The home security space continues to grow, and it’s not just new startups entering the market. Old consumer electronics giants are taking a close look — and some are jumping in.
RCA recently introduced its first product for smart home monitoring, the Video Doorbell Camera. Though it’s the company’s first foray into the space, Video Doorbell Camera — which is now available for $150 — seems to have a lot of the features you see in other video doorbells.
The Video Doorbell Camera features live streaming of 1080p HD video, which is quickly becoming standard in home security cameras. Two-way talk is also possible through the camera’s microphone and speakers. The camera also offers an ultra-wide 180-degree field of view, and night vision for monitoring in the dark.
Motion detection alerts are another feature through the RCA app, and RCA notes that users can “designate the areas you want to monitor and get motion alerts when movement occurs in those specific areas.” RCA offers free video recording of up to 700 20-second events. The video doorbell comes with a 16GB microSD card, but it’s compatible with cards up to 128GB.
Video Doorbell Camera connects to existing doorbell wiring and connects to a home’s 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network. It also comes with four different face plates to match a home’s exterior.
The Trust Factor
Some customers may like the idea of an older, presumably more trusted company entering the home security space, especially with so many new name brands putting security products on the market seemingly every month. But does it make more sense to trust a large corporation entering this area for the first time, or a smaller company that’s only focused on home security?
There’s no right answer, as our advice holds no matter the brand — read reviews and do your own research before making a decision.