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Ring’s new floodlight camera steals features from its best doorbell


The Ring has declared a new floodlight with an integrated camera named the Floodlight Cam Wired Pro. As its name implies, the Floodlight Cam Wired Pro uses several features from the newly released Video Doorbell Pro 2, including 3D Motion Detection with radar and a top-down sense of someone’s movements in front of the camera, which the company describes Bird’s Eye View.
The Floodlight Cam Wired Pro is available for preorder in either white or black starting today, April 7th, for $249.99 shipments starting on May 6th, 2021. The Ring is also keeping the original Floodlight Cam in the lineup at a new $199.99 price.


The Floodlight Cam Wired Pro 

Like the first Floodlight Cam, the Floodlight Pro is a motion-activated, 2,000-lumen LED floodlight with a camera mounted between its two articulating lights. It has a 110dB siren, supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi, records 1080p HDR video with color night vision, and has improved microphones and a speaker for better two-way audio communication.
The new 3D Motion Detection uses a radar sensor to track movement across a certain threshold that you define in Ring’s app, presented as an aerial map in the recorded video clip.
The Floodlight Pro is hardwired and can be mounted on a standard round outdoor junction box. Given its name, if Ring has a wireless version in the works, but the company isn’t announcing anything on that front right now.
Also, Ring is announcing the new $199.99 Video Doorbell 4, which is the latest in its mainstream line of video doorbells that can be used in a standard wired installation or run off a battery.


The Ring Video Doorbell 4

The latest model upgrades the black and white pre-roll video that debuted last year’s Video Doorbell 3 to complete color, enabling you to see four seconds of motion in color before the doorbell is pressed.
It also has a unique Quick Replies feature that automatically lets you have the doorbell react to visitors when you aren’t home or otherwise don’t want to be disturbed. You can use the Doorbell 4 with either 2.4GHz or 5GHz networks.

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The Video Doorbell 4 records up to 1080p video, but it lacks the square aspect ratio instead of sticking with the traditional wide 16:9 field of view. The 4 also doesn’t have the Pro 2’s further advanced Alexa integration to answer the door.
Ring tells the Video Doorbell 3, and Video Doorbell 3 Plus will prevail open, though we’re unsure why you’d buy those when the 4 is out and costs either the same or less. The Video Doorbell 4 is ready for preorder starting today and will be shipping beginning on April 28th.

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