Advanced Motion Detection in Video Doorbells and Security Cameras

Ring uses two different types of motion detection systems in its doorbell and security camera products. There are a few key differences between these motion detection systems, as explained below.

Tip: If you’re looking for an aerial map view of motion detected on your property, we recommend using Bird’s Eye View, available on the Video Doorbell Pro 2 and Floodlight Cam Wired Pro.

Motion Detection Systems

  • Infrared Motion Detection: This system uses passive infrared sensors and is featured in all of Ring's battery-powered products. It is optimized for low-power operations to maximize battery life.
  • Camera-based Motion Detection:This system relies on the camera for motion detection rather than heat signatures. Optimized for a greater degree of customization, this variety of motion detection is featured in all Ring products.

Passive Infrared (PIR) Motion Detectors

This system features three PIR motion sensors, with each detecting a little over a third of the total coverage area. It identifies visitors through a moving heat signature and sends a signal to your device once it detects movement.

Since PIRs pick up large heat signatures, if a warm object is too small, it won’t be detected. However, if a warm, non-human object is large enough, you might get a false motion alert. You can control the sensors' range and sensitivity using the Motion Sensitivity and Advanced Settings controls in the Ring app.

Camera-based Motion Detection

This system interprets the output of the camera for motion detection. This gives you better protection from false motion alerts because of a "human detection” system. Through a combination of face and body-shape analysis, it can often spot the differences between humans and other living things.

This system also provides more customization options by letting you draw up to three personalized areas in the camera’s view. Motion Zones allow you to define a specific area that you want your device to cover, while excluding the rest. You can reduce the number of false positive motion alerts by strategically drawing your Motion Zones to exclude frequently accessed areas like public paths or other high-traffic areas.


Learn how to customize Motion Zones and use Advanced Motion Detection for your video doorbell.

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