I like completely solid doors – no windows available to break for access and creepers can’t look in to see if you’re home or what you’re up to. Solid wood or metal doors are also a part of the safety measures you can take to deter forceful intrusions.

But having a solid door means you need a way to see who is at the door. Peepholes were a good idea but those viewports require you to get up to your door and squint to even have a sense of who is there and then you would need to yell through the door for communication.

Not easy to make out faces, objects, or nametags

Not anymore. Peephole viewers are now cameras with wide angle lenses, a large enough screen to see who is there from a safe distance from your door and some record and have 2-way audio. Some will even let you access remotely so you can always see who is at your door while you’re away.

If you are short or have bad eyesight a peephole with camera will make it much easier to see who is it at the door than a traditional peephole. Even a small child or the elderly will find it easier to tell who is at the door with one of theses door peephole cameras.

What is camera field of view?

Peephole cameras and even traditional peepholes have differing degrees of viewing angles. Typically they come in 180 degrees, 160 degrees and 120 degrees. 180 degrees is better.

If you’re unfamiliar with what degrees mean it refers to how much of the area in front of your door you will be able to see. If you imagine you are the door and hold both arms out straight to the side that would be 180 degrees and everything in front of you a 180 degree camera would allow you to see.

180 degree viewer sees more of the front door area than a 160 degree viewer. Most standard peepholes are 160 degrees.

I wouldn’t recommend any viewer that is 120 degrees anyway, they don’t allow you to see if someone is to the side of the door against the wall and you can get a $5 standard peephole that has a better viewing angle.

Simple to install

All of these peephole cameras are easy to install. All it involves is removing the old peephole and insert the new peephole in the hole and then attaching the camera to the peephole. There is a cable that runs from the peephole to the camera that you need to be careful not to pinch while screwing the camera mount to the door.

If putting one of these in a door without an existing peephole cutout it is still a pretty easy process. You just need to drill a hole using a drillbit that is a fraction bigger than the peephole diameter.

On to the peephole cameras..

At Door Security Group we’re all about giving you ways to be safe and secure in your own home. That is why when security and safety methods are antiquated we let you know. Well, that little peephole viewer that people have been using since before the first moon landing needs a replacement.

On with the list:

  1. Eques VEIU
  2. LaView
  3. Ring Door View Cam
  4. Greeter Plus
  5. MountainOne
  6. Digitsea
  7. Sonew HomeSmart
  8. Digitharbor
  9. Awakingdemi
  10. Fosa

Eques VEIU

Pros:

  • 180 degree viewing angle
  • View camera feed remotely with iOS or Android app
  • Rechargeable with the lithium ion battery
  • 2-way audio
  • subscription free viewing of videos
  • 5″ interior LCD screen
  • Camera feed can be seen by more than one user
  • Easy installation

Cons:

  • Battery lasts for 2 months
  • 720p video
  • Slight 2-3 second delay with motion detection
  • Recording due to motion detection will stop after 10 seconds regardless if there is still motion

LaView Wireless Doorbell

Pros:

  • Push notifications sent to you when motion is detected or doorbell is pressed
  • Easy installation
  • Can access videos from the cloud or keep them locally on MicroSD card
  • 2 way audio through smartphone app or interior touchscreen
  • 4-6 month battery life
  • subscription free viewing of videos
  • On-demand viewing of live feed at any time
  • 4.3″ screen

Cons:

  • 120 degree viewing angle
  • 720p HD video
  • MicroSD card not included
  • Slight 2-3 second delay with motion detection

Ring Door View Cam

See the full review of the Ring Door View Cam here

Pros:

  • Push notifications sent to you when motion is detected, doorbell is pressed
  • Easy installation
  • Can access videos from the cloud for first 30 days with free subscription
  • 2 way audio through smartphone app only
  • On-demand viewing of live feed at any time
  • 150 degree viewing angle
  • 1080p HD video with night vision

Cons:

  • No large interior screen to view visitors still have to look through peephole unless have app
  • If you can’t access the Ring app then you can’t access the video
  • No local storage of video, will need to pay for $3 a month subscription after first 30 days

Greeter Plus

Pros:

  • Easy Installation
  • 165 degree viewing angle
  • Rechargeable battery
  • 8 GB MicroSD card included, expandable to 32GB card
  • Motion sensor triggers recording

Cons:

  • 2.8″ LCD screen
  • No cloud storage – all videos and images are saved on MicroSD card
  • Cannot remotely access with smartphone or App
  • Does not have IR night vision

Mountainone

Pros:

  • Easy Installation
  • 160 degree viewing angle
  • Rechargeable lithium battery
  • 4.3″ LCD screen
  • PIR motion detection triggers recording
  • IR night vision
  • Uses up to a 32GB TF card
  • Doorbell ringing can be disabled

Cons:

  • No cloud storage – all images saved on a TF card(not included)
  • No smartphone access
  • Might require enlarging the existing bore for the peephole camera
  • Battery needs to be removed to charge it with only the included 5 ft. cord
  • Motion recording lasts for 10 seconds

Digitsea

Pros:

  • LED lights on exterior peephole turn on automatically under low light conditions
  • 3.5″ LCD screen
  • Saves pictures to an included 4GB MicroSD card when doorbell is pressed
  • Comes with screws of differing lengths to accommodate most door sizes

Cons:

  • 120 degree viewing angle
  • Not rechargeable, uses 4 AA batteries, good for 1500 events
  • No motion detection
  • Night viewing could be better
  • Some complain doorbell feature is too quiet
  • Takes 1-3 seconds to view image after button pressed

Sonew Home Smart

Pros:

  • Easy Installation
  • 3.5 inch LCD screen
  • From exterior looks like a standard peephole
  • Easy to operate – press the button to view who is there

Cons:

  • 120 degree viewing angle
  • Not rechargeable, needs 4 AAA batteries
  • No night vision
  • Motion detection not supported
  • Button on inside screen must be pressed to view visitor
  • Only a standard viewer, does not save images

Digitharbor

Pros:

  • Easy Installation
  • 150 degree viewing angle
  • 4 GB MicroSD card is included
  • Takes pictures and videos
  • 3.5″ LCD screen
  • Can view outside at anytime with press of button on unit

Cons:

  • No cloud storage – all videos and images are saved on MicroSD card
  • No smartphone access
  • Uses 4 AA alkaline batteries
  • No motion detection
  • No automatic recording of events, must push button to record or take pictures

Awakingdemi

Pros:

  • Easy Installation
  • 3.5″ LCD screen
  • From exterior looks like a standard peephole
  • Comes with screws of differing lengths to accommodate any door size
  • Can view outside at anytime by pressing button

Cons:

  • 120 degree viewing angle
  • Not rechargeable, needs 4 AAA batteries
  • Button on inside screen must be pressed to view visitor
  • Does not have night vision or motion detection
  • Screen turns off after a few seconds, will need to push button again
  • Only a standard viewer, does not save images

Fosa

Pros:

  • Easy Installation
  • 160 degree viewing angle
  • Rechargeable lithium battery
  • 4.3″ LCD touchscreen
  • Motion detection activates recording
  • Doorbell ringing can be disabled
  • IR LED for night vision
  • Low battery indicator

Cons:

  • No cloud storage – all images saved on a TF card(not included)
  • No smartphone or remote access
  • Difficult to see people’s faces with light from behind

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8 Comments

Anthony Hu · October 19, 2019 at 8:44 pm

Thank you for your post. It is informative and educational. This is a timely article for me. My wife and I travel a lot and need a security cameras to monitor our house, particularly when we are not at home.

It is apparent we need a system that can be operated remotely by our smart phones. I checked all the systems you described carefully and didn’t find one with this function. Could you give us the suggestion on this? The remote control is a must for us and also we would like to have function of connecting with police station automatically. By both of use iPhone.

It is kind of sharing this useful information with us.

    Bill Kiser · October 20, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Thank you for the questions Anthony. 

    Sure, so as far as the peephole security cameras there are 3 that can be remotely accessed and they all work with iPhone.

    1. Ring Door View Cam

    2. Eques Vieu

    3. LaView Wireless Doorbell

    But as far as automatically contacting the police – I haven’t found one that does that. You would need to contact a security service that does 24 hour monitoring for that like Brinks.

C · October 19, 2019 at 8:35 pm

Thank you for this great article. Having a camera for your peephole is a great idea because it would probably work better than the typical peep hole that people use. I also like the idea of getting a solid metal door or even a solid metal house because it would be really secure. But yeah it would be cool because sometimes it takes a minute to get to the door or you might be  in the middle of something and so you could look who’s at your door without having to go all the way to the door. Especially if you generate your income from an online business at home, it is worth saving the time.

    Bill Kiser · October 20, 2019 at 3:38 am

    Thank you C, it is definitely something to consider when you’re thinking about your security.

Tom · June 27, 2019 at 3:46 pm

Hi,

This is a great idea! I wasn’t aware that peephole cameras existed until I read your post. I supposed I shouldn’t be surprised though with the technology available these days. Once they have been installed, are they obvious? Also, how easy is it for a burger or intruder to interfere with them> 

    Bill Kiser · June 27, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    The better ones are obvious. They have the camera, doorbell and motion sensor so they are bigger than a traditional peephole. The peephole on the Brinno looks like a traditional peephole because it’s just the peephole, there’s no doorbell on it and the motion sensor is separate. And the less expensive peephole cameras like the Sonew or AwakingDemi have peepholes that look like a regular one.

    By interfere I am guessing you’re talking about putting something over the camera so you can’t see? An intruder can interfere with them once they get close enough but the ones with motion sensors start recording once motion is detected so even if they do interfere you’ll still get an image.

marlasmith · June 27, 2019 at 3:39 pm

You have quite of few here listed.  Is there a certain one that you would recommend out of these?  It seems that many of them have the 120 degree angle, which you mention isn’t the greatest, but most of them that I am interested in are the ones that have the 120 degree angle.  

Since I currently don’t have anything, all of these would be an upgrade to me, and I am looking for one.  The ones that I like the best seem to be the ones that don’t have a smartphone app for them.  Do you recommend against them?  Like I said, I don’t have anything, so even if I am not at home now, I have no idea what is happening at my door..  I would think the biggest drawback on the peephole cameras would be not be able to see remotely, am I correct?

    Bill Kiser · June 28, 2019 at 10:21 am

    I recommend the Eques Veiu. It has an LCD screen to let you view standing away from the door and doesn’t require you to squint or put your eye up to the peephole to see, 180 degree viewing angle to see everything at your door including if someone was crouched down low or to the side, and the feed can be seen on your phone without a subscription.

    It’s a personal preference if having access on your smartphone is important to you. It’s more convenient but not necessary to the overall operation. 

    Not being able to see remotely is a big drawback, some like the Eques or LaView you can but there are very good ones down the list that if you could use them remotely they would be very good. 

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