• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Sensor: 2-megapixel CMOS Sensor
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Full HD
  • Night Vision: 850nvm IR LEDs, up to 33ft
  • FOV: 130-degree (Diagonal), 110-degree (Horizontal)
  • Others: Built-in Speaker + Microphone, microSD, IP65
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n
  • Alert: Siren, Push Notification (App), Email Alert
  • Battery: 4x CR123A
  • Dimensions: 113 x 65 x 54 mm
  • Weight: 260g (Batteries Included)
  • Pros:
  • Flexible positioning
  • Difficult to spot due to size
  • Cons:
  • Battery powered

Linking Digital With Real Life

Reolink is a company from Hong Kong that is focused on security solutions and this month, we managed to get our hands on a Reolink Argus Camera. The Argus was initially funded via Indiegogo for a total of $1,034,262 USD (approximately RM 4,427,067.90). Since then, the company has grown and more products are gathering attention worldwide.

The Argus is a wire-free, battery powered security camera that is equipped with two-way audio, PIR (Passive Infrared) motion sensor, IP65 resistance rating, and is capable of 1080 Full HD with night vision. With the market getting more saturated with wireless security cameras, the Argus managed to be unique with its placement. In the box, it comes with a mount that can be screwed to walls or tables; its uniqueness is its ability to be placed everywhere. The mount is made of a huge chunk of magnet and will keep your Argus intact without falling.

Starting and setting up the camera wasn’t too difficult but we did face some Wi-Fi issues as well as noise issues. When turned on, we were greeted with a siren symphony, but after some digging, we managed to find out the cause of the siren. It was triggered by the PIR motion sensor. Luckily, the PIR sensor siren can be turned off and it can even be configured to activate at certain times, for example after 12am to ward off unwanted people.

Equipped with two-way audio, it allows you to communicate with someone via smartphone using the mic and speaker that’s built into the Argus. However, we noticed that the connection to the Argus drops relatively easy, but that could be due to our rollercoaster Wi-Fi in Malaysia. We would imagine that this should pose no issue in other countries with stable internet connection.

For its added functionality and flexible positioning, this could be an amazing security camera. It’s a great option for those who do not wish to fork out too much for a proper security camera that can be mounted at homes. Additionally, it’s a safe, quick and intuitive security camera, provided you go through the setup without any issues.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Overall a good security camera that can be placed almost anywhere and easily angled at areas that you want covered.

(previously published in issue September 2017)

 

Reolink Argus