Brinks Cameras Review

We researched Brinks security cameras to find the best options for your Brinks security system.
Brinks Home Smart Video Doorbell
Brinks Home Smart Video Doorbell
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.8
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    150º field of view
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    Night vision up to 15 ft.
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    Outdoor only
Brinks Home Indoor Camera w/ Two-Way Voice
Brinks Home Indoor Camera w/ Two-Way Voice
3.7 out of 5 stars
3.7
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    180º field of view
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    Night vision up to 15 ft.
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    Indoor only
Brinks Home Indoor Camera
Brinks Home Indoor Camera
3.7 out of 5 stars
3.65
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    113º field of view
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    Night vision up to 20 ft.
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    Indoor only
Brinks Home Outdoor Camera
Brinks Home Outdoor Camera
3.7 out of 5 stars
3.65
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    117º field of view
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    Night vision up to 40 ft.
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    Indoor/outdoor

Like most security companies, Brinks Home offers various security cameras for around the house. Brinks cameras come with standard features like HD video and night vision, but they're hardly unique. Still, the best Brinks can offer is that it doesn't require upgrading your professional monitoring plan to use cameras like Vivint, ADT, and SimpliSafe do.

Read on to see why we think Brinks security cameras are great for home security beginners but aren't for folks looking to switch security system providers.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Available on every monitoring plan
Pro Bullet HD video
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Cons
Con Bullet Run-of-the-mill features
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Compare Brinks security cameras

Camera
Price
Resolution
Field of view
Night vision range
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1440p150ºUp to 15 ft.
1080p180ºUp to 15 ft.
1080p113ºUp to 20 ft.
1080p117ºUp to 40 ft.

Info current as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

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What to expect with Brinks security cameras

There are two kinds of home security companies: those that design their equipment and those that use white-label equipment from brands like Alarm.com and Honeywell. Brinks falls into the latter category since it uses Alarm.com devices.

Brinks doesn't offer anything you won't find on other brands that sell Alarm.com gear, like Frontpoint and Link Interactive. While this means no nifty cameras like Vivint and Ring Alarm offer, Alarm.com's equipment is reliable and easy to use.

Brinks security camera similarities

  • Mobile app: The Brinks Home app gives you full control over your cameras and security system. While it's easy to use, it scores lower on Android phones than iOS, with many Android users citing bugs and slow customer service.
  • HD video: The latest Brinks cameras come with at least 1080p HD video that looks great day and night. It's not as clear as you might expect from standalone wireless options like Arlo cameras or Eufy cameras but captures enough detail to keep you in the loop on what's happening around the house.
  • High prices: Brinks cameras are much more expensive than Frontpoint and Link Interactive for the same cameras. (Though Link Interactive charges more for the better indoor camera.) Additionally, you'll pay some of the highest monitoring fees in the industry. Only Vivint, ADT, and Link Interactive charge more—the cheapest Brinks plan costs around $40 a month.
  • DIY installation: You'll install these cameras along with the Brinks security system, which takes around an hour or so depending on the amount of equipment you buy. While it's an easy project, Brinks offers optional professional installation for folks who want some help with a new system.

Brinks security camera differences

  • Night vision range: The Outdoor Camera has an infrared night vision range of 40 feet, double the other cameras. This makes sense because outdoor cameras need to see further to work well in your yard. It doesn't do much good if an intruder gets too close undetected.
  • Weatherproofing: The Smart Video Doorbell and Outdoor Camera work best outside your house, so they come with weatherproofing. This means they can stand up to moisture better than either of Brinks' indoor cameras.
  • Two-way voice: While every Brinks camera comes with two-way audio, the Indoor Camera w/ Two-Way Voice takes it a step further with a button that works like an intercom. This is similar to what you'll find on a video doorbell. It's an easy way to stay in touch with family members if you don't have a shared home phone.
  • Doorbell wiring: The Smart Video Doorbell connects to existing doorbell wiring. This makes for a longer installation process compared to other Brinks cameras, which plug into an outlet. But there's a silver lining since you won't have any unsightly wires hanging around.

Brinks security camera reviews

1. Brinks Home Smart Video Doorbell

Brinks Home Smart Video Doorbell
Brinks Home Smart Video Doorbell
Our Rating
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.8
$240.00
Pro Bullet 150º field of view
Pro Bullet Night vision up to 15 ft.
Con Bullet Outdoor only

Info current as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

The Brinks Home Smart Video Doorbell is the latest addition to the Brinks ecosystem. It's the most impressive camera in the Brinks lineup, with 2K video quality and a tall aspect ratio that makes it perfect for seeing your whole porch. We love the striking black design with a colorful, oblong doorbell button.

It doesn't have a long night vision range compared to the Brinks Home Outdoor Camera, but it doesn't need it when watching over porches, which aren't very big to begin with. Installation is easy but takes a little longer to install than a typical wireless camera.

Overall, we like the Brinks Smart Video Doorbell, but it's one of the more expensive options you can buy for a home security system.

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Skybell Slim Doorbell

Brinks also sells the Skybell Slim Doorbell for about $80 less. We don't recommend it over the newer Smart Video Doorbell since it's an older model that tops out at 720p video resolution. Learn more in our full Skybell review.

2. Brinks Home Indoor Camera w/ Two-Way Voice

Brinks Home Indoor Camera w/ Two-Way Voice
Brinks Home Indoor Camera w/ Two-Way Voice
Our Rating
3.7 out of 5 stars
3.7
$240.00
Pro Bullet 180º field of view
Pro Bullet Night vision up to 15 ft.
Con Bullet Indoor only

Info current as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

The Brinks Home Indoor Camera w/ Two-Way Voice could use a shorter name (Frontpoint calls it the Premium Indoor Camera), but its ultrawide 180º field of view sees more area than other Brinks cameras. There's a button on the top for friends and family to talk with you in the Brinks Home app.

Like most Brinks cameras, it’s pricey. We also wish it had a slightly longer night vision range like the cheaper Brinks Home Indoor Camera. Still, its Bluetooth speaker is a handy way to put your security camera to use playing music when it's off security duty.

3. Brinks Home Indoor Camera

Brinks Home Indoor Camera
Brinks Home Indoor Camera
Our Rating
3.7 out of 5 stars
3.65
$160.00
Pro Bullet 113º field of view
Pro Bullet Night vision up to 20 ft.
Con Bullet Indoor only

Info current as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

The Brinks Home Indoor Camera is the most affordable option from Brinks but still costs more than similar models from SimpliSafe and Frontpoint. Still, its 20-foot night vision range and 1080p video resolution help it watch over your home any time of day.

Unfortunately, it has a narrow 113º field of view that can't see as much as the other Brinks indoor camera. This means you need to position the camera so it can see the most critical areas in a room. Overall, we're glad Brinks has a camera for folks on a tight budget.

4. Brinks Home Outdoor Camera

Brinks Home Outdoor Camera
Brinks Home Outdoor Camera
Our Rating
3.7 out of 5 stars
3.65
$240.00
Pro Bullet 117º field of view
Pro Bullet Night vision up to 40 ft.
Pro Bullet Indoor/outdoor

Info current as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

The Brinks Home Outdoor Camera is the most powerful camera Brinks sells, but its high price keeps it from scoring higher marks than the brand's other security cameras. We love the 40-foot night vision range, which helps it cover more area in your yard after dark.

Like the budget indoor camera, this model has a narrow 117º field of view. (We typically recommend a wide field of view of 130º or more for outdoor cameras.) Overall, this Brinks outdoor camera is much too expensive compared to powerhouse standalone cameras like the Reolink Argus 3 Pro and the Arlo Pro 4.

Final word

In many ways, Brinks home security cameras are a great choice for folks with Brinks systems or newbies that want Brinks. But you won't find affordable or innovative cameras compared to competitors like Ring, Wyze, Frontpoint, and SimpliSafe. Check out our picks for the best wireless cameras and best home security systems to see how Brinks stacks up.

Smart Video Doorbell: a 2K video doorbell with a sleek design

Indoor Camera w/ Two-Way Voice: a wide field of view for capturing everything in a room

Indoor Camera: a budget option to add to your Brinks system

Outdoor Camera: long night vision range for a 24/7 view of your yard

How we reviewed Brinks security cameras

For this review, we looked at information from Brinks, mobile app reviews, and online customer reviews to see how Brinks cameras hold up to major competitors. We have nearly a decade of experience with home security cameras that helped us find the best these cameras have to offer.

We found multiple listings for each camera while researching them on the Brinks website. In many cases, the field of view and night vision range on the product page differed from Help Center support articles. To verify we had correct info, we compared it with Alarm.com's website.

Learn more about how we rate, rank, and review products in our full methodology.

FAQ

Alarm.com makes the Brinks security system, including its security cameras. There are options for a video doorbell, outdoor camera, and indoor camera.

You can buy compatible cameras from Brinks, but the system doesn't work with other brands.

Brinks sells two doorbell cameras:

  • The Smart Video Doorbell comes with a 2K video resolution and a 150º field of view.
  • The Skybell Slim Doorbell comes with a 720p video resolution and a 180º field of view.

Yes. Nest cameras* are compatible with the Nest Secure alarm system and use a different app than other Brinks equipment. The problem is that Google discontinued Nest Secure in late 2019, so finding the system to use with Brinks monitoring may be a challenge.

Read answers to more Brinks Home FAQs.

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Disclaimers

*Google, Google Nest, Google Assistant, and other related marks are trademarks of Google LLC.

John Carlsen
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John Carlsen
John is a technology journalist specializing in smart home devices, security cameras, and home security systems. He has over nine years of experience researching, testing, and reviewing the latest tech—he was the Smart Home Editor for Top Ten Reviews and wrote for ASecureLife before joining SafeWise as a Staff Writer in 2020. John holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism emphasis from Utah Valley University. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, photography, cooking, and starting countless DIY projects he has yet to complete.

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