Arlo Ultra

Cutting edge protection for what matters most

SecureScore™: 8.4 /10
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Arlo Ultra Ratings

The Arlo Ultra is an outdoor security camera that provides users with a higher quality of resolution and a few key built-in features that make it quite a powerful tool.  The system, released in November of 2018, features the latest generation of protection for property owners with features such as enhanced night vision and 4K HRD resolution. Yet, it remains an excellent choice for even those who want basic monitoring.

  • Playback video in 4k resolution (one of the first of its kind)
  • Zoom in with precision
  • Battery powered or use magnetic cable tethering
  • 24/7 ongoing recording
  • Integrated spotlight
  • 180-degree field of vision
  • Noise cancellation

  • Arlo Smart cloud video recording service costs more
  • More expensive than other monitors


The Arlo Ultra is a high-performance security camera for just about any type of protection. It is an elegant camera designed to be highly durable and reliable. It works with Google Home Hub, Apple Watch, and Amazon Alexa, allowing for easy functionality for just about any need. And, while it is priced a bit higher than most other systems, it has some nice features that make that worthwhile to some individuals. This indoor and outdoor camera can be linked up with numerous other cameras to create comprehensive protection around the home or property with easy management on the Arlo app.

Features & Technology

The Arlo Ultra has some standout features. There are plenty of types of equipment on the market today that can make monitoring both the indoors and outdoors easy to use, but this version of the Arlo security camera takes things further with a few pieces of advanced technology. Take a closer look:

4K Resolution

Perhaps the most impressive update through the Arlo Ultra is its 4K image quality. It features a high-performance 4K HRD lens. This lens provides crystal clear details to provide you with little doubt what is happening. The image quality is also exceptional even when the user zooms in. With 4K video with HDR, it’s possible to capture more details even when there are dark areas, shadows, or bright light conditions.

Advanced Dewarping

Arlo Ultra offers dewarping, which means that it removes much of the fisheye distraction that happens within the lens. It offers a full 180-degree field of view to accomplish this. Overall, this is an excellent way to get enhanced coverage and clear images.


With the quality of the improved camera also comes improved zoom. One of the nice features of the close-up zoom is that it offers more clarity to capture details. This includes things like logos on packages, badges on a person’s uniform, and license plates.


The integrated spotlight in the Arlo Ultra also becomes highly useful. It offers bright and motion-activated lighting to any area. When something moves into the camera’s range of view, that bright spotlight comes on, deterring them from approaching.

Enhanced Night Vision

An improved quality of night vision is also a part of the Arlo Ultra. Enhanced night vision comes with color integration, too. This is an upgrade from most security cameras that offer only black and white for night vision. With color comes more clarity about what’s happening in your view.

Auto Zoom and Tracking

Arlo Ultra works to automatically handle more of your needs by using auto zoom and tracking features. For example, imaging an indoor camera spotting someone outside the windows. It automatically zooms in so you can see that individual and then tracks them as they move across the space. This ensures that the camera is always focused on the highest risk situation in the room.

Ease of Use

A few key things make Arlo Ultra very usable. First, it is a wire-free design. It is Wi-Fi enabled, which means it is very easy to install for most people. You can place it just about anywhere as well. However, if you subscribe to the 24/7 continuous recording feature, called Arlo Smart, you will need to use the new magnetic cable. Even with this feature, it remains a very easy to manage system all connected through an app.

Customer Service

Arlo is owned by Netgear. The company is known to provide good quality customer service and backs up its product’s quality fairly evenly. There are several ways to get help, including calling the company directly for extensive support. You get up to 90 days of free phone support after you buy the Arlo Ultra. If you want even faster help, the company has a full FAQ page, a large resource section with information, and an active community to answer your questions.


The 4K Arlo Ultra’s wire-free camera costs $299.99 to purchase as a standalone product. This is most certainly higher than a wide range of other home security systems, but the enhanced technology is a key part of that.

For those who want 24/7 continuous monitoring, Arlo Smart is an additional cost. There are several Arlo Smart Plans to choose from. The basic plan is $2.99 per month per camera or $29 per year. It provides seven days of video history to look through as well as lock screen notifications, custom activity zones, and advanced A.I. detection. The Arlo Smart Premier is $9.99 per month or $99 per year for coverage of up to 10 cameras. It offers 30-day video history. It also offers the same features as well as e911 Emergency Call Service. Yet another version is the Arlo Smart Elite which is $14.99 per month or $149 a year for up to 20 cameras and offers 60-day video history, with the same features as the Premier.


The system comes with a camera and battery, power adapter, magnetic mount, magnetic charge cable, a quick start guide, and a decal.


The Arlo Ultra is a well-designed system with some outstanding quality video. It is best suited for those who need details and who want a system that does it all for you. Though it works just fine without Arlo Smart, this upgrade makes it a full security system to rely on for nearly all needs.

Reviewed By
Travis Goodreau
Safety and Security Advisor
Travis is a retired Burglary Detective, having tallied 5,000+ burglary and theft cases throughout his career. He also served as an Arson Investigator, where he cracked the case of a serial arsonist, and made the arrest and prosecuted the would-be bomber of ABC-7 Studio in LA. We couldn’t be happier to have him as a Safety and Security Advisor. Learn more about Travis here
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Andrew Garcia
Lead Security Editor
As Lead Security Editor, Andrew strategically guides SafeHome and the resources we publish. He holds a BA in business, and has 10+ years of experience in content development. Today, Andrew edits and publishes articles, guides, and other resources to meet our rigorous standards. Learn more about Andrew here

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