Connected security cameras are one of the first smart home devices people think about buying, yet it's understandable that not everyone feels comfortable with a camera inside their house recording their personal life. That's why video doorbells make a lot more sense — they provide the benefit of a security cam aimed at your home's entrance, while also offering several other perks like checking deliveries or answering the door when you're not home. But not everyone has the luxury to install one of them: if you can't mess with the wiring of your existing doorbell, you've probably skipped the product category entirely. Well, that is until you realize that there's a workaround — the peephole — and that's exactly what Ring's new $199 Door View Cam uses.

The Door View Cam is a two-piece device that installs on either side of your door, using the peephole as a connection point. It's battery-powered and the battery is removable and rechargeable, so you shouldn't worry about running wires to give it some power or uninstalling it each time you want to charge it up.

The black and satin nickel outdoor part houses the camera, motion sensor, doorbell button, and the white plastic indoor part has the battery and an optical viewer with a privacy cover. The latter lets you still use the setup as a peephole if you need to. The camera is a 1080p sensor with night vision, and Ring offers adjustable motion detection, privacy zones to avoid being notified about movements in unwanted areas, two-way audio to talk to visitors at the door, and knock detection to get notified even if the person doesn't ring the doorbell. There's also Amazon Alexa integration, so you can livestream the cam to an Echo Show or Fire TV, but unfortunately no Google Assistant compatibility. Given that Ring is now an Amazon company, I doubt that will change anytime soon.

With the free plan, Ring will notify you of motion and ring events, let you livestream on demand, interact with visitors, but you don't get access to video recordings. For that, you need a Ring Protect plan, which starts at $3/month ($30/year) for one camera and goes up to $10/month ($100/year) for several cams with professional monitoring. That price is realistic compared to the competition. As for the Door View Cam, it's now available in the US for $199 (Ring, Amazon, Best Buy) with one month of free Ring Protect. It's also available in many European countries and will be coming to Canada, Australia, and New Zealand later in the year.

Press Release

Ring Door View Cam, Ring’s Fifth Video Doorbell, Now Available for $199
Perfect for apartments, condos, townhomes and rentals, Ring Door View Cam is a wire-free video doorbell that transforms a door viewer into a smart security device.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - June 18, 2019 - Ring, whose mission is to make neighborhoods safer today launched its fifth video doorbell, Ring Door View Cam, which is now available in the U.S. for $199 at Ring.com, Amazon.com, Home Depot, Lowes, and Target.com, among other retailers. A wire-free video doorbell that transforms a traditional door viewer into a smart security device, Ring Door View Cam is easily installed in place of an existing peephole and does not require drilling or permanent modifications to your home or door. Now, Ring offers a video doorbell for every type of home.
Ring Door View Cam features motion detection, two-way talk, 1080p HD video, a removable, rechargeable battery, knock detection, privacy zones, and night vision, making it perfect for any home with a door viewer - especially apartments and rentals. To use, simply install the Door View Cam in place of the existing door viewer on each side of the door, then pop in the rechargeable battery and removable cover. With that, you will have transformed your old door viewer into a smart security camera.
Designed by the same team who initially reinvented the traditional doorbell, Door View Cam enhances the features of a door viewer we all are familiar with to deliver affordable, effective home security. Taking the learnings from Ring’s original Ring Video Doorbell, Ring built Door View Cam from the ground up while taking into account the fact that people interact with doors and doorbells at apartment buildings and rentals differently than they do at single-family homes. The result is a one-of-a-kind security device that enables apartment dwellers to easily add desired security features to their homes in a way they were not able to before.
Never miss a visitor with Ring Door View Cam, which enables users to monitor, secure, and answer their
doors from anywhere.
● Easy Installation – Ring Door View Cam easily installs in place of a door viewer, without the need for drilling or permanent modifications.
● HD Video – Customers can view live video and recordings of their front door with the same experience and video quality as Ring’s other video doorbells.
● Knock Detection – If visitors don't press the doorbell button, Door View Cam features a sensor that lets you know when visitors interact with your door, such as if they knock.
● Battery Powered – Door View Cam uses a removable, rechargeable battery located on the inside of the door, so you don’t have to run wires.
● Traditional Door Viewer Functionality – Door View Cam includes a glass viewer so the functionality of the door viewer is not lost.
● Privacy Zones — Allows you to ignore certain zones in front of the doorbell, as well as turn off audio recording, to ensure you only receive the notifications that matter to you.
● Alexa Compatibility – Ask select Alexa-enabled devices to “show me my front door,” and be alerted when motion is detected by Ring Door View Cam in real time. You can also speak with
visitors through your Echo Show, Echo Spot and Fire tablets with Alexa (gen 7+) tablets.
With Door View Cam, Ring now offers a complete line of affordable security solutions for customers who live in apartments, condos and rentals. Visit www.ring.com to learn more about all five Ring Video Doorbells, starting at just $99, as well as Ring’s other security devices, including Ring Stick Up Cam and Ring Alarm.
Pricing and Availability
Ring Door View Cam is available in the U.S. for $199 at Ring.com, Amazon.com, Home Depot, Lowes, and Target.com, among other retailers. Internationally, Ring Door View Cam is available in the UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Norway, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, and will be available in Canada, Australia and New Zealand later this year.