But if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, it might be better to get a Wi-Fi cam that comes with free cloud recording.
For simplicity and to avoid making permanent holes in the CNET Smart Home, I placed a Stick Up Cam on a flat surface during testing instead of attaching it to a wall or ceiling.
You'll want to go with something more long-term if you buy one, since wind and other weather changes can easily knock an outdoor camera out of position. I wouldn't say the Stick Up Cam has an especially attractive design, but it did easily blend in with the surroundings.
Its hardware felt durable as well, and it survived wind and snow flurries without complaint.
Take a look at the chart below to see how Ring's Stick Up Cam compares to other outdoor cameras: While the Stick Up Cam's specs may look roughly comparable to other outdoor security cameras, it falls short in a couple of key ways. While select DIY security companies do charge a monthly or yearly fee for cloud storage, more and more brands are offering some sort of free option.
Netgear's Arlo and Arlo Pro cameras, Canary's Flex and Nest Cam Outdoor all offer free cloud video clips or photos of activity, with the option of upgrading to a paid subscription as needed.
Ring charges customers per month or per year for its event-based cloud service.
It comes with a couple of different base attachments and related hardware.
A screwdriver and a drill bit are included with your purchase, too, to help you with the install.
isn't a ton of money to spend, but I wish Ring could somehow include customers who either don't need or don't want to pay for six months of storage.