Wemo introduces their first HomeKit-exclusive video doorbell

Cupertino, January 7, 2022

Wemo today unveiled the first of many purported new products that will work with HomeKit, as well as Matter, once that becomes official. Of these, possibly the most interesting and surprising is the new Wemo Smart Video Doorbell.

This new product, given the scarcity of HomeKit-compatible doorbells, may well become popular, with only Netatmo and Logitech offerings are the other two serious contenders at this stage*. Add to that the fact that the Wemo is also compatible with HomeKit Secure Video (HSV), and that means the Netatmo falls out of this race, with only Logitech also offering this option.

* The Yobi B3 does not support any form of recording, the Robin Proline is both expensive and low-res (only 720p), and the Arlo Essentials Requires an Arlo hub.

The Wemo also offers the widest field of view a video doorbell has yet, 178º vertically, while also offering dual-band WiFi connectivity (2.4 & 5.0GHz), as well as enhanced night vision and motion detection via the camera's 5mp sensor. The full field of view is 178º (vertical), 140º (horizontal), 223º (diagonal).

As you can see in the image above, the depth of the camera may seem quite large, although this image also shows the included corner mount. In reality, the depth of the camera is only 35.5mm/1.4in, with a 43.2mm/1.7in widthand 124.5mm/4.9in in height.

The camera, like the other two products mentioned, requires wired power (16-24v AC), so there is no battery option as such. It doesn't come with a light that only the Logitech offers, but since it's compatible with HSV, you do get facial recognition, bead detection, and smart notifications.

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