Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In (3rd-Gen) Review 2023
Ring's latest Stick Up Cam plugs into power. Does that mean better image quality and quicker alerts? We put it to the test.
What We Like
- 1080p HD video with plug-in power: The Stick Up Cam 3 now uses its full wired powers for quicker video processing and better motion detection.
- Integration with Ring Alarm: You can program the 3rd-gen Stick Up to record only when your Ring Alarm sounds.
- Rapid alerts: Unlike some of the more expensive competition (not naming names, Google Nest), the Stick Up Cam 3 is lightning fast with alerts.
What We Don't Like
- No artificial intelligence: The 3rd-gen Ring Stick Up still doesn’t do vehicle, pet, person, or package detection, so expect some unwanted notifications.
- No local storage: Ring, the company, doesn’t have a local storage option. If you want to review video, you’ll need a Ring Protect subscription.
- Spotty audio: When we compared the new Stick Up Plug-In’s audio to the sound on the 2nd-gen Ring Indoor, the Indoor proved the abler camera.
Bottom LineThe new Ring Stick Up Cam 3 is a solid, affordable security camera with instant, albeit not very smart, motion alerts. Video quality and motion detection are both better now that the Stick Up is taking full advantage of its plug-in powers, and the narrower, 110-degree field of view may even ben an improvement over the 150-degree Stick Up Cam 2 with its wider, fisheye views. The only fly in the ointment — outside of no package detection — would be the paid cloud storage. The Stick Up requires a monthly subscription.
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