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Arlo and Eufy are two of the big-name brands that come to mind when discussing wire-free security cameras. We’ve featured their cameras in a number of our guides such as the best 5GHz Wi-Fi cameras and best outdoor spotlight cameras.

So in this article, we will be diving deeper by comparing a handful of their security camera options to figure out which is the better brand for your home.

Let’s get started.

Arlo vs Eufy at a Glance

High-End Wire Free Security Camera Head to Head

Mid-Range Wi-Fi Security Camera Head to Head

Budget Wire Free Security Camera Head to Head

Video Doorbell Head to Head

Arlo vs Eufy Overview

Arlo is an American company that was founded in 2014 as a separate division of Netgear. (A company that specializes in networking devices such as routers and servers.) However, in 2018, Arlo became an independent company after an IPO.

Their headquarters are based in San Hose, California, and they began by specializing in smart home video surveillance devices. They were also one of the brands that introduced 4G LTE security cameras to the market. ( Check here for a complete guide on 4G LTE security cameras.)

As of today, Arlo is one of the most well-known brands that caters exclusively to the consumer video surveillance market. Their catalog of security cameras includes video doorbells, floodlight cameras, Wi-Fi cameras, Battery-powered wire-free cameras, and many more.

Eufy is a Chinese-based company that was founded in 2011. It is owned by Anker (the company that produces charging bricks, power banks, and headphones). Eufy also caters to the consumer market and produces almost the same type of security cameras and devices as Arlo.

Both brands offer a cloud subscription service for their cameras with different pricing tiers and supported features. Both brands have their parent companies manufacturing original equipment for them.

Year Founded
2014
2011
Customer Focus
Consumer Leaning
Consumer Leaning
Aggregate App Reviews
3.5/5
4/5
Cloud Platform Name
Arlo Secure and Arlo Secure Plus
Eufy Cloud Storage
Cloud Subscription Features
Cloud StorageSmart / AI NotificationsRich App PreviewsAdvanced App Features
Cloud StorageSmart / AI NotificationsAdvanced App Features
Cloud Subscription Costs
From $2.99/mo of $14.99/mo for 4K Starts at $2.99/Month Single Camera / $9.99/Month Unlimited Cameras
Starting from $2.99 / Month to $9.99 / Month
Note: PoE & Coax cameras typically require a connected NVR, DVR or surveillance software package (like Blue Iris) to gain access to desktop, mobile or browser apps along with availing of Intelligent Video Surveillance (IVS) Features. The specs below are based on integration with the manufacturers recommended NVR / DVR.

High-End Wire Free Security Camera Head to Head

Key Differences

In our first head-to-head, we will be comparing the Arlo Ultra 2 versus the Eufy Solocam S40.

The most notable difference between these two devices is the external housing or chassis. The Arlo Ultra 2 is a more compact bullet-type camera, whereas the Eufy SoloCam S40 has a larger form factor with a built-in solar panel.

However, the smaller Arlo Ultra 2 has a better camera that can record 4K resolution (3840x2160) footage with Digital WDR/HDR post-processing. Meanwhile, the Eufy camera can only record at a maximum 2K resolution of 2304x1296.

Apart from that, the Eufy camera is very limited in terms of storage since it uses eMMC for backup storage and as a buffer when uploading streams. The Arlo camera has superior storage options thanks to MicroSD and a USB flash drive.

Case Type(s)
Spotlight
Bullet
Price
Power Options
BatteryAC Power
BatterySolar Panel
Data Transmission
2.4GHz WiFi5GHz WiFi
2.4GHz WiFi
Resolution
4K / Ultra HD / 8MP: 3840x2160
2K / 3MP: 2304x1296
Storage Options
microSDCloudUSB Flash Drive
eMMC
Continuous Recording
Yes
No
WDR
Digital WDR / HDR
Unsure
Smart Motion Detection Features
Person DetectionVehicle DetectionObject Detection
Person Detection
IP Rating
Weather-resistant
IP67
Smart Integrations
AlexaGoogle AssistantApple HomeKitSmartThingsIFTTT
AlexaGoogle AssistantChromecast
Are Camera Features Limited without a Cloud Subscription?
Yes
No
Apps
AndroidiOS
AndroidiOS

Key Features in Common

Differences aside, both of these cameras are IP-based devices that use 2.4GHz Wi-Fi for data transfer. (The Arlo camera supports 5GHz.)

They both have integrated microphones, integrated sirens, and two-way communication facilities. They also include both infrared and full-color night vision.

Therefore, if audio-based features or low-light performance is one of the most important decision factors, you will be fine with either of these security cameras.

Camera Location
IndoorOutdoor
IndoorOutdoor
Data Type
IP
IP
Camera Wire Type
Wireless Data & Battery Power
Wireless Data & Battery Power
Integrated Microphone
Yes
Yes
Two Way Audio
Yes
Yes
Integrated Siren / Alarm
Yes
Yes
Lens Type
Fixed Focus
Fixed Focus
Night Vision Functionality
Yes
Yes
Night Vision Type
InfraredFull Color (via Spotlight)
InfraredFull Color (via Spotlight)
Spotlight
Yes
Yes
Motion Activated Recording
Yes
Yes
Motorized Pan Feature
No
No
Motorized Tilt Feature
No
No
Optical Zoom Feature
No
No
Cloud Subscription
Optional
Optional

Mid-Range Wi-Fi Security Camera Head to Head

Key Differences

Since we are done with the high-end wireless cameras, let’s move down to the mid-range Wi-Fi security cameras. For this purpose, we have the Go 2 LTE/Wi-Fi camera versus the Eufy Solo OutdoorCam C24.

The Arlo camera is more expensive because it is a 4G LTE security camera that includes a cellular module, battery, and support for solar panels.

Also, the Arlo camera has an integrated siren, vehicle detection, and additional compatibility for multiple smart integration platforms, including Google Nest Hub, Fire TV, and IFTTT.

Meanwhile, the Eufy 2K spotlight camera can only be powered using a wired AC connection, and it doesn’t support 4G LTE.

That being said, where this camera shines over the competition is the IP67 rating, higher 2K resolution camera sensor, and continuous recording feature.

Case Type(s)
Bullet
Spotlight
Price
Camera Wire Type
Wireless Data & Battery Power
Wireless Data & Wired Power
Power Options
BatterySolar Panel
AC Power
Data Transmission
2.4GHz WiFi4G LTE
2.4GHz WiFi
Integrated Siren / Alarm
Yes
No
Resolution
2MP: 1080P / HD: 1920x1080
2K: 2560x1920
Storage Options
microSDCloud
microSDNASCloud
Interoperability
-
RTSP
Continuous Recording
No
Yes
Smart Motion Detection Features
Person DetectionVehicle DetectionObject DetectionAnimal Detection
Person DetectionAnimal DetectionSound Detection
IP Rating
IP65
IP67
Smart Integrations
AlexaGoogle AssistantChromecastEcho ShowFire TVGoogle Nest HubIFTTT
AlexaGoogle Assistant
Are Camera Features Limited without a Cloud Subscription?
Yes
No
Apps
AndroidiOS
AndroidiOS

Key Features in Common

In terms of similarities, both cameras include the whole gamut of audio-based features (two-way communication, integrated sirens, microphones) and both infrared and full-color night vision capabilities.

On top of that, they both have integrated spotlights and can only carry out motion-activated recording.

Both cameras use 2.4GHz Wi-Fi for data transfer and utilize the same type of fixed-focus lenses.

Camera Location
IndoorOutdoor
IndoorOutdoor
Data Type
IP
IP
Integrated Microphone
Yes
Yes
Two Way Audio
Yes
Yes
Lens Type
Fixed Focus
Fixed Focus
Night Vision Functionality
Yes
Yes
Night Vision Type
InfraredFull Color (via Spotlight)
InfraredFull Color (via Spotlight)
Spotlight
Yes
Yes
Motion Activated Recording
Yes
Yes
WDR
Unsure
Unsure
Motorized Pan Feature
No
No
Motorized Tilt Feature
No
No
Optical Zoom Feature
No
No
Cloud Subscription
Optional
Optional

Budget Wire Free Security Camera Head to Head

Key Differences

For our third comparison, we have Arlo’s “Essential” 2MP spotlight camera against the EufyCam 2C system.

In this case, the EufyCam 2C system is relatively more expensive since you get a 16-channel wireless hub along with two Eufy add-on cameras.

Wireless hub aside, the camera system used in the Eufy add-on cameras is far superior to the Arlo essential because of the ability to record footage at 2K resolution (2304x1296) over Arlo’s 1080p.

Also, these Eufy cameras have IP67 ratings, and they can carry out face detection, a feature sorely missed on the Arlo Essential.

Instead, the Arlo camera can detect vehicles and everyday objects. (Such as packages and furniture.) Although the cameras from either brand can easily carry out person detection.

Price
Power Options
BatterySolar Panel
Battery
Resolution
2MP: 1080P / HD: 1920x1080
2K / 3MP: 2304x1296
Storage Options
microSDCloudUSB Flash Drive
Wireless HubNASCloud
Interoperability
-
RTSP
Smart Motion Detection Features
Person DetectionVehicle DetectionObject Detection
Person DetectionFace Detection
IP Rating
Weather-resistant
IP67
Smart Integrations
AlexaGoogle AssistantAmazon SidewalkApple HomeKitIFTTT
AlexaGoogle AssistantApple TV
Cloud Subscription
Optional
None
Are Camera Features Limited without a Cloud Subscription?
Yes
No
Apps
AndroidiOS
AndroidiOS

Key Features in Common

Both the Arlo Essential and Eufy Add-on cameras are IP-based devices with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi data transfer capabilities. They both have audio-based features such as integrated sirens, two-way communication, and audio recording.

On top of that, they also can carry out infrared and full-color night vision (via spotlight) despite being branded as “budget” wire-free cameras.

Case Type(s)
Spotlight
Spotlight
Camera Location
IndoorOutdoor
IndoorOutdoor
Data Type
IP
IP
Camera Wire Type
Wireless Data & Battery Power
Wireless Data & Battery Power
Data Transmission
2.4GHz WiFi
2.4GHz WiFi
Integrated Microphone
Yes
Yes
Two Way Audio
Yes
Yes
Integrated Siren / Alarm
Yes
Yes
Lens Type
Fixed Focus
Fixed Focus
Night Vision Functionality
Yes
Yes
Night Vision Type
InfraredFull Color (via Spotlight)
InfraredFull Color (via Spotlight)
Spotlight
Yes
Yes
Motion Activated Recording
Yes
Yes
Continuous Recording
No
No
WDR
Unsure
Unsure
Motorized Pan Feature
No
No
Motorized Tilt Feature
No
No
Optical Zoom Feature
No
No

Video Doorbell Head to Head

Key Differences

In our final head-to-head, we will be comparing the video doorbells of each brand, specifically the Arlo Essential Wired and the Eufy Video Doorbell 2K.

The Arlo video doorbell has a MicroSD card and USB port as local storage solutions. Meanwhile, the Eufy counterpart does not include any forms of retrievable storage options since it utilizes an eMMC. (Which is used only to act as a buffer for the cloud storage.)

However, the Eufy camera is the only one that can carry out face detection. (For video doorbells, that is a big deal.) Apart from that, it has an IP65 rating and a higher resolution camera sensor. (That records footage at 2K resolution.)

The Arlo camera’s maximum resolution is only 1536 x 1536. However, it has a wider range of support for smart integration platforms. (A few of them being Apple HomeKit, Samsung Smartthings, and IFTTT.)

Integrated Siren / Alarm
Yes
No
Resolution
HD: 1536 x 1536
2K: 2560x1920
Storage Options
microSDCloudUSB Flash Drive
eMMC
Smart Motion Detection Features
Person DetectionVehicle DetectionObject Detection
Person DetectionFace Detection
IP Rating
Weather-resistant
IP65
Smart Integrations
AlexaGoogle AssistantApple HomeKitSmartThingsIFTTT
AlexaGoogle Assistant
Cloud Subscription
Optional
None
Are Camera Features Limited without a Cloud Subscription?
Yes
No
Apps
AndroidiOS
AndroidiOS

Key Features in Common

When it comes to similarities, both video doorbells are IP-based devices that have their own microphone and speaker devices for carrying out two-way communication.

They both utilize 2.4GHz Wi-Fi and include infrared night vision (no full-color night vision feature).

Unfortunately, despite having hardwired AC options, both video doorbells do not support continuous recording.

Case Type(s)
Video Doorbell
Video Doorbell
Price
Camera Location
IndoorOutdoor
IndoorOutdoor
Data Type
IP
IP
Camera Wire Type
Wireless Data & Wired Power
Wireless Data & Wired Power
Power Options
AC Power
AC Power
Data Transmission
2.4GHz WiFi
2.4GHz WiFi
Integrated Microphone
Yes
Yes
Two Way Audio
Yes
Yes
Lens Type
Fixed Focus
Fixed Focus
Night Vision Functionality
Yes
Yes
Night Vision Type
Infrared
Infrared
Spotlight
No
No
Motion Activated Recording
Yes
Yes
Continuous Recording
No
No
WDR
Unsure
Unsure
Motorized Pan Feature
No
No
Motorized Tilt Feature
No
No
Optical Zoom Feature
No
No

The Arlo vs Eufy Verdict

So that's our comparison between Arlo vs Eufy. Both brands have decent camera systems, and it has been difficult trying to come up with a clear winner since most of the essential specs (such as night vision and audio-based features) are already covered by both of these brands.

However, we have decided that Eufy security cameras are the better option. There are a couple of reasons for this, with the first one being price. Eufy devices are generally more affordable, and they don’t try to coax you into buying an online subscription. Also, most of their devices have better IP ratings, which is very important for the longevity of the cameras.

Do you agree with our verdict? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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