Reolink Argus 3 Pro Review | #iossecurity | #ioshack | #iphonesecurity


The Reolink Argus 3 Pro ($109.99) is a reasonably priced outdoor security camera that comes loaded with features including 2K video, intelligent motion detection, dual-band Wi-Fi, and support for Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. It delivered excellent daytime and nighttime video quality in testing and gives you free cloud storage for recorded video, though its battery life could be better and it doesn’t work with IFTTT. Our Editors’ Choice for affordable outdoor cameras, the Wyze Cam V3, isn’t wireless and only records 1080p, but it offers greater third-party support for just $20.

Weatherproof and Wireless

The black-and-white Argus 3 Pro looks similar to the Arlo Pro 3 camera, but at 3.5 by 2.2 by 2.4 inches (HWD), it’s not quite as deep (the Arlo Pro 3 measures 3.5 by 2.0 by 3.0 inches). Designed for outdoor use, it has an IP65 weatherproof rating and is powered by a rechargeable 6,500mAh battery (more on this in the next section).

The front of the enclosure holds a 2K camera that captures 2,560-by-1,440-pixel video at 15fps and has a 122-degree field of view and a 16X digital zoom. There’s also a 230-lumen LED spotlight, a status LED that’s blue when the camera is online and red when it’s offline, a daylight sensor, a PIR motion sensor, and a microphone. Six small infrared LEDs provide black-and-white night vision up to 33 feet, or you can have the camera use the spotlight to deliver color night vision.

Behind a rubber gasket on the bottom of the camera are an on/off switch and a micro SD card slot for storing recorded video locally. The slot will accommodate cards up to 128GB, but you have to supply your own media. The back of the camera has a speaker, a micro USB charging port, and a battery status LED that’s orange when the battery is charging and green when it’s fully charged. Inside is a siren and a dual-band Wi-Fi radio for connecting to your home network.

The Argus 3 Pro features intelligent motion detection that can differentiate between motion from people and vehicles. It supports push and email alerts, and it offers a time-lapse feature that lets you view video in fast motion, but you need to install a microSD card for this.

The camera comes with a free Basic cloud plan that gives you 1GB of recorded video storage with a seven-day history for a single camera. For $4.99 per month, the Standard plan gives you 30GB of storage with a 30-day history for up to five cameras, and the $9.99 per month Premier plan gives you 80GB of storage with a 30-day history for up to 10 cameras. The Business plan costs $14.99 per month and comes with 150GB of storage with a 60-day history for up to 20 cameras.

The Argus 3 Pro can be controlled with the Reolink app for Android, iOS, and Windows devices, and can also be accessed via a web browser. The app opens to a Devices screen with panels for each installed Reolink camera. Each panel displays a still image of the camera’s last captured activity. Tapping the camera panel opens a screen with a live stream that you can view in full-screen mode by turning your phone sideways. Just below the live video panel are Start/Pause, Mute/Un-Mute, Snapshot, Manual Record, and Video Quality buttons. At the very bottom of the screen are Talk, Clip, and Playback buttons. Tap the Talk button to initiate two-way audio and use the Clip button to zoom in on a specific area of the video image. The Playback button launches a timeline of captured video that you can quickly scroll through to find a specific event.

Reolink app screens showing schedule settings, device settings, and live feed

In the top right corner of the screen are buttons for activating the spotlight and sounding the siren. There’s also a gear icon that takes you to a Settings screen where you can check the battery life, configure Wi-Fi and display settings, create a custom alarm that will sound when motion is detected, view time-lapse video, and create alert schedules. Here you can also adjust motion-sensitivity levels, create a camera recording schedule, and share access to the camera with friends and family. 

Easy Installation, Short Battery Life

Adding the Argus 3 Pro to my network was easy in testing. I started by downloading the mobile app and tapping the plus icon in the upper right corner of the login screen to add a new device. Using my phone, I scanned the QR code on the back of the camera and followed the instructions to configure Wi-Fi. I flipped the power switch, confirmed that the camera was powered up, selected my Wi-Fi SSID, and entered my password. When the QR code appeared on my phone, I held it in front of the camera and immediately heard a voice prompt informing me that the camera was connected. I tapped Next, created a login password, gave the camera name, and the pairing was complete.

The physical installation was also quick and easy as there are no wires or power cords to deal with. I attached the screw-in security bracket to a post on my backyard deck, then screwed the camera onto the bracket. I adjusted the camera angle, tightened it, and the installation was finished.

Reolink Argus 3 Pro camera with flashlight on

The Argus 3 Pro performed well in testing. Daytime video showed excellent image detail and rich color quality, with no apparent barrel or pincushion distortion. Black-and-white night video appeared sharp and evenly illuminated, and color night video was also sharp, but as we’ve seen with most cameras that do color night vision, colors weren’t as vivid as what you get with natural daytime lighting. 

Motion detection worked well. False alerts were few and far between, and the camera did a good job of identifying motion caused by people and passing cars. Email and push alerts arrived quickly, and Alexa voice commands to display video on an Amazon Echo Show worked as intended.

The camera’s battery is rated to last anywhere from one to four weeks before requiring a recharge. That’s significantly shorter than what you get with the Eufy Cam E (up to one year) or the Arlo Essential Spotlight (up to six months). However, you can hook the camera up to a Reolink Solar Panel ($24.99) that constantly charges the battery.

Solid Outdoor Security

At just under $110, the Reolink Argus 3 Pro is a solid deal for a battery-powered outdoor security camera. It delivered sharp 2K video in testing and offers other useful features including color night vision, a spotlight and siren, intelligent motion alerts, local and free cloud storage, and time-lapse video. Although it supports Alexa and Google voice commands, it doesn’t interact with many third-party smart devices, and its rechargeable battery doesn’t last very long between charges. If you want a camera that works with more third-party devices such as smart door locks and smart light bulbs, consider our Editors’ Choice winner, the Wyze Cam V3. And if you want to go the wireless route, the Wyze Cam Outdoor offers similar functionality for just $50.





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