SMART cameras are incredibly useful for home security – but of course you hope you’ll never need them for an actual crime.
Less than a week after testing Ring’s new Spotlight Cam Pro, I had a truly unexpected intruder to test the kit on.
They may not rob me, but they scare the cat away and managed to camp under the patio once before.
It was hard work getting rid of her back then and I have no plans to do it again.
Thanks to the Spotlight Cam Pro, I was able to send them off before they were settled.
I was outside when they first snooped around, so I turned off the siren, which you can do remotely with the Ring app.
Then I noticed that not long after, my partner rushed out and they ran off.
So we can tell the camera does a good job of spotting things – which is a given, after all, that’s Ring, the leader in this stuff.
You will receive a notification on your smartphone when something is detected.
It pretty conveniently captures a bit of “pre-roll” video as well as the “main event” so to speak, so you can get a good idea of what’s going on.
One of the key features of the Spotlight Cam Pro is that it is available wirelessly.
A battery option or a solar powered version is available.
We use battery one and after a couple of weeks it’s going so far so good – long may it continue like this.
3D motion settings
Anyone who already owns a video doorbell probably knows how annoying excessive alerts are for passing traffic and other unnecessary movements.
3D motion settings use radar sensors for better results.
When I first installed Spotlight Cam Pro and didn’t fully set up notifications, I got all sorts of pings for things I didn’t need to know about.
But as I delved into the motion settings, they became much more relevant.
The bird’s-eye view might seem a bit detailed, but it’s a great added reassurance if you want to see the route the person or animal has taken – although thankfully it hasn’t been useful yet.
Of course, you can also draw zones, which helps further narrow down what the camera sees.
Spotlight Cam Pro’s video quality is spot on at 1080p.
When I dive into Live, I get a pristine view of what’s going on.
Likewise, recorded videos come out beautifully.
Night vision works well enough, although unlike the Floodlight Cam Wired Pro, it’s black and white.
But there is a light when I want to reveal something.
Ring has packed the best of their latest products into a solid security device that doesn’t necessarily require a lot of ugly wiring.
I’m glad I don’t get pinged as often anymore thanks to the refinement features.
The video quality is spot on so you can’t miss anything either.
It’s not cheap at £199.99 – and extra if you want extended video storage.
But safety is priceless. So if you need something more than your usual home camera, this is an option worth considering.
All prices in this article were correct at the time of writing but may have changed since then.
Always do your own research before making a purchase.
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https://www.thesun.ie/tech/9800611/ring-spotlight-cam-pro-review/ I tried Ring’s new security camera and it proved to be very useful in ways I didn’t expect