You can view recorded footage via the app, a web interface or remove the microSD card and play it on any H.264 player.

PTZ – pan, tilt and (no) zoom

You can set up to six PTZ markers which is handy if you want to cover a room. There is no ‘follow-me” motion detection but, I suspect that could be an easy app software upgrade. There is an auto setting that will pan around a room.

Motion detection

Records a few seconds prior and post motion detection – look for this feature. Sensitivity is adjustable to stop pets and flapping curtains setting it off.

It would be perfect if it also had sound detection.

Audio quality

Supports full duplex audio (two-way conversations) although its usefulness depends on Wi-Fi/internet speeds – you may experience lag and feedback.

GadgetGuy’s take

There are hundreds of brands and models of security cameras to choose from. I have tested D-Link/OMNA, Swann, NETGEAR Arlo and you cannot go wrong with these.

But Reolink seems to have the edge in hardware, the app, and in a company that is solely focused on home security.

Who will buy it?

Well for starters I would if only for the 2860 x 1440 clarity. It is a no-risk purchase.

Buy it as part of the security camera setup. Buy one brand as you don’t want to have an app for each camera.

At a minimum, you need a Reolink Argus or Argus 2 for external use and one or two CP1 Pro for an internal monitor or a baby monitor.

And if you want to go overboard there are 4/5MP Dome and surveillance cameras, and full NVR surveillance systems.

Pros

  • 4MP produces superior colour and quality images if you have Wi-Fi AC and at least the middle tier NBN
  • Great flexibility in pan and tilt
  • ¼” wall mount supplied
  • Easy setup if Ethernet connection is first used
  • Desktop app for Windows and macOS
  • No monthly cloud hosting fees – uses microSD

Cons

  • No microSD card supplied (universal complaint on all brands)
  • Not yet a smart home hub connected device but will connect to QNAP security platform

Price

It costs US$84.99. eBay has it at A$107.99 including postage. Amazon Australia list it without a price.