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Vivint vs Ring: Battle of the Smart Video Doorbells

Comparing the Latest in Home Security: Vivint Doorbell Pro Gen 2 vs Ring Battery Doorbell Pro

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In the burgeoning market of smart home security, the competition is fierce, especially in the category of video doorbells. Among the standouts are the Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro (Gen 2) and the Ring Battery Video Doorbell Pro, which offer state-of-the-art features tailored to enhance the safety and convenience of homeowners. Each has its own set of strengths; let's dive into how these two smart video doorbells compare in terms of video quality, field of view, battery life, connectivity, system compatibility, price, and their innovative use of AI.

Video Quality and Field of View

a screenshot from Vivint app of a video recording from Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro (Gen 2)Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro (Gen 2) offers 180 field of view vs Ring Batte y Video Doorbell Pro GearBrain.

The Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro (Gen 2) offers a staggering 1664p HDR resolution, ensuring that not a single detail goes unnoticed. It pairs this high-definition clarity with a comprehensive 180°x180° field of view, the widest available, capturing everything from faces to packages left on the doorstep. On the other hand, the Ring Battery Video Doorbell Pro provides head-to-toe HD+ video, ensuring you can see visitors in full, but does not specify the resolution. Ring’s 3D Motion Detection with Bird’s Eye View offers a unique perspective on your property, though it may not match the panoramic coverage Vivint provides.

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Battery Life and Installation

a photo of installng the battery into a Ring Battery Video Doorbell ProRing Battery Video Doorbell Pro is powered by a battery that is easy to install.Ring

One of the key differences is the power source. The Ring Battery Video Doorbell Pro, true to its name, is battery-powered, offering the convience of a wire-free setup and the flexibility to install almost anywhere. The Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro (Gen 2) is hardwired, which can limit installation options but provides continuous power without recharging batteries. And it does require professional installation. While a novice can easily install Ring's video doorbell, you can get professional help if needed.

Connectivity and Compatibility

Both devices connect to your home Wi-Fi network, but the Vivint system takes advantage of constant connect'vity due to its' wired nature. While the Ring doorbell may occasionally suffer from battery-induced connectivity issues, it does benefit from the flexibility of wireless installation. Regarding compatibility, the Ring doorbell integrates well with other Ring products and Alexa devices and can be part of the broader 'Works with Ring' program. This program offers a robust ecosystem of smart devices that the Ring app can control. Vivint’s doorbell is designed to be part of the Vivint Smart Home ecosystem, potentially offering a more seamless integration with Vivint's products and services. However, the Vivint smart home ecosystem is limited to compatible Z-Wave devices, requiring a Vivint professional to set up and connect them with your smart home security system.

Motion Detection and AI Features

a photo of Ring's Bird's Eye view technologyRing comes with 3d Motion detection and Bird's Eye View Ring

When it comes to motion detection, both brands have implemented advanced technology. Vivint’s Smart Deter technology uses a computer vision chip with a bright LED ring and a loudspeaker to deter theft of your packages proactively. Ring’s doorbell also offers advanced motion detection with its 3D Motion Detection technology and Bird’s Eye View, giving you an aerial map of where visitors travel on your property.

Both doorbells employ AI, but in different ways. Vivint’s AI focuses on detecting packages and threats, ensuring you’re alerted to the critical events. Ring uses AI to enhance motion detection and provide additional features such as package detection, although this requires a subscription.

Night Vision and Additional Features

a photo of a person viewing someone at their door during the night time on Ring app.Ring offers color night vision via Ring app.Ring

Both doorbells offer night vision capabilities, with Ring offering color night vision, which can be a bonus in low-light conditions. Vivint's powerful infrared night vision ensures clarity in the dark, although not in color. You can also see objects and people up to 25 feet away.

Vivint further adds value with its 24/7 recording capability, thanks to an built-in microSD card, which allows you to capture all the action even if the Wi-Fi goes down. Ring’s video doorbell requires a subscription plan to store videos in the cloud or get professional monitoring services.

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Price and Additional Services

Pricing for these devices can vary based on features and subscriptions. The Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro 2 comes at a higher price point due to its advanced specs and the requirement for professional installation, which Vivint provides. It costs $249.99 and is available only from Vivint. However, this price does include the convenience of 24/7 monitoring and customer support. Ring offers a more budget-friendly price ($229.99) and no cost for installation, but requires a subscription for additional features and video storage. (Note: Ring does offers pro installation if you need it for an additional cost.) The new Ring battery doorbell is available on Amazon, Best Buy, and The Home Depot.

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Choosing between the Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro (Gen 2) and the Ring Battery Video Doorbell Pro depends on what you value most in a video doorbell. Vivint's video doorbell is a strong contender if you prefer one that offers the highest video quality, a wide field of view, and proactive package protection that comes with professional installation. If you prioritize flexibility in installation, battery operation, and an integrated approach with other smart devices, the Ring doorbell is an excellent choice. Both are top-tier devices that lead the market in smart home security, ensuring that your home will be safer and smarter no matter which you choose.

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