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Eufy Doorbell Cameras

Eufy stands out among video doorbell brands for one thing: local storage. It skips monthly cloud storage fees and helps protect your privacy by keeping your video off the internet when you’re not watching it.

Eufy Doorbell Cameras Reviews & BuyGuide

Eufy Video Doorbell 2K (Battery-Powered)

The Eufy Video Doorbell 2K (Battery-Powered) is the most flexible doorbell camera the brand offers.

We love the freedom to install the camera far from wires, but it’s even better with doorbell wiring. It’s the only Eufy doorbell that works with existing mechanical chimes inside your home. The other wired models use doorbell wiring for power but bypass the existing chime in favor of a plug-in digital chime accessory.

One bonus of having a battery is that it’s also compatible with doorbell transformers as low as eight volts—it works with more homes than other Eufy doorbells.

But it’s not without drawbacks. It requires a Eufy HomeBase hub to work, which adds a hefty chunk to the price compared to other Eufy doorbells. The hub balances out its cost by supporting many cameras and doorbells at once, which is great if you need extra video surveillance. You can buy an add-on Eufy 2K doorbell for around $199.

Eufy Video Doorbell 2K (Wired): 2K for less

If you’re fine skipping the installation flexibility of a battery, the Eufy Video Doorbell 2K (Wired) is a great way to keep 2K video quality and save around $40 compared to our top Eufy doorbell cam. Its features are essentially the same, except that you don’t need a base station and the doorbell comes with a free indoor chime.

Aside from providing constant power, existing wiring means this wired doorbell has a three-second pre-buffer that constantly saves a tiny amount of video. It attaches this before a motion event for a complete record of activity. This is similar to Ring Video Doorbell 4’s pre-roll feature, but it doesn’t require a subscription.

There’s not much storage space on the doorbell, so you may find yourself sorting through videos more often if you always record in 2K quality.

Eufy Video Doorbell 1080p (Battery-Powered): Best for budgets

The Eufy Video Doorbell 1080p (Battery-Powered) has a low price of around $100, which costs about the same as the Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) and is lower than you’ll find with Arlo and Nest. Still, you must manually recharge the camera every couple of months, so the lower price isn’t enough for some folks.

But the Eufy 1080p battery doorbell has two advantages over its pricier siblings. First, its local storage uses microSD cards, and you can expand it up to 128 GB, which is 32 times the capacity of Eufy’s wired doorbells.

It’s also the only Eufy camera doorbell that uses cloud storage. Eufy charges around $3 a month to store 30 days of video for one camera, making it one of the more affordable cloud plans on the market.

Eufy Video Doorbell 1080p (Wired): Wired for less

The Eufy Video Doorbell 1080p (Wired) has one advantage over other Eufy doorbells: it’s the cheapest option for Eufy doorbell wiring. Still, you’re giving up 2K video quality for a lower price. Otherwise, it has the same features as the Eufy 2K wired doorbell, including the useful three-second pre-buffer and relatively compact size.

What to expect with Eufy doorbells

Eufy’s doorbell cameras are so similar that it’s hard to find any meaningful differences beyond the video resolution and power source. This makes it harder to pin down which doorbell is the best of the bunch.

Local storage
Most video doorbells rely on cloud storage, but Eufy breaks the pattern by including local video recording on every model. This is super convenient because you don’t need to pay a monthly storage fee, and your camera still works without a Wi-Fi connection. Only recently has Eufy seen any competition for local storage from Lorex and the new Nest Doorbell (Battery).

Still, the amount of storage varies by camera. Both wired models have just 4 GB of space, while the HomeBase hub supports 16 GB. Only one model has expandable storage: the Eufy Video Doorbell 1080p (Battery-Powered). It supports microSD cards up to 128 GB, which is more than enough space to record your front yard for over a year (according to Eufy).

Eufy app
Your Eufy doorbell isn’t much different than an old-school doorbell without the Eufy Security app on iOS and Android. You can use it to set up your doorbell, change settings, share access with other family members, and, most importantly, view recordings and live video.

When someone presses the Eufy doorbell’s button, a notification pops up on your smartphone so you can see who’s visiting and talk to them with two-way audio. We like the app’s simple user interface, which groups the most valuable features into three tabs: devices, events, and security.

The Devices tab gives you a quick way to watch live feeds from your doorbell. It’s also where you’ll go to change settings for your devices. One of our favorite features is the activity zone setting to tell the camera where to watch for motion. If you want, you can ignore everything but the person walking up your path.

The Events tab shows a complete history of everything your camera records. Come here if you want to download videos for sharing or to save permanently. (Eufy doorbells will automatically delete older videos once their storage fills up—it’s better to download clips you want to save rather than leave them on the camera.)

The Security tab helps you program how your smart doorbell acts when you arm and disarm different modes. (This is especially useful if you have a Eufy security system.) You can even schedule modes to run at certain times. We like this for telling your camera to mute notifications during the middle of the night while still recording video when someone triggers the motion detection.

Video resolution
Eufy’s four doorbells split evenly between 1920p (2K) and 1080p video quality—you can find both resolutions in wired and battery-powered versions. Ultimately, we prefer the 2K doorbell cameras, which capture more detail (especially if you use digital zoom to blow up your videos).

Interestingly enough, the 1080p cameras record video in a 1200p resolution. This leads to some odd wording in Eufy’s marketing materials as they refer to the cameras as “1080p-grade.” Either way, the resolution is close enough that most folks can’t tell the difference.

Even with the differences in resolution, we think Eufy’s video quality looks as great or better than rivals like Ring’s suite of video doorbells and Arlo’s doorbell camera—especially since neither brand has 2K doorbells.

Power source

There are three kinds of power sources for Eufy doorbells:

  • Battery and wired: The Eufy Video Doorbell 2K (Battery-Powered) supports existing doorbell wiring (8–24VAC) and battery power so you can install it where you need it. While the battery lasts up to 180 days on a charge, we prefer using wiring to avoid recharging your doorbell regularly.
  • Wired only: By skipping batteries, Eufy’s two wired models are smaller overall but require a 16–24VAC doorbell transformer to run. They’re not compatible with as many wiring setups as the 2K Battery. They piggyback on existing doorbell chimes for power but don’t control them—you need the included wireless chimes for notifications without a smartphone.
  • Battery only: Eufy’s cheapest model—1080p with battery power—doesn’t even come with wiring terminals on the back. You need to remove it from the mounting bracket for charging. Its battery is smaller than the 2K version, lasting around 120 days on a charge.

Eufy Doorbell Cameras FAQ

No. All Eufy doorbells store video locally without a cloud server. Still, you can upgrade to cloud storage on the battery-powered version of the Eufy 1080p doorbell if you like. Other Eufy doorbells don’t support cloud storage.

Battery-powered Eufy doorbells don’t require an existing doorbell chime in your home. While the wired models need a chime, they use it for power only and can’t activate it like a traditional doorbell button.

We like to think so. In terms of video quality, Eufy easily keeps up with major brands like Arlo, Ring, Nest, Wyze and Blink cameras. The doorbells aren’t too expensive, and Eufy provides comprehensive customer support resources online that are easy to search. Plus, its unique approach to local storage and privacy-first features often outshines larger competitors.