When I started “indoor / outdoor camera”, I got 724 million results in half a second. Now, I know that you do not have time to scrub through the endless mountains of the Internet. This is where security baron comes in handy. We will compare two awesome indoor / outdoor cameras, Arlo Pro 2 and Blink XT using our essential features testing. Which camera will come up?
First, I want to discuss the design of each Arlo security camera. There are several different configurations that can be a security camera. Some come with an external hub, some can rotate around 360 degrees, and some may be mounted magnetically. Let’s see how Arlo Pro 2 and Blink XT are stacked.
Arlo Pro 2
Arlo Pro 2 is approximately five ounces, which seems very heavy for only a few inch long objects. The camera is a bright white plastic exterior that is around a reflective black face.
The good thing about Arlo Pro 2 is that it can be powered by a plug-in or a battery. I love flexibility here, especially for outdoor use – in many places that you want the camera to not be near the electrical outlet. However, if you do not like to replace the battery every three to six months, then plugging the camera is a great option.
Arlo Pro 2 comes with a rectangular hub that connects to the internet through an ethernet cable. To work, the camera should be placed within 140 feet of the hub. It is less than ideal because some cameras do not require a hub.
One more thing that frustrated me about design was the magnetic ball mount. While some cameras have ball mount with 360 degree swivel, I found that the Arlo Pro 2 mount does not allow for full speed as the website says. It can be a problem depending on the angle you want to capture. Like most security cameras, Arlo Pro 2 can be mounted on the wall or placed on a flat surface.
As I said on top, both Arlo Pro 2 and Blink XT can be kept indoors and out. While Arlo Pro 2 is described as “Weather Resistant”, the eyelid XT has been described as “weather-proof”. What do those words mean, and is there any object to measuring the weather resistance?
The International Security Rating of a product (IP) describes how a set of objective standards is used. The rating is made up of two numbers. The first digit measures the resistance of the object to the solid, whereas the second digit covers the fluid.
This is a very useful tool to know, especially if you live somewhere with a harsh weather situation. Scale IP54, the IP69K from “limited dust [and] water spray,” goes to the protected object from the protected object with “total dust [and] a steam-jet cleaning”.
The IP rating of Arlo Pro 2 is 65, which means that it “is safe from jet dust [and] less pressure than any direction [dust] from any direction”. This is a great rating, because your device is probably not submerged in water or is sprayed with a high-pressure jet. Unfortunately, Blink XPT does not have any formal IP rating, making an objective comparison difficult.
I was not super happy about the night vision on any camera. The good news is that both cameras use infrared LED lights. Unlike the bright white light of some cameras, the LED lights are completely undesirable by the naked eye. Obviously, you do not want a night intruder keeping your security camera in mind, so infrared light is necessary for optimum night vision. However, I think both cameras could benefit from more powerful LED lights. Each camera has only 850 nm LED, so you can see only a few feet away.