Runs on a rechargeable battery with space for two batteries
Motion activated spotlight
Live view from anywhere when camera is connected to Wi-Fi
Affordable cloud storage plans
Random connection issues even with solid Wi-Fi connection
Doesn’t connect to 5GGz Wi-Fi
One of the best IP security cameras, especially considering it has space for two batteries and is equipped with a spotlight.
The Ring Spotlight Cam is a security camera that sends you alerts and allows you to keep an eye on your home from anywhere with a Wi-Fi signal. At $200, it’s not a cheap gadget, but you do have the option of buying multiple Ring cameras at a discount. You can see the prices in the table below.
|Ring Spotlight Cam|
Ring says the camera is intended for outdoor use, but also advertises it as meant for “every corner of your home,” so really there’s no reason you couldn’t use it inside (although spotlights are generally outdoor things).
Design + Setup — Ring Spotlight Cam Review
The Ring’s design is simple. Lights are on the side, 140 degree wide-angle lens is right in the center, and motion detection is on the button.
The camera is weather resistant from -5° F to 120° F , so it should be just fine in most places, but if you happen to live somewhere that hits extreme temperatures on either end, you may want to contact Ring’s customer service to see how the cam will do in your crazy climate.
Ring runs on a battery, which is nice in that it eliminates the need to plug in and therefore allows you to set up the camera just about anywhere. If you want a wired or solar-powered camera, however, Ring offers those as well [See Ring products on Amazon]. The battery is removable and charges via MicroUSB. On a full charge, we found that it lasts about one month with notifications on high running all day, but on a more moderate notification setting, we’ve made it to our 3rd month no problem. Plus, there’s space for a second battery, so if you had two batteries installed and don’t have your notifications running all the time, we think you could make it six months without needing to recharge.
As for setup, we first suggest that you make sure you have a good Wi-Fi signal. It is, after all, a Wi-Fi camera. Installation is easy and Ring has a bunch of different accessories to make sure the cam is secured in whatever location you choose. Then you just have to follow the steps in Ring’s app. Really, it’s not hard. Super straightforward.
Ring Spotlight Cam Features + Functionality
The quality of the footage with the Ring Cam depends on the quality of your Wi-Fi (and it doesn’t work with 5GHz Wi-Fi). If you’re connection is strong, you get video in 1080p HD, but if you don’t have a great signal, the picture can be pixelated and delayed, which is common for pretty much every IP security camera. It does also have night vision, which we found works pretty well, especially since it has the dual spotlights.
Ring — and other security cam makers like Nest and Arlo — likes to advertise their two-way talk function. The camera does have two-way audio, but it just doesn’t work all that well (usually). You expect it to be like talking on the phone, but it’s more like trying to Skype someone staying in an $8 hostel on another continent. What I’m saying is there’s a delay and it’s not exactly subtle. Having said that, we’ve had it work perfectly on certain other occasions, so it’s just spotty. Again, we’ve seen this issue with many other cameras, so it’s not a Ring-only problem.
This is a motion activated camera, but it would be really annoying if it shot off notifications and flipped on the flood lights every time a leaf moved on the tree in the far right corner of your yard. Thankfully, you can create different motion zones so that the camera detects motion in specific areas, but ignores others. You can also set up a schedule and adjust the motion detector’s sensitivity. Plus, the spotlight only goes on at night — and it really is a bright spotlight, so kudos on that, Ring.
Along with it’s fancy-pants spotlight, the Ring Cam also has a 110-decibel siren. It’s very loud (as an alarm should be). Thankfully, it doesn’t go off every time the motion sensor is triggered. Instead, you manually enable the siren from the live view setting. So, say you get a notification, check out your live view, and see someone sneaking up to your porch to snag your latest Amazon Prime purchase. You blast that punk with 110 decibels.
Speaking of live view — that’s a feature the Ring has! Live view means you can check your real-time footage from your phone as long as the camera is connected to Wi-Fi (and your phone has a strong internet connection, Wi-Fi or LTE). We found this feature to work well most of the time, but once in a while it just wouldn’t connect. We had a similar issue with the Ring Video Doorbell 2.
Storage Plans — Ring Spotlight Cam
So when you get yourself all set up with a security camera, whether it’s a Ring, a Nest, or an Arlo Pro 2, you need a storage plan if you want to be able to access your past footage. Ring has a pretty affordable plan, but it only covers clips (i.e. event-based recording), meaning you don’t get to store continuous recordings.
The storage plan is $30 per year, per camera and includes 60 days of cloud storage. Or you can opt for the $100 per year plan, which supports unlimited Ring cameras — worth it if you have more than three cams (Check my math, though. I majored in English.).
Ring Spotlight Cam Battery vs Nest Cam Outdoor
– Same Price
– Ring – Event-based recording / Nest is continuous if you pay for the $10 per month per camera plan
– Ring is battery operated, but Nest is wired – pros/cons to each
– Siren with Ring
– Verdict: we prefer Ring.
– Nest Cam Outdoor Review
Ring Spotlight Cam Battery vs Arlo Pro 2
– Ring is more affordable
– Arlo Pro 2 comes with free 7-day cloud storage
– Arlo Pro 2 is indoor/outdoor and wired/wireless
– Both have sirens and shoot 1080p HD with night vision and 2-way audio
– Both have solid battery life — low notifications give you around 3 months+ per battery
– Both are weather resistant
– Verdict — which brand do you want to invest in and how many cameras are you getting?
– Arlo Pro 2 Review