Amazon Ring Spotlight Cam Tested

By: 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

******'* **** *** ******** their ****** ****** *****,*** ********* ***, ***** ** ****** and ****** ** *** ******** ** ****** ********* Shootout.

** **** ******, ** test *** ********* ***'* other *********, *********:

  • ***** ***** ************ ********/*****
  • ***** ***** ************ *** detection ******
  • ********** ** ********/*****
  • *** *** ***** ***** quality
  • ******** **** ****** *** features
  • ************ ******

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*******

*** **** ********* ** the **** ********* *** is **********, **** ***** simply ******** ** **** an ****** ******* *** connecting ** ****, ***** most ***** ******** *** commercial ****** ****** ******* wall ************ *** *******. Other ****** ***** *** battery, *****, ** ******** light ***********, ** ****.

************, ********* ***'* "*********** Motion" ******** ****** ***** alarm ******* ** *********** ** ****** ********* Shootout, **** ** ***** animals, *******, *******, *** more, ****** **** **** commercial ****** (****** ** was ********* ** **** unlike **** ** ****).

*******, **** * *********** standpoint, *** ********* *** had ******* *********:

  • **** ***/***** ***** *******: *** ** *** camera's ***° ***** ** view, *** ** *** even ** ***** ***** (~35 ** **' ********), offering **** ***** ****** detail ** ***** *****, and ** ******* ** ~20'+.
  • **** ** ********:*** ********** ** ** the ****** ******** * bright **** ****** ****, leaving ******** ******* ** the **** ****** ********** dark.
  • *** ********* ** **** half ** *** ********* range:** *** *****, *** built-in *** **** ** trigger *** ******'* ***** light **** ******** ******** only ** ~**' ********, about **** ** ********* 30' *****.
  • **** ********* ***** ***:****** *******, ***** **** regularly ********* *** *** and ********* *** ***** light, ***** **** ********* a ****** *****.
  • ***** ******* **** *****, non-removable ***** *****: *** ********* *** ***** uses * *****-** ***** cable ***** *** ********* of * ***** ***** extension ****, ***** ***** may **** ********* ** conceal, ****** ** ** eyesore ** **** *********** installs.

*******

*** **** ********* *** Wired ** **** ******** on ******* ********** ~$*** ***, ******* lower **** ********/*** *********** such ** **** (~$***) and **** ** ******* (~$349).

** ********** ******* **** is ******** ** ****** video, ******** ** $** annually *** *** ****** or $*** ******** *** unlimited ******* ** *** address.

**** **** *** **** Spotlight *** ***** ** four ********* ******** ******** ***** ****. *** **** ****, we ********* *** **** Spotlight *** *****.

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

**** ********** ******** * lifetime ******** ** *** their ******** *** *** now******* ******** **** ** one ****. *******, **** ***** include ***** ******** ***** protection ****** *** **** replace *** **** ****** which ** ******.

Physical ********

*** ********* *** ** shaped **** * *-*" cube, ******* ** *** bottom ****** ******* ** Ring's********** *** (*** *** test), **** *** ****** added ** ****** **** of *** ****. ************ simply ******** ******** *** camera **, ******** ** onto *** *****, *** connecting ** ****, ****** compared ** **** *********** models.

** ****** *** ************ of *** ********* *** in **** *****:

Bulky ***** ***** 

*** **** ********* *** Wired ******** * ~**' long ***** *****, ***** the ********* ** * heavy ***** ********* ****, almost */*" ** ********. On *** ******** ****, this ********** ******** ***** users *** ****** **** the ****** **, ******* needing ** ***** ** locate * ******** ***** box (**** ** ******* ******* ******). *******, *** ** its ****, **** ***** may ** ********* ** conceal ** **** ********, and **** **** ***** may *** **** **** cable ****** ** ** the **** ** ***** house, **** ******.

bulky thick 20 power cord cannot be removed

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

**** **** ***** ******** of *** ********* *** are ********* ***** ** not **** **** ***** cable, *** **** **** their *** *********:

  • ********* *** *******: *** Battery ***** ** *** only ********** ****-**** ********* Cam, *** **** ********* users ** ********** ****** batteries ***** *-** ****** (claimed, ****** ** **** not ****** ******* ****).
  • ********* *** *****: *** Solar ***** ****** **** a ***** (~**") ***** panel ** *** ********* Cam *******, ***** *** eliminate *** **** ** charge *** ******. *******, this ******* *** ******** for **** ******** *** may ******* *** ***** to ** ******** *******, requiring *** ***** ** be *******/*********, ** *** simply *** ****.
  • ********* *** *****: *** Mount ******* ** ******* to *** ***** ******, but ******** ********* ************, such ** ********* ** outdoor *****. *** ***** cable ** ******** ** wires ******** ** ***** a ******** *** *** hardwiring.

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

** *** *******, *** Spotlight ***'* *** ****** detector (**** ** **** the ***** ***** **) only ******* ***** **** of *** **' ********* range, ~**'. **** *** despite *** ****** ***** mounted ~*' **** *** with *** *** ***** with *** ******, ** per ****'* ***************.

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

****** *******, ***** **** regularly ********* *** *** and ********* *** ***** light, ***** **** ********* a ****** *****. **** occurred ******** ***** ** every **** ***** ****** testing.

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

** ******** ** *** Ring ********* *** ** uneven, ******** *** ***** of **** ** ** oval ***** **** ** dispersion ******* ** **, leaving *** ***** *** corners ********** ****. *** white ***** *** ** moderately **** ****, *** did *** ***** ** far ** ** ************. The *** *** ***** below.

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

*** ** *** ********* Cam's **** ***° ***** of ****, *** ** relatively *** **** ** short ********. *** *******, at ~**' ********, *** is ~**, **** **** rough ******* ****** ****** available ****** *** ***. At ***** ***** *** white *** *** **, facial ******* *** ****. While ******* ** *** chart *** ******* ** the *** *** ***** LED ******, **** ***** IR ** *** **** distance, **** *** *** line ** *** ***** is *******.

weak daytime nighttime details at close range

****, ** ~**'/~** *** only ********* ** *** subject ** ********* ** the ***** *** *** IR ******, ****** *** day *** ******* ** still ************. ******* ** the ***** *** ******* both ** *** *** and ***** *** ****** and *** ***** ** not ******* ** *** IR *****.

weak daytime details no detection in color mode

*******, ** ~**' *** lines ** *** ***** are *** ******* ** each *****. ****** *** day *** ****** ******* are ****, *** ** image **** ******** ********* and *** ******* ** completely **** ***** *** White ***.

no day details detection barely possible at night

App *********

*** **** ****** *** be ******** *** *** Ring ***, *** ******* app, ** *** *******, though *** *** ******* does *** ******* **** viewing, **** ******.

*** ********** *** ********* to ***** **** ******** such ** ************* ***, *** **** *** new *******:

****** **** ******** ***** users ** ********* *** distance *** ****(*) ** the *** ***** ****** activate *** ***** ***** LEDs, ** **** ** how **** **** ****** remain **.

*** **** ********* *** also ******** *** ******* to ******** *** *** the ***** **** ** the ******, * ******* that *** **** ********** did *** **** **** we ******, ***** ****** overexposure.

Test **********

**** **** *** **** firmware ******* ** ***** app, *** ** **** publicly ******* * *********. Firmware *** ****** ***** as "** ** ****" at *** **** ** testing.

*** ********* *** ** marked ** **** ** China.

Comments (7)

****** ****, ** *** the “***** **** *******” out ***** **** *’** personally ****** **** ****, I **** ***** *** reliability ** *** **** products ** ******* *** antithesis ** *** * customer ******, ***, *** extra *** * ************** installed ****** **** ********* recording, *** ***, *** central ******* ***** ******* cloud ********* *** **** notification *** ***** **** upload ****** not **** ***** *** physical ******** **********, ***** I ***** ****** ********* Ring *** ********* ***** three ****** **** **** tech ******* **** ** it *** **** (***** Baby ***** *** **** warranty), *** **** *********** cases ***** ** ***** took ***** **** (********) motion, ** ******* **** the ********, *** * received **** ************.  

** *** ***, ********** of ******* **’** ******* a **** *****-**, *********, or ********, **** * find ****** ****** ** install * (*.*, ******* Ring ******* **** ** 5g) *** ****** **’ of * ****** ** order ** ****** *** reliability ******* **** **** supports **** **’* *********, only ** **** **** it’s ***** **********, * should **** **** ****-***** a ******... *** *** you **** *** ********-***** cameras ****’* ***** ******** on ** **** *******. 

***** ****** *** * do ***** *** * wonder *** **** ** will ** ****** **** gets ** *** *** quality ** **** ***** i ***** ****** **** later... * **** * lot ** ****** ****** it *** *** **** mostly **** **** * can ****** *** ***** with *** ********* ***** of ****

***** *********** **** *** have *** ****** **** the **** ********. ** have ******* ********* *** use **** *** **** always **** ***** ***** reliability. *** **** ********* they **** ** *** resolution.

***********, ** ******** ********* about **** ***** * disruptor (**** **** **** already ***) ** **** do ****** ** ****** on * *** ****, i *** *** ** being **** **********. ***** products ***** ****** *** that *****, *** **** do **** ****** **** make ***** **** ****** want *** *** ****** to ***. ** **** can **** **** ********** to *** ************ *******, hold **!

* **** ** *** aren’t ****** ********* ** these *******, *** **** no **** **** ****’* working.  **** ******** *** unique ***** ****** *’** tested ** **** **** experience ************ ****** **** QoS *******, *** **** no ***** ** **** audio ******** (*-***) **** QoS ********.  ** *** go ** ****’* ****** media *****, **** *********, there *** * *** of ****** ****** ******* QC **********... ***** ***** comments *** *******.  

**** *********, **** **** servers **** ********** *** went ******* *** *** hours (****** ***** *** to **** ** ****), in * ****** * ripped ** *** *** house *** ****** ** a ******* ****.  *** SkyBell *** * ****** better **** *** ********... until ** ****’*.  *** day *** ******* **** offline, ***** **** ******* was ***, ** * tore ** *** *** house *** ******* ** on ****.  

**** ***, *** **** smart ******** *’** ****** has **** *** **** Hello.  ******* **/*, ** is ****** (*** ********** with ** **** **********), Familiar ***** ********* *** Person ********* ** ******** MOST ** *** ****, and ** ***** ****** the ***** ****’* **** needed * ****** ** been ******* **** * tried ********** ** **.  

***-****, **** ***** ** the **** ***** ******** out *****, *** ** I’m ************ ********-***** ***** products, ***** ****’** ********* ugly, *’* * *** fan ** ****.

* **** ***** ** these **** *** ** major ****** **** ***********. I ******** ***  *********** in *** ********.  *** in *** ***** **** I ****'* **** ***** running ** * ** using ***** ***** ***** and *******.  

***** ******* ** **** at *****.  

***** ***** ******* *** initially ******** ****** ***** time * **** **** at ***** ******* ** the *****.  **'* **** spotty ******.

 

* ***** **** *** Ring ******** *** ******* a ******* ***** **** a ***** ***** **** is **** ** ****, with ******** **** * lot ** ****** ****.  And **** *** **** easy ** *******/********* - So **** ** *** WiFi ** ****** ******.  We *** ******** * demo *** ***** ** have * **** ********* Cam *** * ***** pro-grade ******* *******.  **** is * ****-********* **** with * ****/******** ****** that ** *** ***** at * ****** ******** - *****/********* ***** ***** 30-min.  **** ****** *** client ** ******** *** and '****' **** *** UI *** **** ****** making * ********.  **'* worked *****.  ********* ***'* know **** **** ***'* know.  **** **** *** marketing **** *** ***** name ********** ** **** tend ** ** ***** the **** ****.  *** then **** *** *** results ****-**-**** *** **'* obvious ***** ***** ****** and *** *** ****** price ** * ***-***** product ** *********.  ****, for **** *****, *** limited ******** *** ************* of *** ****/***** ******** products *** **** **** they *** ******* *** - ***** **********.  **** just **** ** ******* that **** *** ********* a ********** ** *******/*********** and *************.  ** ***** the **** ***** ** time, ** **** *** helped ** *********** ****** the *****-**** ***** ***** available ******** ** ******** - ***** * ******* helps *** ****** ******* feel ****** ***** ***** purchase ********.  **** *** better ******** ***** ** time.

*'** **** ****** * hard **** ****** ** ******** some ** ** ******* to **** **** **** Ring ** **** (** whatever). **** ** * lot ** ******* ****** up ** ***** *** and **** ** ***** with **** **** **** (or **** **** ***** they ****). *'* ********* what *** **** **** done ** *** ****** away **** **** ** what **** ************ *** be. ** *** * go **** ** **** Time ** ******* **** the **** ** *** of ******** ******* *** price ***** *** *** added ******* ** * better ******.

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