SimpliSafe's SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro. Available online and at Best Buy for $169, the new doorbell will work as part of a larger SimpliSafe setup, or on its own as a standalone device, no Simplisafe system needed.is getting a new key component today: The
Here's a quick summary of the key specs:
- 1080p camera with HDR imaging
- 162-degree field of view
- Infrared night vision
- Dual-sensor motion detection (heat signature and image classification)
- Two-way audio connection via SimpliSafe app
- Replaces wired doorbells ranging from 8V to 24V
- Interchangeable face plates (obsidian, cloud and jade)
- Cloud storage of recordings available for a minimum fee of $5 per month
All of thatto the Amazon-owned ($249) and the Google-owned video doorbell ($229). Both of those alternatives offer 1080p video with a 160-degree field of view, as well as a similar set of features and integrations.
One notable advantage for Nest: The ability to recognize faces, a feature we liked quite a bit. SimpliSafe's doorbell cam won't do that, but the company tells us that it will use dual-sensor motion sensing that combines heat signature detection with "image classification" capable of detecting the human form. That second bit is expected to roll out via software update in the coming weeks -- SimpliSafe tells us that it'll help reduce false positives as far as alerts are concerned.
As for other features, SimpliSafe's HDR, "high dynamic range" imaging borrows from TV parlance to allow the camera to adjust to extremely bright conditions like direct sunlight. The feature also seems aimed at the Nest Hello, which offers the same thing. At any rate, it's a nice claim for a camera that you'll bolt to the front of your house, and one we'll be sure to test as soon as we wire one in at the CNET Smart Home.
Speaking of wiring, that's another point of note -- the Video Doorbell Pro doesn't come with a battery of its own, so it'll only replace wired doorbells ranging from 8V to 24V.
As said earlier, you can use SimpliSafe's Video Doorbell Pro on its own without a larger SimpliSafe setup, but if you've already got SimpliSafe's system in your home, the new doorbell cam will act likeand automatically record video any time one of your sensors detects unexpected activity. If you're an interactive monitoring subscriber, you can use those video clips for video alarm verification with your local first respondents.
The doorbell's arrival is the latest update in what's been a very busy year for SimpliSafe. The company kicked things off in January by giving the system. In April, the company announced , followed by and . Oh, and in June, the company pulled in to help fuel its planned expansion into Canada and the UK.
We'll know a lot more about SimpliSafe's Video Doorbell Pro once we test the thing out -- keep an eye out for a full review in the coming weeks.
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