Hello, first post.
I am a brand new Ring user and will say up front we know nothing about these things. This is only the third night after installation. We’ve had a few attempted break Ins in the past 18 months. Our security alarms scared them off but we finally decided to get cameras per advice of our sheriffs department. The lay of our home and property just has too many bad places.
We had the cameras installed and set up by our security company. The cams work but I’m not satisfied with the outdoor spotlight cams. We’re using solar on a couple because no power available. And I’m a heart/lung patient that can’t be crawling up and down a ladder to change/charge batteries. So solar was recommended by our Security team.
Ok to get to the point and I’m going to attempt posting a few pics, the little inside Stickup cams work great. We have two downstairs in two separate large rooms in the basement. You can see in the pic the night vision is great. These pics came from way late in the night and it’s absolutely pitch black dark down there. Zero lighting unless I’m down there. Not even any little leds on anything. Totally happy with these.
You can see in one pic a Spotlight cams outside. We have one long wall with a doorway and two windows at the basement. That is the area of concern with one of them. They placed that camera and panel in a tree just across the drive. It catches that entire wall and a lot more great in the daytime. However at night you wouldn’t be able to see hardly anything at The door or windows. With spotlight both on and off there’s hardly any night vision at all.
The other outside Spotlight cam is watching an extra car shelter that has not only my truck but our Kubota side by side and a lot of outdoor equipment. It and the panel is mounted at the corner of the house pointed that way. Again great daytime but the night time is about useless as the other one.
I’ve read some complaints about the Spotlight Solars and ir night vision.
I’ve said already I don’t know much about these things. But I’m a retired engineer by trade and don’t think I’m a total dummy.
What I have to wonder is. Are these two cameras just trying to cover too much area? Or are they just not the ones needed for this application?
I realize of course they can’t ‘light up’ the entire areas in the pics/videos. But should they be doing a better job closer in??
It’s really pointless to have them if we can’t see and video usable imaging at night.
Btw these particular cameras were recommended by our Security Co.
Of course we really like the broad daylight views. But we’re hit at night.
Hopefully the images will attach and thank you in advance for any input.