When the phrase “video doorbell” comes to mind, one of the first companies we think of is Ring, and for good reason. Despite some reputation, Ring is a well-known name for smart doorbells and cameras, thanks to its sleek-looking hardware that’s packed with features.
Ring doesn’t skimp on product choices either. In fact, there are so many doors to choose from that the lineup can be a little overwhelming if you’re just starting your research. Don’t worry, though—your friends at Nerdshala have you covered.
We’ve helped you break down the pros and cons in the face-to-face ring before. Now is the time for a new battle. Today, we’ll be pitting the Ring Video Doorbell 3 against the Ring Video Doorbell Pro – looking at design, video quality, installation, features, and price. Read on to see who emerges as the winner. We take a look at some of the best Ring doorbell deals we can bring to you today.
Ring is big on aesthetics. Company doors never fail to look great, but sometimes we just don’t want to draw attention to our prized technology. This is something to consider as we weigh in on the numbers.
The Ring Video 3 measures 5.1 inches long, 2.4 inches wide, and 1.1 inches from front to back. Not too shabby for a battery-mounted cam and the Ring has the same dimensions as other battery-powered bells. The Video 3 also comes with your choice of satin nickel or Venetian bronze faceplate, enhanced mounting screws, and wedge and corner pieces for angled the camera. For monitoring and recording, the Video 3 has a 1080p HD camera with a 160-degree field of view.
Aesthetically, the Video Doorbell Pro is a bit small all around. At 4.5 inches tall, 1.85 inches wide, and only 0.8 inches deep, the Video Pro is definitely a bit sleeker than the Ring 3, which will come in handy when your growing real estate is limited.
The Doorbell Pro also comes with four different faceplate styles: satin nickel, Venetian bronze, pearl, and black. There’s also a retro mounting kit to install where you’d replace the first-gen Ring doorbell. Once your old bell and bracket are removed, the retro kit is mounted using the same holes as the original hardware, making your install/upgrade quick and easy.
Camera-wise, the specs are identical to the Video 3. For posterity, it is 1080p HD with 160-degree field of view. While the differences aren’t huge, we’d give it to the Video Pro for a slightly more minimalist Bell body, more faceplate options, and a retro kit.
Like previous Ring generations, the Video 3 and Video Pro both record and display in 1080p HD. Neither model features SD card storage, so if you plan on recording a lot, your best bet is to sign up for one. Ring Protect Plan. For just $3 per month (or $30 per year), a Protect subscription gives you unlimited video and photo capture with 60 days of video history. For $10 per month (or $100 per year), you can opt for a Protect Plus subscription, which includes extras like extended warranties for every Ring device in your home.
You’ll be hard-pressed to choose the difference between Video 3 and Video Pro in a side-by-side video comparison, but there are a few things to consider. For one, if the Video 3’s battery is low, your phone is likely to lag or beam low-res video instead of full-on HD. For Video Pro, there’s no battery to talk about. The bell itself is connected directly to your home (more on that in the next section), so as long as you have electricity in your home, your video feed should be fairly stable.
With similar live video and recording capabilities (and the same amount of variables to consider), we’d call this a draw.
Here’s why things differ majorly between the two Ring products. While the mounting hardware is similar between both the Video 3 and Video Pro, the Video 3 lets you choose between a battery-only install or hardwiring it into your home’s existing doorbell system. If you prefer a battery, your installation is as simple as mounting the bracket and inserting the battery pack. You will hear a bell after the doorbell and battery are successfully linked. Download the Ring app to complete activation, and that’s it.
To hardwire your Video 3, you’ll want to make sure your home wiring is up to code (8-24 VAC, 40VA max, 50/60Hz) and that you or someone you know is comfortable with the additional installation steps. However, chances are if you’re buying the Video 3, you’re buying it for the quick-release battery. It’s easy to re-juice and should last 10 to 12 months on a single charge.
for video pro, In college The alternative is hardwiring. Required doorbell specs are slightly different (16-24 VAC, 40VA max, 50/60Hz), and you’ll also need to install the included Pro Power Kit inside your home chime box. While hardwiring isn’t the most difficult DIY venture, the convenience of the battery is too good to pass up. Therefore, Video 3 takes home the gold.
At a glance, Video 3 and Video Pro have many key features in common. For starters, both the doorbells feature two-way talk. Think of it as an intercom between your phone and the front door. On your part (via the Ring app), you’ll be able to see who’s at the door and talk to them. They’ll be able to hear you, and you’ll be able to hear their reaction.
Speaking of the Ring app, Video Pro allows you to create customizable motion zones on your favorite mobile device. Let’s say you live on a very busy street, but your ring camera is picking up on all the cars passing by. By creating a custom motion zone around your front yard your ring system will alert you only when there is motion on your property. This helps to keep unnecessary information to a minimum.
Ring’s video doorbells are only compatible with Amazon Alexa. You’ll first want to add the Ring skill to your skill list. Once enabled and paired with your ring, you can say “Alexa, who’s at the front door?” Will be able to say things like that. If you’re saying “who” commands a visual voice assistant, such as an Alexa-powered smart display, the device’s screen will become a live view for your Ring Bell-camera.
At this point, you may be asking yourself if there is a difference between Video 3 and Video Pro as well. The answer is yes, indeed. This is a feature called advanced pre-roll That you can’t find Video 3—or any battery-optional ring for that matter.
Standard for the Video Pro, Ring Elite, and some other wired Ring cams, the Advanced Pre-Roll automatically records an additional six seconds of video before a motion event is triggered. Unlike the regular pre-roll feature found with the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus, the Advanced captures six seconds of pre-event video in full color, high definition, and full sound. Compare this to four seconds of regular pre-roll, black and white, standard definition, and no audio. Requires a Ring Protect subscription, but for that kind of protection, we can think of no reason No to sign up.
It was a tough call, but for the features, we’re rewarding Video Pro. The wired doorbell delivers stuff with smart features like optimized motion controls and Alexa integration, padded with added security, thanks to the advanced pre-roll. Video Pro can simply do, regardless of power sources Tax video more than 3
Right now, the Ring Video Doorbell 3 costs $180. This is well below its regular retail price of $200. The Video Doorbell Pro currently goes for $170.
Even at a slightly higher price, the Video 3 is probably a better deal than the Video Pro, given that it runs off battery and does everything the Video Pro can – except For advanced pre-roll. heck, you can too wire Video 3 if you want.
As for the price, gold goes to Video 3. With battery options and the same great performance as its rival – for a neat advantage and a bit more bulk – it’s a better overall value.
The Video 3 and Video Pro are both phenomenal video doorbells, but one should steer clear of champions. It’s a versus piece, after all. For us, the sacred title of “winner” is moving to Ring Video Doorbell 3.
It was a tough call to make because Video Pro is a great option for several reasons. It’s perfect for those who never want to bother charging the battery, as well as families who want the added protection of an advanced pre-roll. It’s also a little smaller than the Ring 3, which means it blends better with your outdoor home decor.
That being said, Video 3 can drain a battery or wired power. It’s got as much smart technology as the Pro, including all the same motion-sensing capabilities. Yes, Advanced Pre-Roll is awesome. We wish Video 3 can do this, but Advanced Pre-Roll requires a Ring Protect plan to use. This is a major feature you’re missing out on with Video Pro if you never sign up for Ring’s additional service.
At the end of the day, the Ring Video Doorbell 3 can be wired or wireless, and it’s easy to use and maintain.