Arlo Pro3 Vs Arlo Ultra – Review

Arlo Pro 3 best wire-free camera Vs Arlo ultra camera Review: Arlo is a leading name in the highly competitive connected lifestyle products including video surveillance solutions.  The manufacturer Arlo Technologies Inc. launched several ‘firsts’ in the video surveillance industry.

For instance, Arlo released the world’s first commercially available 100% battery-operated Wi-Fi security camera in 2014. It featured 720p HD video quality, IP65-rated weather resistance and night vision.

Thereafter, the company introduced new models of security cameras and related components in the market every year.  This includes Arlo Q and Arlo Q Plus (2015), Arlo Pro (2016), Arlo Go (2017), Arlo Pro 2 (2017), Arlo Audio Doorbell (2018),  Arlo Chime (2018), Arlo Ultra (2019), Arlo Pro 3 (2019) Arlo Video Doorbell (2019) 

Arlo products command strong customer loyalty in a competitive market comprising the likes of Amazon (Ring and Blink cameras) and Google (Nest). The company also holds several proprietary rights of technologies for related components.

In this article, we are going to discuss two of Arlo’s most popular cameras released in 2019 namely Arlo Pro 3 and Arlo Ultra.

 Basic DetailsArlo Pro 3Arlo Ultra
Wire-free Security Cameras
Product Dimensions14.57 x 9.45 x 9.57 inches7 x 7 x 7 inches
Weight2.79 pounds1 Pounds
Batteries 2 Lithium Polymer batteries  (included)2 CR123A batteries  (included)
TypeWire-free- Indoor &  OutdoorWire-free- Indoor &  Outdoor
Video Quality2K High Dynamic Range (HDR)4K HDR
Night Vision ColorYes Yes
Lens160 degree Field of View (FOV)180-degree FOV
2-way talk  AudioYesYes
Base Station New Arlo SmartHubNew Arlo SmartHub
Cloud StorageThree months’ Arlo smart serviceOne year free Arlo Smart Service

Arlo Pro3 2K Camera

arlo pro 3 best wire-free camera


Arlo Pro 3 was released in September 2019 to provide users with better performance than its earlier version Arlo Pro 2 launched in 2017. The idea was to make all features perfect like longer battery life, bigger image, more options to record and download videos etc.  

Coming to the upgraded version, you will notice a major difference in advanced image quality, an upgrade from 1080p to 2K. So, Arlo Pro 3 features 2K resolution with HDR and colors Zoom in on objects let you see clearer details.

Integrated Spotlight, Night Vision and Smart Siren

In addition, Arlo Pro 3 comes with an integrated spotlight and night vision feature. You can activate the spotlight manually or automatically with motion. With the color night vision, you can see videos in full color rather than traditional black and white. Further, a built-in Smart Siren set your camera’s siren to trigger remotely or automatically during events. So you can use the spotlight or the siren to scare away unwanted visitors.

This 2-cameras pack is a simple, wire-free security solution; means you can use it for indoor and outdoor security. It suits outdoor use because it is weather-resistant, designed to withstand all adverse weather conditions.

Instant Setup

Since it is wire-free, you can install the camera in minutes, and view videos directly from your smartphone using the Arlo app. For installation, the magnetic mount will come in handy for you.  It will help you set the camera wherever you want. On the ceiling or under a roof, it is easy.

Arlo Pro 3’s super-wide 160-degree field of view will give you a wider area, and you can focus on what matters most. Similarly, the updated 2-Way Audio allows you to hear and speak to visitors clearly with superior audio quality.


The package also includes the Arlo SmartHub and a magnetic charge cable. The SmartHub manages Arlo Smarthub the network traffic and helps boost the WiFi performance. Also, the new Hub supports 6 cameras instead of 5 earlier.

Similarly, the magnetic charge cable will help recharge the battery quickly.

Arlo Pro 3 includes a three-month trial period of Arlo Smart, a paid subscription service to boost user experience. It ensures timely personalized notifications on your smartphone so that you can take quick action.

Most importantly, this elegantly stylish camera works with SmartHome devices such as Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant.

Summary of Features

  • Wire-free, Magnetic Mount -Fast and easy setup
  • 2K video with HDR
  • Image Sensor: 4 megapixels
  • Max Video Resolution: 2560×1440 resolution
  • Color night vision 
  • Integrated spotlight and a built-in siren
  • 3-6 months of battery life. 
  • Magnetic charging
  • Weather-resistant design
  • Compatible with  Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant,
  • Three months’ Arlo smart service, with rolling 30-day cloud recordings

Pros & Cons

  • Easy Setup

  • Sharp, clear image with very good color
  • This Enables to distinguish between animals, people, and vehicles
  • Local WiFi with the 2K live preview
  • Ability to plug a flash drive or portable hard drive
  • The wider viewing area is great for covering big yards
  • Auto-zoom and track moving objects great
  • Camera siren and spotlight are fantastic
  • Compatible with Arlo’s older products; makes the transition easy
  • The system is on the pricey side, but worth

  • Paid storage; no longer provide the7-days free cloud storage
  • Too short battery life
  • A slight delay between the camera recording and the event
  • The lag associated with notifications and live view

Arlo Ultra 4K Camera


Arlo Ultra, released in the first quarter of 2019 comes with a high-performance 4K HDR (high definition range) lens. It will help you to see more details in a wide range of light conditions, from bright highlights to dark shadows.

In other words, you will get to see key image details, including words, logos and license plates. Here, the camera’s Zoom in on video clips function comes extremely helpful to reveal all the details. The camera intelligently adjusts to movement, focusing its frame on what you are exploring.

180-degree diagonal FOV

Similarly, the camera has a 180-degree diagonal field-of-view, which is one of the widest viewing angles in the wire-free security camera industry. It ensures a more complete picture of your property without the typical “fisheye” distortion.

Arlo camera The video quality is superb in color night vision. An integrated spotlight with a night vision feature to support gives you amazing videos in color. Besides, the powerfully bright, motion-activated spotlight can easily scare away unwanted guests.

Additionally, you can also set the built-in siren to sound automatic, or manually from your phone responding to an alert.

Two-way talk – Advanced noise cancellation technology

Sometimes, you may be curious about the visitor and want to inquire about him. In that case, you can also use the built-in full 2-way audio to communicate with the visitor. The two-way audio is crystal-clear designed with advanced noise cancellation technology.

Since it is a wire-free setup and WiFi-enabled, you don’t have to deal with the messy cables any more. Most importantly, you can set the camera anywhere you like.
The Arlo Ultra camera is weather-resistant so you have the option to use for both outdoor and indoor security purpose.

Arlo Ultra camera system is managed by a new Arlo SmartHub based on Arlo RFTM which is a proprietary technology of the company.

Also, the package comes with a one year of free Arlo Smart service.

Summary of Features

  • Wire-free-Easy Setup
  • 4K & HDR advanced image quality technology
  • Integrated Spotlight
  • 180-degree diagonal field of view,
  • Enhanced night vision
  • Full 2-way audio that reduces wind and noise
  • Auto-zoom and tracking –
  • Auto-focus on moving objects with clarity and detail
  • Weather-resistant design
  • Magnetic charging
  • Works with Alexa
  • One year free Arlo Smart Service, including cloud recording

Pros & Cons

  • Easy Setup

  • 4K Video quality is great
  • 180-degree view is a game-changer
  • The wider viewing area is great for larger area
  • Sharp, clear image with very good color
  • Auto zoom and track moving objects
  • Siren and spotlight
  • Work with Alexa
  • One year free Arlo Smart Service
  • Not Compatible with Arlo’s base station

  • Slight delay between the camera recording and the event
  • Lag associated with notifications and live view
  • Existing subscribers need to cancel it in order to get the 1 year free of Smart Premier for SmartHub/ Ultra Cameras

The Arlo app

Arlo App

If you have Arlo Cameras and want them to function you need to download Arlo app to your smartphone. It is available for iOS and Android devices.

Arlo app was launched in October 2019, replacing the previous one.

The app is designed to provide users with an easy-to-use, flexible, mobile-first experience. When Arlo devices detect motion or sound and generate notifications, they are communicated to the user through Arlo app.

It also enables you to view your library containing video clips and share them via text, email or social networks.  You can access its four screens for devices, library, mode, and setting for various functions.

Arlo app dashboard

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