EZVIZ DB1C video doorbell review: Reliable performance, low price

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We reviewed EZVIZ’s earlier video doorbell—the DB1—in late 2019. The new DB1C shares some of that product’s features—and it also depends on existing low-voltage wiring to operate—but we like it just a bit better.

The DB1C video doorbell is a white and smart-looking unit with a large call button at the bottom and a camera lens at the top. It has a small but noticeable green LED that is good at drawing your attention at night. It also makes an audible beep when it detects something (this feature can be disabled), which is good at drawing people’s attention to let them know they’re being recorded.

Like all video doorbells, it allows you to have a two-way call when someone rings the doorbell, accompanied by video on your end. Pressing the doorbell’s button results in the phone displaying an incoming video call (they can’t see you, of course, because there’s no display at their end).

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best video doorbells, where you’ll find reviews of the competition’s offerings, plus a buyer’s guide to the features you should consider when shopping for this type of product.

The ability to store clips locally is a great feature. I always like to see this in doorbells as it shows the company has thought more about user convenience than selling a cloud subscription.

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The EZVIZ DB1C mounted for testing.

The doorbell has a slot for a microSD card and can be set to record everything there instead of to the cloud. This is great if you’re concerned about the security of sensitive information in the cloud, and also means you don’t need to subscribe to a storage plan to get the most from the unit.

If you choose the cloud option, EZVIZ charges $5 per month for 3 days of video storage, $7 per month for 7 days, and $13 a month for a 30-day history.

There is also a third option for storage that I didn’t investigate: a network video recorder (NVR). EZVIZ makes one and the company’s website says it can work with other brands, too, but this isn’t specified. If you already have a camera network in your home, this is an option worth investigating.

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Pick your distortion: The fisheye view the camera sees, or a corrected view that makes object look a little thinner than they actually are.

Using local storage gives you the option to record all day long, not just when motion or a button press triggers the camera to capture a clip. The doorbell can accept microSD cards up to 256GB in size, which you can format directly from the app. But if you do want all-day recording, the NVR option will be much more practical.

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