In the context of the Internet of Everything, smart homes have penetrated into every aspect of people’s lives. For example, smart cameras have become important support in home security activities. In this sense, the smart doorbells have their own place in home security. Today, we are going to compare and review the 360 smart doorbell and Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell. Both models have been launched just recently and are considered to be the two most representative smart doorbell products on the market. They provide various use scenarios. Plus, they have many things in common. So many customers can’t realize which of them is better. To help our readers in choosing the best smart doorbell meeting their requirements, we are going to make a comprehensive comparison of design, video clarity, viewing angle, storage, power supply, signal stability, and other aspects.
360 smart doorbell vs Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell: Appearance
In terms of the look, these two smart doorbells have a very high degree of similarity. The 360 smart doorbell consists of two parts – the ‘doorbell host’ and the ‘signal base station’. The latter also carries the doorbell indoor speaker and the local storage device. The Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell consists of a doorbell and a doorbell receiver. The latter is more like a speaker inside the door, which can transmit the information of the doorbell to the room. This is one of the most basic functions of the smart doorbell.
Both models use white and black color options. But the size of 360 smart doorbell is obviously larger than that of Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell. Both use 3M stickers. So fixing and installing are relatively simple. This also brings a lot of convenience to users. Of course, there is also the risk of being stolen. For this reason, 360 smart doorbell and Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell have joined the demolitions alarm function. To some extent, the risk of theft is reduced.
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360 smart doorbell vs Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell: Video clarity
Compared with the traditional doorbell, the biggest advantage of the smart doorbell is undoubtedly the addition of the display function on the basis of the doorbell. The user can grasp the situation outside the door at home, prevent the occurrence of dangerous situations, and realize the purpose of remote monitoring of home security. So the clarity of the video is undoubtedly the most important ‘hardware’ basis.
According to the official data, the 360 smart doorbell resolution reaches 1536 x 1376, which is about 2.11MP. The Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell’s resolution is 1280 x 720, which is about 0.9MP. In the actual samples, we can see the former one provides a better recording than the latter in terms of video clarity. The 360 smart doorbell can shot clearer the objects in the distance, and it also has better performance in night vision mode.
360 smart doorbell vs Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell: Viewing angle
In addition to video clarity, the viewing angle directly affects the shooting of the smart doorbell. So considering the complex use of the doorbells, the larger wide-angle lens can also bring a larger shooting area. Thus, when a smart doorbell comes with a lens that has a relatively small angle of view, the area closer to the doorbell won’t be photographed causing a ‘blind spot’. Especially for users with children at home, choosing a larger wide-angle lens can also prevent the child from being in the blind spot of monitoring. On the other hand, the larger viewing angle lens will capture the full picture of tall visitors within a very close distance, which brings more security.
In this sense, the 360 smart doorbell uses a 162° large wide-angle lens, which can cope with the pain point of the blind spot when the shooting distance is too short. The coverage of the shooting is relatively large, basically not leaving too wide dead angle. The Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell’s lens angle is 105°, which is much smaller. So the picture content when shooting at a relatively close distance will also be missing, especially in the vertical direction, and the blind spot will be more obvious.
Looking at the actual samples, it can be clearly seen that the 360 smart doorbell has the advantage of adopting the 162° large wide-angle lens. Although the picture will have a certain distortion, it can monitor the larger range of the door (when testing the person outside is about 1 meter away from the door of the house). It can also capture the ceiling light at the top of the corridor and the large half-length picture of the pedestrian. The picture content of the Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell with a lens angle of only 105° is much less. Faced with a relatively narrow environment at home, it will cause a certain monitoring blind spot, thus affecting the actual security effect.
360 smart doorbell vs Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell: Storage methods
The current mainstream storage methods are undoubtedly two types of local storage and cloud storage. Each of these two methods has its own advantages. The storage cost of local storage is lower, and it is not limited by network signals. Though the security of cloud storage is higher, the cost of use is higher as well. This causes a certain economic burden for ordinary household users.
The 360 smart doorbell adopts TF card local storage (indoor unit) + free 48-hour cloud storage. Regular users can store video content locally through an indoor signal base station with a lower cost. However, security also has a certain guarantee. The Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell supports free video cloud storage. Thus, you can view the video content stored in the cloud at any time on the smartphone, and it is more secure.
360 smart doorbell vs Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell: Power supply methods
Although the frequency of use of smart doorbells is relatively low, the power supply will have a great impact on battery life. The 360 smart doorbell uses a 5000mAh large-capacity lithium battery, of which the standby time can reach about 6 months. The charging is more convenient, and the lithium battery will provide a better output durability and voltage stability.
In contrast, the Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell is powered by four No.5 alkaline dry batteries that are convenient to replace. But agree frequent battery replacement will cause some troubles for users. In addition, considering that smart doorbells are generally installed in an outdoor environment, in the north, there may be cases when the outdoor temperature in winter is very low (for example, below 10°C). And as the alkaline dry batteries are prone to the rapid decay of power, it will result in the doorbell’s battery life to shorten. This will affect the user’s experience.
360 smart doorbell vs Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell: App video view
We are dealing with smart products/smart cameras. This simply means one of the main advantages and selling points of any smart doorbell is the ability to view what’s outside in real time. Both smart doorbells can initiate video viewing through the app. As for the 360 smart doorbell, it passes through the indoor unit (communication gateway), communicates with the home router and a built-in customized private protocol, enables real-time viewing, and applies outdoor video calls from visitors. So it is more convenient to use.
The Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell also supports direct video conversations with remote visitors, and also set the Xiao AI speaker to ring the doorbell message, promptly remind the baby not to open the door to strangers. In addition, the Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell also supports the view of the door through the Mijia app. However, since it adopts the power-saving protection design, after opening the app interface, it takes a while to enter the real-time video interface. (When there is an abnormal movement in front of the door, it will be triggered to view the situation outside the door in real time.) The use of fluency will be affected to some extent. The Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell has a very interesting ‘Variable Voice’ function. When turned on, you can change the voice into ‘Male Voice’ or ‘Female Voice’ to deal with many special scenes.
360 smart doorbell vs Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell: Signal stability
As the doorbells are fixed on the doors outside and many doors are made of metal, the doorbells may suffer of a relatively low WiFi signal problem. Thus, it will cause a certain shielding effect on the WiFi signal, thereby affecting the stability of the video. That’s why the 360 smart doorbell has added the signal base station, which has a separate network card and WiFi antenna, thus ensuring the stability of smart doorbell video transmission. As for the Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell, it is still connected to the router through the doorbell itself. When it is away from the router or the WiFi signal is weak, it will have a certain impact on the stability of video transmission.
360 smart doorbell vs Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell: Price
Finally, in terms of price, the official price of the 360 smart doorbell set version (including indoor unit and WiFi enhancement) is 349 yuan ($50), while the Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell set version (including the doorbell receiver) is priced at 299 yuan ($43).
The two products actually have the same product positioning, and both of them adopt the combination with the traditional doorbell. Of course, both models can help you monitor the situation at the door, but there are still many differences between the two. The Xiaomi zero intelligent video doorbell has the ecological chain advantage of ‘Mijia’. It is very convenient to connect and set up. It can also achieve good interaction with Xiao AI smart speaker, and also adds the fun function of ‘Variable Voice’.
The 360 smart doorbell is even better in hardware performance, including the higher video clarity, viewing angle is larger, the power supply mode, and the signal transmission stability. The 360 smart doorbell also takes into account the actual scene requirements of the user, and adds the WiFi signal base station, thus ensuring the stability of the smart doorbell signal.