I couldn’t wait to try* the Ring Spotlight Security Camera because although we have the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, we wanted both the back and front of our house to feel protected from unwanted intruders. Having two Ring devices also meant we could easily view the displays using one app! Here are my thoughts after 4 weeks of testing!
Installing the camera
The camera was very easy to install compared to the Ring Video Doorbell Pro… with visual instructions being enough to figure out what was going on. After charging the battery up overnight, it was inserted into the back and we were able to add the device to our already installed Ring app without any problems (ok so Jonny did this side but he said it was easy!). The wall mount and camera was fixed to our back wall without a problem apart from requiring a big drill, also done by my personal handy man aka husband; and the camera was good to go! So simple!
The Ring Spotlight Security Camera: Pros
- Installation was so easy. As I said above, it was really easy to get going, especially because we have another Ring device and so the app is installed onto our phones already. The app can be logged into using multiple devices so my husband can see everything going on at home from his phone too.
- It looks good – like the Ring video doorbell pro, it looks sleek and cool and not menacing like some home security cameras. I feel that friends can come round and enjoy being in the garden and not feel intimidated by the fact there is a camera.
- The quality of the images and sound is great both night and day. I haven’t had any problems with the video playback (to review any motion detected at any point of the day) or live views at all (live view enables you to see what is going on at any time of the day). I have read other reviews about there being problems after it has rained as apparently it is weather-resistant but not rain proof! It has rained a few times this month and so far so good… fingers crossed! The spotlight is also great to see what is going on outside at nighttime and could be used to scare any potential intruders. It is very bright but unlike a floodlight it doesn’t reach a great distance (there is the Ring Floodlight Camera for that though).
- You can alert intruders with a loud siren if needed. I really really hope I will never have to use this. But I am glad there is a siren for if I do. Actually I haven’t yet tested how loud the siren is because I am worried about scaring the neighbours! But when I am brave enough to try it I will update this to let you know how loud it goes.
- The two-way talk is great. You can hear and talk through the camera, which can be helpful for many reasons! Apart from the obvious of alerting intruders, me and my husband find it funny to talk to Oscar via the camera when he is in the garden. We find it amusing watching him trying to figure out where daddy’s voice is coming from! It is clear and we have not experienced any issues with this.
- You can access the device from your phone, computer or tablet and you can connect it with Alexa-enabled devices. Like with the Ring video doorbell pro I tend to just use it on the app on our phone but it’s good to know that you can check what’s going on using most devices.
The Ring Spotlight Security Camera: Cons
- The batteries need to be recharged. I did not get the wired-in device which saves a lot of hassle, but it does mean that the batteries will need to be charged when they run out. I don’t know yet how long this battery will last but I need to expect it to be out of action while it is charging. There is the option to buy an additional battery (around £20) and there is space for it in the camera itself. Alternatively you can buy a solar panel to save you having to keep recharging (£49) which we may consider for the future.
- The range of motion is stuck to 140 degrees. You cannot control the camera by moving it left and right etc, as it is set in position. In the event that you do catch an intruder, you cannot follow their actions. This would make the camera much more attractive to me but it does still show an excellent range of vision.
- The video is not always recording. The recording starts with detected motions and so if the wifi connection is poor, there is the chance that it will not start recording the actions until too late. Obviously if your wifi connection is not terribly strong then you may experience issues with this. So far we have not experienced any problems and I can only hope that in the event of something serious happening then we would be able to catch it in time.
- You need to pay for a subscription to view your videos. It costs an additional £2.50/month to save your videos (this is on top of our other device with Ring, although if you have more devices you can pay £8/month for an unlimited number of devices). The Protect Plan allows you to access your recorded videos of every motion and live view event for up to 30 days, which you can download to your device to view later. Although it is annoying having to pay even more money to view your videos it is worth it to know that your home is protected.
I would give the Ring Spotlight Security Camera 4 out of 5 stars because it does a brilliant job for our needs. A main worry is that due to the camera recording being activated by motion, the recording may not start until an intruder has already left/ done some damage. However due to our location and experience with our wifi so far I hope that this would not be a problem for us. I would only recommend this product to those with a strong wifi connection for this reason. The Ring Spotlight Security Camera has provided us with extra protection for our home, and I love being able to view the recordings on the same app as our doorbell. It is nice that I am ‘Always Home’ even when I am away.
*I received the Ring Spotlight Security Camera to test from Reviewclub for 4 weeks for free. All views are my own.