When it comes to monitoring your home, few companies can offer the same range of products that Eufy, Arlo, and Ring possess.
Whether you are looking for a video doorbell, cameras with motion-activation, or even a video recorder underneath a floodlight – these companies have them. But for those looking to narrow down their selection to one device, a closer look could prove worthwhile.
These well-lit cameras all sit at a similar price range (around 200 – 300 dollars) but vary quite a bit in what they have to offer. While they may have similar features on the surface, these abilities differ wildly in terms of quality (the Arlo Pro 3’s motion tracking comes to mind).
We will be going over how well each item performs when measuring ease of installation, their battery lives, features, wifi range, and much more. Whether you want a better idea of how these products work or you need to narrow down which camera you will pick – you have clicked on the right article to help you decide!
Eufy has made a terrific effort with this home security camera. It offers a 360-degree field of view, competent motion tracking, beautiful image quality, and all without the cost of a monthly subscription. Now, this does come at the cost of some pretty cozy cloud storage that the other two devices offer. Contrarily, the eight-gigabyte local storage space should be more than enough for most homeowners.
The Eufy product may be the most expensive product on the list with an MSRP of nearly $300 but when you factor in the added price of a subscription over several months – you may actually be getting a discount with the Eufy camera. The Eufy device is strongly recommended for those who don’t care much for cloud storage or additional costs.
Ring has become synonymous with home security because of the quality of the company’s technology. This device is no exception. It offers cloud storage, brilliantly wide fields of view, and exceptional audio quality.
The biggest drawback is the need for a subscription which after a ~$250 purchase is hard to swallow. If you are utilizing other Ring products or want to start looking into more Ring devices, we would recommend this camera.
Arlo has the most efficient design and installation of any of the three products which makes it a very appealing choice. At an MSRP of ~$250, it is also more reasonable than something like the Eufy. It offers a better visual resolution than Ring, superior audio to Eufy, and a solid set of features that rival either competing camera.
It does keep a few key features like cloud storage and motion tracking hidden behind a monthly subscription – although the motion tracking is so bad the only real loss is the cloud. While it may feel frustrating to have to pay a monthly fee for one camera, it is barely three bucks and the device itself is very competent. For those okay with a monthly fee, battery power, and lack of competent motion tracking, the Arlo Pro 3 is strongly recommended.
The euphoric rush of new technology around the house is too often countered by the headache of a complicated installation. Several great pieces of technology have been poorly reviewed due to horrific instructions and inefficient, time-consuming setup requirements.
In the hopes of eliminating that familiar feeling of fatigue, let’s compare these products on their ease of installation.
Depending on where you live, you might have to reach out to an electrician to install the product.
All devices that are wired will require you to turn off your circuit box to ensure you don’t electrocute yourself. It’s nice that they warn us about these things, isn’t it?
Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro
The Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro comes with all the items you would need outside of a Phillips screwdriver and a USB outlet adapter. That isn’t to say that the installation is easy, the entire process is likely to take anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour. Depending on how familiar you are with the process, you might be able to shave a few minutes off the overall time required.
The process requires plugging in your device with the assistance of a USB power adapter and using the QR code found on the product to finish installation via the Eufy Security mobile app. This will allow you to also see what your camera sees, making the mounting process simpler and more efficient. Once you finish this process and know where the camera will be mounted, you will have to kill the breakers giving that part of the house power.
The rest of the process will involve connecting wires with wire nuts from the floodlight camera to the junction box or mounting plate, mounting the camera, and then adjusting the spotlights. While it certainly isn’t the most complicated setup in the world, the process can prove frustrating, tedious, and time-consuming for some. With that said, the setup should not scare off anyone interested in the Eufy camera.
Ring Floodlight Cam Pro
While the installation process feels quite similar to the other two products – Ring does a good job of simplifying the instructions. Like the Eufy camera, you will have to temporarily turn off the fuse box or circuit breaker. You will also need to install the Ring app to begin your setup process.
Depending on where you plan to hang your floodlight camera, you may need to position the lights accordingly before the mounting process. Check to see where you will be mounting the camera and how the lights can best illuminate the area before installing the product. This camera is going to replace your old floodlight, so that will need to also be uninstalled prior to mounting.
After that, you will begin installing the mounting bracket, and mounting plate followed by connecting the Ring camera. This will require you to let it hang from the strap on the back and connect the wires via the wire nuts that come with the product. Finally, you can connect the camera completely after tucking in the wires and can flick back on the circuit breaker. In total, the process is roughly the same time as the Eufy 2 Pro at 30 – 60 minutes overall.
It should be said, however, that the instructions given by Ring are far better than those of Eufy or Arlo.
Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Cam
The last product on the roster, the Arlo Pro 3 will also require you to install the Arlo app before setting up the camera. Unlike the Ring floodlight and Eufy Floodlight, the Arlo Pro 3 has one rectangular spotlight instead of two different ones you have to adjust. This has the benefit of being easier to mount and install at the cost of limited customization.
If you wanted simple installation then the Arlo camera is preferable – it is completely wire-free and a bit less cumbersome to install, making the Pro 3 setup simpler than the other two. Truly, the process can be completed in under thirty minutes with a bit of pre-planning, a screwdriver, and a power drill.
All you will need to do is plug in the battery to the Arlo camera (this will need to be charged on occasion when the charge runs low) and find a good spot to place it. Fun fact, most cameras should sit around 8 – 10 feet off the ground for ideal visibility. Once you find the perfect home for your Arlo Pro 3, the tedious process of mounting your camera has to be completed.
This is made easier by the included screws, wall plate and anchors should you need them.
Arlo also offers a separate ceiling adapter for the Pro 3 if you prefer to hang it from the ceiling.
Verdict – While there are absolutely drawbacks to having a battery-powered camera, it certainly cuts down on the installation time. The Arlo Pro 3 offers the most simplistic, efficient installation process of the three at the cost of a wired connection.
Home security products have become so advanced that some of the standard features of a budget camera nowadays likely didn’t exist ten years prior. Unfortunately for the less savvy consumer, the features of a floodlight camera can decide how worthwhile the product is overall.
We will be discussing and comparing the storage capabilities of each product, their weather protection, the field of view, spotlight brightness, and far more!
Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro
2.4 GHz Wifi Compatibility
If you were hoping for the advanced speeds of a 5.0 GHz connection, you will be sorely disappointed with the Floodlight Cam 2 Pro and Eufy in general. As of this article, all Eufy devices only support 2.4 GHz which could prove very limiting for some of the smart home enthusiasts that might be otherwise interested.
8 Gigabyte Storage
The Eufy camera does not offer cloud storage and possesses a local storage space of up to eight gigabytes. Eufy estimates this to equal about two weeks of footage if you recorded 30 sixty-second clips a day.
Video file sizes can vary drastically, so take these estimates with a fair bit of skepticism. Whether this is worthwhile to you depends entirely on how much footage you plan to save and how high the foot or street traffic is in front of the camera.
It should be said that while the storage for Eufy isn’t exceptional, it also isn’t behind a monthly subscription either.
IP 65 Rating
This product has been tested to withstand most forms of dust and dirt pollution as well as jets of water from any direction. While this doesn’t mean you can take it bobbing for apples, it can pretty reliably withstand poor weather. It can also withstand severe temperatures like harsh winters or dry, arid summers so those in unfavorable climates can breathe easier.
Live Feed, 2 Way Audio & Siren
In a time in which everyone is shaking off the social cobwebs of a two-year-long pandemic – folks are getting pretty used to talking to cameras, doorbells, and speakers. This should make you feel less weird when you take advantage of the handy two-way audio system that allows you to communicate with people through your camera. If you find that the conversation is particularly unpleasant or dull you can end it with the built-in 100-decibel siren.
Like all three cameras on this list, you can also make use of the handy live feed that is accessible through the Eufy Security app.
Motion Activated 3000 Lumens Spotlight
You more than likely wouldn’t be on this article if you weren’t in the market for a good spotlight. The Eufy offers exactly that with its powerful spotlight that offers dimming options as well, should you find the default lighting too harsh.
To offer some perspective, a 100-foot room could be sufficiently illuminated by 3000 lumens and the brightness is comparable to kitchen lights. All three spotlight panels can be maneuvered as well to illuminate more space.
Lock and Track AI
Eufy has included a built-in sensor that can track moving objects that trigger the video. This makes it so you don’t just catch a flash of movement – you get a more guided recording of the object or person of interest. For those worried about how the camera manages to track footage of an animal or person that can easily wander out of frame, let’s discuss the 360-degree camera.
360-Degree Horizontal FOV
If there is one specific feature that could make the Eufy floodlight camera superior to the other two products – it is the brilliant design of the camera. While the other products have natural blindspots due to the position of the lens, the Eufy product suspends the camera beneath itself. This allows for a full 360-degree horizontal field of view, which blows the other two products out of the water.
The Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro has a 130-degree vertical FOV – the same as the other two products.
Ring Floodlight Cam Pro
Dual-band Wifi Connectivity
If the disappointing connection limitations of the Eufy and Arlo cameras have you looking for a more adaptable alternative – Ring has outfitted their floodlight camera with 5.0 compatibility. This does not mean you are limited to it, however — customers will have the choice of using either a 2.4 or 5.0 Wifi connection.
Cloud Storage (With Subscription)
If you are someone who plans to save a good amount of video, it may be worthwhile to spring for the Ring camera for its cloud storage capabilities. These do come with the condition that you pay $3.99/month for a Basic Ring Protect Plan. If you do not purchase the monthly subscription, you will be limited to a live feed and won’t be able to access saved videos.
IP 65 Weather Resistance
Ring offers an ingress protection rating of 65, making the camera resistant to water jets from any angle and dust and dirt pollution. It is also tolerant to temperatures ranging from -5 – 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Due to the effects of wind and rain on audio and visuals, it may be wise to try to eliminate exposure to the elements regardless.
Live Feed, 2 Way Audio & Siren
Not to be outdone by Eufy or Arlo, the Ring camera offers a live feed as well as 2 way audio for those wanting more certainty about who is outside. Additionally, the camera has a 110db siren if you ever do feel like you or your property is in any immediate danger. While features like a live feed feel almost standard nowadays, there are still several cameras that don’t offer it.
Motion Activated 2000 Lumens Spotlights
For those who feel like the Eufy spotlight is a solid alternative to staring at the sun – Ring offers a more subtle floodlight. While 2000 lumens isn’t going to bring a football stadium to life, it is more than adequate at lighting up your side yard or front patio.
If you still believe that the brightness is too eye-opening to contend with, this camera also offers dimming features through the app.
3D Motion Detection
It feels like every company has its original name for very similar technology. The motion tracking aspects of Ring’s 3D Motion detection feel very similar to that of Eufy’s and Arlo’s. For lack of a better explanation, this offers the ability to track moving objects that are more humanoid and ignores non-essential objects and animals.
140 Degree FOV & Birds Eye View
The 140-degree field of view of the Ring Camera exceeds the standard field of view by a wide margin. If the Ring Floodlight Cam Pro was being compared to most cameras it would perform quite well, especially when considering its addition Bird’s Eye View feature.
What is interesting about the “Bird’s eye view” option is that it allows for 270-degree customizable motion zones. If you want to cover a large, wide area then this is an exceptional tool to do it and works as a very serviceable alternative to Eufy’s 360-degree horizontal FOV.
Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Cam
2.4 GHz Wifi Compatibility
Unfortunately for the selective connection snobs out there, that lightning-quick 5.0 GHz will have to wait if you choose the Arlo product. This isn’t a massive game changer for most people, though notifications and alerts will be received slightly slower and the overall connection itself will be accessible over a wider range at the cost of speed.
Cloud Storage (With Subscription)
Arlo has elected to go with a subscription service to allow their customers access to a deeper list of features on their products. Unfortunately, one of these happens to be the spacious and comfy cloud storage offered by Arlo which makes local storage seem a bit cramped by comparison. The monthly fee is $2.99/month for one camera and $9.99/month for multiple cameras.
The cloud will save up to 30 days of video activity before auto-deleting the older footage.
Weather & Temperature Protection
While it may not have a specific IP rating to mention, the Arlo Pro 3 has been labeled as weather resistant and able to handle extreme temperatures of roughly -4 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit. While I wouldn’t recommend taking it white water rafting, you can breathe easy the next time you get a thunderstorm.
2 Way Audio, Live Feed & Siren
Arlo employs the same two-way audio that both other products do with additional noise & echo cancellation. Additionally, you can view a live feed of your camera through the accompanying Arlo app. Not only are you able to talk back and forth with a guest that you can see in real-time, but you also get the added benefit of a siren if you ever wanna scare and/or start a fight with your spouse.
The siren can be programmed to power on automatically or via the Arlo app.
2,000 – 3,000 Lumens Spotlight
If you choose to rock with nothing more than the default product, Arlo floodlight will offer 2,000 lumens. If you choose to give back to your publicly traded tech giant, you can get the additional magnetic charging cable that bumps up the brightness to 3,000. For those worried about being blinded by the security light – it has several dimming options to choose from.
Motion Detection (With Subscription)
Cloud storage is unfortunately not the only part of this product placed behind a paywall. If you wish to add advanced motion detection (a feature the other products offered for free), you will need to purchase a monthly subscription. For those who already planned to pay for the monthly subscription, this is a non-issue.
It should be said that the motion tracking of the Arlo device is easily the worst of the three, it is very choppy and tends to lose its target.
160 Degree Field of View
While it may seem a bit restrictive in comparison to something like the Eufy floodlight camera, the Arlo product offers a good range of visibility. For those who are looking to monitor their backyard, front porch, garage, or side yard, this camera can do so confidently and without issue.
It also offers an automatic image correction to lessen the intensity of visual distortion or the “fisheye” effect. This works to good effect — the image quality is superb.
Video & Audio
While most of these cameras offer more than enough visual quality to justify a purchase by the average consumer – it’s still important to know how they vary from one to the other. Equally important is the quality of the audio and the camera’s ability to pick it up clearly. To better understand what these cameras can record, let’s take a deeper look at their capabilities.
Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro
This camera films in 2k resolution or 2304 X 1296 and manages 24 frames per second. Its lock and track AI is very accurate in detecting human movement though it does have a slight delay.
his will cause times when people may walk out of frame before the camera can catch up or it will even lose track of the person at times. While this is frustrating, it is also fairly rare and not likely to be a common occurrence.
The image quality on a clear day is exceptional with vibrant detail being easily observable like darker tufts of grass or discoloration on copper piping. Up to around thirty to thirty-five feet, you will be able to make out most details on people like hair color, clothing, build, and even unique features. Past thirty-five feet things can get a bit harder to see but should still be relatively easy to identify if you recognize the person, animal or car.
When an object in motion is paused the image quality is fairly clear up to around twenty feet. If you need to pause the image and get a better look at something while it is walking, running, or flying – you should be able to easily distinguish key features of the object.
At night the camera will record everything in black and white night vision until the motion lights are triggered where it will switch back on to color. The spotlight seems to illuminate up to around twenty feet of space pretty well – past that you may have some visibility issues. This is still very good, however, and likely to satisfy most hesitant consumers.
From the three different recordings heard it seemed like Eufy had the worst audio quality. The sound that comes in is very suppressed and at times choppy though it is loud and picks up the audio well enough. It is not gonna sound nearly as clear as something like the Arlo, but you will still be able to understand all audio.
Ring Floodlight Cam Pro
This camera films in 1080p resolution at 20 frames per second which is the weakest of the three in visual quality. Despite this, the recordings are superb and come with vibrant colors, clear visuals frame to frame, solid image quality, and pretty receptive audio.
If a car races by at twenty feet out during the day and you want to get a look at the license plate – the Ring Floodlight Cam Pro should easily be able to handle it. Past that, the fine details of objects in motion become a bit grainy, poorly defined, and hard to make out.
During the daytime, it’s hard to see a visual difference between the Ring product and the other two cameras. While the other cameras may have the 2K bragging rights, good money says most people couldn’t spot the inferior image. You can expect to reliably make out most fine details at a range of up to thirty feet, possibly more depending on visibility.
The spotlight does a wonderful job of painting well-lit visuals in the immediate area and allows up to around twenty feet of visibility before things get a bit dim. This is convenient as well as most details of a person or animal get very hard to see past the twenty-foot mark.
The audio sounds a bit canned though can be easily picked up and understood without issue. While we wouldn’t recommend recording your band’s next studio album with the built-in microphone, you should be able to hear solid sentences without issue and respond just as simply.
Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Cam
Arlo packed a lot under the hood offering a 2k resolution or 2560 X 1440 while also recording at 24 frames per second. The image quality is as crisp as you would expect, colors come in beautifully, and the lighting is easy to distinguish. Wind can really give the microphone a hard time but outside of unforeseen gusts, audio should be picked up clear and audible.
The motion tracking was very skippy and unfocused when tested and is not recommended.
During the day, visibility is really exceptional, though blindingly sunny afternoons can cause some finer details to be obscured on people. In fairness to the Arlo product, an aggressive sun can prove difficult for all three cameras. This camera should be able to pick up most details to thirty-five feet, possibly more depending on the day.
Objects in motion can be paused and seen in finer detail clearly, though this is true of all the products. When comparing all three side-by-side, all moving vehicles, people and animals were very easy to distinguish down to their brand of shorts from twenty feet or less. Arlo is no different and produces visible results on every frame.
When the sun goes down the night vision will switch from black and white to color once the floodlight is triggered. The adjustment will usually blur the image for a couple of seconds until it returns to focus. Despite this, the image quality is exceptional at night and people can be identified with clarity at a range of up to twenty-five feet.
The audio is really good and you can hear sounds from what feels like a pretty far range to the untrained ear. The microphone falls victim to heavy noise interference from the wind and rain but outside of heavy weather, most homes should be fine.
While all three cameras have a good amount to offer, in the personal opinion of this writer – Eufy managed the best effort with the 2 Pro camera. No monthly fees, full 360-degree horizontal visibility, 2k resolution, and very competent motion tracking. It costs a bit more than the other two devices, but that feels justified for everything it does better.
The Ring Floodlight Cam Pro is good for folks who have already purchased other Ring devices as the company does a good job of making new products fit into the web of home security they offer. The video and audio quality is more than adequate, it offers great lighting, and it’s the only product to offer dual-band connectivity. The biggest downside is really just the monthly subscription and its 1080p resolution – it’s a fantastic camera otherwise.
The Arlo is another camera that brings quite a bit to the table, it just locks too much behind a monthly subscription. The resolution is excellent, the audio comes in well, and it has all the features you could want. Its motion tracking is fairly shoddy, however, and should be largely ignored as a feature. Regardless of which camera you pick, they are all highly effective at what they do and come strongly recommended!