Recently we did a review of the ring doorbell camera, which is a video doorbell that replaces your traditional doorbell and enables you to see and interact with someone at your door. While the Ring doorbell cam was a great innovation at the time of its release, recently it has been overshadowed by emerging doorbell cameras from other companies. More recent reviews of the Ring Doorbell camera would place it more in the middle of the pack as more and more competitors come out with more effective adaptions of the concept.
Ring has released a new type of security camera called the Ring Stick Up Cam, but we’re wondering if this too is a Ring product destined to lie in the middle of the pack. One of the biggest issues with the Ring doorbell camera is the lag time between motion detection and recording. It has a tendency to completely miss someone walking up to the door, which kind of defeats the purpose. They also tend to freeze and there are complaints that the company will blame a user’s router or network for the issue when it is clearly at least partially caused by the camera.
Our hope is that this new camera will show that Ring has hammered out these issues and is going to have a whole new line of great products that are top of the line in the future. Sadly we have found that, in most cases, these cameras are just as disappointing as the Ring doorbell cameras when compared to other security cameras at the same price range.
Ring Stick Up Cam Pros
Before we get into all of the drawbacks of the stick up cam, let’s look at some of its advantages. This camera does do a few things very well and isn’t necessarily a bad camera. We just think that you can get the same features for a fraction of the cost and sometimes better features for less. One thing we will say is that these cameras are extremely easy to set up.
Sharp & clear daytime video
Very easy to install
Connects with many other devices
Multiple power options
Narrow field of view
Requires cloud storage
Sub-par two-way audio
Does the Ring Stick Up get Stuck Up?
So how bad is the motion delay on the new Ring camera? Well with the camera set up on a driveway for example, you’d be getting lucky to see someone’s face at all most of the time. The delay on the Stick Up cam actually seems a little worse when compared to its sibling doorbell camera. That means that someone can easily jump across the cameras field of vision before any video is captured at all. Well at least you’ll be getting a notification on your phone, right?
The Ring Stick Up camera does have a notification feature that notifies you of any movement in its field of vision, which is nice, but it doesn’t always seem to work. When it does work, it generally takes about 10 seconds from the event to the notification and it rarely actually captures anything useful.
This delay is also problematic with the live viewing feature of the stick up cam. With the motion delay and the mobile alert delay, it’s very unlikely that you will have a live video feed in time to actually do anything about it. With the doorbell camera the person is standing in an expected location, so it’s not a huge issue to have to wait a few seconds before the video pops up of who is at the door, but for the stick up camera from a home security feature it makes the camera pretty much useless. Another thing to note is that the live video feature will drain your camera way faster.
Configuration & Power
Ring added an interesting configuration security feature that I’m not really sure was necessary in making you be visible to the camera in order to save and configuration changes. I get that you wouldn’t want a security camera that can be hacked, but it seems like they could have found a better way to solve that without preventing me from changing setting while I’m at work on or vacation.
The Ring Stick Up Cam comes packed with a 5,200 mAh battery and is supposed to last up to 12 months on a single charge. The actually battery life of these cameras is somewhere 2-3 months, less if you’re using the live view feature or have the sensitivity settings too high.
On the bright side, these cameras do have the option to be powered by either the included 13ft USB power cable or a solar panel (sold separately for about $45). Admittedly, this is a pretty cool feature and displays some of the innovative thinking that got the Ring cameras in the spotlight in the first place.
The Bottom Line
These cameras are not terrible, but you’re probably better off going with Arlo or Nest cameras. If you’re looking to connect your cameras to a home security system, consider getting a security consultation with Protect America. With Protect America you can have all of your home security pre-configured and shipped to your door in just a few days. Get a free quote online or call today!