Ring’s new video doorbell can finally see your packages

From The Verge: Ring’s new Battery Doorbell Plus fixes some of the biggest problems with its existing doorbells. While Ring created the category, many video doorbell competitors have surpassed its capabilities, offering better video quality, better viewing angles, and notifications for things like animals and vehicles (as well as people and packages). Only Ring’s top-of-the-line Ring Pro 2 (a wired doorbell) was really keeping up with the Joneses.

The new $179.99 Battery Doorbell Plus, available for preorder today at Amazon and Ring.com and shipping April 5th, improves on Ring’s existing battery-powered buzzers by adding a square 1:1 aspect ratio with a 150-degree by 150-degree field of view and 1536p HD video resolution. These are the same specs as the Ring Pro 2, one of my top picks for best video doorbell, for about $70 less (the Pro 2 is $250).

The new square view gets you a head-to-toe view of all your visitors and the ability to see packages on your porch. All of Ring’s other battery-powered doorbell cameras use the standard 16:9 aspect ratio, which lets you see a lot from side to side but often misses packages on the floor.

The 1536p HD video, a big bump from the 1080p used by Ring’s other battery-powered buzzers, brings it up to the quality of Ring’s Pro 2, which provides some of the best video quality for seeing who is at your front door of all the video doorbells I’ve tested.

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