Arlo Pro 2 vs Nest Cam
Arlo Pro 2 and Nest Cam, both are smart security cameras and offer many useful features. With technology advancement, more and more people are using security cameras in their homes and at the workplace. Security cameras help to monitor your family and prevent burglars from tampering with your property.
Arlo Pro 2 and Nest Cam are two of the best smart home cameras and have their own pros and cons. In this article, we have provided a comparison of both cameras to help you with your buying decision.
Arlo Pro 2 smart camera is 3 inches tall and have a white exterior with shiny blackface. It’s durable and weighs 5 ounces. However, due to its magnetic ball mount, it can be a bit hard to set up the camera at a particular angle.
Arlo hub comes with a pack of two cameras. It connects to the internet through an ethernet cable.
Nest Cam is made of shiny black plastic and comes with a magnetic base and rubber backing. Due to its magnetic base, it is easy to set it on the desired angle. It swivels 360 degrees and can be easily set up on a wall, front door, window or tripod.
can be either plugged into the wall or you can use the battery. Once fully charged, the battery will last for about 3 to 6 months. The battery option can really come in handy if the exposed cord is unsightly for you or if the place is far from outlets. The option of Solar Panel is also available for power.
Nest Indoor Camera doesn’t provide the option of battery and requires constant power through the AC plug-in. In case you are using Nest Outdoor Cam and there is no outlet nearby, you might end up drilling holes in the wall to run the power cord to the outlet. If you are looking for more flexible power options then Alro Pro 2 might be a good option.
Video storage is a very important aspect and shouldn’t be overlooked while buying a surveillance camera.
Nest cam provides free video storage for last 3 hours. You have to subscribe to their monthly paid plan in case you want to watch the video recording of more than 3 hours. 10-day video recording plan will cost you $10/month,
Arlo Pro 2 offers 7 days free storage and it also provides the option of both cloud storage and local storage. You can simply connect a USB hard drive in the base station to save the video recording on your local device. Local storage option can be used as a backup in case cloud is having any technical difficulties.
The recording is continuously overridden with the last 7 days footage. You can also subscribe to their paid plan to get access to the video recording of more than 7 days.
This makes Arlo Pro 2 a clear winner in the storage aspect, compared to nest cam which offers only 3 hours of video storage.
Compatibility with other smart platforms
Both cameras provide integration with other smart home platforms like Amazon and Google ecosystems. Moreover, Arlo Pro 2 can be integrated with Apple HomeKit, Stringify and IFTTT, while Nest cam integrates with Philips Hue lightbulbs,
Base Station Siren
The base station of Arlo Pro 2 is connected to your modem or router. It is equipped with a 100+ decibel siren that automatically activates when it detects any motion or sound.
You can also use Arlo app turn on or turn off Arlo Pro base station siren remotely. Also, the siren is really loud so it can prevent any invaders from entering your home.
Nest cam, on the other hand, does not offer this security feature.
Arlo Pro 2 offers the feature of activity zones setup. Activity zone is set up on a smaller area from a range of camera view. If the camera detects any motion in activity zones, you’ll be alerted immediately. In the case of Arlo Pro 2, this feature is free as long as you have your camera plugged-in.
Nest cam also offers the feature of Person or motion detection in activity zones. However, unlike Arlo pro it’s not free, you have to subscribe to their paid plan in order to avail this feature.
Nest cam uses artificial intelligence to differentiate between familiar faces or intruders. You would be able to receive specific alerts and smarter notification for people, pets or cars that are in the camera view. With this feature, It can help to extract important data from the recording.
Arlo Pro 2 does not use artificial intelligence, however, paid subscription for person detection is available.
Nest cam provides better night vision as compared to Arlo pro 2 which could capture only a few feet in front of the camera. Nest indoor camera can capture high-quality night vision with eight infrared LED sensors.
Nest cams are available on a bit cheaper price as compared to Arlo Pro 2. Nest Cam Indoor MSRP is $199, now it’s reduced to $125. While Nest Cam outdoor MSRP is $199, now its price is reduced to $140.
Arlo Pro 2 MSRP is $220. Also, if you don’t have Arlo Pro base station you have to pay more to buy the entire system that would cost you $480.
Which one should you buy?
Both cameras bring to the table many powerful features. Both offer 1080p HD video, 130-degree fields of view, fields of zoom of 8x, Livestream, two-way audio, App support, and a one-year warranty. However, they also provide some distinctive features that can influence your buying decision.
If you are looking for a smart camera with flexible power options (wireless or wired network, solar panel and battery), free 7-day video storage, activity zones, motion and sound notifications and a powerful siron Arlo pro is the way to go.
On the other hand, If you are interested in quality night vision and Person detection with advanced artificial intelligence feature, Nest cam would be a better choice.