August View Doorbell Camera Review

The August View is pretty pricey for its basic features.

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3 out of 5 stars
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  • con
    Lacks advanced features
  • con
Mindy Woodall
Jan 12, 2022
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Oh, August, you’ve let us down with this one.

The August View doorbell camera is one of the latest additions to August’s lineup of smart home devices, but it’s not the best of the lot. The August View is expensive—it costs as much as the (far superior) Google Nest Hello. But it’s missing almost all of the competition’s best features.

We love August’s smart door locks, but we can’t recommend the August View over other better video doorbells.

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Data effective as of 7/28/2020. Offers subject to change.

August View doorbell camera features

The August View has excellent resolution and doesn’t require hardwiring.

It’s not all doom and gloom with the August View. This doorbell cam does have some features we expect from any decent video doorbell, including night vision, two-way audio, and motion detection.

August View and chime

Source: August

The August View is also battery-powered, which is great for renters or people who don’t have existing doorbell wiring. We prefer hardwired video doorbells overall, but if you have a grumpy landlord who won’t let you take out your current doorbell, then battery-powered is a good alternative.

Arlo Video Doorbell features:

  • Rechargeable battery
  • 1440p resolution
  • Two-way audio
  • Infrared night vision
  • IPX5 weather rating
  • -4º F to 122º F (-20º C to 50º C) temperature range
  • Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant integration
  • August smart lock integration
  • Plug-in doorbell chime included

Included plug-in doorbell chime

Hardwired doorbell cameras usually connect to your existing doorbell chime to alert you when people ring the bell. But because the August View is battery-powered, you’re going to need a separate device if you want to hear it ring.

Luckily, August includes a plug-in doorbell chime with the camera itself, so you don’t have to buy a separate device. If you buy a battery-powered Ring doorbell, you’re stuck purchasing the chime separately.

1440p resolution

The August View does have really good video resolution, especially for a battery-powered doorbell cam. You’ll get 1440p resolution with this camera, which is better than 1080p but not quite as good as 2K.

Still, this is the only video doorbell we’ve seen that offers 1440p resolution. The only doorbell cam we’re aware of with better resolution is the Eufy Video Doorbell, which offers crisp 2K HD definition.

What we don’t like

Minor perks aside, the August View is a bit basic. It uses motion-activated notifications to tell you when someone’s at your door, but it doesn’t get any smarter than that.

Unlike some other top doorbell cams, the August View can’t tell the difference between a person, a package, a car, or an animal. It also doesn’t let you customize motion zones, which means you might get a bunch of useless alerts for things like tree branches waving in the wind, or a car driving down your street.

We’ve also seen multiple reports of the August View suffering from long lag times and connectivity issues. Heck, on August’s own website this doorbell gets a rating of only 2.4 stars. And 21 out of 52 reviews rate it only one star.1 Yeesh.

August View doorbell camera pricing

For the price, we expected smarter features from the August View.

The August View is really expensive for what you get. You can buy a basic doorbell camera for around $100 these days, but the August View costs more than twice that. And honestly, we’re not sure why when it’s missing smart features, like intelligent alerts and custom activity zones.

August View mounted next to a door and above a spiky green plant

Source: August

If the August View was meant to be one of those budget-priced, basic doorbell cameras, like the RemoBell S, we’d be more forgiving. But considering the August View costs just as much as the high-end Google Nest Hello doorbell camera, we have to say it’s overpriced.

Just look at the features you get with the Google Nest Hello that the August View doesn’t offer, despite the fact that they cost the same.

August View vs. Google Nest Hello comparison
ModelAugust ViewGoogle Nest Hello*
Field of view150º160º
Power sourceBatteryHardwired
Storage typeCloud storageCloud storage
Recording typeEvent-based recordingEvent-based or continuous video recording
Person detectionNoYes
Facial recognitionNoYes
Package detectionNoYes
Custom activity zonesNoYes
Learn more List Prices (as of 7/29/20 14:02 PST) Full disclaimer

That’s not even considering other doorbell cameras that cost less than the August View but offer better features. For example, the Arlo Video Doorbell has all those smart alerts we mentioned, plus a built-in siren and emergency call support. And it costs much less than the August View.

Alternative doorbell cameras: List Prices (as of 7/29/20 14:02 PST) Full disclaimer

Cloud storage plans

Another mark against August is that it doesn’t offer any free cloud storage. Most companies offer some amount of cloud storage for free, be it a few hours or a few days. But if you want to review any of your August footage, you’ll need a subscription plan.

August cloud storage plan pricing
PlanPremiumPremium Plus
Cloud storage15 days30 days
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Data effective as of 7/28/2020. Offers subject to change.

August View home automation

The August View works with Google and Alexa.

August has basic home automation integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It doesn’t work with Apple HomeKit yet.

Screenshot of August app showing video timeline of events

Source: August

The August View also works with your August smart locks. You can connect the devices through the August Connect bridge you use for your door lock.

August View doorbell camera installation

The August View doesn’t use doorbell wiring, so installation is easy.

Because the August View is battery-powered, it’s pretty easy to install. You won’t have to worry about turning off breakers or messing around with electrical wiring. Just attach the mounting plate wherever you want it and slide the doorbell into place.

August View installation steps:

  1. Make sure the battery is fully charged.
  2. Download the August mobile app and log in (or create an account).
  3. Add the August View as a new device.
  4. Position the mounting plate where you want the doorbell to go and secure it with screws. (You might need to use a drill.)
  5. Attach the doorbell to the mounting plate.
  6. Plug the accessory doorbell chime into an indoor electrical outlet.

For more info on how to get your August View up and running, check out August’s installation support page.

Recap: Is the August View good?

We think there are better options for your money than the August View

Considering the price and its features (or lack thereof), we think there are better doorbell cameras for your money than the August View. If you just want a basic, battery-powered doorbell camera that will work with your August Smart Lock, then the August View might be an okay choice. But it’s honestly not our first pick.

  • Features: The August View has basic features like two-way audio and night vision. It lacks advanced features like person and package detection that would justify its higher price point.
  • Pricing: The August View is expensive for what you get. It costs as much or more as doorbell cameras that offer smarter features or at least more storage options. Plus, August doesn’t offer any free cloud storage.
  • Home automation: The August View works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. It will also integrate with your other August devices, namely August smart door locks.
  • Installation: Installation is easy because the camera uses a rechargeable battery. You don’t have to mess around with electrical wiring.

Want to explore your other doorbell cam options? Check out our Best Video Doorbells Review.


1. August, “August View.” Accessed July 29, 2020.

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Mindy Woodall
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Mindy Woodall
Mindy has been writing about technology for seven years. She covers all things smart home for, and keeps track of the latest robot gadgets. Mindy attended the University of Utah and her work has been featured on the likes of, Digital Care, Hostfully, and more.

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