Ring Stick Up Cam Review: Efficient in all situations

8/10

Editor's rating

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GOOD POINTS
  • Recording quality
  • Positioning possibilities
  • Overall quality of the app
  • Highly efficient motion detection
NEGATIVE POINTS
  • Improvable audio
  • Unexploitable without subscription (storage of recordings, paid features)
  • Maximum potential limited to Amazon Alexa

Summary

    Ring Stick Up Cam
    Source: Selectos

    Design & Installation

    8

    The Stick Up Cam is a cylindrical surveillance camera with a quality design, although the brand has opted for plastic. However, its size does not make it very discreet, so it will be a bit difficult to camouflage it in the living room, for example, or in any other part of the house.

    Ring Stick Up Cam
    The Stick Up Cam has a cylindrical shape | Source: Selectos

    There are three installation options in the package: the pre-installed bracket with a ball joint, the bracket for wall mounting (screws included), and the bracket for outdoor use.

    Ring Stick Up Cam
    There are three installation options in the package | Source: Selectos

    The camera is powered from the electricity network with a cable long enough to be placed on a piece of furniture, provided there is a power socket nearby. And if you’re one of those people who doesn’t like wires, you can even fit a battery.

    Recording

    8

    This camera has a Full HD video resolution. The only condition is that your Wi-Fi connection is sufficiently stable, as the camera automatically adjusts the resolution according to the speed.

    Ring Stick Up Cam
    The video quality is Full HD resolution | Source: Selectos

    The camera provides good quality images, whether in daylight or at night (although the quality is slightly reduced). There is also a “colour night vision” function, but it is rather clumsy.

    Motion detection, on the other hand, offers a rather mixed result. Although it is particularly effective, it has a high sensitivity that activates it even when a robot hoover passes by unobtrusively.

    Ring Stick Up Cam
    App screenshots | Source: Selectos

    Imagine if you have pets at home… It activates even at its lowest detection level. The only way to compensate for this is to subscribe to the brand’s service to enjoy the “People Only” mode, which allows you to differentiate between detected movements.

    Ring Stick Up Cam
    Source: Selectos

    This subscription also allows you to keep recordings of detected movements (maximum 60s – stored in the Cloud) and enjoy additional functions. Unfortunately, if you decide to do without the latter, you will only receive a photo and access to the live stream.

    Ring Stick Up Cam
    Its weak point is the sound | Source: Selectos

    Loudspeaker sound performance (microphone at 2 meters):

     

    Audio is the one area where the camera let us down. The speaker is powerful enough, but produces a nasal sound that lacks naturalness. On the other hand, the microphone is particularly sensitive, as it detects the slightest noise and amplifies it excessively. This is ideal for a better understanding of the captured voices.

    App

    8

    The Ring app is quite comprehensive and intuitive. It is true that some of the operations can be a bit tedious (such as when taking a screenshot, which requires you to navigate through the different menus), but overall, the experience is pleasant and overall it is easy to use.

    Ring Stick Up Cam
    App screenshots | Source: Selectos

    Whether for camera management alone or for the whole system, the configuration of the different modes (there are 3) is simple.

    Ring Stick Up Cam
    The Ring programme is designed for Amazon Alexa | Source: Selectos

    The Ring system, on the other hand, is designed to be used with Amazon Alexa. Although it can be connected to Google Home, the latter will not allow it to exploit its full potential.

    Conclusion

    8/10

    All in all, the Ring Stick Up Cam is a camera that is particularly suitable for indoor surveillance. It offers good recording quality and reliable performance.

    However, you will not be able to exploit all its functions without subscribing to the brand’s service

    GOOD POINTS
    • Recording quality
    • Positioning possibilities
    • Overall quality of the app
    • Highly efficient motion detection
    NEGATIVE POINTS
    • Improvable audio
    • Unexploitable without subscription (storage of recordings, paid features)
    • Maximum potential limited to Amazon Alexa
    Where to buy at the best price ?
    £ 89.99 on Amazon

     

    Translated by Ramsés El Hajje

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