Ring has announced a new floodlight with an integrated camera, the Floodlight Cam Wired Pro. As the name suggests, the Floodlight Cam Wired Pro borrows several features from the recently released Video Doorbell Pro 2, including 3D motion detection with radar and a top view of a person’s movements in front of the camera, which the company calls Bird’s Eye View. The Floodlight Cam Wired Pro, which I’ll call the Floodlight Pro from now on, will be available to pre-order in white or black starting today, April 7, for $ 249.99, with shipments starting May 6, 2021. Ring is also on hold the original Floodlight Cam in the line-up for a new price of $ 199.99.
Like the first Floodlight Cam, the Floodlight Pro is a motion-activated 2000 lumens LED floodlight with a camera between the two hinged 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 motion over a certain threshold that you define in the Ring app, which is then displayed as an aerial map in the recorded video clip. The Floodlight Pro is wired and can be mounted on a standard outdoor circular junction box. Given its name, I wouldn’t be surprised if Ring has a wireless version in the works, but the company isn’t announcing anything on that front at the moment.
In addition, Ring announces the new $ 199.99 Video Doorbell 4, the latest in its regular line of video doorbells that can be used in a standard wired installation or run on battery power. The new model upgrades the black and white pre-roll video that debuted last year on last year’s Video Doorbell 3 to full color, allowing you to see four seconds of movement in color before the doorbell is pressed. It also has a new Quick Replies feature that allows you to have the doorbell automatically respond to visitors when you are not at home or otherwise do not want to be disturbed. You can use the Doorbell 4 with either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz networks.
The Video Doorbell 4 records video up to 1080p, but lacks the square aspect ratio that I found so useful in my review of the Video Doorbell Pro 2, sticking to the traditional 16: 9 wide field of view instead. The 4 also has not the Pro 2’s more advanced Alexa integration to answer the door – though, based on my testing, I don’t think you’ll miss much there.
Ring says the Video Doorbell 3 and Video Doorbell 3 Plus will continue to be available, although I’m not sure why you would buy those if the 4 is out and costs the same or less. The Video Doorbell 4 is available for pre-order today and will ship from April 28th.