Since it first came out in 2014, Arlo has made some of the best indoor security cameras on the market, but they are also some of the most expensive. The Arlo Essential Spotlight camera, which kicked off the Essentials line in 2020, is meant to bring Arlo’s experience in home security cameras to cheaper devices.
The new addition to the line is the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera. It’s a small, wired security camera that will send a message to your phone if it sees movement. You can then join in and see what’s going on in real time. With the Arlo Smart plan, it can also save video of an event so that you can watch it at any time over the next 30 days. The camera comes with a free three-month trial of the plan, but if you want to keep using this feature after the trial is over, you’ll need to sign up for the plan.
Arlo Essential Indoor Camera Specifications
|Camera resolution||1080p HD|
|Field of view||130°|
|Night vision||High-powered infrared LEDs with IR cut filter|
|Motion detection||Yes, with adjustable sensitivity|
|Two-way audio||Built-in speaker and microphone|
|Power source||AC power or optional rechargeable battery|
Arlo Essential Indoor Camera: Design
The Arlo Essential Indoor Camera looks like Arlo’s home security cameras that run on batteries. It is round and has the same shiny white plastic case as the other one. The stand-alone machine has a ball-and-socket joint and sits on a 1.8-inch/4.5cm-high stand with a circular base plate. This makes it easy to place in your home at just the right angle. The security camera comes with a mounting kit in case you want to put it on a wall or roof.
The Arlo Essential Indoor Camera is one of the smallest indoor home security cameras on the market. It is 2.0 x 1.9 x 4.5 inches (5.2 x 4.9 x 11.32 cm) in size. The sensor, which has a 130-degree lens and can record video in Full HD, is on the front of the gadget. On the back of the device is the speaker and a micro-USB port for the power cord from the wall. As we’ve already said, the machine also comes with a white plastic privacy shutter that opens and closes on its own. When turned on, it covers the camera lens, turns off motion recognition and audio, and cuts power to the microphone.
Connectivity and setup
The name of this device, “Essential,” tells you that it can connect straight to your Wi-Fi. As with the Arlo Q, this device works fine as a stand-alone camera, so it doesn’t matter if you’ve never used an Arlo product before. You can also add this camera to an existing Arlo system, and if you have an Arlo hub, you can connect straight to the hub. You have some freedom because you can choose.
You’ll need to have the Arlo app on your phone, but once you start setting it up, you’ll be shown how to do everything. The whole experience is controlled by the app. You can choose when and what the Indoor Camera takes shots of. You can buy this indoor camera from its official website
Arlo Essential Indoor Camera: Camera
The Arlo Essential Indoor Camera is the best way to protect your home’s rooms without giving up their privacy. The camera is set up to work with Wi-Fi, and it can record HD video in 1080p. It also has two-way audio, a built-in siren, and an automatic privacy shield that helps keep private times private.
Users can see what’s going on in real time or when something moves and the record function starts. The camera comes in black or white, and it’s easy to put on shelves, walls, and other places. The Arlo Essential Indoor Camera has a 130o viewing angle and works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
Arlo Essential Indoor Camera: Performance
It is pretty easy to set up the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera. With the Arlo app on your phone, you can sign up for an account or log in if you already have one. Then, turn on the camera and press a button to start the sync process. After a few minutes of installing new software, our camera was ready to go.
From here, you can use the app to change how the camera’s motion sensor works. For example, you can tell it to only warn you when people are seen instead of cars and animals. You can set up activity zones where the camera will only start recording and send you a warning if it sees movement in a certain area.
Price and availability
The Arlo Essential Indoor Camera costs $99.99/£119.99/AU$159.99 and is sold around the world on Arlo’s website and at other online stores like Amazon.
As we’ve already said, the camera comes with a free three-month sample of Arlo Smart, which lets you store videos taken by the camera online in a safe way and use features to cut down on annoying alerts. Arlo Smart costs $2.99, £2.49, or AU$4.49 per month after the trial is over.
To access all of the features of this camera from Arlo will cost you $100 or £120 per year in addition to a monthly membership fee. However, it is a well-made indoor camera that has an attractive design, is simple to set up, records HD video of a high quality, and functions effectively. We appreciate how it can link to smart displays powered by Alexa and Google Assistant, and it’s helpful to be able to view footage on an Apple Watch as well.
Arlo Essential Indoor Camera review: The good and The bad
- Clear, detailed video
- Privacy shutter
- No HomeKit support
Note that you will not have access to Arlo Secure features such as Activity Zones, Cloud Recording, Smart Notifications, Alarm Detection, and others if you do not subscribe to an Arlo Secure plan or trial. Visit this link for additional information: What are the different Arlo subscription options that are available, and how much cloud recording space is there?
Tap or click Add New Device on the Devices screen, then choose your camera. Tap or click Connect without SmartHub or Connect without a Base Station if Arlo finds a SmartHub or base station. Follow the steps in the app to directly connect your camera or doorbell to a 2.4 GHz WiFi network.