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Is August’s new doorbell clever enough for your smart home?August's $199 Doorbell Cam Pro does a lot, but so do Ring and Skybell smart buzzers.
[MUSIC] The $199 Doorbell Cam Pro is August's new and improved smart buzzer. Relying exclusively on a wired connection for power, the Doorbell Cam Pro has a high definition live video feed. Motion detection, a two way intercom and compatibility with Nest and Amazon Alexa devices. Alexa, show me the front door. [MUSIC] While this doorbell does look a lot like it's predecessor it actually adds in an integrated to assist in low-light conditions. So while it doesn't technically have night vision, you can use the light to adjust the light to low, medium, or high when it's dark out. You can also pair a smart lock or smart lock pro to your doorbell cam pro if you want to unlock the door directly from the app's live video screen. Even though the doorbell cam pro delivers crisp HD video, prompt motion alerts, and works well with the manufacturer's other products and third party partners. August's early lead when it comes to features is now gone. Ring in particular has caught up to August by adding live streaming and a lower priced cloud storage service. August still charges $5 per month. Whereas a Ring subscription costs just $3 monthly, and SkyBell continues to offer free Cloud storage. Don't get me wrong, the Doorbell Cam Pro is still a very good option. Particularly if you've already invested in other August devices But Ring, Skybell, and an upcoming smart doorbell from Nest make the Doorbell Cam Pro less of a slam dunk.