Ring Stick Up Cam starts with the Ring app. You need to create an account and get the app up and running before your camera can do anything. The app guides you through most of the installation process, while the included printed instructions show you how to install the camera’s battery and mount the camera on a wall.
We charged ours in full after the first test drive. After several days of running, it ran constantly at 97%. But like any battery, charging depends on how many features and settings you run at one time. Features like motion frequency, live views and video clip length can drain your battery faster.
Battery Cameras Have Pros And Cons – Without a power cord, you can place your Ring Stick Up Cam anywhere in your home. But it also means you need to charge it regularly.
Ring Stick Up Cam comes with mounting screws and anchors to place it on a wall or shelves. But for our purposes, we place the camera high on a bookshelf against the front door.
We chose this place to avoid feeling monitored (no one wants that), but the wide angle view still captured extracts of activity throughout the day.
Even in low light, the Ring Stick Up Cam provides sharp 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 delay on the camera in real time, but nothing unusual.
Here are a few notable features we saw while testing the Ring Stick Up Cam.
Ring likes to boast of its custom motion zones and motion detection alarms. When the camera detects movement, you get an alarm sent directly to your phone. But the frequency of these alarms depends on the motion sensitivity of the app.
The sensitivity is on a sliding scale from low to high, so we played around a bit with this feature to see how much the camera could pick up.
Low motion sensitivity: We turned the sensitivity towards a quarter strength and walked in front of the camera. The low motion did not catch us through the door or wave at the camera. It did not even add an event to the timeline.
But this is not a total waste. If you want to keep a low profile or avoid being pinged whenever something happens in a high traffic area, the low setting is better for controlling the camera on your own time.
Half-motion sensitivity: To us, this felt like the sweet spot. At half power, the motion detection detected that doors were opening and people were walking across the camera view, but without a message explosion.
However, if you place your camera in an area that is not allowed in your pet or children’s house, this setting may not be enough to capture everything.
Full motion sensitivity: If you want to see what’s going on in front of your Ring camera, this is the right setting. Even walking in the periphery of the camera triggered some motion alarms from the Ring Stick Up Cam.
Overall, the right motion setting depends 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.
Postpone notifications: The good news is that you can postpone alerts and even set a motion detection schedule to avoid blowing up your phone. We like this feature for times when you know you’re away, like when you’re expecting visitors or the kids coming home from school.