Arlo Pro 2 vs. Arlo Pro 3 Review

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Mindy Woodall
Managing Editor, Home Security & Smart Home
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Published on December 27, 2020
4 min read

The Arlo Pro 3 is a serious upgrade over the Arlo Pro 2, but you’ll definitely pay for the better tech specs. The Arlo Pro 3 costs about twice as much as the Pro 2 for the same number of cameras.

If you’ve got the cash, we think the Arlo Pro 3’s features are worth it. But the Arlo Pro 2 is no slouch either. If you just want a high-quality outdoor security camera to guard your yard, then the Arlo Pro 2 will serve you well.

Arlo Pro 2 vs. Arlo Pro 3 comparison

ModelArlo Pro 2Arlo Pro 3
Price for 2-pack of cameras
$249.95
$0
Indoor/outdoorIndoor or outdoorIndoor or outdoor
Weatherproof ratingIP65IP65
Operating temperature-4° to 113° F (-20° C to 45° C)-4° to 113° F (-20° C to 45° C)
Resolution1080p HD2K Ultra HD
Field of view130º160º
Digital zoom8x12x
Power typeBattery or AC poweredBattery or AC powered
Recording typeEBR* or CVR**EBR* or CVR**
Storage typeLocal or cloud storageLocal or cloud storage
Motion detectionYesYes
Night visionBlack and whiteColor or black and white
Two-way audioYesYes
Smart speaker integrationsAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKitAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit
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Amazon.com List Prices (as of 6/14/20 10:22 PST) Full disclaimer
* Event-Based Recording
** Continuous Video Recording, available with upgrade to subscription plan.

Arlo Pro 2 vs. Arlo Pro 3 features

The Arlo Pro 3 gives you premo features that are worth breaking out the big bucks.

Everything the Arlo Pro 2 does, the Arlo Pro 3 does better. Where the Arlo Pro 2 has 1080p resolution, the Arlo Pro 3 records in 2K ultra-high definition (UHD). Where the Arlo Pro 2 has night vision, the Arlo Pro 3 has color night vision. And where the Arlo Pro 2 has a 130º field of vision, the Arlo Pro 3 gives you a nice, wide 160º.

Arlo Pro 2 features

Arlo Pro 2 2-camera starter kit

Source: Arlo

Arlo Pro 2 features

Despite the Arlo Pro 3’s bragging rights, the Arlo Pro 2 is still a really good security camera. It’s wire-free, so you don’t have to drill holes through walls or thread wires through windows to plug it in. Plus, it’s weatherproof and comes with two-way audio so you can talk to people in your yard—even in the dead of winter.

Arlo Pro 3 features

Arlo Pro 3 2-camera starter kit

Source: Arlo

The Arlo Pro 3 takes just about everything from your security camera wishlist and wraps it up in one neat package. It comes with 2K Ultra HD resolution, which gives you crisp, clear images. It also has a built-in spotlight and siren, neither of which you get with the Arlo Pro 2.

You don’t need a whole separate security light when you have two-in-one with the Arlo Pro 3.

Arlo Pro 2 vs. Arlo Pro 3 pricing

The Arlo Pro 2 is a lot cheaper than the Arlo Pro 3.

The Arlo Pro 3 will cost you a pretty penny. It costs twice as much as the Arlo Pro 2 for a two-camera starter kit. And even after that initial starter kit, the price for add-on cameras is almost double for an Arlo Pro 3 as for the Pro 2.

Arlo Pro 2 vs. Arlo Pro 3 price comparison
ModelArlo Pro 2Arlo Pro 3
Price for 2-pack of cameras
$249.95
$0
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Amazon.com List Prices (as of 6/14/20 10:22 PST) Full disclaimer

Arlo Pro 2 vs. Arlo Pro 3 home automation

Both the Arlo Pro 2 and the Arlo Pro 3 work with smart speakers.

On the home automation front, these two cameras are exactly the same. The Arlo Pro 2 and the Arlo Pro 3 both work with all the popular smart speakers, including Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and even Apple HomeKit.

Arlo Pro 2 vs. Arlo Pro 3 home automation
ModelArlo Pro 2Arlo Pro 3
Smart speaker integrationsAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKitAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit
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Arlo Pro 2 vs. Arlo Pro 3 installation

You’ll follow the same installation steps for both these cams.

The installation process is pretty much the same for both the Arlo Pro 2 and the Arlo Pro 3.

Source: Reviews.org

You’ll plug in the base station and then sync your camera(s) with it so that everything is connected. From there, mounting the cameras is pretty easy with either model. Both the Arlo Pro 2 and the Arlo Pro 3 are wire-free, and they let you use rechargeable batteries so you don’t have to worry about power cords.

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You don’t have to use power cords but you can use AC power cords with either the Arlo Pro 2 or the Arlo Pro 3. If you’d rather not run around recharging batteries, then the cords are an option. AC-powered cameras also tend to perform better than battery-powered cameras. In fact, sometimes you can only access certain features if your camera is plugged in.

Recap: Which Arlo camera is better?

The Arlo Pro 3 has impressive features, but the Arlo Pro 2 is still a good choice.

The Arlo Pro 3 is definitely an upgrade over the Arlo Pro 2. You get better video quality, better built-in features (like a spotlight and a siren), and a wider field of vision.

But the Arlo Pro 2 is still one of our favorite outdoor security cameras. It’s a solid choice if you want a wire-free, high-definition camera that won’t eat your whole budget.

Features: The Arlo Pro 3 has better features than the Pro 2, no question. You get higher resolution, a wider view, a built-in security light, and a built-in siren to scare away intruders.

Pricing: The Arlo Pro 2 costs about half as much as the Arlo Pro 3. If you don’t want to pay for all those fancy schmancy features, then the Arlo Pro 2 will leave more cash in your wallet.

Home automation: Both of these cameras have the exact same home automation integrations. They both work with smart assistant faves like Amazon Alexa.

Installation: You’ll follow the same installation process for both of these cameras. The hardest part is setting up the base station. Mounting is pretty easy with these wire-free cams since you don’t have to string power cords.

Want to learn more?

Check out our full-length reviews to learn more about the top Arlo Pro cameras.

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Mindy Woodall
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Mindy Woodall
Mindy has been writing about technology for seven years. She covers all things smart home for Reviews.org, and keeps track of the latest robot gadgets. Mindy attended the University of Utah and her work has been featured on the likes of Parents.com, Digital Care, Hostfully, and more.

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