The Swann Smart Video Doorbell lets you know 24/7 who is knocking at your front door. It also records incidents and can help deter unwanted callers.
The Swann Smart Video Doorbell is a 720p video camera, PIR motion detection, Infrared night light and two-way audio all linked to
Before we get into the review it is a D-I-Y, Wi-Fi, App enabled all-in-one doorbell/camera/chime kit available from most major retailers and hardware stores for $199.95.
I won’t compare it with more complex and expensive Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple Home Kit hybrid doorbell and security camera setups like Arlo, Nest and Ring because these are far more expensive and part of an overall security system.
The Swann Smart Video Doorbell’s USP is simpleness versus complexness!
The Doorbell/Camera/PIR/IR hardware
Let’s look at a few of the specifications and what they mean
It is a 720p HD camera with a viewing angle of 112°. It provides reasonable ‘dash cam’ like
It records to an 8GB internal fixed SD card that is good for a typical month of use before recycling the space. If you want to save an incident you can download it to your smartphone. It can take up to 10 seconds to start recording especially if you enable battery saving mode – we don’t recommend that.
A passive infrared detector will detect heat and movement up to five metres away. You can vary this distance to reduce false positives that may be from movement like trees blowing in the wind or cars on the street.
Infrared vision in mono is up to 4 metres but, all you need is about half of that. It activates when PIR is set off and when light falls below about 100 lumens.
It enables reasonably lag-free two-way talk although that does depend on Wi-Fi signal strength.
It has a 5,000mAh battery that should give two months typical use. Recharging is via micro-USB 5V/2A (supply your charger). Charging takes up to four hours. We tested using a 5V/2.1A charger and it took 2 hours. Or you may be lucky and be able to use the existing doorbell button power if it’s from 16-24VAC/1A but you may need a sparky to tell you that.
The separate ‘computer mouse-sized’ chime runs off two AA batteries and pairs via Wi-Fi 2.4Ghz to the Doorbell that can be up to 20M away. You can have up to five of these if you need more coverage.
This is all housed in an IP65 waterproof case that attached securely to a mounting plate. A small Allen key removes the camera for occasional recharging.
The App – SwannBuzz
Remember that your smartphone is the window to the doorbell’s camera. Sure, you could cast that to a TV screen but at this time it is not voice assistant enabled. Swann does have some “SafeBySwann’ devices that are voice assistant enabled.