Tested product: Arlo Essential Indoor Camera
Prize: 1,290 SEK at Kjell & Company
Arlo continues to roll out cameras in its new Essential line. We have previously tested the Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera and Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wireless. Now is the time for the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera, which is a pure indoor camera as the name suggests.
Rated 3 out of 5
The Arlo Essential Indoor Camera is a functional indoor camera with good image quality and features as a physical lens blocker. But a number of minor shortcomings, subscription requirements to take full advantage of all the functions, and a high price tag mean the rating is still mediocre.
- No hub required
- Easy to set up and use
- Good image quality
- Subscription required for certain features
- No local storage
- Seg response
Like previous Essential cameras, the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera manages without a hub. This simplifies setup, but also means that local storage of videos is lacking as there is no room for memory cards in the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera.
So cloud storage is what matters, and this requires you to get a subscription. Three months is free when you buy the camera, but then costs SEK 29 per month.
We’ve complained about Arlo’s complicated subscriptions before, so we won’t go into this further. We are pleased to note that it is still a small forest and a subscription is required not only to store video in the cloud, but also to access certain functions.
The Arlo Essential Indoor Camera is very simple to set up, the application used is entirely in Swedish and very easy to use and tutorial. This is also very functional (and Arlo Essential Indoor Camera).
You can do everything from adjusting the resolution and brightness of the camera to creating zones of activity for motion detection and the types of notifications you should receive when motion is detected.
What’s extra gratifying is that the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera has alerts when it detects sound, something that most competitors don’t have.
Automatic lens barrier is also a practical feature; this means that the lens is physically closed when you or someone in your family is home. While surveillance can be turned off on all cameras, the closed physical door makes it even clearer that nothing was actually filmed.
Good image quality
The Arlo Essential Indoor Camera has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and a viewing angle of 130 degrees diagonally. As expected when it comes to an Arlo camera, the image quality is good both in daylight and in lamplight or in the dark. Admittedly, it’s not as good as the Arlo’s more expensive cameras, but it’s in the same class as most of the competitors’ cameras.
However, the answer is a little disappointing. This is a delay of a few seconds, both when you want to start a live stream from the camera and when something happens in front of the camera but you still get annoyed.
In the end, what prevents the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera from getting a better rating is the price tag. While 1,290 SEK is cheaper than most of Arlo’s other cameras (for example, the Basic Spotlight Camera costs 1,690 SEK each), it is still more expensive than many similar cameras from the competitors. As the test winner, Ring Indoor Glass costs only 700 SEK. This means that the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera cannot receive more than a third of the rating.
Tested: April 2021
Manufacturer / contact: Arlo, www.arlo.com
System requirements: Smartphone with wireless network, Android or iOS
Swedish Application: And
Solution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
Picture angle: 130 degree cross
Sound: Loudspeaker and microphone
Motion sensor: And
Movement zones: And
Sound sensor: And
Network: wireless Internet
Free storage: Three-month subscription included, followed by paid subscription
Monthly subscription cost: From 29 SEK per month
Color: White or black
Measure: 5.2 x 4.9 x 11.3 cm.
Weight: 122 grams.
Other: Works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa
Prize: 1,290 SEK at Kjell & Company