The Arlo Essential Spotlight camera is a new lower-cost 1080p security camera in the tradition of the Arlo security camera range.
Perhaps the most important change is that Arlo is no longer wedded to using a Smart Hub or base station – although that is best for most cases. It can use your home network Wi-Fi and the app if that is all you need.
Arlo Essential Spotlight camera
Arlo uses the term Spotlight to describe two high-intensity LEDs above the camera lens. These provide sufficient lumens to enable colour night vision to about 6 metres.
GadgetGuy’s take – An essential lower-cost alternative
The specs are pretty good, and it has Arlo quality. But the emphasis on this device is to keep it affordable. Hence 1080p, a non-removable battery and no need for Smart Hub (but it will join Arlo SmartHub VMB4000, VMB4540, VMB4500, VMB5000 for enhanced range and battery life).
The Arlo Pro 3 (the 2K, 160° version of the Ultra) is closer to $400 (but shop around online – you may find a bargain) and would be my choice if you already have an Arlo Hub. And JB Hi-Fi has an Arlo Ultra 4K inc two cameras and the Smart Hub for $899!