Amazon Ring Spotlight Cam Tested

Author: Rob Kilpatrick, Published on Sep 17, 2018

Amazon's Ring has released their latest camera entry, the Spotlight Cam, which we bought and tested in our Consumer IP Camera Analytics Shootout.

In this report, we test the Spotlight Cam's other functions, including:

  • White light illumination coverage/range
  • White light illumination PIR detection issues
  • Integrated IR coverage/range
  • Day and night image quality
  • Physical form factor and features
  • Installation issues

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No ****** ******** ********

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Bulky ***** *****

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bulky thick 20 power cord cannot be removed

Other ********* *** ********

**** **** ***** ******** ** *** ********* *** *** ********* which ** *** **** **** ***** *****, *** **** **** their *** *********:

  • ********* *** *******: *** ******* ***** ** *** **** ********** wire-free ********* ***, *** **** ********* ***** ** ********** ****** batteries ***** *-** ****** (*******, ****** ** **** *** ****** battery ****).
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  • ********* *** *****: *** ***** ******* ** ******* ** *** Wired ******, *** ******** ********* ************, **** ** ********* ** outdoor *****. *** ***** ***** ** ******** ** ***** ******** to ***** * ******** *** *** **********.

PIR ********* **** *** **** ********* *****

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Rain ********* ***** *****

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Poor ** ******** / ******* ******** ***** ***** ***

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Low *** *** ** **** ***** ** ****

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weak daytime nighttime details at close range

****, ** ~**'/~** *** **** ********* ** *** ******* ** available ** *** ***** *** *** ** ******, ****** *** day *** ******* ** ***** ************. ******* ** *** ***** are ******* **** ** *** *** *** ***** *** ****** and *** ***** ** *** ******* ** *** ** *****.

weak daytime details no detection in color mode

*******, ** ~**' *** ***** ** *** ***** *** *** legible ** **** *****. ****** *** *** *** ****** ******* are ****, *** ** ***** **** ******** ********* *** *** subject ** ********** **** ***** *** ***** ***.

no day details detection barely possible at night

App *********

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Test **********

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Comments (7)

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