Ring has announced a new projector with an integrated camera called Floodlight Cam Wired Pro. As the name suggests, the Floodlight Cam Wired Pro borrows several features from the newly released Video Doorbell Pro 2, including 3D motion detection with radar and a top-of-the-range motion in front of the camera, which the company calls Bird’s Eye View. The Floodlight Cam Wired Pro, which I will refer to as the Floodlight Pro from here, can be pre-ordered in either white or black from today, April 7, for $ 249.99, with shipments starting May 6, 2021. Ring is also holding the original Floodlight Cam in the lineup at a new price of $ 1
Like the first Floodlight Cam, the Floodlight Pro is a motion-activated 2,000-lumen LED projector with a camera mounted between the two LED lights. It has a 110dB siren, supports both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi, records 1080p HDR video with color vision and has enhanced microphones and a speaker for better two-way audio communication. The new 3D motion detection uses a radar sensor to track motion over a specific threshold that you define in the Rings app, which is then presented as an aerial map in the recorded video clip. Floodlight Pro is wired and can be mounted on a standard round outdoor junction box. Given its name, I would not be surprised if Ring has a wireless version on the way, but the company is not announcing anything on that front right now.
In addition, Ring announces the new $ 199.99 Video Doorbell 4, which is the latest in its regular line of video doorbells that can be used in a standard wired installation or run from a battery. The new model upgrades the black and white pre-roll video that debuted on last year’s Video Doorbell 3 to full color, so you can see four seconds of movement in color before the doorbell is pressed. It also has a new Quick Replies feature that lets you have the doorbell respond automatically to visitors when you are not home or otherwise will not be disturbed. You can use Doorbell 4 with either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz networks.
Video Doorbell 4 records up to 1080p video, but it lacks the square aspect ratio that I found so useful in my review of Video Doorbell Pro 2, instead of sticking to the traditional wide 16: 9 field of view. 4 also does not have Pro 2’s more advanced Alexa integration to answer the door – but based on my test, I do not think you will miss much there.
Ring says that Video Doorbell 3 and Video Doorbell 3 Plus will remain available, though I’m not sure why you would buy them when 4 is out and cost either the same or less. Video Doorbell 4 can be pre-ordered from today and sent from 28 April.