Arlo Essential Spotlight Wire-Free Indoor/Outdoor 1080p Security Camera - White

Model Number: VMC2030
Web Code: 14696139

Arlo Essential Spotlight Wire-Free Indoor/Outdoor 1080p Security Camera - White

Overview

Keep your property safe and secure with the Arlo Essential Spotlight wire-free indoor/outdoor security camera. This powerful camera takes crisp Full HD video, and features an integrated spotlight and night vision so you won't miss a thing. It's equipped with 2-way audio so you can hear and be heard, along with a built-in siren to deter intruders.

Overview

Keep your property safe and secure with the Arlo Essential Spotlight wire-free indoor/outdoor security camera. This powerful camera takes crisp Full HD video, and features an integrated spotlight and night vision so you won't miss a thing. It's equipped with 2-way audio so you can hear and be heard, along with a built-in siren to deter intruders.

  • Wire-free camera captures 1080p Full HD video with a 130-degree field of view and 12x optical zoom so you can keep a watchful eye on your home or business
  • Integrated spotlight, motion detection, and colour night vision ensure you have a clear view anytime day or night
  • Weather-resistant design stands up to the heat, cold, rain, and sun so the camera can be used indoors or out
  • Built-in siren can be triggered remotely or automatically to deter trespassers and burglars
  • Companion app lets you watch live streams or recorded video from your smartphone or tablet
  • Two-way audio allows you to hear and speak with visitors by tapping a button in the app
  • Included power cable makes it easy to recharge the camera's battery
  • Step-by-step instructions in the app make the camera easy to install
  • Comes with a 3-month trial of Arlo Smart for instant notifications and a rolling 30 days of cloud recordings (note: renewal of an Arlo Smart subscription is required to maintain Arlo Smart features, including cloud storage)
Security Camera Type
IP Cameras
Number of Cameras Included
1
Camera Connection
Wire-Free
Usage
Indoor & Outdoor
Device Compatibility
Android & iOS
Works with Amazon Alexa
Yes
Works with Google Assistant
Yes
Works with Apple HomeKit
No
IFTTT
Yes
Connectivity
Wifi - No Hub Required
Remote Access
Yes
Remote Monitoring
Yes
Mobile Remote Monitoring
Yes
Wireless Standard
802.11 b/g/n
WPS Connection
No
Detachable
Not Applicable
Built-In Siren
Yes
Pet Mode
No
Colour
White
Material
Plastic
Language Support
English; French

Receiver/DVR Features

Storage Type
Cloud
Recording Methods
Scheduled Recording; Triggered Recording
Alert Method
Rich Notifications; Email

Camera Features

Sensor Type
CMOS
Horizontal View Angle
130 °
Optical Zoom
12x
Night Vision
Yes
Motion Detection
Yes
Pan-Tilt
No
Motorized
No
Two Way Communication
Yes
Dome Enclosure
No
Spy Camera
No

Video Features

Real-Time Video
Yes
Video Compression
H.264
Max Camera Resolution
1080p Full HD
Video Resolution
1920 x 1080
Frame Rate
24 fps
Video Colour
Colour

Audio Features

Record Audio
Yes
Microphone
Single Digital Mic

Dimension

Cable Length (m)
0.3 m
Width
5.2 cm
Height
7.74 cm
Depth
8.88 cm
Width (Inches)
2.05 in
Height (Inches)
3.05 in
Depth (Inches)
3.5 in
Weight
236 g

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Reviewer Recommendation

76%

Of the 819 reviewers who responded, 625 would recommend this product.

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  • Ok camera with many shortcomings
    Reviewed by JKinSYR - November 10, 2020

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] The Arlo Essential camera looks nice and unique with it's white body and black facade around the lens area. It's approximately the size of a hockey puck in size. This is my second Arlo camera being added into my Arlo ecosystem. I already own the Arlo Ultra 4K camera and smart hub. This was an easy way to have the Arlo Essential Spotlight added into my Arlo network at home. The app is easy to use to get the additional camera added in, and that process will take less than 5 minutes to do. The tricky part for me is the lack of distance that the smart hub can handle. I have a strong modem and router with broad coverage that works well in all of my 2400 sq. ft. home. I could not get this camera to connect properly to the smart hub to have an adequate signal.for a strong camera connection. So rather than putting the camera in the ideal security spot I wanted to, I had to settle for a different spot that would be closer in proximity to the smart hub. Not sure where the blame lies with this one, whether it's the Essential camera or the smart hub. Either way be sure to check the camera signal strength before you decide to place your camera in the designated spot. The Arlo app on iOS works well and is fairly easy to navigate. This camera displays in 1080p so it's a fairly clear picture you'll receive when it's wide, but gets very grainy and blurry when you zoom in. I also like the spotlight ability of this camera as an added deterrent to make sure that you can make others aware of its presence. I have my camera placed outdoors and it's weathered some rain already and continues to work well. The Essential camera is great for allowing 2 way audio to speak with someone on the other end in order to communicate with any visitors. The built in siren can be a good deterrent to make others aware that you're watching and help to alert nearby neighbors. One gripe I've had with this Essential camera is the Arlo claim of 6 month battery life. I have been disappointed with the lack of battery life in real world use. My camera ran for 5 days under the Arlo "Optimized" setting which allows for balanced video quality and battery life. 5 days of usage and experiencing a dead battery is unacceptable. I would hope that this is a product glitch or a defective product as one of the problems. I'm sure that no customer would want to be taking this camera off every week to recharge it with the supplied USB charging cable. One good thing I do like about this camera is that I get 3 months of cloud service to view recorded footage of motion activities. I don't like having to pay into an ongoing monthly subscription service in order to see any recordings. Just another money drain on your wallet by the manufacturers. Please offer an internal way for customers to view their own recordings with a micro SD card. PRO: Compact design Noticeable light and audio deterrent Free 3 month cloud video recordings CON: Battery life WiFi range connectivity Monthly subscription fees Video quality when zoomed in

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

  • Long delay good picture
    Verified BuyerReviewed by 1MichMan - December 10, 2020

    I've had it about a weeks now and so far it's okay. When you get a notification about motion the app has a 2 to 5 minute delay before you can see the video sometimes. It synced up with my Google home app but it buffers for a new seconds to a minute before it shows you the live stream. The picture quality is good and so far the battery life is decent but not going to last 6 months on 1 charge. I got it, charged it, and installed it Dec 3rd and today Dec 10th and the battery is at 67% and thats with most of the notifications turned off but I do have dogs that run around my backyard so it detects them a lot

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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  • Great combo!
    Reviewed by Atxjrev - March 11, 2021

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I love the combination camera and spotlight. I have it over my garage and I’m able to see partially in may garage, both my cars, and my driveway very clearly. There is a bit of a delay but that’s to be expected on WiFi. Installation was easy and took a total of 30 mins altogether. That includes setting up the app and trying to find the best placement. The app has been easy to use so far. I’m still working through the modes and programming to make it right for my needs but it’s an easy adjustment. I have the competitor camera as well. I think with the light, I like this one better. I would definitely recommend this camera to anyone wanting to set up a new home security system.

    Review originally posted on Arlo Technologies, Inc.

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Terrible battery life
    Verified BuyerReviewed by calicho - October 23, 2021

    Bought cámara at BestBuy in Chicago on December 2020. Camara worked great for the first 8 months… then I recharged it and now goes from 100% to 12% in less than 1 week!! In the pictures it was 13% on October 17th, charged to 100% that day and now today (October 23rd) is back down to 12%!

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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  • received a defective unit
    Reviewed by Lisa - April 15, 2021

    No disrespect to Best Buy because they immediately provided a free return shipping slip and subsequently reimbursed me once I returned the unit. So bravo to Best Buy for amazing customer support. I was hopeful about this unit after reading the reviews, and I'm sure this unit could be great, but I received a dud. The battery wouldn't charge to more than 85% after 24 hours of charging. Arlo's customer service tried to help, but in the end the unit was useless due to the defective battery. Plus, I didn't realize until later a monthly fee would be required to fully benefit from the unit once the 3-month free trial ended.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

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Product Category
Smart home products
Return/Exchange Period
30 days
Condition
Opened