Ring is a home security company which is now owned by Amazon but actually used to be named, ‘Doorbot.’ The company has changed the game of home security, but it’s come at a price. Being that it’s not a cheap investment, does it at least have night vision?
Can Ring see in the dark? The Ring’s product description will lead you to believe, yes it can. But debatable due to the countless reviews from frustrated owners regarding the night quality on early versions of Ring. The company has since heard their consumers and developed new night extension pieces, upgraded versions of Ring, and ways to improve the computer’s vision in the dark.
If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know what Ring is – it’s the little rectangular box next to people’s front door that looks discreet and has a doorbell on it on. It also has a tiny camera so the homeowner can see anyone approaching their home, even before the doorbell is rung. If you own one or are considering owning one, this guide will give insight on the Ring’s functions, thoughts from owners, and night vision alternatives.
Some reviews say the night vision is great on the first model of the Ring but others say the quality is lacking. It’s obviously something Amazon has taken under consideration as they’ve developed new models of Ring that are undeniably improved. Some of these improvements (that will cost you double) Include:
There’s a smaller option by Amazon that has knock detection and the Video Doorbell Prof for $249.00 will include advanced motion detection.
Besides that, the Ring one versus Ring 2 both are very similar despite being double the price. They each take an average of 5 minutes to install, connect to 2.4 GHz of WIFI, take power from battery or hardwiring, and look very similar aesthetically.
Some reviewers say regardless of the upgrades, the product is very similar and it will depend on your needed level of security.
As far as seeing in the dark more easily, there are things you can do.
You’re not limited to the early models as we live in a world of capitalism that has many negatives but also this worthy positive – companies have to make better products for us and compete to knock out the hundreds of other people making the same thing. This leads to better quality goods compared to if only one company ruled everything, monopoly-style, and we just had to take what we were given.
The point is – you have options. You can take any of the following steps if you are worried about security or just want to feel safer at home. This could also apply to companies that want to up their security game and need it for larger more corporate means outside of residential purpose.
You can improve your Night-Vision set-up on Ring by:
If the Ring isn’t working for you, there are certainly other night vision camera’s you can purchase. They may not be as high-tech as these Amazon’s advancements, especially with the convenience of an app which you can use from anywhere.
But if night vision is the most important, this may not be the best camera for you.
Some reviews if you want to hear it from those who know best! Straight from Amazon and keyword searched for Night Vision:
I’ve chosen ones that discuss the night vision, but the product does have nearly five stars out of eight thousand reviews. So it’s certainly a beloved product that is great for security, just mixed reviews on the night vision quality.
Filter these thoughts through your personal situation and needs to know if it’s the right fit for you.
There’s hope yet! Amazon seems to be listening to their customers and trying to improve their product. Not to mention their wonderful return policy and no questions asked. The new technology in the Ring family will be the Smart Lighting System.
I believe this is Amazon’s way of acknowledging the night quality is not there on their early models of Ring. But instead of fixing/changing the product in costly reboots, they’re simply developing lights to place around your house to make Ring work better.
They have models starting at around $50 and seems to trigger many lights around your property and light it up light a Christmas tree when motion is detected. There are reviewers that say it will go off at random times when an animal runs by and is just at the intuitive level is needs to be.
If you want to invest in lights to enhance your situation with the ring – this could be a solution
Ring is a very highly rated product with thousands of raving fans. Don’t discredit it just because it’s night vision isn’t top-notch. If you’re looking for simple security around your house, this is probably a perfect product.
Amazon is also creating more ways to protect your home like the Ring alarm and devices which all work together for a truly protected smart home. They also plan to add solar panels to their products in the future as well.
However, if night vision is your full intention for the purchase, you may want to consider brands like Barska, Sightmark’s Ghost Hunter Night Vision, Lorex (the Lorex 4K IP Bullet Camera being top-rated), the Reolink Argus 2, or the Nest Cam IQ indoor.
These are all options that are more adapted for night vision and may suit your needs.
Do your research, purchase wisely, and happy shopping!