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The Night Owl Doorbell Camera: Tech Specs Before You Buy

Night Owl Security Smart Doorbell

With the Night Owl Doorbell Camera, you can add extra protection to your front door, garage door, or any other entry-way of your home. A doorbell camera allows you to monitor visitors and activity outside your door, so you can get notifications for packages (and potentially prevent package theft). If you’ve been looking for a doorbell camera for your home, the Night Owl Video Doorbell costs less than $100, provides the essentials for monitoring with no monthly fee, and comes with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty. Here’s a closer look at the tech specs to help you decide if the Night Owl Doorbell Camera is right for you.

See Clearly with 1080p HD Video

While many security cameras and video doorbell cameras come with 1080p HD video, the Night Owl Doorbell Camera is no different. Whenever motion is detected, the camera will begin to record. This doorbell camera also has a dual sensor designed to reduce false alerts up to 90%, distinguishing the difference between people, animals, and vehicles. This allows you to get accurate notifications for activity that matters. 

Listen and Talk to Visitors with Two-Way Audio

See and talk to family members or friends who stop by with two-way audio. The doorbell camera is motion-activated, so it will record video and audio whenever motion is detected. If you’re expecting a professional or service-person for home maintenance, you can talk to them via the Night Owl mobile app and doorbell camera. For unwelcome guests, like porch pirates, you can try to thwart their plans by letting them know they are being recorded.

See Clearly at Night with 30 Feet of Night Vision

When the day is done, this Night Owl video doorbell will continue to do its job if an activity is suspected overnight. It provides up to 30 feet of night vision in black and white and a wide 140-degree field of view so you can see more areas of your property.

Stream Video to Your TV

Want to see what’s happening outside your door on your TV? If you have a smart TV or Chromecast, you can stream video to one of your TVs. Also, with a Google Home device, you can issue voice commands to Google Assistant for streaming video to your TV. One of the perks is that you’ll be able to see what’s happening outside your home on a larger screen versus viewing on your smartphone.

Weather-Resistant Features

Made with an IP-54 weather resistant rating, this device is made to work through rain or shine. This Night Owl Doorbell Camera comes with two faceplate covers, so that you can mount it flatly or at an angle — depending on your current setup. There’s no battery, so as long as you have power to your doorbell setup, you won’t have to worry about recharging or replacing any batteries. This device also comes with the hardware you need for self-installation.

No Monthly Fee for Video Storage

Pay no monthly fees to review and record video, which is a bonus compared to other brands. Night Owl allows you to use a microSD card (up to 128GB) for video storage. Or, if you’d prefer, you can pair this doorbell camera with a compatible Night Owl camera system and hard drives like the 1080p HD Wireless NVR Video Security System or the 1080p HD Wired + Wireless Security System.

Requirements

  • An existing doorbell connection
  • A home Wi-Fi internet connection

Related Products

If you’re looking for related products or alternatives to the Night Owl Doorbell Camera, here are several other home security solutions to consider. 

  1. Best for a Home Security System
    SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro

    1. SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro

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    With the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro, you won’t have to  leave your seat to check the front door. Just open the SimpliSafe mobile app on your phone to see who’s stopping by. You can purchase the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro as a standalone product for $169.99. To access video recording, you can do one of two things: purchase a SimpliSafe security system and choose the Interactive or Pro Superior monitoring plan, or you can purchase a SimpliSafe camera subscription, which costs between $4.99/mo.-$9.99/mo. With either option, you’ll be able to access your recordings for up to 30 days to save, download, and share.  

    Stand-out features include

    • 1080p HD video capture for clear footage
    • Two-way audio and video communication for interaction with visitors
    • Motion alerts even if a visitor doesn’t ring the doorbell
  2. Best DIY Doorbell Camera
    Blue by ADT Doorbell Camera

    2. Blue by ADT Doorbell Camera

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    The Blue by ADT Doorbell Camera has all of the top camera features, but with the added bonus of DIY installation. Just use the same wiring from your traditional doorbell to install it without a technician. Like most video doorbells, the Blue by ADT Doorbell Camera sends an instant alert when your doorbell detects motion, then use the camera’s two-way talk to see and speak to guests from your smartphone. 

    Stand-out features include

    • Works with Amazon Alexa for hands-free control of your doorbell camera
    • Create custom motion sensor zones to best monitor activity around your home
    • Instant alerts include video previews to watch on your smartphone
  3. Best Video Doorbell with Siren
    Arlo Video Doorbell

    3. Arlo Video Doorbell

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    See who’s at your front door with the Arlo Video Doorbell. You’ll get an alert as soon as motion is detected, whether they ring the doorbell or not. You can also create pre-recorded messages, and sound the siren remotely to ward off unwelcome visitors. Another perk with Arlo’s doorbell camera is access to 3 months of cloud storage for free. You can purchase an Arlo Smart subscription for additional cloud storage access.

    Stand-out features include

    • Features a built-in siren
    • Create pre-recorded messages
    • Get free cloud storage for 3 months

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