It looks like the family of Ring smart bells is growing. On a message from its site – removed since – the manufacturer briefly presented two rather interesting products, the Video Doorbell 3 and the Video Doorbell 3 Plus.
Ring briefly posted a presentation of the new connected doorbells on its site. Removed since, this message displayed two new products: the Video Doorbell 3 and the Video Doorbell 3 Plus. Is putting the initial postonline human error or is it a way of creating buzz around these new products? For the moment we don’t know. We also don’t know if these two bells will resurface, if they will be sold in France, or at what prices.
This brief presentation allowed us to discover a Video Doorbell 3 well developed, the “Plus” version being more mysterious, because only mentioned in the “Frequently Asked Questions”.
We discover that this Video Doorbell 3 Plus has Pre-Roll technology which allows you to view 4 seconds of images before motion detection is triggered. The mark specifies that this short sequence is in black and white in order to preserve the autonomy of the battery. A very interesting feature not to miss anything, but which raises questions about the respect of users’ privacy.
How can the camera shoot images before switching on? Is it active all the time? This feature can therefore be unpleasant, even scary, but the Video Doorbell 3 Plus is supposed to be positioned next to an entrance door, so theoretically it does not record sensitive or intimate content.
As on the latter, the field of vision reaches 160 °; nothing new so far. Similarly, the Video Doorbell 3 has night vision or a microphone and a loudspeaker to converse with people located nearby.
This new model of connected doorbell has a Near option to reduce the detection zone from 1 to 4 meters approximately, so as not to be invaded by notifications as soon as a walker passes in the street; a very well thought out option.
Finally, we note that the Video Doorbell 3 now supports Wi-Fi 5 (11ac) – 2.4 and 5 GHz bands -, as is already the case on the Video Doorbell Pro. This theoretically allows faster access to live video and better compatibility with certain Wi-Fi routers (especially those offering a unified network). In short, the connectivity of the Video Doorbell 3 is smoother and faster; no more waiting to watch who’s at the door from their smartphone or tablet.