There are many options for home security cameras, from ultra-low to ultra-high. Almost all of them have disadvantages – high subscription prices, poor quality, the need for wiring, or unreasonable upfront costs. But Reolink has just released a new line of solar-powered 4K cameras that include 4K recording, dual-band Wi-Fi and, perhaps best of all, no subscription required!
Argus 3 Ultra and Argus Eco Ultra: [4G Solar+] Floodlight and Wi-Fi 2.4G/5 GHz
Reolink has two different options for more basic security cameras – Argus Eco Ultra and Argus 3 Ultra. The only real difference between the two is the shape and size, although the actual capabilities are the same. The Eco has a bullet shape like more traditional security cameras, while the thinner Argus 3 shape is easier to conceal.
They both shoot at 4K 15fps, which is great for security cameras—you’ll have enough resolution to zoom in and take a closer look at what’s going on, but you won’t have to waste memory or power on high frame rates. They also have a diagonal field of view of 125 degrees, providing truly wide coverage.
Many security cameras require you to run wires to each location where you want to install the camera, which requires a lot of extra work, so instead, all Reolink cameras are solar-powered and Wi-Fi connected. You can simply charge the internal battery from the USB-C port and then let it run, or you can take the Reolink 2 solar panel to charge the battery using solar power. They are waterproof and suitable for outdoor use, and rubber port covers protect ports and switches.
Argus PT Ultra: [4G Solar+] Pan and tilt
While the Argus Eco Ultra and Argus 3 Ultra are great cameras, they may not suit all needs, and in some other cases you may want to purchase the Argus PT Ultra. As you’d expect, “PT” stands for Pan-Tilt, so you can mount the camera and control its direction remotely. In their app you have 360 degree control, so by giving this camera a slightly elevated perspective you can cover a really large area. Like other Reolink cameras, it includes floodlights and PIR for motion detection, a microSD card slot for local recording, and of course, high-resolution 4K imaging—whether it’s shot at night or during the day. A light on the front of the camera that turns on when motion is detected in the dark ensures clear images.
Everything you need for installation is included right in the box, whether you mount the cameras on top or against a wall. There are templates for drilling, and then you attach the mounts to the wall. Finally, you attach the cameras to the mounts themselves.
Adding cameras to the app is as easy as scanning a QR code. Because these are solar-powered cameras, you won’t be recording them all the time, so you can set up a custom schedule so they record when a person, vehicle, or pet is detected in specific locations based on time and day. You can choose to have the cameras alert you via push notifications, email, or even a siren. The app has a lot more features, including more creative features like slow motion.
GO PT Ultra: [4G Solar+] 4G network
I installed Argus Eco Ultra, Argus 3 Ultra and Argus PT Ultra to cover the front and sides of the house, but did not install them at the back of the house.
Reolink 4K Solar Powered Cameras
You can purchase the entire range of new Reolink cameras, from the Argus 3 Ultra and Argus Eco Ultra to the Argus PT Ultra and Go PT Ultra, with an additional 8% off (combinable discounts) up to 20% off using code ‘8’. %OFF”, on the Reolink website.