If you use a traditional peephole at the door, you will get a fish eye view of the person. However, the various peephole devices available today give you clearer views of the person. Here are some of the models available.
Peephole Dimensions: Brinno PHV132512
The Brinno PHV132512 electronic peephole viewer measures 4.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches and weighs 14 ounces and is designed for doors 3/8 in to 2 ¼ in thick. The Brinno PHV132512 comes with an LCD display to reveal who is standing behind the door.
The unit produces clear visuals of the person instead of the hard to see figure in the traditional peephole. To use, one just has to push the button, and a big image of the person will be shown. The unit can also make up for low light images.
The device also does away with the fish eye distortion common in peepholes. Pressing the button twice will zoom in the image. You can go from regular to zoom in by pressing the button again. The Brinno PHV132512 will turn itself off after ten seconds, so the battery is saved. A low battery light will flash, warning the user.
Peephole Dimensions: GE 45227 Smart Home IntelliCorder
The GE 45227 Smart Home IntelliCorder weighs 1.9 lbs. The unit comes with a motion activated recorder that lets one see who is at the door. Its features allow you to see this even if you were away at the time.
The device is ideal for those who live in apartment and can’t drill any holes. It is also a practical solution for those who don’t want to mess around with wires. To use, just install the device through the peephole. Set it to record and the unit will start working.
The IntelliCorder will also record the sound. The GE 45227 Smart Home IntelliCorder will generate the videos in AVI format.
Peephole Dimensions: National Hardware V805
The National Hardware V805 can be used on doors 1-3/8 inch to 2 1/8 inch thick. The unit provides a 180 lens angle, so viewing is much wider. The peephole has four ground optical lenses. The device provides 200 degrees of viewing.
It requires a ½ diameter hole. Installed properly, you can see from your doormat all the way across the street. To install, just make a small hole in the door and fasten in the sides. When the viewer is set up, even someone who is crouching by the door will be visible.
Peephole Dimensions: Black Metal 290 Degree Wide Angle Viewer Scope
The Black Metal 290 Degree Wide Angle Peephole Door Viewer Scope measures 3.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches. The door viewer is designed for easy installation, taking less than five minutes to configure.
The unit comes with a 290 degree full view. As it lets you see people at your door, it can take the place of the old peepholes. The door viewer is made using four glass lenses.
The peephole device performs a very simple function. But it is very important. Given the low cost of the items, it makes sense to get one.