Ring Stick Up Cam Pro vs. Canary Pro: Which security camera is better?

When it comes to premium indoor security cameras, few are as popular as the Ring Stick Up Cam Pro. Available in both wired and battery-powered formats, this is a versatile camera that fits most home security systems. However, the lesser-known Canary Pro offers many of the same features as the Ring Stick Up Cam Pro — but often sells for a much lower price.

But is the Canary Pro better than the Ring Stick Up Cam Pro? Or should you just buy the popular Ring product? And, more importantly, what kind of monthly costs are required for this camera? Here’s everything you need to know.

Prices and monthly fees

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The Ring Stick Up Cam Pro costs $180 for both the battery-powered and plug-in models. A monthly plan isn’t required to use this product, but you’ll miss out on key features like video history and smart alerts if you don’t have it. That means most users will want to sign up for Ring Protect Basic, which costs $5 per month starting March 11, 2024.

Here are some of the standout features offered with Ring Protect Basic:

  • Up to 180 days of video history
  • Snippet taking
  • Person and package alerts
  • Rich notifications

The Canary Pro costs $169, but is often sold for less. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see them discounted by up to $90. This immediately makes it more attractive than the Ring Stick Up Cam Pro – but the sticker price doesn’t tell the whole story.

Like Ring cameras, the Canary Pro works best with a monthly subscription plan. In this case, you will see Canary Premium. Without Canary Premium, you can only receive motion alerts, check live feeds, enable two-way audio, and a few other basic features. Canary Premium costs $13 per month. Here are some of its standout features:

  • Detect people
  • Video clip
  • Video history
  • Special activity zone
  • Desktop streaming
  • Improved customer support

It’s very similar to everything Ring Protect Basic offers, but it’s almost three times more expensive. So, while you can save a few dollars up front with the Canary Pro, anyone planning on using this device for several years will quickly recoup their losses when purchasing the Ring Stick Up Pro.

Winner: Stick Up Cam Pro Ring

Design and installation

Ring Stick Up Cam Pro showcased at Amazon's Fall 2023 Devices and Services event.
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The Ring Stick Up Cam Pro is a nice looking device but is a bit bulky. It features a black faceplate that houses the camera and speaker units, and is surrounded by a white chassis. At just over six inches tall, it is easy to spot when placed on a desk or table. In addition to placing it on a flat surface, Ring also allows the unit to be mounted on a wall.

Getting the Ring Stick Up Cam Pro to work is very easy. Battery-powered models are arguably the easiest to install, as you don’t have to worry about any wiring. Regardless of which model you choose, after turning it on, you’ll need to sync it with your mobile app and Wi-Fi network. And since it supports dual-band 5GHz, you won’t experience any compatibility issues. Once done, you are ready to start using the camera.

The Canary Pro is only sold as a wired unit. It’s a shame it has to be plugged into an outlet, because the battery-powered option available with the Ring Stick Up Cam Pro gives you the freedom to place it almost anywhere in your home. Canary designed the unit to look sleek, and it’s arguably sleeker than Ring’s product (though it’s just as big at six inches tall). Setting up and installing Canary Pro is quite simple, although it only works with 2.4GHz networks — which can cause problems during setup depending on your network.

Winner: Stick Up Cam Pro Ring

Resolution and night vision

Canary Pro on the table.
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The Ring Stick Up Cam Pro films in 1080p and supports HDR for better colors. When operating in the dark, it supports color night vision. This unit also films in a 155 degree viewing angle, allowing it to capture most of your property.

The Canary Pro films in 1080p, although it uses black-and-white night vision when recording in the dark. The viewing angle is not as big as the Ring, a maximum of 147 degrees. It still captures most of your home, but it can’t compete with the 155-degree diagonal display offered by the Ring.

Winner: Ring

Features and specifications list

Canary Pro on the shelf.
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The Ring Stick Up Cam Pro is actually a security camera. It offers impressive video capture, great viewing angles, simple installation, and a powerful smartphone app that lets you customize almost every aspect of its performance.

In contrast, Canary Pro does everything. It’s billed as a monitor that provides “total home security and intelligence,” because it doesn’t just capture movement events. In addition to filming, Canary Pro will also monitor air quality, ambient temperature and humidity. This makes it an attractive purchase for homes looking for a “can do it all” device that won’t break the bank.

Winner: canary pro

Which security camera is better?

Ring Stick Up Cam Pro is the best choice if you are looking for a security camera. Not only do they offer better viewing angles and vibrant HDR video, they are also available in both battery-powered and wired units — giving you the flexibility to easily install in your home. Throw in the powerful Ring app for easy customization, and this is one of the best security cameras you can buy. You can also operate it without a Ring subscription, although functionality is limited. Consider taking the Basic plan to get the most out of your system.

The Canary Pro is no slouch, but its hefty monthly fee and slightly worse video quality make it less appealing than the Ring Stick Up Cam Pro. However, homes that would benefit from an air quality monitor should take a closer look. It’s not as powerful as a standalone air quality monitor (and it’s not an air purifier), but it has some unique capabilities that make it a good buy for the right smart home.

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