Ring Spotlight Camera

The Ring Spotlight Camera is Ring's outdoor security camera solution that seamlessly incorporates with the rest of their Ring product line up.

SecureScore™: 9.2 /10
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9.2 SecureScore™
How We Review
How We Review
Customer Service
8.0
Value
9.3
Equipment
10.0
Features & Technology
9.3
Ease Of Use
9.5
SecureScore™
9.2

Ring Spotlight Camera Ratings

The Ring Spotlight Camera is a security camera with at least one light mounted to it. It provides for fast, easy viewing of what is happening outside of a home or business from a mobile app or device. It allows property owners to protect their home in several ways.

PROS
  • Very easy to install, depending on the version
  • Motion-triggered recording
  • Works with IFTTT or Alexa
  • Good video quality
  • Bright lights

CONS
  • Need cloud storage subscription
  • No pre-buffering on the system

Overview

The Ring Spotlight Cam works to detect motion in any given space. It also features bright lights that cast a spotlight onto the area should motion occur. This triggers a message sent to a mobile device, allowing property owners to react the way they want and need to.

Features & Technology

HD Camera

The video quality of the Ring Spotlight Cam is excellent. It features 1080HD video. The bright lights help enhance videos taken during dark hours, but the video playback tends to be clear. The on-demand video makes this an excellent solution for seeing what is happening anywhere. Another nice benefit is the wide-angle of the camera lens, providing more viewing potential.

Two-Way Talk

When motion triggers the device, it sends a message to the app. Once that occurs, the viewer can see, in real time, who or what is standing in the camera’s range. If desired, it is possible to activate the two-way communication at this time to discuss with the person why they are there.

Easy Compatibility

The system is compatible with Android, Mac, Windows 10 and iOS. It is a simple app to install and use. It can also be linked to all other Ring devices making easy management possible.

Range of Motion

The Ring Spotlight Cam is quite versatile to fit the space desired. It is possible to adjust the motion sensitivity to reduce the risk of picking up animals. It is also possible to set up customized motion schedules. And, the instant motion-activated alerts means fast access to information as soon as the system is triggered.

Ease of Use

The Spotlight Cam is easy to use. Once in place, the system goes to work. If motion triggers it, it turns on and records. The bright light shines immediately. This allows users to immediately see what is happening within the field of view. All of this is done through a mobile app.

Customer Service

Ring’s customer service for its Spotlight Cams is just as supportive as any other product. The company offers 24/7 support, as well as online tools to help with installation and management. The app itself is very useful for this. Those who do need help, especially for whole-home installation of multiple Ring products, an upgraded service plan may be available.

Value

The biggest cost factor in the Ring Spotlight Cam comes in the version. The Spotlight Cam Solar is the most advanced system and features a solar panel. It costs $229. Both the Battery and Wired versions cost $199. Users also need to purchase a subscription to the cloud storage. This allows for the storage of video from the cameras to be maintained. This is $30 for a year or $3 per month, making it rather inexpensive overall.

Equipment

Spotlight Cam Solar

Ring Spotlight Cam Solar

Those who wish to use the most energy-efficient version should consider this one. It connects to a solar panel to provide non-stop power for users. It comes with the HD camera and two-way talk as well as spotlights.

Spotlight Cam Battery

Ring Spotlight Cam Battery

The Spotlight Cam Battery version is just what it sounds like. It features an LED spotlight and a siren. It features a battery pack that is rechargeable.

Spotlight Cam Wired

Ring Spotlight Cam Wired

It is also possible to purchase a plug-in version. This is a version with a siren and LED spotlights, that allows you to plug it to an outlet or electrical port for ongoing power supply.

Summary

The Ring Spotlight Cam is an excellent way to add security and video viewing for an outdoor space. With powerful lights and ample quality video, it is rather easy to capture images of anyone stepping into your yard. It also works well to allow you to watch the kids in the backyard. It is easy to install and very efficient.

Reviewed By
Travis Goodreau
Safety and Security Advisor
Travis is a retired Burglary Detective, having tallied 5,000+ burglary and theft cases throughout his career. He also served as an Arson Investigator, where he cracked the case of a serial arsonist, and made the arrest and prosecuted the would-be bomber of ABC-7 Studio in LA. We couldn’t be happier to have him as a Safety and Security Advisor. Learn more about Travis here
Written By
Andrew Garcia
Lead Security Editor
As Lead Security Editor, Andrew strategically guides SafeHome and the resources we publish. He holds a BA in business, and has 10+ years of experience in content development. Today, Andrew edits and publishes articles, guides, and other resources to meet our rigorous standards. Learn more about Andrew here

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3 Comments

  1. Avatar linda says:

    I have the spotlight camera. I have adjusted the area of motion and it picks up every car that goes by. The battery has drained in one 24hr period to 50%. Can I hook up the solar panel to it? Or should I just get another battery to back it up?
    oh, I needed help connecting to my wifi, that was another $100, I can’t afford any more costly helpers.

    1. Avatar Brandon says:

      You should buy a wire plug into the camera and plug to a regular outlet plug and it works very good. I did it to my battery camera the battery stay at 100% all the time. Just search it on Amazon Ring spotlight Cam battery power plug in.

  2. Avatar Susan Bruin says:

    I always wanted a motion-sensor light and camera like these Ring devices (I bought 3 types, 6 outdoor cameras). I like having Motion Settings where I can define the field of view that are monitored for motion. HOWEVER, the BIG DRAWBACK is that it seems to pick up things outside the defined zone, like a neighbors flag waving in the distance (well outside the zone) or a car going by on the street which is also outside the defined zone. It is overly-sensitive. Under Motion Settings I was able to reduce the sensitivity to Less Motion and set it on People Only Mode. But none of those work well! I get notifications frequently throughout each day when a leaf blows by, a small bird or large moth flies through, squirrels or other small animals scurry by on the ground, and even a flickering light from my neighbors holiday lights triggered the motion alert. Getting so many false alerts all day makes me not want to check alerts for actual intruders and is simply annoying. And I wake up each time the light comes on and my motion alert vibrates my phone, and often don’t see anything in the picture or sometimes see something very tiny. I don’t think this technology was beta-tested enough to be sure it actually works as designed. I am regretful that I spent so much to put several of these around my home’s perimeter and am already thinking of replacing them with something else where the motion sensitivity and zone settings actually work.

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