The Arlo Essential Spotlight Outdoor Security Camera is wireless and directly connects to wi-fi. It is straightforward to use, even at night, which is why this product is loved by so many. This is a 3 camera kit and known to be one of the best 1080P HD security cameras of all time.
It also has 2-way audio with a 6-month battery life, and you can test this product out FOR FREE 90 days with its Arlo Secure Plan. It’s a white CCTV camera. Overall, this camera costs £289.50, which is a high amount of money, but it’s a high-quality camera and one of the best in the industry.
Specifications and Features
- Video Quality: 1080P HD
- Battery Life: 6 Months
- Field of View: 130 Degree
- Works without Base Station
- Colour Night Vision
- Alarm Siren
- Weather Resistant: -20C to -45C
- Wifi bandwidth: 2.4 GHz wifi
- Base Station required for local storage
- Instant Notifications
- 2-Way Audio
- Simple Installation
The Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera is the newest product to the Arlo security camera range. This one really stands apart from the rest, because it has fewer specifications, however, because of this it has fewer limitations and is a lot more affordable to everyone.
Taking a look at Amazon Reviews, it has been rated by 1,212 buyers and over 58% of people give this product 5 stars. Overall, it scores 4.1 out of 5 stars, which we think is amazing. It gives enough for the price, but could it do better? We did test it out and here’s what we think.
We love how clear and simple the Arlo Essential Spotlight Outdoor Camera looks.
There are three steps to installation.
#1: You don’t need the Arlo Base Station for installation. You need to start by connecting directly to a 2.4Hz Wi-Fi network in the Arlo app.
#2: Find the sync button on the camera and scan the QR code on the app.
#3: Choose a surface and fix the mount. Fix it with 3 screws and ensure a strong Wi-Fi signal. You can then finally attach the camera to the mount. Using a thumbscrew fix the camera angle.
We really love that this security camera doesn’t need an Arlo base station for installation. This makes the process a lot cheaper because you don’t spend extra on another product like many brands want you to do. This also makes the installation process quicker.
We think that the Arlo app is well designed and easy to use. From other previously tested security cameras, we genuinely think this is one of the easiest ones to install. Our main issues with this camera start after the installation.
Arlo Service Plan
Unfortunately, this is the biggest disappointment about the product. Although it is cheaper than the other Arlo products, you don’t get lots of features without the Arlo Service Plan. Only when you purchase it, do you get things like enhanced visual security, advanced detection and verification, incident response, and additional peace of mind.
We do however appreciate that they’ve included a 3 month free trial for this service so you get enough time to test it out fully and decide whether it’s something you like. Once you finish the trial, you have to pay a monthly fee to unlock all features again.
As you can see, a single camera costs £2.79/mo which would not work with this product, unless you’re going to use only one camera (in that case, we suggest you buy a cheaper option on Amazon). We specifically chose this camera, because it includes three so we had to pick one of the unlimited camera options which cost £8.99/mo and £12.99/mo. The only difference between them was an extended warranty, therefore we think that the cheaper plan is better.
The Arlo Service Plan included visual security which was great because we could store videos on a cloud for up to 60-days, without losing resolution. We could go back and look at the footage if needed. We also have got some pets at home so the advanced detection feature was amazing. However, there are many security cameras that come with it, without us paying extra.
We also could get a replacement if somebody had stolen the camera. Knowing that many thieves go after security cameras, this feature did indeed give an added peace of mind. But whether you think all of this is worth the extra money, is your decision.
We do think that the camera is worth the price. Although it isn’t a cheap one, the performance was great even without the monthly plan. We were really impressed by its picture and audio quality, even though it’s only 1080P HD which is lower than some other products.
One would think that the quality would be bad, but we genuinely thought that this was one of the strong features, especially because it works so well even at night.
We really didn’t like the motion detection because of how limited it was. This simply did not fit our home as we have pets. We don’t think it’s worth paying the extra money. However, if you don’t have pets at home, this shouldn’t be a problem.
We don’t think the battery life was great. It wasn’t bad, however, it didn’t last us for 6 months. This was disappointing because we bought this expecting a long battery life.
When we had this issue, we decided to contact the Arlo customer service, however, it took weeks before we received the final answer. Seems like this is a bit more fit for US customers rather than the UK ones, which is where we are from. But we didn’t run into any problems with this camera, therefore this isn’t something you should worry too much about.
We really loved how simple the Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera design was. It was great to see that even though it is much cheaper than other Arlo products, they didn’t compromise on the design for this one. It looks similar to all the other Arlo products which is why we don’t think design is something you should be too concerned about. If you love Arlo as a whole, you’ll love this one too!
It’s designed to be small which is one of the many reasons why it’s so easy to install. While it looks amazing, the system also is perfectly designed, making it great for DIY installation. We definitely prefer cameras that look clean, which Arlo does really well.
It’s also designed to be weatherproof as it is an outdoor camera and we can confidently say that it passed the test. With the always-changing British weather, we think that this camera is a good investment if you want something that lasts for a long time.
Overall we think that this was a great purchase and recommend everyone to give it a try. If you don’t like it, you can always return it and try something else. If you’d like to give the extra features a chance, there’s a 3-month free trial, which gives you plenty of time to form an opinion.
As with any product, this one has got its bad and good points, however, we think it gives the value for its price.
Review for: Arlo Essential Spotlight Outdoor Camera
Use: 3 cam kit wireless surveillance system best for offices and hallways
Ease of use
Extremely easy to setup and use out of the box, all pre-paired which is a bonus
The initial cost is alright but let down by how you have to pay a monthly fee.
Tons of really useful features which are sadly locked behind a paywall
✔ We liked
✔ Easy setup
✔ Clear design
❌ We didn’t like
🚩 Monthly subscription
🚩 Battery life
Absolutely worth it if you’re looking for something simple that can be easily set up. This will be great if you don’t have much knowledge about security cameras as they can be DIY installed. We think that it works well without the plan, but you might be limited with some features. The night vision feature is absolutely amazing, and so it that it’s weatherproof.