Keep your loved ones close with a smart camera!
Smart cameras come in all types and varieties, they can be plugged in, battery operated and even connected through an ethernet cable.
Today we’ll be looking at Ring Stick Up Cams (Battery/Plug-in/Solar/Elite), as well as Nest Cam, all five of which offer different installation methods. So if you like the idea of a completely wireless camera, then Stick Up Cam Battery or Solar is a good option for you. Otherwise, read on to see which smart camera with its clear live-view footage, 2-way audio technology, and more, suits you best!
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All-New Ring Stick Up Cam vs. Nest Cam — Things in Common
Live-View on Demand – Catch your dog chewing on your pillow, or your kids arriving home from school, live-view on-demand sees it all.
All five smart cameras support 1080p HD footage streaming and paired with their 30FPS you can expect clear and vibrant live video recordings.
Night Vision – Now you don’t have to worry about having to get out of bed every time you hear a noise in the middle of the night. Stick-Up Cams, as well as the Nest Cam, offer a clear night vision technology. So now you can rest easy knowing that the noise outside were the raccoons going through your rubbish last night.
2-Way Audio – Talk to your delivery man, or say hello to your kids when they arrive home from school with the two-way audio feature. This adds a layer of security for your home as it’s a great tool to use when trying to scare a potential intruder away.
Motion Detection – Motion detection technology works by alerting via notification whenever any activity is detected within its field of view. So whether it’s just a stray cat wandering outside or an intruder, your smart camera will catch it.
Sound Detection – Not only do there smart cameras have motion detection, but sound too! So you can get notified via the app on your iOS or Android smart device whenever a sound such as breaking glass, or smoke alarm is detected.
Since there are some potential dangers that you can’t always see, this is a great addition to have for your smart camera.
Alexa – As both Ring Stick Up Cams and Nest Cam also integrate with Alexa, you can even take advantage of the voice command feature.
This allows you to have hands free control of your camera from wherever you are in your home.
Commands such as “Alexa, show me the living room”, or “Alexa, turn on all cameras” can come in very handy when your hands are full.
IFTTT – And it doesn’t stop at Alexa! You can also integrate your smart camera with IFTTT as well.
IFTTT refers to “If This, Then That” and this technology allows you to have all your smart devices talking to each other by creating a series of applets.
For example, you can set your smart lights to glow orange when motion is detected, or even have all your motion logs saved directly onto Google Drive.
All-New Ring Stick Up Cam vs. Nest Cam — Differences
Difference #1: Power Options & Installation – In terms of power options, Ring Stick Up Cams offer the most versatile options. As you can choose between Battery, Solar, Micro-USB, or even PoE, in order to power up your Ring Cam.
The PoE option with the Ring Stick Up Cam Elite seems like the most attractive option, as it uses a single cable to both power-up, as well as connect your camera directly to your network.
This method will not only save on energy costs but will also provide you with a more reliable internet connection with fewer interruptions.
While Ring Stick Up Cam Battery/Plug-in/Solar like their name already suggests, give you an option to choose from power options and even change the power source as you wish since Ring Stick Up Cam remains the same and only the power accessories change.
If you decide to opt in for Ring Stick Up Cam Battery, expect the battery to last up to 3-6 months on a single charge. Choosing a battery over plug-in option will also ensure that all motion alerts and footage will be recorded even during a power outage.
With the Ring Stick Up Cam, you also have the option of getting a Solar version, that comes with a Solar Panel! Which will eliminate energy costs, while also being more beneficial for the environment.
Lastly, the Nest Cam requires a constant power source through the AC plug.
Difference #2: Field of View – Ring Stick Up Cam Elite has the best field of view with 150° horizontal, 85° vertical lens span, which is more than Stick Up Cam’s Battery? Plug-in/Solar 110° horizontal, and 57° vertical, as well as Nest Cam’s 130° diagonal.
So you can expect to see a much wider range with Ring Stick Up Cam Elite.
Difference #3: Motion Zones – The ability to set motion zones will enable you to pay specific attention to higher risk zones, such as your porch or even the garage.
While all five smart cameras have this feature, with Nest Cam you’ll need to opt for Nest Aware in order to take advantage of this feature.
Difference #4: Siren – All Ring Stick Up Cams have the siren feature available, which will produce a loud 110 dB alarm whenever an intruder tries to break-in, or dismantle the camera.
Unfortunately, Nest Cam doesn’t have this feature available.
Difference #5: 27/7 Recording – With Nest Aware you can take advantage of the 24/7 continuous recording feature (CVR) which can be especially handy when traveling, or if you just like the idea of having your home constantly monitored.
This feature is only available for Nest Cam.
For more information about CVR check out our Top 5 Smart Continuous Video Recording Cameras.
Difference #6: Storage – In terms of storage for all Ring Stick Up Cams and Nest Cam you’ll need to opt for subscription service as neither smart camera has local storage available.
Should you wish to avoid subscription plans or the idea of only relying on just cloud storage, you should take a look at Arlo Cameras.
With Ring, you can take advantage of 60-days worth of storage with Ring Protect Basic, yet if you decide to go for Ring Protect Plus, you’ll also have free Ring Alarm monitoring and a 10% discount on future Ring Purchases.
While with Nest Aware you can store video recordings for up to 30 days, as well as take advantage of the 42/7 recording feature and set your own activity zones too.
The Ring Protect comes to $3 per month, and the Ring Protect Plus is $10 monthly.
While Nest Aware comes to $6 monthly for 30-days of storage, and for $12 per month you’ll also get access to 60 days of event video history and 10 days of 24/7 video history.
If you opt for an annual rate, you can expect a bigger discount for any plan you decide to go for.
Difference #7: Weather Resistance – It’s pretty important that you find out whether your smart camera is suited for indoor or outdoor use or even both!
All Ring Stick Up Cams can stand up to the outdoor elements as they can be mounted easily both indoors or outdoors on a flat surface or in the corner.
While Nest Cam can only be set up indoors.
All-New Ring Stick Up Cam vs. Nest Cam — Comparison Chart
|Ring Stick Up Cam Elite||Ring Stick Up Cam Gen 3||Nest Cam Indoor|
|Video resolution||1080p HD||1080p HD||1080p HD|
|Frames per Second||30 FPS||30 FPS||30 FPS|
|On-Demand Live View||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Record Live View||Subscription Required||Subscription Required||with Nest Aware|
|Field of View||150° horizontal, 85° vertical||110° horizontal, 57° vertical||130° diagonal|
|Zoom||Yes||Yes||8x digital zoom|
|Power||Micro-USB AC Plug or PoE||Rechargeable Battery|
|Optional Power Source||No||Solar Panel||N/A|
|Battery Life||N/A||Battery: 3-6 months|
|Motion Zones||Custom, up to 6||Areas||with Nest Aware|
|Person Detection||Yes||No||with Nest Aware|
|Night Vision||Yes||Yes||8 Infrared LEDs|
850 nm LEDs:
up to 25 feet
IR cut-off filter
|Internet Connection||WiFi: 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz|
|WiFi: 2.4 GHz||WiFi: 2.4GHz or 5GHz|
|Requires a Base Station||No||No||No|
|Siren||110 dB built-into camera||110 dB built-into camera||No|
|24/7 Recording||No||No||with Nest Aware|
|Local Backup Storage||No||No||No|
|Cloud Storage||Subscription Required||Subscription Required||3-hour snapshot|
history or with Nest Aware
|Review, Share, & Save||Subscription Required||Subscription Required||with Nest Aware|
|Instant App Alerts||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|App Support||Android, iOS, Web||Android, iOS, Web||Android, iOS, Web|
|Weather-resistant||Yes (Indoor/Outdoor)||Yes (Indoor/Outdoor)||Indoor use only|
|Amazon Alexa||Echo Show, Echo Spot||Echo Show, Echo Spot||Echo Show, Echo Spot|
|Operating Temperature||-5°F to 120°F||-5°F to 120°F||32° to 104°F|
All-New Ring Stick Up Cam vs. Nest Cam — Accessories
Now that we have gone over Ring Stick Up Cams vs. Nest Cam, let’s check out some of the accessories that they offer.
Make sure you never run out of battery power by having a backup Quick Release Battery Pack ready to go for your Ring Stick Up Cams.
Also, if you like the idea of adding both a Chime as well as a WiFi extender for your smart camera, you should definitely check out the Ring Chime Pro for all your Ring cameras, as well as doorbells too!
All-New Ring Stick Up Cam vs. Nest Cam — Our Thoughts
In the end, when it comes to Nest Cam vs. Ring Stick Up Cams we feel like the Ring Stick Up Cam Elite is the way to go.
Mainly because of its PoE connection, which has been proven to offer the best performance on any smart device.
Not only that, but Ring’s subscription plans are also more affordable when compared to Nest Aware.
Of course, Nest is still a good option for an indoor camera and it functions especially well as a baby monitor, but when compared to Ring it doesn’t quite mark all the checkboxes on what makes a smart security camera great.
Last update on 2019-12-13 at 00:09 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API