The Ring Stick Up Cam starts with the Ring app. You’ll need to create an account and get the app up and running before your camera can do anything. The app will guide you through most of the setup process while the included printed instructions show you how to install the camera’s battery and mount the camera to a wall.
We charged ours fully after the first test run. After several days of running continuously, it was still at 97%. But, like any battery, charges depend on how many features and settings you have running at once. Features like motion frequency, live views, and video clip length can drain your battery faster.
Battery power cameras come with advantages and disadvantages—without a power cable, you can place the Ring Stick Up Cam anywhere in your home. But that also means you have to charge it regularly.
The Ring Stick Up Cam comes with mounting screws and anchors to place it on a wall or shelving. But, for our purposes, we set the camera high on a bookshelf facing the front door.
We chose this spot to avoid feeling watched (nobody wants that), but the wide angle view still caught snippets of activity throughout the day.
Even in low light, the Ring Stick Up Cam provides crisp video clips and live feed. We could see faces, clothes, and details in the environment in the clips we downloaded. The feed shows a slight lag on the camera with real-time but nothing out of the ordinary.
Here are a few noteworthy features we saw while testing the Ring Stick Up Cam.
Ring likes to boast its custom motion zones and motion detection alerts. When the camera senses movement, you’ll get an alert sent straight to your phone. But the frequency of these alerts depends on the motion sensitivity in the app.
The sensitivity is on a sliding scale from low to high, so we played with this feature a little to see how much the camera could pick up.
Low motion sensitivity: We turned the sensitivity to a quarter strength and walked in front of the camera. The low motion didn’t catch us walking through the door or waving at the camera. It didn’t even add an event to the timeline.
But this isn’t a total waste. If you want to keep a low profile or avoid getting pinged anytime something happens in a high traffic area, the low setting is better for checking the camera on your own time.
Half motion sensitivity: For us, this felt like the sweet spot. At half power, the motion detection sensed doors opening and people walking across the camera’s view but without the notification explosion.
But if you place your camera in an area that’s off-limits in your house to pets or kids, this setting may not be enough to catch everything.
Full motion sensitivity: If you want to watch what goes on in front of your Ring camera, this is the right setting. Even walking in the peripherals of the camera triggered some motion alerts from the Ring Stick Up Cam.
Overall, the right motion setting will depend on what you use your camera for and where you place it. We recommend tinkering with the settings because this varies from person to person.
Snooze notifications: The good news is you can snooze notifications and even set a schedule for motion detection to avoid blowing up your phone. We like this feature for times when you know you’ll be away, like when you’re expecting visitors or the kids come home from school.