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Between these two security systems, our favorite is Arlo.

Overall Score: 8.4/10

Arlo and Amcrest both provide effective home security through the use of video cameras. While Arlo offers features like a baby monitor and motion sensors that are built into their camera, Amcrest provides high resolution and top of the line night vision in addition to their cameras' ability to tilt, pan, and zoom in almost any direction. Arlo is the more expensive of the two (depending on which camera you purchase from each company), but Amcrest offers more options in terms of cameras and resolution.

Overview: Arlo vs Amcrest

The Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 are considered quite effective and affordable for the features they offer. The Amcrest UltraHD 2K PTZ Camera has an advanced Wi-Fi set up that offers the dual bandwidth compared to the older versions of the camera that only allowed for operation on 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi platform. Both claim to be high resolution with infrared night vision, but Arlo seems to offer better quality video.

  • Both offer night vision
  • Both offer at least one or more cameras that include a motion detector
  • Cloud storage is available for both systems
  • Amcrest also offers local storage
  • No contracts are required for either system

Similarities: Amcrest vs Arlo

The similarities between Arlo and Amcrest include the no-frills installation and setup as well as the convenience of no month to month payments or contract obligations. Both systems are considered to be self-monitoring but can be monitored by third-party centers if you choose to go that route. Both cameras offer motion detection in one or more of their cameras.

  • No long-term contracts are required
  • There are multiple cameras to choose from
  • Motion detection sensors are included in at least one camera from each company
  • Night vision capabilities are offered
  • Easy to install and set up

Differences: Amcrest vs Arlo

Arlo and Amcrest offer good quality cameras but both systems have notable differences that set them apart from one another. Amcrest cameras are capable of panning, zooming in and tilting to reach the desired view. Amcrest also offers cameras with a wide angle lens for a much larger viewing area. Not all of Amcrest's cameras offer two-way communication or sound recording.

  • Arlo cameras don't record sound but do offer two-way voice communication
  • Arlo can support up to 60 cameras on one system
  • Amcrest only allows for four activity zones
  • Amcrest only connects with the Alexa platform
  • Arlo cameras can connect with other smart home platforms including Nest

Features

The Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 cameras offer features like multiple “active zones', baby monitor video, built-in motion sensors, and cloud storage. Cameras do not record sound but offer you the option of communicating with whoever is in the room you are viewing using their two-way voice communication software.

Amcrest cameras offer a variety of streaming options, as well as motion detection and wide angle lenses. Cameras are also capable of panning, tilting, and zooming in to focus on details. They offer the option of both cloud storage and local storage.

Contracts

Neither company requires any type of contract or a long-term service agreement. All equipment is purchased up front and both systems are self-monitored.

Prices

The Arlo Pro camera costs $249.99. The Arlo Pro 2 averages approximately $479.99, depending on where you purchase your system. Monthly cloud storage fees cost $9.99 each month or $99.99 for the year. The advanced plan costs $14.99 a month or $149.99 for the year. The lower price plan allows for 50 days of recorded video and 10 cameras, while the higher priced plan collects 60 days of video and supports 15 cameras.

Amcrest offers multiple camera options to choose from, including the IP8M-2496 for $139.95. You can get a 2-pack of Ultra HD 2K cameras for $159.99 and a 4-pack of AMDV-7214-4B for $259.95. There are no monthly subscriptions of payments to deal with.

Equipment

The Arlo system is comprised of the two primary cameras that can be used for both indoor and outdoor video surveillance.

Amcrest offers multiple cameras in addition to the ones listed in the Pricing section. Cameras come with a base unit that allows for the connection to the mobile app and the Alexa platform.

Installation

Both systems are considered to be do-it-yourself and come with easy to follow instructions.

Emergency Connections

Both Arlo and Amcrest notify the subscriber of alerts via push notifications or emails. While they operate using cellular connectivity, neither require professional monitoring.

Summary: Arlo vs Amcrest

Arlo is an excellent system if you want added features like a baby monitor and motion detection on all devices.

Amcrest is a good choice if you want the top of the line cameras at an affordable price.

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