Arlo Camera Review: A Dependable Security Camera System?

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Arlo’s lineup of stand-alone security cameras is one of the best we’ve seen. And we know because we’ve used nearly all of them!

But, there are many to choose from to fit your home or business needs. Read about our firsthand experience, sharing the perks (and shortcomings) of Arlo and the different camera options that are currently available.

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Article Overview

Arlo

4.75 / 5
Arlo
Field of View 5.0
Audio 5.0
Remote Viewing/Streaming 4.5
Price 4.0
Recording 5.0
Tech Support 5.0

Pros

  • Excellent customer service
  • Wire-free cameras
  • Motion-activated recording
  • Store 7 days of footage in the cloud for free
  • Battery level is displayed on the app and batteries are rechargeable
  • Easy to install
  • Sturdy equipment
  • Great, clear footage

Cons

  • Requires a base station for some models
  • Two-way audio can be delayed

Key Features

  • 1-year warranty
  • Variety of accessories available, including mounts, charging supplies, silicone skins and more
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Free cloud recording of 7 days for up to 5 cameras
  • Each camera includes a magnetic mount
  • Set a schedule for when you want the cameras to be armed
  • Long battery life before the cameras need recharging (unless the area experiences a high volume of activity or extreme temperatures)
  • Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomeKit, IFTTT and SmartThings
  • Solar panel chargers available for the Arlo Ultra and Arlo Pro 3

Comparison Table & Terms

Arlo (formerly owned by Netgear) has released a handful of cameras over the years. With each new camera comes improvements to their technology. Their continual innovation is why we consider Arlo to be among the leaders in home security cameras.

 Arlo Pro 3Arlo UltraArlo Pro 2Arlo ProArloArlo GoArlo Q PlusArlo QArlo Baby
Price For 1 Camera (Unless Otherwise Noted) $199.99 2 Cameras + 1 Base Station: $590.99 2 Cameras + 1 Base Station: $249.99 2 Cameras + 1 Base Station: $189.99 Discontinued $423.81 $188.86 $117.86 Check Amazon for availability.
OutdoorCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Video Resolution2K, 1080p, 720p4K1080p720p720p720p1080p1080p1080p
MobileCheckmark
Baby MonitorCheckmark
Field Of View160°180°130°110°110°130°130°130°110°
Night VisionColorColorBlack & WhiteBlack & WhiteBlack & WhiteBlack & WhiteBlack & WhiteBlack & WhiteBlack & White
Zoom12x12x12x8x8x8x8x8x8x
2-Way AudioCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Wire-Free Or WiredWire-FreeBothBothBothBothWire-FreeWiredWiredBoth
SirenBuilt-In To CameraBuilt-In To CameraIn Base StationIn Base StationIn Base StationBuilt-In To Camera
Water ResistantCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Operating Temperature-4 to 113°F-4 to 140°F-4 to 113°F-4 to 113°F14 to 122°F-4 to 113°F
Local StorageUSBmicroSD CardUSBUSBSD CardmicroSD Card
WiFi, LTE Or Ethernet ConnectionWiFiWiFiWiFiWiFiWiFiLTEWiFi & EthernetWiFiWiFi
Base Station RequiredCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Activity ZonesCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Solar Panel Charger AvailableCheckmarkCheckmark
Integrated SpotlightCheckmarkCheckmark
Noise Canceling AudioNoise & Echo CancellationWind & Noise Reduction
Smart Music PlayerCheckmark
Multi-Colored NightlightCheckmark
Air SensorsCheckmark
Baby Crying AlertCheckmark
Arlo Pro 3Arlo UltraArlo Pro 2Arlo ProArloArlo GoArlo Q PlusArlo QArlo Baby

Smart Music Player – Plays lullabies, white noise or a voice recording to help send your baby to sleep. You can manage the music from the app.

Air Sensors – Monitor the nursery’s temperature, humidity and VOC (volatile organic compound) levels. Get alerts if something is not within your desired range.

Cloud Subscription Plans

Arlo Wire-Free, Pro, Pro 2, Go, Q, Q Plus and Baby cameras include 7 days of free cloud recording. Arlo Ultra includes a 1-year Arlo Smart Premier trial, and Arlo Pro 3 includes a 3-month trial. After the trial ends, you can purchase the Arlo Smart Premier or Elite plan or opt for no service plan. Without a service plan, your Arlo camera will be limited to these features:

  • Remote and local live streaming
  • Push notifications
  • Auto zoom and tracking
  • Two-way audio
  • Local storage recording

Arlo Pro 2, Pro, Wire-Free, Go, Q Plus, Q and Baby cameras will revert back to include rolling 7-day cloud recording since they are legacy cameras. You can learn more about Arlo’s cloud subscription plans here.

Arlo Smart Premier

  • $2.99/month for 1 camera or $9.99/month for up to 5 cameras
  • 30-day video history
  • Up to 2K resolution

Arlo Smart Elite

  • $4.99/month for 1 camera or $14.99/month for up to 5 cameras
  • 30-day video history
  • Up to 4K resolution

Continuous Video Recording (CVR)

  • $9.99/month for 14 days of CVR history
  • $19.99/month for 30 days of CVR history

Coupon

Arlo products are often discounted off of MSRP on Amazon.

Author’s Experience And Review

Arlo sent me equipment to review in exchange for an unbiased review. Our review process is strict, so no favors are given in exchange for the free product. We believe first-hand experiences give us a better understanding of the product to provide a more accurate review.

I received the equipment on the following dates:

  • 1 Arlo Camera: May 2016
  • 2 Arlo Pro Cameras: March 2017
  • 2 Arlo Security Lights: June 2018

Arlo

Netgear ArloView Arlo on Amazon

I initially had the Arlo camera mounted near my front door. However, Iowa winters can get extremely cold, and the 14 to 122°F operating temperature wasn’t enough to handle the temperatures below 0°F. The batteries were draining quickly, so I had to bring the camera inside during the winter, leaving the front door unmonitored.

This camera isn’t as advanced as the Pro and Ultra versions, but it does an adequate job documenting any activity that occurs within view.

Arlo Pro

Arlo ProView Arlo Pro on Amazon

The Arlo Pro cameras do a much better job outside with an operating temperature of -4 to 113°F. There have been times where the temperature drops below -4°F, and the camera still operates, which is always a pleasant surprise.

I used outdoor security mounts to secure my cameras where I wanted them. The battery life on these cameras is excellent too, and I love that they are rechargeable.

Arlo Security Lights

Arlo LightsView Arlo Security Lights on Amazon

The lights have 400 lumens and are a nice way to add additional lighting to the exterior of a home in an attempt to scare off intruders. The lights aren’t terribly bright, but they do help illuminate your path.

I love that these are wireless and rechargeable. It’s also cool that I can adjust the color of the light to be whatever I want, so if I want to be festive for a holiday or celebration, I can adjust them.

Arlo Pro 2

Arlo Pro 2View Arlo Pro 2 on Amazon

Sadie, a contributor to Safe Smart Living, purchased two Arlo Pro 2 cameras to monitor activity near her condo building. This is her experience with the cameras:

The Arlo was simple to plug and play right out of the box. We experienced some trouble at first with the sensitivity and it recording everything, but after setting up the zones, it now only records when there is activity in those specific areas.
The battery life lasts about a month between charges, and there have been no issues with extreme weather. There is a slight delay for notifications, but it does a good job of helping us monitor the front and back doors.

Arlo Helps Capture Intruders Of All Species

This person set up an Arlo Pro 2 to try and discover who was sneaking under the fence.

What Are Some Alternatives To Arlo Cameras?

Is Arlo home security enough to protect your home? If you simply want to video monitor your entry points and some areas of your home, we think Arlo is a great option.

However, if you want to know when doors open and close, or when motion is detected throughout your home, you may want a more traditional home security system with door/window sensors and motion detectors.

Check out our best WiFi security camera reviews to see our take on the most popular wireless security cameras on the market. You should also review some other top outdoor security camera options.

Which Arlo security camera is your favorite?

About The Author:

Kimberly is our home security expert, and has been researching and writing about security and safety since 2013, covering everything from security systems and home automation to identity theft protection, home warranties, medical alert systems and more. She has personally tested hundreds of system components and interfaced with dozens of home security companies to find out what's happening behind the scenes.

In 2018, she had her first child, and that opened up a whole new avenue of security experience with baby gear. She wanted to purchase the safest items for her family.

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing and personally testing products and services.

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Rob

Major problems recharging the cameras , apparently this is a common problem . Only one of six recharge after a month of use

Sadie Cornelius (Admin)

Rob, we have Arlo and yeah sometimes the cameras say they are not charged when they are but if you turn it off and back on that usually does the trick for us!

Soon To Be First Time Mom

I’m thinking about getting the Arlo Baby but saw it has some negative reviews on Amazon. It only gets 3.1/5.0 stars. And for spending $200ish on it, I want it to be great. Has anyone used Arlo Baby?

Kristi

Anyone have these, curious how they hold up outside after time?