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Reolink Argus Wireless Battery-Powered Security Camera Review

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Reolink Argus Wireless Battery-Powered Security Camera Introduction:

If you are looking for a security camera, there are certainly many choices. Do a Google search on security cameras and your eyes will bug out as you scroll through page after page. If you are looking for a wireless security camera, the list gets a little shorter. And if you are looking for a wireless battery-powered camera - well, the list is really short. In fact, you only have a handful of choices like the Arlo, the Blink, and Reolink's Argus. Not long ago, I reviewed the RLC-411WS security camera by Reolink. You can see that review here. The review of the RLC-411WS was my first exposure to Reolink, and while the quality and performance of the camera were top-notch, the other factor that really impressed me was the smart phone and PC apps that allow you to setup and access the camera(s). Going into the Argus review, I was comfortable with the setup process since I knew what to expect. The weatherproof camera has a slot for an SD card, but the card is not included. Not a big deal - SD cards are not expensive and come in a range of capacities. The built-in microphone and speaker allow you to record video with sound and talk through the camera.

Wireless cameras are great, but you often still have to run power to them, and that can be really easy if you have access to an electrical outlet, or it can be a royal pain if there are no outlets close by. No outlets? No problem with the Argus. The Argus is really designed to fit in where most cameras don't. What I mean is that, being wireless and battery-powered, you can mount the Argus anywhere you want, as long as you are in range of your wirelss router. Problem solved, right? Well, sort of. Being battery-powered comes with the obvious draw back - which is, well, the batteries. That being said, batteries have come a long way over the years. Lithium technology offers a great power density and lithium batteries have become more affordable, but they don't last forever. So let's take a closer look at the Argus.

 

 

 

Reolink Argus Wireless Battery-Powered Security Camera Closer Look:

The box is dressed in the standard Reolink blue and white. The top shows the Argus sitting on the magnetic base and the sides of the box list the camera features and refer to the free app. When you open the box, you can see that the camera is well protected with foam padding that is custom-cut to comform to the camera shape. The accessories are also protected in the same manner. I would say that Reolink does a good job at ensuring that your camera arrives in perfect condition.

 

 

Below are all the goodies laid out so you can see what is included. While an SD card is not included, you do get four lithium CR123A batteries. These are not rechargeable, but the camera will work with rechargeable lithium batteries. You also get a little tool that is used to pop the back off the camera. There are two bases that come with the Argus so you have a couple of  mounting options. The standard mechanical base can be secured with the included screws and allows you to firmly mount the camera and lock down the position. The magnetic base can also be mounted to a surface and it allows you to make random adjustments quickly, but it is not as solid as the mechanical base, meaning that you can bump the camera and it might lose the position. What I like about the magnetic base is that you can easliy place the camera on any flat surface and move it at any time.

 

 

The magnetic base has some weight to it, so when the camera is attached, it does not feel like it will tip over. In addition, the curved surface of the base allows for almost infinite adjustment. The front face of the camera houses the camera lens at the top, the PIR (motion) sensor, and the microphone and speaker.

 

 

Looking at the bottom of the camera, you can see the threaded insert that is used with the mechanical base. There is also the tab (above the arrow) that you push in to pop the back off the camera for battery access. On the side of the camera is a flexible protective cover that keeps water out of the SD card slot and the reset button.

 

 

Before installing the batteries, I suggest that you download and install the app to your smart phone. After you use the little tool to pop the back off, you can install the batteries. I was able to use my finger to push in the release button, so you may not need the tool. After you install the batteries, the camera will immediately power up and issue audible commands to help you get it set up. You can then access the camera on your smartphone and can have fun placing the camera in various locations to see what works best. On the right is a detailed view of the physical features of the camera.

 

 

Here is a quick video review of the Reolink Argus wireless battery-powered camera - check it out and don't forget to come back for the rest of the review.




  1. Reolink Argus Wireless Battery-Powered Security Camera: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Reolink Argus Wireless Battery-Powered Security Camera: Closer Look (Setup & Software)
  3. Reolink Argus Wireless Battery-Powered Security Camera: Specifications & Features
  4. Reolink Argus Wireless Battery-Powered Security Camera: Conclusion
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