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Ring Camera Comparisons: Ring Indoor vs. Stick Up vs. Spotlight vs. Floodlight

Ring makes a number of different home security cameras for both indoor and outdoor use. Below, we compare the most popular Ring camera models to help you decide the best camera for your home.

Best for Multi-Purpose Use

Flexible Indoor or Outdoor Surveillance

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Ring Stick Up Cam

The Ring Stick Up Cam is available as battery powered, corded, and solar powered. With a cordless design, it makes it incredibly simple to install and move the camera around wherever you need it. We ran a performance test on video quality, audio quality, and Check Price

Best Doorbell

Great for Wired or Wireless Installs

Ring 3 doorbell

Ring 3

The Ring 3 is the newest doorbell from Ring. It has all the features from previous Ring doorbells, but steps it up a level with advanced motion detection, new privacy modes, and a “near” motion detection that allows you to prioritize the 5-15′ range.Check Price

Best for Maximum Security

Camera + Bright Spotlight 2-in-1

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Ring Spotlight Cam

The Ring Spotlight Cam is an all-in-one security device with a smart camera and motion activated spotlight. When motion is detected, the light turns on (optional) and a push notification is sent to your phone (customizable). During our tests we found the video quality to be great and the app easy to use. From there, you can speak directly through the camera using 2-way audio or turn on an audible alarm. With a subscription, video feeds can be saved for up to 60 days. The Ring Spotlight Cam is a good option for an outdoor security solution for simple, DIY surveillance. Check Price

The name Ring is certainly not a new one to the home security market, first launching their doorbell cam in summer 2017 and expanding from there.

Today, the Ring lineup includes indoor cameras, outdoor camera, doorbell camera, and more.

Ring Camera Comparison Chart

 Indoor CamStickup CamStickup Cam EliteSpotlightFloodlightDoorbell CamDoorbell Cam 2Doorbell Cam ProDoorbell Cam ElitePeephole Cam
Ring Spotlight security camera reviewRing Floodlight CamRing doorbell reviewRing 2 doorbell reviewRing Pro doorbell reviewRing doorbell eliteRing peephole cam
TypeIndoorIndoor / OutdoorIndoor / OutdoorOutdoorOutdoorDoorbellDoorbellDoorbellDoorbellDoorbell
Field of View115° horizontal; 60° vertical110° horizontal; 57° vertical110° horizontal; 57° vertical140° horizontal; 78° vertical140° horizontal; 78° vertical180° horizontal160° horizontal, 90° vertical160° horizontal, 90° vertical160° horizontal, 90° vertical155° horizontal, 90° vertical
FinishesWhite or BlackWhite or BlackWhite or BlackWhite or BlackWhite or BlackBronze, Polished Brass, Antique Brass, Satin NickelIncludes 2 faceplates: Satin Nickel, BronzeIncludes 4 faceplates: Satin Nickel, Satin Black, Dark Bronze, Satin WhiteSatin Nickel, Pearl White, Bronze, Satin BlackBlack with Satin Nickel trim
PowerPlug-in onlyPlug in or Quick-release rechargeable batteryPlug in or Quick-release rechargeable batteryQuick-release rechargeable battery, hardwired, or solar panelQuick-release rechargeable battery or hardwiredRechargeable battery or hardwiredQuick-release Rechargeable battery or hardwiredHardwired Power over EthernetQuick-release Rechargeable battery
Motion Zones3 standard zones3 standard zonesCustom zonesCustom zones3 standard zones3 standard zonesCustom zonesCustom zones1 standard zone
Video Resolution1080p HD1080p HD1080p HD1080p HD1080p HD720p1080p HD1080p HD1080p HD1080p HD
Compatibility2.4 GHz2.4 GHz2.4 GHz or 5.0 GHz2.4 GHz2.4 GHz2.4 GHz2.4 GHz2.4 GHz or 5.0 GHz2.4 GHz or 5.0 GHz2.4 GHz
SirenNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Live VideoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
LightNoNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
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Ring Indoor vs. Outdoor Cameras

Ring’s lineup includes a variety of security products, but the options can be broken down into three different categories:

  1. Indoor Cameras
  2. Outdoor Cameras
  3. Doorbell Cameras

Indoor Camera Comparisons

Ring Indoor Cam
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Location: Indoor Only
  • Power: Plug-in Only
  • Network: 2.4 Only
  • Field of View: 115° horiz. 60° vert.
Ring Stickup Cam
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Location: Indoor / Outdoor
  • Power: Plug-in, battery, or solar
  • Network: 2.4 Only
  • Field of View: 110° horiz. 57° vert.

Ring indoor cameras includes:

  1. Ring Indoor Cam
  2. Ring Stickup Cam

The biggest differences here are power, location, and price.

  • Power: The Ring Indoor camera is plug-in only, while the Ring Stickup Cam has three power options—battery pack, plug-in, or solar powered.
  • Location: The Ring Indoor camera can only be used indoors, but the Ring Stickup Cam can be used indoor or outdoor.
  • Price: Due to the extra features, the Ring Stickup Cam is more expensive than the Ring Indoor Cam. Depending on what exactly you’re looking for, the extra price could be worth it.

Outdoor Camera Comparisons

Stickup Cam
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Use: Indoor / Outdoor
  • Power: Plug-in, battery, or solar
  • Light: None
  • FOV: 110° horiz. 57° vert.
Spotlight Cam
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Use: Outdoor Only
  • Power: Wired Only
  • Light: 300-375 lumens
  • FOV: 140° horiz. 78° vert.
Floodlight Cam
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Use: Outdoor Only
  • Power: Wired Only
  • Light: 1800 lumens
  • FOV: 140° horiz. 78° vert.

When it comes to outdoor cameras, Ring has three models:

  1. Ring Stickup Cam
  2. Ring Spotlight Cam
  3. Ring Floodlight Cam

The main differences between these models are light, brightness, and price.

  • Light: The Ring Stickup Cam does not include a light. The Ring Spotlight Cam has a 270° spotlight and the Ring Floodlight Cam has a 270° pair of two floodlights.
  • Brightness: The light on the Spotlight Cam is 300 lumens. By comparison, the lights on the Floodlight Cam has an output of 1800 lumens; that’s 5 times brighter than the Spotlight Cam.
  • Price: The Ring Floodlight is over twice the cost of the Ring Stickup Cam, but the added cost is all relative because it also has the brightest light. Depending on what your needs are, any one of these cameras could be a good fit.

Ring Doorbell Comparisons

For doorbell camera, there are a quite a few different models. with various ranges of features and capabilities. There are base level models like the original Ring doorbell, or more advanced models that make home surveillance easier than ever.

Ring 3
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Power: Wired or Wireless
  • Privacy Zones: Advanced
  • Network: 2.4 or 5.0 GHz
Ring Pro
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Power: Wired only
  • Privacy Zones: Basic
  • Network: 2.4 or 5.0 GHz
Ring 2
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Power: Wired or Wireless
  • Privacy Zones: Basic
  • Network: 2.4 GHz only

Concerning doorbells, there are more differences between the models listed above. For the sake of simplicity, the table below highlights all of the major changes between the models.

Ring video doorbell comparison
Ring video doorbell comparison

Ring 2 vs. Ring Pro vs. Ring Comparison Chart

SpecsRing 3 PlusRing 3Ring ProRing 2Ring
Ring 3 Video DoorbellRing 3 Video DoorbellRing Pro doorbell reviewRing 2 doorbell reviewRing doorbell review
Resolution1080p1080p1080p1080p720p
PowerBattery or HardwiredBattery or HardwiredHardwiredBattery or HardwiredBattery or Hardwired
Field of View160° horizontal, 84° vertical160° horizontal, 84° vertical160° horizontal, 90° vertical160° horizontal, 90° vertical180° horizontal, 110° vertical
Avg. Install Tile5 minutes5 minutes15 minutes5 minutes5 minutes
Dimensions5.1" x 2.4" x 1.1"5.1" x 2.4" x 1.1"4.5" x 1.8" x 0.8"5.0" x 2.5" x 1.0"4.9" x 2.4" x 0.87"
Wifi2.4 GHz or 5 GHz2.4 GHz or 5 GHz2.4 GHz or 5 GHz2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
VideoOn-DemandOn-DemandOn-DemandOn-DemandOn-Demand
AudioTwo-WayTwo-WayTwo-WayTwo-WayTwo-Way
AlertsAdvanced Motion-Activated (Custom Zones)Advanced Motion-Activated (Custom Zones)Motion-ActivatedMotion-ActivatedMotion-Activated
Pre-RollYesNoNoNoNo
FaceplatesYes; 2 includedYes; 2 includedYes; 4 includedYes; 2 includedNo
Alexa CompatibleYesYesYesYesYes
Rechargable BatteryYesYesNoYesNo
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For a quick summary of each model to help decide which may be right for you, reference the following:

  • Ring Video Doorbell: best for home security on a budget, most basic functions and average video quality (720p), can be hardwired or battery-powered
  • Ring Video Doorbell 2: higher quality video (1080p HD) than the original Ring Video Doorbell with a quick-release battery and matching interchangeable faceplates (2 options)
  • Ring Video Doorbell 3: the newest release of the Ring doorbell with 1080p video resolution and optional power between hardwired or battery-powered
  • Ring Video Doorbell Elite: recommended for new construction builds as it requires an Ethernet cable for hardwired connection; includes 4 interchangeable faceplates and is the only POE (power over Ethernet) Ring doorbell option currently
  • Ring Video Doorbell Pro: best for hardwired solutions without needing Ethernet. 1080p HD video quality and a slim design
  • Ring Peephole Cam: best for installing on doors into existing peephole, it’s the only Ring doorbell camera that is only battery-powered (no wired option available) and also has the narrowest motion detection angle (only 130°)

For more information please see our in-depth Ring doorbell comparison.

Ring Video Quality

Overall, I’ve been very happy with the performance of the Ring cameras, whether it be for indoor or outdoor applications.

The video quality is consistently 1080p on most newer Ring cameras, which seems more than sufficient for most people’s needs. Video resolution higher than this could mean it will eat up more bandwidth or fill up your Cloud-based storage faster.

Ring Indoor Camera video quality

When used outdoors, Ring does have some variation. For example, in the image below the Ring Spotlight generates a night shot in full color.

Ring Spotlight Camera - night
Ring Spotlight Camera – night

In comparison, the Ring Stick Up cam has a grayscale screenshot. Both images have good clarity and distinction between figures.

Ring Stick Up Camera Battery

The Ring App

All Ring cameras work with the Ring app, which you can download to any smartphone or tablet.

Ring video doorbell app screen
Ring video doorbell app

Depending on your device and membership plan, you may use the app to:

  • Check the battery life
  • Enable / disable motion and Ring alerts
  • View of change chime sounds
  • Talk with your guests
  • Watch the doorbells’ footage
  • Create a motion schedule
  • Adjust motion sensitivity
  • See all the recent activity
  • Add other users
  • Watch back recorded video
  • Check the system status, Wifi signal, voltage, and more
  • Set up motion zones
Ring app security camera home screen
Ring app – Home screen

The Ring Subscription

If you don’t want any monthly fees, you can run any of the Ring devices without a subscription. The main feature you’re giving up is the ability to store, save, or share video footage.

But you will still receive push notification alerts when motion is detected from the cam. You would not have the ability to view past footage, for example from suspicious activity overnight.

For more features and setting, Ring users can opt into the Ring subscription which has two tiers:

  1. Ring Basic
  2. Ring Plus

Plan Similarities

With both plans, the biggest thing you’re gaining over the free plan is the ability to view, save, and share previously recorded video activity. The live-event viewing feature can store content for up to 30 or 60 days (varies by location).

Ring Stick Up cam day time footage
Ring camera view from the Ring app

Plan Differences

The Ring Protect Basic plan has the ability listed above and coverage for one Ring doorbell or security camera. If you want more features or have more than one Ring device, you can opt for the Ring Plus package.

The Ring Protect Plus plan offers the following bonus features:

  • Coverage: covers all Ring devices at one address
  • Ring Alarm: professional monitoring 24/7
  • Additional Discounts: get 10% off Ring products from Ring.com
  • Extended Warranty: extra coverage on all of your Ring devices (device must be within the original warranty period when you subscribe to Ring Protect Plus plan).

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Which Ring is Right for You?

Here’s a quick highlights reel of the current Ring cameras and their top performance specs:

Ring Indoor Cam

The Ring Indoor Cam is a great budget option if you’re looking for a simple plug-in, indoor camera.

  • Use: Indoor only
  • Power: wired (plug-in)
  • Video: 1080p HD
  • Audio: detects audio from 30′ away; 2-way audio as well
  • Connectivity: 2.4 ghZ
  • Light: None

Ring StickUp Cam

The Ring StickUp cam is a good choice if you want the flexibility of battery power. The cordless design allows you to move it around with ease.

  • Use: Indoor or Outdoor
  • Power: wired or wireless (battery powdered, plug-in, or solar panel)
  • Video: 1080p HD
  • Audio: detects audio from 30′ away; 2-way audio as well
  • Connectivity: 2.4 ghZ
  • Light: None

Ring Spotlight Cam

Ring’s Spotlight cam is a budget friendly motion detection style camera for outdoor use. The light isn’t as powerful as the floodlight, but it’s less expensive and easier to install.

Ring Spotlight security camera review
  • Use: Outdoor only
  • Power: wired or wireless (battery powdered, plug-in, or solar panel)
  • Video: 1080p HD
  • Audio: detects audio from 30′ away; 2-way audio as well
  • Connectivity: 2.4 ghZ
  • Light: 270° spotlight

Ring Floodlight Cam

The Ring Floodlight is ideal for outdoor use in an area where you need lots of light (for security or otherwise). Great on the front of a garage or your front porch. The install is more complex.

Ring Floodlight Cam
  • Use: Outdoor only
  • Power: wired or wireless (battery powdered, plug-in, or solar panel)
  • Video: 1080p HD
  • Audio: detects audio from 30′ away; 2-way audio as well
  • Connectivity: 2.4 ghZ
  • Light: 270° floodlight

How to pick a camera?

When selecting the best Ring device for your needs, there are a number of things you’ll want to consider. Here’s a quick list of some of the things we think are most important.

#1 – Choose a location.

Where do you plan on using the device? Indoor, outdoor? Maybe both? Deciding where the camera will be used is the first step in making the right selection.

Ring Indoor Cam powered on

For a budget, plug-in indoor camera, I’d recommend the Ring Indoor Cam. For a camera you can use indoor or outdoor as your needs change, I would recommend the Ring Stickup Cam.

#2 – Pick you power.

Power is another big factor you’ll want to decide on. Ring has a variety of options for power including battery packs, plug-in, hardwired using doorbell wiring or POE (power over Ethernet).

There is even an option for solar power.

Determine where the camera will go and then figure out how it will be powered. This can help you to eliminate options that won’t work for you.

#3 – Decide on features.

Are there certain features that are deal-makers or deal-breakers for you? Do you want custom motion zones? Need a bright outdoor light to go with your cam?

Ring Spotlight with lights on
Ring Spotlight with lights on

If you need any of these specific features, make sure the model you’re looking at has it. There’s not a ton of overlap when it comes to special features within the Ring collection.

For example, the Ring Spotlight Cam and Ring Floodlight Cam are the only two models that have a light (and the floodlight is 5 times brighter).

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Final Thoughts

Overall, the Ring lineup has a lot to offer, whether you’re looking for a quick camera for the door to your apartment or a wired, integrated system for securing your whole property.

Still not sure what Ring camera is best for you? Drop us a comment down below. We do our best to respond within 24 hours and we’d be happy to help!

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