While Ring may be best known for their video doorbells, they offer several options for smart security cameras as well. The brand doesn’t have quite the same breadth as competitors like Nest or Arlo, but the company has recently released cameras that take major steps forward in features, performance, and smart control.
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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Know who’s at home with a Ring Cam!
Ring security cameras haven’t let us down when it comes to the myriad of great features that they offer. You can ensure that your home will be safe with technology such as live-view streaming, two-way audio, and even motion detection.
Today we’ll be looking at Ring Stick Up Cam vs. Spotlight Cam, and what makes them so great. Whether it’s the flexible power options that the Stick Up Cam provided or Ring Spotlight’s extreme weather durability, we’re sure there is a smart camera out there for you.
The All-New Ring Stick Up Cam comes in four different options: Battery, Plug-in, Solar, and Elite. The battery, plug-in, and solar are Gen 3 models; it’s pretty much the same camera, just with different accessories for power supply. Whereas the Ring Stick Up Cam Elite is rebranded Ring Stick Up Cam Wired Gen 2. So, today we’ll compare the new line of Ring Stick Up Cams (Battery, Plug-in, Solar, and Elite) to the Ring Spotlight Cam.
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Before we even begin to compare All-New Ring Stick Up Cam Battery vs. Plug-in vs. Elite, let us clarify something. There’s been confusion between different generations of Ring Stick Up Cams. Late 2018 Ring released All-New Gen 2 Ring Stick Up Cam Battery and Ring Stick Up Cam Wired, and in Q4 of 2019 Ring released an upgraded All-New Gen 3 line of Ring Stick Up Cams.
So here’s what actually happened, Ring rebranded Gen 2 Ring Stick Up Cam Wired into the Ring Stick Up Cam Elite. The cameras are literally the same, just a new name. Oh, and the Elite one now comes with a PoE adapter.
And instead of the Gen 2 Ring Stick Up Cam Battery, Ring offers the All-New Gen 3 Ring Stick Up Cam Battery/Plug-In/Solar. All three Gen 3 Ring Stick Up Cams are pretty much the same camera with different power options. They all have a compartment for the battery pack and a Micro USB port for either a plug-in adapter or solar panel. It’s just if you buy the Ring Stick Up Cam Solar, you get a solar panel with it, and if you get the Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-in, you’ll get a micro USB charging cable instead. You get the idea.
So today, we’ll be comparing the All-New Ring Stick Up Cam Battery vs. Plug-in vs. Elite. There are a lot of great features that these three smart cameras have in common. But generally, the rebranded Ring Stick Up Cam Elite (aka Gen 2 Ring Stick Up Cam Wired) has a slight edge in pretty much every metric: it takes everything that’s great about the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery & Plug-In and gives it a bit of an upgrade.
So, let’s get into the details about the differences and similarities between the Ring Stick Up Cams Gen 3 and Elite.
The Arlo Pro 2 camera is one of the best wireless cameras on the market, and the All-New line of Ring Stick Up Cams that received a revamp earlier this year makes it a worthy competitor. Which camera is best is really going to depend on what you’re looking for when it comes to video monitoring.
The Power over Ethernet features of the Ring Stick Up Cam Elite make it one of our favorite options on the market. And flexible power options of the Ring Stick Up Cam Gen 3 from Battery, Plug-In to Solar make the camera super versitile. However, at the same time, the AC & Battery option with Arlo makes it a good buy as well. Regardless of your choice, you’ll likely be more than happy with the features each brand has to offer.
Each camera has their pros and cons, and we’ll go into detail while comparing the Arlo Pro 2 vs. Ring Stick Up Cams. Read on below for the big picture, or use our navigation bar to jump directly to the sections you care about most.
Ring and Arlo both offer a variety of video solutions at different price points, and as time goes on they have continued to improve upon their existing lineup. The All-New Ring Stick Up Cam comes in four options: Battery, Plug-In, Solar, and Elite. The Ring Stick Up Cam Battery, Plug-in, and Solar are Gen 3 cameras, whereas the Ring Stick Up Cam Elite is rebranded Gen 2 Ring Stick Up Cam Wired.
The Arlo Pro, on the other hand, is the company’s mid-range offering — falling right in between the Arlo and Arlo Pro 2 cameras.
When comparing the Ring Stick Up Cam vs. Arlo Pro, it’s difficult to give a clear answer as to which camera is “best,” as they excel in different areas. For example, Arlo offers great features like video recording without a subscription, while Ring has better video quality and functions without a base station. Our top pick is the Ring Stick Up Cam Elite, but there are arguments to be made for both brands.
Below we go into detail on what each option has to offer to help give you a sense of which camera might be best for your home. However, feel free to use the navigation bar to jump directly to the sections that interest you most.