A few shooting options are available on the Reolink Argus 3 Pro: motion, schedule and time-lapse.
One of the first things you will notice about the Argus 3 Pro’s design is a dome-shaped infrared motion sensor just below the camera lens. This allows the camera to detect motion in complete darkness without relying on video-based motion triggers and infrared LEDs, which quickly drain the rechargeable battery.
While we like that you can adjust the motion sensitivity, the camera lacks one of the more useful motion detection features of competitors: motion zones. We suspect that Reolink nixed motion zones to improve battery life – as they rely on video – but it’s still disappointing.
We love motion zones because you can set a camera to record only when there is motion within a certain part of the video image, such as A door, a window or a sidewalk. This is great for ignoring passing cars or overactive pets patrolling the house.
Despite the lack of motion zones, the motion recording of the Reolink Argus 3 Pro can distinguish between people, vehicles and other motion. This is useful because you can choose to ignore categories to cut down on additional videos and notifications.
You can schedule when your motion recording option is activated based on specific times of the day during the week. This is a good opportunity to synchronize recording with regular times when you leave the house for work or football. We also like that you can schedule when the camera is recording using personal or vehicle detection for more control.
Time-lapse photography is not a huge security aid as it can make it difficult to identify different people. But we like how Reolink recognizes that many people will use security cameras for more creative pursuits by including this feature in the Argus 3 Pro.
Time-lapse can be a fun way to track long-term progress as plants grow, clouds move through the sky or the construction of your backyard.
Reolink Argus 3 Pro has two options for video storage: local storage and cloud storage.
We love that the Argus 3 Pro supports microSD cards up to 128 GB (about $ 24) when most competitors top out at 32GB or 64GB. This is good news considering the camera’s 1440p video chews a little faster through memory card space than typical 1080p models.
Local storage is great because you only need to buy a microSD card to use it instead of paying a monthly fee. It also does not require an internet connection – the camera’s battery lasts longer because it does not always upload videos to the cloud.
Reolink offers free cloud storage on a single camera and up to 1 GB of video clips for up to a week. This is pretty generous compared to most other free cloud storage from brands like Wyze and YI, which puts limits on how long clips can be.
The company also sells cloud subscriptions that increase storage capacity, video history and number of cameras. Reolink’s cloud pricing is competitive on plans that cost $ 10 a month or less, but only when you have multiple cameras. The plans for $ 10 a month compare positively with brands like Arlo and YI, but do not match the added features and unlimited camera capacity of Ring and Google Nest.