We want nothing but the best in our home security cameras, but manufacturers trying to balance price, quality, features, and flexibility always seems to leave something lacking. Nowhere is this as clear as the stark contrast between Amazon’s Cloud Cam and Ring’s new Stick Up Cam, which makes the choice easy for buyers like you!
Stick Up Cam Wired by Ring
- Works indoors and outdoors
- Flexibility in power and internet
- Wider field of vision
- Built-in siren to ward off intruders
- Works with Alexa
- No video recordings without subscription
- Higher upfront cost, offset by affordable Ring Protect plans
Ring makes great video doorbells and security cameras, and the new Ring Stick Up Cam continues the tradition with a powerful indoor/outdoor camera that’s flexible to power and place. It also integrates with the entire Ring line of home security products for a premium experience.
Amazon Cloud Cam
- 33% cheaper than Ring
- Ties in seamlessly to Alexa and Echo devices
- Slightly smaller device
- Indoor-only camera
- No Ethernet support
- Smaller field of view
- Only works with Alexa
Amazon’s first branded security camera is certainly more affordable than the Ring Stick Up Cam, but that cost-cutting left the Amazon Cloud Cam with significantly fewer features. This camera is just okay for indoor security monitoring, but it can’t tie into extra sensors and lights the way Ring can.
The Amazon Cloud Cam can look like quite the deal at $120, but once you go beyond the basics, the divide between the two cameras only grows more dramatic — and everything breaks in Ring’s favor.
Running rings around the Cloud Cam
The Ring Stick Up Cam and Amazon Cloud Cam are both wired home security cameras with 1080p video recording that is stored and shared through a internet service. Both use motion detection to trigger push alerts and video recording, both can see in the dark thanks to Infrared Night Vision, and both have a speaker and microphone for two-way audio, should you have some choice words to share with the moron breaking into your hunting cabin.
|Feature||Ring Stick Up Cam Wired||Amazon Cloud Cam|
|Outdoor durability||IPX5 "splashproof"||Indoor use only|
Power over Ethernet
|Camera field of range||155° diagonal
150° horizontal x 85° vertical
|IR night vision||✔️||✔️|
|Assistant integration||Google Assistant (limited)
The Ring Stick Up Cam may be more expensive, but the flexibility of being able to mount it indoors or out — not to mention the added convenience of using Power over Ethernet for a interference-free internet connection and power — is more than worth the upgrade. Ring’s camera can also see more thanks to its larger field of view, and it features a 110 decibel alarm for scaring off intruders, the teenage hooligans tee-peeing your yard, or prowling coyotes.
You also need to consider the cost of the subscription plans that enable most of the advanced features on these cameras, too, because the camera’s no good if you can’t use it the way you want to. While Amazon Cloud Cam takes an edge on free features, if you intend to pay for a plan — or have more than 3 cameras at some point down the road — Ring’s plans come out cheaper in the long run, for a single camera or multiple cameras.
|Plan||Price||Device limit||Custom zones||Days recorded|
|Ring Protect Basic||$3/mo
|1 cam||✔️||60 days|
|Ring Protect Plus||$10/mo
|All @ single address||✔️||60 days|
|Cloud Cam Free||Free||3 cams||❌||1 day|
|Cloud Cam Basic||$7/mo
|3 cams||✔️||7 days|
|Cloud Cam Extended||$10/mo
|5 cams||✔️||14 days|
|Cloud Cam Pro||$20/mo
|10 cams||✔️||30 days|
Without even a Basic plan, a Ring Stick Up Cam won’t give you access to video recordings, so if you don’t open the app in time, you’ll miss whoever or whatever set it off, but a Ring Basic plan is $30 bucks a year, less than half the price of Amazon’s Basic plan. Amazon also has a 10-camera limit for its Pro plan, while Ring Protect Plus will cover every Ring device at a single address — and at half the price.
Ring Stick Up Cam Wired
Pay more up for a camera that works indoors and out with Ethernet or Wi-Fi.
The Ring Stick Up Cam itself may cost more than the Amazon Cloud Cam, but this camera works with Ethernet — including the under-appreciated Power over Ethernet — can see more, and scare off intruders with its siren. All of its subscriptions are more affordable, adding up to long-term benefits for your home security and your wallet.
Amazon Cloud Cam
Affordable security for those looking to skip the subscription.
Amazon’s camera can’t play outside and its subscriptions can offset the hardware savings, but if you’re looking for a basic security camera that won’t break your budget, the Cloud Cam might be a perfect fit for your dorm room or apartment.
November 20, 2018 at 03:02AM