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Arlo Pro 4 Review

An easy to use, feature-packed security camera with middling video performance and a hefty price tag
Arlo Pro 4
Credit: Arlo
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Price:   $200 List | $109.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Spotlight, alerts first responders, color night vision
Cons:  Saving videos requires subscription, expensive
Manufacturer:   Arlo
By Nick Miley, Matt Spencer, and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Apr 18, 2022
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#7 of 11
  • Recorded Video Quality - 35% 6.0
  • Monitoring Performance - 35% 5.9
  • Ease of Use - 30% 8.0

Our Verdict

The Arlo Pro 4 has several cool features and settings, but it fails to perform at a level commensurate with its upfront and long-term costs. We like that it has a spotlight because light often works better than night vision, and it's like a visual alarm. We also like that its speaker kicks out a high volume alarm to match the light — these can be deterrents for unwanted animals and humans. However, these features are not enough to make it a contender in the class, given other devices' high-quality video, sound, and low/no-cost subscriptions services.

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Pros Spotlight, alerts first responders, color night visionInexpensive, most features available without subscription, color night visionFacial recognition, great night vision, redundant power sourceVertical/horizontal panning, color night vision, no subscription requiredSufficient live and download video quality, good onboard microphone
Cons Saving videos requires subscription, expensivePlug-in power source, no remote panning, no backup batteryBig/conspicuous camera, no camera speaker, expensiveIndoor use only, no back-up battery, so-so sound qualityPoor night vision, relatively slow frame rate, no onboard speaker
Bottom Line An easy to use, feature-packed security camera with middling video performance and a hefty price tagA high-performance camera at a low price that allows access to most of its features without a subscriptionThis is a high-quality camera with many useful security features that will be especially appealing to those using the Google Smart Home platformA top-performing, remote panning camera at a low price with no hidden chargesAn all-around decent quality camera that cuts a few corners to keep the price low
Rating Categories Arlo Pro 4 Wyze Cam v3 Google Nest Cam Wyze Cam Pan v2 YI 1080p Home
Recorded Video Quality (35%)
6.0
7.5
7.5
7.1
6.5
Monitoring Performance (35%)
5.9
7.8
9.1
7.8
7.8
Ease of Use (30%)
8.0
8.7
7.4
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8.4
Specs Arlo Pro 4 Wyze Cam v3 Google Nest Cam Wyze Cam Pan v2 YI 1080p Home
Camera Type (Indoor or Outdoor) Indoor and Outdoor Indoor and Outdoor Indoor and Outdoor Indoor Only Indoor Only
WiFi Type Dual-band
802.11/b/g/n
2.4 GHz
802.11b/g/n
Dual-band
802.11a/b/g/n
2.4 GHz
802.11b/g/n
2.4 GHz
802.11b/g/n
Encryption Types 28-bit SSL, AED-128, TSL AES 128-bit AES 128-bit, SSL/TLS AES 128-bit Yes, type N/A
Resolutions Available 1080p
2K
1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p
Wired or Battery Battery Wired Battery and Wired Wired Wired
Smart Device Compatability Apple HomeKit
Amazon Alexa
Google Assistant
Smart Things
IFTTT
Amazon Alexa
Google Assistant
IFTTT
Google Assistant Amazon Alexa
Google Assistant
IFTTT
Amazon Alexa

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Arlo Pro 4 has an adjustable field of view, onboard spotlight, color night vision, and a host of sophisticated alerts. It's also easy to set up and operate. However, the camera's video and sound quality are disappointing, particularly in light of the camera's price.

Performance Comparison


Arlo Pro 4 home security camera - a nice-looking, easy-to-use camera that has middling performance and...
A nice-looking, easy-to-use camera that has middling performance and a big price tag.
Credit: Chris McNamara

Recorded Video Quality


The Arlo Pro 4 performed about average for its class in the recorded video quality assessment. While the camera boasts 2k resolution, we were surprised to find that the camera records in HD. The downloaded video quality is average, with colors remaining accurate and the quality staying consistent even when subjects are in motion. However, when set to the widest field of view setting (160º), features are slightly muddled and appear far away. On the upside, the recorded video does not have the overexposure issue we have observed in other Arlo products.

The Pro 4 has color night vision that produces decent renderings of background details. However, we were not pleased with the lack of visible details where human faces were concerned. That said, we like that the unit offers an adjustable field of vision (160º, 125º, 110º) because it allows users interested in motion detection alerts to narrow the area of interest or expand it for tight areas such as a stoop.



Monitoring Performance


Unlike the recorded video quality metric, monitoring performance focuses on real-time video and sound quality. The Arlo Pro 4 performed poorly in these assessments. The main reason that the camera scored so low is that it has a pronounced latency of ~3 seconds between actual events and their depiction on screen, and there is also a slight lag between the video and audio.

The results were not all bad for the Arlo Pro 4. The camera offers viewers a smooth video feed that is unaffected by fast movements. The audio is smooth and crisp as well, with no background noise. Additionally, the speaker on the camera is loud and produces an 81.8 dB alarm.

Arlo Pro 4 home security camera - the arlo pro 4 offers viewers a smooth video feed even when...
The Arlo Pro 4 offers viewers a smooth video feed even when movements are fast. The audio is smooth and crisp, too.
Credit: Matt Spencer

Ease of Use


The Arlo Pro 4 is a bright spot in our appraisal when it comes to ease of use. The camera's app is very easy to navigate, the settings readily accessible, and tons of useful notifications are available to the user. However, we were disappointed that local data storage required the purchase of an accompanying base and that the cloud storage required a paid subscription. Special features like the first responder notification also require a subscription.

Perhaps our favorite thing about the Pro 4 is its settings and alerts. The camera's app allows users to set motion alerts for people, vehicles, animals, and motion in general. The camera will also alert you to the arrival of a package. Video clip previews are also available in notifications if you want them. The camera can also detect and alert users to the presence of smoke and carbon monoxide indoors. Finally, the Pro 4 comes with a sturdy magnetized base that serves as a wall mount (hardware included).

We were impressed with the available alerts on the Pro 4. Here we...
We were impressed with the available alerts on the Pro 4. Here we see a motion alert preview.
The Arlo app is a bright spot in the camera's performance. It is...
The Arlo app is a bright spot in the camera's performance. It is useful and easy to use.

Value


While the Arlo Pro 4 offers many features and it's easy to use, it failed to live up to the standards for video and sound quality set by more competitively priced models. As such, we do not see this product offering a good value to consumers.

Conclusion


The Arlo Pro 4 has several great features like a spotlight, first responder alerts, and color night vision. However, the camera does not record in 2k, has no local data storage, and requires a subscription to save videos. The bottom line is that this is a so-so camera with some nifty features and a big price tag.

Nick Miley, Matt Spencer, and Austin Palmer

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