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Arlo Pro 2 vs Arlo Pro Wireless Security Camera Comparison
The Arlo Pro 2 makes some meaningful upgrades but is it worth it over the original Arlo Pro?!
The original Arlo Pro was already considered by many to be the best wireless security camera system on the market. Really, most people (including us) only had a a few gripes with it. With the introduction of the Arlo Pro 2 though, a few of those issues have been solved. However, now the question becomes – Is the Arlo Pro 2 worth the upgrade? So that’s what we’ll be covering today – we’ll discuss the differences between the two. If you want more details about either security system, make sure to check out our full reviews for that:
The Arlo Pro 2’s biggest advantage over the original Arlo Pro is video quality. With the original Arlo Pro you are stuck with 720p, which is decent but still a little grainy. The Arlo Pro 2 on the other hand supports up to 1080p video capture. It’s much more clear and rich than the original Arlo Pro. The colors and detail pop a lot more. Here, take a look:
Arlo Pro 2 1080p Video Quality
Arlo Pro 720p Video Quality
The Arlo Pro 2 offers other advantages as well, but there’s a caveat. In order to take advantage of these next three features, the Arlo Pro 2 cameras need to be plugged in. And since the power cord for the Arlo Pro 2 cameras is not waterproof, you’ll have to use them inside. As such, if you plan on using the cameras outside, these next three features are pretty much useless.
3 Second Look Back When Reviewing Video Clips
The Arlo Pro security system is event based, meaning the cameras don’t start recording until an event is triggered by either motion or sound (unless you have a paid CVR plan, which we discuss below). So when you are reviewing recorded clips generated from the original Arlo Pro, you’re not able to see the first 2-3 seconds leading up to the event – the clip starts a few seconds in. The Arlo Pro 2 cameras on the other hand have a feature called Look Back. Basically, when you have the Arlo Pro 2 cameras plugged in, the camera is constantly buffering 3 seconds of footage. Then whenever an event is triggered, Arlo automatically adds those first three seconds to the recorded clip so you can see what led up to the event.
When plugged in, the Arlo Pro 2 cameras also allow you to create up to three square/rectangular shaped zones within the camera’s view. Then if motion is detected within any of the zones, an event is triggered. If motion is sensed outside the zones, it is ignored. This is a nice option to have for people that have a camera set up in a large room where there is a lot of foot traffic but they still want to keep a close eye on a particular region or object. For example, a baby’s crib always comes to mind whenever I think about activity zones. You could set up an activity zone zeroed in your baby’s crib so that way whenever he/she starts moving around or someone comes to pick him/her up, you’d get an alert.
Setting Up An Activity Zone
Lastly, with the Arlo Pro 2, you can purchase a CVR plan so that the cameras are continuously recording. The plans are a bit pricey though- Arlo offers two different plans:
– 14 days of history for one camera costs $10 per month. If you want to add CVR to additional cameras, it’s $5 per camera.
– 30 days of history for one camera costs $20 per month. If you want to add CVR to additional cameras, it’s 10 per camera.
On the downside, Arlo does not allow you to download the CVR footage, which is kind of a bummer.
As you read above, if you plan on using these cameras outside, the Arlo Pro 2 really only has one major advantage – 1080p video quality. Therefore, the decision between the original Arlo Pro and the Arlo Pro 2 really comes down to two items:
Right now, a two-camera Arlo Pro 2 bundle will run you $480 [see on Amazon]. However, with the arrival of the Arlo Pro 2, we’ve seen some major discounts to the original Arlo Pro. Lately, we’ve seen the original 2-camera Arlo Pro bundle as low as $350 [check price on Amazon]. So you’re looking at a $100-$130 difference between the two. Of course, if you need more cameras, there are larger bundles available as well (i.e. 3-cam, 5-cam, etc.) [see on Amazon].
Is 720p Good Enough – You Be The Judge…
Next, it’s going to come down to whether the 720p video quality of the original Arlo Pro is good enough for you. For most people, it should be. Yes, it’s a little more grainy than 1080p and the colors are not as vivid, but it’s not like you’re looking at a static television screen. You can still make out the faces of people at your door and see what kind of animals triggered an event alert. Again, here’s a comparison between the two systems: