Tested product: Arlo Essential Indoor Camera
Reward: SEK 1,290 at Kjell & Company
Arlo continues to launch cameras in its new Essential series. We previously tested the Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera and the Arlo Essential Video Doorbell without a wire. Now it’s time for the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera, which, as the name suggests, is a completely indoor camera.
Rating 3 out of 5
The Arlo Essential Indoor Camera is a functional indoor camera with good image quality and acts as a physical lens blocker. But a number of small drawbacks, subscription requirements to be able to take full advantage of all the features, and the high price mean that the rating is still average.
- No hub required
- Easy to install and easy to use
- Good image quality
- Some features require subscriptions
- No local memory
- Response seg
Like previous Essential cameras, the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera works without a hub. This makes installation easier, but also means that there is a lack of local video storage space, as the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera is not equipped with memory card space.
So cloud storage is important and a subscription is required for this. They are included for free for three months when you buy the camera, but cost from SEK 29 per month.
We’ve complained about Arl’s unregulated subscription before, so we won’t delve into that yet. We are pleased with the statement that it is still a smaller jungle and that a subscription is required not only to store videos in the cloud but also to access some features.
Installing the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera is very simple, the application used is entirely in Swedish and very easy to use and instructive. This one along with it (and the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera) is very functional.
You can do everything from adjusting the camera’s resolution and brightness to creating areas for motion detection activities and the types of notifications you need to receive when you detect motion.
It’s especially gratifying that the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera also has sound detection alerts, which most competitors don’t have.
A practical feature is also automatic lens blocking, which means that the lens is physically covered when you or someone else in the family is at home. Although the controls can be turned off on all cameras, the physical doors that are closed make it especially clear that nothing is actually being recorded.
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 the Arlo camera, the image quality is good, both in daylight and in light or dark. Admittedly not as good as Arl’s more expensive cameras, but in the same class as most competitors.
However, the response has been somewhat disappointing. This in itself means only a few seconds delay, both when you want to start streaming live from the camera or when something happens in front of the camera, but it still bothers you.
The price that ultimately prevents the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera from getting a better rating is the price. Although SEK 1,290 is cheaper than most other Arlo cameras (Essential Spotlight Camera costs SEK 1,690, for example), it is still more expensive than many similar competitors. As the winner of the Ring Indoor Cam test, which costs only 700 SEK. This means that the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera cannot get more than a third of the ratings.
Tested: April 2021
Manufacturer / contact: Arlo, www.arlo.com
System requirements: Wireless network, Android or iOS smartphone
Application in Swedish: In
Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
Image angle: 130 degrees diagonally
Sound: Speaker and microphone
Motion sensor: In
Areas of movement: In
Sound sensor: In
Free storage: Three-month subscription included, then paid subscription
Subscription per month: From SEK 29 per month
Color: White or black
Measure: 5.2 x 4.9 x 11.3 centimeters.
Weight: 122 grams.
Other: Works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa
Reward: SEK 1,290 at Kjell & Company