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When considering security camera brands, you will likely have come across Reolink and Arlo regularly. So what sets them apart? Arlo specializes in a relatively small range of Wi-Fi and battery-powered cameras, which are closely tied to their cloud offering. Their cameras are quite popular with consumers.

Reolink has a much broader range of camera models and systems. In addition, they are less restrictive on how the cameras can be used and integrated with other systems, so are popular with consumers and businesses alike.

Reolink vs Arlo at a Glance

Budget Wire Free Bullet Head to Head

Mid-Range Indoor Head to Head

High-End Wire Free Spotlight Head to Head

Mid-Range 4G Bullet Head to Head

Reolink vs Arlo Overview

Reolink was founded in 2009 and it is owned by the Chinese company Shenzhen Baichuan Security Technology Co., Ltd. They manufacture standard Wi-Fi and wire-free cameras, special dual-lens cameras, PTZs, and PoE cameras. They specialize in NVRs and offer a cloud storage subscription.

Arlo is also owned by the Chinese company Anker Innovations. Founded in 2014, Arlo deals in a variety of Wi-Fi and Wire-Free, indoor, and floodlight cameras while also selling video doorbells.

Reolink products are suitable for both businesses and consumers and most cameras have ONVIF and RTSP compatibility for integrating into other systems. Arlo products have low levels of compatible interoperability so don’t play well with other devices and security software.

Arlo specializes in consumer-grade security cameras with easy-to-install systems and optional cloud platform access. However, if you don’t subscribe to the monthly cloud offering, some of the camera features are limited. Reolink’s camera features are not limited if you don’t sign up to their cloud storage.

Year Founded
2009
2014
Customer Focus
Mix of Business & Consumer
Consumer Leaning
Aggregate App Reviews
2.9/5
3.5/5
Cloud Platform Name
Reolink Cloud
Arlo Secure and Arlo Secure Plus
Cloud Subscription Features
Cloud Storage
Cloud StorageSmart / AI NotificationsRich App PreviewsAdvanced App Features
Cloud Subscription Costs
Free Plan Available - Standard Plan starts $3.49 / $6.99 / $10.49 / Month
From $2.99/mo of $14.99/mo for 4K Starts at $2.99/Month Single Camera / $9.99/Month Unlimited Cameras
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.

Budget Wire Free Bullet Head to Head

Key Differences

The Reolink camera comes in a bit cheaper than the Arlo Essential and has a longer two-year warranty. It has an additional DC power option, unlike the Arlo.

Reolink has a higher weatherproof rating of IP65 whereas the Arlo camera only claims to be weather-resistant.

Arlo Essential has more intelligence built-in as it is able to perform object, person, and vehicle detection. It also performs better in the dark with an integrated spotlight. Its infrared light detects up to 25ft distance with full-color video.

Reolink can compress files through H.264 protocol to save storage. Arlo restricts features without cloud subscriptions but it can support a USB Flash Drive for storage via the optional Arlo base station.

They both have mobile apps however the Reolink camera can be controlled via a Desktop app as well.

Case Type(s)
Bullet
Spotlight
Price
Power Options
DC PowerBatterySolar Panel
BatterySolar Panel
Night Vision Type
Infrared
InfraredFull Color (via Spotlight)
Spotlight
No
Yes
Storage Options
microSDCloud
microSDCloudUSB Flash Drive
Smart Motion Detection Features
-
Person DetectionVehicle DetectionObject Detection
IP Rating
IP65
Weather-resistant
Smart Integrations
AlexaGoogle AssistantChromecastEcho ShowFire TVGoogle Nest Hub
AlexaGoogle AssistantAmazon SidewalkApple HomeKitIFTTT
Are Camera Features Limited without a Cloud Subscription?
No
Yes
Apps
AndroidiOSWindowsMac
AndroidiOS

Key Features in Common

They both are IP-operated Wi-Fi cameras with 2.4GHz data transmissions with rechargeable batteries and optional solar panels. They are standalone cameras that can be used both indoors and outdoors.

These cameras allow two-way conversation using integrated microphones and speakers. They can activate motion alarms using integrated sirens controlled by the app.

Both cameras have motion-activated recordings, and motion detection features. Neither camera supports continuous recording.

These cameras have a night vision feature with infrared light. They do not have pan, tilt, or optical zoom characteristics. They have a fixed focus lens with a 130° field of view.

They both have optional cloud storage with different storage plans.

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
Resolution
2MP: 1080P / HD: 1920x1080
2MP: 1080P / HD: 1920x1080
Lens Type
Fixed Focus
Fixed Focus
Night Vision Functionality
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
Cloud Subscription
Optional
Optional

Mid-Range Indoor Head to Head

Key Differences

Reolink E1 Pro is much more affordable with a larger 4MP resolution camera lens. Reolink has a fast 5GHz Wi-Fi as well as longer-range 2.4GHz transmission, unlike the Arlo.

Arlo is an intelligent bullet-type camera with person, vehicle, object, and animal detection features, which the Reolink E1 Pro lacks.

Reolink connects with external devices with RTSP and Peer-to-Peer protocols giving it medium interoperability.

Reolink has a 355° pan and 50° tilt angles making it a PT camera.

Arlo has a cloud subscription that is optional but restricts camera features if not subscribed.

Arlo only has a mobile app while Reolink also has a desktop app that you can use to control the camera features.

Case Type(s)
PT
Bullet
Price
Power Options
DC Power
AC Power
Data Transmission
2.4GHz WiFi5GHz WiFi
2.4GHz WiFi
Resolution
4MP: 2560x1440
2MP: 1080P / HD: 1920x1080
Storage Options
microSDNVRCloud
Wireless HubCloud
Interoperability
RTSPP2P
-
Smart Motion Detection Features
-
Person DetectionVehicle DetectionObject DetectionAnimal Detection
Motorized Pan Feature
Yes
No
Motorized Tilt Feature
Yes
No
Smart Integrations
Google AssistantChromecastGoogle Nest Hub
AlexaGoogle AssistantChromecastEcho ShowFire TVGoogle Nest HubSmartThingsIFTTT
Are Camera Features Limited without a Cloud Subscription?
No
Yes
Apps
AndroidiOSWindowsMac
AndroidiOS

Key Features in Common

The E1 Pro Reolink and Essential Indoor Arlo are both standalone Wi-Fi-operated IP cameras that have wired power supplies.

They have a fixed focus lens with no optical zoom features. They do have night vision with the help of infrared light. They do not have integrated spotlights to illuminate in the dark.

They have motion activation recording and also a continuous recording feature (This is tied to the Arlo Secure Cloud plan with a monthly fee - Records to MicroSD card on Reolink E1). Their recordings are compressed down using H.264 protocols to reduce space. Optional cloud storage is provided by both cameras.

They support two-way audio conversation using internal microphones, and speakers. They can also set off sirens and alarms upon motion including sending push notifications to the app.

Camera Location
Indoor
Indoor
Data Type
IP
IP
Camera Wire Type
Wireless Data & Wired Power
Wireless Data & Wired 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
Infrared
Infrared
Spotlight
No
No
Motion Activated Recording
Yes
Yes
Continuous Recording
Yes
Yes
Optical Zoom Feature
No
No
Cloud Subscription
Optional
Optional

High-End Wire Free Spotlight Head to Head

Key Differences

The Arlo Ultra 2 has a bigger image sensor, larger resolution of 4K/8MP, and higher intelligence with additional object detection that comes with its larger price tag. It operates with a battery or an AC supply while Reolink has a rechargeable battery, solar panel, and a DC supply option.

Both cameras operate with fast 5GHz Wi-Fi while Reolink can support long-range 2.4GHz Wi-Fi too.

Arlo can continuously record however this is tied to the cloud subscription. Reolink compresses down its recording locally using the H.265 protocol to save space.

Arlo offers a USB flash drive along with a MicroSD card and optional cloud storage. (Both require additional hardware - Base Station or Smart Hub)

Reolink sends out motion alerts through push notifications and email that can be accessed through its mobile or web app

Price
Power Options
DC PowerBatterySolar Panel
BatteryAC Power
Resolution
4MP: 2560x1440
4K / Ultra HD / 8MP: 3840x2160
Image Sensor Size
1/3"
1/2"
Storage Options
microSDCloud
microSDCloudUSB Flash Drive
Continuous Recording
No
Yes
Smart Motion Detection Features
Person DetectionVehicle Detection
Person DetectionVehicle DetectionObject Detection
IP Rating
IP65
Weather-resistant
Smart Integrations
Google AssistantChromecastGoogle Nest Hub
AlexaGoogle AssistantApple HomeKitSmartThingsIFTTT
Are Camera Features Limited without a Cloud Subscription?
No
Yes
Apps
AndroidiOSWindowsMacBrowser App
AndroidiOS

Key Features in Common

Both Reolink Argus 3 Pro and Arlo Ultra 2 are spotlight cameras suitable for both indoors and outdoors. They are Wi-Fi operated with IP connections.

These standalone cameras have night vision with infrared light to see in the dark and spotlights for full-color video.

Motion recording can be activated in both cameras. Recordings can be stored using optional cloud storage. They also have motion detection features.

Neither camera has PTZ controls. They can digitally magnify up to 12x with a fixed focus lens.

The two-way audio conversation is possible using the integrated speaker and microphone combination and the mobile app.

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 WiFi5GHz WiFi
2.4GHz WiFi5GHz 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
Motorized Pan Feature
No
No
Motorized Tilt Feature
No
No
Optical Zoom Feature
No
No
Cloud Subscription
Optional
Optional

Mid-Range 4G Bullet Head to Head

Key Differences

Reolink is a little cheaper than Arlo with higher 4MP 2560x1440 resolution. It has a DC Power and solar panel option in addition to a battery. This camera also comes with a 2-year warranty.

Arlo can support 2.4GHz Wi-Fi and a fast 4G LTE sim connection for fully remote installations.

Arlo has higher intelligence with the addition of object and animal detection. It also has night vision with a full-color video option using an integral spotlight and infrared light.

Cloud storage on Arlo is optional but without it, some camera features are restricted.

Price
Power Options
DC PowerBatterySolar Panel
BatterySolar Panel
Data Transmission
4G LTE
2.4GHz WiFi4G LTE
Resolution
4MP: 2560x1440
2MP: 1080P / HD: 1920x1080
Night Vision Type
Infrared
InfraredFull Color (via Spotlight)
Spotlight
No
Yes
Smart Motion Detection Features
Person DetectionVehicle Detection
Person DetectionVehicle DetectionObject DetectionAnimal Detection
Smart Integrations
Google AssistantChromecastGoogle Nest Hub
AlexaGoogle AssistantChromecastEcho ShowFire TVGoogle Nest HubIFTTT
Are Camera Features Limited without a Cloud Subscription?
No
Yes
Apps
AndroidiOSWindowsMac
AndroidiOS

Key Features in Common

They both are bullet cameras with 4G LTE Sim connections so a data plan is needed with a provider. These cameras can be used to have two-way communication using an integrated camera microphone and speaker and a camera app.

These standalone cameras are battery-powered and can be placed both indoors and outdoors as they have an IP65 rating.

They have a fixed focus lens with no PTZ controls. They do have infrared light for night vision.

They start recording with motion but they do not support continuous recordings. The recordings can be stored on optional cloud storage or a MicroSD card.

The cameras also have an internal alarm and sirens system activated by motion. Push notifications are sent on the camera app as alerts.

Case Type(s)
Bullet
Bullet
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
Storage Options
microSDCloud
microSDCloud
Motion Activated Recording
Yes
Yes
Continuous Recording
No
No
WDR
Unsure
Unsure
IP Rating
IP65
IP65
Motorized Pan Feature
No
No
Motorized Tilt Feature
No
No
Optical Zoom Feature
No
No
Cloud Subscription
Optional
Optional

The Reolink vs Arlo Verdict

Having reviewed Reolink and Arlo’s offerings from budget cameras to high-end, we hope you now have an appreciation for what sets them apart. Leave a comment below and let us know your experience with Reolink and Arlo cameras.

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