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It seems like every time we turn around, Ring has something new up its sleeve. This time it’s the Ring Stick Up Cam Elite (2nd Generation) — the new-and-improved take on the classic Stick Up Cam. We recently got our hands on the Elite to see how it measured up against the competition and against other Ring Cams.

Although the new Ring Stick Up Elite is twice the cost of its Stick Up siblings, it offers enhanced connectivity and functionality that we think you’ll like (spoiler alert: nonstop Power over Ethernet). Otherwise, you can still “stick it up” anywhere around your house for flexible home surveillance. We’re going to unpack our full experience with these popular Ring security cameras to help you narrow down your options. It’s all right here!

PROS
  • Reliable ethernet connection (Elite model)
  • Versatile “Stick Up” mounting
  • 1080p HD video
  • Indoor/outdoor design
  • Smartphone controls
  • Live-stream video
  • Two-way talk
  • Motion-activated notifications
  • Works with Amazon Echo

CONS
  • Elite model is relatively expensive
  • Doesn’t have facial recognition
  • Android app can be buggy
  • Elite installation is more involved
  • No pan & tilt feature

How Much Does it Cost?

We’ve been using Ring’s namesake Stick Up Cams as far back as 2015, when these burglar-busters first hit the shelves.1 Over the years, Ring has updated the features and tech, and now they’re starting to really dial-in this budget-friendly camera.

Unboxing the Ring Stick Up Cam

SafeHome.org editor Andrew Garcia Unboxing the Ring Stick Up Cam

Well, we say “budget friendly,” but we think their latest “Elite” Cam is really stretching the limits of affordability. It costs $199.99, whereas the previous generation cameras are in the $100-$150 range. Here are the Ring Stick Up Cam prices.

Ring Stick Up CamsCamera TypePrice
Stick Up Cam BatteryWireless, battery-powered$99.99
Stick Up Cam Plug-InWired, constant power$99.99
Stick Up Cam SolarWireless, solar panel + battery pack$148.99
Stick Up Cam Elite (for 2nd Edition)Power over Ethernet (PoE) for nonstop power & connectivity$199.99

The Ring Stick Up Cam Elite is priced in-line with top cameras offered by Google Nest and Vivint. But why is it twice the price of the other Stick Up Cams? Good question! The Ring Elite model uses Power over Ethernet (PoE) connection for nonstop power and data connectivity.2 It simply offers more reliable protection compared to most products on the market today. We’ll unpack this in a bit. But the way we see it, the $199 price tag is well justified.

FYI: The newest Ring Stick Up Cam connects to your router with a PoE adapter so you never have to worry about spotty Wi-Fi or recharging your camera’s battery. It’s a set-it-and-forget-it way to secure your home and family.

Ring Video Storage Plans

When we try new Ring products, we generally sign up with a cloud storage subscription. This allows us to record and view our video history up to 60 days. Note that Ring offers two cloud options: Ring Protect Basic and Ring Protect Plus. There’s also a Free option for self-monitoring.

Ring Stick Up Cam Battery

Ring Stick Up Cam Battery

At $3 per month, the Protect Basic plan is… well… basic. It only supports one camera and there’s no monitoring included. That’s why we typically spring for the Protect Plus plan at $10 per month (and we recommend you do the same). This plan comes with plenty of video storage, but more importantly, you’ll get Ring’s 24/7 professional monitoring service, too.

Here are the different plan options for the Ring Stick Up Cam:

Ring SubscriptionsIncluded FreeRing Protect BasicRing Protect Plus
Instant Mobile Alerts
Live Video Streaming
Two-Way Talk
60 Day Video Historyx
Video Saving/Sharingx
Snapshot Capturex
24/7 Professional Monitoringxx
Extended Warrantyxx
Monthly PriceFree$3 per month$10 per month
Yearly PriceFree$30 per year$100 per year

On the fence about getting a Ring subscription plan? If so, here’s what we suggest. Choose the Free plan if you like to do-it-yourself (self-monitor) and don’t care about video history. Go with the Protect Basic plan if you want storage for your Stick Up Cam video, but don’t have a Ring Alarm system in place (or other Ring cameras) to monitor. Finally, the Protect Plus plan comes with plenty of video history, plus 24/7 monitoring for all Ring devices — so go with this plan if you want total protection for your home and family. Easy, right?

Pro Tip: We recommend signing up with the company’s 30-day free trial of Ring Protect Basic. After all, free is free! This will give you plenty of time to see if video history and saving/sharing features are important to you. If you decide against it, just remember to cancel before the trial ends so that you aren’t charged for future months of service.

What’s the Difference Between the Stick Up Cams?

There are so many Stick Up Cams, and so little time. Don’t worry, we’ve put together this lightning-round to highlight the main differences between Ring’s Stick Up Cams. Here we go…

Ring Spotlight Cam

Ring Spotlight Cam

The main difference between these camera models is how they are powered. The Stick Up Cam Battery uses a quick-release battery pack. The Stick Up Cam Plug-In needs to be — you guessed it — plugged into a standard power outlet. And the Stick Up Cam Solar is powered by a nifty solar panel and/or a quick-release battery pack.

Then you’ve got the new Elite version, which is in a class of its own when it comes to power and connectivity. The Stick Up Cam Elite comes with a Power over Ethernet (PoE) Adapter that plugs right into your router to power and connect your device to the internet. In our experience, this is a pretty big improvement over the other options. Keep reading to learn why.

Pro Tip: The Elite is the only Stick Up Cam that comes with a ceiling-mount base. To get the best picture, we recommend mounting the camera on the ceiling in a corner. The Elite’s 150-degree field of view will capture almost everything that happens in that room.

Stick Up Cam Installation

Like most DIY home security equipment, installing our Ring cameras was a breeze (they aren’t called “Stick Up” cams for nothing). In fact, we think the swivel base makes it one of the easiest devices we’ve ever installed.

First, you’ll want to download the Ring app to your smartphone if you haven’t already. Then simply follow the step-by-step instructions. Keep in mind that the Stick Up Cam Battery is easiest to install — you’ll just screw it into your wall or place it on a flat surface. The Solar-powered option is only slightly more involved. And the Elite version is the trickiest of all, but still should only take about 5-10 minutes to get up-and-running.

With the Elite’s PoE setup, you’ll have to run the included ethernet cable from your camera to your modem. So you will enjoy improved connectivity (think instant alert speed, no down-time due to poor Wi-Fi signals, reliable streaming, etc.). But the trade-off is it’s a little more involved to install, and you’ll have another wire to worry about.

Pro Tip: The Elite is the only Stick Up Cam that comes with a ceiling-mount base. To get the best picture, we recommend mounting the camera on the ceiling in a corner. The Elite’s 150-degree field of view will capture almost everything that happens in that room.

Stick ‘em Up, Daily Use

As you probably know, there are plenty of easy-to-use DIY cameras on the market; Arlo and Blink are two that come to mind. One nice feature with today’s top home security cams is smartphone controls. With the Ring Stick Up Cam, we were able to use our smartphones to view live video, speak to visitors using two-way talk, and even play back footage from pretty much anywhere (playback requires a subscription plan).

We also appreciated the motion-activated alerts. Although Ring isn’t quite as fast as Nest Cams when it comes to instant alerts, it’s still important to be notified when someone’s on your property. And the Stick Up Cam will definitely keep you in the loop when it matters most.

Of course, the PoE improvement on the Elite model is all the buzz these days. We think it’s a solid improvement, but it’s not for everyone. If you aren’t a tech-head, you could probably take it or leave it. But if ultra-fast and responsive connectivity is important to you (you know who you are), then we say the Elite model is worth the extra $50-$100 investment. It’s also worth looking into the Lorex PTZ, one of our top-rated cameras.

FYI: The new Ring Stick Up Cam Elite delivers 1080p HD video quality, which is the industry-standard these days. During testing, we experienced crisp and clear resolution day and night. That’s right, Ring offers night vision as well.

Another feature worth mentioning is the integration with Amazon’s Alexa. Remember, Ring is an Amazon-owned company, so it makes sense that their devices play well with Alexa.3 Just say “Alexa, show me my backyard” to launch video on your Echo Show or other compatible smart display. You can also get voice notifications using Echo Dot. Sure, lots of security products work with Alexa and Google Home — but it never gets old to us!

Ring Stick Up Cam

Ring Stick Up Cam

Of course, the Ring Stick Up Cam isn’t a bulletproof solution to protecting your home. We did come across some weaknesses. For instance, if we’re paying $199 for the Ring Elite camera, we’d expect to get some more advanced features like person detection. After all, other cameras in this price range — like the Nest Cam IQ — come with AI-powered person detection.

Also, we think the build quality could be improved. We found that these cams aren’t as well-made as other top contenders like Vivint’s Ping Indoor Camera or their Outdoor Camera Pro model. But thankfully, Ring’s Elite model is 100% weatherproof and can withstand pretty harsh conditions. When unboxing the product, just don’t expect it to be built like a tank.

Key Specs: Stick Up Cam Elite

  • Resolution: 1080p HD video
  • Motion Detection: Custom motion zones
  • Field of View: 150-degrees horizontal, 85-degrees vertical
  • Audio: Two-way audio with noise cancellation
  • Power & Connectivity: Power-over-Ethernet (PoE)
  • Warranty: 1 year equipment warranty
  • Model: Ring Stick Up Cam Elite
    *See these specs and others on Ring’s Website4

Ring Add-Ons & Bundles

The name “Ring” is almost synonymous with “home security” these days. In our research, we found that demand for their products is sky-high. So naturally the company continues to make equipment to meet the demand. In fact, half of their $400+ million in annual revenue comes from their lineup of home security cameras alone.5 So in addition to the Stick Up Cam, you can also get the following Ring Camera equipment:

Ring DeviceProduct TypePrice
Chime ProAccessory$49.99
Stick Up Cam MountAccessory$19.99
Stick Up Cam Elite 2-PackCamera Bundle$369.99
Stick Up Cam Elite 3-PackCamera Bundle$529.99
Stick Up Cam Elite 4-PackCamera Bundle$679.99
Ring Indoor CameraIndoor Camera$59.99
Ring Spotlight CamCamera with LED Spotlights & Siren$199.99
Ring Floodlight CamCamera with Ultra-Bright LED Floodlights & Siren$249.99
Ring Doorbell CamerasVideo DoorbellsVaries

Our Final Thoughts

Nothing beats hands-on experience in real-world situations. After trying out the various Ring Stick Up Cam models, we can say that they certainly have a place in the market (and around our home, too!).

These are some of the easiest security cameras to install. The motion-based notifications and live-feed let us manage our surveillance system using our smartphones. And the HD resolution made sure we didn’t miss a thing (the more evidence, the better). We especially appreciated the ethernet connectivity that the Stick Up Cam Elite brings to the table.

All that to say, the Ring Stick Up Cam continues to lead the pack when it comes to highly-versatile, indoor/outdoor home security cameras. If you’re looking for a high-quality camera from a reputable brand, we recommend going for the Stick Up Cam Elite if it works in your budget. And don’t forget to take advantage of the 30-day free trial of Ring Protect Basic!

Ring Stick Up Cam FAQs

Is it wired or hardwired?

Ring offers several types of Stick Up Cams. There are two wired models, and two wireless models.

Do I have to sign a contract?

No, like most DIY security brands, Ring does not require a contract. Their monthly subscription plans are contract-free, so you can cancel anytime without penalty.

Does it come with a warranty?

Yes, Ring offers a 1-year equipment warranty. This is decent, but we’d like to see this extended to 2-3 years.

Does it have two-way talk?

Yes, the Ring Stick Up Cams offer two-way talk with fairly loudspeakers.

Does the Stick Up Cam have motion detection?

Yes, these cameras actually have advanced motion detection and adjustable motion zones. However, note that custom motion zones are only available with the Elite model.

Citations
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  1. Business Wire. (2016, January 5). Ring Announces World’s First Wire-Free Outdoor Security Camera With Two-Way Audio: Stick Up Cam.
    https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160105005069/en/Ring-Announces-World%E2%80%99s-Wire-Free-Outdoor-Security-Camera

  2. Netgear. (2019, June 11). What is PoE? (Power Over Ethernet).
    https://kb.netgear.com/209/What-is-PoE-Power-over-Ethernet

  3. Gibbs, S. (2018, February 28). Amazon buys video doorbell firm Ring for over $1bn. The Guardian.
    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/feb/28/amazon-buys-video-doorbell-ring-smart-home-delivery

  4. Ring (2020). Ring Stick Up Cam Elite.
    https://shop.ring.com/products/stick-up-security-camera-elite-poe

  5. Adams, S. (2018, February 27). The Exclusive Inside Story Of Ring: From ‘Shark Tank' Reject To Amazon's Latest Acquisition. Forbes.
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2018/02/27/amazon-is-buying-ring-the-pioneer-of-the-video-doorbell-for-1-billion/#41059fb7706c

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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