Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell Preview

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Do you want to answer your doorbell from anywhere? If so, you’re in the right place. In this preview I’m taking a look at the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell. In the past, I’ve reviewed some other Netatmo products like the Netatmo Welcome Indoor Camera. I really liked that one, so I’m hoping the camera on the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell is just as strong. Unfortunately, it hasn’t come out yet, so here’s a preview. The full Netatmo Doorbell review will be updated here, so make sure to check back in once it’s released.

Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell Pros and Cons

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Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell. Photo provided by Netatmo.

To make sure that you’re in the right ball park, I want to go over the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell’s basic pros and cons.

Its pros? I love that the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell has 1080p HD video display plus HDR, infrared night vision, person detection, free cloud and local storage, and an integration with Apple HomeKit. 

What I’m loving less is its lack of integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and the fact that you have to hardwire it into your home.

Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell Design

Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell Mounted Outside
Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell Mounted Outside. Photo provided by Netatmo.

I usually don’t get too excited about what my doorbells look like, but the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell has changed the game. I think the doorbell is super chic, with its color-blocked design and neutral colors. There’s something really visually pleasing about three squares packed neatly next to each other, and I think anyone with a modern aesthetic is going to love the look of the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell.

Looks aside, the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell is “fully resistant to all weather conditions” according to the Netatmo website. Of course, I’m skeptical, but less so after I found out that Netatmo uses HZO’s technology to seal their doorbell. HZO’s technology is a thin-film coating solution that makes products completely environment, weather and water-proof. It’s probably the best way to protect a doorbell from weather, so I’m really happy about that.

I’m less thrilled that the doorbell only works in temperatures from 14 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. While this is probably enough fo a range for most places in the continental U.S, weather has gotten so crazy lately that I could envision this doorbell failing in extreme temperatures. Of course, it really depends on where you live.

Hard-wired into your home, the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell connects through Wi-Fi so you can control it using the Netatmo Security app, but we’ll get back to that in a few paragraphs. Now, keep in mind that if your Wi-Fi goes down, so will your video doorbell. The chime will still work, but you won’t be able to livestream footage or receive notifications. Basically, a Wi-Fi outage turns your smart video doorbell into a regular old doorbell, so I would only recommend the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell to someone with a consistent Wi-Fi connection.

Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell Features

Of course, the main function of a video doorbell is to allow you to speak and see your visitors, wherever you are. A quality video doorbell depends on the its camera, so I want to make sure that it’s up to Security Baron’s Necessary Features Test.

Video

Not only does the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell have 1080p HD video, the industry standard, but it also has HDR. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and it helps photos capture light more accurately, especially outside. You know how the sun and shadows can really ruin a photo? HDR helps keep that to a minimum.

I’m also happy with the 160 degree diagonal field of view, plus the ability to zoom in five times. The verdict? Your vision will be clear as day with the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell. Of course, we’ll have to see what it’s like in person.

Audio

What what a smart video doorbell be without two-way audio? Of course, the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell has a speaker and microphone which allow you to speak to whoever you’re recording.

Night Vision

As far as night vision goes, the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell has infrared, my preference over color night vision from a bright white light. While color night vision may seem cooler than black and white, I’m not a huge fan of that light. Not only will it blind people, but it will also make your doorbell camera much more conspicuous, which is a quality you want to avoid when it comes to monitoring your home.

Storage

As far as storage goes, you can save it via the micro-SD card that comes with your Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell, or upload your storage to a personal Dropbox or FTP server. I love that you can easily save your footage locally or in a cloud, as it’s good to have a backup.

Smart Platform Integration

Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell Apple HomeKit Integration
Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell Apple HomeKit Integration. Photo provided by Netatmo.

Apple HomeKit isn’t one of the leading smart home voice assistants, which is why I’m a bit surprised that the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell only integrates with it and not Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. So if you’re looking for a doorbell that fits in with your Amazon or Google ecosystems, unfortunately the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell probably isn’t for you.

Artificial Intelligence

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Person Detection

If you’re not super familiar with the Netatmo Welcome Indoor Camera, you may not know that it’s one of the best cameras for artificial intelligence. I’m happy to say that the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell follows in its footsteps with person detection, which is exactly what it sounds like.

Obviously, it’s not super helpful if your doorbell lets you know every time it detects motion. However, if someone’s on your property, I’m sure you want an alert. Person detection takes out the unnecessary notifications only leaving you with important alerts. Not every video doorbell has artificial intelligence capabilities, so I’m pleased with the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell in that respect.

Installing the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell

Installing the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell
Installing the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell. Photo provided by Netatmo.

To install the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell in the first place, you’ll need a wired doorbell and chime, but it’s something you can do yourself (unless of course you prefer professional installation).

Extras

So what happens if someone tries to steal your Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell? Well, Netatmo has a great answer. They’ve programmed their doorbell with detection of attempted theft software, so if someone tries to deactivate the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell, you’ll be notified immediately. Hallelujah!

The Netatmo Security App

The Netatmo Security app is where you’ll livestream footage, speak to your visitor, receive notifications, review event history, and adjust your doorbell’s settings. The app was well-regarded by iPhone and Android users alike, who gave it a 4.5 and four stars, respectively.

“Great app that helps us secure our home. Makes me feel safer after a robbery last year. Wish we’d had this before our house was broken into,”

wrote Android-user Jenny Schenkenfelder in a recent five-star review.

Recap of the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell

Overall, there’s a lot to love about the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell, and very little to dislike. Of course, I need to actually test it out once it’s released, but based on the specs alone, here’s my verdict.

I’d go with the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell if you’d like…

  • Person detection: For no additional cost, your doorbell can differentiate between people and other moving objects (animals, cars, etc.).
  • Infrared night vision: You’ll be able to see clearly at night through the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell, without blinding anyone with a bright white light.
  • Stellar video: With a wide field of view, the ability to zoom, and 1080p HD display, the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell kills it when it comes to video.
  • Free cloud and local storage: Store your footage from your Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell on the house in two different ways.
  • Apple HomeKit integration: If you have Siri, you’ll be able to ask her to control your Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell.

But stay away if you wanted…

  • Amazon/ Google integrations: If you’re an Alexa or Google Assistant user, the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell may not make sense in your larger smart home.
  • Backup other than Wi-Fi: If your Wi-Fi goes down, unfortunately you won’t be able to use the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell to its fullest capabilities, i.e livestreaming and two-way audio.
  • Larger temperature range: If you live in a place that gets colder than 14 degrees or hotter than 104 degrees, the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell definitely doesn’t have the range you’re looking for.

To learn about other great options, read our review of the best video doorbells of 2019

FAQs

Is the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell waterproof?

Yes, the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell is completely resistant to all solids and liquids due to its HZO technology, a coating solution.

Does the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell work with Alexa?

Unfortunately, the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell doesn’t work with Alexa or Google Assistant, only Apple HomeKit.

Is the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell wireless?

No, the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell will be hardwired into your home and requires an existing doorbell and chime setup.

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.