Ring has announced the latest model in its line of video doorbells, the Video Doorbell Pro 2. The Pro 2 is a new top-of-the-line model that comes with many enhancements over its predecessor, including a longer area And enhanced motion detection capability. It is available to preorder for $ 249.99 starting today, expected to begin on March 31, 2021.
The most important update for the Pro 2 is its new Square Video Capture. Previously popularized by Google’s Nest Hello and adopted by many other video doorbells, this field of view makes it possible to see who’s at your door from head to toe. It also makes it possible to see when packages are left on the ground in front of the door. The Pro 2 captures a 1536 x 1536 pixel image and is the first ring model not to use the traditional 16: 9 wide view.
Another major upgrade is in the motion detection of the Pro 2. Ring is calling this new feature “3D motion detection” and says that it allows you to “pin point the location and time to motion events.” In addition, a new bird’s eye view shows you a top-down image of the motion being revealed, letting you know that someone has traced your property. Ring says that it is possible to optimize the specific point where new motion detection and video recording begin, thanks to the new radar sensor on the Pro 2. You can also customize other speed and privacy zones, as you can with Ring’s other cameras.
Ring also says that the Pro 2’s audio features have been improved with an array microphone, and that new preset replays can be set when you’re not home. Those who subscribe to the Ring Protect plan can use Alexa Greetings, which provides a more advanced answering machine service.
Like the former Video Doorbell Pro, the Pro 2 is a wired model and does not use batteries. This means that if you have to install it on your door, you need to get the door wiring done everywhere.
Competition in the video doorbell space has gotten a bit heated over the years, with many new entrants bringing innovative features to the space. The Ring, which can be credited with popularizing the idea of video doorbells, has been mostly criticized over the years for its privacy policies and police partnerships. This did not stop it from being the most common video doorbell and de facto brand when people thought of this product category. The Pro 2 is the ring’s answer to a lot of new competitors, and it will be interesting to see how it performs once we are able to test it.