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Nest vs Arlo Pro – Which is the Best Outdoor Security Camera?!
The Nest Outdoor and Arlo Pro both offer advantages but one is the clear winner in our eyes
Alright, so today we are comparing the popular Nest Outdoor security camera against the Arlo Pro wireless security system. In this post, I’ll just be focusing on the major advantages of each system. If you want more details or information about each individual camera make sure to check out our full Nest Cam Outdoor Review and Arlo Pro Review. Let’s start with the major advantages of the Arlo Pro.
Advantage 1: Wireless vs Wired
Arlo has a major advantage in that it’s a wireless system whereas the Nest Outdoor is only wired. Plus, the Nest Outdoor can take some time to install since you’ll most likely have to drill a hole, run the cord and find an outlet. As a guy that hates cords, it’s really nice to be able to place or mount these cameras wherever you want without having to worry about where an outlet is or how to hide the cord. Plus, as previously eluded to, the Arlo Pro cameras are just so much easier to install. Literally, you could install three Arlo cameras, decide to move them somewhere else and mount them again before you get the first Nest Outdoor Cam up and running.
Arlo Pro Mounting System
Now this is where someone might say, “Yeah that’s nice, but what about battery life”. Well, I’m happy to report that shouldn’t be an issue. The Arlo Pro cameras have a removable, rechargeable battery that will last at least a couple months minimum. NETGEAR claims the battery will last 4-6 months on a full charge but really it depends on settings, usage, etc. You should expect battery life to be more in the 2-4 month range, which is pretty darn good in my opinion. I mean, every few months, maybe when you’re home on a Saturday, take the cameras down, charge them up, put them back up and you’re good to go for awhile. No big deal. The wireless aspect is huge – clear winner here.
Advantage 2: Video Storage
With the Nest Outdoor, you only get access to the previous three hours of footage for free. If you want more, you have to pay $10 per month for 10 days of video history or $30 per month for 30 days of history. With Arlo Pro on the other hand, you get seven days of storage for free. I mean, I’m no mathematician but I’d take seven days for free over three hours for free. Plus, Arlo gives you the option to back up the footage locally. Just plug in an external hard drive to the base station and you’re good to go. And just for reference, if you did want extended storage with Arlo, it’s $10 per month for 30 days of storage, which is still cheaper than Nest.
Advantage 3: Base Station Siren
Another thing Arlo offers that Nest does not is a siren. The base station has a 100+ decibel siren speaker that can be controlled remotely via the mobile app or triggered by motion. Hopefully, you wouldn’t ever need to use it but if your house did happen to get broken into there’s no denying that a loud siren going off in the middle of your house would help deter burglars.
Advantage 4: Better Alerts
So before I had the Arlo Pro cameras, I used Nest security cameras for awhile and I would get alerts like crazy. I’d literally get an alert if my American Flag hanging outside started blowing in the wind. The false alarms got a little annoying but I guess for some worry wart people out there they might actually prefer that. Still, I’d say Arlo is better with alerts. I’ve been using the system for awhile now and it’s almost always on point. Gone are the days of me getting multiple push notifications per day every time my flag moves a little yet it’s still able to recognize real motion and alert me when someone is approaching my door like you see below.
Arlo Pro Motion Alert
Advantage 5: Operating Temperature
Maybe a minor point but the Arlo Pro cameras will work in temperatures up to 113 degrees while the Nest Outdoor tops out at 104 degrees. Probably a moot point for most of you out there but for those of you in cities like Phoenix or Las Vegas that might come into play.
Arlo Pro Wireless Security Camera – Closing Thoughts
The first two advantages are the biggest factors in our eyes. The fact that you can place or mount these cameras anywhere and the battery will last for months + you get those 7 days of free storage is enough for us to push Arlo ahead of Nest. Yes, Arlo Pro [see on Amazon] is a littler pricier and there are a couple other disadvantages (we’ll get to that below) but all things considered they are the clear winner in our book.
So by now you know we prefer the Arlo Pro system to the Nest Cam Outdoor but you may want to keep reading before you make your final decision. The Nest Outdoor does win in a couple key categories.
Advantage 1: Video Quality
There’s no denying the Nest Cam Outdoor wins when it comes to video quality. The Nest Cam captures 1080p video while the Arlo Pro tops out at 720p. So in layman’s terms, the footage from Nest is about 2x as clear as Arlo. That also means, although both cameras have eight infrared LED lights for night vision purposes, the Nest footage is also easier to see when the sun goes down. Honestly, 720p is probably good enough for most people – it’s still decently clear and you can identify people with no issues. This is definitely a person by person preference thing though. If video quality is your chief concern, Nest might be the better overall option.
Nest Cam Outdoor 1080p Footage
Advantage 2: Nest Cam Outdoor Price
The Nest Outdoor is cheaper, period. It retails for $199 but we’ve seen it as low as $165 before [check price on Amazon]. Meanwhile, the 1 camera kit from Arlo Pro retails for $250. That’s quite the difference. In all fairness though, we’ve seen the Arlo Pro 1 Camera Kit as low as $200 before and you most likely won’t end up paying any monthly subscription fees like you will with Nest.
Advantage 3: Nest Aware Extra Features
As eluded to above, you will most likely end up getting a Nest Aware monthly subscription with your Nest security camera. And that comes with a few other cool features beyond just extra storage. First, you get intelligent alerts – basically the Nest Camera can tell a person from a thing and a dog barking from a person speaking and alert you accordingly. You also get the option to set up activity zones so you can create a special area around an important object like a crib or jewelry case and get special alerts when something happens in that zone. And just worth mentioning here that the Nest Outdoor is continuously recording while the Arlo Pro’s recording is event-based. So in order for the Arlo Pro to start recording, the camera has to detect motion then it will start a clip. Not a huge deal since I don’t know too many people who like to go back and just watch footage of nothing happening at their house but thought it was worth mentioning.
Nest Cam Outdoor – Closing Thoughts
Look, you probably get it by now. We like Arlo Pro because of its wireless capability and free storage but the better video quality and lower price tag of the Nest Outdoor make it appealing. If you have a perfect place on your house already picked out, don’t mind a little installation work and are fine paying $10 per month for storage, Nest might be the way to go.