Ring doesn’t just have doorbells—their Stick Up Cam ($211) adds an extra level of security for the parts of your home the doorbell camera can’t see. Similar to Ring Video Doorbell, the installation is easy and the app has a user-friendly design, and allows you to see, hear, and speak to visitors.
However, if you miss the initial notification that the Ring Cam saw something, you’ll need to subscribe to one of the Ring Video Recording Plans (starting at $30/year) to view the videos later. That means if your phone is off or you’re stuck in meetings, you’ll need the subscription to access what happened. The service is affordable, but adds another budget consideration on top of purchasing the device.
The Cam’s battery is similar to the doorbell, requiring frequent charges. But Ring also sells a solar panel ($49) to pair with the Stick Up Cam to use renewable energy and eliminate the need for charging.