Ring's new Video Doorbell 3 will show four seconds of video before motion is detected

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The regular Doorbell 3 also receives a few upgrades from the previous iteration. Ring has added a "near motion zone" that allows motion detection within five to fifteen feet of the camera. This comes with the promise of cutting down on false alarms from random people walking by.

“While features similar to Pre-Roll have been available on our wired devices, we believe it is important to also offer this feature to users with a battery-powered Video Doorbell, so that no one ever misses a moment at their doorstep.” said Jamie Siminoff, Ring’s founder and Chief Inventor. Siminoff further expounded in a blog post that incorporating Pre-Roll in the battery-powered doorbells required a lot of engineering to achieve the perfect balance of battery life and performance.

On the hardware front, Ring's engineers built a three-camera array that combines the image signal processor (ISP) with the imager. Furthermore, this camera array records those four seconds in black and white at a reduced resolution. On the software side, the images are recorded as a series of photos instead of video. The software then stitches the images together at a certain framerate to achieve a sort of photo time lapse.

Ring is also updating its Chime and Chime Pro line to include a built-in night light and Wi-Fi extender for the Pro model. The new Chime will cost $30 while the Chime Pro will be $50. The Ring Video Doorbell 3 and 3 Plus will cost $200 and $230, respectively. Both products are available for pre-order now and will start shipping on April 8th.

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No way I'm putting one of those on/ in my house.

I can't believe people are still buying these things after the incident with hackers using them to talk to little girls in their rooms.

I wish Orwell could come back to corporeal stance and slap people.


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I found this type of device less convenient than advertised, especially for too frequent battery replacement. Now I use wired cameras (for power and networking) that record 24x7 with all video staying on servers I control. Disk space is trivial relative to the multiple terabytes found on any mechanical drive these days. The viewing software flags parts of the timeline that have motion but you quickly learn that motion detection is not perfect and does take a few seconds to kick in, which could be a big problem if you are recording a narrow range and your intruder is fast moving.

Probably a little more effort to install up front, but a lot more pleasant in the long run.