’t need any existing wiring, they can be installed anywhere with a solid Wi-Fi connection. Whether you’re in a rented apartment or a house that you own, our Eufy doorbell camera is a great choice.

  • They have a quicker installation time than a wired doorbell camera.

  • The Eufy doorbell camera includes a Wi-Fi chime instead of connecting to your current doorbell chime.

Drawbacks of a wireless doorbell camera compared to a wired camera:

  • The need to recharge. No matter how long the camera’s battery life is, it will eventually need a recharge.

  • They are usually slightly bulkier than wired cameras.

Our Eufy doorbell camera comes with many features and benefits. It is in many ways the equivalent of the SkyBell, but there are a few differences:

  • HD video live streaming and recording: Like the Skybell, this camera provides clear 1080p video making it easier to identify intruders.

  • Local video storage: Any recorded clips will be stored locally on the Eufy camera’s Wi-Fi doorbell chime. Once the local storage runs out, the camera will begin recording over old footage, so be sure to download relevant clips to your phone.

  • App access: Easily view and download your clips through the Eufy Security app.

  • Color night vision: You’ll be able to monitor your cameras day and night.

  • 2-way communication: You can easily talk to visitors and hear them through the camera’s 2-way microphone/speaker function.

skybell camera placed on the door

Features and Benefits of the SkyBell Doorbell Camera

The first thing to be aware of with the SkyBell doorbell camera is that it requires you to have functional doorbell wiring in place. The camera is powered by connecting directly to your existing doorbell wiring.

Wired video doorbell cameras like the SkyBell have a few benefits:

  • They don’t need to be recharged—ever. You can install your doorbell and never take it down.

  • Since they don’t require a battery, they are generally smaller than wireless cameras.

  • They can connect to your current doorbell chime.

Drawbacks of a wired video doorbell compared to a wireless doorbell:

  • They may take longer to install than a wireless camera since they must connect to your doorbell wiring.

  • If you live in an apartment, you may not have the required wiring in place.

The SkyBell doorbell camera includes a variety of features, all of which are designed to make your life easier:

  • HD video live streaming and recording: Clear 1080p video makes it easier to identify intruders.

  • 24-hour rolling cloud storage: Your recordings will be stored on the cloud for 24 hours before they are replaced with your most recent recordings.

  • App access: Easily view and download your clips through the SkyBell or Cove apps.

  • Color night vision: You’ll be able to monitor your cameras day and night.

  • 2-way communication: You can easily talk to visitors and hear them through the camera’s 2-way microphone/speaker function.

  • Tamper sensor included: You’ll know if a burglar attempts to steal your doorbell.

Eufy doorbell camera with technical specifications

When to Choose the Eufy Doorbell Camera

The choice of doorbell camera is up to you, but there are definitely a few situations where our Eufy doorbell camera is more appropriate for your home.

If you are renting your home or apartment, you might choose the Eufy doorbell camera because it is easy to install and does not require you to already have a doorbell in place.

You also might prefer the Eufy doorbell camera if you would like a doorbell with a chime included. If you have no doorbell chime or your existing chime is broken, the Eufy doorbell camera will provide you with a convenient replacement.

Illustration of the Skybell video doorbell showing that customers can communicate with those outside.

When to Choose the SkyBell Doorbell Camera

There are a few situations in which you might prefer a wired doorbell camera like our SkyBell over a wireless doorbell camera.

One of those situations is if you don’t want to hassle with recharging your doorbell every few months. The SkyBell doorbell camera does not need to be recharged, so it’s essentially maintenance free.

You might also consider the SkyBell if you are giving a security system to someone else, especially if it is someone who is a little older. It may be difficult for elderly adults to remove and replace a doorbell camera for charging.

Finally, if you run a vacation rental, a wired video doorbell like the SkyBell may be preferable to a wireless doorbell because it is, once again, low maintenance. You’ll install it and be able to count on it forever.

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Side-by-Side Comparison of Cove’s Doorbell Cameras

If you’re still struggling to decide which doorbell camera is right for you, check out our handy comparison chart. If you still need assistance, call us and a customer service rep can help you.


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