We’ve been waiting for the Ring Door View Cam since we first saw it at CES 2019. It’s essentially an easy-to-install (or uninstall) alternative to traditional video doorbells, but with a few special features and an admittedly awful name.
Unlike traditional video doorbells, the Ring Door View Cam replaces your peephole, and it runs on battery power, so you don’t have to worry about touching any nasty wires. It’s perfect for renters, or for anyone who doesn’t want to deal with a difficult installation. You just unscrew your existing peephole (if your landlord hasn’t painted over it), and mount the Ring Door View Cam through the slot. Really, that’s it.
The Ring Door View Cam comes with all the features that you’d expect from a video doorbell. It can act as a doorbell, it can tell you when someone’s at the door, it can record everything that goes on outside, and you can use it as an intercom to talk to guests. But, this peephole-replacer also detects when people knock on your door (which can activate video recording and notifications) and it can act as a regular peephole when you don’t have a phone on hand.
If you’re interested in the Ring Door View Cam, then you can grab one right now for $199. That’s about the same price as the Ring Video Doorbell 2, and about $50 cheaper than the Ring Video Doorbell Pro. Just keep in mind that Ring is owned by Amazon, so integration is a bit tighter with Alexa-enabled products than Google Assistant. It still works with both, however.