If you’re looking for the latest in home security, you’ve probably considered doorbell cameras. And, if you’ve been weighing your options, it’s likely you’ve come across two of the most popular brands in on the market — the Skybell Trim Plus and the Ring Pro. To help you make an educated evaluation, we’ll compare the two video doorbells side-by-side.
What is a Doorbell Camera?
With technological advancements, even an average feature of the home—the doorbell—has evolved to include clear HD video recording and high-quality picture capturing. These incredible devices are the next step in home security and accessibility.
A doorbell camera is mounted where the doorbell would normally be. These vary in size but are commonly small enough to be about the size of an average doorbell. Depending on the settings of the device, customers can program the doorbell camera to activate when its sensor detects motion or simply when someone presses the button.
Once your doorbell is pressed or the motion sensor is activated, your smartphone will alert you that your doorbell has detected activity. Upon opening the app, you can view a live video of your guest, who can leave a message that can also be saved for later. Most doorbell cameras also feature two-way communication so that you can also answer the door from locations far away from your home.
For the the elderly and disabled, they also offer incredible convenience by allowing the homeowner to check on knocks at the door without having to get up.
Things to Consider When Choosing Between the Skybell Trim Plus or the Ring Pro
Homeowners have different needs and expectations when it comes to protecting their home. Here are a few key questions to ask:
- Are you worried about capturing video footage at night?
- What technology should your doorbell be compatible with?
- How often do people approach your door on an average day?
- How many people in your home will want access to answering the door bell camera?
Skybell Trim Plus
Skybell is a company that specializes in video doorbells. Several of their products have patents unique to their company which has caused tension between Skybell and Ring Pro. There are several reports of lawsuits between the two because Ring Pro has been accused of infringing on Skybell’s patented features.
The Skybell Trim Plus has a sleek design that is only slightly larger than the base of a doorbell. There are two available colors: brushed aluminum and the dark, oil-rubbed bronze. The style of the Skybell Trim Plus is thin and can match practically any home design.
- 180 Degree View. With a viewing range of 180 degrees, the Skybell Trim Plus displays a panoramic view to ensure total video coverage of the front door area.
- 5X Zoom. Even with a high-quality camera, some details can be distorted. Skybell offers zoom capabilities up to 5X so that you can can easily distinguish name tags, license plates, or package details.
- Motion Sensor. Motion sensors will notify you as soon as any movement is detected, or a visitor approaches your door. Even if they do not ring the doorbell, you can keep an eye on whatever activity is happening in the vicinity of your door.
- HD Photograph. The Skybell Trim Plus can also captures an HD photograph of your visitors.
- Easy Installation. The entire installation process can be done at home without the help of a professional (although you may prefer one if you’re not a big fan of DIY projects).
- Cloud Video Storage. Skybell Trim Plus records and stores video footage in the cloud which means criminals can’t get access to the footage by stealing the device. Skybell cloud storage is also free and has no monthly cost.
- Weather and Rain-Proof. The Trim Plus can withstand hot summer days, chilly winter nights, and every storm that mother nature can muster.
Ring Pro has built powerful name recognition in the market through effective advertising and also makes a complete security system designed to integrate with the video doorbell.
The faceplates are interchangeable on this modern design doorbell camera. It is thin and fits comfortably on your door frame without becoming an eyesore.
- 160 Degree View. A 160-degree view will easily capture anything approaching the camera. However, it will not be able to see something if it gets too close to the wall on which it is mounted. Generally this is not an issue, but in certain situations, you could miss something that the Skybell’s 180-degree view would capture.
- Zoning Settings. This is one of the more impressive features of the Ring doorbell. While motion sensors are convenient because they allow your camera to activate automatically, the Ring Pro takes this technology a step further with zone settings that allow you to determine what areas or times the sensor is activated.