Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-in vs. Ring Spotlight Cam Wired: What's the difference and which should you buy?

Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In


Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In offers you an affordable and reliable way to protect your home with live feed surveillance. This camera also gives you the flexibility to mount it wherever you want - indoors or outdoors!

Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In

Pick your power

Works indoors and outdoors
Also available in a battery variant
Excellent Amazon Alexa, Echo integration
No built-in light source, just IR night vision
No video recordings without subscription
No 24/7 recording option

Ring Spotlight Cam Wired

The Ring Spotlight Cam isn't nearly as flexible as the Ring Stick Up Cam, though it can see a bit more with its larger field of range. As a bonus, this camera's built-in spotlight can greatly improve night video recordings.

Ring Spotlight Cam Wired

Light up the night

Bright built-in Spotlight shines on would-be intruders
Built-in siren to ward off intruders
Water-resistant outdoor camera
Good Alexa integration
Not suitable for indoor use
No video recordings without subscription
No 24/7 recording option

Ring has a wide variety of cameras available, and both the Stick Up Cam and Spotlight Cam are wired, Alexa-compatible, 1080p, water-resistant cameras that are ready to keep a vigilant watch over your backyard, front yard, or any other outdoor area in your home. These quite similar cameras have two distinguishing features that should make deciding between them quite easy.

Power or light: Which do you want more?

Alert, alert

The Ring Spotlight Cam's claim to fame is right there in the name: Spotlight. This camera has two light bars on the front edges of the housing, which can light up and show you who the heck is in your backyard at 3 a.m. These motion-triggered lights can offer a far better vision quality at night than the standard infrared Night Vision both the Ring Spotlight Cam and Ring Stick Up Cam have. The Ring Spotlight Cam also has red LEDs inside the motion sensor dome at the base of the housing that'll flash red when you turn on the 110-decibel alarm.

The newly updated Stick Up Cam Plug-In's benefits aren't quite as blatantly obvious, but there are more of them to appreciate. This camera might not have shiny lights or sirens, but you have far more flexibility in where you use it. The Spotlight Cam is only designed for outdoor use while the Stick Up Cam is made to be used indoors or out. Additionally, you can pick up two Stick Up Cam Plug-Ins for the price of one Spotlight Cam.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-InRing Spotlight Cam Wired
Designated areaIndoorOutdoorOutdoor
Operating temperatures-5°F to 122°F-5°F to 120°F
Power optionsAC adapterAC adapter
Internet optionsWi-FiWi-Fi
Camera field of range130° diagonal110° horizontal57° vertical140° horizontal78° vertical
Video quality1080p1080p
Two-way audio✔️✔️
Live video✔️✔️
Motion notifications✔️✔️

The biggest benefits to choosing the Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In is that you can move it indoors or outdoors, and you can even modify it with a Quick Release Battery Pack if you want to have a back up in case the power goes out. Plus, it's half the price of the Spotlight Cam.

Where the Spotlight Cam shines (pun totally intended) is in its extra security features like the built-in LED lights, siren, and Infrared sensor. If Fort Knox levels of security are important to you, then you might want to consider picking up a Spotlight Cam.

Ara Wagoner

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.