Ring Stick Up Cam review

We put the wired model of Ring's latest smart security camera to the test

Ring Stick Up Cam
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The latest Ring Stick Up Cam is designed to work indoors and out, with an improved design to make it both look better and feel more sturdy.

The Stick Up Cam actually comes in three different – but almost identical – variants; it's just the power method that is the significant differentiator between the models. There's a wired cam (powered via Micro USB or Ethernet), which we've been testing for this review; a mountable, battery-powered version; and one that runs with an accompanying solar panel.

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Like previous Ring smart security cameras, it lives within the existing Ring app alongside your old cameras and doorbells. We've had it up and running for a few weeks now – here's our full Ring Stick Up Cam verdict.

Ring Stick Up Cam: Design and installation

This second-gen Stick Up Cam is a much more versatile camera than its predecessor which, let's face it, was essentially a Ring doorbell without a button or bell. The glossy cylindrical body is a far cry from the boxy, basic original and, like any good smart security camera, it does the job of being noticed without being too in-your-face.

Installing it couldn't be easier; everything for mounting the Cam comes packaged in the box, including templates and a built-in spirit level to avoid a wonky installation. The mounting arm can be positioned in a number of ways so you can stand it on a desk, mount it on a wall, or even hang it from a ceiling or overhanging roof.

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On the wired model we tested you've got the option of powering it from either a regular Micro USB or via Power over Ethernet (PoE), using the adapter pictured below. The latter is a superb option if you're thinking of using it as an outdoor camera where your Wi-Fi isn't going to be as strong, so not only does the Ethernet cable power the device, it also transmits the data directly back to the router. Obviously if you're mounting outside, you will need to drill through the wall to get access to the router to do this.

Ring Stick Up Cam review

If you opt for Wi-Fi connectivity there is both 2.4GHz and 5GHz on offer, which isn't always the case with smart security cameras.

Getting it set up is extremely straightforward: you are literally told what to do by a voice on the camera after you scan the QR code on the back.

Ring Stick Up Cam: Features and video quality

Costing $179.99, the Stick Up Cam undercuts the heavy hitting Nest / Arlo duo and instead goes toe-to-toe with the likes of the Canary Flex and the Logitech Circle 2; and the feature set is pretty much on a par with its similarly priced rivals.

The new Stick Up is Full 1080p HD, meaning a nice crisp image with a field of view that spans 150 degrees horizontally and 155 degrees diagonally. It does start life as 720p by default, however, so you'll have to amend the settings in the app.

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The night vision is particularly impressive and you've also got a built-in siren that's mighty loud – good for scaring away potential burglars. Just as with Ring's doorbell range there are motion alerts on offer (with areas set in the app) and two-way talking.

Ring Stick Up Cam review

The Ring Stick Up Cam is very much a security device and nothing else. That may seem like an obvious thing to say, but some other security cameras also make great smart baby monitors with continuous live footage available. While there is a Live View option on the Ring, it turns off after 10 minutes, so it really is only useful for a snapshot of what's going on in and around your home.

With an IP rating of IPX5, it'll survive the elements and is designed to work at temperatures ranging from -20 to 48.5 degrees Celsius.

Ring Stick Up Cam: The app

For those of you who already use Ring products, adding the Stick Up cam is a breeze. New to this Ring business? Luckily the app is super easy to get to grips with.

It's the same live screen you'd see with any Ring Doorbell, with the live view accompanied by the red and green call buttons in place for two-way talking. From within the app you can play around with the Cam's settings, choose what alerts you want, set motion areas, share the camera's feed with friends and family and a whole lot more.

Ring Stick Up Cam
Ring Stick Up Cam

We particularly liked the motion alert snooze feature, which is handy for when you've got workers in your house, for example.

The bad news is there's no free cloud storage at all with Ring. All Ring devices are subscription free for motion alerts, two-way talking and live streaming, but you'll need an optional Ring Video Recording Plan to access your recordings (for up to 30 days). That way you'll be able to view videos, download them and even share them via social media.

Basic plans costs $3 per month, or $30 for a year per device; Protect – which is for multiple devices – costs $10 per month or $100 for a year.

Ring Stick Up Cam review

Also, don't forget that Ring is an Amazon company. As such, if you have an Echo Show or Spot, you'll be able to give commands like, "Alexa, show me my Stick Up Cam" or, "Alexa, show me the latest event from my backyard".

While there is Google Assistant integration, it's limited to asking basic questions such as turning on motion alerts or asking about the health of your Cam.

HomeKit… fuggedaboutit – but there are some nice IFTTT applets syncing up the Cam to the likes of Philips Hue.

Ring Stick Up Cam
The new Ring Stick Up Cam comes in at a great price, with nice, clear HD footage and a wealth of security features including two-way talk and that built-in siren. The PoE option makes it a great outdoor camera for people who struggle to get a decent Wi-Fi connection outside of their homes. It's a nice design, super easy to install and the app is very straightforward and nice to use. The only major drawback is you really need a cloud account to make the most of the device.
  • PoE means no Wi-Fi woes
  • Slick looking design
  • Simple installation
  • Cloud subscription needed really
  • Google Assistant is limited
  • No HomeKit at all

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