Reolink Argus 2 indoor security camera review.

OUR VERDICT

If you’re looking for a truly wireless IP camera that doesn’t mind the rain and won’t break the bank, Relink’s battery powered device is an impressive 1080p-capable solution.

PROS

  • Affordable.
  • Sharp 1080p video.
  • Completely wireless.
  • Weatherproof.
  • Local storage.

CONS

  • Doesn’t integrate with other smart home devices.
  • SD card not included.
  • Siren isn’t loud.

THE BOTTOM LINE

The versatile Relink Argus 2 is a Weatherproof indoor / outdoor security camera that requires no wiring and is powered by a rechargeable battery pack.

Comparing security cameras

Reolink Argus Canary Flex Netgear Arlo Pro
Price $100 $199 $250
Color finish White Black, white White
Type Indoor/outdoor Indoor/outdoor Indoor/outdoor
Power source Four CR123A batteries Rechargeable battery, power adapter Rechargeable battery, power adapter
Resolution 1080p HD 720p HD 720p HD
Expected battery life Six month Two months Six months
Field of view 130-degree viewing angle 116-degree viewing angle 130-degree viewing angle
Live streaming Yes Yes Yes
Continuous recording No No No
Cloud storage No Free 24-hour event-based video history (Optional 30-day event-based video history for $10 per month) Free 7-day event-based video history (Optional 30- or 60-day event-based video history for $10 or $15 per month)
Local storage Yes (microSD card not included) No No
Mobile app Yes, Android and iPhone Yes, Android and iPhone Yes, Android and iPhone
Web app No No Yes
Night vision Yes Yes Yes
Alerts Motion and audio Motion Motion and audio
Activity zones No No No
Two-way audio Yes Yes, with $10 monthly subscription Yes
Operating temperature range 14 to 131 degrees Fahrenheit -4 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit -4 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit
Third-party integrations No No IFTTT, Samsung SmartThings

Full Story

Enclosure, and Sony’s Starlight CMOS sensor, has added some new features, including outstanding night vision, a rechargeable battery pack and a solar power option. It still doesn’t work with other smart devices like the Netgear Arlo Pro 2 or Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Do, but it’s also significantly lower.

Design and Features

The Argus 2 looks similar to the original Argus camera. Its oversized white-black enclosure measures 4.6 by 2.5 by 2.3 inches (HWD) and has an IP65 Weatherproof rating. The camera has a built-in magnet that makes it easy to attach to its metallic mounting base and can be removed when the battery is recharging.

Unlike the first Argus to use four CR123 batteries, the Argus 2 uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that is rated up to six months before charging. In time, you can remove the entire camera or just the quick-release battery pack. Just bring it in and plug it into a USB power source to charge it. Or you can buy a weather-resistant solar charging panel ($ 29.99) and not have to worry about the battery at all.

There is a microSD card slot and a reset button on the back of a gasket on the right side of the camera, and a gasket-protected USB power port on the back of the battery pack. You need to provide your own microSD card to record the motion and manually trigger the video, but according to a Relink spokeswoman, the company will build a cloud recording solution in the near future.

The Argus 2 uses a 2-megapixel Sony Starlight CMOS sensor that captures 1080p video at 15fps. It has a 4-degree viewing area and uses seven infrared LEDs to deliver a very sharp black-and-white night vision video at 33 feet. It can also provide color video at night, but the image quality takes a hit in this mode (more about this in the next section). The camera has a speakerphone and two-way audio and a microphone for a PIR (passive infrared) motion sensor, but the sound recognition capability is low.

Reelings include a magnetic mounting base and a screw-in base for a more permanent mounting solution. You get a white rubber skin that offers a bit more protection from the material (black and camo skins will soon be available for $ 12.99 each), a USB charging cable, a quick start guide and mounting screws.

The connection comes via an 802.11n (2.4GHz) radio. Direct and recorded video is accessed using the Relink mobile app for Android and iOS devices. It uses a live feed and a manual recording (if an SD card is installed) with buttons to stop the stream, take a snapshot, select a color mode (color, black and white, auto), select a bandwidth mode (Fluent and Clear ), And switching to full-screen landscape mode. Of the screen

Tapping the down arrow in the upper left corner takes you to the Devices screen where you can enable push notifications, configure Wi-Fi settings, rotate the screen image, and select clear and fluted image quality parameters. Clear is a high-quality setting that requires a lot of bandwidth, and Fluid is used if you can’t get a strong Wi-Fi signal. Other settings allow you to share access to the camera with friends and family, enable the internal siren

Installation and Performance

Argas 2 is very easy to set up. I installed the battery and received a voice command telling me the camera was ready for setup. I downloaded the app, clicked the plus button in the top right corner and, when asked, scanned the QR code on the back of the camera. I clicked on the Wi-Fi connection, selected my home SSID, entered my password and held my phone about eight inches from the camera so it could scan the QR code on my screen. A few bakes

In the test, Argus delivers very sharp color video during 2 days and evenly sharp black-and-white video at night when set to Auto mode. In color mode, where the night vision is displayed in color instead of black and white, the image is very dark. Your best bet is to use auto mode unless there is a constant light source such as a porch light. Minor barreling was evident all around, but not enough to distort the image.

Motion detection worked well, but it did trigger a lot more alert when set to the default mid setting. The app generated a message asking me to frequently tinkle the sensitivity level to avoid warning and recording, and as the setting changed to Low, I was much happier with the results. Push alerts quickly appeared and two-way audio was loud and easy to understand.

As with the previous model, the Siren of Argus 2 is not too loud and boring than anything else.

Conclusions

Easy installation, intense nighttime video quality and local recording Relink Argus 2 makes a solid choice for a wireless indoor / outdoor home surveillance camera. Its weather-resistant housing makes it ideal for mounting in areas that come in contact with the material, and its rechargeable battery pack lets you put it anywhere without worrying about a power source. Interoperability with other smart home devices directly or via IFTTT and Alexa voice support

Reolink Argus 2 Specs

Connectivity Wi-Fi
Notifications Email, Push
Field of View 130 degrees
Resolution 1080p
Storage Cloud, Local
Two-Way Audio Yes
Mechanical Pan/Tilt No
Night Vision Yes
Alarm Yes

 

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