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Reolink Argus PT Review

The Reolink Argus PT security camera is a wireless indoor / outdoor camera with flexible viewing angles, multiple power options, and two different ways to store footage.

What else do you need to know? Follow along and let’s hit the highlights right now!

Secuirty Camera with Flexible Viewing & Power Options

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Reolink Argus PT

The Reolink Argus PT is a value-price camera with a lot of flexible options. Flexibility in viewing (tilt, pan, zoom, etc). Flexibility in power (rechargable or solar panel). And flexibility in video storage (up to 7-days free via the cloud or up to 64 GB local via SD card). Video quality was good based on our tests and it has a lot of other desired features in a simple security system. Check Price

Pros

  • Includes SD-card slot for local storage
  • Flexible viewing—355° pan and 140° tilt with 6x digital zoom
  • Free cloud-based storage for up to 7 days of video history

Cons

  • Does not support 24/7 continuous recording or NVR
  • Larger camera and requires quite a bit of space
  • No custom activity zones or privacy modes

Quick Specs

  • 3.6 x 4.4″
  • 1080p resolution
  • 355° pan and 140° tilt with 6x digital zoom
  • Charged via USB or Solar Panel
  • Night vision; infrared
  • Subscription: optional
  • Wi-Fi connection @ 2.4 GHz only
  • Two-way audio

Performance

Video Quality

Good

Audio Quality

Good

App Quality

Good

10 SECOND SUMMARY: Overall, video quality is pretty good with this camera. It offers 1080p video resolution, 2-way audio, good night vision, and flexible viewing in terms of pan, tilt, and zoom. The app is pretty easy to use as well and makes it easy to access the footage. The local SD capability is another big win for the Argus, in terms of flexible video storage.

Video: Day vs. Night

For the most part, daytime video quality was good. The 1080p video resolution provided clear visuals of activity as it happened and the colors seemed well balanced and natural.

Day

Reolink Argus indoor camera - daytime video quality
Reolink Argus indoor camera – daytime video quality

It did struggle a little with overexposure in some environments so if you have a lot of light in your space, that may be something to consider. For example, check out the view from the shot below:

Reolink Argus indoor camera - daytime video quality
Reolink Argus indoor camera – daytime video quality

When used outdoors, the video quality was good. There was clarity, even at a further range than indoor shots.

Reolink Argus camera - daytime outdoor video quality
Reolink Argus camera – daytime outdoor video quality

Night

For night shots, the Argus shifts to black and white viewing which is not uncommon for most cameras at this price point.

RELATED: Want night time shots in full color? Check out our reviews for the Ring Floodlight Camera.

Reolink Argus camera - night time indoor video quality
Reolink Argus camera – night time indoor video quality

When activity was detected with this camera, really for daytime or nighttime mode, I noticed quite a bit of blurriness. If you’re looking for detailed specifics, like what someone is wearing or carrying, the blurry shots could make it more difficult.

Reolink Argus camera - night time outdoor video quality
Reolink Argus camera – night time outdoor video quality

When used outdoors at night, the clarity was consistent with indoor shots. Overall, good contrast and clarity, less focus on the smaller details.

Audio

The Argus PT has 2-way audio, meaning it supports audio to be recorded from the camera as well as voice messages you can send from your smartphone.

Customizable Voice Siren

One interesting feature of this camera is the ability to customize a voice memo that plays on command. For example, the camera could say “Hey, get off my porch” when anyone came within 5 feet of your front door.

The app itself is pretty user-friendly and simple to understand. It organizes video snippets by date and time, making it easy to review activity you may have missed.

The Reolink app - viewed from your smartphone
The Reolink app – viewed from your smartphone

You can start, stop, or pause video at any point and take a quick snapshot. The app also allows you to view a live feed of your camera.

It doesn’t offer continuous recording so if you need that you may need to check out alternate options. (ie: Arlo Pro 2 with paid subscription).

The Reolink Argus PT has a white body with a black lens and surround for rotating freely.

There is a thin chrome accent stripe between the base of the camera and the camera ball.

Reolink Argus security camera
Reolink Argus security camera

What’s on the back of the camera?

On the back of the camera, there is an antenna for connection purposes, a slider for on / off, and a micro-USB. The USB port allows you to easily recharge the camera as needed.

Reolink Argus - view from the back
Reolink Argus – view from the back

What does it do?

This camera can be used indoors or outdoors and provides video surveillance and motion activated alerts directly to your smartphone.

When activity is detected, here’s what happens.

  1. Camera starts recording.
  2. A push alert is sent directly to your smpartphone via the app.
  3. You can view a live feed of the activity or see the recorded activity (if it’s in the past).
  4. If you set up an audio siren, the siren may go off and deter suspicious activity.

There is currently no option to alert authorities or emergency personnel.

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How it is powered?

The Argus PT can be charged via DC 5V 2A phone power adapter or stay charged by Reolink solar panel for continuous power every day.

Note: If you opt for the solar panel, you’ll need to purchase that separately or make sure you buy the listing where the panel is included.

Standard Power

Reolink Argus security camera

Solar Power

Reolink Argus security camera with solar panel

The Argus PT with Solar Panel for Hassle-free Charging

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Reolink Argus Camera (Solar Panel)

This version of the Argus comes with a portable solar panel to power the camera. Simply attach both to an exterior structure (where it can get direct sunlight) and get home security without the fear of power failure. Camera come with all the specs and features of the original Argus as well—flexible viewing, free cloud-based storage and 1080p video resolution.Check Price

Features

Some of the top features of the Reolink indoor / outdoor camera include:

  • Motion Notifications: sends a push notification to your smartphone when the camera detects motion in the camera’s view
  • Local or Cloud video storage: use an SD card for up to 64 GB local video storage or get up to 7 days of rolling footage for free
  • Greater viewing area: 355° pan, 140° tilt, 6x Digital Zoom
  • Flexible Use: designed to be used indoor or outdoor and can sit upright on a shelf or be mounted to a vertical surface
  • 2-Way Audio: lets you hear what’s going on in the video as well as the ability to talk back, using the audio output on the camera itself
  • 24/7 Live Video: can record footage for 24/7 live video playback (but only stores footage when motion is detected)
  • App Control: view the camera footage from your smartphone or other device using wifi pairing and cloud video storage
  • Multiple Pairing: pair multiple cameras together (indoor or outdoor) for whole-home security

What’s in the Box?

The Reolink Argus camera system comes with the following parts and accessories:

In the box, you’ll get:

  • Reolink Argus PT (with Rechargeable Battery)
  • Camera Bracket
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Antenna
  • Mounting Hole Template
  • Reset Needle
  • Pack of Screws
  • Surveillance Sign
  • Quick Start Guide
Reolink Argus camera and accessories
Reolink Argus camera and accessories

What is the USB cord for?

The USB cord is used to charge the camera when the battery gets low.

Solar panel with the Reolink Argus camera
Solar panel for the Argus PT

If you want to skip the charging, you can opt for the camera pack that includes the solar panel.

Setup & Usability

Setting up the Argus camera is pretty quick and easy. For most freestanding setups, you can expect to spend about 5-7 minutes.

If you need to screw it into a wall, maybe plan for an additional 10-15 minutes, depending on the application.

How easy is it to setup?

To get up and running, here’s a quick rundown of what you nee to do:

  1. Unbox the Argus camera and remove all packaging.
  2. Use the USB cord provided to charge up the camera.
  3. Screw in the antenna.
  4. Install the Reolink app to your phone.
  5. Pair the camera and the app.

If you want local storage, you’ll need to install an SD card (up to 64GB capacity) at this point as well.

SD card slot on Reolink Argus
SD card slot on Reolink Argus camera

How easy is it to install?

Once the camera is set up, it’s time to install. This camera installs in two different ways:

  1. Free-standing
  2. With mount (for wall-based applications)

If you opt for freestanding, the camera will basically just sit anywhere you put it—on a shelf, table, bookcase, etc.

Reolink Argus PT camera with solar panel
Reolink Argus PT camera with solar panel

With the mount, you’ll need to use the provided screws and possibly the anchors as well to secure the camera to the wall.

The mount allows for a little flexibility in terms of angle and view. Beyond manually adjusting the camera position, you can also adjust the view in the app. The view spans from 355° pan and 140° tilt and has up to a 6X zoom.

How easy is it to use?

Being wireless, this camera is easy to use and intuitive. It’s easy to recharge the camera when you need to (or opt for the solar panel for less maintenance.)

Push alerts are delivered right to your smartphone and from there, you can respond directly via 2-way audio or rely on a pre-recorded alarm for customized security.

Reolink does not require a subscription plan, but there are a few avaiable depending available depending on what features you’re looking for.

Reolink subscription plans
Reolink subscription plans

Free Plan

  • 7-day cloud video history
  • 5 cameras supported
  • 1GB of cloud storage
  • Up to 64GB local storage (with sd card, sold separately)

Standard Plan

  • 30-day cloud video history
  • 5 camera supported
  • 30GB of cloud storage
  • Up to 64GB local storage (with sd card, sold separately)

Premier Plan

  • 30-day cloud video history
  • 10 camera supported
  • 80GB of cloud storage
  • Up to 64GB local storage (with sd card, sold separately)

Business Plan

  • 60-day cloud video history
  • 20 camera supported
  • 150GB of cloud storage
  • Up to 64GB local storage (with sd card, sold separately)

Argus Camera Specifications

 Reolink
ModelArgus PT
TypeIndoor Only
Size3.6 x 4.4"
WeightUnlisted
Video Quality1080p
Night VisionYes
Field of ViewPan: 355°/Tilt: 140°/6x Digital Zoom
PowerUSB (rechargable)
Motion DetectionYes
2-Way AudioYes
Local StorageYes; SD card compatible
Cloud StorageYes; 120-min limit
SirenYes
Live StreamingYes
ReturnsVaries by retailer
Warranty2 Years (get an extra 6 months if you register)
PriceCheck Price

I would recommend the Reolink Argus you’re looking for the following in a security camera.

  • No subscription fee: With a rolling 7-day video storage capacity (up to 1 GB), the Argus PT is a good option for people who want storage for free. If you need additional storage beyond that, there are a few subscription tiers you could opt-in, but the free plan would likely be sufficient for most users.
  • Flexible viewing: This camera is also good for seeing beyond a fixed view. It has a 355° pan, a 140° tilt, and up to 6x digital zoom.
  • Power Options: The Argus PT can be powered by USB charging (internal 6500 mAh battery) or by using the solar panel for outdoor applications.

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Solid Performance & A Great Value
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Summary

The Reolink Argus strikes a balance of performance vs. price. While the video quality did leave something to be desired, especially with high motion and night time shots, the total package is still quite good. It has the ability to remotely adjust pan, zoom, and tilt, providing a wider breadth of view. In addition, it is compatible with a solar panel, allowing the camera to truly be no maintenance once installed. The larger form factor makes it better suited to outside use, as it could be a bit of an eyesore on your home’s interior.

About Derek Hales

Derek HalesDerek Hales is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ModernCastle.com. He has been featured in Fast Company, Reader's Digest, Business Insider, Realtor.com, She Knows, and other major publications. Derek has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Hales has been testing and reviewing products for the home since 2014.

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2 Comments on “Reolink Argus PT Review”

  1. Great review! I have the Reolink Argus PT with solar panel. I have 2 CONs:
    1. Poor volume. Anyone outside near the camera will need to climb a ladder to hear what your Custom Recording is saying. The Siren, though, (the default) seems to be loud enough.
    2. Off switch is only on the camera. I’m guessing the camera will continually monitor and I can schedule when to receive email/alerts. Or, just point the camera “up”. 😉

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