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Ring’s smart home devices have been around for years, ever since its video doorbells were designed by Jamie Siminoff and called “Doorbot”. Eventually that name was changed to Ring, product lines grew to incorporate other devices like security cameras, and in 2018 Amazon bought the brand.

Ring cameras and doorbells in particular have continued to grow, and now there are so many models that newcomers may feel a bit confused about their choices. So let’s take a look at the state of these Ring lines, the products they include, and all the key differences that have developed over time.

Ring Security Cameras

projector camera

Cam Wired Plus Projector: The Floodlight Cam range is the only floodlight camera manufactured by Ring. This is a large security camera available only in wired model with two large motion-activated LED spotlights to cover a wide range. The camera itself is similar to the Spotlight Cam, with motion detection, a siren, 140 degree viewing angle and color night vision – you just have a lot more light to work with.

Cam Wired Pro Projector: This model updates the tech inside with better sound, 3D motion detection, tracking software that offers a bird’s eye view, and dual-band Wi-Fi support.

Spotlight camera

Wired Spotlight Cam: The Spotlight Cam is the flagship product offered by Ring following the success of its projector model. This version is a more compact option: a rounded camera perched on a stand with a 140-degree viewing angle, 1080p video, siren, and color night vision. The big spotlights were replaced with smaller LED panels that didn’t need as much space. Early on, Ring embraced important smart camera features, including two-way audio with noise cancellation and advanced motion detection with customization motion zones that helped make this camera a complete package.

Spotlight Cam Battery with Solar: Wired doorbells don’t work for everyone, so it’s no surprise that Ring wanted to release a battery-powered version. With this model, users can mount the camera anywhere, but the battery needs to be recharged every couple of months or so. The other big difference is that night vision was limited to black and white, perhaps to save battery. Ring sold this model with a solar panel that could help replenish the battery over time.

Spotlight Pro Camera: In 2022, Amazon brought a major update to the Spotlight line with a Pro version that included some of the latest technology in a cordless, battery-powered model. This included updated color night vision, 3D motion detection, Bird’s Eye View motion tracking, and more.

stick-up cam

The Ring Stick-Up Cam on a table.

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Stick Up Cam Battery/Solar 3rd Generation:Ring also began developing a sticky version of its camera, which essentially knocked the spotlight and lowered the price for those who wanted an indoor/outdoor camera they could place anywhere. This model has also been paired with a solar panel. While its field of view was a little smaller at 130 degrees and motion detection was simplified, many other features remained similar to the projector models, including two-way audio with noise cancellation, color night vision and advanced motion detection.

Stick Up Cam Plug-in 3rd Generation: For this model, Ring has replaced the battery with a plug-in version particularly suitable for indoors but able to manage certain positions outdoors. It also lowered the price to its lowest level for this line. Over the generations it has been updated with better night vision (now full color in 3rd gen), motion sensors, and more.

Stick Up Cam Elite 2nd Generation: The Elite version of the Stick Up Camera has a slightly different design, specifically with a PoE (Power over Ethernet) option in addition to the external power supply, and a wider 150 degree field of view for the camera .

Ring Indoor Camera

Ring indoor camera cover.
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Ring has also created a more compact, indoor-only wired model of its camera. At $60, it was the cheapest camera offered by Ring, making it a popular budget choice. Other features have remained much the same, including 1080p video, color night vision, custom motion detection, two-way audio, and 140-degree field of view.

Ring Video Doorbells

Ring Video Doorbell

The Ring Video Doorbell 3 installed near a door.

Video doorbell (2n/a generation): The Ring Video Doorbell has seen many iterations over the years, but this is its flagship model with full smart technology, currently in its second generation. This doorbell, usually wireless by default, included important features such as 1080p video with night vision and a 155-degree field of view, two-way audio for talking to visitors, motion sensors with real-time notifications through the Ring app and other watches. . The second generation added new features such as creating quick replies.

Wired video doorbell: The wired version of the Video Doorbell was similar to the battery model, except it ditched the battery option for a more basic wired design. Ring has also dropped the price considerably, making it the budget choice for Ring doorbells.

Video Doorbell 2: This model was an advanced version of the original Ring Video Doorbell, featuring improved resolution, a wider field of view, and other improvements. However, it was quickly eclipsed by the 2nd Generation Ring Video Doorbell and Video Doorbell 3, and was discontinued entirely.

Video doorbell 3: The Video Doorbell continued the efforts of the Doorbell 2 with a wider 160-degree field of view, dual-band Wi-Fi support and more faceplate options, plus an additional corner kit . Like the original video doorbell, it could be battery-powered or hard-wired, but it’s been upgraded to a much easier-to-remove battery.

Video Doorbell 4: The Video Doorbell 4 took the features of the Doorbell 3 and added an important feature: pre-roll images that could capture seconds before the motion sensor was triggered.

Video Doorbell Pro

Installing Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2.

Video Doorbell Pro: Ring built the Wired Video Doorbell Pro as a more powerful alternative to its original line, and included several important updates. Battery and Wi-Fi have been upgraded as with the Doorbell 3, along with interchangeable faceplate options. Built-in Alexa greetings have also been added to improve quick responses, and Pre-Roll technology has also been included. The overall design has also been updated to be a bit slimmer

Video Doorbell Pro 2: The Pro 2’s technology has supported a number of new Doorbell Pro feature upgrades. These included better two-way audio, an increase in resolution to 1536p, 3D motion detection, and support for video modes such as Bird’s Eye View and Head-to-Toe video.

Elite Video Doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell Elite.
Ring Elite Video Doorbell

This model is Ring’s professional doorbell option, its most expensive and largest model. The product includes a combination of features from other advanced Ring doorbells, including 1080p video, night vision, 160-degree field of view, two-way audio, and advanced motion detection. Some of the biggest changes were cabling with PoE (Power over Ethernet) for greater reliability, secure flush mounting, and a design to fit standard junction boxes. But it has been a bit outclassed by the latest versions like Video Doorbell Pro 2 and Doorbell 4.

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