Ring Spotlight Cam Review

We installed and tested the Ring Spotlight Cam, finding easy installation and impressive features.
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Ring Spotlight Cam
Ring Spotlight Cam Battery
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.8
  • Pros
    Easy install
  • Pros
    1080p video resolution
  • Pros
    Affordable cloud storage
Plan name
Monthly cost
Annual cost
Warranty
Pro monitoring
Ring Protect Basic1 yr.
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Ring Protect PlusLifetime
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Kaz Weida
Researcher & Writer
January 03, 2022

The Ring Spotlight Cam has all the features you need in an outdoor security camera, including motion detection, battery power options, and an integrated spotlight. With the Ring Spotlight Cam's wide field of view, you’ll get an eyeful in HD with up to 30 feet of night vision.

Ring Spotlight Cam at a glance

Ring Spotlight Cam
Our Rating
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.8
Starting from
$199.99

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Pros
Pro Bullet Easy installation
Pro Bullet 1080p, high-quality HD video
Pro Bullet Night vision up to 30 feet
Pro Bullet Loud 110-dB siren
Pro Bullet 2-way audio
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Cons
Con Bullet Relies on cloud storage subscription
Con Bullet Doesn't prebuffer video

Ring Spotlight Cam’s top features

What it looks like
Cloud storage
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Night vision
Smart home compatibility
Requires base station?
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Ring Spotlight Cam
Starts at
$3.00
/mo
1080pBlack/white at night, infrared LED lights, up to 30 ft.Amazon Alexa, IFTTT
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This outdoor security camera comes with an integrated spotlight, motion detectors, and a built-in 110-decibel siren as well as a mic and speaker for two-way audio. The siren can scare off would-be burglars, and the two-way talk lets you speak to visitors when you’re not home.

And Ring Spotlight’s IP55 waterproof rating means you won’t have to worry about exposure to the elements no matter where you mount it.

What’s in the box

  • Ring Spotlight Cam (black or white)
  • Battery pack
  • Mounting bracket
  • Wall screws
  • Anchors
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill bit
  • Setup guide

How the Ring Spotlight Cam stacks up

Brand
Price*
Cloud storage
Video resolution
Field of view
Power source
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ring spotlight camRing Spotlight Cam Battery
Starts at $3.00/mo. 1080p 140º Battery, wired, solar
Reolink Argus 3 ProReolink Argus 3 Pro
Starts at $0.00/mo.1440p 122ºBattery, wired, solar
Wyze Cam v3Wyze Cam v3
Starts at $0.00/mo.1080p 130ºWired
Arlo Pro 4Arlo Pro 4
Starts at $2.99/mo.1440p 160ºBattery, wired, solar
Nest Cam (Battery)Nest Cam (Battery)†
Starts at $0.00/mo. 1080p 130º Battery, wired, solar

*Amazon.com list price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

†Google, Google Nest, Google Nest Mini, Google Home and other marks are trademarks of Google LLC.

Most of the outdoor security cameras that dominate the market come with HD picture quality, night vision, sirens, and two-way audio. Ring Spotlight Cam helped spark a trend with a wider viewing angle and an integrated motion-triggered spotlight.

Video quality

The Ring Spotlight Cam is programmed to record when the motion sensors detect movement, but you can adjust the sensitivity using the Ring app. One downside of the Ring is that it doesn’t prebuffer video.

This process means there could be a short delay of one to two minutes (depending on your connection speed) between when you’re notified of an event and when the recording is available for viewing.

Daytime video quality: During the day, the Ring Spotlight Cam will pick up almost every angle of your yard or around your home with a 140º field of view and bright, HD-resolution picture quality.

Night vision quality: By night, the video feed reverts to black and white when motion is detected, with four infrared LED lights providing night vision of up to 30 feet.

Mobile app

If you have multiple Ring cameras like the Ring Video Doorbell or other Ring devices, you’ll be able to access and control them all from the Ring app on your phone, tablet, or computer. The intuitive, easy-to-use app aggregates multiple live-view feeds and provides event history, battery level, device health, motion settings, and more for each camera.

We recommend adjusting motion frequency and zones for your Ring Spotlight Camera from the app to cut down on notification overload and save battery life.

  • The Frequent setting will pick up any motion in your yard, including the movement of trees in the wind.
  • The Normal setting will still alert you to large objects like birds or other wildlife (hello to the mice scurrying around the back door every night), while the Light setting will trigger recordings for only sizable moving objects like humans or large dogs.

Setting up motion zones can save you from unneeded alerts as well. For example, you can set a motion zone that alerts you any time something crosses your yard but not when cars pass by on the street.

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Protect your Ring camera

Ring users have reported breaches in their accounts that allowed a stranger access without authorization. Ring says breaches are avoidable if you use security best practices for internet-connected devices:

  • Strong, unique passwords
  • Reset passwords regularly
  • Add authorized users instead of sharing credentials
  • Use two-factor authentication

We still recommend Ring products but encourage users to take these precautions.

Video storage 

Anytime we discuss home security cameras, we also have to talk about where to store all that recorded footage.

The Ring Spotlight Camera cuts down on the volume of video by archiving only event footage rather than continuous recording. Ring also offers cloud storage for all its cameras with a Ring Basic plan for one device and a Ring Plus plan for multiple cameras or devices.

Ring doesn’t technically require that you purchase cloud storage, but at a starting price of $3 a month for 60 days of recorded event history, it’s hard to pass up.

Without cloud storage, you’ll still get notifications, but you’ll be unable to access event history or share recorded footage. If you do experience a break-in or even package theft, saved recordings can help in a crime investigation or for alerting your neighbors.

Battery life

If you choose the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery, your camera needs only one battery pack but can be powered by two. It comes with just one battery included, so you’ll have to purchase the extra if you want it.

We’d spring for that second battery so you can remove one battery pack to recharge using the USB port while the other battery keeps your camera online. With both batteries installed, you can count on a life of about 6–12 months depending on motion settings.

Setup and installation

Amazon offers professional installation for a fee, but it’s unlikely you’ll need it. The Ring Spotlight Cam, especially the battery-powered model, is a cinch to install.

  1. Charge the battery.
  2. Download the app and set up an account.
  3. Follow instructions to set up a new device and load a charged battery into the camera. It’s important to connect the camera to the Wi-Fi before you try to mount it, so follow directions in the app to connect and pair it to your router and smartphone.
  4. Decide where to mount the Ring Spotlight Camera. This is probably the hardest part because you’ll have plenty of options. The versatile mounting bracket even allows you to install the camera upside down if necessary.
  5. Ensure the router is close to the camera so that it’s still picking up a clear connection from your Wi-Fi network.
  6. Attach the camera, adjust the viewing angle, and tighten the clamp. You’re ready to go.

Smart home compatibility

Because Amazon now owns Ring, you might not be surprised to hear Ring security devices are compatible with Amazon’s Alexa and can be voice-controlled through Amazon Echo smart speakers.

Ring cameras are also compatible with IFTTT devices, and of course, other Ring products like the Ring Alarm security system.

Customer service

The customer service we received through Ring is another bright spot in our Ring Spotlight Cam experience.

When we first received the camera and installed it, it worked wonderfully. But about a week in, after trying to update firmware, the camera software suddenly crashed and refused to come back online.

Ring customer service couldn’t have been more accommodating: they rushed us a free replacement camera, and we’ve been using and testing it hiccup-free ever since.

Final word

We can recommend the robust features and reasonable price of the Ring Spotlight Cam without reservations. It lives up to its reputation for long battery life, clear HD-quality picture, and easy installation. Not sold on it? 

Ring Spotlight Cam FAQ

The Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Plus has some serious illumination, clocking in at 1800 lumens versus the Spotlight’s 300 lumens for the battery and solar-powered models and 350 for the Ring Spotlight Cam Wired.

Because of the extra power required for the dual LED lamps, the Floodlight is a wired camera and needs to be connected to a junction box.

Even small dogs and cats are likely to set off the motion detectors on the Ring Spotlight Camera unless you reduce it to its lowest setting or severely restrict the zones within the field of view.

If you’ve got a large pet and are planning to use the camera to survey your backyard, prepare for your smartphone to light up repeatedly. You may want to disconnect the camera from the Ring Chime or snooze notifications until your favorite four-legged friend comes inside.

If you had an older version of the Ring app, you’ll recognize this feature called Ring Neighborhood as the community platform that was integrated as a separate tab. It prompted lots of notifications and oversharing, and some Ring doorbell and camera videos even went viral online.

These days, Ring Neighborhood is known as Neighbors by Ring. It's a free app (independent of the Ring security app) where customers can opt into getting and sharing real-time crime and safety alerts and connect with the police. Think of it as a virtual neighborhood watch.

How we reviewed

For this review, we really got our hands dirty and both installed and rigorously tested the Ring Spotlight Cam. We noted any difficulties with installation and tracked service concerns and responsiveness.

But don’t take our word for it. We also researched online and considered advice from experts in the field. If you're interested in more details, take a look under the hood and inspect our full home security methodology.

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Disclaimer

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Kaz Weida
Written by
Kaz Weida
Kaz is a journalist who covers home security, parenting, and community and child safety. Her work and product testing in the security and safety field spans the past four years. You can find Kaz in HuffPost, SheKnows, Lifehack, and much more. Her degree in education and her background as a teacher and a parent make her uniquely suited to offer practical advice on creating safe environments for your family.

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