Eufy vs. Arlo: What's the best security camera for most?
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Arlo, a reputable security systems manufacturer has come up with some of the best selling security cameras on the market today. Each security camera has outstanding features and unique capabilities that make them a great choice for your home security.
Eufy, on the other hand, is more popular in housekeeping but their entrant into the security camera manufacturing has hit the market by storm. Though a lot has to be done to make Eufy security cameras match with the leaders in the market, you’ll get value for your money when using it.
Here is a more detailed look at both Eufy and Arlo security cameras to help you make a choice:
Ease of Installation
When buying Eufy security cams, you’ll get 2 cameras, HomeBase hub, 2 magnetic mounts, 2 screw-in mounts, USB charging cable, and some mounting screws. The magnetic panel makes it easier to mount the security camera on any flat surface without drilling holes.
Arlo security cams are also easy to install as all you need is to fasten your mounting screw and then place the magnetic mount. In only a few minutes, your security cam will be up and running! You have the freedom to move your camera to another location if you feel that the current location is not giving the best view.
One of the greatest wins with Eufy security cameras is the 365 days battery life. Based on my experience, however, this duration may be shorter depending on your location. If you are in a place where your camera will be triggered to record several times each day, the battery may not last that long.
With normal usage, Arlo batteries last for 4 to 6 months. Just like the Eufy battery, this duration will be determined by your camera settings and the type of Arlo camera. You can set your Arlo camera to only record short videos at a slightly lower quality to make the battery last longer.
You don’t have to worry about the weather conditions with Eufy or Arlo. The cameras will work well in scorching sun, heavy downpour or snowy conditions.
It is important to note, however, that the cameras are not fully submergible in water.
Both Arlo and Eufy security cameras will send an alarm if motion or sound is detected in the focus areas. Using the mobile app, you’ll be able to check out the situation and take further action if there is a need.
If you live in places with high traffic, the movements will trigger motion detection even when there is no cause for alarm. To minimize this, you should customize your security camera to the sensitivity that works best for you.
When using Eufy Security Camera, you can reduce the possibility of getting false alarms by up to 95%. Here is how this works:
- The camera’s recording will get triggered by motion or body heat from moving figures
- The camera’s A.I technology will analyze the figure and determine whether it is a person or not
- Based on your saved database, the camera will determine if the target is a trusted face or not.
If you are looking for a security camera that has fewer false triggers, Eufy Security Cam will be a better option.
Eufy camera has 2-way audio that allows you to speak to the person your camera is focusing on and hear him back. This feature will also come in handy when there is a security threat as you will easily scare strangers away. Also, if you are not home, it will be easy to communicate with people coming to your home which is quite convenient.
All Arlo security cameras except the original Arlo can record both video and audio. The original Arlo is only able to record videos which would be an inconvenience if you need a camera that allows you to hear what is going on as well.
Library & Playback
All the recordings in Eufy Security Camera are well organized using a linear calendar based on the recording date. Each clip indicates the capture time and camera name which makes it easier to choose the one you are looking for. To get more info regarding a particular capture, all you need is to click on the playback option.
To access your video recordings from your Arlo security cam, all you need is to log in to your account using your android app. The recordings are recorded according to the date and time of recording to make it possible to get the recording you are looking for.
Eufy Security Cameras have a microSD card where you’ll store your recordings. If you are not contented with local storage, you can go for cloud storage where you’ll pay a minimum monthly subscription of $2.99.
Most Arlo models store their recordings on the cloud except Arlo Pro, Arlo Ultra, Arlo Q Plus, and Arlo Go. You will get a 7 days free storage, then you subscribe to the option that works best for you.
One of the greatest limitations when searching for a good security camera is the purchasing cost. The Eufy Security Cam costs $499 whereas Arlo Security cameras cost will depend on your choice of model. Here is a brief preview of the cost of Arlo security cameras:
- Arlo Original: $179 – $799 depending on your choice of package
- Arlo Pro: $249 – $949
- Arlo Pro 2: $299 – $1099
- Arlo Ultra: $399 – $999
- Arlo Go: the cost will depend on where you make your purchase and your choice of mobile plan
- Arlo Q: $199 – $799
- Arlo Q Plus: $249
- Arlo Baby: $199
When making your purchase, you will consider your budget and the features in the different Arlo models. You will also consider the size of your home so that you can buy a package that will provide the best coverage.
Pros and Cons
- Great daylight video
- Clear face recognition
- Clear audios that are loud enough
- Local storage either on NAS or microSD
- Cloud storage option
- Likelihood of sending false alarms
- Only available in white color which makes it easy for strangers to spot it
- High initial cost
- Ease of installation
- Night vision ability
- 7 days free cloud storage on installation
- Easy-to-use app
- Night vision ability
- High initial cost
- Delay in motion detection
- Only available in white color
When it comes to Eufy Security Cam, you only have one option that can only be compared with Arlo Pro 2. The camera is more affordable compared to Arlo which means you’ll be getting the same quality without paying as much as Arlo cost. To make it even better, the local storage is big enough to store up to 1-year recordings.
Here are some of the features that make Eufy Security Cam and Arlo Pro 2 different:
- Facial recognition ability
- Backup power supply of up to 2 days: if there is a power outage, your Base Station will use auxiliary power to record and sustain siren protection for up to 2 days.
- 16GB secure local storage
- Anti-theft alert
- Battery life of 1 year compared to Arlo’s 3 months
With the high number of security cameras in the market today that has almost similar features, it would be hard to make a choice. Eufy and Arlo Pro 2 not only have the same color and design but the same 1080p HD, night vision, motion detection, and weather-resistant ability.
If you need a security camera that will keep working for up to 2 days when there is a power blackout, go for Eufy. You will also enjoy a longer battery life, anti-theft system, and facial recognition ability among other benefits. On the other hand, if you want a security camera that provides a wide range of options, provides free limited cloud storage, and has an easy-to-use app, get yourself an Arlo Security Camera.
With either Arlo or Eufy security cameras, you’ll no longer worry about the safety of your home, whether you are in or you’ve traveled. You will be able to get all the alerts on your mobile device and take the necessary steps if there is a security threat.