Pretty much all video doorbells will record video when they detect motion and/or when the doorbell button is pressed, but if you want 24/7 continuous recording capabilities, there’s really only one option to choose from.
Nest Hello ($229)
It can do 1080p video, which looks really good, and the HDR capabilities bring out really clear image quality at every angle. It also does two-way talk and night vision. Plus, if you have a Google Home Hub, it will automatically show the video feed whenever the doorbell button is pressed, which is a really nice feature to have. Even if you have a regular Google Home, you can have it announce that someone is at the door.
The 24/7 video recording is only available with a Nest Aware subscription, which will cost $5 per month. That may seem a bit steep, especially after you spend $230 on the doorbell itself, but the subscription also gets you facial recognition, as well as video cloud storage for up to 30 days.
The Nest Hello cannot run on battery power like the Ring Doorbell, so it will need to hook up to your existing doorbell wiring. Luckily, the Hello is very compact and will likely fit where your existing doorbell was.
Lastly, one thing to be aware of with the 24/7 recording on the Nest Hello is that you can’t turn it off if you no longer want to use that feature. The best alternative is to set a schedule to have the camera automatically turn on and off at specific times.
What’s the Next Best Option?
If you’re not a fan of the Nest Hello, but still want 24/7 recording, you’re kind of out of luck. The next best option is to simply deal with only having video recordings of motion detected and whenever the doorbell is pressed. From there, you have more options, but the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is probably the best in this scenario.
It can either run off the battery or be wired up to your existing doorbell wiring, so it’s definitely versatile in that respect. It can also do 1080p video, two-way talk, and night vision.
It is significantly bigger than the Nest Hello, so you might have trouble installing it where your original doorbell was, but usually it’s not too difficult of a job to install it in a slightly different location, especially if you’re okay with running it off the battery.
Like the Nest Hello, though, you’ll need to pay for a subscription in order to get video cloud storage, but it’s bit cheaper at $3 per month for the basic plan, which will keep videos for up to 60 days.