Keep an eye on your home or business day and night with Arlo Pro 3. With no wires, you can install Pro 3 in minutes and view video directly from your phone. Spot unique details with color night vision, and see more in dark areas with the integrated spotlight. The advanced lens provides superior image quality and a wider field of view, and allows you to track and zoom on moving objects with clarity. Receive notifications when your camera spots people, vehicles, animals, or packages, and view live video or recorded clips directly from your phone, with 3 months of included Arlo Smart.* Hear and speak to visitors clearly with two-way audio.
Zoom in on objects, and see clearer details and colors in 2K HDR.
Color sight, day and night
Capture the full picture even in lowlight with color night vision.
Spotlight that never sleeps
Light up the night, and identify unique details with the integrated spotlight.
Quick and simple wire-free setup
Easily install and adjust your camera like a professional with the new magnetic mount.
Get big picture
Keep an eye on more of what matters with a wide 160° field of view.
Notifications that matter
Receive notifications when your camera spots people, vehicles, animals, or a package is delivered with Arlo Smart.* 3 months of Arlo Smart service is included, with rolling 30-day cloud recordings.**
Certified to withstand heat, cold, rain, or sun.
Hear and speak to visitors clearly with superior audio quality.
Built-in smart siren
Trigger your camera's siren remotely or automatically during an event.
Go wire-free with a convenient and long-lasting battery.
Convenient charging options
Snap the magnetic charging cable into place to quickly charge your camera, or charge two batteries at the same time with the optional Dual Charging Station accessory.
Security in palm of your hand
Watch live streaming or recorded video from your smartphone or tablet on the Arlo app.
* Arlo Smart service not available in certain countries. See www.arlo.com/ArloSmart for details.
** Arlo Smart includes cloud recordings of video clips at 2K or lower resolution for 30 days. Renewal of an Arlo Smart subscription is required to maintain Arlo Smart features, including cloud storage.
=== Summary ==
I'm a huge fan of the Arlo Pro 2 camera system so I was naturally very excited for the Arlo Pro 3. It has many features my Arlo Pro 2 does not have, such as 2K recording, color night vision, integrated spotlight, and 160-degree viewing angle. After using it for the past five days, I can say that Arlo didn't disappoint -- for the most part. Although I LOVE its reliable video and audio quality, easy-to-use mobile app, its quick and smart notification system, and long-lasting battery, I'm very disappointed that Arlo chose NOT to include 7-day free cloud recording for the Pro 3 and still hasn't kept their pledge to make locally saved clips accessible from its mobile app. If Arlo had kept that option, it would've been a 10 out of 10 product and a Complete Win. As it is, I rate it 4 Stars out of 5 overall.
-Slick and attractive design.
-Super simple & quick setup process.
-Clean and color-accurate video quality from HDR & 2K recording.
-Audio recordings are noise-free, skip-free, and sound clean and clear.
-Smart Alerts are smart & accurate most of the time.
-The mobile app is feature-rich and easy to use.
-The motion-detection sensor is very responsive & quickly turns on the spotlight.
-Robust & varied accessory ecosystem.
-Accessories are expensive. $50 for a 25-ft charging cable?
-The cool features require a monthly plan.
-The cheapest Arlo Smart plan costs $2.99/month per camera.
-Clips can be saved to local storage but you can't view it from the mobile app. Arlo has 2 months left to keep their promise.
=== Design & Setup ===
When it comes to design, build materials, build quality, and general fit-and-finish, Arlo has done a fantastic job with the Pro 3. The cameras and base station look great and blend perfectly within my home. In the hands, it feels solid and durable, and taking it apart to insert the battery was a smooth and frustration-free experience.
The charging port is on the bottom and the charging interface from the cable connects magnetically to the camera now, which is a huge improvement in terms of convenience. With the Arlo Pro 2, the charging cable on the back got in the way of my outdoor mounts and the rubber flap was fragile and easy to become dislocated.
Setting up the Arlo Pro 3 was a completely frustration-free and speedy process. Connect the base station to the router, give it power, and add each camera one-by-one inside the Arlo mobile app. Upon first startup, there were firmware updates for both the base station and each of the cameras. Those went through without any hiccups.
In the box, there was one magnetic wall mount and one outdoor mount accessory. Sadly, the cable in the box was too short and I couldn't run it from the wall to my front porch. But checking Arlo's accessory store, a 25-ft charge cable is available so I'll probably be getting that. It's too bad most accessories are so expensive, though. For some of these accessories, I'll be waiting for third-party companies to make cheaper alternatives.
=== Mobile App & Customization ===
After all the cameras have been added, I fine-tuned the camera settings within the well-organized and easy-to-use Arlo mobile app.
The app has three main tabs on the top: Mode, Devices, and Library. In the "Mode" section, you tell the cameras when to detect for motion and audio events and what to do about it. For one of my cameras outside in the front porch, I have it to detect for both motion (80% sensitivity) and audio (level 3 sensitivity out of 5) and to record a video for 300 seconds. After the event has finished, Push notification is sent to my smartphone. Other options inside Mode include "Disarmed," "Scheduled," and "Geofencing." I leave my cameras "Armed" all the time.
In the "Devices" section, you can view each camera video feed to initiate two-way speaker conversations, manually take photos or record a video, and turn on or off the spotlight camera. You can also create Activity Zones so you only receive alerts when something happens inside that zone. And there are numerous other options -- battery level indicator, camera LED behavior, check device info, motion detection test, video quality levels (brightness, Auto HDR, local 2K live streaming, auto-zoom & track, low light settings, night vision), power management, and video angle (160-, 125-, or 110-degree).
The final section is the "Library" and this is where you go to view all the clips that have been recorded in response to events. The newest event is always on the top and you can select a video and mark it as a Favorite, share the file with someone, "donate" it to Arlo for their R&D, download it, or simply delete it.
But wait, there is more~! From the main screen of the app, when you tap on the 3-dot menu icon and tap on Settings, you'll discover the "Arlo Smart" section. It's here where you can tell the cameras to detect for package deliveries (only one camera can do this) or detect specifically for people, vehicles, animals, smoke/CO alarms, and more. For the part, these smart detections worked pretty well, correctly flagging my dogs and cat as animals and my UPS delivery man as a human. Package detection wasn't as quite consistent, probably because not all of my packages arrived in rectangular or square boxes but sometimes in large envelopes or plastic bags.
All in all, I'm very impressed and delighted by all the features that are offered by Arlo. It truly is a complete home security camera system.
=== Video & Audio Quality ===
With its 160-degree viewing angle and 2K video resolution, the crispness and clarity of the videos were highly satisfactory. The colors were true-to-life, color gradation was handled very well, and the HDR feature did an excellent job correctly exposing the dark areas.
The audio recordings were exceptional as well, way better than my Arlo Pro 2. The audio is cleaner with less noise and skips and I was very impressed by how far it can record conversations. My wifey and daughter were talking about 30 feet away from my Pro 3 in the living room and I could hear and understand each word they were saying loud and clear.
I love it when a new successor product completely outperforms the previous model and Arlo Pro 3 succeeds in doing that.
=== Battery life ===
I've been recording 5-minute clips in 2K and viewing live feeds in 2K. Also, the spotlight camera is set to turn on all the time during low-light situations. After recording 82 5-minute clips (almost 7 hrs of footage), the Arlo Pro 3 camera still had 25% battery left. I'm impressed.
=== Cloud Recording, local storage, & Arlo Monthly Plans ===
This is the part of my review where I get a little negative. After being used to the 7-day free cloud recording feature of my Arlo Pro 2 system for the past two years, I'm very reluctant to begin paying a monthly fee. To be honest, it's not TOO bad. For $2.99 per month per camera with the Arlo Smart plan, I get 30 days of video playback, enhanced notifications, activity zones, and person detection. After all, it probably costs Arlo lots of money in server and storage costs. But still...the Arlo cameras are one of the most expensive wire-free security camera systems on the market. Therefore, I think Arlo should make available AT LEAST a 3-day free cloud storage option for customers who are shelling out so much money for their systems. I think that's a good compromise.
In terms of local storage of video clips, Arlo has dropped the ball here too. Yes, you can store your clips locally but you can't view your local clips from inside the mobile app. What was Arlo thinking? I've had that feature in my $200 Samsung camera for four years already! Arlo announced that in the second half of 2019 they will implement a way for users to view local clips from within the app. Well, Arlo, you have two months left to keep your word.
I'm currently using the 3-month free trial subscription and time will tell whether I stay on the basic Arlo Smart subscription plan or not. Whether I do or don't, I'll come back to this review and add a comment to share my opinion on whether I think it's worth it or not.
=== Conclusion ===
Overall, I like the Arlo Pro 3. It's well-built and engineered, it produces high-quality video and audio clips, its mobile app is simple to use and very responsive, and its smart features like animal detection and package detection are cool and neat. But with such a high $500 upfront cost, Arlo should've included some form of free cloud storage and ability to access locally saved clips from the mobile app. With that said, I still recommend it because the execution is so good and it has such a robust accessory ecosystem.
Arlo Pro 3
I have quite a bit of experience with the Arlo line as I have been using an Arlo base station along with 2 of the Pro 2’s and 2 Pro’s for the past few years. I love these, they have been reliable, secure, and can take a beating in the elements. I have no doubt the Arlo Pro 3 will prove be even better!
=== In the Box ===
Inside the box there are the two Arlo Pro 3 cameras, the Smarthub base, 2 rechargable batteries, a magnetic mount, 1 outdoor mount, 1 magnetic charging cable with usb charger, power cord for the Smarthub, and an ethernet cable.
I find it a little odd that there is only one charging cable in the box for two cameras. I suppose the idea is the batteries are expected to last so long that you can survive with just one cable, simply removing the cameras or their batteries and charging them as needed. For me, personally, I like to wire the cameras up to a power source so that I never have to worry about them, so I would have appreciated two cables.
The way the kit is put together it almost guarantees you will need to buy at least some accessories such as an extra charging cable or the dual charging station. In case you were wondering, the batteries are different than the older Pro or Pro 2 models so not compatible.
=== Setup ===
Setup is dead simple with the Arlo app. Find a spot near your router for the Smarthub (has to be connected via ethernet, wifi not supported) and plug the ethernet and power cable in. The app will detect the new Smarthub and then you follow the instructions to add each camera. There’s a button on the bottom of the camera to release the unit from its housing to insert the battery. The whole process could not have taken more than 5 minutes. I was a little worried I might have issues since I use the same app to monitor my existing Arlo base station but looks like the older base station and new Smarthub and all six of my cameras can co-exist in the same app.
I could have added all the cameras to the new Smarthub if I wanted to but I’m glad that I am able to use two base stations as there are some areas around my yard where the old base station couldn’t reach. Now I have two hubs in two different corners of my home so I have much better coverage for the cameras.
As mentioned above, there are two types of mounts included. With the magnetic mount once you affix it to your wall the camera simply pops onto the mount at almost any angle. It also makes it easy to remove the camera when you have to recharge the battery.
The other mount is a necessity if you need to mount in an outdoor or high location. For now I’m using the magnetic mount in a new location and replaced one of my existing mounted Pro 2’s with the Pro 3
While cloud recording is automatic, you may also want to connect a USB hard drive to the Smarthub for local copies of the videos.
=== Usage ===
Once everything is synced and mounted you use the Arlo app on your phone to manage and monitor the video feeds. The system should be armed which means the cameras will detect motion and automatically save the video to the cloud, turn on the LED spotlight, and send a notification to your phone. You can go into the device settings to turn any or all of this off. You can also configure the cameras to take action on sound instead of motion or to activate the siren on the camera. The siren is not ear piercing loud but I’d imagine it scare most intruders away especially if the spotlight also comes on.
I didn’t find the auto zoom and tracking to be that great. It’s not very smooth especially when the object it is tracking is moving quickly. You can use the app to have two way audio communication with someone but this is not a feature I use often.
The system can also be synced with a smart home system such as Apple’s Homekit. Here you’ll be able to see your cameras live in the Home app on your Apple devices. One of my favorite features is I can open the Home app on my Mac and select a video feed to keep open in a small window in the corner of my screen. Perfect for watching out for the pizza boy! Google Assistant and Alexa are also supported but I haven’t tried these out.
If you want to turn off the detection and video recording, simply open the app and disarm the system. There are also options to arm/disarm on a schedule or geofencing.
=== Performance ===
I can definitely tell a difference in the image quality between the Arlo Pro 2 and Pro 3. Take a look at the image samples below. There is more detail in the Pro 3 screenshot and the colors are more natural than the Pro 2 which is quite a bit oversaturated.
The color night vision is pretty neat. You could clearly see I was wearing a red shirt at night but note that it does not work if you do not have the LED spotlight enabled.
=== Pros ===
App based setup
2560 x 1440 resolution w/ HDR
Color Night vision
Wider field of View than Pro 2
Long battery life
Auto Zoom and Track
Homekit, Google, and Alexa support
Local USB Storage
=== Cons ===
Includes just 1 magnetic charger
Pricey when you consider you'll likely need accessories and a subscription as well
Overall, the Arlo Pro 3 is a nice addition to the Arlo lineup. You get mostly the same features as the more expensive Arlo Ultra, only sacrificing resolution. I would definitely buy these over the Arlo Pro 2 at this point as the increase in resolution, color accuracy, and night vision are worth the upgrade.
I must say I was excited to test out this system. I currently have an off brand, 4 camera system and Guardzilla 360. The off-brand cameras tend to lose WIFI connection quite a bit and is very frustrating. The 360 is a nice camera, but the software interface for my android phone really needs an upgrade.
This unit comes with a base unit, and in my case 2 camera’s. Setup was pretty straight forward. Simply plug in the base unit to power and Ethernet, then download the app to your phone and follow instructions.
You also must install the batteries into the cameras. Mine were both around 50% full.
The kit came with one magnetic mount and one screw mount, both worked well.
First think I noticed once I fired these up was the clear picture. These offer 2K image quality and it looks really nice. 2K sits in between 1080p and 4K. (Alro Pro 2 is 1080p and Arlo Ultra is 4k)
Phone interface also works great.
-2K Video with HDR – Great picture and color
-Integrated spotlight – This light’s up your subject when they are triggered by motion.
-160 Degree Viewing angle
-WIFI - Stays connected and works well
-2 way audio – Listen and talk to people. (short WIFI Delay)
-Color Night Vision – Works well, however, my areas are lit so I turn the night vision off for even a better picture.
-Built in Smart Siren
Battery life will be hard to comment on as I have been using for only about 3 days. I would say I am losing about 1.0 – 1.5% each day on the more active camera and less with the other. With that being said I predict no more than 3 months from a full charge for the more active camera, half of the 6 months they state you could get. So the battery drain will definitely depend on how often the camera is activated and probably ‘live’ viewed. My second camera which is activated much less should last much longer, but Even 3 months for an active camera I feel is pretty good.
Smart phone App:
Live View – You can also active the sound and spotlight though the app.
- picture is clear and smooth, Not choppy like my other units.
- I do hear wind in the audio occasionally in my case. Pretty windy area, perhaps they could work on providing a little wind protection on the mic.
The other feature I want to point out is the Activity Zones. You can draw a square or rectangle in the area you want the camera to detect. This feature works really well. No more false alerts.
Another feature in the software is the Auto Zoom & Tracking. This will see a person walking up your driveway let’s say, and zoom in on them and track their movement.
You get a 3 month ‘Arlo Smart’ trail with your purchase. After this you would have to pay $2.99/mo. Per Camera or $9.99 / mo. For up to 10 cameras. If you don’t subscribe you will have to use an external USB connection to your hub and the only way to view the images is to connect that USB to a computer. So you really lose all the online features etc.
I know I did not cover every feature, so please view the Arlo website for the, but I wanted to provide an overview on the features I have used to date.
Overall a good quality security camera system that performs very well.
Hope this review helped you out. Cheers!
The Arlo Pro 3 is the latest camera from Arlo, and a great addition to my current setup of Arlo Pro cameras. In the box you will find 2 Arlo Pro 3 cameras with batteries, 1 SmartHub basestation, 1 charging cable, 1 magnetic mount, and 1 threaded mount. I found it peculiar that Arlo didn’t provide two magnetic mounts as they showcase the design of the camera and are easier to use than the threaded mount.
Setup was a breeze. Arlo has refined the process over these years and I had the Pro 3 up and running in under 5 minutes. Migrating my Pro 2 cameras over to the new SmartHub was equally as easy but not required to use the new Pro 3 system.
Borrowing design from their higher end Ultra 4K cameras, the Pro 3 is an upgrade from the Pro 2 in both hardware and features. The Pro 3 now shares the sleek unibody design with the Ultra, along with the improved magnetic charging. Offering up to 2K HDR footage and a wide 160 degree viewing angle, the Pro 3 provides a clearer picture and better coverage when compared to my older Pro 2 cameras. Also new to the Pro 3 is the addition of a spotlight which allows the camera to record color night video, a welcome upgrade from the black and white nighttime video of the Pro 2. The spotlight can evenly be manually activated from the app if you desire. The Pro 3 has improved audio, allowing 2-way conversations from the app to the camera. One cool feature I like about the new Pro 3 is the auto zoom and track. When enabled, Arlo uses their computer vision algorithm to not only detect the object but zoom in, enhance, and track the object! Unfortunately it crops the footage to 1080p while uses this feature but it is disabled by default. A lot of the enhanced features are handled in the “cloud” and require an Arlo Smart subscription, which is reasonably priced and the cameras include a 3-month trial. Some of the limitations inherent to the Arlo system are still present in Arlo Pro 3, namely the slight delay in the time it takes for the camera to record once it detects motion; though I do feel it has improved on the latest Pro 3.
The Arlo Pro 3 is a great iteration of their “Pro” camera line and reasonably priced for the feature set Arlo provides. I can easily recommend the Pro 3 to not only existing Arlo Pro users but to anyone who is in the market for a well designed wire-free camera.
* Great video quality.
* Simple setup.
* Useful and Flexible features.
* Easy to use app.
* Long battery life.
* Not inexpensive.
* Base hub is not compatible with my other Arlo products.
My first experience with Arlo products was their Security Lights. While they work great, and their battery life is excellent, the setup was very finicky and the settings within their app were not exceedingly clear.
My experiences thus far with the Arlo Pro 3 Security Cameras are similar for how well they work, but night-and-day (pun intended) for how easy they are to set up and use. In fact, initial setup was so easy that I was surprised it was done so soon. Plug the hub into power and ethernet, then fire up the app. It was that easy. Setting up the Security Lights was cumbersome. Setting up the Arlo Pro 3 cameras was brain-dead simple. I inserted the partially-charged batteries into the two cameras and after setting up the hub, the app asked if I wanted to also set up my 2 cameras. Done. The app even gives you a good idea for how strong the video quality is based on wireless signal from the camera to the hub. Nice!
The design of these cameras is really nice, too. They have an outer shell that the “guts” of the camera slide into to keep everything contained and water-tight. The shell is what is mounted and you can easily separate the two to swap out a charged battery without disturbing the mounting position. If you just want to leave the battery inserted and charge with the supplied cable, you will have remove the camera with housing from the mount unless the provided magnetically-coupled cable reaches easily for the duration of charging the camera’s battery.
Each camera has a microphone and speaker for 2-way communications, a bright spotlight for better illumination, the camera (of course) and a wide-angle motion sensor.
The app even noticed that I already had the Security Lights configured and offered to set up some synergy between the lights and the cameras. Setting up the motion zones, the video quality, notifications, etc. was all easy, and the video quality both during the day and at night was amazing.
Another nice feature is that while all the video can go to the cloud for storage, analysis and easy access, you can also plug in a storage device to the hub for local file storage in place of or in addition to the cloud.
While the app integrates both the Pro 3 Cameras and the Security Lights together, the hubs for each are completely separate. It would have been nice to eliminate the Security Light hub (I need two for proper coverage) and the Camera hub, but at least the app controls both seamlessly.
Overall, these security cameras may not be the least expensive options, but the video quality, features and design definitely make them worth spending a bit more money on.
So I will start by saying this is my second video security system. 1st was a wired 4K setup and this is now a 2k wireless setup.
I prefer wired as it’s the most stable. While this Arlo pro 3 is great design wise, it has its issues. That’s where my opinions come from.
So like many people say this 2 pack security system is great looking. Simple yet stylish if that matters. Also they are very small for its capabilities. The 2k video is very good. Tho not perfect. But I’m assuming that’s the wireless fault. Nothing that you will complain about but I’m picky I guess. Could have been better. I do like how these camera will literally track and follow a specific person moving in the field of view. Which is WIDE. I also like that while you can use the app to view live fields. You can also set up storage to save video locally. Great as a back up. Night vision is very clear.
Now the set up is by far the best yet. It’s so easy took me about 15-20 minutes. The camera install was the hardest part and that was easy. Good job there.
The app works very well too. Very easy to navigate and change almost every setting possible. Easily pairing and all. That was a great designed app for sure.
Now to the things I didn’t/don’t like. -1st and the most annoying part is the time from when the camera detects something to the time you get the notification. Sometimes takes up to a min. And I have super fast internet. I know that it has to connect to the Arlo severs but come on now. We need instant access to see what’s going on.
2nd. U have to pay for the premium service. Not for me. While it has good features I think it’s a bit pricey but not too bad.
3rd is minor but still. You get like 1 million notifications. I sleep with my ringer on and I get notifications for sounds and cats and everything else. Lol. Not the end of the world but I thought I’d mention it.
Overall. It’s a very good setup and a decent price point minus the subscription price. And I would recommend it. Unless you can deal with wired like myself.
I have been using arlo devices daily for almost three years now and I cannot say enough good things about the product. Up until now I had been using arlo pro first generation cameras and I found the system to be very useful. I am fortunate to have never caught any unwanted or suspicious activity on camera, but I have been able to see deer, raccoons wreaking havoc, and stray cats on video, some while were were thousands of miles away from home. It has also been helpful to see who is home or not home, when packages were delivered and how much care was given with them, if the garage door is closed, those are just a few examples but there are countless other ways my arlo cameras have come in handy over the years. However, with arlo having years to make improvements and coming out with this new 2k camera system, I had to upgrade and see what they have done and I am glad I did. Before I even had the cameras turned on I was already seeing improvements. The method of charging is so much better now, if someone were to choose to run an extension cord and always have their camera plugged in to stay charged, this new method is way more weatherproof and trustworthy. I have also noticed that the cameras charge much faster now and last longer, despite doing more work and picking up more than my old cameras. At first I was bummed to see that they changed the original magnetic mounting method and that I my old and new mounts would not be interchangeable with old and new cameras, but now that I have had time to hang, adjust, and re-adjust my cameras, I can see how this new, redesigned version gives you a larger range of motion and feels more secure. I am also using the ball mount, however I do not like this mount as much as it is more difficult to thread the camera on and off, especially if you have your camera mounted in an awkward or high spot. And then it is more difficult to position, seems like when you position it and go to tighten the screw, the camera moves again or there is just play in general in the mount and it is just not as accurate as the magnetic mount. Not only that, but it requires you to screw three holes into your house, siding, soffit, etc, instead of only one with the magnetic mount. I would have liked to see arlo include two magnetic mounts instead of one magnetic and one ball mount but that is just me. The biggest improvement arlo has made though is by far, the camera quality. I was so used to the 720p quality of the older cameras, and seeing what they’ve done with 2k quality is impressive. Now all of a sudden I can actually make out faces, license plates, and other details in my videos that I could not see before. The zoom function is better, the wider angle is better, the coloring is better, the night vision is better. Arlo also added an LED light to the front of the camera that can turn on once it picks up enough darkness, or you can turn that function off and turn the light on manually if you are watching and feel the need for it. This was a function I never even knew could be so awesome but it does make a difference if you want to add some light and see something better at night. Anything relating to the video quality, there are improvements and I am very impressed with it. I have included some screenshots in this review for reference. Along with the better camera quality came the ability for the camera to be more sensitive, rarely had I ever gotten squirrels to trigger enough motion for the cameras to start recording on my old cameras, but now, I am getting 8-12 videos a day of just squirrels in the area. I know they are just squirrels but it does prove just how much more these cameras can pick up on. Once I realized how much more sensitive these cameras are, I had to put to work the activity zones function the app lets you do. For example, I have been getting a lot of notifications of activity on our front porch camera due to squirrels, but once I set the activity zone to be right in front of the front door where a person would stand, I stopped getting unnecessary notifications and less pointless recordings. It is a very useful function arlo has made. Going along with that, arlo has definitely improved the app interface and user experience. When I first downloaded the app years ago, it seemed glitchy and was too complicated, there were menus or functions I could get to several different ways, there was some odd roundabout ways that took longer and more clicks to get to something simple, but arlo has really improved and simplified the user experience and I love using the app now. Another cool tool arlo improved is the manual siren function. On my first generation cameras, if I saw something suspicious on camera and wanted to alert whoever was there that they were being watched and recorded, I could turn on an alarm but it came from the base inside the house. For one, if you are inside, it is very loud for you, and depending on your home, there's a chance the intruder might not even hear it from where they are outside. The improvement arlo made was having the siren now come from the camera(s) which they are guaranteed to hear and the volume for it is just perfect. I will say, the only thing that arlo may have gone backwards on is the audio from these cameras and in the videos. On my old cameras, I could clearly hear the ticking of our gas meter, leaves rustling in the wind, cars driving by on a nearby road, and nearly no static or wind noise, it was rare to have wind noise. The audio honestly sounded amplified and felt like it was high definition. With the new cameras, that crisp sound is gone and I can no longer hear the gas meter ticking despite the camera being in the same spot as my old one. No cars driving by either, just a constant fuzzy, humming sound in the audio that covers up many noises that I know are nearby. I am thinking the sound is coming from the camera itself as it sounds like a very close by buzzing. Odd that with so many improvements arlo made, that the audio went backwards. However the video quality could make up for the downgrade in audio quality. That really is my only gripe with this Arlo Pro 3 camera system, the system is nearly flawless and is beyond useful in so many situations. It is hard to put into words but I never thought having 24/7 surveillance on our home was necessary, we live in a quiet and low crime area and do not have a big fancy house that could be a target, therefore we never saw the need in getting a system like this. However once you get used to having the ability to see what is happening in or around your home at any second, you become spoiled and want the ability to see even more. Arlo has given us piece of mind we never even knew we needed. If you are debating on upgrading your camera system or debating on getting your first one, I highly recommend the Pro 3, arlo has done a fantastic job with it.
Having a new baby prompted me to install home security cameras at our residence. Things I knew I wanted/needed included being fully wireless and also having the ability to see and interact with the cameras through my Android phone while receiving real time alerts, even when away. With advances in wireless technology and a new baby, I figured it was the right time to try this out.
After charging both batteries, I found that the initial App/Camera setup was so intuitive and simple that anyone could do it. My Android phone (Arlo App installed) saw the cameras, paired, and updated flawlessly. The App guides you through all of these steps in a pleasing manner and I did not experience a single hiccup.
I planned on installing the first camera inside my main front picture window looking out to the front yard and the second one inside my sliding glass door looking out to the back yard. At first I could not install both because the package only includes one universal indoor/outdoor mount and one magnetic mount. The latter being useless for this type of install without modification to get a camera pointed in the right direction, so off to Best Buy I went to get another indoor/outdoor mount. The Arlo mount offered in store was actually much better than the one that was included in the box. Not sure why those aren’t the standard mounts. Fast forward to the install of the cameras and those were up where I wanted and pointing out the window in no time.
Having the options all set how I preferred (night vision, activity zones, etc) I was ready to test the video quality. It was still mid-afternoon so everything looked really good. The picture on my phone is great when using the option to stream in 2K. The first thing I noticed was the delay to the see the live view, which takes roughly five seconds once either of the cameras “play” button is pressed in the App. Both of my cameras are receiving an excellent result as far as signal strength to the smart hub, so there is definitely room for a speed improvement in relaying the live image to your phone screen.
I then waited for dark to do the night vision testing and found out the hard way that mounting the cameras inside and pointing out a window does not work at all how I expected. It seems that (when mounted close) the extra glass in-between the camera and exterior confuses the cameras and system making them extremely unreliable. This is a big concern for me, as I did not want to mount the cameras on the outside of my home since they would be easily susceptible to theft and/or vandalism. While the App and the base station (if a USB storage device is connected) both grab and save the video clips when movement is detected, that doesn’t do much for you when a thief or burglar can simply unscrew the camera from the mount and be on their way in seconds. I would much prefer a camera that can be mounted more securely. Back to the extra glass in-between mentioned above… When mounting the cameras inside pointing out (and close to) a window at dark, if you have night vision turned on, all you will see is the reflection of your camera in the glass. Huge bummer. Turning off the night vision showed the exterior scene better, but no movement was detected outside at all, therefore I was forced to mount them under the overhang on each side of my house and in plain sight.
I have now had these up for a few days and can honestly comment on the reliability so far. After watching both cameras intently and checking every push notification I received in the App as it came in, the following are my initial thoughts.
The Activity Zones are hit and miss at best. My review photos show the zones I set up for both cameras, as well as a screenshot of precisely when the zones actually saw me and triggered a recording. I actually had to be all the way into the closest side of the zone and right by the house before the cameras were triggered. In the back of my house (Back Door & Shed pic attached) I was using two zones initially, but now use the entire frame of the camera as one big zone instead. I did not see a difference in performance either way and still needed to be really close to the house to get the camera to see me.
That said, the front of my house (Driveway & Front Door pic attached), is set so the cars passing by on the street would not trigger the cameras and that has worked perfectly. I also occasionally get push notifications if a cat or squirrel gets too close so sometimes the sensitivity is on point. Lastly, and most importantly, I had a delivery dropped at my front doorstep early afternoon yesterday and the Camera/App didn’t even trigger at all. This has only happened once, but is worth mentioning. I am running the current Firmware for the Base Station and both cameras.
The delay between the camera seeing and triggering an event and giving you a push notification is roughly 20 seconds (sometimes longer), which is far too long if there were to be an emergency. Again, both cameras show that they have excellent signal strength.
While the App is laid out quite nicely and is easy to use, there are again some speed issues. At the bottom right of each camera signal on the “Devices” tab, you will see a number that counts how many clips have been recorded for each scene throughout the day. Simply tapping on the number (or the “Library” tab at the top) will take you to the library of clips. I have found that sometimes I need to refresh the library page by swiping down with one finger before seeing newer clips. Once they all show up, simply pressing the play button on any clip will buffer it for viewing (full screen if preferred). Buffering can take a few seconds depending on your WiFi speed. While viewing the clips, it is easy to favorite, download, or delete the files. Back in the main library tab, if you press and hold on one of the clips, you can also easily select all (or none) of the clips for batch downloading, or deleting. The library clips are also laid out by date which shows at the top of the library screen. I will say again that I do like the App, its layout, and features, I just wish it was quicker.
You can also forward your push notifications to your smartwatch which is awesome. I am using a Fitbit Ionic and it works for me.
I cannot comment on the rain worthiness of the cameras, as mine are under shelter. The alarm is quite loud and definitely good enough to scare someone away with a jolt. The spotlight is a nice touch but it is not very bright. I am sure it would be sufficient indoors, but outside it really only lights up about ten feet before significant fall off occurs (see last attached photo).
All in all, I was hoping to be more impressed with the whole package considering that this is the third Arlo version and one would assume that most of the kinks including customer feedback would/should be worked out by now. For a more controlled (interior only) application, I can see where this would be a good choice, but for exterior use, it could still use some work. It is possible that future Firmware updates could resolve some of my issues and if they do, I will gladly leave a new updated comment on this review.
Excellent App that is very easy to use (Running Android 10)
Initial App setup, connection, and Firmware update were quick and easy
Ability to attach a USB thumb drive to the base station for backup of clips
USB drive can also be formatted from the App
Battery life seems good so far
2K resolution during the day is sufficient
Alarm is loud
Unreliable through windows at night and does not work at all with night vision turned on
App (while nice, easy to learn and use) is slow
Completely missed a broad daylight delivery to my front door on one occasion so far
2K resolution with Night Vision is rough. Don’t expect to see any facial features.
Wish there were two (of the better) indoor/outdoor mounts included
Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 100/100 = Excellent quality.
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