Because it was accidentally leaked in early March, Amazon has decided to make it official and announced that they are releasing a new video doorbell to the market. They have come out with their Ring Video Doorbell 3 and Video Doorbell 3 Plus. It is the latest video doorbell released from Ring. Amazon has these video doorbells available for pre-order right now for $199.99 and $229.99 respectively. And they will ship out on April 8th, 2020.
This is the 3rd generation of Ring’s Video Doorbell they’ve made some improvements over their previous doorbells. They have upgraded the connectivity of the WiFi to the router to 5.0 GHz. But if 5.0 GHz doesn’t work because of interference you can switch it to 2.4 GHz which is not as fast but has less interference.
The motion detection has also been upgraded and now has adjustable motion zones. It can detect motion within 5 to 15 feet of the doorbell. The Video Doorbell 3 has a rechargeable battery pack or it can be hard wired for continuous power where your existing doorbell is connected.
They have also added customization of privacy zones. This allows you to set zones that you don’t want to record the video or audio. This is a great feature if you live in an apartment or in close proximity to other residents who might object to being recorded.
And due to recent security breaches in the news Ring has increased their security by adding two factor authentication across all Ring devices, including the Ring Video Doorbell 3.
Exclusive to Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus
The biggest challenge for a battery powered video doorbell is the pre-buffering. That’s the few seconds before the doorbell is pressed or gets activated by motion detection. Some doorbells record the first few seconds then continue recording when an action activates it.
Before, if your video doorbell had pre-buffering it had to be hard wired to power because the pre-buffering relies heavily on power to work. Ring seems to have made an improvement to the Doorbell 3 Plus. The recording has started before you even see an alert. Ring says this pre-buffering will have little impact on the battery life of the doorbell. Ring calls it “Pre-Roll technology”.
It continuously captures images in a lower resolution and in black and white. The lower quality allows the Ring Video Doorbell to run on a rechargeable battery. If there is no event, like a doorbell pressed, then the images get deleted by the new images until there is an event and the Pre-Roll images become a part of the video.
This doorbell can be hard-wired or you can use the rechargeable battery. The Pre-Roll is actually a series of black and white photos. Most video doorbells that have this feature are hard-wired and you get full color video. Even though the Ring Doorbell 3 Plus can be hard-wired the Pre-Roll will still be the black and white pictures.
Ring Video Doorbell 3 hasn’t come out yet
But when it does I’ll install it and try it out for a weeks and let you know what I think. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro topped my list of best video doorbells so I’m eager to see how Ring Video Doorbell 3 performs.