Arlo Pro 2 vs. Canary Pro Review

The Arlo Pro 2 and Canary Pro cameras are both pros at what they do.
Best Camera Features

Arlo Pro 2

Wire-free installation
Pricey
Best All-In-One Security

Canary Pro

Built-in environmental sensors
Extra cost for two-way audio

The Arlo Pro 2 and the Canary Pro are two of the most popular security cameras around. But how do they compare to each other?

Well, the Arlo Pro 2 has some flexible features you won’t see with the Canary or even most other cameras. But the Canary has unique climate monitoring and a built-in siren to scare off potential intruders.

Arlo Pro 2 and Canary Pro comparison
ModelArlo Pro 2Canary Pro
Price$169.99$95
Indoor/outdoorIndoor or outdoorIndoor
Resolution1080p1080p
Field of view130º147º
Digital zoom8xNone
Power typeBattery or AC poweredPoE or AC powered
Recording typeEBR* or CVR**EBR*
Motion detectionYesYes
Night visionYesYes
Two-way audioYesYes†
Motion zonesYesNo
Smart speaker integrationsAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKitAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
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* Event-Based Recording
** Continuous Video Recording, available with upgrade to subscription plan.
† Requires monthly subscription plan.

What we like about the Arlo Pro 2

The Arlo Pro 2 has a bunch of smart home integrations and impressive tech specs.

The Arlo Pro 2 is nothing if not versatile. It can go indoors or outdoors. You can opt for AC-powered or totally wire-free. And it has some really excellent features, like HD resolution, night vision, two-way audio, and smart home integrations.

For the Apple fans out there, the Arlo Pro 2 works with HomeKit. But of course, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant work as well. The Arlo Pro 2 also works with other Arlo stuff, like the doorbell camera.

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At the end of the day, the Arlo Pro 2 is just an easy-to-install, feature-packed smart home security camera.

Arlo Pro 2 pros: 

  • Top features like HD resolution and two-way audio
  • IP65 weatherproof rating
  • Mobile app control
  • Outdoor or indoor use
  • Wire-free installation
  • Apple HomeKit integration
  • Offers continuous video recording option (with subscription plan)

What we like about the Canary Pro

The Canary Pro works indoors as both a security camera and a home monitoring device.

The Canary Pro is trying to be more than just a camera; it’s part full-home security system.

Along with an indoor camera, the Canary Pro also has air sensors to monitor the temperature and humidity in your house, along with other, more dangerous substances like carbon monoxide.

Canary notes that while the Canary Pro can measure things like smoke and CO, you should still have dedicated smoke and CO detectors in your house.1 But the air quality monitor can also detect things like iso-butane, dust, and cigarette smoke, which makes it great to use as a nursery or nanny cam.

Canary Pro pros:

  • HD camera with 1080p resolution
  • AC-powered or PoE (Power over Ethernet) connection
  • Hub-free setup
  • Climate sensors to measure air quality
  • Top camera features like two-way audio and night vision
  • Built-in siren for intruder deterrence

What we don’t like about the Arlo Pro 2

The Arlo Pro 2 is significantly more expensive than the Canary Pro. In fact, you could buy two Canary Pro’s and pay only slightly more than you would for one Arlo Pro 2 starter kit.

Part of the reason an Arlo starter kit is so expensive is that Arlo cameras require a hub. Since the Arlo 2 doesn’t use wires, it needs a way to connect to your internet network and give you mobile access. Enter: the hub.

The Arlo Pro 2 also uses rechargeable batteries (unless you opt for the AC-powered version), which means you have to recharge the battery when it runs out. And that means taking your camera offline for a bit to get everything powered up.

Arlo Pro 2 cons: 

  • Requires hub
  • Has pricey starter kits
  • Requires Arlo Smart subscription for some features

What we don’t like about the Canary Pro

The Canary Pro is not as versatile as the Arlo Pro 2. It can only be used indoors, whereas the Arlo Pro 2 can be either indoors or out. You also have to plug it in, which means you have to worry about having an outlet near the place you want to put the camera. (Or, you have to worry about snaking an Ethernet cable through your house to the cam.)

The Canary Pro also requires a monthly subscription plan for features we think of as standard, namely two-way audio. Any indoor camera worth its salt these days has two-way audio, but Canary is the only company we’ve seen that charges extra for the privilege.

Canary also doesn’t have as many smart home integrations as Arlo. Most notably, Canary doesn’t work with HomeKit, while the Arlo Pro 2 does.

Canary Pro cons: 

  • Requires subscription plan for two-way audio
  • Must be plugged in via power cord or Ethernet cable
  • Indoor use only

Which one should you choose?

If you want a camera that can go both indoors and out, and that you don’t have to plug into a wall, the Arlo Pro 2 is an easy choice.

The Arlo Pro 2 also offers continuous video recording as an upgrade option, whereas the Canary Pro sticks to event-based recording (which is basically motion-triggered clips).

But if you want an indoor-only camera that can do more than just watch your living room, the Canary Pro’s extra climate features and built-in siren make it a good option for your house.

Want to learn more?

Want to compare your other home security camera options? Check out our other reviews.

Sources

1. Canary Help Center, “What Does Air Quality Measure?

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