The Amazon Cloud Cam can look like quite the deal at $90, 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 Plug-In||Amazon Cloud Cam|
|Outdoor durability||"weather resistant"||Indoor use only|
|Camera field of range||130° diagonal
|IR night vision||✔️||✔️|
|Assistant integration||Google Assistant (limited)
The Ring Stick Up Cam may be slightly more expensive, but the flexibility of being able to mount it indoors or out is more than worth the upgrade. Ring's camera can also see more thanks to its larger field of view, and you can add a Quick Release Battery Pack as a bit of power insurance in case the electricity goes out for an extended period of time.
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.
Cheaper than ever
Same great features, considerably lower price.
The new Ring Stick Up Cam is the kind of upgrade we like. It has all of the same great features of its predecessor, like 1080p HD video, two-way talk, and real-time notifications. The best part? It's 30% cheaper than before, making it even more accessible for everyone.
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.
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