Ring Floodlight Camera Review

In this Ring Floodlight Camera review, you will learn all you need to know about the Ring Floodlight Camera, a great outdoor security camera that protects your home or office. It records video in great quality day and night, provides clear, effective two-way communication, and the newly added floodlights add extra protection to the home.

This device is well known for its video feature that allows you to speak to someone at your door, even when you’re not home, and you can also use it to catch unwanted visitors. Furthermore, it was designed with a wider field of view so you can see more outside your home. The attached floodlight is a great addition as it lights up to reveal anyone around your house at night soon as it detects motion. The camera has a lot of competition though, so let’s see if it can keep up with others like it.

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Installation & Setup

Where most all other outdoor security cameras have battery-operated options that are wire-free, Ring Floodlight Cam will only work on the main power. Therefore, the device must be placed near a power socket. Of course, you can always add a line near your front door if you don’t already have one, but this can be quite costly. Thus, if you’re not a qualified electrician, you will need to get someone who knows what they are doing to install it for you.

If you decide to install it yourself, you should use the Ring app available for both Android and iOS. The app contains some short installation videos that assist you with the install. These apps will help you get the Ring Floodlight Cam mounted to your wall and installed. After setting up the camera, you can also use the app to connect your camera to your home network.

After clicking on “set up device”, the app will ask you to select the Ring product you want to add. Once you select your brand, confirm your location. The app will look for your home network so you can connect it to the internet. The Ring Cam only works with 2.4Gz as it offers a longer distance and wider view.

One of the good things about this Ring Cam is that it won’t use too much of your bandwidth since it only uses data when you view a live stream or when it detects motion. Additionally, the camera may struggle if it is too far away from the router, but this can be fixed with a mesh network.

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Features and Design

The Ring Floodlight Camera has a compact mounting plate that’s easy to attach to your wall. However, the module, found on the bottom of the mounting plate, is quite large. The floodlights put out 3000 Kelvin, putting it in the category of “warm” lighting making it ideal for outdoor use. To get the best possible angle or field of view, both the lights and the camera can be adjusted. According to Ring, the complete unit can withstand temperatures of -4F (-20C) to 118.4F (48C), therefore it is more than capable of handling weather changes.

Motion Zones and Customized Motion Tracking

Most people purchase the Ring Floodlight Cam because it has two-tier motion detection meaning it can differentiate between people and objects, like other products of its kind, including Nest cams.

The Ring’s passive infrared sensors are more sensitive to objects, like animals and cars, but the settings can be adjusted so it’s less sensitive and will only notify you when detecting people.

You can set motion zones with the Ring Video Doorbell 2 for the Floodlight Cam. This is done within the app that also allows you to set specific areas you want the camera to check for movement. You can also reduce the default zone to prevent it from constantly notifying you every time a car goes by or someone walking a dog in the early mornings. If you set the zone to only show your driveway, it will only notify you when someone is at your door like friends, family, or deliveries.

You can use the motion schedules in the app to disable motion alerts at certain time periods and on certain days. Therefore, you can manually turn off the alerts on days when you will be home all day and don’t want to be notified every time someone comes to your door.

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Live Video Recording and Streaming

The Ring Floodlight Cam will record video in 1080p Full HD both when it detects motion and when streaming live. It then saves the clips to the cloud to be viewed later. It has good quality, a generous field of view with a wider angle than most similar brands, the colors are natural, and the movement is smooth. However, the quality takes a major dip when you try to zoom in on your phone since it only has a digital zoom. Nighttime quality also takes a dip, but the two bright floodlights allow you to see more of what’s going on as they illuminate a large portion of the view. How much you see of an area highly depends on where your camera is installed.

One feature worth mentioning in this Ring Floodlight Camera Review is the camera’s sound quality as it is very good and loud too and the built-in microphone can pick up voices even from a distance.

Another thing I would like to mention in this ring floodlight camera review is unwanted people are bound to be scared away in your absence as they will not only be illuminated by the bright floodlights, but the built-in loud siren can also be activated.

Subscription costs

When the Ring Floodlight Camera detects motion, it sends a notification right to your phone, so you can tap into the live view to see what’s going on. In addition, the camera will record the motion and save it to the cloud. In order to access the clip from the cloud on your computer or through the app, you will need a subscription.

For one Ring product, it only costs around $3 a month or $30 for a year. However, if you have several Ring devices, then it will cost you roughly $10 per month or $100 for a year to cover all of them.

Features and Specs

  • Hardwired mains – power only (100-240V)
  • Wi-Fi required – In-range (2.4GHz band only)
  • Weather-resistant (-28C – 48C operation)
  • Two-way communication via the app
  • 110dB alarm siren
  • Ultra-wide lenses with 270-degree angle-of-view
  • Captures 1080p footage upon detection in Full HD
  • For future reference, saves clips to the cloud
  • Android and iOS app for live view, alerts, and communication
  • Adjustable mount for positioning
  • Mounting plate – 12cm diameter
  • Dual LED floodlights (3000K color temp)

Pros

  • A great wide-angle lens that captures a large area
  • Simple install
  • Floodlights to illuminate video clips and live view at night
  • Effective and clear two-way communication
  • Only uses bandwidth when you view a live stream or when it detects motion
  • Fairly priced subscription costs

Cons

  • Has to be close to a Wi-Fi router to get a strong connection
  • No battery-powered option
  • May require professional installation
  • Without a subscription, you won’t get the cloud-saving

Ring Floodlight Camera Review Conclusion

The Ring Floodlight Cam is a great buy for outside security for your home or office. It records video with great quality during the day and night, while offering clear and effective two-way communication. Then, of course, there are two floodlights, which add extra protection for your home or office and help light the way when coming home at night. The only problem is it’s not battery powered so you have to plug it into a power source to work.

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