Ring Spotlight Cam Pro vs. Ring Floodlight Cam Pro

Ring Spotlight Cam Pro is the latest edition to the Ring catalog. Available in four different configurations, this 1080p camera is one of Ring’s most versatile products, although it’s remarkably similar to the pre-existing Ring Floodlight Cam Pro. If you’re looking to install a high-end security camera on your property, here’s a closer look at the Ring Spotlight Cam Pro and Ring Floodlight Pro to help you decide which is best for your smart home.

Resolution and Night Video

Ring Spotlight Cam Pro and Ring Floodlight Pro are designed around a high-end camera. In fact, you won’t notice much of a difference in their performance, as they capture both 1080p HD video and color night vision. They also support 3D motion detection and bird’s eye view – high-tech features that ensure you capture everything in range. These also help identify exactly where the movement is coming from and can highlight the location on a top-down map of your property.

Winner: Consider this category a tie – both Ring products capture 1080p video and offer color night vision.

List of features and specifications

Ring Floodlight Cam Pro installed outside a house.
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Although most of the Spotlight Cam Pro and Floodlight Pro spec lists are identical, there are a few key differences. The most noticeable difference is how these cameras are installed and powered.

For the Spotlight Cam Pro, you will have the choice between four different models: battery, plug-in, solar and corded. For the Floodlight Cam Pro, you will only get the plug-in and wired options.

It should be noted that the built-in lights are much more powerful on the Floodlight Cam Pro. These can reach a maximum of 2,000 lumens, which is bright enough to light up much of your garden (and could scare off unsuspecting intruders). The Spotlight Cam Pro, on the other hand, is designed to illuminate a smaller area and is best used to illuminate patios, porches, or your front door.

Beyond the specifications, the two products are very different from each other. The Spotlight Cam Pro is a rather small security camera whose spotlights are built into the chassis that also houses the camera. This design element gives it a smaller profile than the Floodlight Cam Pro, which features two massive floodlights that protrude from the top of the install base.

If you’re looking to be discreet, the Spotlight Cam Pro is the way to go. If you’re looking to make it obvious that the area is under surveillance, consider the Floodlight Cam Pro.

Winner: Although both offer excellent specifications and are designed to perform different tasks, the Spotlight Cam Pro wins this category thanks to its variety of available models.

Monthly fees and what you get

Delivery of the package as indicated on the Ring application.

Since both products are manufactured by Ring, they share the exact same subscription plans. You’ll definitely want to choose the basic plan for $4/month, which offers 180 days of video history, video recording and sharing, snapshot capture, person alerts, and a few other perks.

Upgrade to the Plus plan ($10/month) and you’ll get extended warranties for your cameras. Things are maxed out with the Pro plan, which costs $20/month and offers a variety of data backups as well as a possible home insurance discount.

Winner: Again, this category is an even fight, making it a tie between the Spotlight Cam Pro and the Floodlight Cam Pro.

Ease of use

Woman replacing Ring Spotlight Cam battery.

Both products work through the Ring smartphone app. This connectivity makes it easy to view a live feed, review old footage, or set up alerts when someone (or something) triggers your camera’s sensors.

As both are Ring products, there’s very little difference when it comes to using them. The installation process, however, is another story. Since the Spotlight Cam Pro comes in four different form factors, you can choose the version that’s easiest to use with your current setup. This makes it easy to set up and operate your security system without too much technical know-how or rewiring.

Winner: The Spotlight Cam Pro is slightly ahead of the Floodlight Cam Pro in this category.

Applications and monitoring

Screenshot of the Ring app.

You guessed it: apps and monitoring are virtually identical on both devices. They share the same Ring app and both offer the same monitoring technology (such as the ability to pinpoint movement using radar and highlight it on a top-down map of your property). You can also customize your alerts to only receive a notification when your Ring Camera detects someone, suppressing any unwanted messages when your friendly neighborhood bunny scurries around your yard.

Winner: This is another equality.

Integration with other smart home systems

Photo of a puppy on Echo Show 8.

Floodlight Cam Pro and Spotlight Cam Pro work with HomeKit and Amazon Alexa devices. They’re also only partially functional with Google Home, so some features (like live streams) may not be compatible with your Google Home smart devices.

Winner: This is another equality.

Ring Spotlight Cam Pro is the best product

Ring Spotlight Cam pro on watch.

Since the Spotlight Cam Pro and the Floodlight Cam Pro were designed with slightly different uses (the former is ideal for small areas and the latter for high-end security needs), it’s hard to say for sure that one product is better than the other. The Ring Spotlight Cam Pro starts at $229 for the battery model, while the Floodlight Pro Camera costs $269, making it the most expensive option.

However, most smart home buyers will likely find Spotlight Cam Pro to be the superior option. Not only is it much more discreet than the Floodlight Cam Pro, it offers many of the same features and comes in a variety of models.

If you’re trying to protect a huge garden or want serious lighting capabilities, the Floodlight Cam Pro is definitely the best choice. But if you’re looking for something that’s easy to set up, delivers impressive performance, and comes with its own set of built-in spotlights, then the Spotlight Cam Pro is a tough product to beat.

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