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EufyCam 2 Pro vs. Arlo Pro 3: Which should you buy?

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Arlo Pro 3 Cam (Image credit: Arlo)

Arlo Pro 3

Arlo Pro 3

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The Arlo Pro 3 does everything you need (and probably more). The optional Arlo Smart subscription will add even more capabilities to the mix, like human, animal, vehicle, and package detection. It even works with your favorite virtual assistants and IFTTT to further connect your smart home together.

Arlo Pro 3

It does all the things

Spotlight
Color night vision
Local storage options
Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit, IFTTT
Multiple object detection options via subscription
More expensive
Requires a subscription for advanced features
Local storage support is buggy at times

EufyCam 2 Pro

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The EufyCam 2 Pro takes everything that was great about the EufyCam 2 and improves the resolution without significantly increasing the price or battery life. Despite the increased resolution, the EufyCam 2 Pro still works with the same Home Base Station as other EufyCams and is totally wireless.

EufyCam 2 Pro

An incredible value

On-board people detection
Local storage
1-year battery life
No subscription fees
Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit
Non-removable battery
2FA isn't available in all countries
Third-party service integration needs work
No spotlight, colored night vision

Both Eufy and Arlo are among the best companies to choose for home security cameras. But there's a clear differentiation between the two latest products from each company. The Arlo Pro 3 not only packs in better specs overall, but it provides users with more options and more important features than Eufy. Arlo's ability to provide important security measures like two-factor authentication and its tie-ins with several smart home services further seal the deal. There's no doubt you'll be getting a better experience with Arlo but, as the old adage goes, you get what you pay for.

Arlo Pro 3 Scaling the paywall

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There's no doubt that while the Arlo Pro 3 offers a better overall experience and more essential features, you're going to pay for it. At its base price, the Arlo Pro 3's two-camera starter kit is almost 50% more expensive than the EufyCam 2 Pro. That's Eufy's brand-new top-of-the-line security system, too. On top of that, if you want all of the features of the Arlo Pro 3, you'll need to have an Arlo Smart subscription. That is, of course, an additional long-term cost on top of being an expensive product.

Arlo Pro 3EufyCam 2 Pro
Price$200 per camera, $500 for 2 cameras + base station$150 per camera, $350 for 2 cameras + base station
Video resolution2560x14402048x1920
Camera angle160 degrees140 degrees
HDR VideoYesNo
PowerRemovable rechargeable batteryBuilt-in rechargeable battery
Rated battery life3 to 6-months12-months
Weather ratingIP67IP67
Motion detectionYesYes
Person detectionCloud-based human, vehicle, animal, and package detectionOn-device human detection
Night visionBlack & White Infrared, ColorBlack & White Infrared
FloodlightYesNo
Two-way audioYesYes
Alarm/Anti-theftYes, siren on cameraYes, siren on camera and base station
Storage optionsLocal or cloudLocal or cloud
Service tie-insGoogle Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, IFTTTGoogle Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit
Remote arm/disarmAlexa, IFTTT, Arlo appEufy Security app

While the cost is definitely more than just a bummer, there's at least a bit of a bright side to the subscription cost. At $3 per month, it's not exactly going to break the bank. That subscription also enables a multitude of important features like human, vehicle, animal, and even package detection via the cloud. You'll be able to customize motion zones to help prevent erroneous alerts, and Arlo will store the last 30 days of activity in the cloud so you don't have to deal with local storage running out.

Arlo also outdoes Eufy in the spec game in a significant number of areas. While the EufyCam 2 Pro is marketed at 2K resolution, it's not actually much higher than 1080p resolution. The Arlo Pro 3 has true 2K resolution at 2560x1440 (2560p) and even sports a 20-degree wider angle lens. That means that Arlo Pro 3 captures a wider area and does it in higher resolution, too.

It also has HDR video, which helps get rid of those horrid blown-out areas that occur from having a bright sky contrasting against a dark covered area (where a camera is usually placed). The Arlo Pro 3 even features a floodlight built-in, which enables the camera to see in full-color in the dark.

EufyCam 2 Pro Sometimes, local is best

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So while Arlo supports both local and cloud-based storage, only some Arlo base stations properly support what Arlo calls Direct Storage Access (opens in new tab). Specifically, the VMB5000 or VMB4540 bases provide official support for local storage, but there are several users on Arlo's official support forum that have reported issues accessing pictures and videos that are stored on local USB drives. You'll also need a subscription for some of these features if you have an older base station.

Meanwhile, Eufy offers easy local storage built right into the HomeBase 2, which comes with any EufyCam 2 Pro starter kit. 16GB of built-in storage holds up to three months of videos with two cameras, and an SD card can be inserted to easily expand this storage. All of the video is available at any time via the Eufy Security app and doesn't require any kind of subscription to access.

Eufy also packs in onboard human detection that'll help cut down on alerts you don't need, because who really cares about the neighbor's cat hanging around your yard, right? The EufyCam 2 Pro also supports custom motion zones out of the box without a subscription.

Connect to others with the Arlo Pro 3

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However, Eufy's biggest weakness is in its lack of interconnection to other platforms. While Eufy fully supports connection to Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa, you're only limited to viewing video and can't control the arming or disarming of the system. That means you'll either have to rely on manual arming/disarming, utilizing geofencing from within the Eufy app (and granting the app access to your location at all times), or creating triggers for other Eufy Security devices to trigger camera recordings.

The Arlo Pro 3 can be armed and disarmed through the Arlo app, via Alexa, or through any number of IFTTT recipes. This IFTTT integration, in particular, means what you can bypass any limitations that Arlo might have in its software by creating your own ways of connecting smart home devices. IFTTT support remains the most important way to connect smart home devices across multiple vendors, and Arlo's integration with Alexa means a whole lot of people can securely arm and disarm their system with their voice and a security PIN.

EufyCam 2 Pro vs. Arlo Pro 3 You get what you pay for

While that statement usually means that the least expensive product is cheap or not worthwhile, that's not the case here. Eufy offers a compelling product with the EufyCam 2 Pro, which offers a low cost of ownership over the long-term, and one-year battery life that outdoes the Arlo Pro 3.

However, the Arlo Pro 3 is just much more capable, despite the higher cost, and it delivers on the promise of getting more bang for your buck. The Arlo Pro 3 features a removable battery, which can be swapped (opens in new tab) out for a normal or XL sized battery. That XL battery costs $80 (opens in new tab) but will increase the battery life to one full year before needing a charge up. The Arlo Pro 3 is the clear winner when it comes to capability and essential features, but you'll need to be OK with spending more money over the long-haul. If that's OK with you, Arlo's the one to get.

Nicholas Sutrich
Nicholas Sutrich
Nick started with DOS and NES and uses those fond memories of floppy disks and cartridges to fuel his opinions on modern tech. Whether it's VR, smart home gadgets, or something else that beeps and boops, he's been writing about it since 2011. Reach him on Twitter or Instagram @Gwanatu