Google’s old Nest Hello got an upgrade. The new Nest Doorbell Video (battery) brings like intelligent facial recognition and package tracking. To compete with them, eufy’s Video Doorbell 2K packs a decent bouquet of features. The main highlight of this camera is that it’s inexpensive. Also, it is one of the popular video doorbells out there.
Hence, this brings us to a question—how does the two video doorbell compare against each other? Is the Nest Doorbell (with Battery) better than the eufy Video Doorbell 2K? More importantly, which video doorbell is better suited for your needs?
Let’s get started. But first,
The Nest doorbell sports a chic and aesthetically pleasing look. It has a matte exterior. The camera is at the top, and the circular button is at the bottom. Surprisingly, the LED around the button lights up when it senses someone in its vicinity so that the person knows where to press.
As the name suggests, it’s a wireless video doorbell with an internal battery. It gives you a little flexibility to place it in the location of your choice. At the same time, the wireless feature is a boon for renters since you need to mount it on the wall securely without the need for additional wiring. That said, it can be wired as well. In that scenario, the internal battery acts as the backup.
Like the Nest Doorbell camera, the eufy camera is also wireless. The doorbell has a simple and straightforward look. However, this one sports a rectangular design with sharp corners. The camera is at the top, and the button is encircled with a fine line to let the visitor know its location.
But unlike the one above, it’s not an independent unit. It needs a home base or a bridge to connect to Wi-Fi and store videos. The home base is compact and doesn’t occupy much space. Also, it stores the videos that the video doorbell records, which means it will have a copy of evidence if someone takes away the unit outside your door. For the record, the eufy video doorbell is subscription-free and lets you store videos offline.
It’s worth mentioning that the home base also acts as the electronic chime. So apart from the phone notification, this base will also chime the arrival of visitors. In contrast, the Nest doorbell doesn’t come with a chime. Of course, it chimes when someone presses the button outside. But the odds are pretty low that you will hear it inside your house.
That said, the phone notifies the arrival promptly. Alternatively, you can also use any Google Assistant-powered smart speakers to relay the chime indicating the arrival of visitors.
The Nest Video Doorbell (Battery) has an aspect ratio of 4:3, which allows you to see the whole frame of the person in front of the camera. There’s a slight catch, though. The 4:3 aspect ratio constricts the viewing angle with a 145-degree FoV. So, if you have a wide porch, you will not get the whole view.
The Nest Doorbell has a video resolution of 960 x 1280p @ 30fps and can record during night and day. The best part is that the infrared night mode kicks into action when it detects low light. These lights are low-key and don’t alert potential miscreants of their presence.
But the feature that sets the Nest video doorbell apart from the eufy doorbell is its tracking feature. It can track people, pets, and even packages. For instance, it will alert you when it detects someone approaching the camera.
But the one that gets the crown is the Facial Recognition tech. Using it, you can tag familiar faces in the app. And when a familiar person arrives at your door, your Nest Doorbell will announce the visitor’s name. The only catch is that you will need to subscribe to the Nest Aware service, which costs around $6. That said, the Nest doorbell doesn’t support continuous video recording.
The Nest video doorbell is strictly a Google product and is only compatible with Google Assistant. As opposed to that, the eufy devices are compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. This gives you the flexibility of choosing the assistant of your choice.
On the other hand, eufy model doesn’t have fancy features like facial recognition or package tracking. Instead it offers Home or Away mode. Plus, you can disarm the motion sensor. You can also set the time when the motion detection needs to be off. Plus, if you have a smart speaker like the Echo Dot, you can double it to relay an electronic chime.
Furthermore, there are nifty voice presets. For example, if you receive packages frequently, you can keep a recorded message that says “leave it on the chair”, “We do not entertain salespeople,” etc. So that you do not have to utter the redundant stuff every day.
As opposed to the 2K video resolution of the eufy Video Doorbell, the Nest Doorbell can only record at 960 x 1280p resolution. The videos are sharp and detailed with minimum distortion. The best part is that the HDR beautifully balances the exposure. So even if it’s very bright, you will be able to see your visitor’s face.
The videos are sharp and detailed with minimum distortion
Interestingly, the eufy camera also records videos in 4:3 aspect ratio. This translates into a tall frame, and you will be able to see the visitor from head to toe. At the same time, the 2K resolution means that the video quality is much more sharp and clear. The only drawback is that it uses Wide Dynamic Range, due to which the video appears a tad less detailed in very bright or shadowy conditions.
Other than that, the video quality is impressive for the price. And the same can be said of the night video. It manages to capture details well. But at times, the infrared light tends to wash away the finer details if the visitor gets too close to the camera.
The highlight of the eufy doorbell video doorbell is the internal storage. And it gives you the flexibility to review the video on the companion app as per your preference. At the same time, you do not have to shell out subscription fees every month. The storage limit is 16 GB gives you enough time to review your footage every alternate day. However, you will have to be cautious since 2K videos can quickly fill up the SD card.
But if you do not want to get into the hassle of reviewing videos, the optional cloud-based subscription is your way out. This one costs around $3.99 a month for a single camera.
The Nest Doorbell also comes with internal storage. However, that’s used only as a backup when the camera can’t access the internet or power. The Nest doorbell uploads all videos to the cloud in a typical scenario. For the record, Nest Aware requires subscription service that starts at $6 for a month.
The Nest Aware plan has two tiers. The first tier, mentioned above, lets you access your videos for 30 days and comes with face identification. The other tier ($12/month) upgrades the video history period to 60 days.
Both devices are wireless and depend completely on the internal battery for power. Unfortunately, the batteries are not swappable, and you can’t swap in a new battery when the old one dies. You will have to take both the bells off their mount and recharge.
The eufy Video Doorbell 2K is rated at 180 days. Of course, this varies a lot on the usage. The battery will die out fast when trigged frequently. The only limitation is that you will have to unmount the video doorbell and charge the batteries. Thankfully, recharging the batteries takes about six hours. Not bad, we’d say.
Similarly, the battery on the Nest doorbell is rated to last around 2.5 months. The folks at The Verge tested this doorbell and found it to last approximately 6-8 weeks. The good thing is that the charging time is less and gets over in about four and a half hours.
Nest Doorbell Battery vs eufy Video Doorbell 2K
So, which one should you choose? If you want to save on money and want a video doorbell that delivers sharp picture quality, you can’t go wrong with the one by eufy. The features are decent for the price. However, you will have to make peace with the slight delay in voice chats.
And if you aren’t too invested in a particular smart home ecosystem like Ring, Alexa, Nest, or Google Home, it is a respectable stand-alone video doorbell.
However, if you want a future-proof video doorbell that can do much more than record videos, you can’t go wrong with the Next Video Doorbell (Battery). The tracking is spot on, and the performance is par with the pricing. Of course, you will have to make peace with a few drawbacks like the lack of chime and continuous recording. Plus, it’s a tad more expensive than its counterpart.