"Ring's solar-powered Stick Up Cam could do so much more"
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CNET First Look
Ring's solar-powered Stick Up Cam could do so much more
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.
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.
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