Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro
The Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro comes with several notable features like package detection, a square aspect ratio, and a wide field of view. While package detection isn’t unique to Vivint, we like that the camera also sounds a tone when someone approaches a package on your porch to warn them to leave. You also receive a notification on your smartphone at the same time and can trigger an alert with Vivint’s monitoring services.
Another of the Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro’s best features is the square aspect ratio on video clips. This is a big contrast to many doorbell cameras, which use a widescreen aspect ratio. While widescreen videos look great on smartphones, they don’t capture as much detail above and below the doorbell, sometimes resulting in clipped images of visitors to your door.
The Vivint doorbell uses a 180º field of view on the horizontal and vertical planes to capture the best quality footage in this aspect ratio, something no other video doorbell does. Even other 180º doorbell cameras use a smaller vertical field of view under the assumption that it isn’t necessary, but we like Vivint’s willingness to buck this trend to test if a tall field of view makes a difference.
Among video doorbell cameras, the Vivint doorbell has the unenviable moniker of the most expensive product in the category. At $250, this model costs 25% more than the average $200 video doorbell and $20 more than the more advanced Google Nest Hello.
Despite its cost, the Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro is a great reason to choose Vivint and its smart-home-centric alarm system over other security companies.