Updated 24 Aug 2016

Netgear

Arlo (VMS3230)

Snapshot: This indoor/outdoor wireless IP camera comes in a kit with two cameras and has HD image quality. It detects motion and can be remotely accessed on iOS and Android devices and from the internet. But how good is the picture?

Arlo (VMS3230)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$600

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Test results

Overall score
68
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • OK image quality.
  • Very easy to use.
  • Can send smartphone notifications.
  • Sends emails, but without any photos or video.
  • Remote access via iOS, Android and web.
  • Motion detection.
  • Has an HD camera.
  • Powered by batteries so is easily moved.
  • Free Cloud storage, but it only stores footage for the past 7 days.

But

  • Poor image quality in dark environment.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Image quality (60%), Ease of use (40%)

Image quality
When assessing how well an IP camera performs we look at its image quality in daylight and low-light conditions. We look at the clarity of the images, the contrast at close range (2m) and a moderate distance (4m). We look at how well they show a person, objects and graphics/text for reading any signage on vehicles or name badges.

Ease of use
Assesses the set-up and use of the camera, including installation, ease of recording and motion detection. We also look at how easy it is to receive alerts when motion is detected. A camera scored higher if it sent an email with a screenshot, but any email or push notification to a mobile was considered good. We also scored cameras on how easy it is to automatically and manually take photos or recordings, irrespective of whether a notification was sent, and how easy it is to store footage to cloud storage.

Full specs

Model

Avg price
$600

Specifications

Kit or camera only
Kit with two cameras
Kit required
Model or kit description
Smart Home Security
Camera type
Outdoor
Resolution
1280 x 720
Wireless connection or WiFi band (GHz)
2.4

Features

Weatherproof rating
IP65
Night vision
Yes, 7.6m
Pan
No
Tilt
No
Zoom
No
Microphone
×
Speaker
×
Motion detection
Yes
Motion detection scheduler
Notification method
Email and smartphone notification
Email alert with picture attached
×
Local storage
None
FTP storage
×
Cloud storage
Yes, storage for 7 days at a time on free plan
Remote access
Automatic
Remote access via Android app
Remote access via iOS app
Remote access via web browser
Ethernet
×

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