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Ring's solar-powered Stick Up Cam could do so much moreVersatility aside, Ring's $199 outdoor security camera falls short of the competition.
The best thing about Ring's $199 Stickup Cam. Is that it's a very versatile outdoor camera. Not only can you rely on the rechargeable internal battery to power it. [MUSIC] It also comes with a power adapter if you want it to be tethered to continuous power. Or you can rely on the $49 add-on solar panel that you can attach separately. That's all the good stuff about this camera. Let's get into what I didn't like.. Up front you have to per $3 per month or $30 per year. For event based cloud storage. Most models nowadays offer a free option so you don't have to pay that upfront. And a lot of the security cameras that do require you to pay a monthly fee actually allow for continuous recording, so you're not just getting Those motion or sound based clips. In addition, the audio two way talk feature didn't work that well. I listened to several conversations and to [UNKNOWN] where I couldn't understand what was being said. And the 720p HD live streaming was grainy at best. Although that will vary based On the quality of your wi-fi. And it also offers only an 80 degree field of view, which is much less than a lot of the competition. So unfortunately, I wouldn't recommend this model over some of the competition because it just doesn't do as much. [BLANK_AUDIO]