Ring Spotlight Camera Review

Dashia Starr
Updated Jul 1, 2021
1 min read

The Spotlight Camera is powered by Ring to give you everything you need to monitor your yard. Choose between a wired or wireless camera depending on your powering preference. Then manage your surveillance, see who’s at your home, and control more smart features with Amazon Alexa or Ring’s app. You’ll have an easy setup, complete control, and peace of mind from one of the industry’s leading home security companies. 

 

About Ring’s Spotlight Camera 

The Spotlight Camera lets you see and hear any activity outside your home. It’s equipped with two-way audio to speak to guests, built-in LED lights, and a siren to scare off intruders or anyone lurking. And if motion is detected, you’ll receive a mobile alert, or your Amazon Alexa device will announce it. Here a few other technical details to keep in mind: 

  • 1080p HD with night vision
  • 140-degree field of view 
  • Built-in 110-decibel siren 
  • Custom motion zones

The battery-powered and wired Spotlight Camera both cost $199, but the solar-powered option costs $229 and includes the solar panel. Ring offers a discount if you buy multiples.Here are a few other pros and cons to consider.

Pros

  • Several power sourcing, including hardwiring solar, or batteries
  • Built-in siren and LED lights
  • 1-year warranty

Cons

  • Only works with Amazon Alexa
  • Must upgrade to Ring Protect Plan for most features
  • Video storage costs extra

Comparing the Ring Spotlight Camera and the Floodlight Wired Plus Camera

You may be debating whether Ring’s Spotlight Camera or the Floodlight Wired Plus Camera is best for you. Both are popular choices for outdoor surveillance and are backed by a 1-year warranty. The big difference between the two is that the Floodlight Wired Plus comes with motion-activated floodlights, while the Ring Spotlight Camera has LED light strips.
Ring Spotlight CameraRing Floodlight Wired Plus Camera
Cost
$199.99$179.99
Video resolution
1080p HD1080p HD
Field of view
140 degrees140 degrees
Power Source
Hardwired, battery, or solarHardwired
Siren
YesYes
Two-way audio
YesYes
Lights
LED light strips Motion-activated LED floodlights

How does Amazon Alexa work with the Ring Spotlight Camera? 

When your camera’s sensor is triggered, your Amazon Alexa-enabled device will light up to alert you. The screen-enabled devices will let you see, hear, and talk to guests outside your home. You can also get motion-triggered alerts using the Ring app. 

 

Do I need a Ring Protect Plan? 

We recommend adding the Protect Plan to your Spotlight Camera if you’d like to take advantage of the best features. You’ll have access to these features and more with the monthly subscription. 

  • Record and save videos 
  • Customize notifications to reduce false alerts with People Only Mode 
  • Use Rich Notifications to get a photo preview of what triggered your camera’s sensor
  • Know that you’re covered by an extended warranty 

Without the Ring Protect Plan, you won’t have access to these and other features. Fortunately, no contract is required and you can cancel anytime. 

 

Our take on the Ring Spotlight Camera 

All in all, the Ring Spotlight Camera is the perfect fit for homeowners and renters. It has several power sources and is easy to self-install. You’ll get popular surveillance features, including custom motion zones and two-way audio. The only downfall is that you’ll need to add a Ring Protect Plan if you’d like extra surveillance features such as recording, cloud storage, or People Only Mode.

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Dashia Starr

Dashia researches and writes on all things home automation and security. She focuses on the latest news, products, and providers to share only the best with you.

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