The Best web camera For 2020- security camera Buy Guide And Review
The Best web camera For 2020-security camera
Ring Floodlight Camera Motion-Activated HD Security Cam Two-Way Talk and Siren Alarm, White
The Floodlight Cam has two LED floodlights mounted on articulated arms that can be moved independently of each other. These lights are rated to produce a combined 3,000 lumens of brightness, but to my eye, the dual floodlights on the Maximus covered more area. This could be due to the cone-shaped shades on the Ring product that focus the beams more tightly than the flat LED panels on the Maximus, which are rated to produce 2,400 lumens. And unlike that device, you can’t dim the Floodlight Cam’s brightness.
A box containing the camera is mounted below and between the floodlights, with a dome-shaped motion sensor emerging from the bottom of that. The camera, which has a 140-degree field of view—slightly narrower than the 155-degree field of view on the Maximus—captures video in 1080p resolution. There’s a microphone and a speaker onboard, so you can have two-way conversations with people on the other side of the connection. There are no pre-recorded messages that play in response to motion, and the camera itself doesn’t make any sounds that would draw an intruder to present their face to the camera when they set off the motion sensor. Those are features that I really like about the Maximus. Ring rates its product IPX5, which means it’s not rated for dust incursion, but it is protected from water sprayed from up to a 6.3mm nozzle.
The Floodlight Cam’s motion sensor detects movement over a 270-degree radius and can be fine-tuned to reduce or increase its sensitivity (you can, for example, set it to respond only to humans and ignore cars or four-legged visitors). You can also schedule the motion sensor so that it’s active only on certain days and/or within defined time windows. The Ring app provides an excellent tool for creating multiple irregularly shaped motion zones, so that you can prevent objects such as shrubs and trees from triggering the lights and camera. You can also fine-tune the area in which motion will trigger the lights to turn on. And if you don’t want the lights to come, for whatever reason, the camera has very good night vision (a feature the Maximus lacks).
Audio and video quality
The Ring Floodlight Cam records video with excellent quality, with just a little barrel distortion at the extremes of its field of view. The camera connects only via Wi-Fi, which can be a problem if you’re mounting it far from your home’s nearest access point. I didn’t find this to be a problem with the Linksys Velop mesh Wi-Fi system I use, since one of its mesh points is in a room close to the garage where I mounted the camera. It can connect only to 2.4GHz networks, which can be crowded with legacy devices and are more susceptible to interference than 5GHz networks. Ring attributes this limitation to the 2.4GHz frequency band’s superior range, but the fact that it’s equipped with an 802.11n adapter tells me the choice has more to do with bottom-line cost. The 802.11ac routers I’ve tested deliver excellent range on the 5GHz band, and you’ll find several outdoor cameras that operate on both bands, including the Maximus Camera Floodlight and the Nest Cam Outdoor and Nest Cam IQ Outdoor (neither of the Nest Cams have lights attached to them, though).
As with all products that upload video to the cloud, however, you’ll want broadband service with relatively fast uplink service. That’s something I can’t get in my rural location (the best I can buy is about 1Mbps up and 16Mbps down). As a result, it takes a bit of time to establish a connection to the camera’s live feed, and audio was choppy at best. You can also stream the camera’s live feed (audio and video) to an Amazon Echo Show or Echo Spot, but that’s dependent on having fast upload speed, too, so it takes several seconds for my Echo Show to establish a connection. Those aren’t Ring’s problems, of course, and the Maximus can’t stream to a display-equipped Echo at all, although the company tells me that’s in the works. On the other hand, you can use an Echo to turn the Maximus’s floodlight on and off, and you can’t do that with the Ring Floodlight Cam.
While you’re viewing the camera’s feed on your smartphone, you can push buttons to listen to the ambient sound, initiate a conversation with the person on the other side of the camera, turn the floodlights on and off, and sound an extremely loud—110dB—siren. You can share video clips with neighbors using Ring Neighborhoods, a high-tech video-based neighborhood watch system that can alert people to suspicious activity near their homes. This feature can be customized to cover as little or as much territory—up to a five-mile radius—as you’d like.
Should you buy a Ring Floodlight Cam?
The answer to that question is an easy “yes,” if you’ve already invested in other Ring products. You don’t want to deal with different apps with different user interfaces—and different subscription plans—to keep an eye on different areas of your property. The Ring Protect Plus plan covers an unlimited number of cameras, so you could put one of Ring’s doorbells at your front door and its Floodlight or Spotlight cams at every other door and anywhere else you have electrical power (or not, since some of its Spotlight cams run on battery power, and with optional solar-power recharging).
The buy-it/skip-it decision is harder if you’re not already vested in the Ring ecosystem. But here’s a conundrum for homeowners: Ring doesn’t currently offer any indoor cameras (neither does Maximus). Netatmo does, but its indoor camera is relatively weak (and its Presence costs $50 more than either the Ring Floodlight Cam or the Maximus Camera Floodlight). Nest has indoor cameras, too, but it doesn’t have any outdoor cameras with integrated lights (although it has strong hooks into smart home systems that would enable you to tie its cameras into smart lights or light switches).
If you don’t already own a Ring product, and don’t anticipate wanting the company’s upcoming home security system, Ring Alarm, I think the Maximus Camera Floodlight is the better choice. You’ll use voice commands to control lights far more often than you’ll call up a video feed on a smart speaker’s display. And while both floodlight cameras have optional subscription plans that aren’t all that optional in reality, the Maximus camera is much more useful without a subscription.
Ring Stick Up Cam Battery HD security camera with two-way talk, Works with Alexa
- 1920 x 1080 Resolution
- IR LEDs for Low-Light Recording
- 115° Horizontal Field of View
- Two-Way Audio with Noise Cancellation
Ring Stick Up Cam Wired HD Security Camera with Two-Way Talk, Night Vision and Siren, Works with Alexa (White)
Protect your home with the all-new Stick Up Cam Wired. Place it indoors or out, on a wall or any flat surface. Choose plug-in power with Wi-Fi or Power over Ethernet (PoE Adapter sold separately).
Security in Rain or Shine
Designed to withstand the elements, the all-new Stick Up Cam gives you reliable security and peace of mind no matter the forecast.
Custom Motion Zones
Create and customize up to three motion zones to protect the most important areas of your home.
One Simple App
Link all your Ring devices to the Ring app and control your entire home security from one easy-to-use dashboard.
Review, save and share your videos.
Enjoy a free 30-day trial of the Ring Protect Basic Plan with your purchase, so you can review, save and share videos captured by your Stick Up Cam. Sign up after the trial, and it’s only $3 a month per device.
You can also upgrade to a Ring Protect Plus Plan to get video recording and sharing for unlimited Ring devices at your home, exclusive discounts, extended warranties and more. All for just $10 a month.
See who’s there with Alexa.
Connect Stick Up Cam to your Echo Show, Echo Spot, Fire TV or Alexa-enabled Fire Tablet to monitor your home from the comfort of your couch. Need to see a real-time view of all the activity in front of your camera? Just ask Alexa.
- Monitors indoor or outdoor areas at home in 1080p HD video and night vision with a slim design that mounts almost anywhere
- Lets you see, hear and speak to people from your phone, tablet or PC
- Sends notifications to your device as soon as motion is detected
- Lets you check in on your home any time with Live View on-demand video
- Works with select Alexa devices to launch real-time video with your voice
- Connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi or Ethernet
- Comes with all the tools you need to install and set up your device in minutes
- Average Install Time: 5-15 minutes
- Video: 1080p HD, Live View, Night Vision
- Field of View: 150° horizontal, 85° vertical
- Motion Detection: Customizable Motion Detection
- Audio: Two-way talk with noise cancellation
- Siren: Remote-activated siren
- Power: Micro USB power adapter (included) or Power over Ethernet (PoE Adapter sold separately)
- Internet Requirements: Requires a minimum upload speed of 1Mbps, but 2 Mbps is recommended for optimal performance.
- Setup Requirements: Power outlet (for Micro USB) or Ethernet port with Power over Ethernet (PoE Adapter sold separately).
- Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connection @ 2.4GHz/5GHz or Ethernet
- Operating Conditions: -5°F to 120°F (-20.5°C to 48.5°C), Weather Resistant
- Mounting Base: Integrated mounting base/stand with adjustable angle. Can sit freestanding or mount to a wall or ceiling.
- Dimensions: 3.82 in x 2.36 in x 2.36 in
In The Box:
- Stick Up Cam Wired, Base Cover, Base Pad, Installation Tools and Hardware, Indoor Micro USB Power Supply and Cable, Outdoor Micro USB Power Supply with Integral Cable, User Manual, Security Sticker
- Warranty and service
- 1-year limited warranty and service included. Use of Security Cameras is subject to the terms found here.