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Netgear’s Arlo Pro 2 security camera can record in 1080p

Netgear’s Arlo Pro 2 security camera can record in 1080p

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Arlo Pro II camera and solar charger
Photo: Netgear

A year after releasing the first Arlo Pro security camera, Netgear is back with another one. The newly announced Arlo Pro 2 is a minor update that rounds out the camera with some sorely missing features: the new model supports 1080p video capture (instead of just 720p) and also offers the ability to set alert zones, so that you can tell the camera to ping you when, say, someone is walking on your lawn but not when someone’s walking on your sidewalk. That feature was supposed to launch on the original camera, but apparently never did.

More expensive than Nest, Ring, and Canary

In addition to the updated camera, Netgear is also launching a new subscription plan and some accessories. If you don’t pay anything, you’ll get the past seven days of recordings — only triggered when there’s motion or sound — stored for free by Netgear. Netgear has already offered subscription plans to extend that time limit, but now it’s offering an option to extend how much you record, too: for $99 to $299 per year, it’ll store 24/7 recordings from an Arlo camera for between 14 and 60 days.

The new camera works wired or off of a battery, and Netgear is also launching a $79.99 solar charger to keep the camera going indefinitely. The camera is once again weather-proof, but Netgear says it’s meant to be used indoors or out.

The Arlo Pro 2 will sell for $219.99, which is on the pricier side for security cameras (it looks like the original will remain available for a lower price). Nest’s outdoor camera, Ring’s spotlight camera, and Canary’s weatherproof camera all offer 1080p video for $199. That’s not dramatically cheaper, but the price adds up if you’re planning to install several of these around a home or business. Given the higher price, Netgear has to be banking on its features and storage service being a better offering, and it’s hard to say just from looking at the details that it is.