With just two days remaining on its Indiegogo campaign, Reolink’s battery-powered, indoor-outdoor Argus security camera has raised more than $500,000. Have I mentioned its original funding goal was just $25,000?
Here’s a little more about the Argus cam:
- 1080p high-definition resolution
- Live-streaming capabilities
- Passive infrared (PIR) motion sensor
- Night vision
- CR123A battery-powered
- Two-way intercom feature
- Related app
- SD card slot for local storage
Basically, Argus promises to do a lot of the same things as Netgear’s $250/£300 Arlo Pro and Canary’s $199/£159 Flex — and for a lot less money. Argus’ Indiegogo price is just $80/£60/AU$105, with an expected MSRP of $100/£80/AU$130 after its crowdfunding period ends. Speaking of that, campaign backers should receive their Argus cams this May, and units ship worldwide.
One potential limitation is the Argus’ four CR123A batteries. They work fine, but aren’t that easy to find and cost more than standard AAs. Netgear uses these batteries in its first-gen Arlo indoor-outdoor Arlo cam, but upgraded its second-generation Arlo Pro model to rechargeable battery power.
Reolink also doesn’t mention any third-party integrations with the Argus, which could hurt its appeal in the broader smart home market.
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