Reolink Argus is a Wi-Fi, battery operated, indoor/outdoor, FHD,
motion detecting, night vision, two-way speaker equipped, highly portable security
IP65 rated weather resistant (sealed dust tight and rainproof – 12.5 litres per minute Pressure: 30 kPa at a distance of 3 m. Includes using it with the optional solar panel and it has a rubber white skin that covers all openings.
Magnetic base wall mount and screw-on a wall mount
2MP, [email protected] is fine for security purposes – if Wi-Fi bandwidth is an issue it will drop to 720p in H.264 MP4
Wi-Fi N 2.4Ghz with a maximum indoor/outdoor range of 30-40 metres (depends on router placement)
Up to 64GB microSD local storage (buy the card separately) or Reolink cloud at an extra cost
130° fisheye lens
Up to 10m via IR LED night vision (in practice about 5m) or enhanced Sony Starlight Night vision
5200mAh removable battery with micro-USB port. Can be charged by 5V/2A USB charger (about 4 hours) or its solar panel – see review here. The charger is not weatherproof
PIR detection to 9m (in practice 5-6m) with a 120° radius. No sound detection.
2-way mic/speaker and various email and audio alerts like a 75dB siren (not loud)
Price: Shop on eBay or Amazon or directly with Reolink. Approx. A$299 but I have seen them for a lot less
Don’t confuse it with the earlier model Argus Pro that does not
have Starlight vision or a magnetic base.
The magnetic mount base can attach to a wall or shelf. It
attaches towards the back of the unit allowing it to be almost vertical and adjusted
to suit the vista.
The other mount is a standard tripod ¼-inch mount for more
permanent installs. While it is IP65, we recommend that you place it under the
eaves to avoid direct rain. And as you will need to recharge the battery unless
you buy a solar panel mount it within reach avoids the use of a ladder.
Download the Android or iOS app
Set up a Reolink account
Pair with the router by barcode scanning (we
recommend you do this first near the router and then see how far away you can
Name the camera
All other adjustments are self-explanatory and
include placement of the time/date stamp, fluent (adaptive quality) or clear (highest
quality) recording, mirror flip (god if you hang it upside down) etc. You can
also schedule the camera times.
We mounted it 20 metres line-of-site from the router. The
Wi-Fi signal had to pass through heavy plate glass. Note that the better the
signal, the longer the battery life.
At a minimum, you can count on at least 10 hours of continuous
use (Reolink claim up to 16 hours).
All battery life statements use in-lab testing. In
practicality things like PIR distance settings, PIR sensitivity (we used low and
had no false alarms), number of events (PIR triggered), resolution, night
vision and how often you stream video to your smartphone all affect life.
When we first set it up as ‘duckcam’, I installed the app on
my wife’s phone too not realising that she would access the camera for several
minutes each day. Given typical use, you should get 2-3 months.
Security cameras record events – not continuously
An event is set off by motion detection. It can be adjusted to
record multiple clips up to 30 seconds to the microSD card, or it can now
record to the Reolink cloud (at extra cost).
Starlight is interesting. Where IR is for no-light, mono
recordings, you can set it to Starlight where there are at least 100 lumens of
ambient light for colour recordings. Both low light modes result is fairly
pixelated images, and the practical limit is 6m.
The audio pickup was good, but 2-way audio was laggy to the extreme.
That is due to the Wi-fi signal strength.
You can now have a free basic plan which covers one camera
for 7-day video history (up to 1GB). The Standard plan (US$4.99 per month)
covers a 30-day history and up to five cameras. The is a Reolink cloud in Australia.
GadgetGuy’s take: Reolink Argus 2
A good, honest, lower cost FHD security camera that sells
well because it meets or exceeds its advertised, un-hyped features.