Door Peephole Doorbell Camera Review

Door Peephole Doorbell Camera Review

Buy it at Amazon: Door Peephole Doorbell Camera [Affiliate Link]

Takeaway: A basic low-res video camera peephole/doorbell with monitor.

The materials used for the peephole and LCD monitor are mid-grade, about what you'd expect from a low-cost unit. There's a protective film on the LCD so at first it may look hazy, but once you peel it off, the screen is clear. The manual indicates that the unit comes with 3 AAA batteries, but none were in my package, so I bought my own.

Installing this on a door with an existing peephole is straightforward; if you don't have one, you'll have to drill a hole in your door. This camera is only activated when a visitor presses the doorbell button on the unit or if you use the viewing panel on the inside; it does not have a motion detector. Keep in mind that this means that no video will be captured if your visitor uses any other existing doorbell that you may have. A five second video is ONLY captured when someone presses the doorbell button (w/o audio). While you can manually turn on the camera from the inside by pressing any of the buttons, it will be in "view only" mode and does not create a recording. You can also manually activate a 10 second audio recording from the panel (w/o video).

Setting the date and time is easy, but I found that it resets when the battery runs out and when new ones are put in. The LCD panel can store up to 2 GB of data which is a lot since each video file is only 2-3 MB and each audio file is 0.5 MB. When the memory card is full you can format it, but you cannot transfer them to your computer without opening up the viewing panel to remove the memory card. While you can review each recording using the panel, you cannot individually delete them.

This camera/monitor is simple and basic. My main concern would be that the battery will run out and without a normal glass peephole, you might lose the ability to see who is at your door. While reviewing recordings to see who stopped by is nice, you will only know who rang your "doorbell" on the unit. Folks who knock or use a different doorbell will not be recorded as there is no motion sensor. If you want a basic camera/LCD viewer and are on a budget, this unit functions as advertised. A device like this could be more useful with a few additional features, but certainly you would pay more for them.

Buy it at Amazon: Door Peephole Doorbell Camera [Affiliate Link]

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