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Between these two security systems, our favorite is Arlo.

SecureScore™: 8.0/10

Zmodo and Arlo are two of the more basic home security systems. Designed for ease of use and simplicity, neither require a contract, professional installation or professional monitoring. They do, however, provide state of the art technology and equipment that can help to make your home more secure.

Overview: Zmodo vs Arlo

Both Zmodo and Arlo are home security systems that rely mostly on visual security. While Arlo cameras have built-in motion sensors, Zmodo indoor/outdoor surveillance cameras are equipped with night vision and are extremely durable, especially when used outside.

  • No long-term service agreements or requirements
  • No professional installation
  • High-resolution video and image quality
  • Zmodo has powerful night vision
  • Arlo's cameras include motion sensors

Similarities: Arlo vs Zmodo

As camera-based systems, both Zmodo and Arlo rely heavily on the visual aspects of security. Motion sensors trigger Arlo to record or produce still images. Zmodo relies on powerful night vision capabilities to enhance its effectiveness.

  • Mobile apps
  • Still image quality
  • Indoor/outdoor capabilities
  • Wireless cameras
  • Notifications and alerts when motion is detected

Differences: Arlo vs Zmodo

The main differences between Zmodo and Arlo have to do with the cameras themselves. Zmodo cameras are sold in a package of four, have powerful night vision, and are compatible with the Alexa platform. Arlo, on the other hand, offers two main camera designs, the Arlo and Arlo Pro. Both have built-in motion sensors and the Arlo Pro comes with a hub that allows for video storage.

  • Zmodo cameras do not include audio, but Arlo cameras do
  • Zmodo works with Alexa
  • Zmodo offers 5 still images with each motion alert
  • Arlo believes a strong video surveillance system is all you really need
  • Arlo allows you to expand on your service


Zmodo cameras are easy to install and offer five images with each motion detected. Night vision is one of its strong points. The cameras are weatherproof and can be used inside or outside your home. The cameras provide decent visual quality with both images and videos.

Arlo and Arlo Pro camera systems include motion sensors. They offer two-way communication and 7-days of free cloud storage. The cameras are completely wireless and come with rechargeable batteries. The cameras are also weatherproof and provide good image quality whether they are used inside or outside.


Neither Zmodo nor Arlo require any type of contract or service agreement.


At most outlets, the Zmodo camera 4-pack can be found for around $100. This makes the cameras approximately $25 a piece. There is also an option for cloud storage if you choose to accept it.

Arlo cameras are more expensive. The regular Arlo camera starts at around $160 each while the Arlo Pro can be found for just over $200 to $220, depending on where you are shopping. If you want more than the 7-days free cloud storage that comes with the system, you will have to subscribe to it.


Zmodo cameras come in a convenient 4-pack with built-in motion sensors and night vision capabilities.

The Arlo and Arlo Pro with the hub are stand-alone systems. Both have built-in motion sensors.


Each system is designed to be installed by the consumer.

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Both Zmodo and Arlo are designed to be self-monitored. Cloud storage is available with subscription prices varying from place to place. Both systems allow you to monitor them through a mobile app that also sends alerts if any motion is detected. It is up to you to notify the authorities in case of an emergency.

Summary: Zmodo vs Arlo

Zmodo is a cost-effective choice for homeowners or renters who want a simple, easy to use home security system that doesn't come with a lot of bells and whistles.

Arlo is for the more advanced user. It's great for someone who doesn't want to deal with monitoring subscriptions or long-term contracts.  It does provide 7-days of free cloud storage.

Read our review of Arlo