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Best Arlo Cameras Android Central 2020

With so many options, you may get overwhelmed trying to find the best Arlo cameras. However, the company has been a player in the game for quite some time and has the following to back it up. With consistent updates and some of the best features, you would be hard-pressed to find a better option. With that being said, the Arlo Pro 3 is our favorite camera thanks to having almost all of the bells and whistles one could want, to the point that it's one of the best smart home security systems overall.

Best Overall Arlo Camera — Arlo Pro 3

Arlo Pro 3 LifestyleSource: Arlo

The Arlo Pro 3 has become our pick for the best Arlo Camera thanks to its improvements over its predecessor, the Pro 2. The Pro 3 sports 2K video recording with HDR which allows users to zoom-in on objects and take clearer pictures whenever the need arises. Plus, there is Color Night Vision so you can view night recordings in color without relying on the traditional black and white video.

With the Pro 3, you can set the camera up either inside or outside, providing extra versatility to keep your home protected from potential burglaries. Additionally, you get a 12x digital zoom, multiple resolutions for recording, and a battery that is touted to last between 3-6 months on a single charge.

Quite a few features are included with the Pro 3, such as personalized notifications, advanced motion detection, and customized activity zones, with one caveat. You will need to sign up for Arlo Smart after the three-month trial has concluded, and this can be a bit pricey over the life of your ownership.

Pros:

  • 2K Video with HDR
  • Color night vision
  • 160-degree field of view
  • Integrated spotlight
  • Works with Alexa, Assistant, and Apple HomeKit

Cons:

  • Subscription needed to unlock full potential
  • No 4K video recording

Best Overall Arlo Camera

Arlo Pro 3

Get all the best features you can in a security camera system

The Arlo Pro 3 is a great upgrade compared to its predecessor and has more features to replace your current system.

Best Arlo Camera for Starters — Arlo Essential

Arlo Essential LifestyleSource: Arlo

There are a lot of great Arlo cameras, but the new Arlo Essential features almost everything you need at a low price. The Essential is weather-resistant and will work just fine regardless if it's mounted outside or indoors. Speaking to its versatility, it has multiple power source options. You can take advantage of the Arlo Solar Panel, or you can plug it in with the included charger.

As with the case with most of Arlo's cameras, the Essential is a smart camera, meaning it works with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, IFTTT, and other smart assistants. This makes life easy if you need to check on what's going on, and with the two-way microphone system, you can find out why that random person is knocking at your door.

While Arlo includes three months of Arlo Smart with the Essential, you'll have to pony up if you want to keep taking advantage of cloud recording after the trial is up. One feature of the Essential you'll have to keep in mind is the 130-degree Field of View. This is not as wide as the other Arlo cameras, so you'll have to be more mindful about where you're mounting it. The biggest difference between the Essential and the Pro 3 comes down to the video recording. The Essential is only capable of recording video in 1080p, while the Pro 3 and Ultra can record in 2K and 4K, respectively.

Pros:

  • Multiple power sources
  • Six months of battery life
  • Works with Alexa, Assistant, and more
  • Two-way audio
  • Integrated spotlight for Color Night Vision

Cons:

  • Subscription needed to unlock full potential
  • Only 130-degree field of view
  • Video Recording limited to 1080p

Best Arlo Camera for Starters

Arlo Essential

Best way to get started

The Arlo Essential is a great way to get started with home security, with its rich feature list and low price point.

Best Arlo Camera with 4K — Arlo Ultra

Arlo Ultra LifestyleSource: Arlo

The Arlo Ultra is the new kid on the block from Arlo and has been upgraded in many different ways over its predecessor. Arlo has finally included a 4K HDR camera with the Ultra camera, which not only provides better picture and video quality, but makes it easier to zoom in and see what's going on.

On top of being capable of recording in 4K, the Ultra has a 180-degree field of view combined with auto-image correction, so that there are fewer effects from the fish-eye lens. Arlo has improved the night vision capabilities so that you can view your night recordings in color, versus dealing with black and white playback. One other benefit the Ultra has over its brethren is the integrated spotlight, so you don't have to make an additional purchase and find the perfect spotlight to pair with your Arlo camera.

If you are a proud owner of any of the previous Arlo cameras, you will be disappointed to learn that you can't purchase the Ultra camera by itself and use the older SmartHub. Instead, you'll have to purchase the Ultra SmartHub to get this new and updated camera to work. This is definitely one of those pain points that can leave people sticking with their previous generation Arlo cameras instead of upgrading.

Pros:

  • 4K HDR camera
  • Night vision
  • 180-degree field of view
  • Two-way audio with noise cancellation
  • Built-in spotlight

Cons:

  • Arlo subscription needed to unlock all features
  • Will only work with the Ultra SmartHub
  • Rather expensive

Best Arlo Camera with 4K

Arlo Ultra

All of the features

Arlo swung for the fences with the Ultra and hit a home run with so many features, including 4K recording, night vision, and more.

Best Portable Arlo Camera — Arlo Go

Arlo Go LifestyleSource: Arlo

If you want to find a unique security camera, then look no further than the Arlo Go. It gives you all of the benefits of Arlo's features while offering "Un-tethered Mobile Security" thanks to the support for LTE wireless connections. This means that you can pop in a SIM card and keep an eye on what's going on anywhere there is an LTE connection available.

As one would expect, the Go is IP65 weather-resistant, so you can set it up in the woods, in the driveway, or outside of the campsite during your road trip. The Go includes a wide-angle motion sensor that will make it easy for you to know what is going on outside of your tent and if it's time to run for the hills or shoo away a trash panda.

Since this is such a portable security camera, there are bound to be a few downsides, and one of the biggest is the fact that you need a service plan to make the most out of the Go. There are three different options available — AT&T, Verizon, or Arlo Mobile — which leaves out those who want to add this to their T-Mobile or Sprint accounts. So if you have either of those carriers, the Arlo Mobile option is your best bet.

Pros:

  • Works with 3G and 4G LTE wireless connections
  • Built-in SD card slot allows for local backup
  • Weather-resistant
  • Advanced Motion Detection

Cons:

  • Must purchase Arlo Mobile Service Plan or carrier plan
  • Limited to 720p video
  • 110-degree Field of View
  • Only available through AT&T, Arlo, or Verizon

Best Portable Arlo Camera

Arlo Go

Take it on the road

If the Go is attached to a carrier plan, you'll be able to keep yourself safe and secure wherever there is an LTE connection.

Best Indoor Arlo Camera — Arlo Q Plus

Arlo Q Plus LifestyleSource: Arlo

The Ultra and Pro series of cameras is great, but what if you want to find a great camera to mount inside? That's where the Arlo Q Plus comes into play. This camera has been designed to keep a watchful eye on the inside of your home.

The camera includes a 1080p HD camera sensor, with a wide-angle 130-degree lens which, combined with Smart Alerts, will let you know when something either moves or makes a noise. There is even Night Vision functionality baked in so that you can see what made that loud racket downstairs before you grab the baseball bat in the closet.

If you are worried about the Q Plus being susceptible to slowed playback quality, you can throw those concerns out the window with the included Ethernet cable. This cable not only keeps the Q Plus connected to your home network but also will power your camera, removing the need for extra cables. Unfortunately, those looking to use this camera without being plugged into the wall will be left looking elsewhere, as there is no support for an external battery.

Pros:

  • 1080p video resolution
  • Connect with WiFi, Ethernet, or PoE
  • SD card slot built-in
  • 2-way audio
  • Smart Alerts

Cons:

  • Can only be used indoors
  • Must use a cable to keep the camera powered

Best Indoor Arlo Camera

Arlo Q Plus

Best for the inside

The Q Plus is the best camera you can get if you are looking to keep tabs on what is going on within the walls of your abode.

Best Arlo Camera for the Outdoors — Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight

Arlo Floodlight Pro 3 LifestyleSource: Arlo

It would make sense for the best Arlo camera for the outdoors to be a modified version of our favorite camera, the Arlo Pro 3. That's what we get with the Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera. It has all of the same great features of the standard version, including the same 160-degree field of view, 2K video recording with HDR, and the smart home integration you have come to expect. It just comes with some benefits for outside-mounting.

Since this is a camera designed for the outside, you'll also want to take advantage of the ability to switch between black and white or color night vision. Are you tired of squinting and are ready to light up your yard? That's where the spotlight rated for up to 3,000 lumens comes into play. This will shine a bright light on anything in your yard, from sneaking kids to that pesky raccoon that keeps getting into the the trash can.

Arlo's Pro 3 camera is fantastic as it is, and with the added floodlight, it makes for the perfect outdoor camera. If you're already entrenched in the Arlo home security system, then you are already aware of the need for Arlo Smart. However, those just getting started will need to be ready to fork out some extra cash after three months if you want instant alerts for motion or audio detection, along with the ability to set smart schedules. One other aspect we would have liked to see with this new camera is an upgraded 4K camera, but Arlo is keeping that sensor with the more-expensive Ultra line of security cameras.

Pros:

  • 2K Video with HDR
  • Color night vision
  • 160-degree field of view
  • Integrated 3,000-lumen spotlight
  • Works with Alexa, Assistant, and Apple HomeKit

Cons:

  • Subscription needed to unlock full potential
  • No 4K video recording

Best Arlo Camera for the Outdoors

Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight

Light up the yard

Combine the best features of the Arlo Pro 3, add a floodlight, and you get the Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera.

Best Arlo Camera for Parents — Arlo Q

Arlo Q LifestyleSource: Arlo

Finding the best baby monitor can be quite a hassle, but if you are already connected to the Arlo ecosystem, then the Arlo Q will get the job done.. The camera includes two-way talk so your baby can hear your voice whenever they start crying or need your attention. With the 130-degree field of view, the Arlo Q will show the big picture instead of just focusing on one area of the room. Pair it with the versatile mounting options and this is one of the best Arlo cameras a parent can get.

With the included Night Vision, you won't have to worry about not being able to see what your baby is up to. If you opt to sign up for Arlo Smart, you'll be provided with notifications whenever motion or sound is detected, but it's not included with the Q.

There are a few potential "hang-ups" for parents considering the Arlo Q. First, it's a bit outdated. While it will get the job done, there are other cameras available that are more feature-rich with an emphasis on children. While Arlo includes seven days of cloud recordings for free, if you want anything more than that, you'll need to sign up for Arlo Smart, as is the case with all of the company's cameras.

Pros:

  • Two-way wireless talk
  • 130-degree field of view
  • Versatile mounting and placement
  • Free cloud storage included

Cons:

  • Outdated specs
  • No Smart Nursery features
  • No 4K recording
  • Subscription needed to unlock full potential

Best Arlo Camera for Parents

Arlo Q

Keep an eye on the little ones

The Arlo Q offers a great value proposition for those who don't need all the bells and whistles but want a great camera.

What are the best Arlo cameras?

If you are looking for the best Arlo Cameras, look no further than the Arlo Pro 3. While the camera sensor is not at the new 4K limit of clarity, its 2K playback is solid, and it has all of the right features one could want in an effort to keep their home safe from the outside world.

These features for the Pro 3 include compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for smart functionalities, along with the ability to use multiple types of power sources. Arlo makes it possible to use either a solar panel, removable battery, or the traditional power plug, providing a security camera that is as versatile as one would need for it to be.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Andrew Myrick is a regular freelancer at Android Central and iMore. He has been a tech enthusiast ever since the original iPhone was released and continues to flip-flop between devices. You might as well hook him up to an IV filled with coffee to get him through the day. If you have any questions, you can find him on Twitter, and he'll get back to you.

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