August on Thursday announced that all versions of the iPhone-connected Doorbell Cam, including the current Doorbell Cam Pro, will automatically get free video recordings of activity detected in the last 24 hours.
The perk falls under a new Basic August Video Recording plan, August said. Previously people without a paid subscription could only watch a live feed, or see snapshots of detected motion, whether in iOS/Apple Watch notifications or the mobile app's activity history.
Doorbell Cam Pro owners have the advantage of a floodlight, and HindSight, which saves the few seconds before an activity alert to ensure complete events are captured.
Free recordings have not yet rolled out to all owners. Paid plans are still available, costing $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year for a 30-day video history.
The Doorbell Cam Pro comes in black or silver for $199 -- shoppers should check house compatibility before buying. Future Apple HomeKit compatibility is likely, but not yet announced.