Blink XT2 vs. Ring Stick Up: Best Amazon-Owned Camera?
After weeks of testing, I determined Blink XT2 is better because it provides solid motion detection and saves the clips for free. Ring Stick Up Cam (3rd Gen) has a better app interface and a rechargeable battery, but you’ll need to pay for a subscription to use basic features.
I’ll compare and contrast these two security cameras (Blink XT2 vs. Ring Stick Up) by evaluating five categories: free service, subscription service, software, design, and video/audio quality.
- Free: You get 7,200 seconds of video clips for free. Enough for two weeks of storage.
- Subscription: There’s no subscription plan. Everything is free.
- Software: The app is just alright, but activity zones are free. It works with Alexa.
- Hardware: Two AA batteries should last you a month (not two years).
- Video & Audio: Neither camera is for serious surveillance, so Blink's quality is good enough for most purposes.
Best for you if...
You want free motion recording and activity zones with solid video quality. Blink XT2's downsides are its slow retrigger time (there’s a chance of missing 10 seconds of action) and use of disposable batteries.
Ring Stick Up
- Free: It’s useless without a subscription. You’ll get motion notifications but not recordings.
- Subscription: Ring Protect is $30/year to record motion and save clips for 60 days.
- Software: There's a nice scrollable timeline for clips. It works with Alexa and Google.
- Hardware: It uses a rechargeable battery and has a great mount/base.
- Video & Audio: The video quality is slightly better. More detailed is preserved when you zoom in.
Best for you if...
You want a rechargeable battery and slightly better video quality. Unfortunately, you need Ring's $30/year plan to get basic motion recording, while Blink XT2's free motion recording outperforms Ring's paid version.
Ring Stick Up
Free Service (F):
- Ring is useless without a paid subscription because nothing is recorded. Here’s what you can do for free:
- You can check the live feed at any time.
- You get alerts when there’s motion in front of the camera, but you can’t view what happened unless you see it live.
- You can have a conversation with someone in real-time with two-way audio. It works like Ring Doorbells. But it doesn’t make sense for this kind of camera because it’s going to be mounted high and probably take visitors by surprise when someone starts talking. Although, it may be useful if you need to tell someone to get off of your yard.
Subscription Service (F):
- Ring Protect plan is $30/year and you need it to make Ring useful. Here’s what you get:
- Motion is recorded and saved on in the cloud for 60 days. You can export or share these video clips whenever you want.
- As I saw with the battery-powered Ring Doorbell 2, motion recording is not sufficient relative to other security cameras. Even when it catches the motion properly, the audio part of the video sometimes doesn’t record until it’s three seconds into the clip. While Ring Stick Up Cam will probably record 90% of the action, it’s unreliable.
- There are three settings for motion detection: Frequent, Standard, and Light. All of them miss events.
- Because Blink’s free motion recording is better than Ring’s, I’d expect to get more premium options from Ring with their subscription, like 24/7 recording.
- Ring’s two-way talk is better than Blink’s because there’s no video lag. Calls go smoother because your phone’s mic and the camera’s mics are always recording, rather than only recording when you press a button, like Blink. Although, it’s nowhere near as smooth as Ring Doorbell Pro because Stick Up Cam’s video and audio still cut out.
- Ring added a smooth timeline with thumbnails that you can slide through to see what happened. It’s a significant upgrade from the previous interface and miles ahead of Blink XT2.
- You can record on-demand with one tap.
- You can set a schedule for when you do and don’t want motion recording, or enter in “motion snooze” mode for an hour, right from your phone’s notification screen.
- Like Blink, there’s no native geofencing in the app, but you can work around this with Alexa Routines.
- You can create motion zones, but they’re not as customizable as Blink’s.
- “Neighbors Feed” lets you post videos, screenshots or written descriptions to your local community with the hopes that other Ring owners do the same. For instance, there was a fire in my town and someone posted it to the feed for all to see.
- You can have screenshots posted, emails sent, events uploaded to Google Drive, along with other things done automatically with IFTTT recipes.
- Ring is also owned by Amazon and Alexa works perfectly. You can arm and disarm or have the live feed appear on your TV, if you own a Fire TV device.
- It takes about four seconds to load to view the live feed.
- Ring works with Google Assistant too.
- You can control Kevo and other smart locks right inside the Ring app.
- It works with Wink smart hubs and WeMo smart switches.
- You’ll get about two months with Ring’s rechargeable battery. You slide the battery out and then insert a micro USB port into the battery pack to charge it. You can buy additional batteries to avoid downtime too.
- If you have access to power, you can buy the powered version for the same price.
- I’ve used several Ring products, and it feels similar to the others. It’s not anything special.
- The design of the base stand is better than Blink’s.
- You can keep the camera on a flat surface with the base stand.
- Or you can unscrew the base stand from the bottom of the camera, then screw the base onto the backside of the camera, which turns it into a wall mount. It’s a nice design.
- The battery can easily be taken out to charge.
- You don’t need a module or bridge. It just runs off your WiFi.
- You can use it indoors or outdoors. It’s waterproof and works from –5°F to 120°F temperatures.
Audio & Video Quality (B):
- While it’s 1080p and has the same 110° horizontal field of view as Blink XT2, the video looks crisper. You’ll notice the better quality when you zoom in to see specifics.
- Its night vision isn’t special, but it’s better than Blink’s.
- It records audio during motion clips, but the sound is delayed by a few seconds from a motion recording that’s already delayed in the first place.
- Overall, Ring Stick Up Cam’s video quality isn’t great, bur it’s serviceable. If video quality is important to you, the high-end Arlo and Eufy cameras are the way to go.