While this Vivint camera has many of the same features as other smart doorbell cameras, like two-way talk, night vision, and motion detection, one stood out: Smart Sentry. If you’ve ever battled with porch pirates, then you’ll like this feature as much as we do.
First, the security camera detects a package on your porch and alerts you on the app. Then, Smart Sentry goes to work. If Smart Sentry detects someone on your porch, the light on the smart doorbell turns red and flashes, and the doorbell emits a high-pitched whistle (or you can customize it to another sound) to scare any would-be thieves away.
Even better, the doorbell security camera says, “Camera recording,” loudly. If that doesn’t scare off a porch pirate, they don’t care about being caught.
Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro’s field of view is impressive. At 180° field of view, its camera covers more area than almost any other doorbell camera on the market. Even some of the best doorbell cameras have a 150° to 160° field of view. The only exception is the Arlo Video Doorbell, which also comes in at a girthy 180°.
What does this mean to you? You can see the faces of very tall people on your porch. Also, a doorbell camera with such a large field of view not only catches activity on your porch but a large portion of your front yard, as well. In fact, you may be able to skip a video doorbell and security camera combo and just use this doorbell camera to monitor your front yard alone.
The video quality let us down a bit at only 720p. During our testing, the video had great contrast and little distortion, but it was a bit grainy. You could still easily identify faces, though, which is important.