The Spotlight Cam versus...
Curious how the Spotlight Cam's specs compare to the Floodlight Cam, the Netatmo Presence and the Kuna/Maximus? Here's a nifty chart to help:
Comparing outdoor security cameras
||Ring Spotlight Cam||Ring Floodlight Cam||Netatmo Presence||Kuna|
|Color finish||Black or white||Black or white||Black||Black or bronze|
|Power source||Plug-in or battery-powered||Hardwired||Hardwired||Hardwired|
|Resolution||1080p HD||1080p HD||1080p HD||720p HD|
|Local storage||No||No||Internal microSD card||No|
|Mobile app||Android, iPhone and Windows||Android, iPhone and Windows||Android and iPhone||Android and iPhone|
|Alerts||Motion||Motion||Motion (person, car or animal)||Motion|
|Third-party integrations||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT||Apple HomeKit, IFTTT||Amazon Alexa|
The Spotlight Cam is priced the same as the Kuna/Maximus, but Ring's camera has a better resolution, night vision, activity zones and more smart home integrations. Enable the Ring skill and you can ask Alexa to show you your camera's feed on youror on a .
Netatmo's Presence camera has local storage, person alerts (the Spotlight Cam doesn't offer person alerts) and works with Apple's Siri-powered, but it also costs 100 bucks more than the Spotlight Cam. The Spotlight Cam and the Floodlight Cam are essentially identical when it comes to features, with the exception of their lumen outputs.
The Spotlight Cam puts out 700 lumens of lighting (roughly comparable to a). It is designed to cover a smaller space and only turn on the LEDs when it detects motion. The Floodlight Cam, in contrast, puts out 1,800 lumens (roughly comparable to a , but a little brighter) and can cover more ground than the Spotlight Cam. The Floodlight Cam's LEDs can also be used continuously -- not just when it picks up motion. It's the difference between a motion light and a true floodlight, as the names suggest.
Ring, annoyingly, doesn't offer a free cloud storage option. Instead, you have to sign up for one of Ring's "optional" Protect plans to view saved motion-related video clips. Otherwise you're stuck watching the live feed 24-7 or being ready to click on motion alerts ASAP to make sure you catch whatever activity is taking place.
Ring charges either $3 or $10 per month for 60 days of saved footage. The pricier plan includes additional features, like a lifetime warranty and 10 percent off future Ring product purchases. Read more about Ring's Protect subscription plans.
The Spotlight Cam's simple installation, solid performance and easy-to-use app make it a favorite among the outdoor security camera-light fixture hybrid devices I've tested. I don't like that you need to pay for the monthly service to access any saved video clips, but $30 per year isn't bad.
Keep in mind that a spotty Wi-Fi connection can cause interruptions in your live feed or cause it not to work at all; test out the quality of your network where you plan to install your camera beforehand. The Ring app has a "Device Health" section, too, where you can check in on the status of your Spotlight Cam's connection at-a-glance.
Overall, Ring's $199 Spotlight Cam is a great option if you're looking for a reliable outdoor camera with integrated motion-activated LEDs.