Ring's latest doorbells feature a three-camera array

Joanna Estrada
March 12, 2020

Pre-Roll will only be available on the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus, so the upgrade from the standard edition may be worth the $30 difference.

The new Ring cameras boast numerous same specs as their predecessors - including a very similar design - but come with a few new features that should reduce false motion-detection alerts, improve connectivity, better battery life and help to identify people captured by the camera.

Both feature dual-band Wi-Fi (for anyone with a first generation doorbell and new router, you know the connection struggle) to improve your connectivity.

The new Doorbells both have adjustable motion zones to improve detection within 5 and 15 feet of the device.

As the more highly-specced camera of the two new models, the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus is pricier than its sibling, costing $229.99 / AU$369 (about £180).

That's something we've bemoaned in the past, so is great to see it addressed.

The final major new feature is exclusive to the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus. If you get a motion notification you can view the four seconds prior to the notification triggering. That means video will be captured four seconds before motion is detected, so you can see what triggered a motion alert, not just the after effects.

This works thanks to a module that contains three additional cameras, which all work together to record the scene from your front door; these three feeds come together to create one 1080p image.

Being able to record footage before sensors are tripped requires a significant amount of power - something that is already limited on a battery-powered video doorbell.

The Ring Video Doorbell 3 and its Plus sibling will be available in the United Kingdom from 28 April, priced at £179 and £199 respectively. In addition to this doorbell camera system, the Amazon-owned company announced several other products, including the Video Doorbell 3 without pre-roll technology ($199.99), Chime ($29.99), and Chime Pro ($49.99), all of which are also available for pre-order.

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