Home security is a top priority for many homeowners, and for good reason. With the rise of home break-ins and package theft, it's important to have reliable security cameras in place. The Arlo Ultra is a great option. It's a high-end home security camera that offers smart features and top-of-the-line technology.
While it's one of the most expensive cameras on the market, its advanced features make up for its hefty price tag. Read our comprehensive Arlo Ultra review to know more.
Benefits of the Arlo Ultra
Enhanced Security: The Arlo Ultra offers 4K Ultra HD video resolution and color night vision, letting you see highly-detailed videos and identify potential threats, even in low-light conditions. It also has a wide field of view, motion tracking, and automatic zooming and panning to help ensure that you don't miss any important activity, providing enhanced security for your home.
Two-Way Communication: The Arlo Ultra's two-way audio feature lets you communicate with visitors or intruders through the camera, providing an added layer of security. You can use this feature to greet visitors, warn off intruders, or simply listen in on what's happening in your home.
Flexible Storage Options: The Arlo Ultra offers flexible storage options, including cloud and local storage. With cloud storage, you can access footage remotely from anywhere with an internet connection. Local storage lets you store footage on a USB drive for added security. This flexibility provides peace of mind knowing you can always access your footage when needed.
Long Battery Life: The Arlo Ultra's rechargeable battery provides up to six months of battery life on a single charge, and the camera features a power-saving mode to extend battery life even further. This means you can enjoy the Arlo Ultra's benefits without constantly recharging the battery.
Connectivity and Compatibility: The Arlo Ultra is compatible with popular voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. This enables users to easily access their camera footage through various means such as asking the assistant to display the camera feed on a TV or accessing the live feed through their preferred smart home app, among other options.
Easy to Use: The Arlo Ultra is easy to set up and use, with a user-friendly app that allows you to control the camera and access footage remotely. The Arlo app also lets you set up custom alerts and notifications, providing added peace of mind when you're away from home.
The Arlo Ultra comes with a 4K Ultra HD resolution camera and a base station that connects to your home WiFi network. The camera can be mounted both indoors and outdoors and is weather-resistant for use in any climate.
The camera itself is a sleek, cylindrical unit that measures 3.5 inches in diameter and 3 inches in height. It has a white finish with a black lens and features a magnetic mount for easy installation. The camera can be tilted and rotated to adjust the viewing angle and has a 180-degree diagonal field of view.
The Arlo Ultra uses advanced HDR imaging technology to capture clear and detailed video footage, even in low-light conditions. It also has a built-in spotlight to illuminate the area being monitored and a siren to deter intruders. The camera is equipped with a two-way audio system that lets you communicate with anyone on the other end, such as a visitor or a pet.
The base station connects to your home network and serves as the hub for the Arlo Ultra system. It has a built-in siren and supports up to 10 cameras, letting you expand your security coverage as needed. The base station also includes a USB port for local storage of video footage.
The installation process for the Arlo Ultra security camera system is relatively straightforward and can be completed in just a few steps:
Unbox the Arlo Ultra camera and base station: Remove the camera and base station from their packaging and verify that all the required components are included.
Set up the base station: Connect the base station to your home network using the included Ethernet cable and power adapter. Follow the setup instructions in the Arlo app to connect the base station to your WiFi network.
Mount the Arlo Ultra camera: Choose a location for the camera and mount it using the included magnetic mount or other mounting accessories. Adjust the camera angle as needed to ensure that it is pointing in the desired direction.
Sync the camera with the base station: Press the sync button on the camera and then on the base station to pair the two devices. Follow the instructions in the Arlo app to complete the syncing process.
Configure the camera settings: Use the Arlo app to customize your camera settings, such as motion detection sensitivity, video quality, and recording preferences.
Test the camera: Once your camera is set up and configured, test it by walking in front of the camera to ensure that it is capturing video footage and triggering motion alerts as expected.
Mounting Options for Arlo Cameras
The Arlo wireless home security cameras, including the Arlo Ultra, can be mounted in various ways, depending on your needs and preferences. Here are some common mounting options for Arlo cameras:
Magnetic mount: Arlo cameras come with a magnetic mount that lets you attach the camera effortlessly. The magnetic mount is easy to install and adjust, making it a popular choice for quick and temporary installations.
Wall mount: The Wasserstein Adjustable Metal Wall Mount lets you permanently attach the camera to a wall. Using screws provides a more secure and stable mounting option, but it requires more effort and tools to install.
Gutter mount: The Wasserstein Weatherproof Gutter Mount is designed for a no-drill installation. Simply hang it on your gutter and attach the camera for a wider field of view. It is made of high-grade, rugged materials which can withstand harsh weather elements.
Anti-theft mount: The Wasserstein Protective and Theftproof Security Cover is designed to protect your camera from damage and dissuade burglars. Simply screw one end of the chain to your mount or to the wall and slip on the magnetic mount. Clip the plastic band around the Arlo camera and screw it in to tighten it up.
3-in-1 mount: The Wasserstein 3-in-1 Plugged-in Floodlight, Charger, and Mount are designed to continuously charge your Arlo while providing a powerful 2000-lumen floodlight.
Video Quality and Features
The Arlo Ultra camera system features 4K Ultra HD video resolution, which provides an incredibly high level of detail and clarity in your video footage. With 4K resolution, you can see even the smallest details, such as facial features, license plate numbers, and other important information.
4K Ultra HD resolution is four times higher than the standard 1080p HD resolution, which is commonly used in most home security camera systems. This means that the Arlo Ultra can capture video footage with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, compared to 1920 x 1080 pixels for 1080p HD cameras.
The high resolution of the Arlo Ultra camera system lets you zoom in on specific areas of the video footage without losing image quality. It also means that you can capture a larger field of view without sacrificing detail.
For even better video quality, you can opt for the Arlo Ultra 2 Spotlight Camera system, which has an integrated spotlight to capture clearer pictures even at low-light conditions.
The Arlo Ultra camera system does not have an automatic zooming feature. However, the camera does have a digital zoom function that allows you to zoom in on specific areas of the video footage.
To use the auto zooming function, you can pinch and drag on the live video feed in the Arlo app to zoom in and out. You can also use the digital zoom function during the playback of recorded video footage.
It's worth noting that while digital zoom can be useful for getting a closer look at specific details in the video footage, it does not provide the same level of detail as optical zoom. Optical zoom uses a physical lens to adjust the focal length of the camera, resulting in higher image quality and less distortion than digital zoom.
The Arlo Ultra camera system features a two-way audio system that lets you communicate with anyone on the other end of the camera. The two-way audio system includes a built-in microphone and speaker, which lets you hear and speak to anyone within range of the camera.
To use the two-way audio feature, you can simply tap the microphone icon in the Arlo app while viewing the live video feed from the camera. This will activate the microphone on the camera, allowing you to speak to anyone within range. You can also hear any sounds or voices that are picked up by the camera's microphone.
The two-way audio feature can be useful for a variety of purposes, such as communicating with visitors or delivery drivers, checking on pets or children, or even deterring intruders. However, it's worth noting that the quality of the audio may be affected by factors such as distance from the camera, background noise, and internet connectivity.
The Arlo Ultra camera system features motion tracking, which lets the camera follow and track moving objects within its field of view.
When motion tracking is enabled, the camera will detect and track any moving object within its field of view, such as a person or a vehicle. The camera will then follow the object and adjust its position to keep the object within the frame.
Motion tracking can be useful for a variety of purposes, such as monitoring the movement of people or vehicles on your property, tracking the activity of pets or wildlife, or even monitoring the movement of packages or deliveries.
To enable motion tracking, you can select the camera in the Arlo app and go to the camera settings. From there, you can toggle on the motion tracking feature and customize the sensitivity and other settings as needed.
It's worth noting that motion tracking can use more battery power and internet bandwidth than standard motion detection, so it's important to monitor the battery level and data usage of your Arlo Ultra camera system if you use this feature frequently.
Color Night Vision
The Arlo Ultra camera system features color night vision, which allows the camera to capture video footage in full color even in low light conditions.
Color night vision uses advanced image processing technology to enhance the colors and details in the video footage, making it easier to see and identify objects and people in the dark. This is a significant improvement over traditional black-and-white night vision, which can be more difficult to interpret and identify details.
To enable color night vision, you can select the camera in the Arlo app and go to the camera settings. From there, you can toggle on the color night vision feature, which will activate the camera's enhanced low-light mode.
It's worth noting that color night vision may not be as effective in very low light conditions or complete darkness. In these situations, the camera will switch to traditional black-and-white night vision to capture video footage.
Cloud & Local Storage
The Arlo Ultra camera system offers both cloud and local storage options for your video footage.
The Arlo Ultra system includes a subscription plan that provides cloud storage for your video footage. With a subscription plan, your video footage is stored securely in the cloud, which allows you to access it from anywhere using the Arlo app. The cloud storage is encrypted to ensure the privacy and security of your video footage. Arlo offers various subscription plans with different storage options and features.
The Arlo Ultra camera system also includes a USB port on the base station, which allows you to connect an external USB drive for local storage of your video footage. This provides a convenient and cost-effective way to store your video footage locally without the need for a subscription plan. You can also use the local storage option as a backup for your cloud storage.
Subscription Plan Options
Arlo Secure is a subscription service offered by Arlo that provides additional security and features for your Arlo camera system. It is available in three tiers:
Secure - The plan includes 4k Video Recording, 30-day Secure Cloud Storage, Smart Interactive Notifications, Animated Preview Notifications, Video Object Detection with AI, Audio Detection of Alarms, Smart Activity Zones, Theft Replacement, Priority Care & Support, and discounts on other Arlo products.
Secure Plus - This plan is for unlimited cameras and includes all the features of the basic Secure Plan plus 24/7 Emergency Response.
Safe & Secure Pro - This plan is for unlimited cameras and includes all the features of the Secure Plus Plan plus a lot more, including 24/7 Professional Monitoring, One Tap Safety, Crash Detection & Response, and Family Safety Monitoring.
Battery Life and Recharging Options
Battery Power Requirements
The Arlo Ultra camera system is powered by a rechargeable battery, which provides flexibility and convenience for camera placement and installation. Its battery life varies depending on factors such as camera usage, the number of motion events detected, and the level of camera activity. Arlo states that the battery life for the Arlo Ultra can range from 3 to 6 months on a single charge, depending on usage.
When the battery needs to be recharged, you can remove the camera from its mount and connect it to the included magnetic cable. The Arlo Ultra battery can be fully recharged in approximately 3-4 hours.
Alternatively, the Ultra can be powered using optional Arlo solar panels, which provide a convenient and eco-friendly way to keep your cameras powered without the need for frequent battery replacements. The Wasserstein Solar Panel for Arlo Ultra features a unique 360-degree wall mount that allows you to easily position your solar panel to ensure maximum sunlight exposure.
Magnetic Charging Cable
There is also the Wasserstein Weatherproof Outdoor Magnetic Charging Cable that connects your camera directly to a power source for non-stop operation. It can charge your security camera up to four times faster than other power adapters.