The Arlo Ultra was technically the best camera we reviewed, it had some limitations and a high price that was behind it. With the Arlo Pro 3 you get a somewhat lower 2K resolution, but still get the details of most competitions and retain most of the features you put on the Ultra. Thanks to the ultimate flexibility of indoor / outdoor cameras, the Arlo Pro 3 is the best wireless camera system we’ve tested. Although not cheap, it is perfectly pleasing to those who can afford it
- High-quality video
- Flexible indoor/outdoor video
- Powerful modes
- App wouldn’t let us add cameras at first
- Enabling 2K video streaming disables some features
The Bottom Line:
The Arlo Pro 3 has crisp live streaming, fast alert and a wide range of advanced features that make it stand out from other outdoor security cameras. If you have the money to spend, Arrow Pro 3 should be at the top of your list.
- Review Price: £549.99
- Indoor/outdoor wireless cameras
- 89 x 52x 78mm (camera)
- 2k (2560 x 1440) resolution
- 160-degree lens
- Cloud, USB recording
- Colour night vision
- Battery-powered cameras
- Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa
After proving with Ultra that it can produce the best quality video of any smart security camera I have ever seen, Arlo is almost back in power and low-paying: Arlo Pro 3.
With its 2K resolution and a number of low-cost features including the Arlo Ultra, the Arlo Pro 3 is a security camera system that will appeal to a wide range of people. There are a few small questions as to how the Arrow Pro 3 works, but the quality of the footage, the indoor / outdoor camera, and the clarity of the setup make it a brilliant protection system.
Arlo Pro 3 – What you need to know
- Installation:Wireless cameras can be installed indoors or out, and are generally easy to connect to at the base station, though I had to use the web application.
- Detection performance:Cloud activity zones can help reduce false positives, but you should be careful where high-speed areas can make the camera run faster.
- Image quality:The 2K sensor thanks to great image quality, and the colorful night-vision mode is great.
Arlo Pro 3 Design and installation – Easy to get these great-looking cameras installed
The Arlo Pro 3 camera looks exactly like the Arlo Ultra. The lozenge-shaped wireless camera looks fantastic, finished with a shiny white plastic. Push the button below and the inner spring forwards so you can get up on the battery.
As for the Ultra, the Pro3 uses the new magnetic charging cable, which lets you charge the camera to the in situ or you can bring it; There is also a charging charging dock for the batteries, so you can simply switch and go for uninterrupted recording.
With two camera kits you get two Pro 3 cameras and a Pro 3 base station that plugs into your home network, the Pro 3 base station is the same as the Ultra Base Station, only it has a USB port for local recording storage although Ultra has a microSD card slot.
You don’t need a kit, because the Pro3 can connect to the Pro3 base station or the Ultra base station (the Ultra camera can connect to the Pro3 base station). If you’ve already got an Ultra, that means you can buy a Pro3 add-on camera to keep the price down. If you’ve got an old Arlo camera, you’ll need to upgrade your base station, but you can connect the old Arlo cameras to the new base station.
Joining the camera wirelessly at a base station should be easy, but my sample encountered a problem where the app couldn’t read the base station’s mode, so I didn’t have to add a camera. Instead, I used the web app, which let me add a camera and then fix the mobile app so that the camera worked properly.
With the camera connected, you can use the app to measure their signal strength so you can make sure they are within range of your base station. The range is pretty good, and we can cover our entire house with a base station placed in the middle.
With the two-camera kit you get a magnetic mount and a tripod mount get The previous one is easy to use, it requires a screw, but the camera can only be caught and pulled; The latter gives you more freedom of movement and is more secure but you need three screw holes.
Arlo Pro 3 Features – High-resolution video and Cloud Activity Zones, but you still have to be careful about how you position the camera
Arlo Pro 2 came with free cloud storage but Arlo Pro 3 only comes with a three-month trial of Cloud-based Arlo Smart Premier. It covers you for up to 10 cameras and gives you 30 days of video history. At the end of the free subscription, the Arlo Smart Premier costs $ 6.49 a month, though if you downgrade to the Arlo Smart, the camera is only £ 1.99 per year, which is cheaper if you have three or fewer cameras.
Interestingly, with Pro 3 Arlo Smart you get the camera’s full 2K resolution recording, and more Ultra doesn’t upload at 1080p unless you upgrade to 4K video recording for an additional £ 1.49 per camera. Out of the box then, Arlo Pro 3 makes better videos than its older brother.
You can set the system to record plugged USB storage at the base station, though there is no way to access it via the app and you will need to plug the storage into a computer. If you cancel Arlo Smart, you may have a local recording.
By default, Arlo Pro 3 streams 1080p video over the network, though you can turn on native 2K streaming. However, doing so disables the system’s track and zoom feature, which locks movement and follows it to give a more detailed view. The cartelling feature so that you get better quality video seems a bit unfair to me, but it was the same with the Arlo Ultra.
In addition to cloud recording, there is another good reason for getting Arlo Smart: Cloud Activity Zone. It lets you identify the area of the image you are interested in so that you can only get motion alerts and recordings for movement in this area. You can further limit the notifications by choosing the combination you want notifications for: people, vehicles, animals and all speed.
Cloud regions work by using the camera’s motion motion sensor to detect camera movement, which starts streaming video in the cloud. The cloud service then analyzes the video to see where it is moving and decides to keep or cancel the footage.
This is a tricky system and it keeps the minimum notification. However, you still need to be careful that any movement that detects the Pro 3 will ignite it, even if the video is not recorded, but the battery life. The camera should be kept away from high-speed areas, such as your busy streets, especially in the outer area. Generally, you should expect about 20 weeks of battery life outside of the camera, depending on where you are and how often you are moving.
All recorded footage is available through the app, which lets you filter the camera and what triggered the motion. You can also choose a date, making it easier to find a particular clip, which you can download to your phone to save proof.
In addition to recording footage, you can watch your camera live at any time and use the two-way chat feature to talk to anyone you spot. The speaker of the Pro 3 is loud and clear, like a microphone: it’s certainly quite a chat system enough to alert the police that you’ve shown them that they’re on their way.
You can play a siren outside the camera, which is more than a loud enough warning to really scare anyone. The spotlight is even more useful, which helps improve image quality and instantly alerts anyone that they are being recorded.
You can use the modes of the base station to further limit how the camera records. The default armed and unarmed turns all your cameras on or off. Alternatively, you can use weapons and disarm geolocation to track your location.
You can add custom modes by selecting which camera you want to record. For example, you can turn on all external and turn off all internal.
There is also a scheduled mode, allowing you to control which mode your system should be in (including custom mode) over time. Even better, working with geofencing shielding, you return to schedule mode when you get home. For example, your camera may be turned on when you move out, you can turn off the internal camera at home and turn on the camera at night when you go to bed. There is no other system that gives you this flexibility.
There are skills for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant that allow you to stream footage to smart displays like the Google Nest Hub or the Amazon Echo Show. It’s a shame that none of the skills let you set the mode on your cameras.
Arlo Pro 3 Video quality – The best out-of-box footage of any camera
With a resolution of 2560 x 1440 and HDR, the Arrow Pro 3 shoots the best video quality out of the box of any camera I’ve tested. Yes, Arlo Ultra has filmed more detailed footage, but only if you record locally or pay more for cloud storage.
There’s a 160-degree lens here, which is enough to capture most homes; Only the Arlo Ultra has a much wider lens, with a 180-degree view. In practice, it does not have a huge amount.
During the day, the extra resolution brings out a lot of sharp, well-articulated images detailing the analysis. You can clearly see facial details, which make it easier for people to spot and identify.
At night, the Pro 3 can shoot full-color night vision with a combination of color and IR video by producing spotlight illumination. With the softness of which IR-only video is displayed, the quality of the video is great again, so it’s easier to find a frame where faces are clearer and sharper, which makes for a somewhat simpler look.
I recorded everything in the camera’s best-quality setting, though you could lower the image quality to extend battery life. I do not recommend it, as you will not get 2K footage and with high density video is more important than increasing battery life during frequent charging.
Should I buy the Arlo Pro 3?
Most of the features you get with the Arlo Ultra with the Arlo Pro 3 will most likely be there. Of course, you need to upgrade to cloud storage or add a microSD card, but the latter can shoot high-quality video at its highest setting. The cloud has no hang-ups and records like the Arlo Pro 3 at full resolution with no extra money.
A great app and cloud activity zones help keep Arrow Pro 3 from flooding you with alertness, helping to reduce the number of notifications you receive. Like other Arlo cameras, you still need to be careful of location so that the battery does not spread too fast.
That means there may be some areas where you can’t get the angle you want without draining the battery, and a wired camera can be better. For example, NestCam permanently records IQ outdoor records, has better apps, has facial recognition, and lets you customize alerts per region.
Nevertheless, where installing a wired camera will be difficult, the Arlo Pro 3 has no such restrictions. With the ability to add more cameras (choose Pro 3, Pro 2 and Ultra models) and great mode controls, the Pro 3 extends the aero range. The system is quite expensive but, if you can afford it, the Pro 3 system is good quality from Ultra and works out of the box at its full resolution.