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Nest Doorbell Connected Doorbell Test (Battery): Foolproof AI

The Nest Doorbell is equipped with a 1.3 megapixel sensor that allows you to shoot at 1280 x 960 pixels. This is far less than the 1600 x 1200 pixels on the Nest Hello, but also much less than most connected doorbells hitting the market today. Even Ring Video Doorbell Wired, the manufacturer’s most affordable model, records in Full HD. The Nest Doorbell’s 145 ° viewing angle may seem low for this category too, but Google is smart in integrating the sensor vertically rather than horizontally. Ultimately this is enough to see someone head to toe within a meter of the camera when at the correct height.

Of course there are also infrared LEDs for night vision and the app offers two image qualities … between which the difference is not obvious, especially since the definition is always the same.

At daytime

Philips WelcomeEye Link

Nest doorbell (drums)

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Compared to the Philips WelcomeEye, which sits at the top of our best-connected doorbell buying guide, the Nest Doorbell (battery) obviously struggles to compete on the level of detail with its HD definition. Its rival shoots it in Full HD and thus manages to capture much finer elements. Colorimetry is also tighter on Philips, whose processing also makes tone-on-tone elements stand out a bit better. The new Nest Doorbell, on the other hand, offers slightly less distorted images and the quality is still sufficient for a doorbell, the use of which requires a certain proximity. Visitors can then be captured in enough detail to be identifiable.

At night

Philips WelcomeEye Link

Nest doorbell (drums)

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The infrared vision of the Google doorbell is excellent. It still does not match the level of detail obtained with the WelcomeEye Link, but we regret very little loss compared to the same image taken in daylight. The rendering is also more homogeneous than with the Philips timbre, and the deformations always lower. We were also able to easily recognize a face shot at just over 2 meters with infrared vision in the app, which is very good for a doorbell.

Obviously this is a bit less impressive when the Nest Doorbell (battery) is compared to outdoor surveillance cameras, and the same goes for the maximum distance it could detect activity during our tests: 5.50 meters. We could also add that infrared vision does not allow us to see much further, but this is again sufficient for a doorbell. Furthermore, it only takes a second for the Google doorbell to draw this infrared vision, which, however, is only activated for surveillance upon detection. Either way, it is very fast.

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