In this article, you will have a detailed explanation of all you need to know about the Ring Spotlight Camera. Then you can decide if it works for you.
It is no secret that many of us do not understand all the fancy language camera technicians use. But you do not need all the knowledge they have to keep your house safe. Just read this Ring Spotlight Camera review and you are good to go.
You probably have heard or seen the Ring Doorbell, well the company expanded from doorbell cameras to security cameras that are easy to set up and control so you will not need a professional.
Now they have made a camera that has a lot of features that you are sure to love and want in your house. So let's get into the huge list of features this camera brings.
And don't worry if you do not understand all the features as I will explain them.
- Live streaming
- Ring protection plan
- Ring app
- Adjustable motion sensors
- Infrared night vision
- Two-way audio
- Rechargeable battery
- Lifetime purchase protection
- Local crime alerts
- Siren alarm
The Ring Spotlight is a 1080p resolution camera with built two-way talk and a siren alarm.
The camera has night vision, rechargeable batteries and works with the Amazon Alexa.
What Comes With the Ring Spotlight Camera?
Well, one of the best things about this camera is that it does not need a base station to work. It just connects to your WiFi and it is set to go and live stream to your phone. Simple as that.
If you but just one camera, for example, this is what you would be getting with it:
- Wire-free Security Camera
- Drill Bit
- Installation Screws and Anchor
- Micro USB Charging Cable
- Owners Manual
- Ring Stick Up Cam Outdoor HD
- Screwdriver Bit
- Screwdriver Handle
- Security Mount
The Ring Spotlight is a consumer camera
You may not understand all the features and terms that are used to describe what this camera brings, well, do not worry as we are going to go over them one by one.
First of all the Ring Spotlight is a consumer camera. Meaning you will not need a professional to install it and you can do it yourself with no problem whatsoever. Making it way easier for you.
So let's go over what you get from this camera and why it is such a good option for your home, especially since this camera has really good features for a consumer who might not need a lot of monitoring.
One of the best things about the Ring Spotlight camera is that it does not need wires is that installing it is way easier and faster. This camera works through WiFi, therefore, does not need any cable connection to work.
Since the camera uses batteries you also do not have to worry about having to buy new ones as they are rechargeable and the charger comes along when you buy the camera. Might we say they killed two birds with one stone?
the Ring Spotlight does have night vision and day/night mode. While still having a high-definition image. This can be used when you install a camera in a dark place when the camera senses low light it turns on the infrared lights.
These lights are what allow the sensor to see in the dark. By using this the camera can record with no light whatsoever. Which can be used in dark driveways or patios in which anyone can be recognized.
Indoor and outdoor camera
You can install your Ring Spotlight camera wherever you want. However, there are places you should try to avoid so your camera will last longer and will be able to work properly.
The first thing is the temperature. In some places temperatures can be too high or too low for the camera to function, this usually happens if the camera is installed outside.
The Ring Spotlight has a minimum operating temperature of -20 degrees Fahrenheit, and a maximum operating temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. So, if you live somewhere too hot or too cold you can still consider this camera for indoor usage.
Day or night you can have alerts for when movement is detection sent right to your phone so you can open the app and see who is at the door for example, from wherever you are.
The motion detectors can be triggered by cars, people, animals and other things that can trigger the cameras motion detector. But don't think you will be spammed every time a car passes down the street.
You can mess around and configure places that the motion detector can detect and therefore it will not spam you, but alert you if someone walks up to your door. This can be a very useful feature.
This camera records video with 1080p resolution, which is how many pixels you get per image. That means you are getting 2 Megapixel imaging which is the best one you can possibly get. You also get a 140-degree view which gives you a lot to loot at.
From your cellphone, you can talk to anyone that is close to the camera, and since the camera has audio features anyone can talk back to you through the camera. Amazing feature to have isn't it?
The Ring Spotlight does include live streaming for all cameras, however, keep in mind you will need to pay in order to record videos. If you are okay with just having the live view you are all set, but usually, customers want to be able to check old videos.
Ring has monthly service plans that include the cloud storage and playback of all the videos. They have two separate prices that depends on what you want and how much you want to record.
The protect basic plan costs $3 a month and a total of $30 a year. It includes 60 days of cloud storage, the ability to share videos, and video reviews of missed events. However, you can also get another plan.
For $10 a month (a total of $100 a year) you can get the protected plus plan, which extends coverage on all your devices, gives you exclusive discounts and a lifetime warranty that covers theft and damage.
When you activate the camera you have one month of the protected plus plan as a trial, then you have to pay.
Apart from the great protection plan they offer, Ring offers 24/7 support, tools for easy installations such as videos, and the app that is also very easy to manage and use. If you need help for home installation they do offer services.
The app is quite easy to navigate through. You can easily activate the camera's speaker to be able to use the two-way audio to talk to anyone near the camera. The speaker is not overly loud but can be used for a few word exchanges.
The app also includes control of the camera lights and the activation of the alarm that is loud enough to scare any thief away in case of an emergency. The LEDs that the cameras have are also very powerful but can be dimmed.
Another useful feature in the app is the ability to adjust the motion zones which we have talked about, just know you configure it in the app, and it is very easy to set up and get through.
The Ring has two colors you can pick from, black and white. Both have a very subtle and discreet look that can definitively be used for your advantage.
The camera measures 4.96 inches in height, 2.72 inches in width and 2.99 inches in depth. It also weighs around 2 pounds which is very light and will not be a hassle to set up in a wall.
The Ring Spotlight camera is compatible with multiple operating systems. Such as Apple IOS, Android, Mac, and Windows. Meaning you can monitor from your phone and monitor from your computer.
The Ring is also compatible with devices like Amazon's Alexa and Ring. Which can be helpful if you have them in your house, however, does not give you a lot of options.
This is a great feature that the company included as no matter where you are or what device you have, you will be able to watch live video. This is a very versatile feature that can be useful to any customer.
Example of the Ring Spotlight in action
Source: ViralHog YouTube Channel
How difficult is it to set up the camera?
The set up is very easy, you start by charging the batteries and downloading the Ring app on your phone or computer and making an account.
When doing this process be sure to be close to the router to facilitate the process. Select "Set up device" button in the app. And then choose "Spotlight Cam Battery" from the list.
Then give the camera a name, confirm your address and insert the battery in the camera's compartment. The LED light will first flash blue and white for a few moments then stop.
Press continue and follow the instructions a video will give you. Press the button at the top of the camera and the LED light will flash white. Pres continue once again and go to your phones WiFi settings to connect to the camera.
Within seconds the camera will connect and you can start messing around with the app and setting motion zones if you wish, you can always search up videos if you do not know how to do something or missed a step.
As for the setting it up where you wish, it is not hard as the camera does not weight much and there are no wires involved in the process, making it quick. Just mount it to the wall and you are good to go.
Watch the manufacturer video that shows the Ring Spotlight installation
Source: Ring YouTube Channel
Not only does the Ring Spotlight have great resolution and an amazing field of view, but it also is easy to install, and to set up. The app is incredibly simple to operate and play around with.
All of the features it comes with are incredibly beneficial such as the alarm and lights which can keep your house safe in case of any burglars, which are going to be scared off easily.
The only con that can really be a deal-breaker is the extra money you have to pay a month, but it isn't such a huge number. So that is not really a huge problem for some people.
But that concludes our Ring Spotlight review.
Claudemir Martins is a former Samsung Engineer with 15+ experience in the surveillance industry. He has been traveling around 17 different countries to teach people how to design, and install CCTV systems.