Arlo Important Indoor Safety Digicam Evaluation: When Privateness Is A Precedence

Arlo Essential indoor surveillance camera

“Thanks to the Arlo Essential Indoor Security Camera’s helpful privacy lock, you never have to wonder if Big Brother is watching.”

  • Privacy shutter offers security

  • Clear and clear night vision

  • Smart discovery with Arlo Smart

  • Video quality artifact elements

Arlo has long distinguished itself as a high-end surveillance camera manufacturer and has expanded its growth in this segment thanks to the introduction of its Essential line of surveillance cameras. With a balance between price and performance, the Essential line extends the company’s reach. What was missing, however, was a certain type of camera – a real type of indoor camera.

With the Arlo Essential Indoor Security Camera, all of that changes. On paper, it won’t dazzle anyone with its specs, but what is really amazing here is the focus on privacy. Equipped with a visual shutter that opens and closes, it is one of the few cameras that addresses the ongoing privacy concerns at home.

A barrier that protects your privacy

It is difficult for security camera companies to have a privacy lock, but Arlo, like some other companies, shows us that it is possible. The Arlo Essential Indoor Security Camera has a simple privacy screen that covers the camera’s lens when you don’t want it to be recording – like at home. Unlike other implementations that require users to flip a switch, it is mechanically operated across the entire Arlo app. This is great because you can be gone and still control the privacy lock.

Arlo Essential Indoor Security Camera privacy screenJohn Velasco / Digital Trends

It blocks the camera’s view, protecting your privacy at home. This is important as it gives you peace of mind that you are not being watched by anyone. When someone actually accesses the camera, the action of the data protection lock is accompanied by an audible sound – so you know that it is being accessed. This is useful because it is so distinctive that you know it is being operated without actually seeing it.

I’m an advocate of mechanically operated privacy shutters like this one, so bravo to Arlo for designing the camera with that in mind.

All the intelligence, mediocre quality

The design of the Arlo Essential Indoor Security Camera allows it to stand freely upright on shelves and desks and to be mounted on the wall with the included brackets. In terms of design, the all-plastic construction feels a bit hollow and looks pretty general, but the articulated base allows for quick and easy adjustment for the ideal view with the camera.

There is more security in knowing that someone is not watching you

For an indoor camera, the 130-degree field of view is sufficient – I’ve seen other models with larger views – but strategic placement in corners gives the best coverage. It records in 1080p resolution and offers night vision and two-way audio – all the standard features you would expect from a modern security camera.

However, many of the advanced features are hidden behind the Arlo Smart subscription. By default, the Arlo Essential Indoor Security Camera sends notifications when motion is detected. However, you won’t get Object Detection, Package Delivery Detection, or Activity Zones without subscribing to Arlo Smart, which starts at $ 3 a month for a single camera. Fortunately, there is a three-month trial version that is included with the purchase.

As for the performance of the camera, it’s nice that Arlo Smart can distinguish motion from pets or people, so you can filter what you want to get through the app rather than get bombarded by false positives. The quality of the video is average at best. It suffers from artifacts early on, but that seems to go away after a while. There is enough detail to see most of the things in the scene while colors have a slightly unsaturated hue. I have no complaints about night vision performance. It’s clear, clear, and illuminates the area up to 20 feet.

One thing that could make it perfect

While I applaud Arlo for its mechanical shutter, the Essential Indoor Security Camera lacks only one thing that would make it perfect – a geofence feature that can automatically arm the camera when I’m not home.

Arlo Essential Indoor Security Camera on the tableJohn Velasco / Digital Trends

Currently, activating the camera is a manual process performed through the app. Sometimes I’m just in a hurry and don’t have time to activate the camera. A feature that she can automatically activate based on my phone’s location would sweeten the package.

Our opinion

If privacy is a primary concern for you, this is Arlo Essential indoor surveillance camera ensures that you don’t have to worry thanks to the privacy screen. The $ 100 cost is worth it just because it’s a camera you can trust.

How long it will take?

Although the all-plastic construction feels a bit flimsy, it comes with a one-year limited warranty that covers the camera for defects. Given that it is supposed to be stationary in one place, it should last a long time.

Is there a better alternative?

The SimpliSafe SimpliCam is worth considering just because, like this one, it has a mechanically operated privacy screen that you can see and hear. The main benefit is that it works with SimpliSafe’s home surveillance system, so not only is it activated and deactivated every time the system is activated, but in an emergency, emergency responders can even access the camera’s feed to assess the event.

The Eufy Indoor Cam 2K Pan & Tilt is worth considering for its lower cost and ability to articulate almost 360 degrees. It can even stow its camera when not in use. This is a slightly different way of protecting home privacy.

Should you buy it?

Yes. It’s one of the few models that respects your home privacy and ensures that you are informed when the camera is being accessed.

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