Reolink Argus PT Review
A closer look at one of the most rugged security cameras from the Reolink brand.
What We Like
- 1080p HD video quality: The Reolink Argus PT fits the bill when it comes to standard video quality for security cameras. At 1080p HD, we viewed crisp footage of our backyard without any glares or shadows. Newer units can even reach up to 2K HD.
- Infrared night vision: What was also impressive was the infrared night vision, which enabled the camera to capture high-quality footage in low-light to completely dark conditions. Rigged with six IR LEDs, the Reolink Argus PT we viewed nighttime footage in black and white.
- Accessing footage: We self-monitored our live feed on our phones or on compatible smart devices. We also recorded any footage that involved movement, whether that was the delivery guy hauling a 50-pound box to our backyard where it was safer or our neighbor’s Tabby cat prowling around. On the Reolink app, we viewed motion recordings in the playback history.
What We Don't Like
- Downloading clips is a hassle: Instead of downloading clips in one go, we could only download 30-second clips on our phones. If there was a two-minute clip, it would take four separate downloads. This felt counter-intuitive given the generous amount of storage that Reolink provided both locally and on the cloud.
- Short battery life: We mentioned this earlier, but the Reolink Argus PT’s battery life doesn’t have any bragging rights. On standby mode, when there’s no access to the camera or any motion-activated activity, the camera lasts around two months. On normal use, a full charge lasts anywhere between one to four weeks. In continuous trigger and a one-time full charge, the camera only lasts for 18 hours.
Bottom LineReolink flies under the radar, but the company has delivered a durable security camera in the Argus PT. It’s not the best in terms of battery life, but accessories like the new Reolink solar panel are available for more convenient usage.
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