Ring Video Doorbell 4 vs. Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2: Which should you buy?

Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 Side
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Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2

Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 Render

Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 is Ring's most advanced doorbell in every way, but it's also Ring's best video doorbell in ages. A new aspect ratio sees more than ever on your front porch, and a new, more accurate, and more sensitive 3D Motion detection feature runs circles around the old method. Just make sure you have the right cable to plug this one in.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2

Sleeker, smarter, better

Longer color pre-roll video
Dual-band Wi-Fi
The most accurate motion detection
Birds-eye view maps
Head-to-toe video
Alexa greetings and quick replies
Must be hard-wired
More expensive
No Google Assistant integration

Ring Video Doorbell 4

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If a battery-powered video doorbell is in your future, Ring Video Doorbell 4 is a great choice. Video quality isn't as good as Video Doorbell Pro 2, but the convenience of being fully wireless can't be overstated. You can even get a solar add-on to keep it charged forever.

Ring Video Doorbell 4

Best for fully-wireless

Color Pre-roll video
Dual-band Wi-Fi
Can be battery-powered or hard-wired
Easily removable, rechargeable battery
Quick replies
Outdated aspect ratio
Chonkier design
No Alexa auto-replies
No Google Assistant integration

On a surface level, choosing between Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 and Ring Video Doorbell 4 comes down to two fairly simple categories: price and how it's powered. Ring Video Doorbell 4 would win in one fell swoop if these two categories were the only consideration. At $50 less, Ring Video Doorbell 4 comes with an easily removable, rechargeable battery pack that makes it easy to put anywhere you could need.

But there's a lot more to the equation than just these two categories, and it's the rest of the story that shows why Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 is worth shelling out the extra cash, and that's why Ring has long made some of the best video doorbells you can buy.

Ring Video Doorbell 4 vs. Pro 2: Old versus new

Ring Video Doorbell 4 08 Battery Removal

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In most ways, Ring Video Doorbell 4 feels like a product that didn't receive much love during the R&D phase. Except for color pre-roll footage, almost nothing looks or feels different from 2020's Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus. Sure, it's got a $30 lower price than that product when it launched over a year ago, but there's no real reason to upgrade from 2020's product to this new one. On the other hand, Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 feels like a completely new product from the company that basically invented video doorbells.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2Ring Video Doorbell 4
Power SourceHardwired into powerBattery-powered or hard-wired
Video resolution1536p1080p
Field of view150 degrees (horizontal and vertical)160 degrees (diagonal, wide)
Dimensions4.49 x 1.9 x 0.87 inches5.1 x 2.4 x 1.1 inches
Live viewYesYes
Always recordingNoNo
Pre-roll footageYesYes
Connectivity2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi
Motion detectionAdjustable motion zones, Birds-Eye View, 3D RadarAdjustable motion zones, Thermal
Privacy ZonesYesYes
Smart Assistant IntegrationAmazon AlexaAmazon Alexa
Quick RepliesYesYes
Auto RepliesYesNo

The spec table tells it all. Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 is a smaller, sleeker, more cutting-edge product that outclasses Ring Video Doorbell 4 in basically every area. Despite some of the massive differences, though, both products have a fair bit in common. For example, both have interchangeable faceplates and support for dual-band Wi-Fi networks, both support the privacy zones feature, and both can be used to quickly respond to someone at your door with the touch of a button.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2: A new view

Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 Hero

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If you're upgrading from one of Ring's older video doorbells, the first big you'll notice with Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 is the new aspect ratio. While Ring Video Doorbell 4 uses the same 16:9 aspect ratio that previous models used, the 1:1 square aspect ratio used by Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 is a far better fit for a video doorbell. Ring calls it head-to-toe video for a reason: you can see the entirety of the person standing at your door, not just their waist-up.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 3d Motion Detection

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On top of that, the video quality difference between Pro 2 and Doorbell 4 is a night and day difference. It's not just the 50% higher resolution that does it either — that resolution increase mainly helps when zooming into the picture — rather, the camera on Pro 2 is just plain better. In addition, it utilizes HDR better than Doorbell 4, resulting in a picture that's better balanced and doesn't suffer from being overly dark or having lots of blown-out highlights when the sky is overcast.

Aside from giving you a nicer view of your front porch, Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 utilizes Ring's new 3D Motion feature. This radar-powered motion detection method is new to the industry and is now on a few Ring products but first launched with Doorbell Pro 2. Compared to the dual-camera method used in Ring Video Doorbell 1 through 4, this new 3D Motion detection is more accurate, more sensitive, and more customizable.

Ring Video Doorbell 4's motion detection method is the same as what Ring debuted in Video Doorbell 3; the doorbell works best when motion is detected between 5 and 15 ft away from the camera. Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2, on the other hand, can detect movement from up to 30ft away — or less, as it can be customized in the app — and will even display an overhead satellite view map of your home with the path taken by the person or animal that crossed within the doorbell's detection zone.

Ring Video Doorbell 4 vs. Pro 2: Convenient replies apply

Ring Video Doorbell 4

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Both Ring Video Doorbell 4 and Pro 2 give the ability to utilize Ring's quick reply feature when you can't — or don't want to — answer the door. From the live view, you can select pre-canned responses that will be read to the person at your door. That's great for when you can view the live feed and respond in real-time, but what if you aren't able to get to your phone in time to do this?

That's where Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2's auto-replies feature comes in. When you subscribe to a Ring Protect plan, Alexa can answer your door for you. If you just can't get to the door at all, Alexa can even take a message from your visitors just like a home phone answering machine did back in the day. From within the Ring app, you can specify how much time Alexa will wait to answer the door, or you can have it answer the door right away.

As you might surmise, Alexa can carry on a conversation with the person at the door, but this limited version of Alexa isn't used for finding out how tall the Eiffel Tower is; it's specifically designed to answer questions that might pertain to someone standing at your door. It can be used to direct a delivery driver to drop that order in the right spot or just to tell someone you're not available. It's an incredibly nifty feature that's only available on Doorbell Pro 2.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2: An easy decision

So long as you can hard-wire this video doorbell, there's no reason to choose Video Doorbell 4 over Doorbell Pro 2. Even if you don't have an existing doorbell to hard-wire the doorbell with, Ring sells a 15ft power cord that can be plugged into any regular old wall socket, making connection safe and easy. If there's just no way to plug your video doorbell in, Ring Video Doorbell 4 isn't a terrible choice by any means.

Nicholas Sutrich
Senior Content Producer — Smartphones & VR
Nick started with DOS and NES and uses those fond memories of floppy disks and cartridges to fuel his opinions on modern tech. Whether it's VR, smart home gadgets, or something else that beeps and boops, he's been writing about it since 2011. Reach him on Twitter or Instagram @Gwanatu