Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam vs Indoor Cam: Similarities & Differences

By Naila Syifa
Updated May 2024

Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam vs Indoor Cam

If you have a smart home ecosystem set up with Ring devices, you may be considering adding an indoor camera to your setup. Ring offers two options for indoor cameras: the Ring Indoor Cam and the Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam, each with its own unique features and capabilities.

In this comparison, we'll uncover the similarities and differences between these two Ring indoor cameras to help you decide which one best suits your needs.

Key Takeaways

Costing only $20 more than Ring Indoor Cam, Ring Pan Tilt-Indoor Cam adds pan and tilt functionality to cover a wider area. It can be more cost-efficient as you won't need to invest in multiple cameras to monitor the same room from different angles. Other than that, both indoor cameras share similar features, design, and installation process.

Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam vs Indoor Cam
Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam

Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam

360-Degree Security Camera

✓ 1080p HD video
✓ 360° Pan + 169° Tilt Coverage
✓ Two-Way Talk with Noise Cancellation
✓ Privacy Cover

Ring Indoor Cam (2nd Gen)

Ring Indoor Cam (2nd Gen)

Indoor Security Camera

✓ 1080p HD video
✓ Two-Way Talk with Noise Cancellation
✓ Advanced Pre-Roll
✓ Privacy Cover

#1 Price

Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam vs Indoor Cam

Ring Indoor Cam

Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam is more expensive than the Ring Indoor Cam, but the price difference is only $20, making it a relatively affordable upgrade.

Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam costs US$79.99, while the Ring Indoor Cam is priced at US$59.99. Both cameras are reasonably priced, making them accessible options for most consumers looking to enhance their home security setup.

#2 Design

Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam vs Indoor Cam

Ring Indoor Cam

Honestly, the Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam is almost the exact copy of its predecessor Indoor Cam. They have a similar cylindrical appearance with a privacy cover that you can swivel to cover the camera and microphone, protecting your privacy.

Some may say that Ring is not very innovative to keep the same design for both cameras, but I personally appreciate it. Consistent design makes different models look more cohesive and harmonious when placed together at home, especially if you already have the Indoor Cam and looking to add the Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam for another room.

The only difference between the two is that the Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam features a different base that allows for panning and tilting capabilities. This makes the camera slightly taller and heavier than the Ring Indoor Cam.

#3 Video Quality

Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam vs Indoor Cam

Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam

Both cameras deliver the same 1080p HD video resolution, which I find sufficient for indoor home security monitoring. They may be losing to other models like Wyze Cam v4, which offers a high 2.5K resolution.

However, take note that Wyze recently faced a major security incident that exposed users' footage to other users. I still feel safer to go with Ring, though it does need to catch up in terms of video resolution to stay competitive.

Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam and Ring Indoor Cam also offer a reliable color night vision. This allows you to view the surroundings clearly even at night or during low-light conditions.

Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam vs Indoor Cam

Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam

Both models also have the same 143° field of view, that is how much of the area can be captured by the camera's lens in a single frame. However, the Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam's ability to pan and tilt allows you to monitor a much wider area. You can pan the camera horizontally to 360° and tilt it vertically to 169°, giving you a more comprehensive view of your space from end to end, and from floor to the ceiling.

This pan-tilt ability is very beneficial. With a single camera, we can cover the whole room. The standard Indoor Cam, on the other hand, would require multiple camera placed at different angles to achieve the same coverage.

#4 Smart Features

Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam vs Indoor Cam

Ring Indoor Cam

Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam and Indoor Cam have no difference when it comes to smart features. You can use the Ring app to view the live feed, communicate in real-time with the two way audio, receive motion alerts, customize motion zones, and activate the siren built into the camera to deter intruders or alert others in case of an emergency.

As an Amazon company, Ring also offers seamless integration with Alexa-enabled devices. This means, you can get audio notifications with and Echo Dot, view live feed with an Echo show, or use Alexa to control the camera hands-free.

With a Ring Protect subscription, you can also access additional features like video recording and storage, person detection, and rich notifications. I find the ability to store footage is very important for reviewing any incidents or suspicious activities that may have occurred. Otherwise, you'll always have to be on standby, reviewing motion alerts right when they happen, as the camera does not save any recordings without a subscription.

#5 Installation

Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam vs Indoor Cam

Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam

Both cameras are very easy to install. You can just plug them into a power outlet and connect them to your Wi-Fi network using the Ring app. Both cameras can also be placed on a flat surface or mounted on a ceiling or wall, so you have the flexibility to position them wherever you need.

One downside is that both cameras are exclusively powered by a power cord, which may limit placement options. If you're looking for a battery-powered indoor camera for more flexible placement, consider the Ring Stick Up Cam.

Read also: Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam vs Ring Stick Up Cam

Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam vs Ring Indoor Cam

Final Thoughts

Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam vs Indoor Cam

Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam

Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam and Ring Indoor Cam are similar in many ways. They both are plug-in indoor cameras that offer 1080p HD video, color night vision, a privacy cover and a range of smart features that allow you to monitor your home effectively and conveniently.

The Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam is US$20 more expensive, but it adds the ability to pan to 360° and tilt to 169°, covering a much wider area compared to the fixed-angle Indoor Cam. This makes the Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam a more versatile and cost-effective choice, especially if you have a larger space to monitor, so you won't need to buy multiple cameras to monitor the room from different angles.

If you like to read more about Smart Home Cameras, check out our other relevant guides here:

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