When we actually used the Argus 2 to monitor our backyard, we were more than impressed with its features.
Video-wise, we got that 1080p HD resolution we look for in security cameras, with a sufficiently wide 130-degree field of view. And when we wanted to see what kind of bird was resting on our back porch, we just zoomed in six times on the Reolink app; although the video got a little pixelated, we like the option for more detail. And it was a Robin, just so you know.
We don’t want to scare anyone…unless it’s funny, of course. We gave ourselves some laughs using the Argus 2’s speaker when our sibling was in our backyard soaking up the sun. She had no idea where the voice was coming from, which was a hoot to watch, and you better believe we downloaded those clips. Since the camera also had a microphone, our sister could even speak back to us, chastising us for making her jump in her lawn chair. Ah, the joys of two-way audio.
On top of that, we could even record voice alerts for different situations; we made one for all the delivery people that show up at our door, giving them directions on how to hide our packages and avoid porch piracy. And we know we’re not alone in being package theft victims; some research says that over a third of people have been victims, too. That’s pretty alarming, especially considering that Amazon Prime members like us get an average of 51 packages a year.1 That’s a lot of opportunities for stealing!
We’ll admit it: even in our adulthoods, we’re still a bit scared of the dark, but the Argus 2 helped with that. Its six infrared LED sensors let us see clearly even in total darkness; however, the camera worked better for long distances. If someone was less than six feet away from the camera, we had trouble seeing their face, a bit of a concern.
Over the testing period, the Argus 2 captured a lot of moments we wanted to hold onto, from that pretty rainbow to our sibling nearly falling off her lawn chair. When it came to storage, we backed up our footage in two different ways:
- Local: Since the Argus 2 had a slot of a micro-SD card, we had everything stored there automatically, for up to 64 GB of video.
- Cloud: For free, our recorded events also saved to cloud storage for seven days, with one GB total worth of space. Our clips were eight seconds long. If we wanted more storage, 30 days was an option for personal use, either for five or 10 cameras. A week was fine for us but if you’re interested, see the chart below or check out our Reolink pricing page.
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The Argus 2’s PIR, or Passive Infrared motion sensors meant that it could differentiate people from other moving objects like pets or leaves blowing in the wind, so we only got notified when it detected people when armed. Compared to cameras without person detection, we got much fewer unnecessary notifications, and we could even adjust the sensors’ sensitivity from one to 100. And when we were in a conference call or in some other scenario where we wanted to keep distractions at a minimum, we’d simply schedule our motion alerts around it; the camera would still be armed, but we got to stay focused.
Smart Platform Integrations
As of our testing, we only used Google Assistant to control the Argus 2, although Reolink says an Alexa integration is coming. Regardless, we had Google Assistant:
- Show us the footage from our Argus 2, either cloud storage or real-time, on our Nest smart displays, specifically our Nest Hub Max; read our Nest Hub Max review to learn more.
- Ask if the Argus 2 was on.
- Turn the camera on or off.
Tip: In the Reolink app, name the Argus 2, or any of their cameras, based on its location in your home; that’ll make voice commands much easier.
Hopefully that Alexa integration is coming soon. If you’re interested in home security that works with Alexa, check out our list of the best security systems with Alexa.
Remember when we made one of our siblings jump in her lawn chair? We forgot to mention one other thing we pulled, which was sounding off the Argus 2’s built-in siren. It’s 75 decibels loud, which is about as loud as a vacuum cleaner,2 so while it definitely couldn’t be heard by neighbors, it was definitely enough to scare people, which could come in handy mid-burglary, God forbid.
In being around the home security and digital security spaces, we’ve seen our fair share of security breaches, and with home security cameras, they’re even more frightening. That’s why we were pleased to see the Argus 2’s “privacy mask”, which blocked out specific areas of the screen so that the camera wouldn’t capture them. For our setup, we blocked out our neighbors’ property, as we only wanted to surveil our own. While we have seen this feature before, namely from the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery, it’s not super common, so it’s great the Reolink is keeping our privacy in mind. Learn more about another option with privacy zones in our Ring Stick Up Cam Battery review.
Did You Know: Under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S Constitution, it’s illegal to record footage of other people’s property without their permission, which is what makes the Argus 2’s privacy mask so useful.