Arlo Ultra Camera System vs Amcrest

Arlo launches 4k resolution camera – Arlo Ultra Wire-free camera system, a practical outdoor camera with 8mp resolution and super wide angle. Which is more suitable for your business needs, Arlo Ultra camera system or Amcrest?

Arlo series

Netgear released the Arlo series successfully, a very compact and practical product with the label “Wire-free”. For home needs it is very appropriate, but for business needs could be less precise because the resolution is only up to 1080p. For this reason, Netgear released Arlo Ultra with 4k resolution in order to meet the needs of very high image detail that is now a necessity.

Arlo Outdoor Series

Netgear previously released a series number of Arlo wire-free models that are devoted to outdoor, though it could be for indoor installation too. We look behind some of the following series of Arlo models before Netgear releases Arlo Ultra camera system.

Arlo ultra system kit
Arlo Ultra System kit

1. Arlo 1st G

  • Resolution 1280x720p, 110 degree view angle
  • Night vision with 850nm range up to 25ft – mostly the same infrared range as those baby video monitor
  • Powered by 4-lithium battery
  • Wire-free with 802.11n
  • IP65 weatherproof

  2. Arlo Pro

The next generation of Arlo outdoor with the following main features

  • Resolution 1280x720p, 130 degree view angle
  • 850nm IR LED range up to 25ft with IR cut-off filter, same range compared with Arlo 1st G
  • Rechargeable battery – 2440mAh with battery life indicator
  • Wire-free with 802.11n
  • 2 way audio with built-in microphone and speaker
  • IP65 weatherproof

See that the 1st G Arlo compared with Arlo Pro you can find  that few improvements including wider view angle, rechargeable 2440mAh battery, and two way audio. The next series is Arlo Pro 2. 

3. Arlo Pro 2 – the newer version of Arlo Pro

  • 1920×1080 with 8x digital zoom and wide 130 degree view angle
  • 850nm IR LED range up to 25ft with IR cut-off filter. All the three models have the same range of 25ft like those home wifi camera or baby video camera
  • Rechargeable 2440mAh battery with battery indicator level
  • 2 way audio with built-in microphone and speaker
  • IP65 weatherproof

The Arlo 2 comes with addition of 8x digital zoom and plug-in power option instead of rechargeable battery to unlock advanced option.

Now what about Arlo Ultra?

There is a leap in resolution from 1080p on the Arlo Pro 2 to 8.0 megapixels or 4k resolution. If Arlo does not release its new generation by using a 4k resolution camera, it can be left far behind by its competitors from other vendors such as Amcrest, Lorex or Hikvision cameras, where customers are now starting to look at cameras with high resolution up to 4k. Wire-free is indeed a practical camera, but the need for higher quality image detail with high resolution is more beneficial for businesses or homes.

Highlights

  • High resolution up to 4k (3840×2160) with Super wide 180 degree field of view angle
  • auto tracking and zoom the moving object and follow it with focus / zoom in adjustment
  • high performance ½” image sensor and 12x digital zoom
  • high powered IR LED with IR Cut filter; Enhanced night vision with color instead of black and white night vision, comes with integrated motion activated spotlight
  • two way audio communication with built-in Microphone and speaker
  • dual band 802.11b/g/n/ac wifi technology and Bluetooth low energy 4.2
  • weatherproof

Cons

  • add on Arlo camera can work only with Ultra Smarthub (VMB5000), cannot work with other Arlo base stations or any other Onvif NVR system
  • expensive compared to other 4k cameras on the market

However, this is an add-on camera for  the Smart-hub Ultra system, it cannot work stand alone like other home wifi cameras such as Morvelli wifi camera, or Amcrest ip4m-1051 or Foscam R4. You need to purchase separate Smarthub Ultra or purchase in a package of Smarthub ultra plus two or more add-on Arlo cameras.

Click here to learn more spec details Arlo Ultra

Arlo Ultra vs Amcrest Camera system

What we have discussed above shows that the Arlo Ultra is perfect to meet your needs for high detail images with 4k resolution and the auto tracking and zooming features to adjust your frame, very practical without the hassle of pulling network cables from the camera to the recorder.

Amcrest 8 channel with 4pcs turret cameras
Amcrest 8 channel with 4pcs turret cameras

Now we take Arlo Ultra system kit (Arlo smart hub + 2 add-on cameras) compare it with Amcrest’s security kit which consists of an 8 channel NVR system and 4pcs 4k camera turret models. Pay attention to table 1 below as a reference to make it easier to see the difference to meet your business needs.

Camera

Both the Arlo Ultra and Amcrest ip8m-t2499 turret models are equipped with fixed lens with resolutions up to 4k @ 15 fps. With a frame rate @ 15 fps it’s not as smooth as a camera with a frame rate @ 30 fps real time rate. Arlo Ultra with battery powered is indeed not possible to increase the frame rate to @ 30 fps (said one technical support), Amcrest with POE powered can still increase the frame rate @ 30 fps at 3.0MP resolution.

View angle

Arlo Ultra is designed with a panoramic lens with 180 degrees view angle. It is very good to be able to cover all the whole angles in front of the camera even though there will be a curved view. Compare with Amcrest which is only up to 112 degrees of view angle.

Night vision

One of the good sides of Arlo Ultra is the ability of night vision in color, as in most Lorex cameras (see also Amcrest vs lorex camera with color night vision), so it’s not black and white like Amcrest and other cameras with night vision features. And of course with the ambient light and Arlo Ultra comes with spotlight which will turn on when there is a motion detection alert, even can also provide a siren when needed or siren you can trigger from your smart phone when receiving motion detection alerts.

There is no spec that states how long this night vision distance is, while Amcrest provides spec night vision with 1 IR high power LED with a range of up to 164ft but not in color night vision.

Audio

Two-way audio is better than just one way audio direction. Arlo comes with two-way audio for full duplex communication, compared to Amcrest turret models that only have one microphone for listening.

Recording unit

Arlo Smarthub is one requirement that must be purchased so that your Arlo Ultra can work, like other Arlo models. And Arlo Smarthub Ultra can support all previous Arlo models but not vice versa. There is no storage except for an SD card reader, the memory on your Arlo ultra camera can be removed and inserted here for replay. This is one of the weaknesses of Arlo SmartHub, there is no local storage unless you subscribe to cloud storage.

While the Amcrest recording unit (Amcrest nv4108e) is equipped with SATA disk that you can install up to 12TB capacity, and in this kit comes with preinstalled 2TB disk.

Table 1 Arlo Ultra vs Amcrest camera system

Security Kit  Arlo Ultra (Smarthub + 2 Arlo cams) Amcrest 4k 8Chn NVR + 4 Turret cams  
Camera model Arlo Ultra 4k Amcrest ip8m-t2499 turret model
Camera resolution 4k (3840×2160) @15fps   4k (8.0MP) @15fps; 3MP @30 fps
Zoom 12x digital zoom n/a
Field of view angle 180° diagonal 112° horizontal
Night vision Color night vision with high powered Infrared LEDs (850nm) with IR Cut Filter 1x IR LEDs range up to 164ft
Audio Two way audio with dual microphone array One way audio with built-in Microphone
Local memory Storage Unspecified Micro SD card up to 128GB
Connection Wifi 802.11b/g/n/ac POE with UTP network cable
Housing   Weatherproof with -20 ~ 60 degree C operating temperature   IP67 weatherproof with metal housing
Recording Unit Ultra smarthub with Wi-Fi (2.4GHz), Zwave, ZigBee, and arlorf™ ready, local backup, smart siren Amcrest nv4108e 8 channel 4k NVR with built-in 8xport POE switch
Onvif Works with Arlo cameras only Works with any Onvif compliant third party cameras
Recording storage n/a, only a SD card reader. Cloud storage plan service is available SATA disk with 2TB preinstalled, supports up to 6TB disks  
     
Price (Sep 2019) in Amazon $599.99 (smart hub + 2 Arlo cameras) $599.99

Both of these security camera systems are tagged with same price around $ 600. With Arlo Ultra you only get two 4k cameras system while with Amcrest you get four 4k camera system. with all the advantages and disadvantages, I prefer the Amcrest system camera. Click the product link below to learn more detail and shop link to Amazon.

Click for Arlo Ultra camera system (2 cameras)

Click for Amcrest 4k security camera (4 cameras)

Related products

For businesses with large number of cameras you may consider Amcrest or Hikvision 32 Channel NVR System. See also comparison of affordable Reolink vs Amcrest POE Security Cameras and comparison between Hikvision and Lorex outdoor cameras.

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