Eufy and Arlo, are well known for supplying good quality consumer-grade home security cameras. In this head-to-head battle, I analyzed a total of 24 cameras, with 15 models from Eufy and 9 models from Arlo.
I compared them across several categories to figure out what sets them apart. I’ve listed all of the product codes at the bottom of the page. Let’s get started!
Best for Smart Security
Best for Comprehensive Security
Best for Smart Security: Eufy
For a smart security solution, with no hidden fees, Eufy is my winner.
Firstly, Eufy doesn't charge monthly fees, providing you with a cost-effective security solution. Additionally, it offers local storage, ensuring that your data is kept securely within your own premises without relying on cloud services.
Eufy also provides an array of smart integrations and motion detection intelligence, including features like facial recognition.
One of Eufy’s key advantages is its RTSP (Real-Time Streaming Protocol) support, which allows for greater flexibility in terms of video streaming and integration with third-party systems. This means that you have more options for customizing and expanding your security setup, integrating it with other devices or software that support RTSP.
Best for Comprehensive Security: Arlo
If you prefer 24/7 external professional monitoring, cloud storage and features, and cameras with smart integrations and motion detection intelligence, Arlo is a good choice. However, it is worth noting that these services do come with a monthly subscription cost.
With their cloud storage, your footage is securely stored and accessible from anywhere, eliminating the risk of losing crucial evidence. This allows you to review recordings, check live feeds, and share footage with ease.
Their cameras also feature advanced motion detection capabilities, like intelligent motion detection and facial recognition.
Winners per Category
|Power & Data Options||Arlo|
|Storage and Third-Party Compatibility||Eufy|
|Microphones and Speakers||Arlo|
|Camera Lens Specs||Arlo|
|Pan and Tilt Capabilities||Eufy|
To kick off, I examined the different fundamentals of the camera models, with a particular focus on the camera types, power and data transmission, pricing, cloud subscription services, and warranty duration provided by the two brands.
Eufy offers a variety of camera types, including wall lights, bullet, freestanding, PT, floodlight, video doorbell, and spotlight cameras.
Arlo, on the other hand, provides cameras in the spotlight, video doorbell, bullet, and floodlight categories.
Power and Data Types
Both the Eufy and Arlo camera models in this research have wireless data with either wired power or battery power options.
In terms of pricing, both brands offer cameras from budget to high-end price ranges.
Some notable models from Eufy include the Solo IndoorCam C24, a freestanding camera with wireless data and wired power offered in the mid-range price category at $39.99. In the high-end tier, the Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro is an impressive floodlight camera using wireless data and wired power at a price of $299.99.
As for Arlo, the Pro 4 Spotlight camera has wireless data and battery power at a price of $179.99 in the mid-range category, and the Arlo Essential Spotlight camera at $99.99, targeting budget-conscious consumers.
Cloud Subscription Services
Eufy and Arlo both offer optional cloud subscriptions on a monthly contract basis. However Arlo's cloud plan is much more expansive, and some camera features are limited without it.
Standard Warranty Offered
Both brands provide a standard 1-year warranty for all of the camera models included in this research, which ensures that you have manufacturer support in case of any defects or issues.
Power & Data Options
Here, I specifically looked at the power options, data transmission techniques, and data formats of Eufy and Arlo.
Eufy focuses primarily on 2.4GHz WiFi connection while Arlo provides more versatility in terms of data transmission with both 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi, and even 4G LTE options.
Eufy security cameras offer a variety of power options, including AC power, DC power, and battery power, with some models even being solar panel-compatible. For example, the Eufy 4G Starlight and SoloCam S40 can be powered by a solar panel or a battery.
On the other hand, Arlo cameras also support a mix of power options, such as battery, AC power, and solar panel compatibility, like the Arlo Pro 3 and Essential models.
When it comes to data transmission, most Eufy cameras use a 2.4GHz WiFi connection, like the Solo IndoorCam C24 and eufyCam 2 Pro.
There's also a Eufy 4G Starlight model that uses a 4G LTE connection for remote areas without traditional WiFi.
In contrast, Arlo models support a wider range of data transmission methods. Most Arlo cameras use a 2.4GHz WiFi connection, but some high-end models like the Pro 5S 2K and Ultra 2 also offer a 5GHz WiFi connection.
Additionally, the Arlo Go 2 LTE/Wi-Fi is equipped with both a 2.4GHz WiFi and a 4G LTE connection, making it a versatile choice for various environments.
Both Eufy and Arlo security camera systems use IP (Internet Protocol) data types, which means they can send and receive data over the internet. This enables the devices to offer features like live streaming, remote access, and real-time alerts.
Storage and Third-Party Compatibility
When examining the storage and smart integration capabilities of each brand, I focused on storage capacity, available storage choices, and interoperability functions.
Eufy stands out for its support of RTSP, which Arlo does not.
Many Eufy models, such as Solo IndoorCam C24, Solo IndoorCam P24 T8410X, Solo OutdoorCam C24, and Solo OutdoorCam C22, come with a storage capacity of up to 128 GB.
In terms of storage options, Eufy cameras provide a mix of eMMC, microSD, NAS, wireless hub, and cloud storage capabilities. For example, the S100 and 4G Starlight support eMMC only while Solo IndoorCam C24 and Solo OutdoorCam C24 support a combination of microSD, NAS, and cloud storage.
On the other hand, Arlo cameras tend to have more diverse storage options. For instance, the Arlo Pro 5S 2K, Essential Wireless, Essential Wired, Pro 3, Essential, Pro 4, and Ultra 2 models all support microSD, Cloud, and USB flash drive storage.
Certain Eufy models, such as Solo IndoorCam C24, Solo IndoorCam P24 T8410X, Solo OutdoorCam C24, and Solo OutdoorCam C22, support RTSP or Real-Time Streaming Protocol.
This protocol allows users to connect their cameras to third-party systems and applications, offering greater flexibility and customization.
Arlo models, on the other hand, have not specified support for any specific interoperability protocols in the research data.
If you're looking for cameras with ONVIF compatibility, then check out my list here.
Here, I contrasted the intelligence features of Eufy and Arlo cameras. I particularly examined its smart integrations, customizable motion zones and sensitivity, motion alerts, smart motion detection capabilities, and supplementary features provided by both brands.
Eufy has broader compatibility with different voice assistants, while Arlo supports a wider range of smart home ecosystems, more diverse smart detections, and additional alert methods.
Eufy stands out for its smart integrations, as all models are compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, with some even working with Apple HomeKit like the eufyCam 2C Pro.
Similarly, Arlo offers a multitude of smart integrations. Almost all models in the research work with multiple platforms, including Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, SmartThings, and IFTTT. This increases their compatibility with other smart devices and systems.
Configurable Motion Zones and Sensitivity
Both Eufy and Arlo cameras offer configurable motion zones and sensitivity settings, which are important features for minimizing false alerts and improving overall security.
In terms of alerts, Arlo has an edge as their cameras offer push notifications as well as email alerts. In contrast, Eufy cameras only provide push notifications. This may be an essential factor for those who prefer multiple channels for receiving alerts about potential security concerns.
Smart Motion Detection Features
Most Eufy cameras have person detection, while some also include animal detection, sound detection, or face detection like the Solo IndoorCam C24, eufyCam 2 Pro, and Solo OutdoorCam C22.
Arlo cameras offer more diverse motion detection features, with most models including person, vehicle, and object detection, with the Essential Wireless, Essential Indoor, and Go 2 LTE/Wi-Fi also having animal detection.
Microphones and Speakers
In assessing the audio capabilities of each brand, I specifically looked at the microphone and speaker performance, two-way audio functionality, siren, and alarm options, and the overall audio and alarm interface.
Arlo generally has more models equipped with integrated siren alarms compared to Eufy.
Integrated Microphone, Speakers, and Two-Way Audio
Both Eufy and Arlo have models with a built-in microphone, and speaker, with two-way audio capabilities. Two-way audio allows homeowners to communicate with the person on the other side of the camera.
Siren and Alarm Features
This feature is helpful in scaring off intruders and alerting neighbors about any security breach.
Several Eufy models have integrated sirens such as the Eufy S100, Floodlight Cam 2 Pro, and eufyCam 2 Pro with decibel levels ranging from 90 to 105 decibels, which indicates a fairly loud alarm.
Contrastingly, all of the nine Arlo models in this analysis also have integrated alarm features.
In terms of the video features of Eufy and Arlo, I closely looked at each brand’s recording capabilities, video quality, video coding format, WDR functionality, and distinctive features.
Both Eufy and Arlo offer cameras with unique features geared toward different consumer needs.
Continuous Recording vs Motion-Activated Recording
In terms of continuous recording, most Eufy security cameras do not support continuous recording. However, there are some exceptions, such as the Solo IndoorCam C24, Solo IndoorCam P24 T8410X, Solo OutdoorCam C24, and Solo OutdoorCam C22.
The same is true with most Arlo cameras, with the exception of the Essential Indoor model and the Ultra 2 model.
It's clear that continuous recording is not a standard feature for either brand, but both offer select models with this capability.
With regard to motion-activated recording, Both Eufy and Arlo have cameras that support this feature in which the recording only starts when activity is detected. This conserves storage space and battery life.
Eufy cameras' max supported frame rates range from 15 to 17 frames per second (FPS), with specific models like the S100, Floodlight Cam 2, and eufyCam 2C Pro boasting a 15 FPS rate, while the SoloCam S40 reaches 17 FPS. Data for Arlo cameras are not provided in this regard, but a higher FPS is generally desirable for smoother video.
Video Coding Format
Video codecs provide efficient compression without sacrificing video quality. Both Eufy and Arlo support H.265 and H.264 video compression formats, which are best known for their high compression efficiency.
Eufy models with these formats include the Solo IndoorCam C24, Solo IndoorCam P24 T8410X, eufyCam 2 Pro, and eufyCam 2. For Arlo, the Pro 5S 2K, Essential Indoor, Pro 3, and Pro 4 models also utilize these video coding formats.
Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)
WDR allows cameras to capture details in both high and low-lit situations, offering balanced exposures and improved video quality.
Eufy models with digital WDR/HDR include the Video Doorbell 2K (Battery), Solo IndoorCam C24, and Solo IndoorCam P24 T8410X. In comparison, the Arlo models with digital WDR/HDR include the Pro 5S 2K, Pro 3, and Ultra 2.
Here, I take into consideration the night vision capabilities of both brands focusing on types of night vision, and spotlight features.
Both brands offer night vision functionalities, with models also offering spotlights for illumination.
Types of Night Vision
Most Eufy and Arlo cameras offer infrared night vision features. However, some Eufy models, such as the Solo OutdoorCam C24 and the SoloCam S40, provide full-color night vision via Spotlight in addition to infrared.
The Arlo Pro 3, Pro 4, and the Go 2 LTE/Wi-Fi models provide full-color night vision using a spotlight. This means that these cameras provide clearer and more detailed images at night than those with only infrared night vision.
Eufy cameras such as the S100, 4G Starlight, Floodlight Cam 2 Pro, and Floodlight Cam 2 come with spotlight features with the Floodlight Cam 2 Pro standing out with a powerful 3000 lumens, allowing for an excellent range of illumination.
Meanwhile, Arlo cameras like the Pro 5S 2K, Go 2 LTE/Wi-Fi, and Pro 3 also offer this feature.
Camera Lens Specs
When examining the camera and lens features of both brands, I specifically looked at various factors such as field of view, lens type, and resolution of camera models included in the research.
Arlo offers a wider FOV and higher resolution across all camera models.
Field of View
Eufy cameras generally have FOVs ranging from 105 degrees to 160 degrees, with the Solo IndoorCam P24 T8410X boasting a 360 degrees horizontal FOV.
On the other hand, Arlo’s FOV measurements are more varied than Eufy, with the minimum being 130 degrees and the maximum extending to 180 degrees.
Wider angles mean the camera can capture more in a single frame which is important for outdoor or large indoor areas. This makes Arlo cameras suitable for covering wide areas and perfect for outdoor surveillance.
Eufy models have resolution options that go from 2MP (1920×1080) to 5MP (2592×1944), with most models offering 2K resolution (2304×1296 or 2560×1920).
As for Arlo, their camera models have a wider range of resolutions from HD (1536×1536) to 4K (3840×2160). This means that if you are in need of higher-resolution security footage, Arlo might be the ideal choice for you.
Pan & Tilt Capabilities
Here, I analyzed the pan, tilt, and optical zoom capabilities, and the camera options of Eufy and Arlo that has PTZ features.
Eufy has more camera models offering PT features.
If you're looking for cameras with PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) features, you'll find more options within the Eufy lineup. For example, Eufy's Solo IndoorCam P24 T8410X offers a 360-degree pan feature and 96-degree tilt capability. The Floodlight Cam 2 Pro also comes with a 360-degree pan and 130-degree tilt functions. On the other hand, Arlo doesn't provide any PTZ cameras.
Regarding optical zoom, which often provides a higher-quality image and allows you to see more details when zooming in, neither Eufy nor Arlo offers this feature in the cameras in this research.
In terms of device characteristics and durability of Eufy and Arlo cameras, I conducted a thorough analysis of factors such as size, weight, resistance to various weather conditions, and recommended operating temperature range.
Eufy and Arlo both have models that are weather-resistant and share the same operating temperature ranges.
Dimensions and Weight
Among the Eufy camera models listed, the smallest camera is the Eufy Solo IndoorCam C24, measuring 2.17 x 2.17 x 4.09 inches. On the other hand, the largest camera is the Eufy Floodlight Cam 2, with dimensions of 17.7 x 10.4 x 8.2 inches.
For Arlo cameras, the smallest camera is the Arlo Essential Indoor, which measures 2.0 x 1.9 x 4.5 inches. The biggest camera among the Arlo models listed is the Arlo Pro 3, with dimensions of 218.52 x 190.5 x 77.93 mm.
Taking weight into consideration, the most lightweight Eufy model is the Solo IndoorCam C24, while the heaviest is the Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 at 2220g. For Arlo, the lightest is the Arlo Essential Wireless and Essential Wired, while the heaviest model is the Arlo Pro 3.
Most of the Eufy security cameras have either IP65 or IP67 ratings, ensuring their durability in various weather conditions. Arlo, on the other hand, uses a more generic term, “weather-resistant,” which does not provide as much detail about the protection level offered.
Eufy offers a wide range of security cameras, including indoor, outdoor, and doorbell cameras. The Eufy Solo IndoorCam C24 and Solo IndoorCam P24 T8410X are both designed for indoor use, and both have a similar operating temperature range (32°F – 104°F) and humidity of up to 90%.
Additionally, the Eufy Solo OutdoorCam C24 and Solo OutdoorCam C22 are built for outdoor use and have an IP67 rating, which means they are protected from dust and water immersion up to 1m in depth.
On the other hand, Arlo's lineup includes options such as the Arlo Pro 5S 2K, Pro 3, and Pro 4, all of which are weather-resistant and have an operating temperature range of -4°F to 113°F.
The Arlo Essential Wireless, Essential Wired, and Essential have similar weather-resistant features and temperature ranges. One important distinction is the Arlo Essential Indoor, which is not weatherproof.
Camera Models Included in Analysis
Solo IndoorCam C24
Solo IndoorCam P24 T8410X
Floodlight Cam 2 Pro
Floodlight Cam 2
Video Doorbell 2K (Battery)
eufyCam 2C Pro
eufyCam 2 Pro
Solo OutdoorCam C24
Solo OutdoorCam C22
Video Doorbell 2K (Wired)
|Pro 5S 2K|
Go 2 LTE/Wi-Fi
Pro 4Ultra 2