August Doorbell Cam Pro Review
A highly innovative video doorbell camera with several smart home features.
- Works seamlessly with the August Smart Lock
- Able to work with other Smart home systems like Amazon Alexa, Echo etc.
- Up to 24 hours of video storage available for free
August Doorbell Cam Pro Review
Overview of August Doorbell Cam Pro
August Doorbell Cam Pro is an innovative, user-friendly video doorbell camera that makes your life easier by putting all of your smart home features into one. Technically the August Doorbell is ahead of its time when it comes to smart home integration because of its seamless linking with August’s smart lock. This feature among many others is one of the reasons that set the August Doorbell Cam Pro apart from the competition.
Like many other video doorbells, the August Doorbell Cam Pro allows you to answer your doorbell no matter where you are. From your smartphone, you can receive alerts when someone comes near the front door and if they ring you can answer the doorbell. Through the doorbell’s two-way audio speakers you can communicate with whoever is at your door, and through the August Smart Lock, you can remotely unlock the door. Overall, the August Doorbell is extremely user-friendly and a good option for a video doorbell.
Pros / Cons
- August Smart lock compatible
- User-friendly app
- Free 24 hour video storage
- Backup battery only temporary
- Needs existing wiring to install
- Floodlight night vision camera
Free 24-Hour Video Recording
One of the other shining features that August provides is their free 24-hour video storage that comes with the device. This means that instead of paying to save footage, you can have access to the footage of your doorbell for up to 24 hours. This makes it easy to check on something, make sure a package is delivered safely, and check on any activity that may go on near your front door. After 24 hours this footage does disappear, so if you want access to more storage you will have to opt for one of August’s monthly plans.
Smart Lock Pro
As mentioned before, the August Doorbell is one of the only smart doorbells to allow seamless integration with a smart lock. So instead of just talking to your guests, you can also remotely unlock the door for them. This is one of the most attractive features that August has since most video doorbells do not allow you to directly do this. In most cases, you must switch to another app with another technological device.
The Hindsight feature allows you to get a clear picture of what was happening before and after your motion sensors are triggered. Instead of just taking a photo or sending an alert, you can see the moments before the sensor went off. Essentially, you’re always being watched.
All of August’s products come with a 1-year warranty that guarantees replacement in the case of any technical issues and defects. If you do have questions about your August Video Doorbell, you can also reach out to the customer service hotline.
How does it work?
This doorbell makes it seem like you’re always at home even when you’re not. The August Video Doorbell Pro uses its high-quality lens and wifi connection to send clear video footage to your phone whenever a sensor goes off or the doorbell rings. The user interface is one of a kind because as soon as your doorbell rings, the live footage of them is projected directly on to your home screen. You immediately are informed of who is at your doorbell and can proceed however you like.
Do you know who it is and want to say something to them? Perfect, with the video doorbell you’re able to have a full conversation with your guest even if you aren’t at home. This makes it conveniently efficient. Now, let’s take it a step further. What if it’s a family member or someone you trust that needs to be let in but you’re still at the office. The August Doorbell is one of the few video doorbells that lets you unlock the door directly from the same application with the August Smart Lock.
While the camera quality isn’t HD, in fact, it is one of the lowest on the market, the product still works well together overall. Additionally, the night vision floodlight that it uses isn’t as discreet as an infrared night camera that most other video doorbell brands have. Nonetheless, this bright light could serve to deter intruders from your front door. If this isn’t a dealbreaker then you could very well be satisfied with this product.
August Doorbell Cam Pro claims to be an easy, DIY installation, provided that you have existing wiring already. The video doorbell is indeed hard-wired, so you need to make sure you carefully follow the instructions while mounting it. The product comes with a backplate that helps you to easily position the camera so that you can get a good view of your guests. In the case of a power outage, the August Doorbell uses its temporary backup camera, which only lasts for a few hours.
Adjustable Motion Sensitivity
The motion sensors in the video doorbell allow you to customize the radius so that you can ignore useless alerts sent to your phone. Equally, you can get a good look at the surrounding area of the front door with the motion sensitivity monitors.
Overall, the August Doorbell is a great choice if you’re in the market for a video doorbell. You’ve got the standard live footage and ability to talk and can even let someone in if you want. We believe that if you already have other August products or even other smart home products, the August doorbell is a great choice. As stated before, the smart lock integration is something that sells the August Doorbell.
The major downsides to this doorbell are the video quality. With its 480 x 640 resolution, it is far behind other competitor brands. However, it does do the job its meant to do: give you the sense of security knowing that you can answer your door from anywhere. So if the video quality isn’t a major setback and you’re keen on smart home usability, the August Doorbell may be a great choice for you.
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