Ring Stick-Up Camera Battery review

A battery powered smart cam which can be put anywhere

Ring Stick-Up Camera Battery
(Image: © Adam Juniper/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

A great little camera with cunning tamper-proof design which can be mounted indoors or out, and moved anywhere you have wi-fi. At its best with a fairly pricey cloud subscription the Ring returns your investment with decent battery life, brilliantly realised software, a timelapse-like feature and relatively reliable person detection (so not many false alerts).

Pros

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    Battery allows for flexible positioning

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    Suitable for mounting or standing

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    Ring ecosystem includes pan/tilt mount and solar system

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    Effective people recognition

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    Snooze function

Cons

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    No HomeKit or Google Assistant support

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    Subscription fee for full feature set

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    Battery charged via MicroUSB

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Monitoring your home or business outside, day or night, without running cables is the promise of the Ring Stick Up Camera Battery. Like other similar devices, it is motion-activated, and is at its best when used in conjunction with a subscription service. You can always see a live view via your phone (iOS / Android), but the subscription provides storage letting you review past ‘events’ – recordings automatically triggered by motion.

Ring is one of the two security camera companies Amazon own, the other being Blink. Ring has the broadest play with its signature doorbells joined by cameras like this and alarm systems and entry sensors. It won’t surprise you to read that all Ring cameras offer compatibility with Alexa, for example letting you ask an Alexa Show screen to let you see the view from the camera in the garden. It’s also possible to get voice alerts via other Alexa devices – but (as cynics will predict) there is no similar integration with Apple’s HomeKit or Google Nest Hub smart displays.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 


Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 


He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook